Posts Tagged ‘Alan Gross’

Cuba: Alan Gross’ family may now have enough to pay for his ransom

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Cuban prisoner Alan Gross settles lawsuit against Md. company

Lawyers filed a notice of the settlement Thursday in federal court in Washington. The settlement amount was not disclosed, and the agreement only covers Development Alternatives Inc., also known as DAI, not the government.

DAI’s chief executive officer said in a statement that settling the lawsuit, in which neither party admits fault, allows the company to work together with Gross’ family to bring him home.

Gross’ wife Judy, who has traveled to Cuba on several occasions to see her husband, said in the same statement that the family is “very pleased that DAI has committed to help address the injuries sustained by our family.

The $60million lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

Cuban officials have suggested they would be willing to free Gross in exchange for the men. Four of the men remain in prison in the United States. One man who completed his sentence but was serving probation in the U.S. was recently allowed to return to Cuba permanently.

Since the US is not amiable to releasing the four, will Havana take the cash instead?

[Title typo corrected]

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, January 28th, 2013

ARGENTINA
Documentary (in Spanish):

BRAZIL
Brazil Nightclub Fire Kills at Least 245

Brazil Streetwalkers to Take English Lessons for 2014 World Cup; RELATED: The Proud Winner of the Miss Brazilian Prostitute Title Was Beaming

COLOMBIA
Security in Colombia
Fear of missing out
The second-biggest guerrilla group tries to muscle in on peace talks

Colombian Police Seize Over 4 Tons of Cocaine Bound for Mexico

CUBA
Alan Gross and his descent into hell

All talk
The government fails to promote new leaders—even though hard times loom

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes – 16-year-olds.

GUATEMALA
Edging back from the brink
A potential “failed state” is clawing its way back to something like normality

HONDURAS
Honduras can’t pay its bills, neglects services

MEXICO
As Deadly Mexican Cartel Loses Control, Heroin and Meth Trafficking Rise

Florence Cassez released in Mexico

PERU
EU-Colombia-Peru Aim for Trade Accord in Effect by First Quarter

Peru on the Right Path to Eradicating Child Malnutrition, UN Official Says

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Top 10 Most Wanted Captured by NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force

VENEZUELA
More than 50 people have been killed in a prison riot in western Venezuela, hospital staff say. [GRAPHIC PHOTOS] En Uribana ya van más de 50 muertos y 120 heridos (FOTOS)

Chavez Cancer Freezes Venezuela’s Overseas Oil Funding (h/t DP)

Venezuela’s $100 billion oil industry is seeing the first drop in funding in five years from some of its closest partners, as concern mounts President Hugo Chavez’s battle with cancer is creating a political vacuum, people familiar with the matter said.
The government, which for a decade has disclosed credit lines from China when they’re signed, has announced none since April, according to a report released Jan. 13 by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, known as UNAM. Russian and Indian companies are withholding planned investments in Venezuelan oilfields, according to eight oil company executives and consultants who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to talk about the matter publicly.

Hugo Chavez Starting More Treatment in Cuba, Hugo Chavez Respiratory Infection: Venezuelan President Overcomes Health Issue

Why President Hugo Chávez’s Twitter Account Went Silent

The Missing President

Chavez is not going quietly

Impunity in Venezuela
The price of justice
A family with a case against the government faces “extermination”

Gustavo Rios, Hugo Chavez Impersonator, Thinks Dictator’s Cancer Is No Laughing Matter

The week’s posts:
South American cocaine’s African routes

Brazil: Barcodes on Rio’s sidewalks

Venezuela: Hugo’s fake picture

Halitophobia! in Spanish, no less

Venezuela: Noelia’s plane seized by the government

The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, September 10th, 2012

ARGENTINA
Argentina’s dubious poverty line
The six-peso diet
Rumbling stomachs, grumbling citizens

BRAZIL
Petrobras Seeks Partner for Deep-Water Gulf Operations . . . in the Gulf of Mexico

COLOMBIA
Colombia’s Leader Expects More Violence in Short Term

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Escapes Major Damage After Most Severe Earthquake in Two Decades
The Wednesday quake proved the sturdiness of the Latin American nation’s structural codes

CUBA
Mauricio Claver-Carone: Cuba’s American Hostage
The White House calls for the release of Alan Gross but puts scant pressure on Havana to let him go.

Something More Than Numbers

MEXICO
Banned in Juarez

Second arrest in “Fast and Furious” killing

NICARAGUA
Iran’s Hezbollah Creeping Toward Our Doorstep

That makes the recent news from Israeli Radio that Iran has set up and supplied a Hezbollah training camp for 30 terrorists in Nicaragua near the Honduran border all the more significant. The base serves as a “meeting point for drug cartels” to acquire weapons and launder money, Israeli Radio says.

PERU
Peru’s Shining Path
Still smouldering
An attempt to form an extremist party

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico money laundering case ends with prison

VENEZUELA
Venezuela Seized a U.S. Flagged Ship and Has Been Holding It For a Week

Lost in the supermarket

Chavez’ Ever Morphing Petrorinoco Investment Instrument


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, December 5th, 2011

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Argentine Prostitutes Fight for Union

BRAZIL
Brazilian Senate approves bill that would require journalists to have a degree in journalism

Governance in the Amazon
Pará-statals
A plan to create two new states

Protecting Brazil’s forests
Fiddling while the Amazon burns
Keeping the world’s biggest forest standing depends on greens, Amerindians and enlightened farmers working together—if lawmakers let them

CHILE
Chilean Student Protesters Vow to Continue Marches

Community TV, radio under attack in Chile

COLOMBIA
Colombia uncovers huge ‘phantom pupil’ subsidies scam
Colombia’s government has been paying out huge amounts in education subsidies for some 180,000 students who were falsely enrolled, officials say.

CUBA
RUSSIA AND CUBA TO STRENGTHEN MILITARY COOPERATION, via Gates of Vienna

Dictated Hashtags

Nothing says random kindness and senseless beauty like Che

Alan Gross: The two-year anniversary of America’s forgotten hostage

HONDURAS
Suspensions, drug and polygraph tests for Honduran police

LATIN AMERICA
Latin America Strives to Become the Greenest Continent

MEXICO
Iran in Mexico and the Caribbean: Building a Strategic Trampoline towards the US

Is the PRI ready to privatize PEMEX?

Alleged Drug War Tactics Under Fire

Fast & Furious: Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong
FBI Criminal Informant Complicit in Brian Terry’s Death (PJM Exclusive)
From multiple sources come shocking charges of deadly ineptitude and an FBI coverup in Fast and Furious

New Fast and Furious Memo Backs Up Whistleblower Testimony
BREAKING NEWS on Fast and Furious: Holder Sweats as More Lies Uncovered by Feb. 3rd Memo

PUERTO RICO
John Stossel interviews Governor Luis Fortuño,

URUGUAY
Uruguay identifies military torture victim Julio Castro

VENEZUELA
Foreign Policy top 100 thinkers of the year

¿Celacomió? Absolutamente não, meu amigo.

Did Venezuela Really Compensate Cemex For Only Half of What it Wanted?

The week’s posts,
Chilean-style retirement in the cards?
At Real Clear World, CELAC: Chavez’s Latest “Alternative”

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Cuba: Bill Richardson denied access to Alan Gross

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Hopes cool for freedom of American jailed in Cuba

Hopes that a U.S. government subcontractor jailed in Cuba might soon be freed were dashed when former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said the Cuban government refused to let him meet with the prisoner.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Richardson described 62-year-old Alan Gross as an “American hostage.” He said he would not leave the island until he was allowed to see him at a military hospital where he is being held.

“My mission here as a private citizen is to secure the release of Alan Gross, an American hostage,” Richardson said late Thursday. “I’ve been informed by the Cuban government that I would not be allowed to see Alan Gross during my visit.”

Richardson said that he had been scheduled to depart Saturday, but that he told Cuban officials he would not leave until he was granted a meeting with Gross.

“I promised his wife, Judy, that I would see him,” the governor said.

It was not clear whether he had any further meetings scheduled Friday.

This is not Richardson’s first trip to Cuba on Gross’ behalf; last year he went on a similar mission in August of 2010 and came back with no results, either.

My question is, why is a former Cabinet member of the current administration doing these trips? Apparently (I’m not totally clear on this – why invite him, just to deny him access to Gross?) the Cuban government invited him this time, and yes, back when he was a Congressman, Richardson secured the release of three political prisoners.

That was in 1996.

It’s not the same to have a former Congressman, a former Cabinet member, to try this sort of negotiation; it’s just a matter of time before the Cuban regime makes Richardson leave.

The question now is, Will Cuba’s Dissidents Save Alan Gross? Capitol Hill Cubans have an interesting take.

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The postponed Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, September 5th, 2011

After last week’s Carnival got postponed due to hurricane damage, the Carnival is back, on Labor Day!

This week’s featured article is on the Cuban Communist regime’s war on freedom: Castro vs. the Ladies in White
Rocks, iron bars and sticks are no match for the gladiolas and courage of these peaceful Cuban protesters.

ARGENTINA
Brush fires in Argentina: No logran controlar varios focos de incendio en Córdoba
El gobierno provincial combate las llamas en la zona de Punilla y en Traslasierra, pero no consigue extinguir las llamas

Argentina Debates Foreign Land Buys

BRAZIL
China tries to win over Brazilian consumers

Brazil’s economy
Changing direction
Fiscal tightening, monetary loosening

CAYMAN ISLANDS
Are Tax Havens Moral or Immoral?

CHILE
Chile: All 21 aboard crashed military plane died

COLOMBIA
Brazil and Colombia
Less far apart
A wary friendship begins

CUBA
Hezbollah in Cuba for Attacks on Israeli Targets in the Americas

Cuba’s Terror Smoking Gun

Blogger sends uncensored news to Cuban cell phones
A Spanish blogger said the Cuban government cannot block or censor texts he’s sending to cell phones on the island.

Hello USA: Was it really 47 years ago?

Alan Gross: An American Prisoner in Cuba
The Castro government should not receive any concessions until USAID worker Alan Gross is released.

Castro regime marks another Sunday of repression

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
As Refugees From Haiti Linger, Dominicans’ Good Will Fades

ECUADOR
Chevron says rule of law no longer exists in Ecuador

JAMAICA
Jamaican Kingpin Pleads Guilty in New York

MEXICO
GunWalker Cover-Up Comes Apart At The Seams, and White House Cover-up Makes Continuation of Fast and Furious Investigation Imperative

More Confusion, Now From the F.T.

Mexico Sets Guinness Record for Largest Folk Dance Performance

Not surprisingly, Casino arson massacre in Mexico may be rooted in corruption

Fox’s “plan” in Mexico

The Rise of the Cult of Death
The origins of the Santa Muerte are a mystery even to adherents.

PANAMA
Panama’s ruling alliance is dead

Sunday Morning in the Park

PERU
Peru’s new government
Mining and the man
A calm start for Humala
. Mining, in the hands of a culture minister who’s a singer – what could go wrong?

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico businessman accused in $7M money laundering case

Ronald Fernandez, Scholar on Plight of Puerto Ricans, Dies at 67

VENEZUELA
Plastics

The Fonden Papers Part V: More Information Suddenly Available

The week’s posts,
New rumors on Fidel Castro
Tuesday night tango: 2011 Salon world championships
Plan Colombia?

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