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lunes, 31 de diciembre de 2012

Colombia Negotiator Says Cuba Offers Better Conditions for Peace Talks with ...


Colombia Negotiator Says Cuba Offers Better Conditions for Peace Talks with ...

Bogota, Colombia – Cuba was chosen as the location for peace talks between the Colombian government and the South American nation's largest guerrilla group because it offered better conditions, said the brother of Colombian President Juan Manuel ...

Reforms in Cuba: Two Steps Forward One Step Back


Reforms in Cuba: Two Steps Forward One Step Back

The last days of December, a good time to walk the streets and capture the differences of this 2012 compared to the previous year. The agricultural markets are better stocked although prices have almost doubled in the last twelve months. Private ...

Costa Rica the 10th Most Optimistic Country in the World


Costa Rica the 10th Most Optimistic Country in the World

It seemed strange to me considering there is 21% of the population living in poverty. Happy Planet insists Costa Rica is the happiest.

Fiscal Déficit to Affect Costa Rican Economy in 2013


Fiscal Déficit to Affect Costa Rican Economy in 2013

... deficit will affect the economic development of Costa Rica for 2013, ... The high unemployment and poverty indexes and the unequal distribution of ...

Brazil's GDP: slower and ever slower


Brazil's GDP: slower and ever slower

The last day of the year seems rather late to be revising your forecasts for 2012 but that is what economists surveyed by Brazil's central bank have done. And it's a dismal way to ring out the old and ring in the new: economic growth in 2012 was less ...

Spaniard convicted in Cuban dissident death returns home


Spaniard convicted in Cuban dissident death returns home

A Spanish political activist who was convicted in the death of prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya in a car crash in Cuba in July arrived in Spain to serve out his four-year prison sentence, media reports said. Angel Carromero, a leader of the youth ...

PCC powwow honors Native American culture


PCC powwow honors Native American culture

More than 1,000 people from all over the Northwest plan to partake in Portland Community College's “Wacipi” (“They dance”) Winter Powwow to celebrate Native American culture and tradition. The powwow, which is free and open to the public, is from noon ...

Will gay marriage destroy America as we know it?


Will gay marriage destroy America as we know it?

With Michael Snell and Steven Bridges becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in Maine this past Friday night, it has become only more apparent that the nation's traditional values are destined for extinction. Indeed, across the nation, traditional ...

State mental health act a model for U.S.


State mental health act a model for U.S.

One of California's top elected officials, who is an advocate for mental health services, has asked the federal government to adopt the state's model for mental health treatment and to match state funding for services nationwide. The move comes in the ...

For Psychiatric Patients, Cancer Is Often Spotted Too Late


For Psychiatric Patients, Cancer Is Often Spotted Too Late

A U.S. expert noted the connection between physical and mental health. "In general, we know that lifespans of people with mental illness are shorter due to lifestyle and access issues, and the side effects of psychotropic treatments," said Dr. Alan ...

Could therapists serve prison time for patients' crimes?


Could therapists serve prison time for patients' crimes?

If psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association (as well as psychologists and other mental health professionals) don't work in earnest, and lobby hard for real measures to create a mental health care system that actually safeguards the public ...

Reaching out to Southwest's Native Americans


Reaching out to Southwest's Native Americans

For the past 21 years, Doylestown-area residents have been supplying Native Americans in the southwestern United States with blankets, clothing, school supplies, veterinary services and scholarships. For the past three years, volunteers with the group, ...

Venezuela's Chavez suffers further health setbacks


Venezuela's Chavez suffers further health setbacks

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has suffered further complications after another cancer operation, his deputy told Venezuelan state television on Sunday. Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the president was suffering from complications connected with ...

A lesson in pop culture via Guantanamo


A lesson in pop culture via Guantanamo

... Puerto Rico -- An Afghan man who is being held with the most significant terrorism suspects in U.S. custody has apparently gained extensive knowledge of western pop culture in an unlikely place: the top secret prison-within-a-prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Recycling and Composting Grants Awarded to Puerto Rico Communities


Recycling and Composting Grants Awarded to Puerto Rico Communities

The EPA has awarded nearly $50,000 to two Puerto Rico organizations, Leaders of the World and the Scuba Dogs Society, to educate low-income communities about effective waste management, recycling and the negative effects of improper waste disposal ...

Cuba's Parliament and the Issue of Race


Cuba's Parliament and the Issue of Race

HAVANA TIMES — The issue of race was raised before the Cuban Parliament for the first time in November 20, 2011, when UNEAC's Aponte Commission presented the “Report on the Racial Problem in Cuba” to the members of Education Committee.

Havana market offers Cuba a taste of capitalism in the dark


Havana market offers Cuba a taste of capitalism in the dark

For now, it's the closest thing Cuba has to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and a big development in a country where state bureaucrats have tried to set the price for produce for decades. “What is this place called?” a visiting ...

Professor Calls for Death Penalty for Climate Change 'Deniers'


Professor Calls for Death Penalty for Climate Change 'Deniers'

It is as inevitable as the rising of the sun; the Left, when thwarted in their quest for power, suggests the use of lethal force to compel those who disagree. There is a nauseating litany of murders done by our betters in their pursuit of the ...

Brazil: Thieves take 9 hostages after attempting jewelry robbery


Brazil: Thieves take 9 hostages after attempting jewelry robbery

Around 200 police in Brazil are chasing a gang of thieves who took nine hostages after their attempted jewelry robbery failed. The gang, notorious for using explosives to rob banks and stores, was targeting a jewelry factory in the city of Cotipora in ...

9 people held hostage by gang following robbery in southern Brazil


9 people held hostage by gang following robbery in southern Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO - Hundreds of police officers, sniffer dogs and a helicopter combed a wooded area in southern Brazil in search of nine people taken hostage by a criminal game in an assault early Sunday on a jewelry workshop, local officials said. The ...

Viewpoints: Shooters have mental health issues that need 'first aid'


Viewpoints: Shooters have mental health issues that need 'first aid'

If it takes a community to raise a child, it may also take a community to save one. In the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting, I'm reminded of the saying, "Tears are the silent language of grief." Despite our differences, we mourn in ...

Argentina asks US court to block holdout debt payouts


Argentina asks US court to block holdout debt payouts

In a writ filed late on Friday, Argentina said it is willing to resolve the litigation with holdouts by reopening a debt restructuring offer, a move that would require legislative permission but that would likely be rejected by plaintiffs. “The ...

Brazil, Mexico have most Latin American billionaires


Brazil, Mexico have most Latin American billionaires

Brazil and Mexico have the most billionaires in Latin America but earn the least from estate taxes, according to a new study from a regional economic group. Night view of the Guanabara bay in Rio de Janeiro on October 30, 2012, in Brazil. Brazil and ...

Brazil debates treatment options in crack epidemic


Brazil debates treatment options in crack epidemic

With a boom in crack use over the past decade, Brazilian authorities are struggling to stop the drug's spread, sparking a debate over the legality and efficiency of forcibly interning users. Brazil today is the world's largest consumer of both cocaine ...