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Castro’s Legacy: How The Revolutionary Inspired And Appalled The World

932042-fidel-castroNo street bears his name and there is not a single statue in his honour but Fidel Castro did not want or need that type of recognition. From tip to tip, he made Cuba his living, breathing creation.

Read Here – The Guardian

What The New Panama Canal Tells Us About Globalization

Tens of thousands of people from all around the world had come to see the miracle happen. A giant Chinese ship carrying an astonishing 9,000 containers approached the locks. And then it happened. Seven years after the works were first started, and 102 years after the opening of the first canal, the new, expanded Panama Canal quite literally opened its doors. The crowd cheered, the ship passed through. The canal was open for business.

Read Here – weforum.org

‘A Cabinet That Looks Like Canada:’ Justin Trudeau Pledges Government Built On Trust

Justin Trudeau beamed as he explained why he felt the need to put together Canada’s first cabinet with an equal number of male and female members. “It’s an incredible pleasure for me to be before you today … to present a cabinet that looks like Canada,” Trudeau said  in his first statement as Canada’s 23rd prime minister.

Read Here – Toronto Star

What A Justin Trudeau Win Means For Canada

Canada’s general elections have concluded with a landslide win for the Liberal Party and their leader, Justin Trudeau, ending the almost 10-year-rule of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 
Read Here – Time

The Long, Hard Drive To Havana

The face-to-face conversation between President Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, marked the most significant thaw in the two countries’ relationship in decades…However, the process of fully restoring ties will be long and difficult—if it succeeds at all.

Read Here – The Atlantic


That Square In Beijing

It was a massacre. Most of the carnage occurred not in the Square or right around it, but in the western-approaching streets that led to the Square. I viewed the videotapes of bloody bodies that came in with camera crews, and I made phone calls to local hospitals and to the Chinese Red Cross. We kept a running tally of the number of dead, which had reached 2,600 before everyone was ordered to stop talking to us.

Read Here – The Atlantic

How China Propped Up Chávez

Hugo Chávez, resplendent in crisply pressed fatigues and paratrooper boots with red shoelaces, had a very special guest. Meeting him that day in mid-September 2011 in Caracas was the world’s most powerful banker, who had lent Chávez’s government at least $40 billion over the four years from 2008 to 2012, or about $1,400 for every man, woman, and child in Venezuela.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Lessons From The Cuban Missile Crisis

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis — those 13 days in October 1962 that were probably the closest the world has come to a major nuclear war. President John F. Kennedy had publicly warned the Soviet Union not to introduce offensive missiles into Cuba. But Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to cross Kennedy’s red line surreptitiously and confront the Americans with a fait accompli. When an American surveillance plane discovered the missiles, the crisis erupted.

Some of Kennedy’s advisers urged an air strike and invasion to destroy the missiles. Kennedy mobilised troops, but also bought time by announcing a naval blockade of Cuba. The crisis subsided when Soviet ships carrying additional missiles turned back, and Khrushchev agreed to remove the existing missiles from the island. As then US Secretary of State Dean Rusk put it: “We were eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked.”

Read Here – Gulf News

Venezuela’s Chavez Revels In Convincing Election Win

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged to deepen his socialist revolution after a comfortable election victory that could extend his divisive leadership of the OPEC nation to two decades.

The new six-year term clears the way for Chavez, who is recovering from cancer, to consolidate state control over Venezuela‘s economy, possibly with more nationalizations, and continue his support for left-wing allies in Latin America and around the world.

Read Here – Reuters

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