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El Paso Diary: Posada Tango

Posada y su abogado Arturo Hernández. Foto: EFE

It’s one thing for an attorney to zealously defend his client’s interests and quite another for him to embrace the defendant’s premises. An attorney is most effective, when he keeps a certain critical distance. Here in El Paso, Luis Posada Carriles’ attorney has adopted his client’s cause as his own—thus coloring his cross-examination to the point of silliness. His nutty questions about Cuba are pregnant with the false postulates of certain exiles in Little Havana who haven’t set foot on Cuban soil in more than five decades. It’s evident that the Miami defense attorney hasn’t done his research.

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Cubadebate opens its Web page in Portuguese language

Cubadebate Portugues

With versions of Fidel Castro’s Reflections, and news articles about various national and international themes, Cubadebate opens today its Web page in Portuguese language that you can find at: http://pt.cubadebate.cu/ This Web page joins to the English and French versions of Cubadebate, as part of a series of blogs written in at least 8 languages

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El Paso Diary: Bardach in Wonderland

Ann Louise Bardach

Winter said its goodbyes to El Paso last night. Spring is here. But the equinox doesn’t bring flowers to El Paso: only dust, lots of dust. Forty-mile-an-hour winds blew through this border town this afternoon. Leaving the courthouse exhausted from an afternoon of cross-examination by Luis Posada Carriles’ attorney, Ann Louise Bardach confronted the storms from the Chihuahuan Desert that blew sand in her eyes as she leaned into the wind to return to her hotel. This is her fourth day on the stand. Bardach is now confident and self-assured as a witness. Her husband Bob gave her a kiss on the cheek, and with a brisk step she took her place, ready for battle.

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El Paso Diary: The Cross-Examination of Ann Louise Bardach

Ann Louise Bardach. Foto: Archivo de la familia Bardach

The lawyer representing Luis Posada Carriles has a reputation for aggressive and effective cross-examination. Today his job was to question one of the case’s star witnesses: Ann Louise Bardach. Anticipating the moment, some of the jurors leaned forward when Arturo Hernández approached the witness stand this morning. The African-American in the second row exchanged a knowing look with the Chicano on his right, who was rubbing his hands together with the look of a child about to devour an ice-cream cone.

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Nato’s Fascist War

Nato’s Fascist War

You didn’t have to be clairvoyant to foresee what I wrote with great detail in three Reflection Articles I published on the CubaDebate website between February 21 and March 3: “The NATO Plan Is to Occupy Libya,” “The Cynical Danse Macabre,” and “NATO’s Inevitable War.” Not even the fascist leaders of Germany and Italy were

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James Carter in Cuba

James Carter in Cuba

Former president Jimmy Carter has arrived in Cuba on a three-day, non-governmental visit. Carter, who is accompanied by his wife, Rosalynn, will meet with President Raul Castro and other Cuban officials. It is Carter’s second trip to the island. In 2002, he met with then-President Fidel Castro and addressed the public at the University of

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El Paso Diary: How Ann Louise Bardach Helped Win the Second Battle Over the Solo Fax

Ann Louise Bardach

By José Pertierra < Using the testimony of the journalist Ann Louise Bardach, the Government was able to introduce the Solo fax as evidence against Luis Posada Carriles. In the fax, the defendant alerts his co-conspirators to the money orders they would receive from New Jersey to carry out the bombing campaign in Havana in 1997.

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U.N. Chief's Ambivalent Role in the No-Fly Zone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) holds a press conference with Amr Moussa (right), Secretary General of the League of Arab States, in Cairo

essays to buy p>By Thalif Deen (Inter Press) The eight-page resolution calls on member states to “immediately” inform both Ban and Moussa of measures taken in enforcing the “no-fly zone” over Libya and also to “coordinate closely” on measures taken to implement the ban on flights, including “to supply a concept of operations”. “This is

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Welcome to the new NATO quagmire

NATO

The minute Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the Anatolia news agency, “The coalition that was formed following the Paris meeting will abandon the mission and hand it over entirely to a single command system under NATO”, the issue was settled.

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Between Emigration and Crime

Between Emigration and Crime

buy cheap essays p>Latin Americans are not born-criminals nor did they invent drugs. The Aztecs, Maya and other pre-Columbian human groups in Mexico and Central America, for example, were excellent farmers and didn’t even know about growing coca. The Quechua and Aymara were capable of producing nutritious foods on perfect terraces that followed the mountain