Why Trump?

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Why Trump?
Donald Trump’s amazing run to the Republican presidential nomination stunned the U.S. political class and stumped media analysts groping for an explanation. How did the bad boy, swashbuckling real estate mogul and reality show star with zero political experience, who comes across as a loose cannon, do it?

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Fraternal meeting between Fidel and Evo.

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On Saturday, May 21, the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, held a friendly meeting with compañero Evo Morales Ayma, president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the end of his visit to Cuba.

Fidel and Evo recalled important moments in the ongoing process of regional integration, and highlighted the contribution of Hugo Chávez and Cristina Fernández de Kichner to the initiative. They also addressed the fraternal and growing collaboration ties between the two countries; discussed events currently occurring in Latin America and attempts by imperialist forces to destroy the socio-political movement in the hemisphere, whilst also warning of the grave threat such actions pose to humanity.

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Cuban First Vice President arrives in Belarus.

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MINSK.— The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, arrived at Minsk airport this Sunday, May 22, to begin an official visit to Belarus.

Díaz-Canel and his accompanying delegation were welcomed at the airport by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Evgeny Shestakov, Foreign Ministry Director of Latin America, Pavel Pustovoy, and the Cuban Ambassador in Minsk, Gerardo Suárez

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The petroyuan is the big bet of Russia and China.

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The petroyuan is the big bet of Russia and China

After the economic sanctions that the United States and the European Union imposed against Russia, Moscow and Beijing put together an imposing energetic team that has radically transformed the world oil market. In addition to increasing their interchange of hydrocarbons exponentially, both oriental powers have decided to put an end to the domination of the dollar in fixing the prices of the black gold. The petroyuan is the instrument of payment of strategic character that promises to facilitate the transition to a multipolar monetary system, a system that takes various currencies into account and reflects the correlation of forces in the current world order.

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In place of humiliating Russia, the “economic war” that Washington and Brussels had promoted was counterproductive, since it only contributed to fortify the energy team between Moscow and Beijing. We recall that in May of 2014 the Russian company Gazprom agreed to supply gas to China up to 38 billion cubic meters annually during three decades (starting in 2018) through the signing of a contract for 400 billion US dollars with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNCP) [1].

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THE MOST INTRIGUING SPY STORIES FROM 166 INTERNAL NSA REPORTS.

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THE MOST INTRIGUING SPY STORIES FROM 166 INTERNAL NSA REPORTS

May 16 2016, 5:37 p.m.

IN THE EARLY months of 2003, the National Security Agency saw demand for its services spike as a new war in Iraq, as well as ongoing and profound changes in how people used the internet, added to a torrent of new agency work related to the war on terror, according to a review of 166 articles from a restricted agency newsletter.

The Intercept today is releasing the first three months of SIDtoday, March 31 through the end of June 2003, using files provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. In addition, we are releasing any subsequent 2003 installments of SIDtoday series that began during this period. The files are available for download here.

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Back from Cuba, Caterpillar executives hope company plays key role in rebuilding infrastructure.

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Back from Cuba, Caterpillar executives hope company plays key role in rebuilding infrastructure


Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman speaks with an official from the Cuban Ministry of Culture in front of Finca Vigia, the Cuban home and museum of Ernest Hemingway, during a trip to the island nation last week.

PEORIA — The trip to Cuba last week by Caterpillar Inc. executives and members of the Puerto Rican dealership selected to represent the company there as decades-old sanctions begin to melt away was less a maiden voyage and more a welcome return.

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International support for Cuba at Havana solidarity conference.

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International support for Cuba at Havana solidarity conference

 

Havana, Cuba — Some 2,000 international guests celebrated May Day 2016 here and witnessed the massive support of Cuban workers for their revolution. In the  capital and throughout Cuba they marched with the theme “For Cuba: Unity and Commitment.”

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Next weekend Transformers robots will arrive in Havana.

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Next weekend Transformers robots will arrive in Havana

 

 

Next weekend, Cuban Film Institute will offer a new cinematographic service to foreign film production, in this case, for the US film Transformers 5, directed by Michael Bay for Paramount Pictures.

According to official Granma newspaper, the shooting will take place in Havana by a small film crew and will not require road closures, so it should not cause disruption to normal city life.

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Take a photo tour of Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba.

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Take a photo tour of Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba

 

 

The vast woods, rivers, and wildlife of Northern Michigan captured Hemingway’s heart and imagination early in life.

“Michigan always represented a great source of freedom for Hemingway. Everything that he’s associated with – outdoorsmanship, hunting, fishing, that all came from his time in Northern Michigan,” says Chris Struble, president of the Michigan Hemingway Society.

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Medical genetics program reduces infant mortality.

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Since the early 1980s, Cuba has implemented a national medical genetics program, aimed at the diagnosis, management and prevention of diseases and congenital anomalies, as part of the comprehensive maternal, newborn and child health care system.

Through the progressive implementation of the program throughout the country, which has also included specialized training of human resources and the incorporation of the field of medical genetics in medical degree programs, the infant mortality rate due to congenital anomalies was reduced from 4.2 in 1980, to 0.9 per thousand live births.

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