PENTAGON DENIES WAR CRIMES ALLEGATIONS IN KUNDUZ HOSPITAL KILLINGS.

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Nearly seven months after the first shots were fired, the Pentagon has released its full report detailing the night of chaos and horror that left 42 patients and staffers dead at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. In publishing the highly anticipated account, the military concluded that its attack did not amount to a war crime because its effects were not intentional, a view at odds with certain interpretations of international law.

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Why a British Fight Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Matters to the Rest of Us.

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Why a British Fight Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Matters to the Rest of Us

Apr. 29 2016, 10:05 p.m.

Updated | May 1, 2:14 p.m. At first glance, the heated argument two members of the British Labour Party conducted in front of reporters’ iPhones on Thursday, sparked by accusations that one of their colleagues posted anti-Semitic comments on Facebook, seems like a story of interest mainly to political junkies in London.

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Cuba to Increase Electric Power Generation by 2030.

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Cuba to Increase Electric Power Generation by 2030

 

Montevideo, Apr 27.- A change in the electric power matrix will allow Cuba to increase its own energy production from 4 to 24 percent of the total by 2030, said an expert from the Cuban Energy and Mining Ministry on Wednesday.

Ramsés Montes, the Ministry director, in an interview with Prensa Latina, said that this transformation will be possible due to an increase in the use of renewable energy, which together with previous Cuban energy sources will ensure the generation of 7,245 gigawatts in the year 2030.

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Cuban Trobadour Songwriter Silvio Rodriguez in Spain.

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Cuban Trobadour Songwriter Silvio Rodriguez in Spain

 

 

 

Madrid, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) As the end of a large tour on Spain started at the beginning of April, Cuban songwriter and singer Silvio Rodriguez will offer a concert at the neighborhood of Vallecas, Madrid, next Wednesday.

Reediting a project setarted six years ago in Cuba, with his presentations in humble places in Havana and other places of the island, Silvio Rodriguez will perform in this district of Madrid, which is distinguished by its working and cultural tradition.

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Raúl receives British Foreign Secretary.

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Photo: Estudio Revolución

On the morning of April 30, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, received His Excellency Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Philip Anthony Hammond, on an official visit to the country.

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Cuban education: A Revolutionary achievement.

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1959 marked a watershed in Cuban history. Tyranny had left an unsavory legacy across all spheres of society including education: of a population of five and a half million, 23.6% people over the age of 15 were illiterate.

The Moncada Program, referenced by the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, speaking in his own defense on trial for the attack on the Moncada Garrison, July 26, 1953, highlighted Cuban society’s most pressing problems, including universal access to free education – a feat later achieved by the Revolution. Today Cuba has met teacher coverage and literacy targets for basic education, outlined in the World Conference on Education Action Plan, held in Jontien (Thailand).

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Unity and Commitment on May Day.

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In the presence of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and president of the Councils of State and Ministers, May Day celebrations began in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución José Martí.

Also participating in the march were members of the Party Political Bureau, Party Central Committee and Secretariat, as well as the Councils of State and Ministers, participants in the attacks on the Moncada Garrison; Granma expeditionaries; decorated Heroes and Heroines of the Republic of Cuba; outstanding workers; and family members of the victims of the Barbados attack, among other guests.

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LETTER DETAILS FBI PLAN FOR SECRETIVE ANTI-RADICALIZATION COMMITTEES.

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OF THE PLANS put forward by the federal government to identify and stop budding terrorists, among the least understood are the FBI’s “Shared Responsibility Committees.”

The idea of the committees is to enlist counselors, social workers, religious figures, and other community members to intervene with people the FBI thinks are in danger of radicalizing — the sort of alternative to prosecution and jail time many experts have been clamoring for. But civil liberties groups worry the committees could become just a ruse to expand the FBI’s network of informants, and the government has refused to provide details about the program.

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Spanish Teacher’s Cuba Trip Changes Students’ Perspectives.

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Spanish Teacher’s Cuba Trip Changes Students’ Perspectives

Photo courtesy of Chad Taylor

Since the ability to travel to Cuba opened up last year, it has become a popular destination, particularly for educational travel. Spanish teacher Chad Taylor recently took 13 high school students to Cuba where they were immersed in a culture and tradition very different from their own. While the students were a bit taken back by the stark contrast between the United States and Cuba upon arrival, they soon came to appreciate the Cuban culture, and learned valuable lessons they will carry throughout their lives.

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