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Colombia releases Chinese ship, holds captain

Colombia has freed Da Dan Xia, COSCO Shipping’s heavy-lift vessel involved in an illegal arms transport, and has ordered the ship to head to Havana, Cuba, on 21 April.

The ship was detained in Cartagena by Colombian authorities in March this year for carrying illegal weapons. Approximately 100 tonnes of gunpowder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 […]


Colombia detains China Cosco Shipping vessel over illegal arms

Cargo documentation the captain presented did not match the load the ship was found to be carrying, Luis Gonzalez, national director of the Colombian attorney general’s office, told reporters. “Around 100 tonnes of powder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectiles and around 3,000 cannon shells were found,” Gonzalez added. This photo of the Da Dan […]


Japan freezes assets of N. Korea entity over weapons development

Japan said Friday it will freeze the assets, effective the same day, of a North Korean entity in line with a U.N.-mandated sanction against Pyongyang for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development.

Japan took the measure after Ocean Maritime Management Co. was included in late July in a list of companies and individuals subject […]


AP: US sent Venezuelan youth to Cuba to “provoke unrest”

A program overseen by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent almost a dozen youth to Cuba from Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Peru, with the goal of rousing opposition against the Cuban government, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed earlier this week.

USAID initiated the program shortly after the inauguration of US President Barack […]


U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters under 200,000 bags of sugar, which the United States said showed a clear attempt to circumvent U.N. and U.S. sanctions against North Korea.

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North […]


Russia plans to join Nicaragua Canal project

Russia will take part in building the Nicaragua Canal and is discussing possible modes of cooperation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday.

“We have discussed this multiple times with our Nicaraguan colleagues,” Ryabkov said in an interview with RIA Novosti. “We are looking for appropriate ways in which Russia can get involved in this […]


Costa Rica seeks answers on secret US ‘Cuban Twitter,’ ZunZuneo

Without knowing it, Cuban citizens gave up information to USAID contractors. The database separated the information by gender, age, ‘receptiveness’ and ‘political tendencies.’ Within the latter, respondents were categorized as ‘anti-revolution,’ ‘apolitical’ and ‘pro-revolution.’

The United States government’s attempt to create a fictitious social media network to undermine the Communist regime in Cuba continues […]


USAID’s ‘cockamamie’ secret campaign to undermine Cuba via social media

Cuban activists poked fun at ‘Tio Sam’ (Uncle Sam) after learning that the U.S. was behind their social networking tool and planning to use it to instigate a ‘Cuban uprising.’

When is humanitarian aid from the U.S. a cover for espionage? And should the U.S. agency in charge of humanitarian aid ever be a conduit […]


The U.S. Counterattack in Central America

Jose Maria Villalta, a pro-union candidate for president, was a front runner in Costa Rican polls until a propaganda campaign was waged by the U.S.-backed oligarchy.

At peak moments of the “war on drug trafficking” or for “humanitarian activities”, there may be dozens of ships at Costa Rican bases, from aircraft carriers to amphibious vehicles, […]


North Korea pays hefty fine in Panama over Cuba missile mini-crisis

The North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang was stopped on July 10 on suspicion of carrying drugs as it tried to enter the Panama Canal. Panamanian authorities’ search uncovered 25 containers of Cuban military hardware, including two Soviet-era MiG-21 aircraft, air defense systems, missiles and command and control vehicles. More than 200,000 sacks of […]


Panama slaps $1 million fine on North Korean ship

The Chong Chon Gang was intercepted on July 10 as it tried to enter the Panama Canal. Authorities uncovered 25 containers of military hardware, including two Soviet era MiG-21 fighter jets, air defense systems, missiles and command and control vehicles. The ship’s 35 crew members are being detained at a former US military base […]


Cuba bids to lure foreign investment with new port and trade zone

The Mariel container terminal and logistical rail and highway support, a $900 million project, is largely being financed by Brazil and built in conjunction with Brazil’s Grupo Odebrecht SA. The container facility will be operated by Singaporean port operator PSA International Pte Ltd. The terminal is scheduled to open in January.

Cuba published rules and […]


Panama Canal delayed by at least 6 more months

The completion of the Panama Canal expansion may be delayed by at least another six months, according to Grantley Stephenson.

The president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) said that the wider, deeper canal, which is expected to unlock huge potential in transshipment business for the region, will more likely become fully functional in 2016.



USAID Reiterates Subversive Plans in Latin American Countries

The United States reiterated its willingness to finance rebel groups seeking to destabilize some countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), a mechanism of political, economic and social integration created in 2004.

According to Mark Feierstein, Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington […]


US Subverting Latin America

US President John Kennedy Established USAID – the United States Agency for International Development – in November, 1962 as an organization charged with an essentially humanitarian mission of providing economic and other support to struggling countries around the world. The agency’s stated goals therefore include conflict prevention, the expansion of democracy, humanitarian assistance, and human […]