Category Archives: USA

USA: More Sanctions, Pressure on Syria

Washington, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. government stepped up its pressure on Syria in the form of sanctions and a request from President Barack Obama for Syrian President Bachar el-Assad to resign immediately.

Obama made his statements shortly before leaving to vacation in a luxury resort, followed by sharp criticism for taking a break when the economy is in dire straits and unemployment is rising. Continue reading

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CIA Agent Shot At his Own Planes during 1961 Invasion of Cuba

Washington, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) A CIA agent mistakenly shot at U.S. planes during the mercenary invasion of Cuba at Playa Giron in 1961, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

Some of the planes provided by Washington to Cuban counterrevolutionaries were camouflaged as Cuban military planes, causing what newly-declassified CIA documents described as friendly fire. Continue reading

US Activists Mobilize against Restrictions on Cuba Travel

Washington, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Cubans resident in the United States and nongovernmental organizations have sent thousands of letters, faxes, and e-mails to the White House expressing opposition to a bill that would restore restrictions on travel to Cuba, according to news reports Tuesday. Continue reading

The New Old Obama

By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

For President Barack Obama, these are the days of never hearing an encouraging word. Not since his own supporters were losing faith in his presidential campaign in the summer of 2007 has Obama confronted so many bad reviews and such widespread frustration and angry criticism from his own side. Continue reading

America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

A shopping mall burns in 1992 on the second day of rioting in Los Angeles. The acquittal of several white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King lit the fuse.

By Bill Boyarsky

As President Barack Obama tried to calm a United States facing the threat of financial disaster, riots raged across the Atlantic in London and other British cities. Could it happen here, as our nation adopts British-style austerity and suffers through worsening unemployment? It certainly could, just as it has in the past. Continue reading

Mississippi Still Burning

James C. Anderson was a man in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was attacked by a group of white teenagers.

By Marcia Alesan Dawkins

A scenario ripped from our nation’s troubled racial past made new headlines this week: the slaying of a man allegedly for the simple reason that he was black. But a little digging reveals that there’s more to this story than the label “hate crime” suggests.

This week CNN posted a video capturing the killing of James C. Anderson, 49, an African-American slain in June allegedly by a group of teenagers on a white-power mission. Two members of the group, 18-year-olds Deryl Dedmon Jr. and John Aaron Rice, now await trial. According to reports, Dedmon allegedly ordered Rice and six other teens to beat Anderson, who was then run over with Dedmon’s truck in a motel parking lot in Jackson, Miss., at about 5 a.m. on June 26. Anderson was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Continue reading

U.S. Co. Suspends Trips to Cuba

Washington, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) Co., one of the first travel companies to jump into the Cuba trips allowed by a new Obama administration policy, suspended the tours to Cuba after some problems popped up.

A&K, a luxury travel firm, had sold to U.S. citizens 13 tours organized jointly with the Foundation for Caribbean Studies, holder of one of the licenses to organize people to people trips issued by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC). Continue reading