Well, it appears the Bush administration deems Cuba to be a higher priority, according to a report in the latest issue of Money Laundering Alert, a subscription-only newsletter published by a former federal prosecutor.
Following is a snippet from the story:
In the years before and even after the September 11, 2001 attacks, a U.S. government agency responsible for tracking down and blocking terrorists financing -- the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) -- has devoted far more resources to Cuba travel ban violators....
In one case outlined in the story, OFAC, which is part of the Treasury Department, fined a mother of two $10,000 for failing to file the proper paperwork for her 10-day trip to Cuba.
IndyMedia Bolivia, el Centro de Promoción de la Mujer Gregoria Apaza y Radio Pachamama tienen el agrado de invitar a usted a la presentación del libro de Luis A. Gómez, "El Alto de pie."
El evento se llevará a cabo el viernes 28 de mayo, de 17 a 19 horas,
en el Auditorio del Centro de Promoción de la Mujer Gregoria Apaza,
Av. Juan Pablo II y calle Eulert no. 125
Zona 16 de Julio
Agradecemos su gentil concurrencia
IndyMedia Bolivia, the Gregoria Apaza Center for Women, and Radio Pachamama invite you to the presentation of the book by Luis A. Gómez, "El Alto de pie" (El Alto Stands Up.)
The event will take place on Friday May 28th, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Gregoria Apaza Center for Women... in El Alto.
We appreciate your kind attendance.
This is a very important book from the heart of last autumn's popular rebellions in Bolivia that caused the fall of disgraced president Gonzalo "Goni" Sanchez de Lozada (now in Miami, of course).
More details to come, but I wanted y'all to see the cover art and be able to congratulate Luis Gómez.
On Feb. 29 the legally elected government of Haiti was driven from power by armed force. Its president, after being taken against his will to the Central African Republic, was given refuge in Jamaica. The Bush administration's response has been to demand that the democratic countries of the Caribbean (1) drop their call for an investigation into the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, (2) push the Aristide family out of Jamaica and the region, and (3) abandon their policy of admitting only democratically elected governments into the councils of Caricom (a multilateral organization established by the English-speaking Caribbean countries 31 years ago to promote regional cooperation).
In addition, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice has warned Caricom leaders that if one U.S. soldier is killed in Haiti, Caribbean governments will be held responsible because the Aristide family was granted sanctuary in the region. In short, the Bush administration is strong-arming the Caribbean to confer on Haiti's new "government," headed by Gerard Latortue, a legitimacy it has not earned and does not deserve....
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism professor Martín Sánchez also watched it, and has already published his observations on Venezuelanalysis.com.
Martín and I got the same impression from watching the democratically-elected president do his popular television call-in program: Chávez is ready and at fighting weight to campaign and win yet another crushing electoral victory in that referendum if it happens.
Of course, the squalid oligarchs who can't shoot straight may still screw up their extra extra chance to validate signatures that they claimed publicly were valid, but that their leaders were caught on tape admitting privately they were not valid, back when they filed the petitions filled with forgeries, signatures of dead people, and multiple signatures from the same persons...
The legendary "Cowboy in Caracas" writes:
Al, Big News! I'm going to be a father! And, I consider you the godfather!
Now don't jump to any conclusions! It isn't what you are thinking.
First of all, I want to send you a big, big thanks. You were extremely instrumental in encouraging me to write, indeed, one of the most important people to do so. Being in Mexico last year for the two session of the J-school were additional boosts and the invitation to have a notebook on Narco News another one.
Not only that, but through Narco News a kid that was in Venezuela maybe fifteen years ago and visited Nueva Tacagua reestablished contact with me. He has been offering for sometime the possibility of voluntarily developing a website for me. Well, we've done it.
Tomorrow I will be the father of a new blog...
Okay, well pass around the cigars! The Narcosphere is now a grandparent!
Obviously, a lot of super qualified and interesting applicants did not make it. There are two more, beyond this list of 34 below, whom we are trying to find a way to get them there (but our finances and theirs preclude granting them even partial travel expenses so far), and...
It is now my great pleasure to introduce you to the Authentic 34 of the Class of 2004 of the Narco News J-School!
El origen de la producción de cocaína se remonta a los procesos de migraciones al interior, de campesinos obligados a ocupar territorios selváticos, el surgimiento de grupos armados para protegerlos y la tremenda fuente de ingresos que representaba la droga para mafiosos con experiencia en el contrabando.
Estados Unidos influye fuertemente con la "Alianza para el Progreso" establecida para contrarrestar movimientos de izquierda tras la revolución cubana en 1959. La influencia se concentra en una Colombia productora de mariguana cuando Nixon anuncia la "Guerra contra las drogas".
"El Plan Colombia fue redactado en inglés y cocinado en Washington". Para Europa se trataba de una estrategia militar contra la insurgencia así que decidió no aportar.
Hoy en día el Ejecutivo concentra un poder público que antes estaba más repartido. Molano habla de una forma de "dictadura" conducida para cumplir con los acuerdos ante el Fondo Monetario Internacional, el tratado de extradición y el Plan Colombia, lo cual significa el debilitamiento del Estado.
El Plan puede ser una estrategia para dominar una zona de varios países rica en recursos naturales y en mercados potenciales.
Alleged drinking was involved...
Gonzalez is a high-ranking supervisor in the Houston office of the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Gonzalez also is part of a group of Hispanic federal agents who are suing the Department of Homeland Security for alleged racial discrimination. He reached out to Cornyn for help in addressing some of the discrimination issues raised in the class-action case -- in part, because the senator appeared to be sensitive to the concerns of Latinos.
Despite his freshman status in Washington, Cornyn has solid connections to the White House. Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Cornyn, a Republican, served as Attorney General of Texas from 1999-2002 during the administration of Gov. George W. Bush.
A statement posted on the Web site for the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association (FHLEOA) -- for which Gonzalez serves as vice president -- states the following:
Texas senator John Cornyn is a close friend of the president. Senator Cornyn publicly appears to support Hispanic issues, as can be found on his Web site. ...
The FHLEOA statement goes on to point out that last year, Cornyn made very strong remarks about an alleged racial slight of lawyer Miguel A. Estrada, who at the time was a Bush nominee for a federal appeals-court judgeship.
This is my favorite time of year. The deadline for this year's Narco News School of Authentic Journalism scholarship applications has passed and we're immersed in the fun work of reviewing them carefully and selecting the 2004 class of scholars to join us in July and August in Cochabamba and the Chapare region of Bolivia.
We'll use this thread to answer questions and share a bit about the process (respecting the privacy of all applicants, of course). Part of our application gives the aspirants the opportunity to ask questions of us. I will answer them here and then translate the answers.
I'll also field questions about the J-School from co-publishers...