Venezuela and Cuba Deepen “Strategic Alliance”

US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs, Not Because of Al Qeda

Australia’s boom is anything but for its Aboriginal people
The story of the first Australians is still poverty and humiliation, while their land yields the world’s biggest resources boom

900 Still Missing Among Rubble as Fires Break Out in Bangladesh
Big business still on the lam as factory owners are arrested

Venezuela and Cuba Deepen “Strategic Alliance”
Venezuela and Cuba signed 51 bilateral agreements related to energy management and social programmes in areas including healthcare, education and recreation this past weekend and pledged to spend $2 billion on bilateral social development projects this year.

Venezuela’s Maduro pledges continued alliance with Cuba
Cuba and Venezuela signed cooperation accords on Saturday for 51 projects as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, on his first trip to the island since his election, pledged to maintain the close alliance forged by his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela’s Electoral Council Says Capriles Lacks Proof of Fraud
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced yesterday that they would not approve Henrique Capriles’ additional demands for the auditing of the April 14 elections, and explained that he lacks any proof of fraud.

Libya faces growing Islamist threat
Diplomats warn that militants squeezed out of Mali by western intervention are hitting targets in Tripoli

Military action over Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons could backfire

Americans should expect acts of terror
Tom Brokaw was right: Our violent attacks abroad increase the chance of retributive attacks at home

US Navy experimenting with drones and blimps to fight Caribbean drug smugglers

I could justify fighting in Afghanistan *ndash; until the Boston bombing
The Tsarnaev brothers aren’t the first alleged terrorists to cite U.S. military intervention in other countries as a reason for targeting civilians, and they won’t be the last. Despite our best efforts and valor, I wonder, have America’s wars made the homeland less safe? Sure, we’ve killed and captured thousands of radicals who wanted to harm Americans. But in doing so, have we created more?

Boston bomb suspects’ parents retreat to village, cancel U.S. trip

Obama tells Putin of concern over Syrian chemical arms

Syrian Official: Chemical Weapons Claim a ‘Barefaced Lie’
Information minister says the US and Britain prefer to “juggle with facts” and ultimately “repeat Iraq’s scenario”

Syrian prime minister survives Damascus bombing, six die

The Shia street waiting: Syrian rebels’ attacks on Shiites drag Lebanon into conflict
In order to engage Lebanese Hezbollah, the most powerful military group of the Islamic world, in the civil war Syrian rebels attack Shia sacred places and target 30, 000 Syrian Shia Muslims who live on the border with Lebanon.

Explosion shakes central Prague, as many as 40 injured
An explosion in central Prague on Monday, probably caused by gas, injured as many as 40 people, officials said, and neighboring buildings – including the National Theatre – had to be evacuated.

37 militants killed in Afghanistan within day: gov’t

U.S. Corruption: Karzai admits to being on secret US payroll
Top Afghan officials have been on the CIA’s payroll for over a decade, receiving tens of millions of US dollars in cash. Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted to receiving the clandestine financial support, but dismissed the sum as a “small amount.”

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