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Obama says Castro meeting a ‘turning point’ in US-Cuba relations – BBC News

Obama says Castro meeting a ‘turning point’ in US-Cuba relations

BBC News:April 11, 2015 – Caribbean and Latin America

  • Raul  Castro meets President Obama

    Summit of the Americas – Raul Castro meets President Obama

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US President Barack Obama has said that his meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro could be a “turning point”.

He described the meeting on the fringes of the Summit of the Americas as “candid and fruitful”.

Mr Obama said that the former foes would continue to have differences but that they could advance their mutual interests.

The meeting was the first formal talks between the two countries’ leaders in more than half a century.   Continue reading

The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela

David Jessop

David Jessop

Published on March 21, 2015- By David Jessop 

In a few weeks time President Obama will make a one day visit to Jamaica. There, in addition to a number of relatively brief national encounters, he will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government.

This summit is a belated follow up to a promise the US president made in April 2009 when he met in Trinidad with regional leaders in the margins of the fifth Summit of the Americas. Since then there have been encounters with Vice President Biden, at which the predominant focus has been on security and energy; exchanges that at times have not been easy, as to a significant extent the US’s regional preoccupations have not been those of CARICOM, and the approaches discussed have lacked accompanying funding.
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Latin America rebels against US over Cuba

Latin America rebels against US over Cuba

Posted By Stabroek editor On April 15, 2012

CARTAGENA, Colombia,  (Reuters) – Unprecedented Latin American opposition to U.S. sanctions on communist Cuba left President Barack Obama isolated at the Summit of the Americas today and illustrated Washington’s waning influence in the region.

In contrast to the rock-star status he enjoyed at the 2009 summit in Trinidad and Tobago shortly after taking office, Obama has had a bruising time at the two-day meeting in Colombia of some 30 heads of state from across the Americas.

Sixteen U.S. security personnel were caught in an embarrassing prostitution scandal, Brazil and others have bashed Obama over U.S. monetary policy, and he has been on the defensive over calls to legalize drugs.  [more]

Withdrawing from the War on Drugs

Withdrawing from the War on Drugs

 Stabroek staff On April 14, 2012  Editorial |

As the 35-nation Summit of the Americas gets underway in Cartagena, Colombia the United States faces a long overdue reckoning on its War on Drugs. Ever since President Nixon insisted on a instead of treating drug use as a medical, cultural and societal problem, drug trafficking has become an extraordinarily deadly and lucrative business. Yet despite huge subsidies to countries that adopted America’s heavy-handed approach, the War on Drugs has done little more than introduce catastrophic violence and widespread political corruption. The Summit’s host knows the costs better than most, having suffered more than 450,000 homicides since 1990 and with defence spending in excess of US$10 billion (5.3% of GDP, compared to the regional average of 1.7%).

The latest high-profile critic of the US approach is Otto Pérez Molina, Guatemala’s new president, who recently conceded that: “all the technology and resources and millions of dollars the United States have contributed have not managed to diminish the drug problem.” Pérez Molina is hardly a wide-eyed idealist. He served as a director of military intelligence during Guatemala’s civil war and has a raft of alleged human rights abuses hanging over his military record. This pedigree makes him a difficult critic to dismiss.  [more]

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