Ecuador cancels the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (TATPDEA) as the US creates an international incident

    “Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider.” Francis Bacon I read today in the Guardian UK (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward-snowden?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2) that Ecuador has waived preferential trade rights with Washington over the Edward Snowden affair even as the whistleblower’s prospect of reaching Quito seem dim.  These […]

LEAKED CUBA MEMO TO RAISE EYEBROWS

From Saul Landau and Nelson P. Valdes A recently retired military intelligence officer submitted this memo [see below] to his former commander (Southcom) — copies to other appropriate agencies. Obama Administration officials ignored it. “Cuba is not on our agenda,” one said. One official surreptitiously mailed us a copy, which we share. The Cuban government […]

THE EMBARGO: NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE FAILURE

The UN General Assembly voted  overwhelmingly to end the US Economic, Financial and Commercial Embargo of Cuba. The Cubans claim the embargo cost them over $242 million in 2008 alone. The embargo, Cuba claims, makes foreign capital unavailable because investors face possible sanctions for doing business with Cuba. Public opinion polls – elite business opinion agrees – […]