United Nations Votes 191-2 To Condemn US Embargo Against Cuba

The two ‘no’ votes came from the United States and Israel, which almost always has voted with the U.S. on this issue.

Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez addresses the U.N. General Assembly, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, as U.S. Ambassador Ronald Godard listens, at right. Richard Drew AP

In the first United Nations vote on a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo against Cuba since the two countries renewed diplomatic ties in July, Cuba scored its biggest victory yet as the General Assembly voted 191-2 to adopt the resolution. The only drama was how the United States would vote after its Dec. 17 announcement of a rapprochement

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Assata Shakur: A Pawn In The US-Cuba Game?

How will the thawing of decades of chilly U.S.-Cuba relations impact a former rights activist who has lived in exile on the tiny island nation since she was sprung from prison — where she was serving a life sentence for murder — over three decades ago?

Joanne Chesimard

In this April 25, 1977 file photo, Joanne Chesimard, a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, leaves Middlesex County courthouse in New Brunswick, N.J.  Now known as Assata Shakur, she was convicted in 1977 of killing a New Jersey state trooper four years earlier, in a case that drew international attention. She was sentenced

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Voices Of Dissent Reject The US-Friendly Narrative On Ukraine

When the US supports a government’s overthrow that’s “freedom”—but when it objects, that’s “Russian aggression.”

Amid the fast-moving and often confusing daily developments in Ukraine, it has fallen to relatively few journalists and observers to challenge the dominant western media narrative in order to expose that claims made by top policy officials and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe should not be swallowed whole by those trying to understand the still

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Analysis: America’s Middle Class Falters As Nation’s Richest Rise

Report shows low and middle income earners falling behind comparable countries.

Protesters Richard Hanzel, left, Brendan Hutt, and Richard Shavzin, right, of the Screen Actors Guild, dressed as wall street bankers, march from Goldman Sachs' office to a rally in Federal Plaza demanding Wall Street reform, Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

The income inequality gap between the wealthy and those considered to be lower- and middle class is skyrocketing in the U.S. compared to other countries historically known to be less affluent, according to a new analysis published Tuesday. The findings are based on a joint analysis conducted by the New York Times and researchers at the

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Analysis: Weak US Hand In Ukraine Confrontation

Nearly a quarter century after the Cold War ended, the crisis in Ukraine symbolizes the weak foreign policy hand the United States often finds itself playing despite its status as the only global superpower.

John Kerry, Sergey Lavrov

WASHINGTON — Nearly a quarter century after the Cold War ended, the crisis in Ukraine symbolizes the weak foreign policy hand the United States often finds itself playing despite its status as the only global superpower. With a military confrontation with Russia off the table and European allies hesitant to join Washington in more robust

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Violent Gun Battle Shatters Short-Lived Truce In Ukraine

Agreements calling for reduced tensions and promises of a holiday cease-fire do not hold up to realities on the ground.

Ukraine

A brokered Easter weekend truce in Ukraine that followed on an international agreement designed to reduce tensions last week was shattered early Sunday morning when a gun battle in the eastern part of the country resulted in the death of several people. Early details vary on the exact number of people who may have been killed near the city of

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