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Gays in Cuba join conga line against homophobia

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Gays in Cuba join conga line against homophobia

Though Cuba's communist government was known to discriminate against gays and lesbians in its early days, change is afoot on the island. A Worldfocus contributing blogger attended a street dance in Havana on the International Day Against Homophobia, led by Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela.

Posted: May 29, 2009 13:57   Comments: 0
Obama nominates first Hispanic Supreme Court justice

Interview (video)

Obama nominates first Hispanic Supreme Court justice

President Barack Obama announced his choice for the Supreme Court on Tuesday -- Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge from New York whose parents came from Puerto Rico. Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas discusses how the story is playing in Latin America.

Posted: May 26, 2009 11:01   Comments: 2
Baby steps as U.S. invites Cuba to resume talks

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Baby steps as U.S. invites Cuba to resume talks

Last week, the U.S. told the Cuban government it wants to resume twice-yearly talks with Cuba about migration issues. Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes that in the case of Cuba, timing is everything.

Posted: May 26, 2009 09:38   Comments: 0
Week in review: Israel, Iran’s missile test and Guantanamo

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Week in review: Israel, Iran’s missile test and Guantanamo

Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times discuss the week’s top stories: Israel and the peace process, Iran's missile test and President Obama's speech on national security and Guantanamo.

Posted: May 22, 2009 13:19   Comments: 19
Obama gets it right on balancing values and security

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Obama gets it right on balancing values and security

Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian reacts to President Barack Obama's speech on national security and argues that the best way to spread values of human rights and democracy is to act as a good example.

Posted: May 22, 2009 12:59   Comments: 3
Cheney’s national security speech: Can we handle the truth?

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Cheney’s national security speech: Can we handle the truth?

Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner reacts to former Vice President Dick Cheney's speech discussing the use of torture and the detention of terrorists at Guantanamo, tracing Cheney's attitude toward transparency and justice.

Posted: May 22, 2009 12:45   Comments: 2
Obama defends decision to close Guantanamo prison‎

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Obama defends decision to close Guantanamo prison‎

On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a strong defense of his decision to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. Shayana Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights discusses how the president made his case, the next step and potential pitfalls of the Obama plan.

Posted: May 21, 2009 14:14   Comments: 2
What to do about Guantanamo?

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What to do about Guantanamo?

President Obama is pressing ahead with his plan to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo. Could it mean suspected terrorists are headed to America? A Worldfocus contributing blogger explores what the future holds for Guantanamo and its detainees.

Posted: May 21, 2009 11:11   Comments: 3
The good, the bad and the interesting

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The good, the bad and the interesting

From fuel standards to Indian elections, Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian looks at the good, the bad and the interesting from this week's international news.

Posted: May 19, 2009 14:54   Comments: 4
World powers must shift mindset to tackle flu, global threats

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World powers must shift mindset to tackle flu, global threats

As the World Health Organization convenes public health officials from around the world to tackle the H1N1 flu and other diseases, Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that international institutions like the WHO are critical in the face of globe-circling threats.

Posted: May 18, 2009 13:56   Comments: 9

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