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For the sake of American investment, end the Cuban Embargo

Unless Uncle Sam is content sitting idly as foreign banks shape the future of a nation only 90 miles from American soil, it’s time for the Obama administration to put down the Bacardi and lift the Cuban Embargo. Since President Raúl Castro took the reins from his brother Fidel in 2008, the Cuban government has gradually loosened its grip on the island’s crumbling economy. The latest move toward reform came at the end of last month, when Cuba’s National Assembly passed a transformative foreign investment law aimed at boosting sluggish GDP growth.  Under the new legislation, the details of which…

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Starving for Hope in Los Angeles County

On a crisp November morning in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, dozens of scattered bodies stir to life. Woken by families setting up picnics and the whistles of tamale vendors, the homeless rise from beds of dirt with aching stomachs. A new morning has arrived with hunger, along with the fear that another day will pass without a hot meal. Kara Smith, a 25-year-old Westlake apartment manager, is doing her best to feed them a little hope. One Sunday a month, she organizes a free community meal in the park. Volunteers come from across LA County and beyond to serve platters…

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Bombs and ballots

The past seven days have been the most news-packed in recent memory: Venezuelan elections, the Boston bombings (and subsequent manhunt), the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, China and Iran’s earthquakes, New Zealand passing marriage equality legislation and, in a more recent development, the United States doubling their aid to Syrian allies — over 60,000 have died since the beginning of the fight against Assad. It’s difficult to sift through these events and try to make much sense out of them individually. When you have natural disasters, terrorist attacks, acts of social progression, political regression and genocide happening in the same 100-hour…

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Rest In Peace, Comandante

Words cannot express my sadness at the passing of Hugo Chávez. A visionary. Though there will be celebrations in streets across the United States tonight, I believe we lost an incredible man, an idealistic warrior who stood up to the government of the United States and told them to go fuck themselves. We will now, undeniably and unfortunately, see turmoil and chaos in this country for a good while. What Chávez instilled could only be upheld by Chávez himself, and the institutions that he created across a continent will now suffer a slow death. It’s not to say that he…

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North Korea’s virtual attack on USA, with graphics made on Microsoft Paint

This is ridiculous. North Korea is like that annoying fat kid who antagonizes and bullies you in grade school because he has self esteem issues, but in reality you could really whoop his ass. You don’t though, just because you feel sorry for him and the people that have to live with him, listening to his whining. What is the move here? How does Washington react to this one, a visual reenactment of a North Korean missile demolishing an American city? The video itself is almost comical, were it not for the burning American flag and crumbling buildings of what…

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Gabby Giffords, Guns and the Politicization of 20 Dead Kids

Just finished writing a blog post about former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ speech to the Senate about ending gun violence in America. “This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats, for Republicans,” she said last week. “Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard, but the time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous. Americans are counting on you, thank you.” Really, when people hear this broken voice, see this…

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LA mayoral candidates to meet in South Central

Looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say about reducing poverty, homelessness and crime in our neighborhood. Rather, looking forward to hearing fluff about how South LA is turning corners and growing with the help of USC at this PR-stunt. Get ya facts straight! We are the poorest, most violent district of the city. The people of this region need help from the top. TODAY 1177 W 25th St  Los Angeles, CA 90007 6:00 pm – 7:30 pn http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5098/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=51239

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