Christmas photos of daughters Stephanie and Melanie, granddaughter Natasha, great-grandson De'Andre, and myself.
Apologies, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, so hardly know where to begin in this new year. I’ll try to be brief, sort of like Yahoo News or other on-line news services with snippets or websites, since attention spans now for any topic are short. If readers are inspired to explore further on something of interest, that’s great. I tried to make all the fonts the same, but failed and don't know how to do it once it's on the blog site, so please bear with me.
Haiti is one of the countries I monitor in my role as volunteer Caribbean coordinator for Amnesty International USA and the news from there is rarely good. http://news.yahoo.com/election-results-ignite-violent-protests-haiti-185740894.html (legislative election results announced) Haiti delayed presidential run-off is Jan. 17.
In Chile, where I was an election observer in the 1988 plebiscite that went against General Augusto Pinochet, more details are finally emerging. http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2015/12/30/pinochet-dictatorship-pacts-silence-unraveling-chile/pyM0fSOC1uhQquPTZFJIrK/story.html
As usual, lots of news and commentary regarding Cuba, especially in light of the anniversary of the accords, with the web titles revealing subjects:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/warning-from-a-cuban-dissident/2015/12/18/7a674596-a4ed-11e5-b53d-972e2751f433_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory\ (Antonio Rodiles)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/12/23/obama-cuba-policy-makes-life-worse-for-cubans/OUyQLFMyhtl6PJR1X2PnuI/story.html (Boston Globe, Obama’s Cuba policy makes life worse for Cubans.)
Below, articles about the stand-off between Costa Rica and neighbor Nicaragua on the Cuban migrants, which apparently is being resolved now by allowing the 8,000 migrants to pay for a flight between Costa Rica and El Salvador, providing someone a profit and costing relatives in the US who are financing most of the journey. The Costa Rican prsident’s trip to Cuba to personally appeal to Raul Castro seemed to go nowehere. The US government kept out of the issue, except to say the Cubans must set foot on US soil by land and not arrive by air.
http://news.yahoo.com/costa-rica-suspends-political-participation-c-america-body-032439191.html Costa Rica partially pulled out of SICA, a regional body promoting Central American cooperation, after neighboring nations failed to help handle a growing Cuban migrant crisis.
One of the prisoners released as the result of the accords last year was re-arrested, went on a hunger strike, and is now near death. Last I heard, he was in cardiac arrest in a local hospital. I don’t think the Cuban government would want him to die. If he recovers, he, of course, should be immediately released.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article52148245.html (Cuban hunger striker near death.)