Miami’s first Hackathon for Cuba kicks off – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comInspired by Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez’s call to action, about 40 computer programmers gathered Saturday morning for South Florida’s first Hackathon for Cuba taking place at The LAB Miami in…

Fidel Castro ‘talked a lot’ during meeting, Brazil’s Rousseff says – Reuters

ReutersHAVANA (Reuters) – Fidel Castro was lucid, displayed a sharp memory and “talked a lot,” Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday of her two-hour meeting with the former Cuban…

Uighur prisoners leave Guantanamo for Slovakia – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMIAMI (AP) — Slovakia has accepted three prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who had posed a difficult resettlement challenge, helping the U.S. government move closer to its goal of closing…

Cuba’s Raul Castro calls for better US relations – BBC News

BBC NewsCuban President Raul Castro has called for “civilised relations” with the United States, saying the two countries should respect their differences. President Castro said the US should drop its…

The Obama-Castro handshake that shocked the world – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWith a quick handshake, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro whipped up a frenzy Tuesday that led many to wonder whether a shift is coming between the…

White House says Obama-Castro handshake ‘not planned’ – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro’s handshake at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was unplanned, the White House has said. White House aide Ben Rhodes told reporters the…

President Obama Shakes Raul Castro’s Hand, Twitter Trend Erupts

President Obama shook the hand of Raul Castro at the funeral for Nelson Mandela, and really, in the sprit of Mandela himself, and yet, many on Twitter, who are either…

Crowds Mass in South Africa to Bid Farewell and Honor Mandela – New York Times

New York TimesSOWETO, South Africa — In an outpouring of praise, memory and celebration, scores of leaders from around the world, including President Obama, joined tens of thousands of South…

World leaders, singing crowds gather for Mandela memorial – Reuters

ReutersJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – World leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba’s Raul Castro joined thousands of South Africans to honor Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in a memorial that will…

WTO agrees global trade deal worth $1tn – BBC News

BBC NewsThe World Trade Organization has agreed its first ever global deal aimed at boosting commerce. The agreement reached in Bali, Indonesia, simplifies trade procedures and also makes it easier…

Edward Snowden: 30 Journalists On Plane, No Snowden In Seat

Either Edward Snowden was arrested, or took a different flight to Cuba, or is on Aeroflot flight SU150 from Moscow to Cuba but in a different seat and in a…

Edward Snowden On Way To Cuba Or Not? Then Ecuador? Arrested?

Edward Snowden, the NSA Whisleblower and Ex-CIA Contractor, is reportedly on his way to Cuba as this is being written, and a 7 AM press conference is planned in Ecuador…

NY Times, Washington Post Show Ecuador President Correa’s Corruption

For those who romanticized Ecuador as a fair, democratic country with solid “freedom of the press” laws, much like America, it’s time to wake up. As I have explained in…

Diana Nyad Ends Epic Swim

Yesterday I blogged about Diana Nyad beginning her epic 103 mile swim from Cuba to the Key West, but on CNN this morning it has been reported that due to…

Diana Nyad is 61-year-old Shark Bait

Diana Nyad is 61-years-old and has decided that she should swim 103 miles from Cuba to the Key West. It is her goal to become the only person to do…

No, Helen Mirren Does Have A Great Body

Helen Mirren’s topping Google Trends in both blogs and news websites for several reasons, but a very interesting one is the reaction to her blast that she, in her view,…