ISIS is contained so let’s release another 5 from GITMO


The Obama White House is a bit off on its timing these days. We’ve all heard about President Obama saying that ISIS was contained the morning of the Paris attacks.
Let’s add another one to the timing file with the announcement that 5 more are leaving GITMO:

“The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that it had transferred five lower-level Yemeni detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates. The United States had held each for nearly 14 years as wartime prisoners, and none had been charged with a crime.The transfers reduced the detainee population at the prison to 107. As many as 17 other proposed transfers of lower-level detainees are in the bureaucratic pipeline, an official familiar with internal deliberations said.The resettlement of the Yemeni detainees was the first of its kind to the United Arab Emirates, which had previously taken in just one former Guantánamo detainee, in 2008 — its own citizen.”

Let’s be fair and say that this release was already under way before the Paris attacks. Nevertheless, didn’t it occur to someone that maybe releasing GITMO terrorists may just be the wrong signal hours after Paris?
The Obama White House does not seem capable of dealing with ISIS. They talk tough but seem completely unsure of what to do. They look scared to take the war to the terrorists!
I don’t expect much from President Obama, unless we are attacked or ISIS captures US soldiers. Therefore, this mess will be left to # 45. I just hope that the millions planning to vote for Mrs Clinton understand that she will very likely send ground troops to the region.
Yes, Obama’s mess will have to be cleaned up by # 45!
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A look at the situation in Venezuela

Guest:  Comandante Cazorla, opposition leader, joins us for a discussion of the situation in Venezuela….the economic crisis plus the political problems…..the state of the opposition …..the polling data on upcoming elections……the food shortages all over the country……crime in the streets of Caracas and other cities…..the relationship with Cuba……US-Venezuela relations after the sanctions……and other issues about the situation in Venezuela….

Special note:  We had a little of distortion in our connection with Venezuela…..please forgive us for the static at the beginning of the show…

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Cuba and US-Latin America stories of the week

Guest:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for a look at US-Latin America stories of the week……we will discuss the latest legal setback for President Obama’s executive order……….what impact will it have in Central America?  The latest from Mexico’s upcoming mid-term elections……..Chile and the president’s problems……Argentina and Mr Nisman……Venezuela and allegations of drugs……Colombia and FARC……US-Cuba talks…….

and Jorge Ponce will joins us to talk about the death of the author of Fidel Castro’s “Double life”………click to listen:

The Panama summit and other US Latin America stories of the week

GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog……plus Roger Mailhot, a Canadian businessman with vast Latin America experience and currently living in Lima, Peru…….we will discuss the Latin American summit in Panama….the US-Cuba talks…..President Obama and Raul Castro…..the US-Venezuela rift…..more marches in Brazil…….the continuing crisis in Argentina….the murder of Alberto Nisman……and other US-Latin America stories of the week….

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Reds Return to Red Square on May Day 2014

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MOSCOW – Tens of thousands of Russians marched through Red Square on Thursday as part of May Day celebrations in the first such display of Soviet-era-like ceremony since 1991 – the year the communist Soviet Union dissolved.

“For the first time, stages will be filled, and 5,000 (labor) veterans will stand on the tribunes of Red Square,” Sergei Chernov, chairman of the Moscow Labor Union Federation, was quoted by ITAR-Tass as saying, ahead of the march, which is being seen as part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to stoke patriotic feelings following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

As many as 2 million people were expected to be on hand for the event organized by Russian labor unions, which are mostly loyal to the Kremlin. In the end, about 100,000 people participated in the celebration, some holding signs saying: “Let’s go to Crimea for vacation” and “Putin is right.” Russian flags fluttered through the crowd.

Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, whose City Hall approved the measure, led the procession.

Earlier, he assured people it would not be a return to Soviet times…

Well, THAT’S a relief!

Meanwhile, on this not-a-return-to-Soviet-times May Day in Ukraine…

Pro-Russian protesters storm prosecutor’s office in Ukraine’s Donetsk


A report directly from Venezuela

We spoke on Friday night with Comandante Cazorla in Venezuela.  He updated the situation in his homeland.

Michael Prada joined me to talk about the influence of Cuba in Venezuela.