Cuba: Children a privileged class In televised comments on the 20th anniversary of the UN adoption of a Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF official José Juan Ortiz indicated that of nine million children dying each year from preventable causes, none are Cuban.
Cuba: Retamar honors Marti Poet Roberto Fernández Retamar inaugurated the 7th International conference on Marti Studies. The writer and Casa de las Americas president praised Jose Marti's contribution to Latin American unity and his inspiration of a "second Cuban revolution," led by Fidel Castro in 1953.
Iraq, Jordan: Water shortages weigh heavily Southern Iraq is so short of drinking water, according to Azzaman News, that the government has prevailed upon Iran to supply fresh water via tanker ships.
Cuba and Russia signed an agreement Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, to allow Russian state oil company Zarubezhneft to explore for and produce oil in Cuba in their first post-Soviet oil pact.
It lasted a mere 12 years, but the relationship between Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara changed the course of Cuba's history and continues to intrigue us today.
Stars and Stripes, the U.S. Army weekly, reported last month that two new U.S. military bases are under construction in Bulgaria and Romania at costs respectively of $60 and $50 million.