Cyprus “blackmailed” by European Union

The countries of the European south, Greece in particular, have suffered due to the world crisis of capital. The crisis has now turned on the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus with a vengeance.

BRICS summit considers development bank

For any African country to have a strong competitor to play off against the companies and governments is seen as a step forward by many African leaders.


France sends troops into Central African Republic

France has sent 350 troops to counter the Seleka (rebel) forces that have taken control of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.


After a long winter, tropical rain forest sounded lovely

I learned that the political left was influential in Costa Rica. But they were divided. A united left could form a winning coalition. The people of Costa Rica deserve nothing less.


France and U.K. decide to go all out in Syria, others have doubts

Francois Hollande and David Cameron announced that their governments would push for an end to the European Union embargo on selling weapons to rebel forces in Syria.


Church faces big choices as cardinals pick a new pope

The cardinals have assembled in Rome to begin choosing the next pope.


Groups fight to remove Cuba from “terrorism sponsors” list

A consortium of organizations announced a new push to get Cuba taken off the State Department's "State Sponsors of Terrorism" list.


Hugo Chavez, popular Venezuelan president, dies

In life, Chavez was almost a legendary figure; first elected to Venezuela's presidency in 1998, he was popularly re-elected three more times in 2000, 2006, and 2012.


Battle for Venezuela’s presidency in overdrive

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who was favored by Chavez, is the presidential candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.