Monthly Archives: August 2013

UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES HEARING ON THE STATUS OF PUERTO RICO RUBÉN BERRÍOS MARTÍNEZ, PRESIDENT PUERTO RICAN INDEPENDENCE PARTY


A quarter of a century ago, when the Senate was considering Puerto
Rico’s status issue, the late Senator Patrick D. Moynihan introduced a Washington Post article of mine in the congressional record. The article warned that, without independence, Puerto Rico would inevitably become either a commonwealth ghetto or a ghetto state.1 Continue reading

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I NEED TO KNOW, MARC ANTHONY


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OMARA PORTUONDO, CUBAN SINGER


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Report Says NSA Sifting Through Troves of Cross-Border Communications


Washington, August 8 (RHC)– In the latest revelations about the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance, the New York Times reports the NSA is searching through the contents of vast troves of e-mail and text communications flowing into and out of the country.

An unnamed senior intelligence official told the newspaper that the NSA is not only intercepting the communications of U.S. citizens who are in touch with so-called foreign targets- — a practice that has been acknowledged publicly — they are also casting the net far wider to include those who cite information linked to foreign targets.

In order to carry out the surveillance, The New York Times reports the NSA is “temporarily copying and then sifting through the contents of what is apparently most e-mails and other text-based communications that cross the border.”

According to the unnamed official, after the communications are scanned for keywords or other red flags, those that do not raise alarms are deleted. The entire process takes seconds. The practice is touched on in a document leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to The Guardian about the NSA’s powers under the 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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Egypt Slams John McCain Over Coup Remarks


Cairo, August 7 (RHC)– Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has slammed U.S. Senator John McCain for describing the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi as a coup. The leading U.S. senator and former Republican presidential candidate made the remarks at the end of a visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Tuesday.

McCain said: “The circumstances of [Morsi’s] removal was a coup. This was a transition of power not by the ballot box.” He also warned that the situation in Egypt was getting dangerous, calling on the interim government’s officials to release political prisoners if they want to resolve the political crisis sparked by Morsi’s ouster on July 3rd.

Egypt’s state television cited Mansour as describing the U.S. senator’s comments “an unacceptable interference in internal policies.” Egyptian Presidential aid Ahmed El-Muslimani also reportedly rejected McCain’s remarks, saying: “John McCain is distorting facts. His clumsy statements are unacceptable in form and substance.”

McCain’s remarks contradict the U.S. administration’s stance on Egypt’s recent political stalemate. The White House has reportedly said that the two senators do not represent the U.S. government and only represent themselves. The U.S. administration of Barack Obama has so far avoided using the word ‘coup’ for the ouster of Morsi. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that the Egyptian army has restored democracy in the country by toppling Morsi.

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