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Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Obama administration loosens Cuba embargo with new measures

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ The Obama administration is loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba with a new round of regulations allowing American companies to sell to Cuba on credit and export a potentially wide range of products to the Cuban government for the first time, officials said Tuesday. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Dem’s lead candidate echoes Manley’s vision

Jamaica: When Jamaica’s Michael Manley declared in 1974 that the independent nation’s political philosophy would pattern the dictates ascribed as Democratic Socialism, he was maligned and ostracized by US operatives who said the Caribbean leader planned to introduce communism to the English-speaking region. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

US considers travel warnings over Zika virus

National: United States federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies, according to reports. Comment.

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Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016

A ‘Dream’ weekend commemorating MLK

People: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Comment.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

‘Black Panthers’ among Dr. MLK BAM honors in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Three decades of celebrations to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will exalt the visionary Civil Rights leader during the annual Brooklyn Academy of Music festivities on Jan. 18. Tributes and musical entertainment plus a keynote address will continue a tradition of keeping the Nobel Peace prize winner’s legacy alive. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Top US officials travel to Haiti

Haiti: The United States Department of State says two top officials have arrived in Haiti amid concerns over the ongoing political process in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Obama’s new executive actions on guns

Brooklyn: U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Tuesday welcomed President Obama’s new executive actions to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

Jamaica’s ‘fishy cocaine’ among 2015 top 10 seizures

National: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says cocaine found in fried fish on a flight from Jamaica was among its top seizures in 2015. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

Coverage overkill of one guy’s campaign

National: Maybe it’s too much to expect that some of the media organizations committed to a 24 / 7 concentration on the buffoonery of the leading GOP presidential contender, would have the fortitude to acknowledge how much they’re responsible for the current “laughing stock” phase that has laid siege to politics in America. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Clarke: Justice Scalia’s remarks deeply troubling

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she’s “deeply troubled” by remarks made by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the oral argument for Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, “which could result in a decision invalidating programs intended to increase diversity at college and universities.” Comment.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Why was this officer on the job?

National: The most baffling thing about the rash of controversial fatalities, where persons of color have met their deaths at the hands of white cops, is that the cycle endures. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

‘Getting To Zero’ amplifies World Aids Day’s theme

People: Amidst fear, panic and threat of a pandemic in 1987, two action-oriented individuals — James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter – perceived a day to conscientiously focus on HIV / AIDS. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Clarke urges restoration of funds for crime victims

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has announced her effort to restore $1.5 billion from the Crime Victims Fund – about 10 percent of the fund – that was removed in the bipartisan budget agreement passed in Congress to prevent a default on the federal debt and to keep the federal government in operation. Comment.