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The U.S. embargo on Cuba has been in place for half of Cuba’s independent history.

THE NUMBERS: American goods imports in 1955, from world and top 9 sources– WORLD $11,384 million Canada $2,655 million Brazil $632 million U.K. $616 million Venezuela $576 million Colombia $442 million Japan $432 million Cuba $422 million Mexico $397 million Germany $366 million WHAT THEY MEAN: Launched with the Eisenhower administration’s cancellation of Cuban sugar […]

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Poverty

Honduras’ murder rate is 15 times the world average, and 20 times the U.S. rate.

Writing in the Congressional newspaper “Roll Call,” New Democrat Coalition member Rep. Joe Garcia of Miamia and ProgressiveEconomy co-founder/GlobalWorks Foundation Chairman Claude Fontheim look at the humanitarian crisis posed by the flight of Central American children to the southern border. The two call for a “comprehensive economic development and security program for Central America,” aimed at economic development, capacity-building, and poverty reduction.

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World War I Centennial

A century later, World War I continues to pose disturbing questions of politics and human nature. The war also has a less complex economic lesson: linkages of trade, information, and finance are fragile; restoring them, once broken, is very difficult.

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Pirate attacks on shipping off Somalia are down by 95 percent since 2011.

Combined Task Force 151, a six-vessel rotating patrol now led by the U.K.’s Royal Navy and featuring American, Australian, Turkish, Korean, and Pakistani ships, has cut attacks by well over 90 percent. Pirates have boarded only one merchant ship this year – an Indian dhow with 14 crewmen, which was rescued within hours, without casualties, by Dutch and Swedish warships.

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