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El ciudadano José Luis Zumaguera Miranda se encuentra en estado de coma en el hospital de Colón, Matanzas, tras haber sido baleado por la policía durante una persecución, denunciaron sus familiares.

Zumaguera Miranda recibió siete impactos de bala. Cuatro de los proyectiles aún permanecen en su cuerpo.

"Queremos denunciar este abuso. La policía entró a la casa, él salió corriendo y entonces empezaron a dispararle", indicó su hermano, Serafín Zumaguera.

El tiroteo se produjo en plena calle, al lado de un bodega y de una escuela, según los denunciantes.

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Una lucha contemporánea entre David y el gigante Goliat. Así resume su historia Michel Villand, pionero de la inversión francesa en Cuba y exsocio de Fidel Castro, quien ha escrito sobre su fallida aventura empresarial en la Isla y sobre la forma en que plantó cara al sistema castrista, informa EFE.

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A Succession from Castro to Castro / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on November 10, 2013

Historical data show that long before Colombus, America had already been
discovered. Leif Eriksson, son of Erik the Red, was a Viking explorer
who in the year 1003 managed to arrive at a land that he baptized as
"Viland" and which, according to his description and remnants found,
could be Newfoundland.

Zheng He, the famous Chinese military man, according to his travel log,
between 1405 and 1433 touched the coasts of the American continent on
several occasions. Khashkhash Ibn Saeed Ibn Aswad was a Muslim sailor
who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and returned to Europe with evidence of
his trip in the year 889. We are also familiar with the legend of Hui
Shum, a Buddhist monk who by around the year 485 was preaching on the
Yucatan Peninsula.

The Hindus speak of Votan, a mythological navigator who lived among the
ancient Mayans. The presence of kumara on the Cook Islands, a native
American plant, very similar to yams, has been cited as evidence that
the native Americans could have come to Oceania. And as if that were not
enough, recent scientific studies document the discovery of cocaine and
American nicotine remnants in the bodies of Egyptian mummies.

Nevertheless, and in spite of this information, 12 October 1492,
continues marking the history books. Sometimes, with insistent
repetition, we waste time searching for a day, or a dated event, in
order to build a greater uproar than that caused by the arrival of a
late train at the station.

The same thing happens to us Cubans. There are more than a few
enthusiasts trapped in the tricks of the almanac: they agree that if we
had not had a 10 October 1868, our story would not have gotten to a 10
February 1878, a 24 February 1895, nor a 20 May 1902; nor would we have
suffered a 10 March 1952, a 26 July 1953, a 13 March 1957, and much less
a 1 January 1959.

Personally I think that the mentioned events occurred just as we know
them today.

But history aside, and much in spite of those who only look back with
the respectable, repeated and less boring eagerness of constantly
theorizing in order to try to straighten out a world that already is not
round, today looms the moment of being able easily to predict what the
Cuban government has parceled out and designed for us as a future, that
which is called "reforms."

The question is, "Where are we going?" The answer: next December 2, when
the military promotions are made known, and with whether or not Colonel
Alejandro Castro Espin will rise to General or not.

A promotion that, on one hand, could create discontent and division in
the military hierarchy; and, on the other, reveal to us if the so-called
"measures for updating of the model" is the road towards the aftermath
of the so-called Castro era, if there are openings that lead towards a
(militarized) social democracy where they go on imposing little by
little on the liberties of each individual or if there have only been
subtle maneuvers directed at the reshuffling of the State structure
which only guarantees a succession in which Cuban power passes from hand
to hand, from Castro to Castro.

Each country's government has the right to design its peoples' tomorrow;
in the same way, the people have the legitimate right to accept the
future scheme or to reject it.

Translated by mlk

6 November 2013

Source: "A Succession from Castro to Castro / Juan Juan Almeida |
Translating Cuba" -
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Deserters and Granting of "Pardons" / Miriam Celaya
Posted on November 9, 2013

A friend of mine, whom I will refer to as "Greta", is a doctor and holds
a responsible position at a clinic in an "upscale" neighborhood in
Havana. Although not well versed in political issues and ideologies in
general, or in Marxism in particular, for many years she accepted
membership in the PCC [Cuban Communist Party] because being a member
facilitated access to certain benefits, such as getting her daughter
into a child care facility quicker, a semi-boarding school for her older
child, and a little faster advancement in her career, beyond what would
be expected of her average talents.

Greta is not, therefore, a communist revolutionary or even a system
sympathizer, nor is she of the opposition, but an opportunist, sheltered
into the regular rhythm of a system that does not bother you much as
long as you pretend obedience and follow the guidelines.

Or at least that's the way it was until very recently, when a
"professional division" of the municipal CCP went to a meeting of
militants at her clinic and expressly gave the directive for an
ideological mission: because of the increasing attrition of doctors and
other health professionals from the so-called internationalist missions
abroad, all members of the "party nucleus" of the clinic were required
to visit relatives of the deserters to inform them that such defectors
should not consider themselves final émigrés, but that they had a period
of two years to evaluate their return to Cuba to continue to quietly
practice their profession and to enjoy "all rights", just like the rest
of Cubans on the Island. (Yikes!)

Greta dropped her nail file (she uses the nucleus meetings to update her
manicure or to check her cell phone). She could not believe her ears.
Now, in addition to her daily walks visiting patients, their families
and doctors' offices, responsibilities of her job, which she carries out
well, she would have the additional duties of visiting the "deserters"
homes because the political authorities generously "pardoned" them. She,
who had managed to not participate in repudiation rallies or in
sanctioning meetings, would have to "get at the conscience" of the
relatives of the doctors and technicians who have left so they would, in
turn, convince them of the possibilities of "returning to the motherland".

Barely a week before, Greta had made her regular visit to the parents of
a good friend, a doctor like her, one of those "deserters" who resides
in the US as of a year ago and works as an ambulance paramedic. She
picked up a few pictures that he had sent and had some delicious coffee
sent by the ex-traitor to his parents. Her friend, or anyone who she
knows of, would never dream of coming back to reclaim rights in Cuba…
not even those who stopped practicing their profession and now work in
other jobs in the health care field.

The militants looked at each other, perplexed. Just a few months ago,
the clinic's management had called a morning meeting to condemn the
betrayal of a new defector (another one) who had betrayed his people and
the revolution and didn't even deserve a drink of water… What was this
crusade now, pardoning those who had never asked to be pardoned and who,
it is clear, would never make use of it? It was the height of absurdity.

And that's the point where Greta's tolerance collapsed. She rose from
her chair and snapped at the "cadre of leaders" that that was their job
to do, and not that of the doctors at the clinic. That's why they had
been assigned a salary, an air-conditioned office and a car with a tank
full of gas, while she and the rest of the staff of doctors had to wear
out their shoes walking the streets in the heat of the sun to accomplish
their jobs. That said, Greta picked up her purse from her seat and left
the meeting, leaving behind a stunned silence, followed by a murmur of
approval, and barely five minutes after that, the meeting came to an end.

Greta is now waiting for the next meeting, at which they will certainly
take away her party card and a great burden off her shoulders. I asked
if she was afraid of losing her job and she answered, in her usual
smiling and mocking way "with the great number of physicians abroad and
all the ones that will continue to stay abroad, they will probably ask
me to please not leave… In short, it's likely that, along with my party
card, they will take away my administrative duties, so I will fare
better than before: more time to dedicate to my patients, to my family
and to myself. I may even start a private practice, like some of my
other doctor friends. I will be one more of so many deserters who will
be staying."

Going forward, Greta will have to be careful. This type of desertion of
a doctor towards the private sector inside Cuba will certainly not be
granted the authorities' pardon.

Translated by Norma Whiting

8 November 2013

Source: "Deserters and Granting of "Pardons" / Miriam Celaya |
Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/deserters-and-granting-of-apardonsa-miriam-celaya/ Continue reading
Reinventing the Wheel* / Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on November 9, 2013

The application in an experimental form of a new regulation on the
marketing of agricultural products, contained in Decree Law 318, shows
that the bureaucratic bonds that stem from the State's desire for
control have been and continue to be one of the major causes of the
shortage of food.

The geniuses of the Ministry of Agriculture having just discovered that
the competition generated by the emergence of other forms of
buy-and-sell will have a regulatory role in setting prices, have arrived
at the novel conclusion that the balance between supply and demand
directly impacts production and have come to the realization — the
wonders of human thought! — that the less they want to control things
the better they go.

But they are still dominated by the temptation of keeping their hands on
the reins. They fear that the savage best of the market will devour in
one bite or knock down in one blow their jockey of central planning.

*Translator's note: To explain the illustration of this post… the phrase
Reinaldo uses is "discovering warm water."

8 November 2013

Source: "Reinventing the Wheel* / Reinaldo Escobar | Translating Cuba" -
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New Business Owners Consider Turning In Their Licenses Due to Lack of
Freedom / Alberto Mendez Castello
Posted on November 9, 2013

PUERTO PADRE, Cuba, November, cubanet.org — Officials in charge of
overseeing the self-employment sector are updating their documentation
of its licensees and subsequently warning them of possible violations.

Eddy Vega — a manufacturer and vendor of plumbing supplies, who buys and
refurbishes pieces of tubing, accessories and old keys — was warned in
no uncertain terms by his interviewer that it is strictly forbidden for
anyone but the state to trade in metals. Eddy, a practicing Christian,
told this reporter he is thinking of turning in his business license.

Self-employed workers are summoned to the old social workers'
headquarters, where they are interviewed one-by-one.

Similarly, food sellers, carpenters, masons, people who lease out their
homes and anyone who is self-employed are called to appear. A carpenter
said, "It's very difficult to work this way. It's already almost
impossible to get wood. There are too many obstacles"
Small hotel operators were summoned by city officials in Viviendas a
week ago. One official who requested anonymity said, "We have to exert
control… Often lodging crosses the line into prostitution." One
operator, who asked not to be identified, confessed, "I'm going to turn
in my license. In the future I will take in guests discreetly like
before, without paying taxes. I think I will save up all the money that
for months would have gone to paying taxes for paying the fine, if I am
ever caught."

These actions by the authorities serve as a policing tool, as outlined
in the Cuban Penal Code: "Those not covered under any of the dangerous
categories referred to in Article 73 (habitual drunkenness and
alcoholism, addiction and antisocial behavior) with links to or
relationships with persons potentially dangerous to society, to other
people or to the social, economic and political order of the socialist
state, and who may be prone to crime, shall be given warnings by the
prevailing police authorities to prevent their engaging in socially
dangerous or criminal activities."
The Penal Code also stipulates that the warning shall, "in all cases,"
be issued by written affidavit, explaining the reasons for the warning
as well as the response of the person being warned. It also calls for
both the person being warned and the attending officer to sign the
affidavit.

In spite of the stipulation in the Penal Code, police do not ask those
being warned what they have to say in response to the warning. Instead
they ask, "What are you involved in?"

Needless to say, self-employed workers here are not allowed to think
about why they cannot acquire pieces of tubing and old keys for
reconditioning and later resale.

by Alberto Méndez Castelló

Thursday, November 7, 2013 | Cubanet

Spanish post
7 November 2013

Source: "New Business Owners Consider Turning In Their Licenses Due to
Lack of Freedom / Alberto Mendez Castello | Translating Cuba" -
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Deuda y cooperación: el caso de Cuba ADRIANA GONZÁLEZ 09/11/13 6:00 AM Hace alrededor de quince años que uno de los temas torales de la relación entre México y Cuba es la deuda que ese país caribeño contrajo con el Banco Mexicano de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext) con el objetivo de financiar distintos proyectos. A pesar […] Continue reading
Preparing for Cuba's Nouveux Riche
November 8, 2013 | Print |
Martin Guevara

HAVANA TIMES — Now that Cuba has decided to definitively (though slyly)
change its social model and the structure and foundations of its
economy, I am positive we will soon see the novel figure of the Cuban
entrepreneur blossom across the island.

These businesspeople will, as we can easily predict, come from the ranks
of today's political hierarchies, given their proximity to those in
power and the corporate parameters that they will gradually develop over
time.

Thus it would be good idea to begin to reflect on the characteristics of
this new type of rich person soon to be among us, whose precursors can
be found in the Soviet Union's metamorphosis into the Russian Federation
and in the transition processes that took place in Eastern Europe,
Vietnam and, paradigmatically, in the vast, millenarian China.

The new entrepreneurs that emerge in post-communist societies are
characterized by a series of common features. These entrepreneurs:

- Are more fond of merciless competition than those educated in market
economies, though they may be less prepared to actually take on such
competition.

- Are unbelieving types who have renounced all ideologies, religions or
philosophies that proclaim modes of conduct based on moral principles.

- Are atheists and agnostics who suspect even their own indoctrination.

- Feel that, since they have paid for their food, they must eat until
they are about to burst.

At one point in their lives, entrepreneurs trained in market societies
may experience a longing for something spiritual in their lives. They
may go as far as rethinking what they have done at different points, in
those moments of reflection that characterize the life of a human being.

The new entrepreneurs, educated under the obliged slogans of social
equality, on the contrary, tend to reflect upon and review their actions
in the opposite direction, reproach themselves for futile expenditures
of energy and conclude that it is time to use them for their own
benefit, that they ought not waste another minute considering the old,
deceitful slogans or sterile utopias.

These businesspeople consider the everyday hypocrisy of the traditional
rich, deployed to balance out their guilt, a simple waste of time.

They do not ask for permission or forgiveness, nor do they show
gratitude. They simply pay.

For this new class, boasting of one's wealth is a healthy sign of good
taste. They do not understand philanthropy or the patronage of the arts.
They detest art but spend large sums of money on products that can be
resold at a higher price.

They are direct, sincere, uncomplicated, rough and devoid of any depth.
They make the manufacturers of all distinctive items of bad taste that
characterizes the nouveux riches' wealth.

Their clothes show an astonishing lack of taste and, sitting in their
urban yachts, made and painted exclusively for them, they are simply
incapable of understanding why other wealthy people could consider a
Rolls Royce or a bluish-gray Bentley signs of distinction.

Source: "Preparing for Cuba's Nouveux Riche - Havana Times.org" -
http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=99920 Continue reading
Key West-Cuba charter flights postponed
By SEAN KINNEY
skinney@keynoter.com
Posted - Saturday, November 09, 2013 10:35 AM EST

Ambitious plans announced last month by a Miami travel agency to offer
small charter flights between Key West and Cuba beginning Nov. 15 have
been pushed back to a Dec. 15 kick-off by Mambi International's partners
at Air Marbrisa Airlines.

In a Wednesday e-mail to Peter Horton, the Monroe County airports
director, Bob Curtis from Air Marbrisa said the delay is due to Mambi
not yet having what's called a 380 certificate.

That document, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation,
establishes an operator, in this case Air Marbrisa, as a public charter
based on specific regulations.

Mambi spokesman Isaac Valdes said he couldn't comment on the certificate
but said flights will start Dec. 15.

But "if we performed the service [of using Key West International
Airport to fly to and from Jose Marti International Airport now], we
would be in violation" of federal rules, Curtis wrote to Horton. "I
won't do that, therefore I have terminated any service for 30 days. It
is our intent to begin the service on or around Dec. 15."

"Everything else remains the same," Curtis continued. "All our licenses
and approvals are in place. We are delaying the service for 30 days so
that when we do perform, we are performing in accordance with all
regulations."

Last month, Horton cautioned that Mambi's plans may be overly ambitious
and Curtis said the company announced the pending flights to the media
prematurely.

The process of designating Key West International as an international
point of entry began in 2009 with a request to U.S. Customs and Border
Protection.

Following that was a three-phase, two-year, $2.25 million project to
have the airport reclassified as a federal inspection station, instead
of the current label of a general aviation facility.

Horton said the feds signed off on the upgrades in October 2011.

Flights are scheduled to leave Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 3:30
p.m., returning the following morning aboard a Metro II turboprop plane.
The round trip is slated to cost $449 and each flight, lasting about 30
minutes. The plane can accommodate up to 10 people, including the pilot.

The last time planes regularly flew between Key West International and
Jose Marti in Havana, just 90 miles from the Southernmost City, was in 1962.

Would-be visitors must obtain either a general or specific license from
the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control.

Source: "Key West-Cuba charter flights postponed - KeysNet.com" -
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Cuba's Cultural Policy: Reaping What You Sow
November 8, 2013
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — I don't doubt Cuba's Council of Ministers thoroughly
evaluates its decisions before taking any concrete steps, but,
sometimes, it does not clearly explain these decisions to the public.
Many of us are still struggling to understand why the government thinks
it necessary to "immediately" shut down 3D home theaters or computer
game locales.

Nowadays, people's reactions are not as silent as they were some years
ago: now, there are hundreds of blogs expressing support for or
discontent about the government's measures. Cuban journalist Elaine
Diaz' Polemica Digital ("Digital Debate"), for instance, is anything but
diplomatic:

"The Executive Council of the Council of Ministers, exercising the
faculties vested upon it and the ones it takes upon itself thanks to our
enabling silence and tolerance, realized, months after these businesses
were opened, that they constituted a source of employment and a space
for cultural recreation – that they were outrageously illegal and could
not be regulated."

It's true these private home theaters were never authorized by the
government, that they were a spontaneous initiative by the people, in
view of the absence of a State offer in this connection. The same thing
happened with blacksmiths, but the government's reaction then was to
legalize the trade and sell them the supplies they needed.

3D cinemas, however, have more powerful enemies than do blacksmiths. The
Chair of Cuba's Film Institute, Roberto Smith, was categorical on this
issue: "I don't believe a commercial activity that violates the
revolution's cultural policy can ever aspire to legal recognition."

Vice-Minister of Culture Fernando Rojas, however, made clear that "our
aim is not to restrict these offers, but have them promote cultural
products of a higher quality", as these movie theaters screen materials
of "extremely poor taste."

Up until that point, it seemed as though there existed a balance between
those who called for the prohibition of private 3D theaters and those
who sought to legalize them and regulate their activities in order to
guarantee the screening of films with a certain degree of cultural,
esthetic and recreational value.

The Seed of 3D Film Theater Programs

I have a goddaughter who frequented 3D movie theaters and, from what she
told me, I know that many of the films shown there were cheap trash, but
certainly not any worse than some of the violent and frivolous movies
aired on national Cuban television.

Cuba's cultural policy would first need to be applied to the country's
mass media. Cuban television itself fed into the demand for that type of
frivolous cinema by broadcasting Hollywood movies for decades (and only
because it can do so free of charge).

Now, as was to be expected, it's paying the high costs of this. The
founder and director of Cuba's Film Institute, Alfredo Guevara, used to
say Cuban television was so bad that, in order to change into a vehicle
for culture, it would first have to commit "suicide."

What's more, the island's radio stations never grow tired of playing
salsa songs with lyrics like those that advise young women to look for
an old sugar daddy who'll take them shopping. This is just one example
of what is being sown, culturally.

In addition, pirated movie "banks", where Cubans rent films and
television shows from around the world, have existed in Cuba for many
years. Who controls whether these materials promote ethical values or,
at least, trivial but healthy forms of entertainment?

Many families in Cuba pay to receive cable programming picked up by
illegal satellite dishes, to watch programs made chiefly in Miami,
including high-budget, poorly-scripted soaps, vulgar talk-shows and news
programs that run puerile, anti-Castro pieces.

Young Cuban journalist Javier Ortiz stated he "had no idea private 3D
home theaters could make our authorities worry so much" and added that
if the government "wants to shut something down because of its
inconsistencies, it best shut down its own cultural policy."

Intellectual Victor Fowler has warned us about the dangers of a cultural
policy that ought to be public and at the service of the people but
which "becomes autonomous and becomes an end in and of itself, hovering
above the changes that have taken place over time."

Cuba would do well to adopt a more coherent cultural policy that is "at
the service" of the nation, a policy which, instead of forbidding
certain things, should spread to all aspects of life to promote ethical
and aesthetic values, both common and those that are specific to
different generations of Cubans.

There is no shortage of intellectuals capable of creating many different
magnets that can attract citizens, from a very early age on, and
transform them into consumers and promoters of their own culture and the
best of the world's culture.

My wife was a poor, orphaned country girl who was brought to and
educated in Havana. When she was 10, they took her to the Garcia Lorca
Theater, where she cried her eyes out during a performance of Giselle.
That first show was enough to make her a ballet lover for life.

My kids, by contrast, have only received academic instruction. At some
point in time, we stopped sowing the seeds of culture, and that's not
something you can revert in one fell swoop. We have to furrow the earth,
spread millions of seeds and care for them patiently and regularly,
until the nation can reap the harvest it longs for.
—–
(*) An HT translation of the original published in Spanish by BBC Mundo.

Source: "Cuba's Cultural Policy: Reaping What You Sow - Havana
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El apoyo sería efectivo si el concierto de naciones democráticas deciden pasar de los gestos simbólicos al apoyo específico de las propuestas de democratización que nacen de los cubanos. Continue reading
Havana, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Dominican singer Maridalia Hernandez could at last make her dream to come true, coming to Cuba and singing her ballads, boleros, and merengues, without the fear that the repertoire was hardly known here. The concert took ... Continue reading
Agentes de la policía política golpearon a las mujeres poco después de haberlas obligado a subir a un autobús, indicó una de las víctimas. Continue reading
Within hours of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, most Americans were familiar with the name Lee Harvey Oswald. Certain images of him â posing with a rifle, recoiling from Jack Continue reading
The U.S. president , Barack Obama, on a visit to Miami to raise money for the Democratic Party, met Friday for the first time with Guillermo Fariñas and the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, both winners of … Continue reading Continue reading

El pitcher derecho de Villa Clara Freddy Asiel Álvarez lanzó un partido de "no hit no run" 1-0 ante Sancti Spíritus, durante su segunda apertura en el 53º Campeonato Nacional de Béisbol, reportó la agencia oficial Prensa Latina.

Álvarez, hoy por hoy considerado el mejor lanzador del país, realizó la hazaña con solo 86 lanzamientos ante miles de fanáticos congregados en el estadio Augusto César Sandino, de la ciudad de Santa Clara.

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Luanda, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban embassy's representatives in Angola today demanded the release of the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held at US prisons, in the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations b... Continue reading
Una lucha contemporánea entre David y el gigante Goliat. Así resume su historia Michel Villand, pionero de la inversión francesa en Cuba y que llegó a ser socio de Fidel Castro, y que ha escrito sobre su fallida aventura empresarial en la isla y sobre la forma en que plantó cara al sistema castrista. Continue reading
Dallas Morning News that there's a "good chance" that the NBA could expand to 31 or 32 teams. But, according to Cuban, it all depends on the fees the cities/owners are willing to pay to join the ... Continue reading
At present, there are two little words left dangling off the title of a free-trade agreement that the U.S. has been involved with negotiating since 2009. The Trans-Pacific "Strategic Economic" Partnership Continue reading
10 de noviembre de 2013, 10:31 Havana, Nov 10 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban agriculture is currently focusing its efforts in the fruit production, either for the basic food or for other demands of interest, Continue reading
The United States must continue to update its policy towards communist Cuba, President Barack Obama said late on Friday, speaking at the home of a prominent Cuban-American activist. Freedom in Cuba Continue reading
Members of the Asian-Canadian community are demanding an apology from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, following his comments on Thursday expressing admiration for China's "basic dictatorship." A round Continue reading
'It's like it didn't happen; not even a two-inch World Briefing. On October 29, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly, for the 22nd time, to condemn the 5-decade-old U.S. economic embargo Continue reading
FROM being bodyguard to Judy Garland and tracing Fidel Castro's secret daughter to uncovering a Wall Street scandal and spying on Donald Trump's wives, investigator Joe Mullen has had a lot of fun during Continue reading