- BULGARIA / RUSSIA : Moscow Hits Sofia With $1.3 Billion Claim For Failed Nuke.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- UKRAINE : 27 April UPDATE: Barbie Doll Looking Model...Defends Appearance.
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- MEXICO / USA : Wanted Narco Billionaire's 'Daughter' Arrested In San Diego.
- MEXICO : Gulfo Narco Boss 'El Coss' Caught In Tampico; Arrested Pozos Gonzalez Proud Of Golden AK-47.
- RUSSIA / CHECHNYA/ FRANCE : Actor Depardieu Parties With Dictator Kadyrov.
- USA / SOCIAL MEDIA / GUN CULTURE: Santa Leaves Heat As Xmas Treats.
- MEXICO / USA: Despite Violence, Border Factories Bloom.
- MEXICO: The Growing Number Of Narco Women.
08 January 2012
VENEZUELA / USA : Chavez Shocks Opponents, USA With Rangel Silva Appointment; USA Expels Miami Consul.
The USA has declared Venezuela's Miami consul...Livia Acosta Noguera...a 'persona non grata'..and ordered her to leave by Tuesday.
They allege Acosta Noguera discussed cyber-attacks on the USA...with Iranian and Cuban diplomats...while stationed in the Mexico City embassy in 2008.
AND: The NYT reports on President Chavez's recent cabinet reshuffle. Especially disturbing for many...was the naming of Gen. Henry Rangel Silva...as Defense Minister.
In 2008...the USA accused Rangel Silva of narco links...and working with FARC rebels.
The opposition believes he is extremely hostile to democratic processes.
“Naming him while he’s on the list that the United States has of likely corrupt officials involved in the drug trade in Venezuela is clearly a thumb in the eye of the United States,” said a Miami observer.