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Apr 16, 2015 0 Comments

16 years later, ‘Paz Para Vieques’ still teaches powerful lesson Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: J.D. GORDON

Sunday, April 19th marks the 16th anniversary of the training accident that sparked our Navy’s worst defeat since Pearl Harbor.

Soaring over the eastern tip of Vieques Island, off Puerto Rico’s coast, a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet dropped two 500-pound bombs near the hillside observation post over a mile from the target range, killing a local civilian guard named David Sanes Rodriguez.  The “Paz Para Vieques,” a.k.a. Peace for Vieques movement was born.  By 2003, the Navy was evicted from its Atlantic Fleet training facility and the following year pulled out of Puerto Rico entirely.

As the Navy’s senior spokesman in Puerto Rico from 1999-2001, based across the strait at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, I had a ringside seat to see how it unfolded.  … Continue Reading »

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Apr 15, 2015 0 Comments

Obama’s Wrong: Cuba Belongs on the Terrorism List Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications


After US President Barack Obama made his announcement regarding the new US policy on Cuba late last year, Havana’s eventual removal from the government’s list of states that sponsor terrorism became a fait accompli. What was a six-month review now appears to have been a foregone conclusion, ignoring the long record and mounting evidence that Cuba continues to support terrorists from not just in the region, but also from as far afield as the Middle East.

A little context. Cuba was first placed on the list on March 1, 1982, for offering “material and political support” to terrorists from Latin America to Africa. Throughout the Cold War, it was well known that Havana was a safe haven for terrorists from around the world, most notably the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA), an armed movement seeking independence from Spain.

Proponents of the president’s decision will point out that ETA is practically non-existent, and that the FARC is in a transition period, currently negotiating its status with the Colombian government in talks hosted by Havana itself. Moving past the Cold War means retiring policies that are no longer relevant, or so the White House would argue…. Continue Reading »

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Apr 10, 2015 0 Comments

Watch Correa, not Castro at Americas summit: Column Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: J.D. GORDON

As three dozen world leaders meet in Panama, April 10 to 11 for the 7th Summit of the Americas, conventional wisdom is to watch Barack Obama and Raul Castro.

After all, this is Cuba’s first attendance since these summits began in the 1990s. Based on the principles of democracy and free trade, the Organization of American States had excluded Cuba since the Castro regime obviously practices neither. Despite that reality, President Obama is normalizing relations with Havana after more than 50 years.

While most people will focus on Obama and Castro, the man to watch isn’t Barack, 83-year old Raul, nor his 88-year old brother Fidel.

Obama is already something a lame duck, with Republicans controlling Congress and less than two years left in office. And both Castro brothers don’t have much time left. Period.

The man to watch is Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, wherever he might be. He represents the future and his growing influence is more powerful than most think, and now is playing games with the summit, saying he might even boycott…. Continue Reading »