Hello again! I started the blog in 2007; however, more than our fair share of a few technical glitches a few months ago -- some more serious than others -- and the editors opted to, essentially, start over. The older posts we can recover shall be reposted in due course. Next time, I'll hire an expert to [...]
From the U.K. Guardian, 'Hostage diplomacy' behind Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Kafkaesque ordeal' - "Jason Poblete, the lawyer that helped free the Lebanese businessman Nizar Zakka after four years in an Iranian jail, also argues governments should put hostage-taking top of the agenda, and simply say “until you release all hostages, we are not going to talk [...]
"What is lacking is not law or policy," said Jason Poblete, a Washington-based lawyer who has represented U.S. citizens held hostage abroad, including current and former hostages of the Iranian regime. "It's political will to make resolution of these cases a global priority among affected stakeholders." Read the entire story at The Washington Post.
From Susan Crabtree at Real Clear Politics, a closer look at Florida politics and the potential impact of different voter blocs in the state: "At the Coral Gables Public Library voting site, scenes have resembled makeshift fiestas with cars flying Trump flags and horns honking while Latin music plays in the background. The music group [...]
On March 17, 2016, Ms. Nazanin Ratcliffe, a U.K. national, traveled to Iran with her newborn baby girl, Gabriella, to visit her family and celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian new year. Close to four years later, she remains a hostage in Iran. Last week I spoke with Richard Ratcliffe, Nazanin's husband (and Gabriella's dad), who has [...]
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study earlier this month purportedly documenting another case of Havana Syndrome, a Canadian tourist. A 69-year-old woman was returning from a vacation in the island gulag had to be treated at a hospital upon arrival in Canada. Her symptoms included neurological impairments similar to those suffered [...]
Besides exposing this malign activity, the United States should pressure all nations who sign contracts for Cuban medical workers to cancel the contracts and not sign new contracts.