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Cubans: Poor people, living rich lives

ONLY a few songs had the kind of impact, Coat of Many Colours, the October, 1971 song by Dolly Paton, had on me. It talked about a poor kid whose parents could not afford  to buy her a  coat “way down in the fall’ and how her mother made her  a coat from a box of rags “sewing every piece with love” while telling her the Biblical coat of many colours Joseph wore. She sang that “Although we had no money, I was rich as I could be.”

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The European game of expulsions

SERIOUS diplomacy has this Easter Season, given way to the farcical drama of European countries expelling diplomats of their Russian brothers with the later retaliating. This  week, 25 countries including non-European allies like the United States, Australia and Canada, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, had knocked out 158 Russian diplomats  with Russia absorbing the punches and throwing its own. There is the joke that American  President, Donald Trump was watching the CBS 60 Minutes programme when he was asked how many Russian diplomats should  be expelled, he looked at the screen, saw 60 Minutes and decided that 60 Russians should be expelled

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Ilich Ramirez Sanchez , also known as Carlos the Jackal

Carlos: For the Palestinian cause, he remains in jail

THE 69-year-old Venezuelan internationalist, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, rechristened ‘Carlos the Jackal’ by the media, was in the French courts last week to challenge his conviction for life. The case he appealed against was a 1974 one  in which a grenade tossed in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Pres, (Champs Elysee Avenue) killed  two persons at the Drugstore Publicis while 36 were injured. His  conviction on this charge, is lacking in hard evidence including fingerprints and DNA. Rather, it is  driven more by circumstantial evidence and supposition.

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