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Tensions between the U.S. and Venezuelan governments mounted this week following the news that President Obama had officially declared Venezuela a national security threat and had levied sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner and one of its few authentic revolutionaries, continues his fight for social justice after three decades in prison.Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner, continues his fight for social justice after three decades in prison.

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Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot jailed for performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral this year, has been transferred to a solitary cell at Berezniki penal colony, apparently at her own request.

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Cuba's former President Fidel Castro hasn't exactly been courting the limelight in recent years, owing to his ailing health and subsequent transfer of power to his brother Raul, but he rallied and made a rare cameo appearance Monday on a Cuban talk show.

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