A new hybrid tiger/lion cub was born on April 20 in Thoiry Zoo. Thoiry is 25 miles from Paris, and consists of mansion build in 1564 with gardens designed by Le Notre, period furnishings and art, and a library of historical records alongside it’s open air zoo of rare animals.
MBFR Talks tried to tackle “the data problem” where Western estimates show that instead of the agreed upon parity between NATO countries and Warsaw Pact countries, Warsaw Pact countries had a margin of superiority of about 20% regarding troops stationed in Europe.
Last night, CBS discussed the death of Comrade Yuri Andropov and what this means for Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Central America, and Asia.
With only two years in office, Andropov had formerly beenChairman of the Committee for State Security (KGB). Since his acension to General Secretary, Andropov’s government had been challenged by domestic issues such as the economy and corruption (such as dealing with the vestiges of the “Cotton Scandal” in Uzbekistan).
Today’s Seattle Times article referred to the 1969 Zafra de los diez millionesas a turning point for Fidel Castro. His charisma was no longer enough to ensure miracles (such as the eradication of illiteracy, and the success of programs to train doctors on the island) would continue. It was not just the Cubans in Miami who opposed the Castro government.
Prior to the 1980s, the majority of Cubans in the United States came from middle and upper class families. However, two decades after the revolution – 10,000 lower income Cubans stormed the Peruvian embassy in April of 1980 seeking asylum.
The Mariel Boatlift refugees, unpopular both in the United States and in Cuba was the ultimate result of the Cuban dissatisfaction. Approximately 125,000 Cubans entered the United States – including unskilled workers, and those labeled by the Castro government as criminals and mental patients.
25 years after the Cuban Revolution, Castro is “on the defensive” according to the Times. The government has matured, though, and should be able to weather the next 25 years.
A large number of public figures left Lagos for the New Year holiday weekend. Those who remained in town were first made aware of the coup by radio broadcast. Details about the new government are not immediately apparent, but it can be sure that many of the above list are bound for Kirikiri prison and Nigeria’s Second Republic no longer exists.