July 17th, 2013
09:04 AM ET

Cuba: It's our weapons on N.K. ship

It was a mystery that Panama's president said his country was struggling to solve.

What was the massive military equipment hidden under hundreds of thousands of sacks of brown sugar on a North Korean boat? Where did it come from? And where was it going before investigators seized the vessel near the Panama Canal?

Hours after Panama said it would ask U.S. and British officials for help solving the puzzle, Cuba gave an answer Tuesday night.

In addition to 10,000 tons of sugar, Cuba's Foreign Ministry said, the shipment contained "240 metric tons of obsolete defensive weapons" sent to North Korea "to be repaired and returned to Cuba."


Filed under: Cuba • North Korea • Panama
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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Texas oilman, fracking pioneer Mitchell dies at 94

    Now that is a fracking shame. Condolences to his family.

    July 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol ya know @ bobcat, it sure as frack is!

    July 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Three drunks hailed a taxi. The taxi driver seeing that they were so wasted when they got in, he just switched on the engine and switched it off, and said we are here. The 1st guy gave him money, 2nd guy said thanks, but the 3rd guy slapped him. The taxi driver was stunned because he was hoping that none of them would have realized the car didn't move an inch. So what was that for, he asked. Control your speed next time, you almost killed us.

    July 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Good one @bobcat , thanks.

    July 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Max

    What you call gloom, many more of us find informative and enlightening. If more people tried to understand the workings behind the shape of the world at this time, There could possibly be changes made for the better.

    July 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      It is one thing to be informed, it's another to be obsessed. Be careful where you draw that line.

      July 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Response to@Max was blocked.
    Thanks @bobcat for your encouragement as always.

    July 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The better informed one is, the better prepared one is for the circu mstance

    July 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      The statement above is in response to Maxs' claim of obsession.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      It is one thing to prepare for events, it is another to constantly focus on what is wrong, rather what is right. If that is what you dig, then by all means, dwell on the negatives. Have fun in your dark world.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      What kind of examples can you give me of what is right ? Life in itself is what one makes it. In order for that life to be fulfilling, one must learn to think for themselves, be willing to make the changes necessary, and above all be willing to dispute a prepared doctrine that some would say is the only way.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      Those that constantly dwell on the bad will never see the good. If that's what you want, have at it. In the meantime, I will continue to point out the gloomy gus's, because I prefer not to mire myself in things I cannot control.

      July 30, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Au contraire Max
      I constantly look for the good around me. But the reality is, there are other forces at work as well. It is best to stay informed of all the workings. Good as well as bad.

      July 30, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I see your good bobcat, no need to prove it to someone whom looks only to pull it apart and dissect your every motive. When someone cannot agree they will tend to pick out a part of your sentence they think really makes a point, but infact just shows that they have no valid point to make.

      July 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Max

    Y'all need Jesus. He lights the way.

    July 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      So you think religion is the only way ? Maybe you haven't noticed, but most of the strife that's going on around us is in the name of religion.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      If anyone has watched where the catholic and mormon churches have joined forces to beat proposition 8 in california, you can see where the ruin of America is going, it will not be free because of the policies of not being able to separate church and state and will fall like Rome. Religion should dictate over lives of people whom believe, not over nations, it is most desasterous to a free nation. It is how the aquisitions prove that the righteous rite will kill to get its point across, believe as I do or be exterminated.

      July 30, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A drunk stumbles along a baptismal service on Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeds to walk down into the water and stand next to the Preacher.

    The minister turns and notices the old drunk and says, "Mister, Are you ready to find Jesus?"

    The drunk looks back and says, "Yes, Preacher... I sure am."

    The minister then dunks the fellow under the water and pulls him right back up. "Have you found Jesus?" the preacher asked.

    "No, I didn't!" said the drunk.

    The preacher then dunks him under for quite a bit longer, brings him up and says, "Now, brother, have you found Jesus?"

    "No, I did not Reverend."

    The preacher in disgust holds the man under for at least 30 seconds this time, brings him out of the water and says in a harsh tone, "My Good man, have you found Jesus yet?"

    The old drunk wipes his eyes and asks the preacher... "Are you sure this is where he fell in?"

    July 30, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Give me some goggles is that bobcat(iah), long time no see, bobcat 🙂

      July 30, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Scottish Mama

      Wow, This is like a blast from the past. How the heck are you doing ? This is really strange. I was just thinking about you yesterday. Must be a psychic link.

      July 30, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    I guess my psychic link is traveling by pony express?

    July 30, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Good morning@bobcat & welcome back@Scottish Mama. You were missed.
    I couldn't respond to @Max yesterday,was being blocked. But what @bobcat had to say was very apt.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Saywhat hello and they blocked my best response to Bobcat(iah) also. Missed all of the gang too. But happy to connect with the oldies but goodies. lol

      July 30, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      And blocked as usual.

      July 30, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah the internet con-dom has been placed on certain language we are not sure of.

      July 30, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Not focusing on the 'wrongs' and 'dwelling' mostly on what was fed as good to us has landed us where we stand today in the context of our geopolitical standing, credibility, prestige and severely damaged goodness. And thats where i focus.as it relates to our collective destiny.
    Continue Ignoring the wrongs now and avoiding soul searching and we are derelict in our duty as citizens and part of humanity.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I second that and raise that to a "uh huh".

      July 30, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I don't know if it counts, but I third that.

      July 30, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Major "counts" and safety in numbers.lol

      July 30, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    On an individual level I agree that we should try finding goodness in people around us and that would help us understand them better and communicate as members of society and that perhaps would mitigate the 'bad'. But the 'wrongs' of leaders and powers and regimes & politicos – those are what need to remain in focus constantly, need to be pointed out and 'revealed' unquestionably.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Exposing what is bad for the many, and only lines the pockets of a few?

      July 30, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    I have plenty of blissful light around me , friends and family and grandkids and happy pursuits, Gloom is not my quest, Truth is and that my dear blogger does not always bring happiness, it can cause worry, dismay , disappointment but it also helps form informed opinion, expands perceptions face the reality and then prompts one to do what is right.
    Ignorance is bliss they say but i would rather ignore that.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      You go girl!

      July 30, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Great to see this blog somewhat revitalized Kudos to the 'oldies but goodies' as@Mama says in her very own endearing way.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I also see that the "words of wisdom" are prevailing on here, "you".

      July 30, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
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