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  • Does the US Rank Below Cuba?

    11/15/2013 10:40:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The World Economic Forum has issued its annual report on the gender gap worldwide, and it has received respectful notice from the usual places (PBS, CNN, The Washington Post). But any report that places the United States below Cuba, the Philippines and South Africa deserves a little skepticism. In fact, the WEF places the U.S. 23rd in the world, below the Scandinavian countries, and those just named, but also below Lesotho. What the heck are they measuring? Well, for one thing, the report examines the difference between men and women within countries, not the absolute welfare of women in one...
  • Cuba gets first maritime shipment from Miami in 50 years

    07/13/2012 2:08:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13 July 2012
    A small cargo ship sailed into Havana Bay on Friday with the first maritime shipment from Miami to Cuba in 50 years. The Ana Cecilia carried just one container filled with food and other items, but it was the beginning of what shipper International Port Corp hopes will be a weekly service linking the United States and Cuba, longtime ideological foes. There are other shipping services between the two countries, but none linking Miami, center of the Cuban exile community in the United States and opposition to Cuba's communist government, to Havana. The company was granted a license by the...
  • Fidel Castro mocks Obama over shirt

    04/09/2012 12:31:23 PM PDT · by boughtwithaprice · 6 replies
    Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has mocked the idea that US President Barack Obama could wear a "guayabera" shirt at an upcoming Americas summit in Colombia, while opposing Cuba's presence at the event.
  • FLASH - Fidel Castro is DEAD (Unconfirmed, perhaps he's just pining for the fjords)

    12/28/2011 7:22:52 AM PST · by mkleesma · 144 replies · 3+ views
    radio | 12/28/2011 | me
    Buddy of mine just heard it on a Dominican radio station Can anyone confirm this?
  • Dubious endorsement ? Cuban leader endorses US health care reform

    03/25/2010 10:11:17 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 7 replies · 240+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | MARCH 25, 2010 | PAUL HAVEN
    HAVANA (AP) — It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for. Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago. "We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama's) government," Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president's hand against lobbyists and "mercenaries."
  • CUBAN COMMUNIST PARTY NEWS SERVICE "La Prensa Latina" Positive Coverage of Obamacare/Iowa Visit

    03/25/2010 2:19:36 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 4 replies · 447+ views
    La Prensa Latina (Havana, Cuba) in Spanish ^ | 25 March 2010 | La Prensa Latina, Communist Cuba
    The Che Guevara-founded, official wire service of the Government of Communist Cuba, La Prensa Latina, reports Mr. Obama's victory tour to Iowa to bolster support for his Obamacare. (Link to article in Spanish above), and HERE.
  • Obama suddenly slaps Cuba over human rights

    03/24/2010 10:47:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 595+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 3/24/10 | staff
    President Obama took the unusual step Wednesday afternoon of issuing a special denunciation of Cuba's human rights policies, after a year of advocating improved relations after nearly a half-century of political estrangement with the island neighbor. "Instead of embracing an opportunity to enter a new era," Obama said (full text below), "Cuban authorities continue to respond to the aspirations of the Cuban people with a clenched fist." As recently as last summer at a Caribbean summit, Obama and Raul Castro talked separately of opening discussions on a wide range of issues including human rights. The country's semi-retired revolutionary leader, brother...
  • Obama’s Ambassadorial Nominee Receives Heavy Scrutiny

    12/25/2009 7:13:39 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 7 replies · 614+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 12/25/2009 | Personal Liberty Desk
    President Barack Obama has nominated Mari Carmen Aponte to become the next ambassador of El Salvador, a decade after she was forced to withdrawal her name from consideration for a similar post following concerns about alleged ties to Cuba, Newsmax.com reports. A former FBI official told Fox News that Aponte’s 1998 nomination by president Clinton began receiving attention after the foreign relations panel questioned her about a past relationship with Roberto Tamayo, who was alleged to have "possible ties to the Cuban government" and made "repeated trips there." Current White House spokesman Tommy Vietor responded, "as has been previously reported,...
  • Castro mocks Obama visit to Copenhagen

    12/18/2009 8:13:56 PM PST · by FromLori · 26 replies · 1,140+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 12/18/09
    Veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday dismissed US President Barack Obama's trip to UN climate change talks in Copenhagen as a "show," and complained that the world's poor will shoulder the burden of any summit agreement. Castro's opinion article, titled "The Moment of Truth," also criticizes the "fascist methods" used by Danish police to put down protesting environmental activists. "It is already evident that a great catastrophe threatens our species," wrote Castro, 82. Perhaps the worst part of the summit "is blind selfishness of a rich and privileged minority that intents to impose the bulk of the necessary sacrifices...
  • Friendlier Obama Tune on Cuba Brings Musical Detente

    12/06/2009 2:30:52 PM PST · by mgist · 13 replies · 757+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 4, 2009 | By Esteban Israel
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban musicians are returning to perform in the United States after a long freeze on such visits, seizing the opportunity of friendlier overtures toward Havana from U.S. President Barack Obama. Well-known Cuban musicians are being granted visas to perform at U.S. venues in a sign that Obama's administration is quietly promoting cultural contacts as part of a strategy of warmer "people to people" ties with the Communist-run island. The more relaxed atmosphere between the Cold War era enemies is perhaps most evident in the arts, which in the past has provided a bridge between the two neighbors...
  • Cuba conducts war games with U.S. invasion in mind

    11/30/2009 2:54:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 801+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/26/2009 | Jeff Franks
    Cuba began its biggest military maneuvers in five years on Thursday, saying they were needed to prepare for a possible invasion by the United States. Despite a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations and assurances last week by President Barack Obama that the United States has no intention of invading the island 90 miles from Florida, Cuba's state-run press quoted military leaders as saying there "exists a real possibility of a military aggression against Cuba." The war games, which are being called "Bastion 2009," also will get the military ready to deal with social unrest the United States may try to foment...
  • Cuba: military exercise braces island for US attack

    11/22/2009 1:57:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 964+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov. 22, 2009
    Nearly 50 years after a botched US-directed invasion of Cuba, the communist nation said Saturday it is holding a military exercise next week to boost preparedness against any future US attack. "It is a necessity of the first order given the political-military situation that now defines relations between Cuba and the empire," Major General Leonardo Andollo warned, referring to the United States. He told the official Granma newspaper that the "Bastion-2009" exercises will "raise the deterrent capacity to prevent a military confrontation, under the principle that there is no better way to win a war than by avoiding it."
  • President Obama is idolized by Castro and viewed as a King in China

    11/15/2009 5:24:46 PM PST · by Red Steel · 17 replies · 928+ views
    The Examiner ^ | November 14, 2009 | Kimberly Willingham
    Americans shouldn’t worry. Although, the economy is diminishing, jobs are dwindling, soldiers are dying, and a new health care plan might just restructure the nation and cost the taxpayers billions of dollars, our Commander-in-Chief is looking out for us. In fact, he’s in China right now—improving our relations and receiving a hero’s welcome. But, does he deserve it? After a rocky rating month, President Obama’s presidential approval rating has stabilized, states Rasmussen Reports. 28% of American voters strongly approve of his performance, and 38% strongly disapprove. However, 48%, the highest number this year, give Obama poor rankings in the way...
  • Report: Obama Sent Secret Message to Castro

    10/25/2009 5:13:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 2,630+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 25, 2009
    MADRID - U.S. President Barack Obama asked Spain to send Cuba a message about reform when he met Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero earlier this month, the newspaper El Pais reported on Sunday. Six days after their meeting on October 13 at the White House, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos visited the Caribbean island and met President Raul Castro. "Have (Moratinos) tell the Cuban authorities we understand that change can't happen overnight, but down the road, when we look back at this time, it should be clear that now is when those changes began," Obama told Zapatero, according...
  • Serving Castro First

    09/30/2009 5:45:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 588+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 30, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Trade: Colombia got another brushoff Tuesday, when Commerce Secretary Gary Locke pronounced its free trade pact dead for the year because Washington is too busy with health care. Why doesn't Cuba ever hear that? Speaking at the sidelines of a conference in Chile, Locke told Dow Jones: "It's pretty doubtful that the pact will be ratified this year, although the Obama administration is pushing forward with Colombia, Korea and Panama." Yeah, sure. Pushing and pushing, it's all we've heard about from this crew. But the only visible moves on trade have a string of protectionist measures to make Big Labor...
  • US and Cuba 'in high-level talks'

    09/29/2009 4:10:46 PM PDT · by indcons · 75 replies · 4,492+ views
    A senior American diplomat has held high-level talks with the Cuban government in Havana, state department officials are reported to have said. The talks between the two nations were the first of their kind in years, the Associated Press news agency reports. State department official Bisa Williams held the unannounced talks with Cuba's deputy foreign minister during a visit to Cuba earlier this month, AP says. A US trade embargo on Cuba remains, but there are signs relations are easing. Earlier this month, Ms Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, was part of a US...
  • Obama welcomes controversial Havana concert

    09/20/2009 4:30:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 656+ views
    AFP ^ | Sept. 20, 2009
    US President Barack Obama has welcomed plans for a massive but controversial concert in Havana on Sunday by Miami-based music star Juanes. Obama told US Spanish language network Univision that the concert, which is expected to draw around half a million Cubans, could help improve ties with Cuba. Obama's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had met the Colombian singer before he left for Cuba, with both drawing criticism from Miami's Cuban exile community for a performance they say will legitimize the island's communist regime. "My understanding is that he's a terrific musician. He puts on a very good concert," Obama...
  • Russia to help Cuba modernize weaponry, train military

    09/18/2009 3:37:10 PM PDT · by Flavius · 35 replies · 1,981+ views
    russia ^ | 9/22/09 | russia
    HAVANA, September 18 (RIA Novosti) - Modernization of the Soviet-made military equipment and training of Cuban military personnel will be the focus of Russian-Cuban military cooperation in the near future, the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Friday.
  • Castro Throws Weight Behind Obama’s Health Care Bill

    08/30/2009 4:21:20 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 26 replies · 1,193+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 29 August 2009 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration received political support from an unexpected source when retired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro denounced the “rightwing racists opposing this visionary leader” and urged all Americans with “progressive values to rally behind their new President.” While many Democratic Party leaders were uncertain that this endorsement would necessarily be advantageous, Representative Diane Watson (D-Calif) had no doubts. “President Castro is one of the brightest leaders I’ve ever met,” Watson said. “He gave his country a great health care system. If there’s anyone’s advice we should be taking on this issue it’s his.” Watson argued that “Fidel’s support coming on...
  • Fidel Castro says racist right-wingers fight Obama

    08/25/2009 10:10:30 AM PDT · by newbie2008 · 45 replies · 2,106+ views
    HAVANA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is trying to make positive changes in the United States, but is being fought at every turn by right-wingers who hate him because he is black, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday. In an unusually conciliatory column in the state-run media, Castro said Obama had inherited many problems from his predecessor, George W. Bush, and was trying to resolve them. But the "powerful extreme right won't be happy with anything that diminishes their prerogatives in the slightest way."
  • Fidel Castro says racist right-wingers fight Obama

    08/24/2009 11:37:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 53 replies · 3,127+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 25, 2009
    HAVANA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is trying to make positive changes in the United States, but is being fought at every turn by right-wingers who hate him because he is black, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday. In an unusually conciliatory column in the state-run media, Castro said Obama had inherited many problems from his predecessor, George W. Bush, and was trying to resolve them. But the "powerful extreme right won't be happy with anything that diminishes their prerogatives in the slightest way." Obama does not want to change the U.S. political and economic system, but "in...
  • CNN Uses Pro-Communist American to Tout Cuban Health Care

    08/09/2009 8:38:34 AM PDT · by ETL · 32 replies · 1,465+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 8, 2009 | Rich Noyes
    There’s something deeply wrong with journalism that scrutinizes and criticizes the institutions of free and successful nations, but produces puff pieces on the supposed achievements of totalitarian dictatorships. On Thursday, CNN aired a piece of Communist Party propaganda about how Cuba could serve as “a model for health care reform” in the United States, complete with an authoritative sound bite from an American medical expert, identified only as someone “who’s lived and worked in Cuba for decades.”But the expert, Gail Reed, is a longtime admirer of the Cuban revolution, married to the Cuban official who served as ambassador to Grenada...
  • If Cuba Can Drill Off The Coast Of Florida, Why Can't We?

    08/05/2009 7:25:15 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 18 replies · 1,674+ views
    Investopedia ^ | 8-5-09 | Eric Fox
    The agreement signed last week between Cuba and a Russian oil company to explore waters in the Gulf of Mexico raises a question that seems almost like a joke - if Cuba can explore for oil and gas off the coast of Florida, how come the United States can't?
  • Castro to U.S.: communist Cuba will not change

    08/01/2009 7:21:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 943+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 1, 2009 | Jeff Franks
    HAVANA (Reuters) - President Raul Castro said on Saturday he would not change Cuba's communist system to make peace with the United States, but repeated his willingness to discuss all issues with the island's longtime enemy. In a speech to the Cuban National Assembly, Castro acknowledged the United States under President Barack Obama was less "aggressive" toward Cuba, but he expressed irritation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for saying repeatedly that Washington expected Havana to make changes in exchange for better relations. "I have to say, with all due respect to Mrs. Clinton ... they didn't elect me president...
  • Obama’s Cuba Policy: Speak Softly, Carry No Stick

    07/31/2009 2:28:58 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 3 replies · 568+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 31 | Henry Gomez
    The United States has not had formal diplomatic relations with Cuba for more than four and a half decades, however since the Carter administration the U.S. has maintained an “Interests Section” in Havana. Ambassador James Cason (retired) is the former head of the U.S. Interests Section (USINT) in Cuba, and in 2006 he had an electronic news ticker installed across the windows of the top floor of the building. In June of this year the sign went dim, along with any hope that the Obama administration would take a stand in favor of liberty for the Cuban people who have...
  • Hollywood stars visit Cuba amid U.S.-Cuba thaw

    07/30/2009 10:40:00 PM PDT · by AmericanSphinx71 · 33 replies · 1,319+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7-30-09 | Esteban Israel
    HAVANA, July 30 (Reuters) - Havana's famous seaside avenue, the Malecon, could be mistaken for Hollywood Boulevard this week as four high profile film stars come to the Cuban capital in the splashiest sign yet of warming U.S.-Cuba relations. Benicio del Toro, Bill Murray, Robert Duvall and James Caan arrived in Cuba on Wednesday, with del Toro in town to pick up an award and the other three working on a "research project," a spokesman for the group said on Thursday. The spokesman, who asked not to be identified, said the stars were accompanied by other people in the movie...
  • Cuban-Born Theologian Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

    07/30/2009 6:34:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 697+ views
    (English-language translation) Radio Martí - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by acclamation the nomination of Cuban theologian Miguel Díaz as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, an appointment that must be ratified by the full Senate. If confirmed, 45-year-old Havana native Díaz would be the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador to the Holy See since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984. Díaz, the son of a waiter and a typist, was the first member of his family to earn a university degree. He studied at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Notre Dame, working as professor at...
  • Sign of the times: America caves to Cuban censorship

    07/29/2009 10:06:35 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 4 replies · 593+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2009 | Editorial
    The Obama administration has caved to demands from Fidel and Raul Castro's government to shut down a U.S.-sponsored electronic billboard in Havana. This is a symbolic step backward in America's mission to promote freedom.
  • Obama turns off pro-democracy news ticker on U.S. building in Havana

    07/28/2009 11:40:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 893+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 28, 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The Obama administration has turned off an electronic sign at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana that displayed pro-democracy and human rights messages to Cuban passers-by. The news 'zipper' on the fifth floor of the American Interest Section in the Cuban capital had riled the government for the past three years. But it is now shut down amid the administration's efforts to engage with Cuba's leadership that has already seen some U.S. sanctions eased. 'We believe that the billboard was really not effective as a means of delivering information to the Cuban people,' spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters. He noted...
  • U.S. turns off news ticker that angered Havana

    07/27/2009 9:38:18 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 15 replies · 1,120+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 27, 2009 | Marc Frank
    HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States has turned off a news ticker at its diplomatic mission in Havana that had long irritated the Cuban government, in another sign of efforts to improve relations with Havana, western diplomats said. The ticker, which streamed news, political statements and messages blaming Cuba's problems on the country's communist system and socialist economy, had infuriated former President Fidel Castro when it was turned on in January 2006 at a moment of high political tension with Washington. President Raul Castro took over from ailing elder brother Fidel last year.
  • Obama Stands with Ortega, Chavez and Castro

    06/29/2009 10:14:48 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Powerline ^ | 06/29/2009 | John Hinderaker
    In condemning the removal of Honduran President Mel Zelayaya by the Honduran military, Pesident Obama stands shoulder to shoulder with the Fidel Castro and his thug epigones Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega. Zelaya sought to conduct an illegal referendum to extend his rule. The Honduran military has sought to enforce the rule of law by providing for Zelaya's departure from the scene. Mary Anastasia Grady explains:
  • Cuban Opposition Leaders Moving in the Right Direction

    06/19/2009 8:41:05 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    The Voice magazine ^ | Dr. Jorge A. Sanguinetty
    Forget the mission of Cuba to the OAS or the moves by the Obama Administration to have a constructive dialogue with Cuba. Let’s face it, change needs to come from the people on the island. To see that change, we need to focus on the grassroots. Like a breath of fresh air, things are shifting within Cuba. Non-violent civic movements are gaining attention and influence both on and off the island. Hope is being restored for the ever so desperate youth. With acclaim both on and off the island most people think of Yoani Sanchez as the guiding light for...
  • Spy Case Keeps Cuba In Perspective

    06/08/2009 6:49:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 610+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2009
    National Security: Amid all the neighborly talk about new U.S. efforts to engage Cuba, the arrest of a State Department official as a Cuban spy ought to be a wake-up call about the intentions of the Castro dictatorship.Last Friday, federal agents arrested Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and his wife Gwendolyn, 71, as unregistered Cuban agents. The Feds said the pair had been spying for Cuba since 1979 and, like other agents in service to the Castro regime, didn't do it for money, but out of sympathy for communism and a loathing of the United States. For that, they stole not...
  • Castro questions timing of Cuban spy arrests

    06/06/2009 7:08:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 868+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 6, 2009 | ANITA SNOW
    Fidel Castro called the case of two Americans accused of spying for Cuba "strange" Saturday and questioned whether the timing of their arrests was politically motivated. In an essay read by a newscaster on state television, the former Cuban leader noted that the retired Washington couple were taken into custody just 24 hours after the Organization of American States voted to lift a decades-old suspension of Cuba's membership in that group. Though the U.S. ultimately supported the OAS vote Wednesday, the administration of President Barack Obama initially wanted to see more democratic reforms on the communist island before Cuba was...
  • AP sources: Cuban spies very difficult to find

    06/06/2009 4:16:07 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies · 895+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 6, 2009 | PAMELA HESS
    Hunting spies is difficult, but Cuban spies are notoriously hard to detect, former senior intelligence officials said a day after an American husband and wife were indicted on charges of spying for Cuba. Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn of Washington were arrested Thursday after a three-year investigation that began before Myers' retirement from the State Department in 2007. They had been spying for Havana for 30 years, according to the U.S. government. Investigations like this typically take years to come together because they usually turn on small pieces of information, and Cuban spies often leave few traces. Cuban...
  • Couple Charged With Spying For Cuba ( Why did it take 30 years to catch them? )

    06/06/2009 8:15:32 AM PDT · by kellynla · 31 replies · 1,190+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2009 | Ben Conery
    They wouldn't have looked out of place at a yacht club with him dressed in a blue blazer and khakis and her sporting a soft tan but federal authorities say the appearance of Walter Kendall Myers and his wife, Gwendolyn Myers, belied a darker truth: For three decades, the couple spied for the Cuban government. Mr. Myers, a 72-year-old former State Department analyst with a top-secret security clearance, and Mrs. Myers, 71, appeared in federal court to answer charges of conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government, passing classified information, and wire fraud. They each face 35...
  • Ex-State Dept official, wife charged as Cuba spies

    06/05/2009 9:35:48 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 604+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 5, 2009 | N/a
    SNIP Myers first began working for the State Department in 1977 as a lecturer at the department's Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia. But from 1988 to 1999 he began to work for its bureau of intelligence and research. In 1985, he was given top-secret security clearance which was then upgraded to a higher level in 1999. By the time he retired, Myers was working as a senior Europe analyst for the department's intelligence bureau and had daily access to classified information stored on computer databases, the Justice Department said. A scan of his computer showed that from August 2006...
  • UPDATED II: Walter Myers: Spy For Castro, Obama Campaign Donor

    06/05/2009 9:47:09 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies · 1,235+ views
    dequalss ^ | June 5, 2009 | N/a
    When I heard this on the radio on the drive home the first thing I thought was, I’ll bet they’re democrats (socialist) and huge Obama supporters. Walter Kendall Myers, 72, aided by his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 71, used his Top Secret security clearance to pass on classified information to the Cuban government and at one point met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, according to court documents. The two were charged with conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government and to communicate classified information to Cuba, the Justice Department said. They were also charged with wire fraud and...
  • Ex-U.S. State official, wife face Cuba spy charges

    06/05/2009 6:03:01 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 19 replies · 826+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri June 5 | Andy Sullivan
    A former U.S. State Department official and his wife have been arrested for spying for the Cuban government for nearly 30 years, the Justice Department said on Friday. Walter Kendall Myers, 72, aided by his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 71, used his Top Secret security clearance to pass on classified information to the Cuban government and at one point met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro, according to court documents. The two were charged with conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government and to communicate classified information to Cuba, the Justice Department said. They were also charged with wire...
  • Ex-State official, wife accused of spying for Cuba

    06/05/2009 3:47:25 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies · 1,343+ views
    CNN ^ | 6-5-09 | Terry Frieden
    A 72-year-old former State Department employee and his 71-year-old wife have been arrested and charged with illegally aiding the government of Cuba for nearly 30 years, the Department of Justice announced Friday. Walter Kendall Myers retired from the State Department in October 2007. Walter Kendall Myers and his wife, Gwendolyn Myers, were charged with conspiracy to act as illegal agents of the Cuban government, providing classified information to that government, and wire fraud, according to court documents unsealed in Washington. The couple appeared briefly Friday before a federal magistrate in Washington, who ordered them held without bail pending a detention...
  • Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba...

    06/05/2009 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba for Nearly 30 Years Couple Allegedly Conspired to Provide Classified Information to Cuban Government A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government. The arrests were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Joseph Persichini, Jr.,...
  • Cuba Offers Additional Direct Talks with U.S.

    05/31/2009 10:29:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 312+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 1, 2009 | MARK LANDLER and BRIAN KNOWLTON
    Cuba has notified the United States that it is willing to resume talks on migration issues and to negotiate direct postal services between the countries, a senior American official said on Sunday. Cuba also agreed to cooperate with the United States on counterterrorism, drug interdiction and disaster relief efforts. The decisions, conveyed Saturday in diplomatic notes, represent another step in the unlocking of relations between Cuba and the United States under the Obama administration, after a half-century of chilly ties and an economic embargo that many in the hemisphere, and in Europe, say has outlived its usefulness. Secretary of State...
  • Fidel Castro blasts Cheney's defense of counterterrorism methods, says torture always wrong

    05/27/2009 6:59:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 1,264+ views
    Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is criticizing ex-U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for defending American interrogation methods against terror suspects. Castro says torture should never be used to extract information. Castro says that the U.S. itself engaged in acts of terrorism against Cuba after the 1959 revolution he led.
  • Castro Bugging Celebrities Rooms for Blackmail, Almodovar: 'Everybody knows I'm a maricon'

    05/25/2009 4:21:42 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 15 replies · 1,986+ views
    The Pat Gray Show ^ | May 10, 2009 | Humberto Fontova
    “Fidel Castro is a genius!” gushed Jack Nicholson after a visit with the Cuban Fuhrer in 1998. “We spoke about everything,” the actor rhapsodized further. “Castro is a humanist like President Clinton. Cuba is simply a paradise!”Jack Nicholson has been saying such things for years now. Many of his Hollywood cohorts follow suit. Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Costner, Steven Spielberg, Woody Harrelson, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Leo DiCaprio, Chevy Chase and Robert Redford, among many others, have all waxed euphoric on Castro and his island prison. While holding up the book “Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant” on his TV show, Bill...
  • U.S. Asks Cuba to Resume Talks on Legal Immigration (Mariel boatlift, Part Deux)

    05/23/2009 6:11:31 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 35 replies · 744+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Saturday, May 23, 2009
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making another overture to Cuba, asking the island's communist government to resume talks that his predecessor halted on legal immigration of Cubans to the United States.
  • Castro blasts Obama, says US wants Cuba as slave

    05/01/2009 7:14:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 1,156+ views
    AFP ^ | May 1, 2009
    HAVANA (AFP) — Fidel Castro blasted US President Barack Obama Friday in provocative May Day remarks, saying the United States only wanted Cuba to return "to the fold, like slaves." Castro, 82, who led Cuba for almost 50 years and remains head of the Cuban Communist Party, was not in outreach mode, though Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, 77, have willingness to ease Cold War-era tensions. "Today, they stand ready to forgive us -- as if we would resign ourselves to returning to the fold like slaves, who after tasting freedom, go back to the yoke and whip," Fidel...
  • US holds new talks with Cuba

    04/27/2009 9:42:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 372+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/27/2009 | Alex Spillius in Washington
    A senior US diplomat on Monday held talks with Cuba's representative in Washington, quickening the pace of dialogue as President Barack Obama moves to repair ties with the communist island. Tom Shannon, the assistant secretary of state for the Western hemisphere, met Jorge Bolanos, the head of the Cuban interest section, in Washington. It is the second time they have met since Mr Obama began softening Washington's tone towards Cuba, in a reversal of George Bush's policy. The president recently announced that he would allow Cuban Americans to travel to Cuba more often and lift restrictions on how much money...
  • HENTOFF: The Castros are Dr. King's disciples? The Congressional Black Caucus flies blind in visit

    04/27/2009 2:40:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 652+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | Nat Hentoff
    "This is the beginning of a new day! In my household [Fidel] is known as the ultimate survivor." Fidel himself, in a letter in the state-run Granma newspaper, saluted "this legislative group. The aura of Martin Luther King is accompanying them." To others of us who honor King, there is a barely surviving black Cuban disciple of King (and Mohandas Gandhi) whom the caucus visitors did not meet because he has been in a Castro brothers' cage for many years and was off-limits to them. He is Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, and he is among those designated by Amnesty International...
  • U.S. Plans Informal Meetings With Cuba

    04/26/2009 4:41:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies · 604+ views
    U.S. Plans Informal Meetings With Cuba By GINGER THOMPSON WASHINGTON — Seizing the momentum from recent meetings with Latin American leaders, the Obama administration is quietly pushing forward with efforts to reopen channels of communication with Cuba, according to White House and State Department officials. The officials said informal meetings were being planned between the State Department and Cuban diplomats in the United States to determine whether the two governments could open formal talks on a variety of issues, including migration, drug trafficking and other regional security matters. And the administration is also looking for ways to open channels for...
  • TYRRELL: Obama's world tour. Maybe too 'superficial' even for Fidel

    04/24/2009 3:34:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 564+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2009 | R. Emmett Tyrrell
    Stop the presses! Finally, after half a century of staunch disagreement with Fidel Castro, I see the Cuban dictator has rendered a judgment with which I heartily agree. Responding to the Prophet Obama's friendly conversation with his brother President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in steamy Port of Spain, Mr. Castro, in the words of the Associated Press, "blasted the new U.S. president for showing signs of 'superficiality.' " After all the Hollywood stars Mr. Castro has hosted on his island paradise, you can rest assured he is a connoisseur of superficiality. Mr. Castro apparently was angered...