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  • Iran leader meets with Fidel Castro during stop in Havana

    09/19/2016 8:31:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2016 11:25 PM EDT
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has met with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his brother President Raúl Castro during a one-day state visit in Havana. […] Iran’s president came to Cuba after attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela, which is the island’s main commercial and political partner. …
  • Civil Rights Commission: ‘Religious Liberty,’ ‘Religious Freedom’ Code Words for Intolerance, Homop

    09/09/2016 2:36:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 55 replies ^ | 9/9/16 | Penny Star
    “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance,” Martin Castro, chairman of the commission, said in a statement included in the 296-page report. “Religious liberty was never intended to give one religion dominion over other religions, or a veto power over the civil rights and civil liberties of others,” Castro said. “However, today, as in the past, religion is being used as both a weapon and a shield by those seeking to deny others...
  • Shattuck: Fidel burns another Dem president

    08/14/2016 5:17:01 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 13 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 08/14/16 | Tom Shattuck
    Fidel Castro has been making fools of young, Democratic presidents for 55 years and now he can add Barack Obama to the notches in his belt. The old socialist turned 90 yesterday, and in a birthday letter to his people he dedicated a generous amount of space to lambasting the American president. The letter is proof that Obama has been played. Again. You knew it would happen.
  • 'Netanyahu is trying to become an Israeli Fidel Castro' (says leftist Herzog)

    08/13/2016 9:57:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 08/01/16 18:18 | Hezki Baruch
    Opposition head Yitzchak Herzog opened the Zionist Union faction meeting today by addressing the comments made by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to the effect that the government needs a vacation before it ends up institutionalized. […] The Opposition leader then turned to comments quoted in the media as having been said by Minister Miri Regev and Coalition Chairman David Bitan: “What good does a broadcasting corporation do if we can’t control it?”, and “the press is too free.” “These aren’t just slips of the tongue or mistakes. This is what Netanyahu actually thinks. This is what he expects them to...
  • On 90th birthday, Fidel Castro thanks Cuba, criticizes Obama

    08/13/2016 8:03:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    AP ^ | August 13, 2016 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. He appeared but did not speak at a gala in his honor broadcast on state television Saturday evening. "I want to express my deepest gratitude for the shows of respect, greetings and praise that I've received in recent days, which give me strength to reciprocate with ideas that I will send to party militants and relevant organizations," he wrote.
  • Castro still Israel’s enemy, prominent Cuban dissident warns on rare visit

    08/09/2016 5:39:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 8/9/16 | Raphael Ahren
    Oscar Biscet, a well-known human rights activist from Havana, spent over a decade in Cuban prisons for a host of alleged crimes: dishonoring national symbols, public disorder, inciting delinquent behavior, and, ultimately, crimes against state security. “They put me in a very tiny cell full of tuberculosis patients,” he recalled last week. In another case of the perverse treatment he received for publicly opposing the regime, the prison guards threw him into a small cell with mental patients who had not been given their medication. “They are more subtle than Hitler and Stalin, but they have the same mechanisms,” he...
  • Watchdog: HUD's Castro violated federal law by touting Clinton in interview

    07/19/2016 6:56:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 19, 2016 | (Joseph Weber)
    Housing Secretary and potential Democratic vice-presidential prospect Julian Castro violated federal law when he touted Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in a media interview earlier this year, according to a federal watchdog report released Monday. The seven-page report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel concluded Castro violated the Hatch Act, which bars most Executive Branch officials from expressing their political views while on official business. According to the report, he crossed the line during an April 4 interview that mostly was about HUD’s plans to increase Internet access to children and other agency-related issues. …
  • Feds: HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated Hatch Act in interview regarding Hillary Clinton

    07/18/2016 1:26:40 PM PDT · by red-dawg · 37 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | 7/18/16 | Kelsey Bradshaw
    SAN ANTONIO— A U.S. Office of Special Counsel report released Monday found that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro violated the Hatch Act, which restricts the political activity of some federal employees, during an April interview with Yahoo News. Castro's statements during the interview, according to a OSC news release, mixed his "personal political views with officials agency business despite his efforts to clarify that some answers were being given in his personal capacity." The department found he violated the act by "advocating for and against presidential candidates while giving a media interview in his official capacity on April...
  • Clinton holds day of VP interviews at her home in Washington [Warren and Hickenlooper were seen]

    07/15/2016 7:29:17 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 110 replies
    Clinton holds day of VP interviews at her home in Washington By Associated Press Published: 20:44 EST, 15 July 2016 | Updated: 20:44 EST, 15 July 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton summoned at least three contenders vying to become her running mate to her Washington home on Friday as she closes in on a pick for vice president. Clinton met separately with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, according to a person familiar with the process. The person would speak only on condition of anonymity to discuss the private...
  • Cuban Gov. Prepares for Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

    06/28/2016 2:19:12 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Havana Times ^ | June 25, 2016 | Fabian Flores
    Cuba will be transformed into one giant concert on August 13th to celebrate Comandante Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, announced the island’s cultural authorities. According to information released by the Cuban Institute of Music (ICM), at 10 am on Saturday, August 13, “a great cantata and concerts” will be held across the island for Fidel Castro’s birthday. The press release from ICM added that “over one hundred children’s choirs and concert bands will sing in unison, across the country, at cultural institutions, in squares and parks to celebrate with a lot of joy the birthday of Fidel, the father of all...
  • SF vigil in Castro for Orlando massacre victims

    06/12/2016 5:52:25 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2016 | Evan Sernoffsky and Lizzie Johnson
    People gathered in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood Sunday to honor the victims of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, while police increased efforts to protect the city during the upcoming Pride week.
  • 6 migrants come ashore in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea [Boat dubbed "Obama"; refugee puts on Trump hat!]

    06/07/2016 6:16:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 6/6/16 | Nicole Linsalata
    Half a dozen migrants traveling on a small boat made it to shore in South Florida, Monday night... The homemade boat they came on was christened the Barack Obama. A bystander gave one migrant a “Make America Great Again” hat, but the migrant did not appear to know the phrase printed on the cap is a reference to the Donald Trump campaign.
  • Beyond the Tourist Façade Are Cuba’s Victims of Communist

    05/28/2016 6:51:08 AM PDT · by fella · 4 replies
    panampost ^ | 27 may 2016 | guest contributor
    By Jonas Sundgaard Havana’s roads received a new layer of asphalt along the beautiful Prado Boulevard and the colorful buildings in Old Havana were shining brighter than ever prior to Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba. The decay and poverty in the city, however, is too prevalent and pervasive to be hidden by a quick make-over in honor of the first visit by a US president in 88 years. Cuba offers exotic beaches, magnificently colored American vintage cars from the 1950’s, joyous salsa rhythms and iconic cigars. But this is largely a façade, behind which lies a very different reality. During...
  • Meet Greg Craig, Obama's White House Counsel ( 2008 )

    05/19/2016 5:57:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 17, 2008 | John McCormack
    Mike Allen reported over the weekend that "Gregory B. Craig, a well-known Washington lawyer who quarterbacked President Bill Clinton's impeachment defense, has been chosen White House counsel by resident-elect Barack Obama". Believe it or not, the time Craig spent shilling for Clinton may have been his most honorable days of work ... In the early 1980s, [Craig] was an attorney for John Hinckley, the man who shot President Reagan and three others. Craig helped put together an insanity defense that led to Hinckley's acquittal. Nine years later, he advised Ted Kennedy in the Palm Beach rape case involving the senator...
  • What would President Trump do about JFK records? (Examines Cruz connection in response)

    05/08/2016 7:55:24 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 152 replies ^ | May 4, 2016 | Jeff Morley
    Once again Donald Trump is frazzling the custodians of civil discourse....... But dismissing JFK’s assassination as a trivial subject is one mistake that Donald Trump does not make. His gambit is an old story in American culture. With his intuitive media personality, Trump is drawn, moth-like, to an eternal flame of American culture: the JFK story......... The issue facing the next president–and those who will vote for him or her– is not “Who killed JFK?” The issue in 2016 is “Who will kill JFK secrecy?” The Law::::::Within a year of taking the oath of office President Trump (or President Clinton)...
  • Sorry, you #NeverTrumpers are going to have to actually think instead of trotting out that one.

    05/07/2016 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 54 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/07/16 | Dan Calabrese
    The most intellectually lazy argument ever: ‘Trump and Hillary are one and the same!’ Here’s how it goes every time. It’s always the same: “I will not compromise my principles and vote for that man! And if you had any principles, neither would you! I REFUSE TO COMPROMISE!” “I’m not compromising anything. My principles say Hillary must not be allowed to become president. Like it or not, electing Trump is the only way to stop her.”
  • Trump accuses Cruz's father of helping JFK's assassin

    05/03/2016 5:57:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 182 replies
    Politico ^ | May 3, 2016 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that Ted Cruz’s father was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president, parroting a National Enquirer story claiming that Rafael Cruz was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963. A Cruz campaign spokesperson told the Miami Herald, which pointed out numerous flaws in the Enquirer story, that it was “another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage.” “His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said Tuesday...
  • The Political Education Of Rafael Cruz

    04/23/2016 7:48:16 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 101 replies ^ | Mar 30,2015 | Andrew Kaczynski & Ilan Ben-Meir
    In these speeches, Cruz sometimes admits — with disbelief — that he once supported Fidel Castro’s revolution. “I started speaking at different rotary clubs around Austin, Texas — in favor of Castro! I still thought he was the savior of the country,” he told FreedomWorks, a conservative group, in 2013. Local news articles and documents from the late 1950s offer a clearer picture of the days of Cruz as a young man, then a believer in the revolution and a visible college activist. On Jan. 8, 1959, Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana. The country’s dictator, Batista, had fled a...
  • Is Julian Castro the Great Latino Hope of America? (Hillary's VP?)

    04/22/2016 7:51:47 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 22, 2016 | Tanzina Vega
    Early in the election cycle, when Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for a wall to be built across the Mexico-U.S. border (which Mexico would pay for) and characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers, the Latino community mobilized in a way that had not been seen in previous elections. There were picketers at Trump properties, protests across the country and, notably, outcry from the Latin entertainment community, especially musicians. At one concert in Los Angeles, Fher Olvera, the lead singer for Mexican rock band Maná, encouraged the crowd to vote as he compared Trump to Adolf Hitler. After receiving...
  • US kicks out Cuban exile activist [Obama hates man who has been resisting Castro 50 years]

    04/20/2016 3:29:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies ^ | 4/16/16
    Living for nearly half a century in the United States offers no guarantee that one can stay. That is the reality facing Cuban exile activist Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Democracy Movement, who received a letter Thursday from the federal government....
  • Cuba's revolutionary leader, 89, says he will die soon

    04/19/2016 6:38:58 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 April 2016 | By Associated Press
    Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered a valedictory speech Tuesday to the Communist Party that he put in power a half-century ago, telling party members he will soon die and exhorting them to help his ideas survive. 'I'll be 90 years old soon,' Castro said in his most extensive public appearance in years, adding: 'Soon I'll be like all the others.' He went on: 'The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the...
  • Fidel Castro tells Cuba’s Communist Party he will soon die

    04/19/2016 2:31:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 19, 2016 | Michael Weissenstein/AP
    HAVANA — Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered a valedictory speech Tuesday to the Communist Party that he put in power a half-century ago, telling party members he will soon die and exhorting them to help his ideas survive. “I’ll be 90 years old soon,” Castro said in his most extensive public appearance in years. “Soon I’ll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and...
  • Cuba officials call Obama's visit an ‘attack,’ Raul Castro labels U.S. as 'enemy'

    04/19/2016 1:23:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 19, 2016
    Weeks after President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, officials from the Communist island have ramped up their attacks on the U.S. On Monday, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called Obama's visit "an attack on the foundation of our history, our culture and our symbols." "Obama came here to dazzle the non-state sector, as if he wasn't the representative of big corporations but the defender of hot dog vendors, of small businesses in the United States, which he isn't," Rodriguez said. The foreign minister’s response came days after Cuba President Raul Castro said that the United States is "the enemy" and...
  • Cuba calls Obama visit 'an attack' as Communists defend ideology

    04/18/2016 2:20:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 4/18/16 | Frank Jack Daniel and Nelson Acosta - Reuters
    HAVANA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Communist-led Cuba was an "attack" on its history and culture aimed at misleading a new business class, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Monday, the latest sign of blow-back after the ground-breaking trip last month. "In this visit, there was a deep attack on our ideas, our history, our culture and our symbols," Rodriguez said at the Communist Party congress. Cuban leaders have hardened language against the United States since Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the island in 88 years, with Fidel Castro accusing him of sweet-talking the...
  • Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in nine months

    04/08/2016 8:39:25 AM PDT · by Rio · 12 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | 4/8/2016 | AFP
    Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in nine months, chatting with school children and criticizing Barack Obama's recent visit. Castro, 89, was seen on state TV state seated as he spoke to children about a late fellow revolutionary leader, Vilma Espin. The last time Castro appeared in public was nine months ago, when state TV showed him with civilians who work with the armed forces and the interior ministry.
  • GREENFIELD: Castro's American Victims

    04/06/2016 4:49:19 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 8 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, April 05, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, April 05, 2016 Castro's American Victims Posted by Daniel Greenfield In 1972, Ishmael Muslim Ali LaBeet and four other killers walked into the Fountain Valley golf club in the Virgin Islands. They rounded up four Florida tourists and four employees, forced them to kneel on the ground, and opened fire. That was how the Fountain Valley Massacre began. Afterward LaBeet and his fellow murderers were swarmed by civil rights attorneys eager to claim that their clients had been tortured into confessing. But the claims of torture were undermined by LaBeet. At his trial, Ishmael LaBeet yelled, "I killed them...
  • An Impassioned Cruz Fires Back at Obama: He’s ‘More Mad at Me’ than at ISIS

    03/28/2016 4:25:15 PM PDT · by ChessExpert · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | March 27th 2016 | Tom S. Elliott
    “You know, it’s rich seeing Obama attacking me when he just got back from going to a baseball game with the Castros, celebrating and toasting a communist dictator who tortures and murders his citizens, who oppresses them and who is rabidly anti-American and who spreads terrorism throughout Latin America,” Cruz said in an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “As the president noted, yes, my father was in prison and tortured in Cuba. So was my aunt. She was imprisoned and tortured by Castro’s goons in Cuba.” “And yet, what President Obama has done, what Hillary Clinton has done, what John...
  • Fidel Castro to Obama: We don't need your 'presents'

    03/28/2016 6:24:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 28, 2016 9:12 AM EDT | Michael Weissenstein
    Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.” The 1,500-word letter in state media titled “Brother Obama” was Castro’s first response to the president’s three-day visit last week, in which the American president said he had come to bury the two countries’ history of Cold War hostility. […] Obama’s visit was intended to build irreversible momentum behind his opening with Cuba and to convince the Cuban people and the Cuban government...
  • The "Apology Tour" Comes Full Circle

    03/24/2016 7:07:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 24, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    At the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama traveled to Cairo, Europe and the United Nations to "apologize" for past American actions and attitudes, which he claimed helped create divisions between countries. At a town hall meeting before a mix of French and German citizens in Strasbourg, France on April 3, 2009, the president said the United States was partially to blame for increased tensions with Europe following the Iraq war: "there have been times where America (has) shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe. Mitt Romney and other critics quickly dubbed these and similar remarks his "apology...
  • Obama does ‘the wave’ with the mass-murderer who tried to kill my father-in-law

    03/23/2016 11:49:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/16 | Robert Laurie
    Disgusting. My wife is Cuban. If we’re getting technical, she’s Cuban-Italian, but the point is that her father was a Cuban gentleman who - until the Castro brothers took over - owned a hospital in Havana. Since he was smart enough to see that Castro spelled trouble, he sent his family to Miami during the run-up to Fidel’s takeover. He stayed behind to try and ride out the storm. Unfortunately, his ability and willingness to care for the poor was seen as a threat to the new regime and he was marked for death once the rebel army took complete...
  • Giving the dismissive ‘wave’ to the Obamas

    03/23/2016 7:30:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/16 | Judi McLeod
    ‘The Wave’ performed by Obama and Castro in Cuba should give rise to the ‘Wave of the Poor’ USA Today categorizes President Barack Obama doing ‘the wave’ with Cuban President Raul Castro at the start of a baseball game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Raves on Tuesday as something “from the growing annal of ‘Things We Thought We’d Never See’.” Really, USA Today? Millions more are resigned to the shock show spiteful Obama has prepared for his last months in office. On the same day of his “me-and-Raúl” wave, America’s jumped up community organizer gave all...
  • Revolution Plaza photo (Deep, shiny vanity)

    03/22/2016 6:56:17 PM PDT · by Celerity · 6 replies
    Google Earth ^ | 3/21/16 | Self,-82.3869582,3a,75y,23.19h,79.11t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-IKeIwnNEbPM%2FVoR1x8CBCmI%2FAAAAAAAACso%2Fr9fGYIGuQ7A!2e4!3e11!!7i8704!8i4352!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x35035b742f567ab8!6m1!1e1
  • Obama Doesn't Disagree with Cuban Communist Dictator's Criticisms of America

    03/22/2016 3:54:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 22, 2016 | Debra Heine
    In Cuba on Monday, President Obama said that he "personally would not disagree" with some of Communist dictator Raul Castro's criticisms of America.During a joint press conference with the president, Castro attacked America over its record on human rights, the trade embargo (which he called a "blockade"), its “illegal occupation” of Guantanamo Bay, and its “inconceivable” failure to provide free food, health care, and social security.Fellow traveler Obama saw nothing in that laundry list that he could disagree with.“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure everybody’s getting a decent education or health care, has...
  • Castro’s Kills

    03/22/2016 10:30:58 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 22 Mar, 2016 | Matt Kibbe
    Watching President Barack Obama hang out with Cuban “president” Raul Castro immediately triggered a question in my mind: How many innocent people were murdered during Fidel and Raul Castro’s brutal Cuban experiment in socialism? An exact number is hard to find, and available data does not include human suffering due to lack of food and basic services. But the consensus is stark: In his authoritative book “Power Kills,” R.J. Rummel estimates that the Castro regime murdered some 77,000 to 141,000 innocents, including deaths by firing squad and other executions, disappearances, and “extrajudicial killings.” This estimate likely does not include some...
  • Obama’s Worship of Communist Cuba comes during Holy Week 2016

    03/22/2016 6:46:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/22/16 | Judi McLeod
    Played out until the end of time, the battle of good and evil carries on, more dangerous now all because a pope and president dedicate their energies to the side of evil President Barack Hussein Obama hit his lifetime apex yesterday by publicly groveling to the communist leader of Cuba. Openly swearing allegiance to Cuba’s 57-year-long communist manifesto, he publicly agreed with Raúl Castro that America is the most hateful member in what they both hope is a dying capitalist world; the nation most responsible for the grinding poverty in Communism’s only North American outpost. A country, where virginal innocence...
  • Raul to BO: I've got a few minutes Monday morning for you!

    03/22/2016 4:00:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 22, 2016 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Raul Castro did not greet President Obama and his family at the Havana airport on Sunday afternoon. For the record, President Gerardo Machado did meet President Coolidge duringt he presidential visit of 1928. He also met the Pope and other heads of state who have visited the island, such as President Hollande of France. In other words, Raul can get a ride to the airport if he really wants to go meet the visitor! Castro made a couple of points about President Obama and the U.S.-Cuba relationship by staying home on Sunday afternoon: He does not respect Obama; and, It...
  • President Obama and Castro call for end of Cuba embargo

    03/21/2016 2:10:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 37 replies ^ | 3-21-2016
    HAVANA — The 54-year economic embargo of Cuba needs to end, President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro said Monday, so the economic ties between the two nations can improve. "The embargo's going to end," Obama said. "When, I can't be entirely sure. ... The reason is that what we did for 50 years did not serve our interests or the interests of the Cuban people." "The list of things we can do administratively is growing shorter," said Obama, who said that "for more than half a century, the sight of a U.S. president here in Havana would have been...
  • ESPN’s SportsCenter Deletes Tweet Praising Fidel Castro’s Love of Sports

    03/21/2016 2:11:56 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    mediaite ^ | March 20th, 2016 | by Alex Griswold
    The Twitter account for ESPN’s SportsCenter sent out a tweet Sunday about Fidel Castro’s love of sports that was criticized for painting the Cuban dictator in a positive light. “Savior and scourge, Fidel Castro was many things to many people,” the now-deleted tweet read. “One thing all can agree on: He loved his sports.” Shockingly, a lot of people on Twitter didn’t appreciate SportCenter‘s humanization of a brutal despot.Logan Dobson ‎@LoganDobson So did many of the dissidents he had murdered, Bonda ‎@BenOndaTop @SportsCenter "Harsh Communist Dictator...But, he loved his sports! What a guy! Give him an ESPY for courage!" -...
  • Obama Says He Welcomes Castro’s Criticism of the United States

    03/21/2016 1:32:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 105 replies ^ | March 21, 2016 | Melanie Hunter
    ( – In a joint press conference with Cuban dictator Raul Castro in Havana, Cuba, on Monday, President Barack Obama said he welcomes Castro’s criticism of the U.S. “I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels that we’re falling short, because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well,” Obama said.Obama was responding to a reporter’s question about whether the Communist country has Cuban political prisoners and why Castro won’t release them. Obama said the two “had a very frank conversation around issues of democracy and human...
  • Cuban Repression Accelerates for Obama's Visit

    03/21/2016 12:49:54 PM PDT · by bamahead · 15 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016 | BY ALEXANDRA MARTINEZ
    More than 200 Cuban protesters were arrested over the weekend as the island prepared for President Obama's historic visit, which began yesterday. Dissidents of the human rights movement #TodosMarchamos, including the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) and Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Cuban Patriotic Union, UNPACU), gathered at Calle 26 and Avenida Tercera Sunday morning to peacefully protest the Castro regime. Minutes later, the scene erupted. Anti-Castro protesters, holding symbolic palm leaves, sat on the ground while Castro supporters chanted, "Fidel." Police forcefully arrested demonstrators, pushing them onto public buses used to transport the dissidents. Videos from the protest show...
  • Castro demands U.S. give back Guantanamo, lift embargo

    03/21/2016 11:28:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    Cuban President Raul Castro told President Obama Monday that the U.S. must return the Guantanamo Bay naval base and lift the embargo against Havana for the countries to fully normalize relations. “The blockade stands as the most important obstacle to our economic development,” Mr. Castro said...
  • I was a prisoner of Castro’s regime. Obama’s visit to Cuba is a mistake.

    03/21/2016 11:18:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 21 , 2016 | Armando Valladares
    Ahead of resident Obama's historic visit, Castro's Cuba is more oppressive than ever. An Afro-Cuban dissident who spent time in Fidel Castro’s gulags, Oscar Biscet is one of many people that represent the real Cuba, the people who will be hidden from sight as resident Obama visits this week. While the resident basks in the Cuban sun and in photo-ops with its heavy-handed dictator, the fate and freedom of political resisters like Biscet remains grim. Biscet is free now in technical terms, but in reality, he remains among a cohort of dissenters who still live in an invisible prison: a...
  • Cuba: Obama’s Reverse Domino Theory

    03/21/2016 8:23:19 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-21-2016 | MOTUS
    Why visit Cuba now, when Big Guy originally said he would travel to the island nation only after seeing substantive change? Some say it’s because he wants to facilitate change – something we know he’s good at. However the change he’s most famous for is transforming free countries like the U.S. into something more like Cuba. So what exactly is he there for? No, he didn’t go to Cuba to “change it back,” he went because Lady M wouldn’t stop pestering him. It seems everybody who’s anybody has already been: Sean Penn, Justin Bieber, the Pope, Beyoncé and Jay Z:  ...
  • Flashback: Castro Urged Soviet Nuclear Attack in '62

    03/20/2016 7:41:12 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    PARIS — Cuban leader Fidel Castro asked the Soviet Union in 1962 to launch a nuclear attack on the United States if it invaded Cuba, according to letters published today by a French newspaper. The respected daily Le Monde said the letters were exchanged between Castro and Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis. In an acrimonious reply, Khrushchev suggested that Castro was irresponsible, since such a war would have killed millions of people in both East and West and destroyed Cuba. Le Monde said Castro gave copies of three of his letters and two of Khrushchev's...
  • Obama arrives in Cuba; hopes visit will usher in change

    03/20/2016 5:18:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | March 20, 2016 | Kevin Liptak,
    Havana (CNN) — President Barack Obama touched down in Cuba on Sunday, definitively ending a half-century of estrangement in a dramatic personal demonstration of his core foreign policy principle of engaging America's enemies. It's a shift that the change-minded president hopes will nudge the Communist government here to grant more freedoms to its people and open new economic channels for American businesses. The President and his allies also hope a successful détente will offer something bigger: a lasting example of diplomacy's power in dealing with longtime foes.
  • Cuban dissidents criticise Barack Obama's historic visit

    03/20/2016 1:24:55 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 19 replies ^ | 19 Mar 2016 | Harriet Alexander
    A leading Cuban dissident invited to meet President Barack Obama on his visit to the island this week has said the US president should not be visiting while human rights violations continue. Berta Soler, leader of the ‘Ladies in White’ protest group, said she wanted Obama to call for an amnesty for Cuba's political prisoners and wait to hear the US president deliver his landmark speech before deciding if she would accept his invite to meet him at the US embassy in Havana on Tuesday. Her non-attendance would be an embarrassment for Mr Obama, whose landmark trip to Cuba begins...
  • President Obama to land in Cuba, human rights on the agenda

    03/20/2016 10:45:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama and his family will arrive Sunday in Cuba for an historic three-day visit filled with symbolism, but with few expectations that the president’s legacy-building will improve human rights for Cubans under the repressive communist regime of the Castro brothers. Air Force One will land at Jose Marti International Airport near Havana late Sunday afternoon, making Mr. Obama the first sitting U.S. president to set foot on Cuban soil since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. After a stop at the U.S. Embassy, the Obamas are to visit the Cathedral in Old Havana to meet Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop who...
  • Cuba ordering its dissidents to skip meeting with Obama

    03/19/2016 4:33:44 PM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | March 19, 2016 | Tracy Wilkinson
    n the eve of President (Obama’s historic visit) to Cuba, authorities there are ordering dissidents invited to meet with the American leader to stay home instead, a leading human rights activist said Saturday. Elizardo Sanchez, a Cuban anti-government activist who chronicles political detentions month-to-month, said he and most of those invited planned to defy the government order. Sanchez, speaking by phone from Havana, said U.S. officials were offering to help the activists get to the meeting with Obama, scheduled for Tuesday. “Everyone is pretty determined,” he said. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the White...
  • Inequality curbs enthusiasm for Obama visit among Cuba's poor

    03/19/2016 11:59:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 19, 2016 | Frank Jack Daniel
    Fluttering U.S. flags, fixed-up roads and fresh paint on colonial buildings convey the optimism in Havana ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit this weekend, but rising inequality sours the mood for some of the city's poor. The White House says the first such trip by a U.S. president since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution is a step toward better lives for Cuban people suffering under a U.S. embargo. The Obama policy has specifically targeted Cuba's small but growing private sector with measures such as allowing sales of farm and construction equipment for non-state enterprises. Private-sector workers already enjoy advantages...
  • Green Guantánamo: From detention center to peace park?

    03/18/2016 11:36:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 18, 2016 | Jason Thomson
    As President Obama gears up for his presidential visit to Cuba this weekend – the first in 80 years – scientists are pondering the future of Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. One idea proposed is the creation of a transnational conservation area, or peace park.