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  • Pope says Church needs more freedom to help Cuba change (celebrates mass in Santiago)

    03/27/2012 5:32:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 26, 2012 | Simon Gardner and Philip Pullella
    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (Reuters) - Pope Benedict arrived in Cuba on Monday and told the government it had nothing to fear from the Catholic Church, asking for more freedoms to help the communist country in times of change. Just three days after saying that communism no longer works in Cuba, the pope took a softer stance as he landed in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba for a three-day trip aimed at boosting the Church's role on the island. The 84-year-old German pope delivered a carefully worded, nuanced and balanced arrival address after he was greeted warmly by...
  • "The Purpose Is Pastoral" -- The Pope Goes to Cuba (tensions await him)

    03/26/2012 6:03:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 9+ views
    WITL ^ | March 25, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    At 2pm local time today (3 Eastern, 1900 in Rome), B16 arrives in Santiago de Cuba for a three-day stay on the island -- one which, according to reports, has garnered considerably less buzz than Blessed John Paul II's celebrated pilgrimage in 1998. Indeed, it's worth repeating that never before has a pontiff so old traveled this far -- while Benedict XVI turns 85 in three weeks, JPII was three years younger and far less mobile at his final journey outside Europe. Still, even as the country's religious landscape has opened considerably since the last PopeTrip, Papa Ratzinger's first...
  • New book claims Fidel Castro knew about Kennedy assassination plot beforehand

    03/18/2012 11:59:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 95 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 18, 2012 | Philip Caulfield
    A new book by an ex-CIA spook claims that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro knew about Lee Harvey Oswald's plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and did nothing to stop it. Author Brian Latell was the agency's former national intelligence officer for Latin America and is now a senior research associate in Cuban American studies at the University of Miami. In the upcoming volume, "Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine," Latell writes that on Nov. 22 1963, Castro ordered his intelligence officers in Havana to drop their normal responsibilities and pay close attention to communications coming out of...
  • Nation of Islam Newspaper Attacks ‘Minion of the Synagogue of Satan’ Glenn Beck for Farrakhan

    03/10/2012 10:53:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    the blaze ^ | 3/10/12 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Beck discussed Farrakhan’s recent warning about a possible assassination of President Barack Obama. Farrakhan has called Obama a “murderer” and “assassin,“ and Beck said his words constitute ”a clear and present danger to the president.” The official newspaper of the Nation of Islam published a piece calling Beck a “minion of the synagogue of Satan” and said it will “not allow such vicious assaults” on Farrakhan. The Koran “teaches Muslims to never be the aggressor in word or deed, but if attacked, we fight with those who fight with us.”
  • Leah Garchik { Right to bare and right to stare }

    03/09/2012 7:52:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/12 | Leah Garchik
    A change of venue for the naked men of the Castro is gently suggested by Mark Abramson: "Maybe they could hang out in Alamo Square and tourists there for the Painted Ladies can get the naked people in the same picture, to kill two birds, you know." I was driving past the Castro and Market intersection last Sunday, and as I waited for the traffic light to change, I witnessed a playlet. A clothed woman who appeared to be a tourist approached a naked man - actually, not quite naked, he was wearing a hat - and asked him something....
  • Farrakhan: 'Do you think they're wicked enough to be plotting our brother's assassination?'

    02/26/2012 8:25:42 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 97 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 26, 2012 | Dan Hinkel
    In a fiery lecture to thousands of followers of the Nation of Islam on Sunday, Minister Louis Farrakhan warned that racial hatred could lead to attempts to assassinate President Barack Obama.
  • Leahy and Shelby meet with Raul Castro in Cuba

    02/25/2012 5:40:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/24/2012 | Portia Siegelbaum
    Sen. Patrick Leahy met with Cuban President Raul Castro Thursday, but the Vermont Democrat was unable to convince the Cuban leader to release jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross currently serving a 15 year sentence in Havana for smuggling in illegal communications equipment and attempting to set up an Internet network that could escape government detection... "They are going to be drilling for oil," said Leahy, "and I hope they find it and will not be dependent on Venezuela for oil," and that's also why he's encouraging cooperation between the two countries. Leahy said he would be meeting with President Obama...
  • Castro Denounces GOP Presidential Contenders, Urges Obama Continue in Office

    01/28/2012 2:06:43 PM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro characterized the Republican case for ousting President Obama in the upcoming election as “the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been.” “Listening to these apologists for personal greed you’d get the impression that an individual ought to be free to do whatever he wants,” Castro complained. “Where’s their social conscience?” Castro contrasted the “anti-social” GOP field with “President Obama’s appreciation for the collective well-being of the whole. While he may not feel confident to openly admit it, I sense that he is, at heart, a socialist. That American voters might reject him...
  • Paul's answer to the Castro question was hilarious! [vanity]

    01/26/2012 7:37:05 PM PST · by matt1234 · 17 replies
    me | 1/26/2012 | me
    [paraphrasing] Wolf Blizter: "What would you do if Raul Castro called you in the White House?" Ron Paul: "I'd ask him what he was calling about." Duh! Was he trying to be funny or was it a senior moment? I laughed out loud.
  • Castro cites "idiocy, ignorance" in Republican race

    01/25/2012 11:31:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:20pm EST | Reporting By Jeff Franks; Editing by Jane Sutton and Cynthia Osterman
    The race for the Republican Party presidential nomination in the United States has been a contest of "idiocy and ignorance," former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Wednesday in a column in Cuba's state-run press. Castro and the communist Cuba he created have been the target of much rhetoric in the lead-up to Florida's Republican primary next week, with top candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich taking hard-line positions to appeal to the state's large population of Cuban exiles. Castro did not cite them, but expressed his general disgust with the Republican field. "The selection of a Republican candidate for...
  • Obama: "With Or Without Congress, I'm Going To Keep At It" (Hussein's Latest Arrogance)

    01/13/2012 1:23:41 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 13, 2012
    "In the coming weeks we're also going to unveil a new website, Business USA. And this site will be a one-stop shop for small businesses and exporters...with or without congress, I'm going to keep at it. But it would be a lot easier if Congress helped," President Obama said at the White House today.
  • [Fidel Castro:] 'Robot would be better in White House over Obama'

    01/10/2012 3:09:24 PM PST · by pogo101 · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 10, 2012 | Staff
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has spoken out against US President Barack Obama, claiming that a "robot" would do a better job in the White House, AFP reported Monday. "Is it not obvious that the worst of all is the absence in the White House of a robot capable of governing the United States and preventing a war that would end the life of our species?" Castro wrote, according to AFP. {snip}
  • Pope Prepares for Cuba Visit 50 Years After Fidel’s Excommunication

    01/03/2012 1:07:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    VATICAN CITY – This week’s 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s excommunication of Cuban leader Fidel Castro coincides with preparations for a visit to the Communist-ruled island by the current pontiff, Benedict XVI. Castro was excommunicated a month and a day after his Dec. 2, 1961, speech proclaiming himself a Marxist-Leninist and announcing his plans to lead Cuba to communism. John XXIII supported that measure in the 1949 decree of Pope Pius XII, which established the penalty of excommunication for anyone spreading communism. The revolution headed by Castro had already proclaimed itself “socialist,” and later the state declared itself to...
  • Castro Death Meter: Fidel More Dead Than Kim Jong Il's Dead Body, Say Medical Experts

    12/28/2011 8:54:36 AM PST · by drpix · 7 replies ^ | 12/20/11 | Gus Garcia-Roberts
    Pobre Fidelito. Being a dying dictator was his idea. But now Hugo Chavez has fat cancer, and Kim Jong Il went to ride his giant rabbits in the sky. Nobody's paying attention to the totally dead antics of Fidel Castro. He's like the fourth-grade girl who wore Silly Bandz before it was kewl. Now that everybody's got death, el jefe supremo grande con extra jalapeños just doesn't feel special anymore. But we believe that monitoring Castro's death level is of the utmost importance...
  • 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?
  • The Latest Joint CBS-Castro Production

    12/26/2011 6:44:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 23, 2011 | Humberto Fontova
    Last week’s 60 Minutes featured another in its long line of joint CBS-Castro productions. This time Anderson Cooper and his production crew partnered with the Stalinist regime’s Centro de Investigaciones Marinas for a propaganda piece on the marvels of Cuban coral reef conservation. The co-host of the CBS show and conduit for this fruitful Communist infomercial was Dr. David Guggenheim, senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation in Washington, D.C. who chairs its Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program. Dr. Guggenheim toasts himself as a “Cubaphile” and toasts Castro’s fiefdom (which he has visited over 40 times in recent years) as...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Gay-friendly clergy disinvited from Castro church

    12/23/2011 3:21:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/23/11 | John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Most Holy Redeemer Church, a Catholic parish in the middle of the Castro, is in trouble again with church leaders over how best to minister to its heavily gay and lesbian congregation. In the latest incident, Archbishop George Niederauer had the church's pastor, the Rev. Steve Meriwether, rescind invitations to a trio of gay-friendly clergy scheduled to speak at a series of pre-Christmas evening services. "The archbishop felt the speakers were inappropriate for the season of Advent, which should be a time to reflect on the coming of Christ," said George Wesolek, a spokesman for the archdiocese. There was no...
  • New Americas Group Includes Cuba, Not U.S; China Cheers

    12/05/2011 7:04:12 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 4 December 2011 | Alex Newman
    Leaders of Latin American and Caribbean governments gathered in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday and Saturday to forge a new regional organization that includes representatives from every country in the Western Hemisphere except the United States and Canada. According to socialist rulers backing the new scheme, it is aimed at providing a counterweight to U.S. “imperialism” in the region while promoting “integration.” The communist regime ruling mainland China celebrated the news and vowed to support the group. The budding 33-member alliance — dubbed CELAC, the Spanish initials for “Community of Latin American and Caribbean States” — is reportedly the brainchild of...
  • Nicaragua's Ortega poised for re-election win

    11/06/2011 4:58:46 PM PST · by GenePA_762 · 5 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 6 November 2011 | Miguel Angel Gutierrez and Ivan Castro
    MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader, looks likely to win re-election on Sunday after heavy social spending won him strong support among the country's poor. Ortega has overseen a period of economic progress in his five years in power, backed by financial aid from his socialist ally in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez.
  • Castro should go: Clinton after Rep. Cuban-American pressed on 'double standard' Libya Vs Cuba]

    10/30/2011 5:13:26 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct. 27, 2011
    Castro should go: Clinton WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States remained firm that the Castro regime should end in Cuba, despite overtures seeking reform on the communist island. Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban American...
  • A Dissident's Mysterious Death in Havana

    10/24/2011 3:47:15 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 24, 2011 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    For more than eight years, the Castro regime tried silence Ladies in White leader Laura Pollán. Ten days ago Pollán did fall silent. She passed away, after a brief illness, in a Havana hospital. Hospital officials initially said that she died of cardiac and respiratory arrest... Since there was no independent medical care available to her ...we are unlikely ever to find out what killed Pollán... she had been healthy only weeks before her death... We also know that the longer she remained under state care, the sicker she got... ...suspicious deaths (most commonly heart attacks) of otherwise healthy...
  • Florida senator denies embellishing family history

    10/21/2011 2:36:00 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 38 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Oct 21, 2011 | By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ
    In Florida, where Cuba and Fidel Castro can be highly combustible political issues, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is defending himself against allegations he embellished his family's story in saying his parents left the island after Castro came to power. So far, prominent members of the Cuban American community are standing by him, including the head of one of Miami's oldest and most respected exile groups, who said Friday he is willing to give the rising GOP star a pass. The 40-year-old freshman senator has always publicly identified with the exile community and has a strong following within it. Rubio's biography...
  • (a wealth of good info)

    10/17/2011 10:56:28 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies
    LATEST ARTICLE: Harry Belafonte Insults Herman Cain—but Hails Fidel Castro Oct. 17 - New York resident Harry Belafonte recently denounced Herman Cain as a “bad apple” as a “false Negro” and as someone “denied intelligence” and “denied a view of history.” (whatever that means.) His host Joy Behar snickered her approval of Belafonte’s every vocalization, often before they were decipherable. “If you believe in justice,” vocalized Mr Belafonte in an interview with Cuba’s propaganda ministry years earlier, “if you believe in democracy, if you believe in people's rights, if you believe in the harmony of all humankind—then you have no...
  • Castro calls Obama stupid, slams Cuba policy

    09/29/2011 4:17:00 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | September 29, 2011 | Shasta Darlington
    Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday for demanding changes on the island in order to improve bilateral relations and referred to him as "stupid." On Wednesday, Obama told Hispanic journalists that he would be willing to change the country¹s tough line on Cuba "when we start seeing a serious intention on the part of the Cuban government to provide liberty for its people." On Thursday, Castro responded with sarcasm in a written essay published in Cuban state media. "How nice! How intelligent! So much generosity has failed to...
  • Fidel Castro mocks Obama in Cuban media [accused Obama of “being stupid”......]

    09/29/2011 11:56:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Fidel Castro mocks Obama in Cuban media By: Mackenzie Weinger September 29, 2011 01:35 PM EDT President Barack Obama is “being stupid,” former Cuban president Fidel Castro wrote in an opinion piece on Thursday. In his latest column of “reflections” on a Cuban government website, Castro attacked Obama’s policy toward Cuba and declared that his country will reform in the future — but not because of pressure from the United States, Reuters reported. “Many things will change in Cuba, but they will change by our own effort and in spite of the United States,” he wrote. “Maybe before that empire...
  • Illinois House lawmakers visit Cuba (NOT Satire)

    09/22/2011 6:17:36 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 4 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 21, 2011 7:42PM | STELLA FOSTER
    STATE REP. LaShawn Ford was among House lawmakers led by state Reps. Dan Burke and Jack Franks who visited Cuba earlier this month with the goal of increasing exports from Illinois to Cuba and creating jobs for folks in our state. Ford, who is over the 8th District and is chairman of the House Small Business Empowerment and Workforce Development Committee (whew!), told this columnist that “no taxpayer dollars were spent on the trip” and that he paid his on way. “We didn’t meet President Fidel Castro; however, we did meet with other Cuban leaders during our mission. One of...
  • Maxine Waters Apologizes-To Fidel Castro

    08/26/2011 3:03:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | August 26, 2011 | Humberto Fontova
    According to Maxine Waters the Tea party “can go straight to hell”. But “VIVA FIDEL!” she chanted during the rapturous reception that greeted the Stalinist dictator’s visit to Harlem’s Riverside Church on Sept. 9, 2000. The overflow crowd packed the Church to suffocation and spilled from the doors onto the streets and sidewalks. "I came to Harlem because I knew it was here that I would find my best friends!" beamed the jailer of the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history, inside the Harlem church that might still be radioactive except for Khrushchev foiling his fondest wish in...
  • White House unveils plans to trim regs, save at least $10 billion

    08/23/2011 11:39:35 AM PDT · by yoe · 97 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 23, 2011 | Erik Wasson
    The Obama administration on Tuesday announced plans to streamline hundreds of regulations across all government departments and said that the review will “likely” save at least $10 billion over five years. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), however, called the effort "underwhelming." The regulatory review does not address the kinds of major items the GOP would like to eliminate, such as those associated with the Dodd-Frank financial reform, the Obama healthcare reform or a raft of new environmental regulations, including the possible regulation of greenhouse gases. [snip] Cass Sunstein, the chief of regulations at the Office of Management and Budget...
  • The Left's Big Lie On Allende

    07/21/2011 6:19:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2011 | Staff
    History: President Salvador Allende of Chile really did commit suicide in 1973, an inquest concluded on Tuesday. Now will the Left stop saying the U.S. and Chile's army did him in? Except perhaps for Che Guevara, no one has quite been the heroic totem to the global left than the late Marxist president of Chile, whose death in 1973 made him a martyr to socialism. Allende seemingly legitimized socialism as a democratically elected leader, the first Marxist who in 1970 didn't shoot his way to power.That gave the left hope for more. Elected with just 36% of the vote in...
  • McGovern heading to Cuba to visit Castro (BARF WARNING)

    07/01/2011 2:59:44 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies
    THE RECORD ^ | July 1, 2011 | swampsniper
    Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern said he plans to board a plane to Cuba on Friday and visit old friend Fidel Castro for the first time in nearly 17 years. McGovern, who turns 89 on July 19, said he wants to see Castro while the former Cuban president is still alive. "I've lost enough friends with regrets that I didn't go see them while they were still alive, so I want to see him," McGovern said Wednesday from a grocery store near his winter home in St. Augustine.
  • Electric Crisis And The Chavez Government: From “Who Me?” To “It’s All Your Fault”

    06/16/2011 6:07:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Devil's Excrement ^ | June 16, 2011 | Miguel Octavio
    The Venezuelan Government continued its attitude of not accepting responsibility for any of the problems of the country, but this time it went from the “Who me?” attitude of most problems to simply saying “It’s your fault!”, blaming the electric crisis on excess consumption and not on the inability and incapacity of the Chavez administration to tackle the problems. The electric problem is not new. Last year the Government blamed El Niño for the crisis, but it quickly became clear that there was more to it, as it became evident that between the lack of maintenance, improvisation and bad decisions,...
  • al-Khalili: Gorbachev, Castro, Nixon, and Brzezinski Admitted Islam Is the Only Model for Mankind

    05/28/2011 3:42:07 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 41 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | April 27, 2011 | Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar)
    Following are excerpts from a statement by Mufti of Oman Ahmad Muhammad Al-Khalili, which aired on Al-Jazeera Network TV on April 27, 2011I: Muhammad Al-Khalili: After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev gave an interview on a British TV channel, and he was asked: "Can Communism survive in Vietnam and China?" He said: "No. Communism is dead, so it cannot survive." He was asked: "What is the alternative?" He said: "I don't believe that the alternative is capitalism, socialism, or democracy. The alternative is a different order. We have to adapt to a new civilization." That day, I asked...
  • Iran to build mid-range rocket bases in Venezuela

    05/19/2011 11:05:14 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 19, 2011 | Oliver Pickup
    There are fears there will soon be a second world missile crisis after it was reported that Iran, who are fierce enemies of Israel, are due to build a mid-range rocket base in Venezuela. According to German paper Die Welt Iran have bought launch pads on the Paraguana Peninsula, and the Middle East country's engineers visited the site in February...According to the Jerusalem Post Iran will build intermediate-range missile launch pads on the Paraguana Peninsula, located roughly 120km from America's main South American ally, Columbia. Engineers from Khatam al-Anbia construction company scoped out the site earlier this year. The head...
  • Fidel Castro Calls bin Laden Killing “Abhorrent, Tasteless, and Unimpressive”

    05/08/2011 6:11:28 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Former Communist Dictator of Cuba Fidel Castro described reports of how al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces as “abhorrent, tasteless, and unimpressive.” “This is not the way I would’ve done it,” Castro reminisced. “To all intents and purposes, the man was killed privately behind closed doors. The people were not part of the process. I would’ve had him shot in an arena in front of tens of thousands of cheering spectators. That’s the way to get popular buy-in to what you are doing.” “Disposing of the body by throwing it into the sea was...
  • Fidel Castro Denounces the Bin Laden Killing as an "Abhorrent Act"

    05/05/2011 11:21:24 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 33 replies
    (English-language translation) Former Cuban President Fidel Castro described on Thursday as an "abhorrent act" what he calls the "murder" of Osama bin Laden and said that throwing his corpse into the sea shows "fear and insecurity" and turns him into a "more dangerous" character. "Whatever the acts attributed to Bin Laden, the murder of a human being [who was] unarmed and surrounded by relatives constitutes an abhorrent act. That is what the government of the most powerful nation that has ever existed apparently did," 84-year-old Fidel Castro writes in his latest "Reflections" published today. The Cuban leader also believes the...
  • An end to classic cars rumbling across Cuba?

    05/01/2011 11:25:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 23 Apr 2011 | Shasta Darlington
    Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- They rumble down city boulevards and country roads across Cuba: 1950s Fords, Buicks and Pontiacs, some in mint condition, others on the verge of collapse. But a new law regulating property ownership in Cuba could change that. At the recent four-day summit of the country's Communist Party, President Raul Castro announced that the legal framework allowing people to buy and sell cars and homes was in the "final stages." What will this mean to the average Cuban? He didn't provide details, but many Cubans hope it will be the end of half a century of restrictions....
  • Cuba and Geritol Communism

    04/28/2011 8:43:22 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    Renew America ^ | 04-28-11 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    It's difficult to be a hard-line communist country these days and with China turning its economic system decidedly capitalistic; Cuba remains one of the last closest holdouts to the old Soviet Union days when communism had that true Stalinist red flare. But like all the other countries that have attempted the Marxist quest for utopia, communism is also dying out in Cuba, and dying fast. The first signs of change come straight from President Raúl Castro. As reported by Randal Archibold in the New York Times, President Castro is publicly recognizing that the Cuban economy has major problems, and he...
  • SF Castro's flag: Activists want more say on it

    04/26/2011 7:56:13 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/26/11 | Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Nothing says San Francisco like a fight over Elizabeth Taylor, Harvey Milk and flying the American flag. A loose band of community activists in the Castro district say they are tired of a powerful local merchants group controlling the gay rights rainbow flag that flies at Castro and Market streets. The fight started last month, when a handful of Castro residents asked the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro to fly the flag at half-staff to honor Elizabeth Taylor, the Hollywood-star-and icon to gays who died in March. The merchants group, which has maintained the flag since the late 1990s,...
  • Obama calls meeting on immigration overhaul (Bloomy's onboard!)

    04/19/2011 1:58:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/19/11 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will hold talks Tuesday with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on US immigration reform, the White House said. The meeting comes as legislative efforts to enact an overhaul stalled in the polarized US Congress, amid worries about violence along the US border with Mexico and concerns over stubbornly high US unemployment. Obama "will meet with a broad group of business, law enforcement, faith, and leaders from across the political spectrum on the importance of fixing our nation's broken immigration system," said spokesman Nick Shapiro. The president, who recently...
  • Cuba's party congress agrees to allow private property

    04/19/2011 4:13:59 AM PDT · by EBH · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/19/11
    Cuba says it will allow people to buy and sell their homes for the first time since the communist revolution in 1959. For the past 50 years, Cubans have only been allowed to pass on their homes to their children, or to swap them through a complicated and often corrupt system. The move was decided during the first congress held by the ruling Communist Party in 14 years, aimed at breathing new life into the communist system. No details were given on how the new property sales could work. Cuban President Raul Castro warned that the concentration of property would...
  • Fidel Castro steps down

    04/18/2011 11:45:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 128 replies
    Breaking on Fox. Castro has stepped down as head of the Communist country. Wonder what's going on???
  • The Bay of Pigs, 50 years on

    04/18/2011 2:52:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 18, 2011
    Fifty years ago today, a brigade of 1,400 US-trained and -financed rebels was struggling desperately to keep alive an attempt to topple Fidel Castro and liberate Cuba from his communist regime. But by April 21, 1961, four days after the initial invasion at the Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), the invaders had run out of ammunition and were forced to surrender -- victims of a monumental failure of will by Washington.
  • Bay of Pigs survivors pay tribute Sunday to fallen brethren

    04/17/2011 5:14:08 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 16 April 2011 | Luisa Yanez
    Taps will fill the air in Little Havana Sunday as the survivors of Brigade 2506 honor their fallen brothers, the men who died trying to liberate Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. The survivors, now in their 70s and 80s, will salute as a bugle plays and 104 names of veterans killed in battle are read. SNIP “These men certainly fit the bill of being considered a great generation,’’ said Victor Triay, SNIP More than 3,000 took part in the doomed mission, about half of which are still alive today. “What these men did 50 years ago was an act...
  • Carter plans trip to Cuba at government's invite

    03/25/2011 1:34:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2011
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter is set to arrive in Cuba next week for a visit at the invitation of the Cuban government. The Atlanta-based Carter Center says the ex-president and his wife Rosalynn will arrive in Havana on Monday and meet with President Raul Castro.
  • Castro says he quit Communist Party post in 2006 (Coincidence he also quit breathing in 2006?)

    03/22/2011 1:09:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/22/11 | Jeff Franks - Reuters
    HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday he quit all his official positions when he fell ill in 2006, including head of the ruling Communist Party. His comments in a column published in state-run media appeared aimed at dampening speculation about his future that has preceded a party congress next month. Even though it was widely known he was not doing the day-to-day job of party leader, he has never publicly resigned the post, as he did the Cuban presidency in February 2008. "I resigned without hesitation all my state and political positions, even that of...
  • Fidel Castro says US plans NATO invasion of Libya (Ortega weighs in, too)

    02/22/2011 12:36:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Today On Line ^ | 02-22-2011 | by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
    HAVANA (AP) - Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro said Tuesday that unrest in Libya may be a pretext for a NATO invasion. Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega has jumped to the support of the embattled leader of the North African nation, saying he telephoned to express solidarity. The protests sweeping across Libya have created challenges for the Latin American allies of Moammar Gadhafi. Leftist governments in the Americas have long embraced him as a fellow fighter against U.S. influence in the world. Gadhafi has responded over the years by awarding the Moammar Gadhafi International Human Rights Prize to Castro and Ortega, as...
  • Castro Political Prisoner Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, but Mainstream Media Is Mum

    02/22/2011 10:47:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 22, 2011 | Humberto Fontova
    When a smitten Jesse Jackson yelled “Viva Che!-- Viva Fidel!” alongside the latter at the University of Havana in 1984 with Jeremiah Wright ( among Jackson’s entourage) clapping wildly from the sidelines, the world’s longest suffering black political prisoner languished in a torture-chamber within walking distance of the celebration. "N*gger!" taunted his Castroite jailers between tortures. "We pulled you down from the trees and cut off your tail!" Shortly before his death in 2006, this prisoner, the heroic Eusebio Penalver, granted this writer an interview. "For months I was naked in a 6 x 4 foot cell," Eusebio recalled. "That's...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: The naked truth about nudity in the Castro

    02/10/2011 7:59:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 48 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/10/11 | C.W. Nevius
    Debating nudity with the naked guys in the Castro is like playing tennis against a brick wall. No matter what you send over the net, the return is always the same: It is your fault. You are the one who is offended, who is fretting about what 5-year-olds will think. They are free and natural. You are prudish and intolerant. The nudie boys, who live in the Castro, can carry on this discussion for hours to push their organized cause - the Free Body Culture movement - a mumbo-jumbo philosophy about making San Francisco safe for our repressed nude selves....
  • Obama, Code Pink and Egypt: 'There Are No Coincidences in Politics' (as seen on Glenn Beck)

    02/03/2011 3:42:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 75 replies
    Big Peace ^ | Thursday, February 3, 2011 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    As the cliche goes, there are no coincidences in politics. Obama fundraiser group Code Pink just happened to have arrived in Cairo last week for the group’s ninth visit there in two years as part of its campaign to undermine the Mubarak government and help Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza. Code Pink and the media are trying to portray the leftist group's 'sudden' appearance in Cairo Wednesday as an act of courageous support for a democratic revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth.Code Pink protests the Mubarak government in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. February 2, 2011. Code...
  • A different point of view

    01/25/2011 4:36:39 AM PST · by mc5cents · 6 replies
    Email | 1/25/11 | Unknown
    I received this from friend via email and thought I would pass it on. A different point of view Here's something to think about . . . . I remember asking dad about Castro when I was about 9 years old. I asked , "Is Castro a good guy or bad?" Dad said he couldn't tell!! This was about 1955. We were living in Louisiana at the time . Dad was in the army there. Cuba was fairly close and in the news a lot. The Cubans were asking the same question! Ike was president. This past July, we had...