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  • Castro: Cuba would cooperate with US against Ebola

    10/18/2014 8:55:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2014 11:46 AM EDT
    Cuba stands ready to cooperate with the United States in the battle against Ebola, former leader Fidel Castro said in an article published Saturday. Cuba is sending about 460 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight Ebola, an effort that was praised on Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. […] “With pleasure we will cooperate with U.S. personnel in that task,” the 88-year-old ex-leader wrote in the Communist Party daily Granma. He said it would not be to seek peace between two countries long at odds, but “for the peace of the world.” Castro did not...
  • Cuban migration surges over land and by sea

    10/10/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario
    The number of Cubans heading to the United States has soared since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, and instead of making the risky journey by raft across the Florida Straits, most are now passing through Mexico or flying straight to the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol figures show that more than 22,000 Cubans arrived at the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in the fiscal year that ended last month. That was nearly double the number in 2012, the year before restrictions were lifted. The changes in Cuban law eliminate a costly exit visa and make it...
  • Che Guevara: 'A cold killing machine motivated by hate'

    12/20/2008 8:35:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,951+ views
    thesun.co.uk ^ | December 20, 2008 | GRANT ROLLINGS
    THERE is no guerilla fighter in the world as famous as Che Guevara. The revolutionary’s face adorns the T-shirts of wannabe radicals everywhere and 41 years after his death he is still idolised by the Left. Now Ernesto Guevara, to give him his real name, is getting the big Hollywood movie treatment. Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro plays the Argentinian revolutionary in two films directed by Steven Soderbergh, the man behind Traffic and Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen. But while Soderbergh’s films — Che: Part 1 and Che: Part 2 — largely follow the predictable path of lauding him as...
  • Ernest Hemingway’s Grandsons Continue Their Granddad’s Disgusting Legacy

    09/27/2014 7:22:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Can you imagine the reputation of a literary figure surviving the disclosure that he worked (however briefly and ineffectually) for Hitler's Abwehr? Yet Ernest Hemingway worked for Stalin’s KGB and nobody (among the “smart set”) seems to bat an eye. According to KGB defector Alexander Vassiliev "the 42-year-old Hemingway was recruited by the KGB under the cover name "Argo" in 1941, and cooperated with Soviet agents whom he met in Havana and London. This comes from a book published in 2009 by Yale Univ. Press (not exactly a branch of the John Birch Society.)"Castro's revolution," Hemingway wrote in 1960, “is...
  • Earth to Hillary: Julian Castro’s Cleared for Takeoff

    09/26/2014 7:41:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 26, 2014 | Warren Rojas
    No need to wait for former FLOTUS/Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to make up her mind about whether she wants into the Oval Office come 2017. United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President CEO Javier Palomarez seems to believe there’s a perfectly viable alternative primed and ready to launch.
  • Visiting Cuba Feels Like Going Back in Time (AFRO Reports)

    09/15/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 51 replies
    The Afro ^ | 9/11/14 | Pat Wheeler
    Yes, you can go to Cuba legally. Yes, you can have your passport stamped. And yes, it’s safe there. These were just a few of the questions I was bombarded with before and after I went to Cuba in July. Going to Cuba for Americans is probably the easiest it has been in years. Under the Clinton and Obama administrations, travel restrictions have been eased.
  • Bitter Sugar (Azucar Amarga) - Trailer

    08/29/2014 6:05:44 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 1 replies
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    The trailer for Cuban ex-pat Leon Ichaso's film about life in 1990's Cuba, as seen through the eyes of an increasingly disillusioned young party member named Gustavo.
  • Castro’s Spy, the CIA, John Kerry and the AP

    08/25/2014 8:36:55 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 23, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Editor’s Note: When you’re too far left to work in the government for a Democratic Administration, an academic berth probably awaits. With wars raging in the Middle East, and Russia still threatening Ukraine, the problem of anti-Americanism in Latin America has been put on the back burner. But since Secretary of State John Kerry declared last year that the Monroe Doctrine was dead, Vladimir Putin of Russia has traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua and Cuba. This doesn’t seem like an accident. The Obama administration is inviting aggression against the U.S. During the Cold War, Cuba hosted Soviet nuclear missiles targeting...
  • Democrat Castro (possible Hillary VP pick) doesn’t know if violent gang members should be deported

    08/17/2014 1:20:00 PM PDT · by Liz · 38 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Beltway Confidential by Joel Gehrke
    Ex-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (Obama appointee to head HUD) refused to agree that members of violent gangs should be deported before they commit crimes while participating in gang activities. “I believe in ensuring that America is free of folks that have committed violent crimes,” Castro, who received national attention as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, told Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., during the 2013 House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform. “With regard to the hypothetical,” Castro also said, “I readily concede that I’m not in law enforcement, I’m not a technical expert in that regard.” Forbes...
  • Priest Pardoned by Pope Francis "The Holy Spirit Sends Us Jesus' Message through Fidel Castro."

    08/06/2014 9:07:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    No, the Maryknoll Sandinista priest Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, 81, who had his suspension a divinis -- first decreed by Pope John Paul II -- removed by Pope Francis in the past few weeks did not leave his absurd statements and government positions in the past, as one might gather from various news reports of the past couple of days that repeated his statements from many years ago. He repeated such statements yesterday on Nicaraguan television, and now on a whole new unheard-of level. For those who are unaware of its real meaning in practice and behind the theological fog, this...
  • Fidel Castro Calls Israel 'Fascist' Over Gaza Operation

    08/05/2014 3:51:23 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | AFP
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro compared Israel's military operation in Gaza on Tuesday to a "disgusting form of fascism" that its ally, the United States, is unable to control. "I think that a new and disgusting form of fascism is emerging with considerable force at this moment in human history," Castro wrote in a column in the newspaper Granma titled "Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza." Castro's article appeared as a 72-hour truce took hold in the Gaza Strip, with Israel withdrawing troops after a month of fighting with Hamas and other Gazan terrorist groups. "Why does the government of this country...
  • Welcome aboard: Obama lavishes praise on Castro (Julian, not Fidel!)

    08/01/2014 8:08:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/1/14 | JIM KUHNHENN and JOSH LEDERMAN - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — There were all the trappings of a campaign endorsement rally: the cheering crowds, the American flags, and the sitting president heaping praise on a fellow Democrat. All that was missing was the campaign. Three days after new Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was sworn in, President Barack Obama paid a rare visit Thursday to the agency's colossal concrete headquarters to welcome Castro aboard. In gushing terms, Obama lavished admiration on the fresh-faced former mayor who Democrats are already eyeing as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2016. "He's young, he's good-looking, he talks good. You...
  • "Man Caused Disaster" On the Southern Border

    07/26/2014 4:51:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    The clarion call has sounded from President Obama and the pundits residing in Washington D.C. that Congress should "do something." Lost in this theory of governing by crisis, is that President Obama's actions created this historic calamity on the border. This is a "man caused disaster" and the man who caused it is Barack Obama. Waiting for President Obama to enforce the law is akin to waiting for Godot. President Obama is as likely to secure the border as he is to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. We are looking at two and a half long years of watching hundreds...
  • French official: Air Algerie flight that disppeared from radar crashed in Mali

    07/24/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/24/2014
    A French Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that the Air Algerie jet carrying 116 people that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage. Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said. France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told The Associated Press that the flight "probably crashed." The French Ministry of Defense official told Fox News that the plane went...
  • Air Algerie plane 'disappears' with 116 on board: live

    07/24/2014 4:37:03 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 77 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 24 July 2014 | By Andrew Marszal
    Air Algerie plane with 110 passengers and six crew loses contact with air traffic control and disappears from radar after taking off from Burkina Faso on flight to Algeria ...
  • Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border

    07/21/2014 3:42:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro on Monday said Gov. Rick Perry is “militarizing our border” with his reported decision to deploy state National Guard troops there. “We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard to deal with this humanitarian crisis,” the Democratic congressman said in an email. “The children fleeing violence in Central America are seeking out border patrol agents. They are not trying to evade them. Why send soldiers to confront these kids?” Militarizing our border is the wrong response to the arrival of children,” Castro continued. “I remain hopeful that our state can...
  • Fidel Castro says 'pro-imperialist' Ukraine downed jet

    07/18/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | July 18, 2014
    Fidel Castro accused Ukraine on Friday of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in rebel-held territory, blaming its "pro-imperialist" government for the disaster that killed 298 people. "Cuba... must express its repudiation of this action by such an anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government," the 87-year-old father of the Cuban Revolution wrote in the official newspaper Granma. .... Castro said the plane had been hit while flying "on a route under the control of the bellicose government of Chocolate King Petro Poroshenko," a reference to the confectionery magnate turned Ukrainian president. In a wide-ranging article headlined "Abnormal Provocation," Castro...
  • Mujica said to be mediating between Obama, Castro

    07/14/2014 4:20:42 AM PDT · by mgist · 7 replies
    progreso Weekly ^ | 6/14/14 | The Observer
    By Progreso Weekly • Published on June 19, 2014 El Observador/Uruguay At the summit of the Group of 77+China, held June 14-15 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, [Uruguayan] President José Mujica took a key step toward an improvement in U.S.-Cuba relations and the end of the embargo that the U.S. has maintained against the island for more than 50 years, reports [the weekly] Búsqueda this morning [June 19]. Mujica put on the table with Raul the possibility of accomplishing a rapprochement with Washington. In his official trip to Havana in 2013, during which he met with Raúl and...
  • NPR Shills for Socialism

    06/27/2014 5:04:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    That National Public Radio has nice things to say about socialism shouldn’t be surprising. After all, “Federal funding is essential to public radio's service to the American public,” explains NPR’s own website. “Elimination of federal funding would result in fewer programs, less journalism…and eventually the loss of public radio stations.” NPR’s brand of journalism came under fire most recently when Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn sponsored a bill in 2011 to defund the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. “Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds programming for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, has received...
  • Obama Nominates Castro In Spite Of Texas HUD Scandal

    06/17/2014 10:27:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 5/26/14 | Bob Price
    President Barrack Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on May 23rd in spite of his city’s alleged misuse of funds from that same federal department. The acceptance of the nomination by Castro marks a departure in the navigational path of this rapidly rising Democrat rising star. The Washington Post reported on May 23rd that this move may signal the Democrats plan to turn Texas blue may be struggling under the leadership of Wendy Davis and Castro now needs to find another pathway to the top of a Democrats future presidential ticket....
  • Cornyn has nothing but praise for HUD nominee Castro

    06/17/2014 10:25:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 6/17/14 | Brianna Gurciullo
    Sen. John Cornyn is the Senate’s No. 2-ranking Republican. But Tuesday morning he preferred the role of No. 1 Texan. Cornyn gave a Lone Star State welcome to Julian Castro, introducing the San Antonio mayor at the start of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for the post of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. President Barack Obama tapped Castro, a Democrat now serving his third term, on May 23 to oversee the department. Cornyn has said that he does not expect any opposition to Castro’s confirmation, and his move to introduce Castro hints...
  • Why did Senate committee go so easy on HUD nominee Castro? (The 'Next Obama' says Al Jazeera...)

    06/17/2014 10:19:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Housing Wire ^ | 6/17/14 | Trey Garrison
    San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro faced kid glove treatment from the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee, Tuesday, with questions mostly focused on what his plans might be and his position on GSE reform should he take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The next step is a vote before the committee, which is not scheduled, which would be followed by a vote on the full Senate floor. Castro was tapped by the White House to replaced outgoing HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, despite the fact that Castro has little executive experience and a controversial history mismanaging HUD...
  • 'Her words were powerful enough to move a small girl from the South Side of Chicago [Maya Angelou]'

    06/07/2014 4:57:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | June 07, 2014 | JESSICA JERREAT
    'Her words were powerful enough to move a small girl from the South Side of Chicago to the White House': Michelle Obama joins Bill Clinton and Oprah at memorial to celebrate the life of Maya Angelou Wake Forest Univerisity where writer taught for 30 years, hosts celebration of Angelou's lifeBeloved poet and author died at her home on May 28 aged 86 JESSICA JERREAT 7 June 2014 Clinton had chosen Angelou to read a poem at his first inauguration in 1993. The original composition, On the Pulse of Morning, went on to became a million-seller. He added: 'She may have...
  • GOP's Denham: ‘Un-American’ to Deny Citizenship to Undocumented

    05/20/2014 2:57:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 28, 2014 | Jordan Fabian
    As House Republican leaders prepare to unveil their plan for immigration reform, addressing the undocumented population remains the thorniest issue. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the GOP's framework will call for a path to legal status for many of the 11.7 million immigrants living here without papers. But the document specifically opposes a "special pathway to citizenship," except for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
  • Ready for Julián? (Julian Castro as Hillary's VP)

    05/19/2014 5:09:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Edward Isaac-Dovere
    Many Democrats already see Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy as a foregone conclusion. Now some believe they’ve already got her running mate, too: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, about to be President Barack Obama’s nominee for Housing and Urban Development Secretary.
  • If chosen for HUD, Julian Castro's work, big payday could face scrutiny

    05/18/2014 6:08:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 28 replies
    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is widely referred to as a "rising star" in Democratic politics. There's even talk the Mexican-American Castro could earn the vice-presidential spot on the 2016 Democratic ticket in an effort to further strengthen the party's bonds with Hispanic voters. And now, it appears Castro's national profile is about to rise with word that President Obama plans to nominate him to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. If Castro is tapped for the job, his Senate confirmation hearings will likely shine a spotlight both on his role in San Antonio's government and his way of...
  • San Antonio's Mayor Castro to be Newest Far-Leftist on Obama's Cabinet

    05/17/2014 2:39:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is about to be tapped by President Barrack Obama to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is the second time Obama will have asked Castro to serve in his administration. The move for Castro comes at a time where a big game of musical chairs is going on in the Obama Cabinet. Castro will be asked to replace HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who is expected to move to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Gabriel Garcia-Marquez—Castro Propagandist & Police Snitch

    04/24/2014 10:21:30 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 5 replies
    FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE ^ | 4/24/2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Gabriel Garcia-Marquez—Castro Propagandist & Police Snitch Posted By Humberto Fontova On April 24, 2014 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage The eulogies to Nobel-winning author Gabriel Garcia-Marquez upon his death last week make two points official: 1.) No amount of moral and intellectual wretchedness will earn an artist even the mildest rebuke from most of his professional peers and their related institutions—so long as the wretch hires out to communists. 2.) The masochism (to sidestep more “Mc Carthyite” terms) of Democratic U.S. Presidents is boundless. Not that the media eulogies sidestep Garcia-Marquez’ politics. Most are quite upfront about it. Let’s...
  • I cannot read Marxists — or, why I do not mourn Gabriel García Márquez’s passing

    04/24/2014 4:22:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-23-2014 | Bookworm
    I was so naive when I went to Cal. I didn’t realize that, in my history and English classes, the material we read was either created in the first instance by Marxists or, if it predated Marxists, was first run through a Marxist analytical filter either before or immediately after we read it. All I knew was that I thought the material was nonsensical and, because of their adulatory prosing about it, that my professors were idiots. It says a lot about the quality of education at Cal that, simply by parroting the teachers’ stupidity back to them, I managed...
  • What really happened at the Bay of Pigs

    04/20/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 26 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Humberto Fontova
    “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty!” proclaimed Lynch and Hawkin’s Commander-in-Chief just three months earlier. “They fought like tigers,” writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 53 years ago this week. “But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach.” That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting – and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge,...
  • Woman Dies from Apparent Drug Overdose After Attending Weekend 1 (Coachella)

    04/20/2014 1:08:40 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 28 replies
    NOTE: On the message board was a discussion about the 24-year-old girl who died of an apparent drug overdose at Coachella. The story is referenced here - http://pitchfork.com/news/54842-coachella-attendee-dies-after-collapsing-at-festival/ What is interesting is that some were mocking the poor girl's death. It turned into a political discussion with me saying I would not mock her death but would certainly mock someone evil, like Castro. Here is one of the most staggering responses, which shows what the left has done to the education system in this country: "Pretty sure when you weigh it all out, Castro is responsible for more positive effects...
  • GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO

    04/19/2014 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 7 replies
    Nuevo Accion ^ | April 18, 2014 | Armando Valladares
    GARCIA MARQUEZ, SNEAK AND AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE CRIMES OF FIDEL CASTRO By Armando Valladares April 18, Nuevo Accion http://www.nuevoaccion.com/ (Translation from Spanish) All dictators and murderers have had staunch defenders; Stalin, Hitler and Fidel Castro. Perhaps the most heinous in that fauna supporting dictatorships, are writers, poets, and artists. I've been saying for decades that an honest intellectual has a commitment to society: telling the truth, fight for respect, for human dignity, and not to use the privilege to reach millions of people, to lie, and to skip over the historical reality. This is one of the biggest crimes...
  • In Austin, Castro, Barbour Call for Immigration Reform

    04/10/2014 8:48:53 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | Reeve Hamilton
    Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, both expressed optimism on Tuesday that Congress could pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Speaking at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Barbour said such reform is in the country's best interest, and told reporters it was too early to count the federal legislation out.
  • Huber Matos, Comrade of Castro, Then Adversary, Dies at 95

    03/01/2014 10:24:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 1, 2014 | Lizette Alvarez
    Huber Matos, a top commander in Fidel Castro’s army who broke from the Cuban revolution in 1959 over its tilt toward Communism, endured a harsh imprisonment for 20 years and became a leader of anti-Castro exiles in Florida, died in Miami on Thursday. He was 95.
  • After a Democrat Praises Cuba, Marco Rubio Blasts Communism Like No U.S. Politician Since Reagan

    02/26/2014 4:11:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 2/26/14 | Kyle Becker
    After Democratic Senator Tom Harkin praised Cuba on several issues, Senator Marco Rubio gave what has been called by Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo as the “best oration of his career.” Its passion and candor about the despicable socialist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela should put those politicians who can actually praise the oppressive nations to shame. The best lines from Rubio’s stemwinder, which is worth every minute: ◾Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern...
  • The Only Way Out is Exile

    02/24/2014 8:00:56 PM PST · by TChad · 12 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 23 February 2014 | Michael J. Totten
    “How many people here actually want to move to the U.S.?” I said. Her eyes widened and she looked at me like I was stupid even for asking. “A hundred percent,” she said. “Well, maybe not a hundred, but close.”
  • Ted Cruz: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is Taking a Page Out of the Castro Playbook

    02/22/2014 10:03:14 AM PST · by EBH · 4 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 2/22/2014 | Matthew Burke
    In the face of the massive violence taking place in Venezuela, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, in a statement released today, sharply criticized Venezuela President and hand-picked successor to Marxist Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro as using strongman tactics similar to Cuban communist tyrant Fidel Castro: “As opposition protests drag into their second week in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro is taking a page out of the Castro playbook to violently oppress Venezuelans who are demanding an end to his disastrous rule. Activists have been detained and abused, and even shot dead in the streets.” Cruz went onto call out Maduro for arresting...
  • Is the left forgetting how evil communism was?

    02/18/2014 7:33:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 55 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-18-14 | W. James Antle III
    Is communism making a comeback? On its face, the question seems more than a little absurd. The Berlin Wall came down over 24 years ago. We are more than 22 years removed from the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. All that remains are the Stalinist museum pieces of North Korea and Cuba, the former an isolated country known mainly for its absurd dictator and starving population, the latter a beautiful island stuck in a 1950s time warp due to backwards economic and social policies. Even China, the one major power still ruled by...
  • Charlie Crist calls for end of Cuban embargo, Gov. Rick Scott responds

    02/10/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, running to reclaim his old seat as a Democrat, told HBO’s Bill Maher Friday that he believes the Cuban travel embargo didn’t work and should be “taken away.” “[Cuba] has been held hostage by a small Cuban community in Florida for a very long time,” Maher said, adding that if politicians had the courage to stand up to those exiles, college kids would be going to Cuba for spring break next month. Crist agreed, saying it was the right thing to do. “I mean, the embargo has been there, what, 50 years now?” he said. “I don’t...
  • Among exile elite, a shift over Cuba-US policy

    02/08/2014 10:38:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2014 2:40 PM EST | Laura Wides-Munoz
    When Miami’s new art museum opened in December, namesake Jorge Perez spoke easily about a once-taboo topic among Cuban-American powerbrokers: his desire to increase artistic exchanges with those on the communist island. Then, this week, billionaire sugar baron Alfonso Fanjul—whose family’s business was seized by Fidel Castro in 1959—spoke publicly for the first time about investing back in Cuba. Both men are among a growing number of powerful South Florida Cuban-American business, civic and political leaders breaking the long-held public line on U.S. relations with Cuba and the Castro government. For all the talk of changing attitudes among second-generation Cuban-Americans...
  • Fidel Castro Finally Appears in Public

    01/11/2014 9:40:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    87 year old Fidel Castro appeared in public this week for the first time in six months and the mainstream media can hardly contain themselves. This appearance coincides with the 55 anniversary of Castro’s “revolution.” To read the media you’d think some effete and benevolent European monarch (from, say, Monaco or Liechtenstein) had made a brief cameo. Across the board the media refers to Fidel Castro as the “President” who “led” Cuba for almost fifty years. No hint of anything else happening in Cuba during that period. You’d never guess Castro killed more Cubans in the process of “liberating” them...
  • JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! or, “If you like your job, let’s HOPE you can keep your job.”

    01/11/2014 6:29:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-11-2014 | MOTUS
    Announcing the 2013 finalists in “The World’s Most Dubious Recovery” Contest: 1. Barack ObamaFor his “economic recovery” which is, by his admission, now into it’s fifth year. Unfortunately it has proved to be a “jobless recovery.” With 92 million Americans now “officially” deemed to be out of the workforce, we have a labor force participation rate of just 62.8% – the lowest since 1978. With only 74,000 jobs created last month, the fewest in five years, the economy managed to create just 1 job for every 5 people who abandoned the American Dream and gave up all HOPE of ever...
  • Fidel Castro makes 1st public appearance in 9 months

    01/09/2014 1:39:05 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 22 replies
    Aol.com ^ | 1/9/14 | Aol
    Fidel Castro makes 1st public appearance in 9 months Fidel Castro Makes Rare Public Appearance In Havana HAVANA, CUBA - JANUARY 08: Fidel Castro, Cuba's former President and revolutionary leader, makes a rare public appearance to attend the inauguration of an art gallery on January 8, 2014 in Havana, Cuba. Castro, who ceded power to his brother Raul Castro in 2008 after falling ill in 2006, has last been seen in public in February 2013 at a National Assembly meeting. The gallery Castro visited is run by Cuban artist Alexis Leyva, aka Kcho. (Photo by Sven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty Images) HAVANA...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 29 December 2013

    12/29/2013 5:00:35 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 119 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 29 December 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 29th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Democratic former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gen. Michael Hayden, Former National Security Agency Director; NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.THIS WEEK (ABC): A look at game changers in 2013 (I can’t help thinking it’s Auburn running back Chris Davis).STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Secretary of State John Kerry. STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Neera Tanden, president and CEO of...
  • Rangel Is Expected to Seek 23rd Term in Congress

    12/18/2013 6:00:09 PM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 18, 2013 | Jason Horowitz
    Charles B. Rangel, the venerable but embattled congressman from Harlem, will announce on Thursday that he is running for a 23rd term, according to a colleague in the New York House delegation. Representative Rangel — who in an unusually introspective email to supporters over the weekend prompted speculation that he might retire — told the colleague, Representative Gregory W. Meeks, this week that “I haven’t announced yet, but I want folks to know that I am going to do it.” “He is full of energy,” said Mr. Meeks, a fellow Democrat.
  • Obama shook Raúl Castro's hand after SIX MONTHS of secret U.S.-Cuba talks, report claims

    12/12/2013 10:49:35 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 30 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | December 12 2013 | David Martosko
    U.S. and Cuban officials have held mid-level discussions in Washington and Havana 'We're in talks' with Cuba on a wide range of issues, agreed Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Tuesday Middle-men including Latin American diplomats have also been carrying messages back and forth between Washington and Havana The handshake seen 'round the water cooler was no fluke, it turns out.
  • Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro at Mandela memorial

    12/10/2013 10:58:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    "There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba's struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people," Obama said, stabbing his finger in the air in the rain-sodden stadium hosting the event.
  • Raul Castro Reaches Out to Obama, But Don’t Call It a Thaw (handshake PLANNED, AFTER mo-s negot)

    12/11/2013 8:35:24 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Dec 11, 2013 | Eli Lake and Josh Rogin
    Tuesday’s greeting between Obama and Castro comes after six months of quiet diplomacy between the United States and Cuba—and Castro signaling he’s ready for bigger talks. “There has been a string of emissaries, both private citizens and Latin American leaders, who have begun to nudge Obama forward on engaging in talks with Cuba and also carrying a message from Castro that he’s willing to talk,” said Steve Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation who has exceptionally close ties to the Obama White House... on Tuesday, as Obama and Castro shook hands in South Africa, authorities detained about...
  • Bravo! Ted Cruz walks out of Castro’s speech

    12/11/2013 6:24:38 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    www.bizpacreview.com ^ | December 11, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    www.tedcruz.orgWhen Cuban leader Raul Castro, brother to Fidel Castro, began speaking at the service memorializing Nelson Mandela, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas walked out. “Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director, according to National Review Online. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.” President Obama had earlier shook Castro’s hand, which stirred...
  • Did Castro tell Obama "I am Raul Castro" as they were shaking hands? (vanity)

    12/10/2013 4:17:41 PM PST · by SERKIT · 24 replies
    WJLA ^ | December 10, 2013 | WJLA
    Did Castro tell Obama who he was? Check this video at about 7 seconds in. It makes it look like Obama had no clue who he was shaking hands with, and Raul looks like he is saying "I am Raul Castro". Any lip reading experts out there?