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  • Fidel Castro appears in public for first time in over a year

    04/04/2015 8:36:39 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 14 replies ^ | 4/4/15 | BY DANIEL TROTTA
    Fidel Castro appears in public for first time in over a year BY DANIEL TROTTA (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in public "full of vitality" for the first time in more than a year on Monday, greeting a delegation of Venezuelans, official media reported on Saturday. It was his first known appearance outside his home since Cuba in December agreed to normalize relations with the United States, Castro's longtime adversary. Official media showed images of a seated Castro shaking hands with the visiting Venezuelans through the window of his vehicle, wearing a baseball cap and a...
  • Indiana Si!—Embargo No!

    04/04/2015 6:50:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 4, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    For a few days there it appeared that if a resident of Indiana had chosen to refrain from commerce with another person and was sued for discrimination, this resident could have found legal recourse to defend himself against the suit. This legal recourse was made possible by the passage on March 26th of IndianaÂ’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. Such was the media hysteria and attendant calls for economic sanctions against Indiana, however, that a few days later the RFRA was drastically amended. During the four days of hysteria, however, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill...
  • RFK, Jr.: We have so much to learn from Cuba (Ike's fault!)

    01/05/2015 1:56:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Merco Press ^ | January 3, 2015 | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
    In early December, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration. The move has raised hopes in many quarters – not only in the United States but around the world – that the embargo itself is now destined to disappear. This does not detract from the fact that Cuba is still a dictatorship. The...
  • US Mission in Havana to Become Embassy Amid Thaw [Unilateral Action!]

    12/27/2014 11:07:00 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 27, 2014 | PETER ORSI
    US Mission in Havana to Become Embassy Amid Thaw HAVANA — Dec 27, 2014 By PETER ORSI A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a shot at a coveted visa. The gleaming U.S. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic detente -...
  • Rand Paul’s Cluelessness on Cuba

    12/26/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | December 26, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Now where have we previously heard Senator Rand Paul’s cliché-fest that constitutes his rebuttal to Senator Marco Rubio on Cuba sanctions? Well, from The Council on Foreign Relations to the New York Times and from Hillary Clinton to The Congressional Black Caucus—and that’s for starters. And oh, we also heard it repeatedly from every single one of the KGB-trained Cuban spies convicted by U.S. juries recently. “The embargo is Castro’s best friend,” Clinton chanted to an extremely friendly audience at the Council on Foreign Relations back in June while citing and promoting her book Hard Choices. The sanctions give “Castro...
  • Ted Cruz: Normalization Of U.S./Cuban Relations ‘A Tragic Mistake’ [VIDEO]

    12/17/2014 2:02:16 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Al Weaver | Al Weaver
    Following the return of Alan Gross to the U.S., Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the “Obama, Clinton, Kerry foreign policy,” saying the Castro brothers are “state sponsors of terrorism” and that President Barack Obama “does not understand the difference between our friends and our enemies.”Cruz, one of three Cuban American members of the upper chamber in Congress, also called the normalization of relations between the two nations “a tragic mistake” made the comments to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Wednesday afternoon. TED CRUZ: “This is yet another manifestation of the failures of the Obama, Clinton, Kerry foreign policy. For six years we followed...
  • Nelson Mandela Has Died

    12/05/2013 1:47:00 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 198 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/5/13 | Aurelius
    Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, has died. In an announcement today, a spokesman stated that he “departed… in the presence of his family.” “He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” he added. Mandela was 95.
  • Elian Gonzalez: My time in the US marked me for my whole life

    11/27/2013 6:49:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 78 replies
    Elian Gonzalez, the object of a 1999-2000 custody squabble involving Washington, Havana and family members on both sides of the Florida Strait, holds a piece of U.S. legislation directly responsible for what he endured then, Cuban official media said Monday. "They were very sad times for me, which marked me for my whole life. I was never given the chance to have a moment to think about my mother, who as a result of that (U.S.) Cuban Adjustment Act died at sea," the now-19-year-old Gonzalez said last weekend during a Union of Young Communists event. ~snip~ The 1966 Cuban Adjustment...
  • Fidel Castro: 'Oswald Could Not Have Been the One Who Killed Kennedy'

    11/24/2013 6:04:16 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 54 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 20, 2013 | JEFFREY GOLDBERG
    Fidel Castro shares at least one belief with the majority of Americans: He is convinced that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not the work of a lone gunman, but was the culmination of a broad conspiracy. According to a recent Gallup poll, 61 percent of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in Dallas 50 years ago. But Castro suspects that Oswald might not have been involved in the assassination at all.
  • Philly city council wants socialism taught in schools - in praise of mass murdering dictators

    10/27/2013 9:11:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2013 | Robby Soave
    Philadelphia city council members have approved a resolution that calls for socialist historian Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” to be taught in public high schools. The resolution was backed by council members Jim Kenny and Jannie Blackwell, who believe that Zinn’s far-left socialist vision of American history is currently missing from high school textbooks. “Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States’ emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history; not simply the version retold by those powerful enough to ensure history remembers their actions...
  • Fidel Castro applauds Russian proposal on Syria

    09/14/2013 8:42:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has published an article applauding a Russian-backed proposal to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. … Castro also lauds Russia as a “brave country” that “stayed firm before the unusual pretension of the government of the United States, threatening to launch an overwhelming attack against the Syrian defenses.” …
  • The Other 9-11—When Commies Tasted Their Own Medicine

    09/14/2013 6:06:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | September 13, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    On September 11, 1973 the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet slapped Fidel Castro so smartly that his Stalinist regime (and its dutiful U.S. Media minions) are still sniveling and sniffling and wiping away tears of shock, pain and humiliation. True to form, The New York Times leads the sniveling. They just published an article decrying the Chilean “tragedy” (i.e. Chile saving itself from Castroism with a military coup and today the richest and freest nation in Latin America.) The article’s author Ariel Dorfman is a former advisor to Chile’s Marxist president and Castro acolyte Salvador Allende. This same...
  • Cuban Medicine Killed Hugo Chavez

    03/05/2013 3:07:25 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 42 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 28, 2013 | Joel Hirst
    There is perhaps no worse political disaster for the government of Cuba than the death of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. After the Soviet Union collapsed and ceased to subsidize the Castro regime, the government of Cuba went through a very difficult period. That is, until President Chávez picked up the tab. While the real amount of the subsidy is unknown, Venezuela does send more than 115,000 barrels of oil a day to the refinery at Cienfuegos and pays for tens of thousands of Cuban doctors and sports trainers who are deployed all over Latin America. The true amount is...
  • Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, Venezuelan doctor says

    10/18/2012 11:58:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 18, 2012 | Juan Carlos Chavez
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information. “He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. “The people with a condition of this nature have difficulty eating and, of course, they end up with total deficit in...
  • Fidel Castro warns of climate change, nuclear threat

    01/06/2012 3:10:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/6/12 | AFP
    Cuba's iconic revolutionary Fidel Castro warned that the world was on an "inexorable" march into the abyss this year because of climate change and the threat of nuclear war. In an article published Thursday -- Castro's first since November 2011 -- the 85-year-old retired leader also took aim at the United States and at gas shale "fracking," a new source of fossil fuels condemned by environmentalists. He did not, however, address rumors of his death, which were denied by an official Cuban blogger after they surfaced on Twitter earlier this week. "Many dangers threaten us, but two of them, nuclear...
  • 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?
  • Fidel Castro fascinated by book on Bilderberg Club

    08/19/2010 10:38:48 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    AP via Google ^ | Aug 19, 2010 | no byline
    ...Castro is showcasing a theory long popular both among the far left and far right: that the shadowy Bilderberg Group has become a kind of global government... The 84-year-old former Cuban president published an article Wednesday that used three of the only eight pages in the Communist Party newspaper Granma to quote — largely verbatim — from a 2006 book by Lithuanian-born writer Daniel Estulin. ..."The Secrets of the Bilderberg Club," argues that the international group largely runs the world. It has held a secretive annual forum of prominent politicians, thinkers and businessmen since it was founded in 1954 at...
  • Oliver Stone’s New Documentary: Bromance with Chavez and Castro

    06/24/2010 9:51:31 AM PDT · by nhungerford · 15 replies
    Did you know that deep down inside (when he’s not silencing his opposition, supporting the FARC, sponsoring drug trafficking, and courting Hezbollah and almost every other enemy of the West) Hugo Chavez is a good, admirable man? Yup, he is—according to Leftist filmmaker Oliver Stone. The filmmaker, along with the upcoming release of his “Wall Street” sequel, has a new documentary called “South of the Border” that praises Chavez, Castro, their allies, and highlights other South American leaders. But, apparently the Venezuelan people aren’t as hot on the near-dictator as Stone is: The documentary is bombing in the country. Personally,...
  • NBC Partners With Castro's Intelligence

    06/03/2010 7:50:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 310+ views ^ | June 2, 2010 | Humberto Fontova
    Three times last week CNBC aired an hour-long special titled “Escape from Havana. “  “Between 1960 and 1962, more than 14,000 Cuban children were secretly flown to the United States to escape Fidel Castro, “reads the catchy CNBC teaser.  “Today, many of the Pedro Pans have thrived in America… Each has walked a long road and fought to overcome profound obstacles on their way to the American dream.  In our documentary, you’ll meet a big-city mayor, an accomplished author, a singer, an activist, a professor, and a business leader. They were all part of a secret and improbable plan to...
  • Ten Years Since Feds Raid Elian's Miami Home (another Clinton era anniversary)

    04/22/2010 10:43:51 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 41 replies · 703+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | Apr 22, 2010 12:41 pm US/Eastern | no byline
    Ten years have passed since federal agents seized a Little Havana home snatching a 6-year-old boy from his Miami relatives and reuniting him with his father who lives in Cuba. The Elian Gonzalez saga had major political implications and some credit that single episode to the reason George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000. Elian Gonzalez survived a dangerous journey from Cuba after his mother and others died trying to reach South Florida. A fisherman found the 6-year-old boy holding onto an inner tube on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. Now, the fisherman who found him and his Miami relatives...
  • Obama's accepting of Nobel prize 'cynical': Castro

    12/10/2009 12:32:12 PM PST · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 530+ views
    Times of India ^ | December 10, 2009
    HAVANA: Fidel Castro is calling President Barack Obama's accepting of the Nobel Peace Prize a "cynical act," given that he is sending 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. The 83-year-old former Cuban leader initially applauded Obama's selection, but he has backed off that recently. In a column on a government website on Wednesday, Castro wrote: "Why did Obama accept the Nobel Peace Prize when he had already decided to take the war in Afghanistan to its ultimate limit?" Castro said Obama "was not obligated to commit a cynical act" by accepting the prize. He said Obama's Dec. 1 speech during...
  • Douglas becomes 2nd Hollywood star visiting Cuba

    10/28/2009 11:31:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 1,517+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 27, 2009
    HAVANA (AP) - Michael Douglas staged an impromptu walking tour of the Cuban capital's historic district Tuesday, posing for photos with construction workers and surprised residents. His visit came two days after fellow Oscar-winner Sean Penn arrived in Cuba, reportedly seeking an interview with 82-year-old Fidel Castro, who has been little seen since announcing he was suffering from an unspecified illness in July 2006. He stepped down as Cuba's president in February of the following year and was replaced by his brother Raul. Penn traveled to the Isle of Youth, off mainland Cuba on Monday to meet with local artists....
  • Castro's sister says she collaborated with CIA

    10/27/2009 8:18:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 495+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/26/2009 | Laura Wides Munoz
    One of Fidel Castro's sisters says in a memoir released Monday that she collaborated with the CIA against her brother, starting shortly after the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. Juanita Castro, 76, initially supported her brother's 1959 overthrow of the Batista dictatorship but quickly grew disillusioned. In a Spanish-language memoir published by Santillana USA and co-written by journalist Maria Antonieta Collins, she says the wife of the Brazilian ambassador to Cuba persuaded her to meet a CIA officer during a trip to Mexico in 1961. By then, her house had already become a sanctuary...
  • Sean Penn Heading to Cuba to Interview Castro for Vanity Fair

    10/26/2009 9:21:31 AM PDT · by Justaham · 18 replies · 450+ views ^ | 10-26-09 | Noel Sheppard
    If Fidel Castro and Sean Penn are in the same room, which one do you think hates America more? Such a question doesn't seem to concern Vanity Fair who according to the website TMZ has hired Penn to write an article about how Barack Obama and his administration have impacted Cuba.
  • Photo shows Fidel Castro outside, in dress shirt

    09/04/2009 10:23:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,258+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/09 | AP
    HAVANA – Cuban state media have released a second recent photo showing Fidel Castro in regular civilian clothing instead of the track suits that he commonly wore after falling ill in July 2006. In the picture, the 83-year-old Castro is shaking hands with the visiting head of the Chinese parliament in the walled backyard of an undisclosed home. Castro is wearing a red, short-sleeve dress shirt as he greets National People's Congress leader Wu Bangguo. ..
  • Castro Thanks Kennedy Family, Bashes Nixon and Bush

    09/03/2009 9:41:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies · 443+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9/3/09 | Humberto Fontova
    "The Kennedy family, in particular the assassinated President, John F. Kennedy, were representative of a new generation of Americans confronting the old and dirty politics of men in the mold of Nixon...The Kennedy family's (role) in Barack Obama's electoral victory should not be overlooked. Without that moral, political and financial support, the dirty saga of the Bush and Nixon clans would be continuing." That was a portion of an editorial last week in Stalinist Cuba's version of Nazi Germany's Der Sturmer. But no one familiar with Cuban history should doubt the editorials' sincerity. Fidel and Raul Castro, after all, owe...
  • LA Congresswoman Praises Cuban Revolution & Castro’s Health Care System (audio)

    08/28/2009 11:24:17 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 1,141+ views
    KABC-AM ^ | August 29, 2009
    Diane Watson: "You can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro, but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met."
  • Fidel Castro turns 83 with economy on his mind

    08/13/2009 12:39:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,076+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/09 | Esteban Israe
    HAVANA (Reuters) – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro marked his 83rd birthday on Thursday with a gloomy warning about the global economic crisis, which is hitting his country hard, and a vow to "carry on." Castro, the leader of Cuba's 1959 revolution that brought communism to the Caribbean island, has remained out of public view for the last three years and in 2008 handed over the presidency to younger brother Raul Castro for health reasons. But while he leaves day-to-day running of the government to Raul Castro, he remains influential behind the scenes and writes regular commentaries for state-run media....
  • Cash-strapped Cuba says toilet paper running short

    08/07/2009 12:40:24 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 44 replies · 835+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/07/09 | Reuters
    HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba, in the grip of a serious economic crisis, is running short of toilet paper and may not get sufficient supplies until the end of the year, officials with state-run companies said on Friday. Officials said they were lowering the prices of 24 basic goods to help Cubans get through the difficulties provoked in part by the global financial crisis and three destructive hurricanes that struck the island last year. Cuba's financial reserves have been depleted by increased spending for imports and reduced export income, which has forced the communist-led government to take extraordinary measures to keep...
  • Dennis Prager: Time for Congressional Black Caucus to Disband?

    04/14/2009 7:44:55 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies · 912+ views ^ | April 14, 2009 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus...returned from a visit to Cuba where they met with the dictators of Cuba, Fidel and Raul Castro. They were quite impressed with Fidel Castro...
  • Fidel Castro Tells [President] Obama To Give Back Guantanamo

    01/30/2009 12:24:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,318+ views
    Newsmax / Reuters ^ | January 30, 2009
    HAVANA -- Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro demanded on Thursday that President Barack Obama return the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo to Cuba without conditions, and he accused the new U.S. leader of supporting "Israeli genocide" against Palestinians. Castro, who had recently praised Obama as "honest" and "noble", lashed out at his administration for stating that Washington will not return Guantanamo if it has any military use for the United States and without concessions in return. "Maintaining a military base in Cuba against the will of the people violates the most elemental principles of international law," Castro wrote in a...
  • Cuba renews demands that the U.S. hand over Guantanamo

    01/29/2009 1:06:13 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies · 1,164+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 29, 2009 | Ray Sanchez
    Havana - For more than a century, the United States has controlled the Guantanamo naval base in eastern Cuba for a measly $4,085 in lease fees per year. Cuba has long refused to cash the checks. Now, with President Barack Obama ordering the prison for terrorism suspects at the base closed within a year, Cuba is renewing demands that the U.S. hand over the entire base. "We have always said that Cuba expects to recover this territory," Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Wednesday, after announcing that Cuba was inviting the U.N. special investigator on torture to visit the island...
  • Chavez: Castro unlikely to appear in public again

    01/12/2009 10:29:41 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 617+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 12, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
    CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday it is unlikely that ailing former Cuban leader Fidel Castro will ever appear in public again.
  • The other Fidel Castro arrested in Miami

    01/02/2009 10:56:47 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 448+ views
    MIAMI - Fidel Castro has been booked in Miami for allegedly driving with a permanently revoked driver's license, police say. Before anyone storms Calle Ocho to celebrate, it's Fidel Christian Castro, 32, not the octogenarian Cuban dictator. The younger Castro appeared in Miami-Dade bond court this morning after his arrest, the Miami Herald reports. Castro was arrested Friday about 1:31 a.m. in a white Ford pickup truck on Southwest 23rd Street and 34th Avenue, police say.
  • Meeting Cuba's youngest politician (BBC celebrates 50 years of Communism in Cuba)

    12/22/2008 2:10:55 PM PST · by weegee · 22 replies · 684+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 22 December 2008 | Michael Voss
    As Cuba prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro's revolution on 1 January, most of those in power are the same people who fought alongside him half a century ago. ...But there is a new generation of communists waiting in the wings. ...The youngest, Liaena Hernandez, is just 18 years old. A petite young woman with long black hair and an engaging smile, she has been a political activist since her early teens... "Having young Cubans in parliament shows that the revolution continues. It isn't just something from our history..." Her father is in the army and she...
  • Fidel Castro offers to talk to Barack Obama

    12/05/2008 9:43:07 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 8 replies · 520+ views
    Times On Line UK ^ | December 5, 2008
    Fidel Castro, the former President of Cuba, has offered to talk to Barack Obama, in Havana's latest overture to the US President elect. "With Obama, talks could happen anywhere he wants," the former head of the Communist regime wrote in the latest of a series of columns he has published in state-run media since falling ill in 2006. His remarks follow an offer from his brother, President Raul Castro, to meet Mr Obama "on neutral ground" to try to end the 40 year long conflict between the two countries. If taken up it would be the first meeting in half...

    11/20/2008 10:26:41 AM PST · by presidio9 · 13 replies · 626+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/20/08 | Dick Johnson
    IF there was any question as to whether Steven Soderbergh's "Che" portrays the Marxist revolutionary as a hero, the four-hour movie will be shown next month in Cuba at Havana's New Latin American Film Festival. Event president Alfredo Guevara said in July that "Che" would not be shown if it included any "attacks" on Fidel Castro, who was Che's comrade in arms. But the film, starring Benicio Del Toro as the T-shirt icon, evidently passed muster with the dictator's regime. The stars and filmmakers will have to get US permission to attend the screenings, unless they sneak in like most...
  • Fidel Castro 'bedded 35,000 women'!

    09/18/2008 6:44:05 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 103 replies · 4,608+ views
    dailyindia ^ | New York, Sept 18
    Fidel Castro 'bedded 35,000 women'! From ANI New York, Sept 18: Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has slept with 35,000 women in his 82 years of life, according to an upcoming documentary. "He slept with at least two women a day for more than four decades - one for lunch and one for supper," the New York Post quoted an ex-Castro official named "Ramon" as telling filmmaker Ian Halperin. "Sometimes he even ordered one for breakfast," the official said. "I don't think he would have stayed on as long as he did if not for all the incredible women he...
  • Cubans Snap Up Goods No Longer Banned

    04/02/2008 9:48:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies · 127+ views
    AP) ^ | 23 hours ago
    HAVANA (AP) — Cuban shoppers are snapping up DVD players, motorbikes and electric rice cookers that are going on sale to the general public for the first time. Lines stretch out the doors of major government department stores as Cubans gaze at the new gadgets on display. The goods that went on sale Tuesday previously were available only to foreigners. But the government of new President Raul Castro has lifted that ban. There was no sign yet of two highly anticipated items: computers and microwaves, though salespeople said computers would soon hit the shelves.
  • Andy Garcia is Fed Up With People Who Glorify Che Guevara

    04/25/2006 7:19:19 PM PDT · by Number57 · 191 replies · 3,491+ views
    Andy Garcia is urging fashion-conscious rebels to stop wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the image of Latino revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara because they remind Cubans of terrible times. The actor accepts that Guevara stands for rebellion and is seen as a hero to many, but he sees the revolutionary as a butcher who killed millions of his countrymen. Argentine-born Guevara helped current Cuban leader Fidel Castro overthrow General Fulgencio Batista's government in a guerrilla revolution in the late 1950s. Garcia, who left Cuba when he was five, says, "I'd be curious to go around and ask them how much they really...
  • McCain hopes Castro to "meet Marx soon"

    02/22/2008 8:48:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies · 194+ views
    McCain hopes Castro to "meet Marx soon" Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:18am EST By Jason Szep INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Republican presidential front-runner John McCain suggested on Friday that he hoped retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro would die soon and said Castro's brother will be a worse leader. "I hope he has the opportunity to meet Karl Marx very soon," McCain told a town-hall style meeting of about 150 people, referring to communist theoretician Marx who died on March 14, 1883. Castro, 81, announced on Tuesday he was stepping down as president and commander-in-chief of Cuba's armed forces after 49 years...
  • Fidel Castro says U.S. fooled world over 9/11 (He's a 'Truther')

    09/11/2007 7:48:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 900+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 11, 2007
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said the U.S. government misinformed Americans and the world about 9/11, echoing conspiracy theories about the terror attacks against the United States six years ago. In an essay read by a Cuban television presenter on Tuesday night, Castro said the Pentagon was hit by a rocket, not a plane, because no traces were found of its passengers. "Today one knows there was deliberate misinformation," wrote Castro, who has not appeared in public since July of 2006 when life-threatening surgery for a secret illness forced him to hand over power to his brother...
  • TV Networks Preparing For Death Of Castro

    08/24/2007 4:53:30 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 78 replies · 2,580+ views
    Friends and Fiends at Network | MB26
    The networks are preparing for death of Fidel Castro. Writers, producers and most telling, union engineers and tape editors on expensive overtime stayed late at one network in NY tonight, updating Castro's obit tape. In addition, both network owned and leased satellite uplink trucks headed for Miami fast tonight after covering the Lisa Nowak arraignment in Orlando. My Tampa-based Bay of Pigs survivors (after miscalling Fidel's death last week) are withholding data until confirmed. Right now, it's all rumors,.... but.... -30-
  • An Official Announcement Is Coming (Another fun, Friday, Fidel is dead rumor)

    08/24/2007 12:16:44 PM PDT · by elc · 3 replies · 537+ views
    PerezHilton ^ | 8/24/07 | Perez
    Sources reveal exclusively to that U.S. officials will be holding a press conference shortly to announce the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. was the first media outlet in the world to break the news of Castro’s death. We posted THIS ITEM on it last week!!!! A Cuban broke the story of the oppressive ogre’s passing. We are soooo proud and happy!!! We’re so sad we can’t be in Miami this weekend. There’s gonna be a big ol’ party en Calle Oche, mi gente!!!! And, in the words of Gloria Estefan… “Quiero my Cuba libre!”
  • BREAKING: FIDEL CASTRO IS DEAD (Claims leading Cuban Blog)

    08/24/2007 12:31:34 PM PDT · by FormerACLUmember · 735 replies · 47,649+ views
    Babalu ^ | 8-24-07 | Val Prieto
    My cellphone has not stopped ringing for the past ten minutes. Various sources inform that an announcement will come within the next few minutes from the Cuban government on Cuban TV and media. Stay tuned and we'll see if we've been manipulated once again or if today is the birth date of Cuba's liberty. Update: Here's the deal and what I know up to now, as of 1500 hours, August 24, 2007: First, South Florida Law Enforcement is on alert. An EOC (Emergency Operations Center) has been set-up and manned somewhere in Homestead. Im also told Local and State government...
  • Castro calls for continued anti-U.S. Cuba

    06/19/2007 10:48:44 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 32 replies · 520+ views
    UPI ^ | 6/17/07 | UPI
    In an essay entitled "You will never have Cuba" published by the Cuban Communist Party's newspaper Granma Monday, Castro stated that U.S. efforts to overthrow him and seize power of the country will never materialize. The 80-year-old leader reportedly continues to suffer from ill-health and has not been seen in public since last July. His manifesto, however, was signed Sunday afternoon, and he made clear in his statement that Cuba would not only retain its anti-U.S. stance, but it would also continue to follow the communist model of economic growth. "From one year to the next the standard of living...
  • No sign of Castro on May Day in Cuba

    05/01/2007 9:01:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 884+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/1/07 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA - There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Havana's Revolution Plaza to celebrate May Day, casting new doubts on his recovery and whether he will return to power. Tuesday marked only the third time in nearly five decades that Castro has missed the sweeping International Workers' Day festivities — a major celebration here and around the world. While recent images of Castro meeting with Chinese leaders indicated he had improved considerably since undergoing emergency surgery nine months ago, his absence at the parade through the Revolution Plaza raised questions...
  • Castro's Special Care

    12/26/2006 5:09:06 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 28 replies · 1,086+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 26 Dec 2006 | Editorial staff
    Latin America: Nothing exposes the myth of Cuba's vaunted health care system quite like the news that ailing dictator Fidel Castro refuses to use it. Instead, he prefers care from Spain. What hypocrisy. Over the weekend, Cuba flew in Dr. Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, chief of the gastrointestinal care unit at Madrid's Gregorio Maranon Hospital, to look over the aging dictator and see if there was anything he could do. Spanish medics also brought in new capitalist-world medical equipment, part of a series of such shipments the Cuban government has been quietly provisioning for Castro since June, well before he...
  • Gore Vidal slams U.S. policy on Cuba

    12/11/2006 10:43:51 AM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 22 replies · 452+ views
    Associated Press - Yahoo News ^ | Sun Dec 10, 2006 | ANITA SNOW
    HAVANA - Celebrated American writer Gore Vidal slammed the four-decade-long U.S. trade embargo against Cuba on Sunday, saying during a visit to the island that he hopes recent changes in U.S. politics will help end the sanctions. "I've never been here before and it's a fascinating country," Vidal said, touring Old Havana. He arrived late Sunday and is scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday. Vidal said the United States is "undergoing tremendous political change," referring to growing opposition to the war in Iraq and the Democratic Party's return to control of both houses of Congress in November...
  • Caption the Lovable Old Dictator (Castro)

    10/30/2006 10:42:27 AM PST · by Zakeet · 80 replies · 1,753+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 30, 2007
    Cuba's President Fidel Castro holds the Saturday edition of local newspaper Juventud Rebelde in Havana October 28, 2006. Castro defiantly dismissed rumors that he was dead on Saturday in television images showing him." height="230" width="345">