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  • Oh, the Irony: Jeep Pulling Casket of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro Breaks Down during Procession

    12/07/2016 3:11:50 PM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    AIM ^ | December 6, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Oh, the irony! Can’t trust Russian-made jeeps, huh?
  • Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food, family says

    12/05/2016 12:06:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    fox news ^ | December 05, 2016 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto,” was taken by Cuban security agents the day after the death of former leader Fidel Castro. Maldonado, 33, still has not been charged, but those familiar with the graffiti artist’s actions that morning say that he posted a Facebook message seemingly gloating over Castro’s death and urging people to “come out to the streets…and ask for liberty.” Maldonado also is said to have spray-painted “El Sexto” on a wall near Hotel Habana Libre. His girlfriend, a writer who lives in Miami, said that Maldonado has been transferred several times since his arrest on Nov....
  • The Moral Sickness of the Left

    12/05/2016 8:20:23 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 4, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Donald J. Trump is labeled by CNN as a liar on a regular basis, while the dead communist tyrant Fidel Castro is lauded as a revolutionary hero. American reporters are in Havana, Cuba to film people crying on their way to honor a dictator who had recommended that the Soviets launch a nuclear attack on the United States. Our media never fail to demonstrate that there is no limit to how low they can sink. The sickness in the media is only matched by the pro-Castro sentiments in people like Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate working with Hillary...

    12/04/2016 11:11:45 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 4, 2016 | By Joel B. Pollack
    The Russian-made jeep carrying the ashes of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro broke down in the middle of his funeral procession on Saturday, forcing soldiers to push the vehicle until it could be repaired. Nearly every major news website buried the news, though it was perfectly symbolic of the Cuban regime’s economic failures, and those of socialism in general. The breakdown of the jeep in the midst of adoring crowds chanting “Long live Fidel!” was symbolic of the dual nature of Castro’s Cuba. While his legacy inspires fierce adulation by many of the nation’s citizens, others continue to grumble...
  • French minister defends Castro's rights record [Ségolčne Royal]

    12/04/2016 5:20:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 4 December 2016 15:16 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader’s human rights record on Saturday, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents. The former socialist presidential candidate called Castro a “monument of history” and a “symbol of a very deep friendship between Cuba and France.” […] Asked about the human rights violations denounced by the United Nations and dissidents, Royal said the island had “religious freedom” and “freedom of conscience.” …
  • Ha: Fidel Castro's Funeral Vehicle Broke Down Mid-Procession

    12/04/2016 1:10:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | December 4, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    An almost amusing sight at Fidel Castro's funeral procession: the car carrying his remains reportedly broke down and had to be pushed by soldiers. The vehicle was reportedly Russian-built. Pictures of the scene quickly spread on Twitter, with people calling it a "fitting metaphor" for the Castro regime: blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">Look no further for Cuba metaphors - Fidel's final journey ends with a breakdown via @franciscome— Mark Urban (@MarkUrban01) December 4, 2016 How fitting: The jeep carrying Fidel Castro's ashes broke down and soldiers had to push it the rest of the way to the cemetery. #castrodeath— Tim...
  • Jeep Pulling Castro's Ashes Breaks Down During Funeral Procession, Soldiers Have To Push Vehicle

    12/04/2016 8:09:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 4, 2016
    Another picture of the soldiers pushing the Dear Leader's Jeep HERE.
  • From Mao to Castro: Tyrants Die, But Bad Ideas Live On

    12/03/2016 8:24:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 3, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    My dad told me that after Mao passed away on September 9th, 1976, the entirety of China fell into a forced month-long mourning period. Thousands of make-shift memorial services were set up throughout the country. Government agencies, factories and stores all closed their doors so people could pay their respects to their "great leader." Everyone understood that the unofficial command was that you must cry, and the louder the better. It was dangerous to fake it, because someone standing next to you was just as eager to do the government's evil bidding by policing your display of emotions. In addition...
  • Can Trump Send American Citizens to Guantanamo Bay

    12/03/2016 8:13:34 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | December 3, 3016 | Laura Jarrett
    If President-elect Donald Trump decides to make good on his campaign pledge to "load up" the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with new domestic terror suspects caught in the US -- including American citizens -- legal experts say he is asking for an unprecedented constitutional showdown. Voters first received a peek at Trump's stance on Guantanamo Bay back in 2015 when talking points on various policy questions were leaked ahead of a Republican debate. On the issue of whether he would close the detention facility, the memo stated: "No. I would also take away the passports of Americans who...
  • Fidel Castro: 60 Years of Fake News

    12/02/2016 12:25:06 PM PST · by lasereye · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Mona Charen
    A panic is sweeping the land — or at least something like it has unnerved CNN, Vox and other precincts of progressive sensibility. They are alarmed that millions of Americans are being misled by "fake news." As someone whose inbox has lately bulged with items about Hillary Clinton's impending demise due to a concealed, terminal illness; who has shaken her head at "breaking news" that Turkish coup plotters had gotten their hands on NATO nuclear weapons at Incirlik air base; and who has sighed at the endless iterations of stories like "47 Clinton friends who mysteriously turned up dead," I...
  • Grow some spine, Liberals. Democracy needs champions, not apologists

    12/01/2016 11:27:40 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies
    National Post (Toronto Canada) ^ | 2016-12-01 | Terry Glavin
    It has been so delightfully amusing, taking in all the mockery and wickedness that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought upon himself by having keened so plaintively last weekend upon hearing the news of the death of that gruesome old Cuban caudillo Fidel Castro. We’ve all had a good laugh. We should also strive to be fair. First, as wildly ill-advised as they were, nothing in Trudeau’s dolorous condolences would have been out of place had they been uttered at any gathering of fashionable society in Canada. Secondly, the Castros and the Trudeaus have been chummy for decades, so the dabbing...
  • Castro’s Millions: Fidel’s Family Expected to Secure Estimated $900 Million Estate

    12/01/2016 10:37:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/16 | Frances Martel
    Cuban dictator Fidel Castro reportedly left behind millions in private mansions, yachts, private islands, and even a personal cheese factory. While the Castro family has imposed a mandatory nine-day mourning period over Cuba, questions remain as to who will inherit the head of state’s fortune. While fellow communists and assorted global leftist elites are using the occasion of his death to praise Fidel Castro as a hero of the poor, reports from both defectors within Castro’s world and journalists using publicly available information have estimated the Castro family fortune to be in the millions. The closest realistic number estimating Castro’s net...
  • A Minute of Silence for Fidel Castro, Then UN Resumes Condemnation of Israel

    12/01/2016 8:31:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2016 | 4:19 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    After a minute of silence in honor of Fidel Castro, United Nations member-states on Tuesday turned to the regular General Assembly agenda item entitled “the question of Palestine,” in preparation for votes on several resolutions condemning Israel. “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Fidel Castro,” began the president of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji. He described the Cuban dictator as “one of the iconic leaders of the 20th century, with a great love for his homeland and the Cuban people, he dedicated his life to their welfare and development.” […] On a day when the U.N. marks...
  • Rafael Cruz Remembers Life in Cuba

    12/01/2016 6:48:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2016 | Bob Weir
    To shed some light on the death of Fidel Castro, I did an interview with Senator Ted Cruz's father Rafael, who lived under the oppressive regime of the Cuban dictator. Have you ever had experiences in which you felt as though your government was taking unfair advantage of you, and it seemed as though you had no power to do anything about it? Have you written your congressman, senator, or county commissioner several times and only received form-letter responses? I suppose that everyone has felt that way from time to time. On the other hand, after you've finished complaining, did...
  • Jimmy Carter's Anti-Semitism

    12/01/2016 6:00:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2016 | Fay Voshell
    It appears former president Jimmy Carter, now 92 years old, has yet to meet a tyrant he doesn’t admire. His continuing embrace of terrorist regimes makes some wonder when we will see the cessation of his continual self-exhumations from political burial in order to once again resume his prophetic declamations on behalf of odious regimes, past and present. Carter’s latest declamation on the demise of the pitiless tyrant Fidel Castro reveals once again his lifelong empathy for totalitarian regimes: “Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We...
  • Detained Cuban artist who mocked Castro’s death ‘was badly beaten,’ family says

    11/30/2016 7:08:28 PM PST · by bryan999 · 7 replies
    Cuban dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, who was detained by authorities on Saturday after mocking Fidel Castro’s death, was severely beaten, according to relatives who saw him at the detention center in Guanabacoa. “Danilo's mom saw him,” the artist’s girlfriend, Miami resident Alexandra Martinez, 24, said late Tuesday. “He was badly beaten upon entering Guanabacoa and suffered a severe asthma attack.” Authorities also confiscated his cell phone, she said. Martinez said Maldonado’s mother, Maria Victoria Machado, was allowed to visit her son at a Guanabacoa police station, on the outskirts of Havana, for the first time since he was...
  • Obama to Send More Senior Reps to Castro Funeral than to Thatcher’s

    11/30/2016 8:52:06 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Nov 2016 | Nick Hallett
    U.S. President Barack Obama is to send a more senior representative to the funeral of Communist dictator Fidel Castro than he did to the funeral of Margaret Thatcher. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will attend the funeral of the anti-American firebrand along with Jeff DeLaurentis, the country’s top diplomat in Cuba, as an “unofficial delegation”. By contrast, President Obama was accused of “snubbing” the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in 2013, sending two aging former Secretaries of State to lead a delegation that included no representatives from the incumbent administration.
  • Even in Death, Castro Still has 'Useful Idiots'

    11/30/2016 4:35:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | November 30, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Fidel Castro died as he lived: to the sound of useful idiots making allowances for his crimes. (That's not my term: It was Lenin who called liberal apologists for Communism "useful idiots.") The gold medal in the Useful Idiot Olympics should probably go to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada. In a statement, he expressed his "deep sorrow" upon learning that "Cuba's longest serving president" had died. One can only imagine what George Orwell could do with that one word, "serving." Castro did not serve; he ruled a nation of servants, often cruelly, while making obscene profits for himself...
  • Still Honoring Castro and His Debacle

    11/30/2016 4:26:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | November 30, 2016 | Brent Bozell
    One of the world's last brutal communist dictators, Cuba's Fidel Castro, died last week at the age of 90. While Cuban exiles celebrated long into the night, on America's "objective" networks, they pulled out hankies and mourned this despot's filthy works and celebrated the hellhole he made. ABC's Jim Avila made the Founding Fathers roll over in their graves by touting how Castro "was considered, even to this day, the George Washington of his country among those who remain in Cuba." Notice only "those who remain" -- under the thumb of the Castros -- can be counted as fans. On...
  • Fidel Castro: The Life & Death of a Monster

    11/30/2016 1:02:15 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    Frontpage ^ | November 30, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    The third of six children, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13, 1926 (although some sources claim that he was born a year later), in Cuba's eastern province of Oriente. His father, Angel, was a wealthy sugar plantation owner originally from Spain.  Raised in affluence while surrounded by poverty, Fidel Castro was educated in private Jesuit boarding schools. He attended El Colegio de Belen and pitched for the school's baseball team. After graduating in 1945, Castro entered law school at the University of Havana and immersed himself in the political climate of Cuban nationalism, anti-imperialism, and socialism. In 1947 Castro...
  • Black Lives Matter mourns, defends Castro

    11/29/2016 10:43:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    The Black Lives Matter group mourned and defended former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and said it felt an "overwhelming sense of loss" after the death of the communist dictator on Friday. "Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante," the group wrote in an unsigned editorial published Sunday titled, "Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante." The group praised Castro's "revolution," and said humans deserve certain rights based on being born, including: "healthy food, clean water, decent housing,...
  • The Left's Love Affair with Fidel Castro

    11/29/2016 4:31:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | November 29, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    In a statement following the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, President Obama spoke of "the countless ways in which (Castro) altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation." That's an understatement as the thousands who have risked their lives over the years to escape from Cuba have testified. The president added: "History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him." Why wait on history? We can judge him now. For six decades the left has lauded Castro as a secular savior, seeing only what they...
  • VIDEO: AU students prefer Castro over Trump

    11/29/2016 11:47:41 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 23 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 11/29/2016
    Video at link. Fidel Castro’s recent death evoked conflicting assessments of his legacy from world leaders, but college students are no more prepared than prime ministers to justify their support for the Cuban dictator. A number of students at American University acknowledged the brutality of Castro's regime, but insisted that he was a better leader than Trump because he did "good things" for the Cuban people. Fidel Castro’s recent death evoked conflicting assessments of his legacy from world leaders, but college students are no more prepared than prime ministers to justify their support for the Cuban dictator. President-Elect Donald Trump,...
  • Obama won't send official delegation to Cuba

    11/29/2016 11:20:40 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies ^ | 11/29/16 | Sarah Westwood
    President Obama will not send an official delegation to the funeral of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, but he will send a senior White House official and ambassador, the White House said on Tuesday. "There's a formal process" involved in naming a presidential delegation, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. "That will not be taking place this time, but the United States will be represented at the event."
  • Two US officials to attend Fidel Castro's funeral

    11/29/2016 9:59:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2016 12:58 PM EST
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest says a high-ranking presidential adviser and the top diplomat to Cuba will represent the United States at Fidel Castro’s funeral. Earnest is emphasizing that the two are not part of a formal delegation to the service, but the appearance of deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and Jeffrey DeLaurentis shows a commitment to an “ongoing, future-oriented relationship with the Cuban people.” DeLaurentis is awaiting Senate confirmation to be U.S. ambassador to Cuba. …
  • Keith Ellison Praises Fidel Castro's "Mixed" Legacy: "He Stood Up For Peace And Freedom In Africa"

    11/29/2016 9:27:12 AM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 32 replies
    Candidate for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Keith Ellison spoke with SiriusXM’s Karen Hunter on Monday about the death of Fidel Castro and his priorities for the Democratic Party. He praised Castro's legacy in Cuba, saying that "he confronted people with a lot of power on behalf of people that didn’t have any."
  • VIDEO: AU students prefer Castro over Trump

    11/29/2016 9:16:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | 11/29/2016 | Amber Athey, Investigative Reporter
    Fidel Castro’s recent death evoked conflicting assessments of his legacy from world leaders, but college students are no more prepared than prime ministers to justify their support for the Cuban dictator. President-Elect Donald Trump, for example, referred to Castro as a “brutal dictator,” whereas Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called him a “remarkable leader.” In order to gauge millennial feelings on the passing of the authoritarian Cuban leader, Campus Reform asked students at American University which political figure they viewed more favorably: Castro or Trump. While several students identified the repressive elements of Castro’s regime, such as jailing and murdering...
  • Cuba's Dissident Leader on Cuba After Castro

    11/29/2016 4:25:35 AM PST · by se99tp · 1 replies
    Perth Herald Tribune ^ | Nov 28th, 2016 | Jose Daniel Ferrer
    Soon, the regime will be on the hunt for hate speech of individuals who have lost their relatives by the dictatorship, either shot or killed in prison, or also drown in the Straits of Florida. These understandable demonstrations will serve the regime to say that the “Miami’s Mafia cave people” rejoice at the death of a man.
  • Cubans sign 'oath' to Castro's revolution

    11/29/2016 3:11:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | November 28, 2016 | Laurent Thomet and Katell Abiven
    In hundreds of schools, hospitals and public buildings, Cubans signed a "solemn oath" on Monday to defend the revolution following the death of communist leader Fidel Castro. Instead of leaving messages in books of condolence, Cubans were invited to endorse the "concept of the revolution" defined by Castro in a speech in 2000, six years before illness forced him to hand power to his brother, Raul. "We will keep fighting for these ideas. We swear!" says the oath to which Cubans signed their names, three days after Castro died at age 90.
  • Nets Fret Trump Will ‘Roll Back’ Obama’s Cuba ‘Legacy’

    11/28/2016 2:54:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | November 28, 2016 | Kyle Drennen
    Amid the media mourning and eulogizing of Fidel Castro, on Monday, the network morning shows turned to worrying about the impact President-elect Donald Trump would have on American/Cuban relations, declaring the opening of diplomatic relations with the authoritarian regime to be the “centerpiece” of President Obama’s “legacy.” On NBC’s Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell – who on Sunday fondly reminisced over her past meetings with Castro – proclaimed: “The White House sees Obama’s opening to Cuban as the centerpiece of his legacy. Direct commercial flights starting this week, postal service with the U.S., credit cards and banking, internet service. Cracks in...
  • Eugene Robinson: Castro Didn't Like "Income Inequality," A "True Believer" Of Communism

    11/28/2016 12:50:55 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 42 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 28, 2016 | RealClearPolitics
    ROBINSON, WASHINGTON POST: The inequality of income and the division of society into haves and have-nots, and the way some people are getting rich. He didn't like it one bit. So he was, indeed in that sense, a true believer in the decrepit, antiquated, oppressive, communist system he put in place. As long as he drew breath... there were limits beyond which Raul Castro in any attempt to modernize or reform, limits beyond which it was difficult for him to go.
  • MSNBC: Cuban-Americans Humiliated by Obama’s Comments on Castro’s Death

    11/28/2016 12:59:45 PM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies ^ | 11/28/16 | Madeleine Weast
    Many Cuban-Americans residing in Florida are ashamed of the statements that some world leaders like President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made after the death of Fidel Castro by refusing to condemn the former communist dictator, MSNBC’s Mariana Atencio reported Monday morning. Atencio, an MSNBC correspondent, discussed the reactions of Cuban-Americans to the news over the weekend of Castro’s death. “Many Cuban-Americans here in the political epicenter of this community in Miami telling me this morning they cannot believe some of the world reaction from figures like Justin Trudeau and Jill Stein about Fidel Castro,” Atencio said on...
  • The Left's Lionization of Fidel Castro Is Sick

    11/28/2016 12:42:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush ^ | November 28, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: And we've got still to discuss Castro. Look, this is a teachable moment, a big-time teachable moment, the death of Fidel Castro and the way that death was treated by many, if not most, of the American media and the Democrat Party with a couple of noted exceptions, one of the exceptions being Pelosi. But the most accurate take, the most accurate reaction, the most dead-on public statement about the death of Fidel Castro came from Trump. Obama's was neutral. You know, Obama, Castro, that's the kind of thing Obama, all these leftists, these Social Justice Warriors,...
  • Sierra Club president: Fidel Castro had ‘more honor’ than Donald Trump (Barf)

    11/28/2016 12:04:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    "Screen grab of Aaron Mair's Twitter account." Environmental group uses Republican’s presidential win for fundraising blitz Sierra Club President Aaron Mair marked the Friday death of Fidel Castro by declaring that the Cuban dictator had “more honor” than U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
  • Obama, Biden to skip Fidel Castro's funeral

    11/28/2016 11:35:32 AM PST · by PROCON · 89 replies ^ | Nov. 28, 2016 | JORDAN FABIAN
    President Obama and Vice President Biden will not attend the funeral of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the White House said Monday. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters to “stay tuned” as to which top U.S. officials, if any, would attend the funeral, scheduled for Dec. 4. Top Republicans have urged Obama not to attend the ceremony for Castro, 90, who died over the weekend. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) tweeted Saturday that Obama, Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry should “under no circumstance” go to Cuba for Castro’s funeral. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a...
  • Trump Threatens To 'Terminate' Cuba Deal

    11/28/2016 6:27:25 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 38 replies ^ | 28 November 2016
    Donald Trump has threatened to "terminate" the diplomatic relationship with Cuba negotiated by President Obama. In a tweet, the President-elect said: "If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the US as a whole, I will terminate deal."
  • Why all that Dancing in the Streets of Miami?

    11/28/2016 6:59:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | November 28, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Fidel Castro jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror. He murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six. Fidel Castro shattered — through mass-executions, mass-jailings, mass larceny and exile — virtually every family on the island of Cuba. Many opponents of the Castro regime qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period three times as long in Fidel Castro’s Gulag as Alexander Solzhenitsyn suffered in Stalin’s Gulag.Fidel Castro...
  • North Korea Commands 3-Day Mourning Period for Fidel Castro

    11/28/2016 6:48:59 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Nov 2016
    North Korea is observing a three-day period of mourning for Fidel Castro, seen by the North as a rare comrade-in-arms against the common enemy of the United States. State media reported Monday that the North has ordered flags outside official buildings be flown at half-staff to honor Castro. The iconic Cuban leader died Friday at age 90. Reports from Pyongyang said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a wreath to the Cuban Embassy and that a delegation of senior North Korean officials has left for Havana to attend Castro’s memorial services.
  • Good Riddance Fidel

    11/28/2016 4:46:37 AM PST · by detective · 5 replies
    Frontpage ^ | November 28, 2016 | Bruce Thornton
    To paraphrase the old VE jump-rope rhyme, “A-tisket, a-tasket, Castro’s in his casket.” The last of the Cold War Soviet stooges has gone the way of his communist masters. Encomia from the usual useful idiots are lighting up the internet, but don’t mind them. Like tantrum-throwing college students and George Soros rent-a-protestors, they are a machine for producing Republican voters. The Dem-wits, on the other hand, should pay attention to the Cuban immigrants and expatriates celebrating in Miami. They might find there a clue to how they lost Florida and the whole government. Opening up trade, as their messiah Obama...
  • Inside Fidel Castro’s life of luxury and ladies while country starved

    11/27/2016 8:46:18 PM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2016 | Laura Italiano
    With his shaggy beard and rumpled, olive-drab fatigues, Fidel Castro presented himself to the world as a modest man of the people. At times, he claimed he made just 900 pesos ($43) a month and lived in a “fisherman’s hut” somewhere on the beach. But Castro’s public image was a carefully crafted myth, more fiction than fact. “While his people suffered, Fidel Castro lived in comfort — keeping everything, including his eight children, his many mistresses, even his wife, a secret,” wrote Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, Castro’s longtime bodyguard.
  • Cruz, Rubio rip Trudeau for praising Castro

    11/27/2016 12:48:24 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/16 | MALLORY SHELBOURNE
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday for his praise of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Trudeau caught flak on social media after expressing "deep sorrow" for Castro, whom he called a "remarkable leader." Cruz and Rubio, who are of Cuban descent, released their own statements ripping the deceased leader. “Is this a real statement or a parody? Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing,” Rubio tweeted, linking to Trudeau's statement on Castro's death. “Disgraceful," Cruz tweeted of Trudeau's remarks. "Why...
  • The Man is Dead and Gone

    11/27/2016 5:21:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | November 27, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    A commentator on MSNBC referred to him as “a polarizing figure.” Indeed. At one pole we find folks blinded by their love for socialism, and at the other, those of us believing in fundamental human rights. Fidel Castro, the dictator of Cuba for more than half a century, is dead. The New York Times called him a “fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader.” Maximum leader? A euphemism at time of death is one thing, but a...
  • Trump aides say Cuban government will have to change

    11/27/2016 5:19:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 27, 2016 2:06 PM EST | Anne Flaherty
    The Cuban government must move toward enacting greater freedoms for its people and giving Americans something in return if it wants to keep warmer U.S. relations initiated by President Barack Obama, top aides to President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday. The comments by Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Reince Priebus followed the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Castro’s younger brother, 85-year-old Raul Castro, took control in 2006, and later negotiated with Obama to restore diplomatic relations. Priebus, Trump’s incoming chief of staff, said Trump would “absolutely” reverse Obama’s opening to Cuba unless there is “some movement” from the Cuban...
  • Cuban dissidents lie low after Castro's death

    11/27/2016 4:04:10 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | November 27, 2016 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Cuban dissident, leader of the Human Rights organization Ladies in White, Berta Soler, speaks during a interview in Havana, on November 27, 2016, two days after the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (AFP Photo/Ronaldo Schemidt) Havana (AFP) - Cuban dissidents called off a regular protest on Sunday as the communist island prepared for days of tributes to the late revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. The Ladies in White movement decided to stay home "out of respect" for those who mourn Castro and to avoid being accused of committing any act of "provocation in the streets," said the group's leader,...
  • Former Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez recalls his connection with Fidel Castro: 'Fidel was everyone

    11/27/2016 10:30:50 AM PST · by ColdOne · 73 replies ^ | 11/27/16 | Dan Good
    full title............Former Cuban castaway Elian Gonzalez recalls his connection with Fidel Castro: 'Fidel was everyone's friend'.................................. Tweet email Elian Gonzalez — the Cuban boy who was found floating off the coast of Florida in 1999, sparking an international custody dispute — recalled his friendship with former president Fidel Castro, who died Friday at age 90. Gonzalez, 22, spoke to Cuban state media in Spanish on Saturday, reflecting on his experiences with Castro. He recalled the leader attending his sixth-grade graduation — when Castro told an audience about their friendship. "At first, it was an extraordinary honor, but also a heavy...
  • Jill Stein praises Fidel Castro: 'A symbol of the struggle for justice'

    11/27/2016 8:38:58 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 90 replies
    Washingon Examiner ^ | 11/26/16 | Jeremy Lott
    Green Party perennial presidential hopeful Jill Stein praised former Cuban strongman Fidel Castro on Saturday, as encomiums by many left-of-center politicians continued to roll in following his death. "Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!" Stein wrote on Twitter Saturday afternoon. The verb form of the word literally means "present." The way Stein used it was something like a military salute ("present arms!") but for Latin American leftist radicals.
  • Rep. Barbara Lee Exprsses Sympathy With Fidel Castro Mourners

    11/27/2016 9:04:16 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 27, 2016
    Congresswoman Barbara Lee expressed her sympathies with those mourning Cuban president Fidel Castro. He died Friday at age 90.
  • Exiled Sister Of Fidel Castro Has No Plans To Attend Brother’s Funeral

    11/27/2016 6:06:26 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 11/26/2016 | Kerry Picket
    Juanita Castro, sister to the now deceased Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, has no plans to go back to the island for her brother’s funeral. Juanita, who is 83 and has been exiled in the United States since 1964, gave this statement to El Nuevo Herald Saturday. “Before the bad rumors that I was going to Cuba for funerals, I want to clarify that I have never returned to the island, nor do I have plans to do so,” she said. “I have fought alongside this exile, arm and arm in the most active and intense stages in past decades, and...
  • The last Communist City

    11/27/2016 3:34:29 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2014 | Michael J Totten
    Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the wretched majority of humans remain in squalor on Earth. The film works passably as an allegory for its director’s native South Africa, where racial apartheid was enforced for nearly 50 years, but it’s a rather cartoonish vision of the American future. Some critics panned the film for pushing a socialist message. Elysium’s dystopian world, however, is a near-perfect metaphor for an actually existing socialist nation just 90...
  • Castro was charming, murderous. And he fed me well

    11/27/2016 6:11:34 AM PST · by luke1825 · 13 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 11-27 | peter lucas
    "CASTRO HELD ME CAPTIVE" That was the tongue-in-cheek headline over my story that ran in the Boston Herald 30 years ago. I was in Cuba with a bunch of other reporters covering Jesse Jackson's visit to Cuba and Central America in June 1984. Jackson back then was considered a surprise, but serious, candidate for the Democrat Party nomination for president.