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  • Cuba: Up to 50 arrested at Payá funeral, family and supporters insist his death was no accident

    07/25/2012 5:18:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 24, 2012 | Juan O. Tamayo
    Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá was buried Tuesday as police dragged off and allegedly beat at least 40 supporters who shouted “Freedom!” after his funeral mass, in a clash watched by a large and impassive crowd in Havana. Relatives and supporters voiced new allegations that Payá was killed in a car crash caused by another vehicle, but a Madrid newspaper reported the Spaniard at the wheel of the car carrying the dissident told police the accident was his fault. Police detained 40 to 50 dissidents, and beat some of them severely, as more than 300 people left the El Salvador del...
  • The NAACP's Red Roots

    07/16/2009 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 458+ views ^ | June 26, 2000
    Black radical WEB DuBois, who later joined the Communist Party, was the organization's first director of publicity and research, as well as editor of the group's monthly publication The Osiris. This publication gave DuBois an excellent outlet from which to pour forth all manner of racial invective against whites, supposedly in the name of "promoting equality." .... DuBois was known to have "hailed the Russian Revolution of 1917" and he travelled to the Soviet Union in 1926 and 1936. He especially liked 'the racial attitudes of the Communists'." In 1922 the NAACP started to receive grants from the Garland Fund,...
  • Gran Senior El Flaco Communisto.

    07/16/2012 1:34:07 PM PDT · by · 1 replies ^ | July 16 2012 | Skip MacLure
    I can’t take credit for the title. I was getting ready for work last Tuesday morning at ‘O dark thirty’. I was listening to our local conservative blowtorch, KSFO 560 AM morning drive show, starring that great nemesis of the Greenie crowd, Brian Sussman. He was talking to an American citizen of Cuban descent whose parents escaped the wonderland of Castro’s communist Cuba. Brian asked him how to say ‘skinny’ in Spanish… and they came up with the gag-line Flaco Communisto. The rest is my own invention, especially apropos given the high regard our glorious leader obviously has for he,...
  • M.A.S.H. Star Partners with Castro's Spy Agency

    07/13/2012 7:14:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies ^ | July 13, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    Though a consistently good show, few conservatives mistook M.A.S.H for anything but pinko propaganda. Last week long-time M.A.S.H star Mike Farrell (Capt. B.J. Hunnicut) took the last few baby-steps and started spouting outright Communist propaganda. In a letter to President Obama, Farrell officially partners with Castro’s KGB-trained DGI urging the release of five of their agents and officers who were convicted in 2001 of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. and conspiracy to murder Americans. The Supreme Court has twice upheld the convictions of these Communist terrorists and accessories to murder. In 1933, Stalin’s propaganda chief, Willi Munzenberg, re-monikered...
  • Incompetent, Desperate Obama's Racial Warfare Theme Also Popular With Incompetent, Desperate Castros

    07/12/2012 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 12 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    El Brown Fist of Justice More at Reaganite Republican... ___________________________________________________ YahooNews
  • Hezbollah delegation visits Cuba, Venezuela, meets officials

    07/12/2012 7:31:36 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 4 replies ^ | 11JUL12 | Not Listed
    BEIRUT: A Hezbollah delegation visited Cuba and Venezuela last week and met with a number of parliamentarians and officials, the party’s press office said Wednesday. The visit came in response to an official invitation by the head of International Relations Division of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, José Ramon Balaguer. At one point, the delegation, which comprised Loyalty to the Resistance Party MP Nawwar Sahili and head of Hezbollah’s International Relations Department Ammar Musawi, visited the Santa Clara tomb of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentinean Marxist revolutionary icon, where they laid a wreath. Musawi was quoted by...
  • Cuban official reports 85 confirmed cholera cases in eastern Granma province alone

    07/10/2012 3:11:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 10, 2012 | Juan O. Tamayo
    The number of cholera cases confirmed in eastern Cuba jumped from 30 to 85 over the weekend but the death toll remained at three, one government official said, although independent reports put the deaths at anywhere from five to 15. Up to five other cases of cholera also were unofficially reported in Havana and dissidents in Guantánamo near the eastern tip of the island reported a handful of cholera-like cases in Caimanera, a village on the edge of the U.S. navy base. The state-owned TV station in Granma province, where the outbreak hit hardest, suggested residents avoid travelling outside the...
  • Obama’s Swiss Banker

    04/24/2012 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    The WASHIGTON FREE BEACON ^ | April 24, 2012 | By Andrew Stiles
    One of President Obama’s largest financial backers is a key executive at the largest Swiss bank in the world, complicating his criticism of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Robert Wolf is president of Swiss financial giant UBS Investment Bank and chairman of UBS Americas. He has been one of Obama’s most prolific fundraisers dating back to 2006, when the former Senator from Illinois initiated his run for the White House. Wolf has bundled more than $500,000 for the president’s reelection, campaign records show. He is but one of many wealthy bankers Obama has turned to in an effort to win...
  • Watergate Book: Richard Nixon Took Mafia Bribes In Plots To Assassinate Fidel Castro

    06/28/2012 6:20:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/28/12 | Friends of Ours
    Historian Lamar Waldron is out with his new book Watergate: The Hidden History which exposes Nixon's role as the liaison between the CIA and the Mafia in their failed plots to assassinate Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, and it was files on this subject which the Watergate burglars were seeking as reported by Thom Hartmann for the Huffington Post: As one of the Watergate burglars admitted, and Senate Watergate Committee investigators indicated in their secret questioning of Mafia don Johnny Rosselli, Nixon was worried about a Cuban Dossier of CIA attempts to kill Fidel Castro. Those attempts began in earnest in...
  • NCLR Official With Ties To Spy Confirmed As U.S. Ambassador (former La Raza board member)

    06/19/2012 3:08:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 19, 2012
    After years of bulldozing, President Obama finally got Senate confirmation for a scandal-plagued diplomat forced out of a U.S. ambassadorship for her close ties to a terrorist-sponsoring foreign government. That means a leftist open borders activist (Mari Carmen Aponte) with a controversial past officially represents the administration abroad. In a 62-37 vote last week, the U.S. Senate approved the confirmation of Aponte, a former board member of the National Council of la Raza (NCLR) and Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), as the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador. Obama originally nominated Aponte in December 2009 and made her...
  • Foreign Medicare Fraud

    06/19/2012 12:41:22 PM PDT · by Eva · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/19/2012 | By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    The $31 million Medicare-fraud case reported from Miami yesterday may not be the largest in American history but certainly is one of the more innovative. According to the Miami Herald, it is "the first such case that directly traces money fleeced from the beleaguered program into the Cuban banking system." The Herald described the heist as "an intricate system" that funneled money "from fraudulent HIV treatment and medical equipment billings, first through banks in Canada and Trinidad and eventually [to] Cuba."
  • Olympic boxer Teofilo Stevenson dies

    06/11/2012 7:07:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 11, 2012 | Anne-Marie Garcia
    Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. He was 60.
  • Odebrecht sues Florida over new law banning government hiring of firms tied to Cuba

    06/05/2012 6:42:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/5/12 | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    The company says in its lawsuit that the new law, scheduled to take effect July 1, is unconstitutional because only the federal government can set foreign policy. The Coral Gables-based subsidiary of Odebrecht, the Brazilian engineering and construction conglomerate, sued the state Monday over a contentious new Florida law that bans governments from hiring companies with business ties to Cuba.
  • Repsol's Decision Smokes Out Cuba's Oil Ambitions

    05/30/2012 8:35:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Rigzone, (Global Insight) ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Juliette Kerr
    Repsol, has confirmed that (his) company and its partners are abandoning drilling offshore Cuba, representing a major blow to the island's ambitions to secure oil self-sufficiency.... The decision follows reports that the Jaguey-1 exploration well drilled by Repsol and partners Statoil (Norway) and ONGC (India) on Block N26, in Cuba's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Gulf of Mexico, had come up dry.
  • What Is Rhabdomyosarcoma? (Cuba Commiecare™ fails, Rather: Chavez has two months to live)

    05/30/2012 5:41:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/30/12 | Carol Bengle Gilbert
    What Is Rhabdomyosarcoma?By Carol Bengle Gilbert | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 55 mins ago Journalist Dan Rather says he learned from a single source close to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that Chavez is suffering from end-stage rhabdomyosarcoma. The unnamed source told Rather Chavez is likely to live a couple of months at most, not long enough to see the results of Venezuela's Oct. 7 presidential election. Chavez is on the ballot along with Henrique Capriles Radonski. Chavez completed a round of radiation in Cuba two weeks ago. In February, the South American leader had a pelvic tumor surgically removed, the...
  • Spanish oil company Repsol to stop drilling in Cuba

    05/29/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 May 2012 | BBC
    Spanish company Repsol has said it is pulling out of Cuba after failing in a recent attempt to find oil off the island. Chairman Antonio Brufau told journalists and investors that Repsol "won't do another" well in Cuba. On 18 May Repsol announced an exploratory well it had drilled north of the Cuban coast had come up dry. Cuba's communist government is relying on potentially huge oil and gas reserves to revive the economy. Repsol's unsuccessful attempt, some 50km (31 miles) off the island, cost the company more than $100m (£155m). The decision to stop operations in Cuba was announced...
  • Florida Democrats break with Obama on Castro visa issue [Ignored by Florida Media!]

    05/25/2012 4:14:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 5/25/12 | ERIKA BOLSTAD AND MARC CAPUTO
    Florida’s top Congressional Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Tuesday over his administration’s decision to issue Fidel Castro’s niece a visa to attend a conference this week in San Francisco. The opposition of Sen. Bill Nelson and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz came just hours after Republicans had blasted away at the visa decision —while failing to acknowledge that Republican President George W. Bush’s administration had allowed Mariela Castro to visit the United States three times a decade ago.
  • Hope and Change on Ice

    05/22/2012 5:41:39 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 4 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 22, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Leroy Eldridge Cleaver(8/31/1935 to 5/1/1998) Remembering Eldridge Cleaver* By: Larry Walker, Jr. *"Right-wing conservatives and left-wing radicals here in the U.S. must be willing and able to sit down at the same table, look across the table at each other and see not an enemy, a target or a statistic, but a brother, a sister, a fellow American, another child of God. We must expand our hearts and enlarge our identity beyond ‘my people’ to include and embrace all of Creation." ~ Eldridge CleaverIn the late 1960’s, after leading a troubled youth, Leroy Eldridge Cleaver became a prominent member...
  • Reds' Chapman sued for $18M over Cuban conviction

    05/22/2012 2:08:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies ^ | May 22, 2012
    MIAMI -- A major league pitcher who defected from Cuba is being sued for $18 million by a Cuban-American man imprisoned on the communist island. The lawsuit was filed recently in Miami federal court against Aroldis Chapman, a left-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. The lawsuit claims Chapman falsely accused Danilo Curbelo Garcia of involvement in human trafficking, leading to his 2008 arrest and conviction in Cuba. Curbelo Garcia is serving a 10-year sentence. Chapman defected in 2009 in the Netherlands and was signed a year later by the Reds to a six-year, $30.25 million contract. The lawsuit claims Chapman...
  • Be this man.

    05/21/2012 11:42:11 AM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 2 replies
    Warrior Talk News. ^ | 05-14-2012 | Gaeb Suarez
    Fear! and being the first man I want to post a comment on this. FEAR! It is the life draining emotion. It is what keeps you from accomplishing and doing and starting. It is excessively protectful. It is how animals think...the kind of animals that get eaten. Fear is destructive in that it prevents you from doing anything at all other than running away or hunkering in a fetal "down and cover". Fear thrives on pessimism and complaining. The man that wakes every morning, walks outside and smiles at the bright sun and blue sky and cinches down the ruck,...
  • Mitt Romney on Cuban Independence Day: The fight for a free Cuba has taken far too long

    05/20/2012 6:15:59 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 20 | Andrew Malcolm
    h/t brand new Freeper and webmaster of the Martinez Report:
  • Exploratory oil well off Cuba comes up dry

    05/19/2012 11:36:02 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    AP/NY Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | Peter Orsi
    An exploratory oil well off the northern coast of Cuba has proved a failure and will be capped and abandoned. “Mapping an (offshore) oil field is like trying to draw a map of a city when all you have is one in 10 lampposts working and a bit of a fog,’’ Rix said by phone from Madrid. “It’s very hard to do, so I can’t draw any conclusions from one well about the whole rest of it.’’ Nor does the failed well mean that the rest of Cuba’s offshore exploratory area, which has been estimated to hold 5 billion to...
  • Cuba mulls legalizing gay marriage

    05/10/2012 11:43:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:56AM BST 11 May 2012 | (agencies)
    Cuba could pass legislation allowing same-sex marriage later this year, according to the daughter of President Raúl Castro. Mariela Castro, the country’s premier sexologist, made the remarks one day after US President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, but said Cuba still needs to be "more revolutionary" in its treatment of gays. Ms. Castro said she "has the hope that this year" parliament will pass legislation to legalize gay marriage in Cuba, although the bill under debate by lawmakers here "sad to say is not everything that we would have hoped for." Castro looked to another of its neighbors, Argentina,...

    05/10/2012 10:33:29 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 117 replies
    Free Republic -- AmericanInTokyo ^ | 11 May 2012 | AmericanInTokyo
    Looks like the end is drawing near, and one can smell sulphur. I will guess first. (Location is optional but I put one down anyway). Please join, too.
  • Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms

    05/02/2012 5:25:04 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    TimesOfIsrael ^ | May 1, 2012 | Hillary Zaken and AP
    Israel, only 'free' country in the region, ranks 65th in the world for press freedoms Freedom House Report: Israel maintains 'free' status, though just barely By Hillary Zaken and AP May 1, 2012, 12:07Global media freedom showed no overall decline for the first time in eight years, according to Freedom House's annual survey of freedom of the press, released Tuesday. Israel was ranked the only Free country in the Middle East and North Africa, with a rating of 30.The rating ties it with Greece and makes it the 65th most free country in the world for press freedoms.As decades-old authoritarian...
  • NYT Blogger: 'Cuba May Be the Most Feminist Country in Latin America'

    05/01/2012 4:31:35 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 1, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Forget the fact that Cuba is a one-party totalitarian state where leadership is entirely dependent on how closely related one is to a certain Fidel Castro rather than any electoral process. The good news is that "Cuba may be the most feminist country in Latin America." That laughable premise has been published by New York Times blogger Luisita Lopez Torregrosa. Of course, that revelation would be news to the best known female group in Cuba, the Ladies In White (photo) who have been oppressed by the Communist regime and their thugs. Ms Torregrosa bases much of her analysis on the...

    05/12/2008 4:10:03 PM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 99+ views
    IMRA ^ | 5-12-08
    HIZBOLLAH VICTIMS BRING HISTORIC CIVIL SUIT AGAINST MEGA-BANK May 12, 2008 For Immediate Release VICTIMS OF HIZBOLLAH MISSILE ATTACKS BRING HISTORIC CIVIL ACTION AGAINST UBS IN NEW YORK FEDERAL COURT A group of American victims of Iranian sponsored terror have filed a civil action in the United States District Court for the Southern District against the Swiss mega-bank, UBS AG. The plaintiffs, all of whom had family members injured or killed in Iranian-backed terror attacks, allege that UBS' unlawful eight year-long provision of financial services to the Islamic Republic at the time Iran was providing material support to terrorist organizations...
  • Miami perhaps moving past Ozzie Guillen’s comments [What if he said he "loved" George Zimmerman?]

    04/18/2012 4:53:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 4/18/12 | Greg Cote
    Maybe Miami is changing, maturing, growing. Maybe Miami is moving on. Maybe the city at large and especially its Cuban population are increasingly able to show the devil 90 miles south that he holds less and less sway over our psyche — and if you don’t believe it you should have been around Marlins Park on Tuesday evening. The night was not about politics and protests, after all. Blessedly it was all about baseball, for a change — and all cheers when Hanley Ramirez’s eighth-inning, three-run blast animated that freaky home run sculpture and beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2.
  • An Anniversary of Heroism and Shame: The Bay of Pigs (This day on April 17, 1961)

    04/17/2012 1:31:34 PM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 17, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    "They fought like tigers," writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 51 years ago today. "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 and Korea's Heartbreak Ridge. But in those battles Lynch and his band of brothers counted on the support of their Commander in Chief. At the Bay of Pigs, Grayston Lynch (an American) and his band of brothers (Cubans)...
  • Latin America rebels against Obama over Cuba

    04/15/2012 2:03:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | April 15, 2012 | Andrew Cawthorn
    CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Unprecedented Latin American opposition to U.S. sanctions on Cuba left President Barack Obama isolated at a summit on Sunday and illustrated Washington's declining influence in a region being aggressively courted by China. Unlike the rock-star status he enjoyed at the 2009 Summit of the Americas after taking office, Obama has had a bruising time at the two-day meeting in Colombia of some 30 heads of state. For the first time, conservative-led U.S. allies like Mexico and Colombia are throwing their weight behind the traditional demand of leftist governments that Cuba be invited to the next Summit...
  • Cuban bar group backs out of Marlins event over Guillen flap

    04/12/2012 12:21:40 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 4/12/12 | DOUGLAS HANKS
    Miami’s Cuban American Bar Association on Wednesday dropped out as a sponsor of Lawyer Appreciation Night at the Marlins ballpark next week. The Miami-based legal group said it can’t support the event after Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen declared he had “respect” for Fidel Castro’s ability to remain alive and in power. The comments sparked a furor throughout Miami’s Cuban-American community, and led to an apology by Guillen and the team suspending him for five games. “CABA will not support any organization whose public spokesman expresses sympathy for that regime,’’ the group’s statement read. The April 17 event consists mainly of...
  • Fidel Castro mocks Obama over shirt

    04/09/2012 12:31:23 PM PDT · by boughtwithaprice · 6 replies
    Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has mocked the idea that US President Barack Obama could wear a "guayabera" shirt at an upcoming Americas summit in Colombia, while opposing Cuba's presence at the event.
  • (Miami Marlins manager) Ozzie Guillen 'against' Fidel Castro

    04/08/2012 9:46:31 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    espn ^ | 4-2012
    CINCINNATI -- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen apologized Saturday for telling a magazine he loves Fidel Castro, two days after saying he gets drunk at the hotel bar after every game and has been doing so "for 25, 28 years. It doesn't change." Guillen told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. When Guillen read his comments Friday, he said he felt sick because he knew how people would react. The Castro comment also prompted the team to issue a statement denouncing the Cuban dictator. "There is nothing to respect about Fidel Castro....
  • 43 arrested in post-papal visit Cuba crackdown

    04/05/2012 5:07:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert
    At least 43 Cuban dissidents have been arrested in areas near where Pope Benedict XVI visited last week, dissidents said Tuesday, as the United States urged their immediate release. "We have been able to confirm that 43 opposition members have been detained -- 10 women and 33 men -- in a crackdown on Monday in the Santiago de Cuba area. All remain under arrest," said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the outlawed but tolerated Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission.
  • Venezuela’s Chavez Returns to Cuba for Next Round of Treatment

    04/04/2012 9:10:02 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | April 4,2012 | Staff
    Chavez (is in) Havana. where he will continue radiation therapy he began a week ago. The return of Chavez to Cuba on Saturday came 72 hours after he had jetted back to Caracas after being on the island {Cuba) for five days to undergo the first radiation sessions.
  • Cuba makes Good Friday a holiday after papal trip

    04/01/2012 6:24:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2012
    Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week's Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island's 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will be permanent will have to wait. The Communist government said in a communique Saturday that the decision was made in light of the success of Benedict's "transcendental visit" to the country, which wrapped up Wednesday. It said the Council of Ministers, Cuba's supreme governing body, will decide later whether to make the holiday permanent. Benedict's appeal was reminiscent of his predecessor John...
  • Pope, Just Back From Trip, Celebrates Palm Sunday (with good news from Cuba)

    04/01/2012 5:03:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 1, 2012 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Benedict XVI has kicked off the Catholic Church's Holy Week celebrations with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square and good news from Cuba. Cuba's communist government on Saturday agreed to Benedict's request to make Good Friday a holiday, a request made during his visit to the Caribbean island last week. The day, which is celebrated this Friday, marks the solemn commemoration of Christ's death. On Sunday, Benedict traveled into St. Peter's Square on the back of a white jeep at the start of Palm Sunday Mass, which marks Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem and inaugurates Holy Week. Benedict...
  • Cuba Declares Good Friday Holiday After Pope Visit

    03/31/2012 3:43:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/31/12
    Cuba's Communist government has declared Good Friday next week to be a public holiday following an appeal from Pope Benedict. The Pope made the request during his recent visit to the island. Good Friday is the day Catholics commemorate the death of Christ, and is a central part of Easter celebrations. It is the first time it has been recognised as a public holiday in Cuba since the 1960s, when religious holidays were abolished. President Raul Castro took the decision in light of the success of the Pope's "transcendental visit", the Cuban government said in a statement. The holiday will...

    03/28/2012 3:10:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Seen and Unseen ^ | March 28, 2012 | Raymond Arroyo
    Pope Benedict has issued a series of subtle, but powerful messages to the oppressed people of Cuba and to the Castro government. Here are a sampling of some of his more important utterances:TRUTH "The truth is a desire of the human person, the search for which always supposes the exercise of authentic freedom... On the other hand, there are those who wrongly interpret this search for the truth, leading them to irrationality and fanaticism; they close themselves up in "their truth", and try to impose it on others.... Each human being has to seek the truth and to choose...
  • Pope meets Cuban President

    03/28/2012 12:02:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 28, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI (L) and Cuba's President Raul Castro shake hands after a mass at Revolution Square in Havana March 28, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI met with Cuban President Raul Castro, on Tuesday, in a private encounter that lasted for over 40 minutes. Papal spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, described as very cordial and constructive. Though we don’t know the details of their conversation, Fr Lombardi said the Pope reiterated concerns he has spoken about in public regarding the freedom of the Church to contribute more fully to the life and well being of all people here. One specific request...
  • Icons of hope in Havana (300 thousand Cubans fill Revolution Square)

    03/28/2012 11:40:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 28, 2012
    An estimated 300 thousand Cuban faithful filled Havana’s Revolution Square for an open air Mass presided over by Pope Benedict XVI on the final day of his visit to the Americas. Philippa Hitchen was among them and sends us this report:On a trip to the Cuban capital a few years back, the granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway was heard to remark that Cuba has three icons: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and her grandfather. Certainly the American author and journalist is still revered around here with hotels, bars and restaurants named after him and his medal for the 1954 Nobel...
  • Cuban authorities round up activists and block communications as Pope ends visit

    03/28/2012 11:37:50 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 3 replies
    Amnesty International ^ | 28 March 2012 | Amnesty International
    Cuban human rights activists are facing a surge in harassment in a bid to silence them during the Pope's visit, Amnesty International said. The clampdown has seen an increase in arrests, activists' phones have been disconnected and some have had their houses surrounded to prevent them denouncing abuses during Pope Benedict's tour. Local human rights organizations, including the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, had their phone lines cut off since Monday. The mobile phones of prominent activists and government critics are suddenly unreachable. “The communications’ blockade and the detention of more than 150 political opponents is yet...
  • Has the (Catholic) Church Gone Soft on Communism?

    03/27/2012 3:01:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2012 | William Doino Jr.
    Has the Catholic Church gone soft on Communism? It seems an absurd question, given the Church’s record against it, but one might have thought as much, given some of the commentary leading up to Pope Benedict’s visit to Cuba. A week ago, Mary Anastasia O’Grady, the respected Latin affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, reported on the “deep frustration” of Cuba’s human-rights defenders who feel abandoned by the Church. She was followed by Senator Marco Rubio, who expressed fear that the Catholic hierarchy had “negotiated themselves a space of operation” in Cuba, “in exchange for looking the other way”...
  • Man (shouting: down with Communism”) arrested in Santiago de Cuba during Pope’s first mass

    03/27/2012 2:09:34 PM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    Univision News ^ | March 27, 2012
    UNIVISION NEWS Channel: Latin American Affairs As Pope Benedict XVI got ready to deliver his first mass in Santiago de Cuba to tens of thousands of people on Monday, a man in the crowd burst out yelling “down with Communism” and “there’s no freedom in Cuba.” Univision’s cameras caught the moment as the man was whisked away from the plaza by plain clothes security agents. He was subsequently beaten with a stretcher by another man wearing a Red Cross vest, prompting speculation on whether this man was falsely using the Red Cross’s insignia.
  • Pope Benedict XVI Visit to the Shrine of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

    03/27/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    EWTN ^ | March 27, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI kneels at the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre in El Cobre village on the outskirts of Santiago de Cuba March 27, 2012. Visit to the Shrine of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre On Tuesday morning, 27 March 2012, the Holy Father visited the house of the statue of Our Lady of Charity, where he entrusted to her the future of their country and encouraged them to build their lives on Christ, following the the Virgin's example. Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have come as a pilgrim to the house of the blessed statue of...
  • Pope says Church needs more freedom to help Cuba change (celebrates mass in Santiago)

    03/27/2012 5:32:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 26, 2012 | Simon Gardner and Philip Pullella
    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (Reuters) - Pope Benedict arrived in Cuba on Monday and told the government it had nothing to fear from the Catholic Church, asking for more freedoms to help the communist country in times of change. Just three days after saying that communism no longer works in Cuba, the pope took a softer stance as he landed in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba for a three-day trip aimed at boosting the Church's role on the island. The 84-year-old German pope delivered a carefully worded, nuanced and balanced arrival address after he was greeted warmly by...
  • Pope arrives in Cuba, first papal visit since 1998

    03/26/2012 4:00:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 11+ views
    AFP ^ | March 26, 2012
    >Pope Benedict XVI arrived Monday in Cuba seeking to boost his Church's special dialogue with the Communist regime, as dissidents said more than 150 people were arrested to derail protests. President Raul Castro and a delegation of church officials greeted the 84-year-old pontiff at the airport in Santiago, Cuba's second largest city, where a massive crowd was expected to gather for mass later in the day.After a visit to predominantly Roman Catholic Mexico, the pontiff is seeking to bolster close church-state ties in Cuba -- the Americas' only one-party Communist state -- while also urging authorities to embrace change."I come...
  • Crackdown on Dissidents Precedes Pope's Arrival in Cuba

    03/26/2012 2:10:07 PM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Latino FoxNews ^ | March 26, 2012
    At least 70 dissidents including members of the the Ladies in White, a prominent group of wives and family members of jailed political opponents to the Cuban government, have been arrested by Cuban authorities in an effort to prevent demonstrations during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, opposition organizations say.
  • Raul Castro lashes out at the US as he greets the Pope

    03/26/2012 12:49:20 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies · 1+ views
    I am listening to tnis moron as he mentions (Today, 3:42 pm ET) referring to the 'Bay of Pigs' as the "infamous' incident, and that US cuases hunger in the area...
  • Caption: Pope heads to Cuba, seeking change and faith revival (Vaya con dios, Mejico!)

    03/26/2012 11:44:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo Photos ^ | 3/26/12 | Reuters
    Pope Benedict XVI wears a sombrero, a traditional Mexican hat, while being driven through the crowd before officiating a mass in Silao March 25, 2012. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano