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  • Blaming America First, From Ninety Miles Away

    12/23/2014 8:55:00 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 23, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Since The Resident’s unexpected and unethical decision to unilaterally discard a half-century of history and reopen diplomatic relations with the Castro brothers’ prison colony known as Cuba, a particularly destructive claim has resurfaced, one that merits careful analysis and rejection. For decades now, the Left has spouted a peculiar claim – that Cuba is poor because of our 54-year-long embargo against the communist country. If the reader has compassion for the suffering denizens of that miserable island, this has to be a strong argument, but it’s wrong – utterly without merit, in fact – for several critical reasons. The claim...
  • Andrew Klavan: Putin's Secret Message to Obama (video)

    08/07/2014 4:26:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies ^ | 8-7-2014 | Andrew Klaven
    Putin's Secret Message to ObamaI’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Ever since President Obama took office, he’s been making friendly overtures to the Russians, trying to “press the reset button” in relations between our two countries. In 2012, the president was even caught on an open mike promising he’d have more “flexibility” to cave in to Russian demands after he was re-elected. Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded warmly to Obama’s gestures by warmly cheating on our arms treaties, warmly supporting our enemies in Syria, warmly annexing Crimea, and warmly abetting the destruction of a Malaysian airliner...
  • The Last Communist City

    05/13/2014 3:05:22 PM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 10 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...
  • Lessons learned on Bay of Pigs anniversary

    04/18/2014 7:06:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Amrican Thinker ^ | April 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Fifty-three years ago, my father had a meeting on the other side of town in Havana where we lived at the time. Cuba was in turmoil and opposition to Castro was widespread as more and more people saw communists in positions of responsibility. At mid-morning, my dad called my mom and told her that something was happening in Cuba. Our phone kept ringing as friends and neighbors spread the news. Humberto Fontova recalls the events of that day: ""Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 48 years ago this week. “Cuba is...
  • Russian spy ship docked in Havana

    02/26/2014 6:13:23 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 26, 2014 | AFP
    Havana (AFP) - A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The Vishnya, or Meridian-class intelligence ship, which has a crew of around 200, went into service in the Black Sea in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the northern fleet, Russian media sources said.

    02/26/2014 6:35:47 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 84 replies
    (AFP)—A Russian warship was docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Communist Cuba or its state media. The Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring 91.5 meters (300 feet) long and 14.5 meters wide, was docked at the port of Havana's cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The ship is reportedly armed with 30mm guns and anti-aircraft missiles.
  • Internet access now a reality for some Cubans, but not cheap at $4.50 an hour

    08/07/2013 1:13:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    To the soundtrack of fingers banging on keyboards, a cluster of Internet users recently caught up on their e-mails, updated their statuses on Facebook and looked for love on The activity would seem unremarkable in any other Internet cafe except there were no lattes for sale and no soft-rock music being piped over speakers, and the owner of "the cafe" is the Cuban government. The "navigation hall" as such establishments are called here, is one of 118 government-run Internet access points that Cuban authorities opened in June, marking a small step towards greater connectivity in a country with some...
  • The Man Who Killed Leon Trotsky

    01/15/2009 11:58:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,869+ views ^ | Dec 28, 2008
    Ramón Mercader from Barcelona killed Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico City. On 20th August 1940, the exiled Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded at his home in a suburb of Mexico City when an ice axe was driven into his skull. He cried out to his guards as they burst into his study, ‘Don’t kill him! He must talk.’ Despite struggling fiercely, and even managing to bite the hand of his assassin, Trotsky died the next day, and the man who wielded the murder weapon was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He insisted throughout his trial and his...
  • If You Thought Life Was Bad in Cuba for the Ordinary José- Wait 'til You See the Prisons

    01/25/2013 3:20:10 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    'Slave-like conditions, dismantling cars...' While the communist Castro regime likes to complain loudly about US activities at Gitmo -both real and imagined- maybe first they ought to answer a few questions about how they've been treating all the Cuban citizens locked-up down there... Of course, many of them were put in the slammer for dubious political offenses -like daring to complain about Cuban socialism's myriad failures- with 7000+ arrested just last year for peaceful political protest. But for any in the States who think Havana's liberalizing, hardly: a human rights group reported this week that the overall number of political prisoners...
  • Chavez' Term Ends Today/Will Not Take New Oath, Violates Constitution: DOES U.S. RECOGNIZE CHAVEZ?

    01/09/2013 7:58:30 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    Dictator Hugo Chavez and friend of Sean Penn and Oliver Stone was mandated to take a sworn presidential oath before the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela this morning due to the specifics of their Constitution and that he won the Oct. election (unfortunately) for another six-year term starting today. However Hugo "smells of sulphur", it is reported, and is out of the country and deathly ill in Havana, Cuba of apparently malignant cancer, so he is not exercising his duties in addition to being absent from the country in the first place. There are succession plans in place in Venezuelan...
  • Cuba after 2012: Unknowns in 2013

    12/21/2012 10:43:20 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Havana Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | Isaac Risco (dpa)
    It was a year marked by the long awaited immigration reform (that 0 couldn't or never meant to deliver) the visit by Pope Benedict XVI, the "accidental" death of Oswaldo Paya, hurricane Sandy striking eastern Eastern Cuba suffered the worst hurricane damage in perhaps 50 years in Hurricane Sandy. Hundreds of thousands of homes were wrecked .( + attendant cholera and dengue fever)
  • Carter plans trip to Cuba at government's invite

    03/25/2011 1:34:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2011
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter is set to arrive in Cuba next week for a visit at the invitation of the Cuban government. The Atlanta-based Carter Center says the ex-president and his wife Rosalynn will arrive in Havana on Monday and meet with President Raul Castro.
  • CUBAN COMMUNIST PARTY NEWS SERVICE "La Prensa Latina" Positive Coverage of Obamacare/Iowa Visit

    03/25/2010 2:19:36 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 4 replies · 447+ views
    La Prensa Latina (Havana, Cuba) in Spanish ^ | 25 March 2010 | La Prensa Latina, Communist Cuba
    The Che Guevara-founded, official wire service of the Government of Communist Cuba, La Prensa Latina, reports Mr. Obama's victory tour to Iowa to bolster support for his Obamacare. (Link to article in Spanish above), and HERE.
  • Sign of the times: America caves to Cuban censorship

    07/29/2009 10:06:35 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 4 replies · 593+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 30, 2009 | Editorial
    The Obama administration has caved to demands from Fidel and Raul Castro's government to shut down a U.S.-sponsored electronic billboard in Havana. This is a symbolic step backward in America's mission to promote freedom.
  • U.S. turns off news ticker that angered Havana

    07/27/2009 9:38:18 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 15 replies · 1,120+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 27, 2009 | Marc Frank
    HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States has turned off a news ticker at its diplomatic mission in Havana that had long irritated the Cuban government, in another sign of efforts to improve relations with Havana, western diplomats said. The ticker, which streamed news, political statements and messages blaming Cuba's problems on the country's communist system and socialist economy, had infuriated former President Fidel Castro when it was turned on in January 2006 at a moment of high political tension with Washington. President Raul Castro took over from ailing elder brother Fidel last year.
  • Havana Geography [Shameless Vanity]

    04/19/2009 10:18:06 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 9 replies · 630+ views
    Google Maps ^ | April 19, 2009 | Google Maps
    Some place in Havana I just happened to be touring Havana via Google Maps, and came across this strange grey area. Zooming in as far as I can go, I can't figure out what this is. There's a big monument in the center that seems to surrounded by teeny little buildings.
  • Fidel Castro walks in Havana streets, Chavez says

    02/27/2009 3:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 604+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/09 | Frank Jack Daniel
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Cuba's ailing former leader Fidel Castro, not seen in public for almost three years, walked the streets of Havana in a "miracle" that made people cry, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday. Chavez, a close friend of the legendary revolutionary, spent several hours with Castro in Cuba last weekend and said he was in his best health since falling ill in July 2006. Other regional leaders have also described Castro as looking well in recent weeks. Chavez's account of the walk and a trip to visit farmland may indicate an improvement in Castro's health. Castro's frail...
  • The Batista and Bush clans have their candidate for 2012

    01/21/2009 9:10:54 AM PST · by em2vn · 10 replies · 1,446+ views
    Grandma International ^ | 12-08-09 | Jean-Guy Allard
    EVEN before the conclusion of the George W. Bush mandate, the most recalcitrant of Miami’s Cuban-American mafia, fleeced by their blind alliance with John McCain, have selected their Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential elections; no less than Jeb Bush. The association of the heirs of the Batista dictatorship with McCain was never a matter of chance; the U.S. media corporations were very careful to erase from the history of the Republican politician his particular links with the Cuba of Batista. On marrying Cindy Hensley on his arrival in Arizona, where he began his political career in 1982, McCain attached...
  • Fidel Castro: Corrupt judges hurt Cuban Olympians

    08/26/2008 9:09:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 276+ views
    AP ^ | August 25, 2008
    Fidel Castro says corrupt judges are to blame for Cuba's sub-par showing at the Beijing Olympics. Castro alleges that judges blatantly stole semifinal fights from two Cuban boxers, and that a judge must have been bribed in the case of Angel Matos, who kicked a referee in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal taekwondo match.
  • Cuba lifts ban on home computers

    05/03/2008 10:37:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies · 464+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3 May 2008 | Michael Voss
    The first legalised home computers have gone on sale in Cuba, but a ban remains on internet access. This is the latest in a series of restrictions on daily life which President Raul Castro has lifted in recent weeks. Crowds formed at the Carlos III shopping centre in Havana, though most had come just to look. The desktop computers cost almost $800 (£400), in a country where the average wage is under $20 (£10) a month. But some Cubans do have access to extra income, much of it from money sent by relatives living abroad.
  • Havana, Berkeley sister cities? (Gotta read this!)

    03/02/2008 8:19:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 247+ views
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | March 2, 2008 | Robert Hallstrom
    MY INVISIBLE FRIEND dropped by the other day, fresh from her poetry group in Berkeley. I'm not sure why she doesn't just move over there because she does something in that city nearly every day. On Mondays, she is on campus to protest the war, on Tuesdays, she marches in front of the Marine recruiting office and on Wednesdays, she pickets the largest employer in town because it is the largest employer in town, so it must be corrupt, polluting and unfair to its workers. And on Fridays, she works the phones in some storefront raising funds for obscure left-wing...
  • Cigar festival lights up Havana

    02/27/2008 12:52:02 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 200+ views
    Cigar festival lights up Havana Cigar aficionados celebrate Cuba's tradition of fine cigar making at a week-long festival in Havana. One-third of the 400 million hand-rolled cigars sold in the world each year are Cuban, but they are banned in the United States under four-decade-old trade sanctions against Cuba's communist government.
  • Havin a ball in Havana-Cindy Adams loving Cuba

    07/09/2007 12:13:02 PM PDT · by mandingo republican · 10 replies · 1,007+ views
    NY Post ^ | 7-8-07 | Cindy Adams
    July 8, 2007 -- HAVANA - It's a short distance from the United States but Cuba doesn't know from Rosie/Donald/Barbara and that blond ditz, wouldn't know Paris Hilton from O.J. Simpson and even those few with a satellite dish never mention the Iraq war. By phone a friend from Martha's Vineyard reported excitedly, "Jake Gyllenhaal's here. I just saw him sitting on his mother's porch." Share this with your guide and it's Jake Who? There's only one lone pop-culture name everybody knows and that's Michael Moore, whose "Sicko" was filmed partly in their Hospital Ameijeiras. Cuba lives in yesterday.
  • Johnny Depp Diggs Che

    06/04/2007 2:36:09 PM PDT · by slickeroo · 23 replies · 823+ views
    Human Events ^ | 6/4/07 | Humberto Fontova
    Johnny Depp 'Digs' Che by Humberto Fontova Posted: 06/04/2007 The cover of the current Rolling Stone magazine features mega movie star Johnny Depp hugging mega rock star Keith Richards. In the world's top-grossing movie of the moment these two "blood brothers," as Rolling Stone calls them, team up as father-son. Throughout the RS article, Depp, who moved to Hollywood as an amateur rock guitarist only to see his fortunes blossom elsewhere in the entertainment industry, gushes about the Rolling Stones, and Keith Richards in particular, as his " models, inspiration," etc. etc. Hanging from Depp's neck during the Rolling Stone...
  • Cubans Feel Betrayed By Tourist Playground

    02/12/2007 7:33:35 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 882+ views
    Cubans feel betrayed by tourist playground Last Updated: 2:58am GMT 13/02/2007 Carlos swung his legs over the sea wall bordering one side of Havana's famous Malecon seafront promenade and looked on curiously as a 1957 Chevrolet with an open top slowed to allow its passengers to photograph the faded facade of a colonial building. "They watch us and we watch them," he said with a resigned laugh as the tourists turned their cameras to capture the image of a young boy optimistically fishing in the oily waters. A tourist horse and trap pass infront of a Che Guevara mural "It's...
  • 14-year-old student flees to Cuba

    09/27/2006 3:46:23 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 39 replies · 1,321+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 09-27-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    A 14-year-old West Miami-Dade boy ran away from home last week, boarded a plane and took a startling international flight alone-to Havana, his father said Tuesday.
  • Nonaligned Movement's Final Declaration

    09/16/2006 8:57:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies · 1,173+ views
    AP ^ | 9/16/6
    Some highlights from the Nonaligned Movement summit's final declaration. TERRORISM: Denounces the brutalization of peoples under foreign occupation as the gravest form of terrorism. Asks that terrorism not be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group and that it be recognized that the struggle of peoples under colonial or alien domination does not constitute terrorism. MIDEAST CONFLICTS: Strongly condemns "the relentless Israeli aggression launched against Lebanon." Promotes a revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Supports the Palestinian people's "inalienable right to self-determination in their independent and sovereign State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital." NUCLEAR IRAN: Defends...
  • Ahmadinejad to Cuba, New York

    09/06/2006 11:35:43 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 21 replies · 784+ views
    Drudge ^ | September 6, 2006
    Ahmadinejad to Cuba, New York Wed Sep 06 2006 20:23:38 ET Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to attend the summit of Non-Aligned Movement countries in the Cuban capital Havana in mid-September, an official said Wednesday. "The president will take part in the summit of Non-Aligned countries in Havana," said the official from the president's office, who asked not to be named. The summit of the 116-nation grouping is to take place between September 11-16, and Ahmadinejad is also expected to attend the UN General Assembly in New York that starts on September 12, the official said. MORE Ahmadinejad said in...
  • Raul Castro makes 1st public appearance (greets Hugo Chavez at the Havana airport)

    08/13/2006 12:01:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 757+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/06 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA - Fidel Castro's younger brother, Raul, made his first public appearance as Cuba's interim president Sunday, receiving Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Havana airport. Chavez arrived to celebrate the elder Castro's 80th birthday. Earlier, Fidel Castro cautioned Cubans that he faced a long recovery from surgery and advised them to prepare for "adverse news," but he urged them to stay optimistic. Castro said his health had improved since an unspecified intestinal ailment forced him to step aside as president two weeks ago, but he warned that risks remain. "I feel very happy," said a statement attributed to Castro...
  • Star's man in Havana caught by Castro

    08/06/2006 3:41:00 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 23 replies · 1,909+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | August 4 | Tim Harper
    Star reporter in Havana gets a taste of official Cuba at its most oppressive HAVANA—"Mr. Timothy, you must come with me. There is a problem in your room." I had just tucked into a pork sandwich at the hotel bar when the ominous voice from behind stopped me in mid-bite. I was about to get a hard lesson in the sensitivity to foreign journalists poking around in Cuba as long-time President Fidel Castro — potentially — lingers near death.
  • Ailing Castro said to be recovering

    08/05/2006 6:38:22 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 16 replies · 652+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 08/5/06 | Marc Frank
    Cuban President Fidel Castro was well enough to be eating and sitting up, government sources said on Saturday, but the longtime leader remained out of sight following surgery that forced him to temporarily cede power to his brother Raul. Cuban officials gave assurances that the 79-year-old former guerrilla fighter was recovering well, although one news report quoted Brazilian officials as saying he had stomach cancer and an unfavorable prognosis. The report by one of Brazil's top newspapers was denied by the Brazilian government. Bolivian President Evo Morales, in a speech to lawmakers in Sucre, Bolivia, attended by Cuban Vice President...
  • Castro hands power to brother during surgery

    07/31/2006 6:33:36 PM PDT · by tdewey10 · 521 replies · 35,495+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/31/06 | CNN
    Cuban President Fidel Castro is transferring power provisionally to brother Raul while he undergoes an operation, Cuban TV announces.

    06/21/2006 1:59:52 AM PDT · by CHACHI · 15 replies · 879+ views
    FOR FREEDOM-JUSTICE GROUP ^ | Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton
    I wish it could have been sooner. But now is better than never for people who have been suffering the biased reporting of this “reporter’s reporter” for way too many years. Rather’s endless love affair with the tyrant-for-life of Cuba made him infamous among Cubans as he not only nauseated, ulcerated and may have caused high blood pressure, heart burn and heart attacks in Cuban Americans in the U.S. With the false image of Castro that Rather promoted, he caused a lot of pain and suffering for the Cuban’s surviving under Castro’s boots. How many more people died in the...
  • Fidel Castro: Zarqawi Killing a 'Barbarity'

    06/11/2006 5:58:43 AM PDT · by edpc · 72 replies · 4,077+ views ^ | June 10, 2006 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    President Fidel Castro called the U.S. airstrike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a "barbarity," saying he should have been put on trial. The United States acted as "judge and jury" against the leader of the al-Qaida in Iraq, Castro said late Friday. "They bragged, they were practically drunk with happiness." "The accused cannot just be eliminated," he told a literacy conference. "This barbarity cannot be done." The U.S. military has said al-Zarqawi initially survived the dropping of two 500-pound bombs on his hide-out Wednesday, but died a short time later. Castro said if Cuba used the same logic, it could...
  • Castro Buys New Presidential Jet ($110M)

    03/11/2006 8:10:34 AM PST · by ChuckShick · 34 replies · 1,656+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/10/06 | BBC?
    The luxury plane was exported to Havana from Russia Cuba is buying one of Russia's most up-to-date airliners, carefully crafted for President Fidel Castro's personal comfort. The purchase is part of an initial Cuban order for two brand new Ilyushin planes worth $110 million (£63 million) which Russian officials say is a shot in the arm for their struggling airline industry. To head off criticism that a new presidential jet is an expensive luxury in austere times, Cuba says one of its new planes is being used to ferry workers to and from Venezuela. To finance the deal, Cuba has...
  • Eleven Cities Want Dem Convention in 2008

    02/28/2006 11:37:13 AM PST · by rebrane · 40 replies · 2,338+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 27, 2006 | Will Lester
    WASHINGTON Feb 27, 2006 (AP)-- Eleven cities have shown interest in playing host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, twice the number of cities that applied to get the 2004 gathering. The DNC initially sent out letters to more than 30 cities, giving them an overview and finding out their level of interest. The 11 cities that said they were interested: Anaheim, Calif.; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; New Orleans; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix and San Antonio. Some of the cities are in critical swing states like Florida and Arizona, while others are in population centers like New...
  • Cigar lovers get whiff of paradise at Havana festival

    02/27/2006 9:34:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 687+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/06 | AFP
    HAVANA (AFP) - More than a thousand cigar lovers from 60 countries ringed the center of the cigar universe in Havana, comparing notes and celebrating Cuba's finest smokes. Distributors, specialists and simple aficionados packed opening day of the Eighth Habanos Festival, an annual event sponsored by Habanos, a global distributor of the esteemed Cuban cigar. British actor Joseph Fiennes was among a hundred celebrities on hand for the festivities, dedicated this year to Habanos' leading brand, Cohiba. The presence of the 36-year-old actor at the event, who played the lead of Will Shakespeare in the 1998 film comedy "Shakespeare in...
  • Eye of the Storm: Bianca, Free Akbar Ganji [Must Read]

    12/07/2005 12:00:02 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 19 replies · 3,256+ views
    Iran va Jahan ^ | Wednesday, December 07, 2005 | Amir Taheri
    It all started as a rather pleasant, if not exciting evening. We had heard a speech from British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw once again trying to "explain" the evil of Islamofascim in pseudo-theological, rather than political, terms. But that had been compensated for with a poem from the great mystic poet Roumi recited by Iranian journalist Nazanin Ansari. Apart from the usual contingent of "the great and the good" most of the 800 or so people present were media people and their friends, come to cheer or boo as the Foreign Press Association in London distributed its annual prizes. The...
  • FIDEL'S EXECUTIONER (this should be read by the little airheaded idiots who wear "Che" t-shirts)

    10/24/2005 8:37:01 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 35 replies · 6,050+ views
    front page mag ^ | 10-05 | Humberto Fontova
    Fidel's ExecutionerBy Humberto | October 14, 2005 This is the fourth article in our "Leftwing Monsters" series, the first of which featured Humberto Fontova's profile of Fidel Castro. "Leftwing Monsters" is a feature of where the entire series will be archived -- The Editors.In August of 1960, a year and a half after Che Guevara entered Havana ahead of his "column" of "guerrillas," Time magazine featured the revolutionary comandante on its cover and crowned him the "Brains of the Cuban Revolution." (Fidel Castro was "the heart" and Raul Castro "the fist.") "Wearing a smile of melancholy sweetness that many...
  • Cuban Blood Boils

    10/22/2005 11:01:53 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 31 replies · 1,502+ views
    Babalu ^ | Oct. 21, 2005 | Val Prieto
    Here's something to get you all riled up for the weekend... Join CODEPINK for New Year’s in Cuba December 27-January 2, 2006 Cuba is one of the most beautiful and fascinating countries on Earth—and George Bush says you can’t go there. Well, we’re going anyway, and we invite you to join us! This New Year’s CODEPINK will be organizing a large group of fun-loving and freedom-loving Americans to break George Bush’s ban on travel to Cuba. Join co-founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, together with Academy Award winning producer Paul Haggis, as we visit with farmers at their co-ops, doctors...
  • U.S. Tech Firms Help Governments Censor Internet (Iran & China included)

    07/18/2005 5:13:46 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 16 replies · 839+ views
    Fox News ^ | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Free speech advocates are frustrated with a host of American companies they say have been collaborating with oppressive regimes in countries like China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, to help them filter and monitor the Internet activity of their citizens. Big technology names like Microsoft, Yahoo! and Cisco have been criticized roundly in recent years for providing foreign governments with the tools they need to crack down on Internet use, but critics say they have not been able to do much more than complain. "These companies' lack of ethics is extremely worrisome," said Lucie Morillon, the Washington representative of...
  • Cuba - Departing U.S. Havana mission chief says Castro is "on last legs"

    07/05/2005 9:19:42 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 1,983+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | July 5, 2005
    Havana, Jul 5 (EFE).- The outgoing head of the U.S. Interests Section here used his last public speech to defend his confrontational approach to Cuba's Communist regime and to proclaim that change is inevitable on the island because Fidel Castro is close to collapse or death. "Castro's jerry-rigged system cannot last long. Everyone knows that it does not work and is held together by the force of one domineering personality. And that personality is literally on his last legs," James C. Cason said Monday night at the mission's U.S. Independence Day celebration. "Change is inevitable. I'm confident that the...
  • Castro and Terrorism: A Chronology

    06/11/2005 4:32:27 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 6 replies · 378+ views ^ | June 10, 2005 | Eugene Pons
    Since 1948 when, as a young student, Fidel Castro participated in the violence that rocked Colombian society and distributed anti-U.S. propaganda, he has been guided by two objectives: a commitment to violence and a virulent anti-Americanism. His struggle since and his forty-two years rule in Cuba have been characterized primarily by these goals. In the 1960's Castro and his brother, Raul, believed that the political and economic conditions that produced their revolution existed in Latin America and that anti-American revolutions would occur throughout the continent. Cuban agents and diplomats established contact with revolutionary, terrorist and guerrilla groups in the area...
  • CU: Liberals condemn U.S. on leftist movements (in Habana at anti-terror conference)

    06/04/2005 4:51:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 525+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/4/05 | Vanessa Arrington - AP
    HAVANA (AP) - Hundreds of intellectuals and politicians from Latin America's left gathered for an anti-terror conference in Cuba, but they never talked about al-Qaida, focusing instead on their own shared nemesis - the U.S. government. For decades, participants said, the United States was behind efforts to suppress leftist movements in Latin America, from the backing of the region's violent, right-wing military dictatorships in the 1970s and 1980s to current meddling in the politics of liberal-led countries. The policy, they said, has emerged again with the current handling of a Cuban militant wanted in Venezuela for an airliner bombing -...
  • Leftists accuse U.S. of harboring Cuban bomber (Terrorism Conference held in Havana)

    06/02/2005 4:50:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 571+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/02/05 | Anthony Boadle
    Leftists accuse U.S. of harboring Cuban bomber By Anthony Boadle 45 minutes ago HAVANA (Reuters) - Left-wing politicians and intellectuals attending a conference on terrorism in Cuba accused the U.S. government on Thursday of harboring a Cuban exile blamed for the bombing of an airliner in 1976. They said the Bush administration had a double standard in its post-9/11 war on terror because it refused to extradite former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela to stand trial for the downing of a Cuban plane that killed 73 people. The meeting, headed by Cuban President Fidel Castro at Havana's convention...
  • Chavez Moves Venezuela Caribbean Oil HQ To Havana, Cuba

    04/30/2005 8:33:52 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 284+ views
    The Devil's Excrement (Venezuela) ^ | May 1, 2005 | Miguel Octavio
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    03/19/2004 5:33:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 204+ views
    AP ^ | Mar.19, 2004
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    12/04/2003 11:27:42 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies · 296+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 12/4/2003 | Claudia Daut
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