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  • Sometimes it’s just so hard to be humble!

    07/09/2015 9:06:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/9/15 | Ed Wood
    Since I read a lot, and doing so makes it rather easy to connect the dots, I occasionally publish “Ed’s Fearless Forecasts.” They are generally distributed to a few faithful friends who will permit me to say “I told you so,” or have the good grace not to mention it when my forecasts fail. (My record, so far, is about 50/50.) Realizing that the closing of the “Guantanamo Naval Base and Prisoner Recreation Facility” is high on the President’s priority list, and observing that his several efforts at closing it have not been particularly successful, last December 18th I offered...
  • A Spanish investigation into the Russian mafia 'could change the narrative of Putin in the West'

    07/01/2015 4:26:25 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    BUSINESS INSIDER ^ | 30 Jun 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    (Reuters) Vladimir Putin with Jose Maria Aznar, then Spain's prime minister, at Moncloa Palace on June 13, 2000. One of Russia's largest organized-crime syndicates allegedly operated out of Spain for more than a decade with the help of close allies of President Vladimir Putin, then the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Bloomberg reports. Prosecutors in Madrid have filed a 488-page petition to charge 27 people with money laundering and fraud in connection to the St. Petersburg-based Tambov crime syndicate's setting up shop in Spain in 1996. Vladislav Reznik, now the deputy head of the finance committee in Russia's lower house...
  • US, Cuba to announce embassy openings Wednesday

    06/30/2015 5:37:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2015 | (Lucas Tomlinson, Kevin Corke and the Associated Press)
    President Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, an administration official confirmed to Fox News. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes and an opportunity to re-establish formal diplomatic relations. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies in each other’s capitals following the Dec. 17 announcement that they would move to restore ties. …
  • THE TRAIL OF BLOOD AND SUFFERING LEFT BY THE CASTRO BROTHERS TERROR NETWORK

    05/31/2015 6:05:46 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 19 replies
    5/31/2015 | self
    THE TRAIL OF BLOOD AND SUFFERING LEFT BY THE CASTRO BROTHERS TERROR NETWORKThe Castro brothers, mass murderer tyrants who terrorized a whole Island for over 56 years who killed, imprisoned, and tortured more Cubans per capita than Stalin during his reign of terror and founded and headed the most lethal international terror network is honored, embrace and rewarded by comrades Obama and Pope Francis.The trail of blood and suffering left by Castro’s exploits, especially throughout Africa and Latin America, has had no bearing on the Pope and on the American sycophants support for the longest lasting and most brutal regime...
  • Taken by Raúl - Castro regime steps up persecution of the church in eastern Cuba

    05/25/2015 4:38:54 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 05/15/2015 | J.C. Derrick
    Maranatha First Baptist Church is one of the largest congregations in Holguín, Cuba . . In early May Pastor Amado Ramírez Oliveros reported the long-awaited answer: Cuban authorities not only denied the construction permit, they announced the government is seizing the property that has belonged to the Eastern Baptist Convention since 1947. Maranatha will be forced to pay an unannounced amount of “rent” if it wants to remain in its building.
  • A drug cartel’s power in Venezuela

    05/25/2015 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | By Jackson Diehl
    Venezuela is afflicted with the world’s highest inflation, its second highest murder rate and crippling shortages of food, medicine and basic consumer goods. Its authoritarian government is holding some 70 political prisoners, including the mayor of Caracas and senior opposition leader Leopoldo López, and stands accused by human rights groups of illegal detentions, torture and repression of independent media. All of that is now pretty well known, and it is finally beginning to gain some attention from Latin American leaders who for years did their best to appease or ignore Hugo Chávez and his “Bolivarian Revolution.” What’s less understood is...
  • Letter to Pope Francis

    05/17/2015 12:35:45 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/17/15 | Obie Usategui
    We too, forgive his Holiness of all his wrongdoings, for HE too, does not appear to know what he is doing. May God save us all Your Holiness Pope Francis Apostolic Palace Vatican City 00120 Your Holiness: I am one of approximately one million Cubans, who, on a day like today, fled our homeland for good – a Caribbean island, who, discoverer Christopher Columbus, described as: “The most beautiful land that human eyes have ever beheld”. That was Cuba. That same island which on January 1st, 1959, would warmly welcome a cadre of bearded soldiers of fortune, dressed in olive...
  • Why is Castro's Cuba Suddenly Pro-Gay?

    05/14/2015 6:55:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    americanthinker ^ | May 14, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    “More than 1,000 gay, lesbian and transgender Cubans marched through Havana on Saturday,” reports Reuters, “proudly displaying their truest selves.” This once-unthinkable display in Cuba was no less than its eighth annual “March Against Homophobia and Transphobia.” This one took on extra special meaning for 20 couples who “symbolically exchanged” wedding vows, even as same-sex marriage remains illegal in Cuba, but obviously not for long. If this can happen under the dictatorial nose of despots Fidel and Raul Castro, then it’s already permissible. Gay Cubans erupted into a celebratory parade, banging conga drums and waving rainbow-colored banners. The special day...
  • Has the Catholic Church Changed So Much That Marxist Dictators Now Feel Welcome There?

    05/12/2015 8:31:38 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Apparently, the answer is ‘yes’: "Cuba has eased its persecution of religion in the last 23 years, but there have been few overtures suggesting the country’s executive office might be finding its faith. "That changed Sunday when President Raul Castro said the teachings of Pope Francis had persuaded him not only to take a softer line on religion, but perhaps to return to the Catholic Church and begin worshipping again as he once did, growing up in Jesuit schools." Now, you could interpret that to mean that Raul Castro has suddenly seen the light and decided that marxism is not...
  • Raul Castro and the Pope: A Real Conversion?

    05/12/2015 7:00:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/12/2015 | George Weigel
    “. . . they only heard it said, ‘He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy’. . . .” – Galatians 1:23 Has Cuban president Raúl Castro, once described by a senior Vatican official as a man with a soul “like a stone,” had a Damascus Road experience like Saint Paul, such that he’s now preaching the kind of politics he had long tried to destroy? Fidel Castro’s little brother and political heir was certainly suggesting as much, in remarks to the press after his May 10 visit at the Vatican with...
  • Pope Francis welcomes a sociopath at the Vatican

    05/11/2015 3:18:29 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 20 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 11, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Not many people, including Catholics, are aware of Raúl Castro's background. The brother of Fidel is in fact a sociopath who served as an executioner during the revolution as well as after his brother took power. Raúl was known for his ruthlessness and brutality. Years after the revolution, the homicidal maniac, who quite possibly is demon possessed, suggested that his nickname should be "Raúl the Terrible" for his role in hundreds of killings. He even executed a close friend, Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa, on orders from Fidel in 1989. Cubans who dare to criticize the government or the policies of this...
  • World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    05/10/2015 1:08:52 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 87 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.12.134:45 AM ET | Andrew Roberts
    The most extraordinary things about Stephen Harding's The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after Hitler’s suicide—three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. ‘Jack’ Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and...
  • Republic of Molossia Unveils New Visitor Center!

    05/11/2015 5:23:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    North America's answer to The Principality of Sealand -the self-declared micronation of Molossia (a few acres near Reno + colony in California)-  is proud to announce the opening of a glistening new visitor's center for international tourists... Surrounded on all sides by US/Nevada territory, landlocked Molossia was founded and has been run (with an iron fist!) by one Kevin Baugh since 1999.  A 2012 petition on WhiteHouse.gov meant to produce US recognition of Molossia's sovereignty failed to gain the required number of signatures, yet His Excellency continues to make improvements, 'serve the people' (27 members of the Baugh family), and expand territory. Baugh's...
  • Raul Castro: This pope's so impressive, I might return to church

    05/11/2015 7:34:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 05/11/2015 | By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday to thank him for working for Cuban-US detente and later said he is so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold. "Bienvenido!" Francis said in his native Spanish, welcoming Castro to his studio near the Vatican public audience hall. The Cuban president, bowing his head, gripped Francis' hand with both of his, and the two men began private talks. The meeting lasted nearly an hour, as the Argentine-born Francis and Castro spoke in their native...
  • Inside Fidel Castro’s Luxurious Life on His Secret Island Getaway

    05/10/2015 1:07:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 10, 2015 | Juan Reinaldo Sanchez
    For 17 years, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez served as bodyguard to Fidel Castro. But when he became disillusioned with the Cuban dictator’s hypocrisy and tried to retire in 1994, Castro had him thrown in prison. Sanchez made 10 attempts to escape the island, finally making it to the US in 2008. Now he reveals all in his new book, “The Double Life of Fidel Castro.” In this excerpt, Sanchez exposes “El Jefe’s” privileged life. Modal Trigger To Cubans, Fidel Castro presents himself as a man of the people, claiming to make only 900 pesos a month (about $38) and owning no...
  • Visitors to Fidel Castro's Posh 'Secret Island': Erich Honnecher, Ted Turner, Baba Wawa...

    05/10/2015 12:10:05 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Apparently only communists were invited After 17 years as a personal bodyguard of Fidel Castro, Juan Rienaldo Sanchez recently claimed in a new book that the Cuban dictator was a major trafficker of illegal drugs into the US for years- and profited handsomely from it. Sound plenty believable to me, North Korea exports meth for hard currency- and El Jefe was close with Columbia's coke-producing communist rebels/terrorists FARC. Other interesting revelations would be that Fidel kept his immediate family a secret -had more kids out of wedlock- and was kind of a lazy slob that 'always slept until 10 or...
  • Inside Fidel Castro’s luxurious life on his secret island getaway

    05/10/2015 10:51:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 10, 2015 | Juan Reinaldo Sanchez
    For 17 years, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez served as bodyguard to Fidel Castro. But when he became disillusioned with the Cuban dictator’s hypocrisy and tried to retire in 1994, Castro had him thrown in prison. Sanchez made 10 attempts to escape the island, finally making it to the US in 2008. Now he reveals all in his new book, “The Double Life of Fidel Castro.” In this excerpt, Sanchez exposes “El Jefe’s” privileged life. To Cubans, Fidel Castro presents himself as a man of the people, claiming to make only 900 pesos a month (about $38) and owning no property other...
  • Fidel Castro's double life revealed:

    05/03/2015 8:30:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/03/15 | Sophie Jane
    Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, 66, makes explosive claims in a new tell-all book Says Castro directed cocaine trafficking operations 'like a real godfather' Adds Cuban dictator presided over the trials of two government officials He then 'made other officials watch a video of one of men's executions' Sanchez was eventually imprisoned and tortured in Cuba in 1994 after he attempted to retire over concerns about Castro's 'corrupt' practices Castro, now 88, was previously Prime Minister and President of country
  • Chris Matthews: 'I Hate' the Castro Regime

    04/13/2015 6:04:11 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We conservatives have countless beefs with Chris Matthews. But in contrast with the younger generation of liberals inhabiting MSNBC, the American left at large—and the Oval Office—Matthews is more of an old-school Cold Warrior, and, dare I say it, a patriot. And so it was that on this evening's Hardball, Matthews flatly declared "I hate" the Castro regime. How many other denizens of the left—from Rachel Maddow to Barack Obama—can you imagine saying the same? Matthews thus aligns himself more closely with Ronald "Evil Empire" Reagan than with Barack Obama, who just today was hailed by Tom Friedman for being...
  • Pope Francis Inspires Cuba's Raul Castro Towards Church

    05/10/2015 9:09:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/10/15
    Cuban President Raul Castro has said he was so impressed by a Vatican audience with Pope Francis that he might return to the faith he was born into. Mr Castro praised the pontiff's wisdom, adding: "I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein." He thanked the Pope for brokering a rapprochement between Cuba and the US. The communist leader had stopped at the Vatican after attending Russia's World War Two Victory Day in Moscow. The Catholic Church has maintained ties with Havana since the 1959 revolution. The Pope will visit Cuba...
  • CASTRO: THIS POPE’S SO IMPRESSIVE, I MIGHT RETURN TO CHURCH

    05/10/2015 7:38:24 AM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | May 10, 2015 | staff
    Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday to thank him for working for Cuban-US detente and later said he is so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. “Bienvenido!” Francis said in his native Spanish, welcoming Castro to his studio near the Vatican public audience hall. The Cuban president, bowing his head, gripped Francis’ hand with both of his, and the two men began private talks. The meeting lasted nearly an hour, as the Argentine-born Francis and Castro spoke in their native Spanish. Francis will visit...
  • Will Obama Now Pardon Cuban Spies?

    05/09/2015 12:58:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Well, it’s official. After last month’s chat and handshake with Stalinist dictator (and mass-murdering sadist) Raul Castro, President Obama kindly removed the Castro family fiefdom from the State Department’s list of “terror-sponsoring” nations.“Sadist” might sound hyperbolic but it amply applies here. As well known by Cuba-watchers Raul Castro’s first official act in Jan. 1959 was lining up 150 potential regime opponents in front of a ditch and having them machine gunned and bulldozed into a mass grave. By the end of the year he had signed off on 550 murder warrants. Six years later the bullet-shattered bodies of an estimated...
  • You Picked a Fine Time to Betray Cuba, Barack (On the Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs)

    04/18/2015 5:32:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Sure, it was one of those hoary historic trivialities that went down "before he was even born"--but President Obama finally signed off on his ultimate betrayal of Cuban freedom (removal of Castro regime from list of terror-sponsors/opening of economic lifeline) on the very week marking the 54th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. During the past eight months President Obama has ordered over 5,000 U.S. - led air strikes to help Islamic terrorists fight other Islamic terrorists 6 thousand miles away. Here’s what was going on 90 miles from U.S. shores 54 years ago this week as U.S.-trained freedom-fighters...
  • Obama removes Cuba from state sponsors of terror list

    04/14/2015 1:17:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    President Obama officially removed Cuba from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced. The president submitted a statement to Congress that read, "I hereby certify, with respect to the rescission of the determination of March 1, 1982, regarding Cuba that: (i) the Government of Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the preceding 6-month period; and (ii) the Government of Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future."(continued)
  • BREAKING: Cuba To Be Taken Off State Sponsor of Terror List By President Obama

    04/14/2015 1:59:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Just four short months after "normalizing" relations with Cuba and just days after meeting with Dictator Raul Castro in Panama, President Barack Obama will reportedly strip the country of its terrorism sponsor status. It was just last year when the Center for Security Policy publishing the detailed connection Cuba has to Venezuela and Iran in its support for terrorism around the globe. It should be noted that Iran is the world's most prolific state-sponsor of terrorism through Hezbollah, the world's largest terror organization responsible for more American murders than any other group before 9/11/2001. Iran, Cuba and Venezuela have developed a close...
  • Normalizing Cuba Ties Doesn't Erase Castro's Legacy

    04/13/2015 3:39:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: The sight of President Obama glad-handing Cuban dictator Raul Castro showed just how far American diplomacy has sunk. Far from being a Nixon-goes-to-China moment, this was a craven capitulation. There's a reason 10 presidents of both parties kept Cuba's Castros on America's bad-guys' list for more than 50 years. Each leader understood a basic truth: Totalitarian Cuba is a sworn enemy of the U.S., a violent threat to the Western Hemisphere's peace and prosperity and an ally of our worst enemies — including the former USSR. Hearing an American president now apologize — as Obama did over the weekend...
  • Obama’s ‘Historic’ Meeting with a Terror Sponsor

    04/13/2015 4:05:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 13, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Obama’s ‘Historic’ Meeting with a Terror SponsorPosted By Humberto Fontova On April 13, 2015 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments While hyperventilating pundits wet their pants commenting on the “historic!” meeting and handshake [1] between President Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro in Panama City during the Summit of the America’s this weekend, one veteran “diplomat” just laughs.“The so-called re-establishment of relations (between the U.S. and Cuba) is really no big deal, “laughs Nikolai Leonov. “These relations were already in place.”Leonov is described today as a Russian “history professor.” But all during the Cold War Lieutenant Colonel...
  • Reporter Claims Cuba’s Raúl Castro Told Her He Will Step Down in 2018

    04/13/2015 9:16:35 AM PDT · by yuffy · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Apr 2015 | by Frances Martel
    A Costa Rican journalist reports that Cuban dictator Raúl Castro claimed at the Summit of the Americas this past weekend that he will step down as head of state in 2018 and implied that Cuba may hold elections to replace him. Glenda Umaña, an 18-year veteran of CNN who left the network in November 2014, was working at the Summit on behalf of the Panamanian network Telemetro, though she issued her short report on Castro via Facebook. “He told me that he would remain in power until 2018, and I asked him if there would be elections then, to which...
  • Overheard in a Conference Room in Havana…

    04/10/2015 2:27:44 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 10, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The following transcript could not be authenticated. It was broadcast from a wiretap accidentally placed in a conference room in Havana, but with the generally low quality of the antiquated electronics available in Cuba, some of the audio was muffled… and there’s always the little matter of questionable translations from the Spanish… but here is what we have, submitted for your consideration without any warranty whatsoever... Lead Voice #1: Let’s get to work, men. I meet with the Great Satan tomorrow. Underling Voice A: You’re dying, boss? Lead Voice #1: No, you idiot, I mean the president of the United...
  • Raul Castro’s tough demands raise doubts, but Obama remains optimistic for U.S.-Cuba relations

    04/10/2015 10:03:17 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/09/2015 | By Ben Wolfgang
    Twenty-four hours before coming face to face with Cuban President Raul Castro, President Obama on Thursday continued to extend an olive branch from Washington to Havana — but analysts say there are real questions about whether Mr. Castro truly is interested in friendly relations with the U.S. At a town hall in Kingston, Jamaica — the president's last stop before heading to the Summit of the Americas in Panama — Mr. Obama praised the "extraordinary" Cuban people and said it's time for the two nations to put the Cold War behind them. Also Thursday, the State Department completed its review...
  • Obama, Raúl Castro get ready for historic meeting

    04/09/2015 3:38:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro are expected to meet sometime Friday or Saturday at this weekend’s Summit of the Americas, which for the first time ever will be attended by the leaders of both countries. It's a historic moment the White House is embracing. Obama briefly shook hands with Castro during former South African President Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013. But their meeting at the summit in Panama is expected to be a much more significant encounter. Obama is seeking to normalize relations with Cuba after a decades-long trade, travel and diplomatic embargo. If successful, the change would...
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    01/17/2015 5:55:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/17/2015 | ap
  • Rand Paul’s Cluelessness on Cuba

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

    12/22/2014 3:46:36 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    AFTER FIVE YEARS in a Cuban dungeon, American aid contractor Alan Gross was finally freed Wednesday, his release part of a deal to restore full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. But there will be no freedom for the many thousands of Cuban citizens locked in the Castros' prisons — not even after a US embassy is reopened in Havana. The United States has always had diplomatic ties with nasty regimes. In that sense, President Obama's announcement last week that he intends to normalize relations with Cuba merely adds another to the list. But Cuba isn't just another...
  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    12/21/2014 9:29:07 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    wics abc 20 / ap ^ | 12-21-2014 | MATT SEDENSKY
    Though many Cuban-American Catholics praise the pontiff for encouraging progress, others feel betrayed by their spiritual leader. Those who equate Raul Castro with the devil are incensed by the pope's diplomacy. Cuban exile Efrain Rivas says he feels abandoned, calling himself "a Catholic without a pope."
  • Raúl Castro: Don’t expect détente to change Cuban system

    12/20/2014 5:08:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2014 4:17 PM EST | Andrea Rodriguez
    Cuban President Raúl Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect détente to do away with the communist system. Castro’s speech to Cuba’s National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more likely to encourage reform in Cuba’s one-party system and centrally planned economy. “We must not expect that in order for relations with the United...
  • Castro daughter: US 'dreaming' if they think Cuba will return to capitalism

    12/20/2014 10:40:17 AM PST · by yoe · 46 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 20, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Mariela Castro, Cuban president Raul Castro's daughter and a member of parliament, scoffed at the idea that Cuba would return to capitalism in the wake of the two countries' newly restored relations. President Obama said Wednesday that Cuba should not put American businesses at a disadvantage and that (increased commerce) would do good for both countries. He explained that the U.S. would facilitate transactions and make it easier for America to export and sell goods to Cuba. Castro's daughter, however, seemed skeptical of Obama's motives. From Havana on Thursday, Mariela Casto said the United States "must be dreaming" it if...
  • Obama's New Cuba Policy: Eating With Raul

    12/19/2014 5:18:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: The White House says Cuba's Raul Castro may soon visit. If he does, it'll be an ugly blot on President Obama's record. Since when does the U.S. welcome brutal military dictators into the people's house? Speaking to flabbergasted reporters, President Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that the White House "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," just after explaining that Obama wanted to travel to Cuba. That would be the diplomatic trade-off for an administration visit to the island, which would undoubtedly be a repeat of Obama pop-star pal Beyonce's pleasure trip last year in a miasma...
  • Raul Castro: Cocaine Connection?

    12/18/2014 11:31:44 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 13 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Aug 14, 2006 | Brian Ross And Vic Walter
    Federal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department officials tell ABC News. The officials say Castro, as Cuban Defense Minister, permitted Colombian drug lords to pay for the use of Cuban waters and airstrips as staging grounds for smuggling runs into the United States in the 1980s and early 1990s. in Washington,” said a former Justice Department official with direct knowledge of the case. “There were numerous national security and intelligence issues that would...
  • Shaking Hands with the Devil, from Ninety Miles Away

    12/18/2014 7:53:58 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 18, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    A long time ago, on an island not too far away, a pair of brothers was ejected from a good Jesuit school. The one was reportedly a better student, the other less impressive, but together, they preferred other things – politics, rabble-rousing, war. When the brothers grew up, they fell in with a bad crowd – the worst of crowds, in fact. Far across the oceans, Chinese communists were consolidating their power, Soviet communists were drawing an iron curtain down the center of Europe, Korean communists were settling in for the long haul in Pyongyang, Vietnamese communists were revolting against...
  • Obama’s policy toward tyrants is easily explained in 6 words…

    12/17/2014 2:39:44 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-17-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Cuban dictator to Obama: You should use executive action to lift this embargo by yourself

    12/17/2014 1:35:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2014 | AllahPundit
    First spotted by USA Today reporter Gregory Korte, the key bit is at the very end of the clip below. No wonder they had a meeting of the minds: Castro and The One are both fans of rule by decree. When I first saw Korte’s tweet, I thought Castro was bringing up executive action on his own initiative, maybe as a way to tweak the Republicans in Congress whom he well knows will try to block normalization with the U.S. “Make ‘em cry again, Barack,” he seemed to be saying, “just like you did last month on illegal immigration.”But...
  • Meet the guy who is bringing Cuba together with Obama’s America…

    12/17/2014 10:29:36 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-17-14 | The Looking Spoon
    There’s always that super-powerful person who prefers to stay out of the spotlight…(and I don’t mean Valerie Jarrett, even though the resemblance may be striking ;-P)
  • 2014: Cubans Now Free to Buy New Cars at Exorbitant Prices

    01/03/2014 8:59:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 3, 2014 - 3:29 PM | Barbara Boland
    Fifty-five years after the Communist takeover in Cuba, residents there can now buy new and used cars without a government permit, but with the massive mark-up on new car prices by state-run retailers, most ordinary Cubans won’t benefit from the new rules, reported BBC News. A new Peugeot 508 model, for example, is selling for $262,000 in Havana at a dealership, and even used VWs are selling for more than $60,000. …
  • Raúl Castro issues stern warning to entrepreneurs

    12/21/2013 7:39:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2013 7:21 PM EST | Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez
    President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba’s economic reform, telling parliament on Saturday that “those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure.” Castro has legalized small-scale, private businesses in nearly 200 fields since 2010, but has issued tighter regulations on businesses seen as going too far or competing excessively with state enterprises. In recent months, the government has banned the resale of imported hardware and clothing and cracked down on unlicensed private video game and movie salons. …
  • Cuba to eliminate currency pegged to dollar

    12/21/2013 1:31:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2013 9:24 PM EST | Andrea Rodriguez
    Cuba will eliminate a currency pegged to the dollar as part of a move to end its unique double-currency system, which had become a symbol of economic inequality to many islanders, Cuba’s top economic official said Friday. Tourists currently use a convertible peso roughly equal to a U.S. dollar while most Cubans are paid in ordinary pesos worth about four cents. Many goods are easier to find in government stores that exclusively accept convertible pesos, a mechanism designed to keep the flow of the special currency under government control. The dual system has created special privileges for Cubans who work...
  • Obama shook Raúl Castro's hand after SIX MONTHS of secret U.S.-Cuba talks, report claims

    12/12/2013 10:49:35 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 31 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | December 12 2013 | David Martosko
    U.S. and Cuban officials have held mid-level discussions in Washington and Havana 'We're in talks' with Cuba on a wide range of issues, agreed Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Tuesday Middle-men including Latin American diplomats have also been carrying messages back and forth between Washington and Havana The handshake seen 'round the water cooler was no fluke, it turns out.
  • NBC Quietly Deletes Mugabe from Obama-Castro Handshake Story

    12/11/2013 12:14:02 PM PST · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2013 | Joel B Pollack
    Earlier Tuesday, NBC News reported that President Barack Obama had shaken hands with Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe. However, the UK Telegraph's Josie Ensor reported that Obama "was asked to take his seat just before reaching Mugabe." Complicating matters, another article in the UK Telegraph also claimed that Obama had shaken hands with Mugabe--in very similar terms to those used in the NBC article. Breitbart News caught the discrepancy--and suddenly the NBC News article was corrected, with no notice. Before: On his way to the rostrum, Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the strongman ruler of Zimbabwe, and hugged...
  • The Handshake Heard ‘Round the World

    12/11/2013 11:33:28 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 15 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | DEC 11,2013 | Matthew Vadum
    The Handshake Heard ‘Round the World' Posted By Matthew Vadum On December 11, 2013 In Daily Mailer, FrontPage President Obama’s distressing rejection of American exceptionalism was on display for the whole world to see yesterday when he shamed his country by lowering himself to shake the blood-stained hand of Cuba’s Communist dictator. In a brief but cordial encounter in a funeral receiving line at the southern tip of the African continent, Obama shook the hand of Cuban’s octogenarian tyrant, President Raul Castro, granting a kind of legitimacy to the caudillo who leads America’s Cold War enemy 90 miles from the...
  • Did Castro tell Obama "I am Raul Castro" as they were shaking hands? (vanity)

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