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  • 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?
  • If the Obama/Castro handshake wasn't bad enough it was photobombed by another liberal celebrity...

    12/10/2013 1:25:25 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-13-13 | The Looking Spoon
    I'm sure Christiane Amanpour thought these words during the CNN broadcast of Mandela's memorial were about as brilliant as they come.It says this is a moment of re reconciliation for Mandela. And President Obama is doing the diplomatic thing. He's not just going to walk by and ignore these people who are there....This is a man (Mandela), it is so true, who brought people together in life and he continues to bring people together today. He continues to bring people together in death. Really though, one has to wonder which...man...is bringing all these leftist/communist kindred spirits together...
  • President Barack Obama shakes Raul Castro's hand at Mandela memorial service

    12/10/2013 6:36:42 AM PST · by Innovative · 64 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Colin Freeman, and agencies
    The US president, Barack Obama, shook hands with his Cuban opposite number, Raul Castro, at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela The handshake between the two historic enemies came as they attended a ceremony in Johannesburg to celebrate the late South African leader's ability to foster reconciliation. The gesture - which comes despite half a century of hostilities - came as Mr Obama made his way to a podium to deliver a speech. It is only the second time ever that a US president has shaken the hands of a Cuban Communist leader. President Bill Clinton was the first to...
  • Cuban leader Raul Castro announces he will retire in 2018

    02/24/2013 3:44:34 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 24, 2013 | Marc Frank
    Cuban leader Raul Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. In a surprise move, the new parliament named as his first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel, a member of the political...
  • Cuban President Raul Castro mentions possible retirement

    02/23/2013 7:32:26 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2013 | ap
    Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent. The Cuban leader is scheduled to be named by parliament to a new five-year term on Sunday, and Castro urged reporters to listen to his speech that day. "I am going to resign," Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "I am going to be 82 years old," Castro added, a broad...
  • Dictators for Obama

    10/28/2012 3:34:56 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 1 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | 10/26/2012 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Only time – and a Mitt Romney victory – will tell whether Russia continues its Cold War-like posture against the U.S., but one thing is clear: there has been no “reset” in relations between Moscow and Washington under Obama, only more antagonism from the former.
  • “Don’t Shoot!—I’m Che!” (A Glorious Anniversary)

    10/06/2012 5:52:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    Forty five years ago this week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying "What goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here. "When you saw the beaming look on Che's face as his victims were tied to the stake and blasted apart by the firing squad," said a former Cuban political prisoner to this writer, "you saw there was something seriously, seriously wrong with Che Guevara." As commander of the La Cabana execution yard, Che often shattered the skull of...
  • Raul Castro and the Mending of Fences

    07/29/2012 3:05:58 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 29, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Raul Castro, dictator of Cuba and brother of dictator emeritus Fidel Castro, is in the news. He took advantage of a Cuban national holiday on July 26, 2012 (a national holiday in a communist country -- now that sounds like fun, doesn't it?), to announce his desire to reopen relations with the United States. Castro seems reasonable; he says that anything can be on the table, as long as it is a conversation between "equals" -- he emphasizes that Cuba is nobody's puppet, after all. The Castros seem discouraged that the USA never "forgave and forgot" with Cuba, the way...
  • Christiane Amanpour's Lovefest with Castro's Daughter

    06/12/2012 4:36:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    Given the media’s neurotic hyper-sensitivity to the most microscopic hint of white on black racism here’s a question: When would a black human-rights activist who was jailed and tortured by a lily-white regime for the crime of quoting Martin Luther King be totally ignored by this same media while he testified to a Senate Committee?And when would the white daughter of his white torturer (almost concurrently) get fawning media coverage including a forum by CNN for this white woman to insult the black torture victim as a “liar” a “crook” and a “mercenary”—without the slightest rebuttal from her host?Answer: When...
  • Raúl Castro turning 81, trying to preserve communism

    06/02/2012 10:35:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jun 2, 2012 8:33pm EDT | Jeff Franks
    Cuban President Raúl Castro turns 81 on Sunday, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. Their task, he has said, is to correct mistakes made during their 53 years of leadership, which will require "days and years of work" that he intends to finish. "The generation that made the (Cuban) revolution has had the historic privilege, few times seen, of being able to direct the rectification of errors they themselves committed," he told a Communist Party conference in January....
  • 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...
  • Cubans fret as massive job cuts get under way

    01/07/2011 5:28:26 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | Jan 7, 2011
    Like thousands of other Cubans, Leticia's worries began in October when President Raul Castro announced a series of economic reforms to bring the communist regime up to date. Pivotal to the changes is cutting more than a million government jobs, or 20 percent of Cuba's entire work force, over the next three years -- including 22,000 jobs in the health sector. Castro said 500,000 jobs would have to go by March 31 of this year. The first culling of so-called "bloated payrolls" dragging down the Cuban economy began Tuesday in the sugar, farming, construction, health and tourism sectors, as announced...
  • New Cuban Law To Tee Up Investment(Reduce Controls on Small Business & Cut Subsidized Cigarettes!)

    08/29/2010 3:10:28 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 29, 2010 | Reuters
    A new law allows foreign investors to use state land in Cuba for up to 99 years, as the government seeks to attract wealthier tourists to its shores. VIDEO
  • Cubans warned of workforce cuts

    07/19/2010 11:13:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 1+ views
    belfasttelegraph.co.uk ^ | 18 July 2010 | NA
    Cuban president Raul Castro has shocked the nation by saying about one in five workers may have to be made redundant. Facing a severe budget deficit, the government hinted at restructuring or trimming its bloated workforce. But the warning has caused tension in a country where guaranteed employment was a building block of the 1959 revolution that swept Fidel Castro to power. Details are sketchy on how and when such pruning would take place. Raul Castro warned however that "hundreds of thousands of unnecessary workers" may have to go. Cuba's workforce totals 5.1 million, in a population of 11.2 million.
  • Obama suddenly slaps Cuba over human rights

    03/24/2010 10:47:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 595+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 3/24/10 | staff
    President Obama took the unusual step Wednesday afternoon of issuing a special denunciation of Cuba's human rights policies, after a year of advocating improved relations after nearly a half-century of political estrangement with the island neighbor. "Instead of embracing an opportunity to enter a new era," Obama said (full text below), "Cuban authorities continue to respond to the aspirations of the Cuban people with a clenched fist." As recently as last summer at a Caribbean summit, Obama and Raul Castro talked separately of opening discussions on a wide range of issues including human rights. The country's semi-retired revolutionary leader, brother...
  • Cuban president regrets dissident's death

    02/24/2010 1:14:14 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 9 replies · 281+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | Feb 24, 2010 | PAUL HAVEN
    HAVANA – Cuban President Raul Castro issued an unprecedented statement of regret on Wednesday over the death of a jailed dissident after a lengthy hunger strike that has sparked condemnation in Washington and in European capitals. The Cuban leader blamed the United States for the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo but did not explain how Washington was responsible. "Raul Castro laments the death of Cuban prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died after conducting a hunger strike," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday, adding that any reports that the man was tortured or mistreated in jail were false. Zapata...
  • Cuba conducts war games with U.S. invasion in mind

    11/30/2009 2:54:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 801+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/26/2009 | Jeff Franks
    Cuba began its biggest military maneuvers in five years on Thursday, saying they were needed to prepare for a possible invasion by the United States. Despite a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations and assurances last week by President Barack Obama that the United States has no intention of invading the island 90 miles from Florida, Cuba's state-run press quoted military leaders as saying there "exists a real possibility of a military aggression against Cuba." The war games, which are being called "Bastion 2009," also will get the military ready to deal with social unrest the United States may try to foment...
  • Raul Castro pushes Cubans to rethink socialism

    09/22/2009 10:16:56 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 21 replies · 1,177+ views
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 9/22/09 | Marc Frank
    Cubans began taking a hard look this week at entrenched customs like food rationing, pilfering on the job, cradle-to-grave subsidies and black market trading in a national debate called by President Raul Castro.
  • Raul Castro: Cuba won't undo communist system

    08/01/2009 6:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,029+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/09 | Will Weissert - ap
    HAVANA – Raul Castro announced Saturday that Cuba will cut spending on education and health care, potentially weakening the building blocks of its communist system in a bid to revive a floundering economy. The former defense minister who took over the presidency last year called state spending "simply unsustainable" and said the cash-strapped government would reorganize rural schools and scrutinize its free health care system in search of ways to save money. But he vowed that the island will not see fundamental change even after he and his older brother and predecessor Fidel Castro are gone. "I wasn't elected president...
  • The Declaration of Cumaná: Capitalism 'threatens life on the planet'

    04/24/2009 8:05:06 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 13 replies · 1,080+ views
    Rabble.CA ^ | 4/24/09
    We, the Heads of State and Government of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, member countries of ALBA, consider that the Draft Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons: - The Declaration does not provide answers to the Global Economic Crisis, even though this crisis constitutes the greatest challenge faced by humanity in the last decades and is the most serious threat of the current times to the welfare of our peoples. - The Declaration unfairly excludes Cuba, without mentioning the consensus in the region condemning the blockade and isolation...
  • Raul Castro is a “Leader” the Way The New York Times is a “News”paper

    04/15/2009 9:15:49 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 218+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | April 15, 2009 | Don Feder
    Apparently, The New York Times is unaware of the fact that Cuba is ruled by a communist dictatorship. In a story yesterday on President Obama’s decision to make it easier for Cuban-Americans to travel to the island and send money to their relatives — most of which will end up in the pockets of the regime — The Times explained that these steps were in preparation for Obama’s meetings with Latin American leaders “who want him to normalize relations with Cuba and its leader, Raul Castro” (emphasis added). How did Raul Castro become Cuba’s “leader”? Was he the winner of...
  • Women in White denounce stepped-up repression by Cuban government

    03/11/2009 2:56:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 273+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Havana, Cuba, Mar 11, 2009
    Women in White denounce stepped-up repression by Cuban government Havana, Cuba, Mar 11, 2009 / 12:28 am (CNA).- The Women in White, a civic movement made up of the wives of Cuban political prisoners, denounced the Communist government of Raul Castro this week, saying the regime to prevent the commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Black Spring, when many of their husbands were arrested and imprisoned by the government.“We blame the State police and the Government in general for any physical aggression or acts of repudiation that are carried out against us by paramilitary troops dressed as civilians or...
  • Raul Castro ousts top Cubans loyal to Fidel Castro

    03/02/2009 2:32:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 497+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/09 | Will Weissert - ap
    HAVANA – President Raul Castro abruptly removed some of Cuba's most powerful officials Monday, putting a personal stamp on the government in the biggest shakeup since he took over from his ailing brother Fidel Castro a year ago. The changes replaced some key Fidel loyalists, including the longtime foreign minister and the secretary of the Council of State, with men closer to Raul. They also reduced the enormous powers of a vice president credited with saving Cuba's economy after the fall of the Soviet Union. But analysts saw no immediate indication that the changes are related to hopes for closer...