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  • Is Obama contemplating unilateral action on Cuba? (+video)

    11/26/2014 7:56:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor, ^ | 11/26/14 | Howard LaFranchi
    Washington - Is President Obama about to take unilateral steps to ease US relations with Cuba? A number of recent developments – from Mr. Obama’s recourse to executive action on immigration to the Spanish foreign minister’s enigmatic statement that he would be carrying “very concrete messages” from the US government when he visits Havana this week – have some Republicans fretting that the White House aims to move even further from decades-old policy of isolating communist Cuba. Obama last took action on Cuba in 2011, when he eased travel restrictions on Americans visiting the island.
  • Elian Gonzalez: 15 years after his rescue, a quiet life

    11/25/2014 8:41:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 25, 2014 | Portia Siegelbaum
    Havana -- Fifteen years ago today two fishermen plucked an exhausted, frightened five-year-old tied to an inner tube out of the waters off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale. Elian Gonzalez, less than two weeks short of his 6th birthday, was the young Cuban boy whose rescue set off an international custody battle and reverberated in the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign. Now nearly 21 and out of the public eye, Gonzalez is studying industrial engineering at the university in his home province of Matanzas in Cuba.
  • Iran using Venezuela ties to duck UN sanctions: report

    12/22/2008 6:59:44 AM PST · by WellyP · 13 replies · 763+ views
    Petroleum World ^ | 12/21/2008 13:28 GMT | AFP
    ROME Petroleumworld.com, December 22, 2008 Iran is using its warm relations with Venezuela to dodge UN sanctions and use Venezuelan aircraft to ship missile parts to Syria, an Italian newspaper reported Sunday. Citing US and other Western intelligence agencies, La Stampa said Iran is using aircraft from Venezuelan airline Conviasa to transport computers and engine components to Syria for use in missiles.
  • Rising Turkish Menace: U.S. and NATO Ally Wants Islamic Advance in Latin America

    11/25/2014 8:01:53 AM PST · by juliosevero · 27 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Rising Turkish Menace: U.S. and NATO Ally Wants Islamic Advance in Latin America By Julio Severo The president of Turkey has re-written history by claiming Muslim explorers, not Christopher Columbus, discovered America. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chief of America’s NATO ally, said November 15 that Islamic sailors found the New World in 1178. He said, “Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus.” Turkey is the only Islamic nation in the NATO. His theory — which is supported only by Islamic historians — came to light in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of...
  • Obama releases Gitmo detainees, setting up fight with GOP

    11/21/2014 9:32:15 AM PST · by don-o · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    President Obama has opened a new front in his hard line against the incoming Republican Congress by releasing more detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against lawmakers' objections. The Pentagon announced Thursday that four al Qaeda fighters from Yemen, including a senior figure who facilitated travel to Afghanistan for Arab extremists, and a Tunisian extremist would be transferred to Slovakia and Georgia. The transfers leave 143 detainees at Guantanamo, which Obama has vowed to close. Republican lawmakers, who have been pressing the administration to stop releasing detainees amid reports that some former prisoners had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Cuban Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Tests Positive, Will Go To Geneva For Treatment

    11/19/2014 8:34:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    IBT ^ | 11-19-2014 | Sneha Shankar
    A doctor from a 165-member Cuban medical team sent to Sierra Leone to address the Ebola outbreak, has tested positive for the deadly virus and will be taken to a special unit in Geneva for treatment. Felix Baez Sarria tested positive for Ebola on Monday, the Cuban Ministry of Health said in a statement late on Tuesday. Baez Sarria has not reportedly shown any complications yet and is "hemodynamically stable," the statement from the Cuban health ministry said, adding that the World Health Organization had proposed moving him to the University Hospital of Geneva in Switzerland. Baez Sarria, a specialist...
  • A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S.

    11/17/2014 6:35:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | Editiorial Board
    "....There is much to criticize about Washington’s failed policies toward Cuba and the embargo it has imposed on the island for decades. But the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, which in the last fiscal year enabled 1,278 Cubans to defect while on overseas assignments, a record number, is particularly hard to justify. It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by making defection so easy. American immigration policy should give priority to...
  • Erdogan: Muslims Discovered America

    11/15/2014 2:30:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 105 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/11/14 | Gil Ronen
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus claimed the discovery in the name of Spain. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. "Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast," Erdogan said. Erdogan said that Ankara was even...
  • Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

    11/15/2014 9:45:20 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 77 replies
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the conservative president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. "Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast," Erdogan said.
  • Judge upholds Guantánamo’s treatment of hunger-striker waiting to go

    11/09/2014 6:52:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | November 8, 2014 | BY CAROL ROSENBERG
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, CUBA -- A federal judge has refused to intervene in the forced-feeding of a hunger-striking prisoner awaiting his transfer from the war-on-terror prison, declaring that U.S. military medical staff do not show deliberate indifference to the health and welfare of long-held captive Abu Wa’el Dhiab. “The evidence produced at the hearing regarding pain was very mixed,” Judge Gladys Kessler wrote in her 20-page decision the up-to twice-daily insertion of a feeding tube into the 43-year-old Syrian’s stomach through his nose. “There is evidence in the record, including Mr. Dhiab’s medical chart, that he often tolerates the...
  • The Democrats Lost Big Tonight. Why Obama Should Double Down

    11/05/2014 9:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 4, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher
    If I were advising the White House right now, I would encourage President Obama to take advantage of the end of this year's election cycle—the next fifty or so days—to immediately try to change the subject, in a big way. The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be controversial enough to dominate the news. President Obama should embrace good...
  • Venezuela steps up battle to keep shelves stocked and prices low ahead of Christmas

    11/02/2014 5:18:39 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/1/14 | Jorge Rueda
    Venezuela is stepping up efforts to combat shortages and rising places so families can have a merry Christmas complete with 12-cent sacks of sugar and 50-cent chickens. President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that he is deploying hundreds of inspectors to enforce the government's price regulations, which set the cost of everything from milk to toothbrushes artificially low. "Today we deploy, and in November and December you will see that we have guaranteed a happy Christmas for the people," he said during televised remarks.
  • DFU SONG: La donna mobile (yes, Maxine is a b*tch) 3-26-02

    03/26/2002 5:43:37 PM PST · by doug from upland · 9 replies · 355+ views
    DFU SONG PARODIES ^ | 3-2002 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - La donna è mobile Maxine, you are a b*tch…Caruso, that is rich Oh, yes, he called it right…what insight Maxine, why must you breathe…your people you deceive You're evil, we can see…as bad as Hillary Maxine, you love Fidel…both of you, go to h*ll You lowlife socialist…may you always be dissed While L.A. was burning…in the hood you're dancing You had got your wish…whites got what they deserved Got what they deserved Honkies got what they deserved Maxine, you are a b*tch…Caruso, that is rich Oh, yes, he called it right…what insight Yuk, who could sleep with...
  • The CDC changes its tune on Ebola again

    10/30/2014 8:11:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/30/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Centers for Disease Control sacrifices more of its credibility on Ebola. Bob Fredericks writes in the New York Post: Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday. “If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC. Nass...
  • U.S. attends Ebola meeting in Cuba called by leftist bloc

    10/29/2014 11:46:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 30, 2014 | Nelson Acosta in Havana
    U.S. government officials joined health experts from throughout the Americas at an Ebola conference in Cuba on Wednesday, the latest show of cooperation between the historic adversaries on fighting the disease. The meeting organized by ALBA, a bloc of leftist-governed countries, aims to coordinate a regional strategy on the prevention and control of Ebola, which has killed about 5,000 people in West Africa but in the Americas has only reached the United States. U.S. military personnel and Cuban medical specialists are already posted in West Africa and prepared to work side by side if needed, officials have said, and Washington...
  • Cuba Builds First New Church in 55 Years

    10/28/2014 3:49:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/27/14 | Andrea Rodriguez
    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio. The church publication "Christian Life" said it will have space for 200 people.
  • Cuban doctors proud to risk lives in mission to halt Ebola (held for 21 days when they return)

    10/27/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 21, 2014 | Daniel Trotta
    ".......Many Cuban hospitals have fallen into disrepair and Cubans say they have difficulty getting medical appointments or finding medicine. With 83,000 doctors today, Cuba says it has 7.2 physicians per 1,000 people, one of the highest rates in the world. But with about 25,000 doctors working overseas, that ratio falls to about 4.6, even when counting 5,500 recent medical school graduates, according to Health Minister Roberto Morales. While Cuba provides doctors and nurses for disaster relief free of charge, it also exchanges them for cash or goods on more routine missions. The island receives an estimated 100,000 barrels of oil...
  • Delighting in U.S. Leadership Void, Castro Regime Rounds-Up Record # of Political Prisoners in 2014

    10/22/2014 7:53:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    What happened to Raul Castro's 'reforms'? Watchdog/advocacy group 'The Cuban Commission for Human Rights" (CCHR) has now documented over 8000 political arrests -that we know of-by the vile Castro regime this year, already beating last year's (2013) tally of 6424 hapless souls thrown in filthy Cuban prisons to slave, starve, and die. 10,000 new prisoners is well within the realm of possibility now, trouncing previous records of 2074 political arrests in 2010, 4123 arrests in 2011, and 6602 in 2012. So there's no denying that the year 2014 -under the leadership of 'reformer' Raul Castro- has brought the harshest Stalinist repression in the history of an already-very-repressive-country....
  • Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices

    10/16/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Alberto Nardelli, bunch of other people
    The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import...
  • House GOP rallying around Boehner's concern about Obama's purported

    10/11/2014 4:12:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 11, 2014
    House Speaker John Boehner has denounced any potential White House effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, saying that such a move is "dangerous," could result in terrorists being relocated into the United States and that overriding Congress is another example of the Obama administration’s “legacy of lawlessness.” Boehner made the statement Friday, following a Wall Street Journal story stating the White House is “drafting options” that would allow Obama to close the detention facility in Cuba by overriding congressional restrictions on bringing detainees into the U.S. The White House has responded to the story, reportedly based on information...
  • Cuban migration surges over land and by sea

    10/10/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario
    The number of Cubans heading to the United States has soared since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, and instead of making the risky journey by raft across the Florida Straits, most are now passing through Mexico or flying straight to the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol figures show that more than 22,000 Cubans arrived at the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in the fiscal year that ended last month. That was nearly double the number in 2012, the year before restrictions were lifted. The changes in Cuban law eliminate a costly exit visa and make it...
  • Obama Weighs Options to Close Guantanamo

    10/10/2014 9:52:53 AM PDT · by yoe · 36 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 10, 2014 | Carol E. Lee , Jess Bravin
    The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said. Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term. It would likely provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.
  • Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

    10/10/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    baltimorepostexaminer.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Martin Sieff
    The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week. “It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. …If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?” Caldicott is an Australian...
  • Che Guevara: 'A cold killing machine motivated by hate'

    12/20/2008 8:35:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,951+ views
    thesun.co.uk ^ | December 20, 2008 | GRANT ROLLINGS
    THERE is no guerilla fighter in the world as famous as Che Guevara. The revolutionary’s face adorns the T-shirts of wannabe radicals everywhere and 41 years after his death he is still idolised by the Left. Now Ernesto Guevara, to give him his real name, is getting the big Hollywood movie treatment. Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro plays the Argentinian revolutionary in two films directed by Steven Soderbergh, the man behind Traffic and Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen. But while Soderbergh’s films — Che: Part 1 and Che: Part 2 — largely follow the predictable path of lauding him as...
  • Ernest Hemingway’s Grandsons Continue Their Granddad’s Disgusting Legacy

    09/27/2014 7:22:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Can you imagine the reputation of a literary figure surviving the disclosure that he worked (however briefly and ineffectually) for Hitler's Abwehr? Yet Ernest Hemingway worked for Stalin’s KGB and nobody (among the “smart set”) seems to bat an eye. According to KGB defector Alexander Vassiliev "the 42-year-old Hemingway was recruited by the KGB under the cover name "Argo" in 1941, and cooperated with Soviet agents whom he met in Havana and London. This comes from a book published in 2009 by Yale Univ. Press (not exactly a branch of the John Birch Society.)"Castro's revolution," Hemingway wrote in 1960, “is...
  • When you think of Eric Holder, please remember Elian Gonzalez

    09/27/2014 5:01:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-27-14 | Amy Miller
    Don’t let that pre-Attorney General debacle go down the memory hole. As we count down Eric Holder’s greatest hits, the first image that comes to the mind of many Americans isn’t that of Brian Terry, or of Black Panthers outside polling places, but of a screaming child staring down the barrel of a rifle. On April 22, 2000, just before dawn, U.S federal agents executed a full-blown raid on the home of five year old Elian Gonzalez, seizing the child and setting in motion procedures to send Elian and his father back to Cuba. I was only a freshman in...
  • Visiting Cuba Feels Like Going Back in Time (AFRO Reports)

    09/15/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 51 replies
    The Afro ^ | 9/11/14 | Pat Wheeler
    Yes, you can go to Cuba legally. Yes, you can have your passport stamped. And yes, it’s safe there. These were just a few of the questions I was bombarded with before and after I went to Cuba in July. Going to Cuba for Americans is probably the easiest it has been in years. Under the Clinton and Obama administrations, travel restrictions have been eased.
  • De Blasio doesn’t have security clearance for classified info

    09/10/2014 6:13:17 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Tara Palmeri
    ---SNIP--- The disturbing revelation comes just days before the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. A law enforcement source said Tuesday that if de Blasio does ­apply for clearance, he will have to endure an arduous vetting process that would include questions about his 1991 trip to Communist Cuba and support of the Marxist Sandinista regime during his visit to Nicaragua in the 1980s. “He would automatically be questioned about his visit to Cuba and his contacts with the Sandin­istas. Maybe he didn’t apply [for clearance] because he doesn’t want to go through that,”...
  • FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies...

    09/05/2014 3:08:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/5/2014 | Bill Gertz
    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”“Academia has been and remains...
  • Cuban intelligence aggressively recruiting leftist American academics as spies, influence agents

    09/05/2014 11:11:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 05, 2014 | Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon
    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.
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  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    09/01/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | September 2, 2014
    HAVANA: Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday (Sep 1), accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally." "The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle...
  • Ahead Of Brazil's Presidential Elections, Newcomer Silva Rises In Polls Against Rousseff

    08/31/2014 10:49:20 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad news. With just over a month to go before the Oct. 5 vote, President Dilma Rousseff awoke to newspaper headlines Saturday announcing that Brazil's long-sputtering economy had officially entered recession for the first time in more than five years.
  • Bitter Sugar (Azucar Amarga) - Trailer

    08/29/2014 6:05:44 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    The trailer for Cuban ex-pat Leon Ichaso's film about life in 1990's Cuba, as seen through the eyes of an increasingly disillusioned young party member named Gustavo.
  • Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: Let's hug it out

    08/12/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/12/2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman. The statement comes amid tension between the Clinton and Obama camps in the wake of the interview. It also comes as Obama and Clinton, his former secretary of state, are due to cross paths at a social gathering Wednesday night in Martha’s Vineyard. In the interview, Clinton dismissed the Obama administration’s self-described foreign policy...
  • Fidel Castro Denounces 'Fascist' Israel’s 'Genocide' of Palestinians

    08/15/2014 3:01:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    “I think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is emerging with notable strength…The Nazi genocide of Jews outraged all the earth’s peoples. Why does this (Israeli) government believe that the world will be insensitive to the macabre genocide which today is being perpetuated against the Palestinian people?” (Fidel Castro, August, 5, 2014) “Who cares, what that senile ZOMBIE Castro says!” strikes me as a reasonable retort from many readers. “Unfortunately,” I’m forced to answer. “Many otherwise reasonable care very much what Fidel Castro says.” Take Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu: “The remarks attributed to Castro demonstrate his deep understanding...
  • After Offshore Oil Failure, Cuba Shifts Energy Focus

    08/12/2014 5:29:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | August 11, 2014 | Reuters
    Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil, concentrating on renewable energy and improving output from onshore wells due to a lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration,... With so much oil readily available around the world, oil companies...see little incentive in drilling off the Caribbean island, delaying the Cuban dream of oil wealth that could inject vigor into its socialist revolution... Russia's state-run Rosneft and the China National Petroleum Company separately agreed last month to help Communist-run Cuba extract more oil along the traditional northwest heavy oil belt, but did not sign on to deepwater...
  • In Cuba, Faith Comes Out of the Closet As Catholic Church Is Erected

    08/12/2014 3:55:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 12, 2014
    For the first time since the Marxist revolution, a new Roman Catholic church is being erected in Cuba.The BBC reports: Its attitude to religion has softened since the fall of the Soviet Union, but this is the first Catholic church to be built for more than 50 years. Cuban seminarians The island nation has been communist since the overthrow of Fulgenico Batista in the Marxist revolution of 1959. (From that time until 1992, Cuba’s constitution said that the country was officially atheist.) Revolutionaries under Fidel Castro entered into a power struggle with the Catholic Church–accusing the clergy of defending the...
  • Cuba to Build 1st Catholic Church Since Revolution

    08/11/2014 3:08:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    CBN News ^ | 8/11/14
    Cuba is scheduled to build its first Roman Catholic church since the Communist Revolution 55 years ago. The project's main sponsor is Saint Lawrence Parish in Tampa, Florida, where most of the members are Cuban exiles or descendants of exiles. The news comes right after a recent report of persecution against another church in Cuba. The Voice of the Martyrs reports that in July, government agents demolished a house church on the island.
  • Chomsky & Chomsky: Apple & Tree

    08/11/2014 11:45:11 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The old adage that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree seems to be playing out with a vengeance in the family of legendary left-wing academic Noam Chomsky. We’ve devoted considerable ink to the sage of MIT over the years and his affection for movements revolutionary and governments totalitarian. His daughter Aviva, an historian, is following in his footsteps at Salem State University. “My recent work has been in three main areas: the Cuban revolution, northern Colombia’s coal industry, and immigration and undocumentedness in the United States,” her university page proclaims. “Thematically, I incorporate the issues of economic...
  • Kent State prof stands by call for ‘jihad’

    08/09/2014 5:26:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Watchdog ^ | 8/9/2014 | Daniel Mael
    A Kent State University associate professor of history is standing by his call for “jihad” and statement that Israel is “a regime that is the spiritual heir to Nazism.”In an “open letter” to “academic friends of Israel,” Julio Pino accuses the pro-Israel academic community of being “directly responsible for the murder of over 1,400 Palestinian children, women and elderly civilians.”In his statement that quotes former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and compares the academics to alleged Nazi collaborator and philosopher Martin Heidegger, Pino writes “Your names are scrawled on every bullet fired, bomb dropped, body buried and burnt forehead in Gaza. May...
  • Nicaragua’s President: ‘Netanyahu Appears to be Possessed by the Devil’ (Daniel Ortega)

    08/04/2014 8:11:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 4, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Marxist and long-time friend of Communist Cuba and who Ronald Reagan once described as a “little dictator,” criticized Israel’s actions against Hamas terrorists as genocidal and said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “appears to be possessed by the Devil” and “needs Pope Francis to exorcise it.” "Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be possessed by the Devil; he needs Pope Francis to exorcise it, to become appeased,” Ortega was quoted as saying on Aug. 1 in Globovision. Ortega also said that Israel is “committing genocide” in Gaza, a crime so “terrible that it is only comparable...
  • Nicaragua’s President: 'Netanyahu Appears to be Possessed by the Devil'

    08/04/2014 10:36:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    cns news ^ | 8/4/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Marxist and long-time friend of Communist Cuba and who Ronald Reagan once described as a “little dictator,” criticized Israel’s actions against Hamas terrorists as genocidal and said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “appears to be possessed by the Devil” and “needs Pope Francis to exorcise it.” "Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be possessed by the Devil, he needs Pope Francis to exorcise it, to become appeased,” Ortega was quoted as saying on Aug. 1 in Globovision. Ortega also said that Israel is “committing genocide” in Gaza, a crime so “terrible that it is...
  • Andrew Klavan: Putin's Secret Message to Obama (video)

    08/07/2014 4:26:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 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...
  • Priest Pardoned by Pope Francis "The Holy Spirit Sends Us Jesus' Message through Fidel Castro."

    08/06/2014 9:07:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    No, the Maryknoll Sandinista priest Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, 81, who had his suspension a divinis -- first decreed by Pope John Paul II -- removed by Pope Francis in the past few weeks did not leave his absurd statements and government positions in the past, as one might gather from various news reports of the past couple of days that repeated his statements from many years ago. He repeated such statements yesterday on Nicaraguan television, and now on a whole new unheard-of level. For those who are unaware of its real meaning in practice and behind the theological fog, this...
  • Alan Gross, American Imprisoned in Cuba, Says Goodbye to Family

    08/05/2014 4:00:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Monday, Aug 4, 2014
    A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working covertly in the Communist-run country to set up Internet access. His attorney, Scott Gilbert, said in a statement Monday that his client "has withdrawn" and told him "life in prison is not a life worth living." Gross has previously said through his lawyer that his 65th birthday, which took place in May,...
  • Fidel Castro Calls Israel 'Fascist' Over Gaza Operation

    08/05/2014 3:51:23 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-5-14 | AFP
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro compared Israel's military operation in Gaza on Tuesday to a "disgusting form of fascism" that its ally, the United States, is unable to control. "I think that a new and disgusting form of fascism is emerging with considerable force at this moment in human history," Castro wrote in a column in the newspaper Granma titled "Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza." Castro's article appeared as a 72-hour truce took hold in the Gaza Strip, with Israel withdrawing troops after a month of fighting with Hamas and other Gazan terrorist groups. "Why does the government of this country...
  • US reportedly dispatched Latin Americans to foment Cuba political change

    08/04/2014 4:46:59 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 26 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | August 4, 2014
    WASHINGTON – An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The travelers worked undercover, often posing as tourists, and traveled around the island scouting for people they could turn into political activists....
  • Driving Off a Cliff

    08/01/2014 8:47:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Last week, The Washington Post's Tehran, Iran, correspondent was arrested. The charges are unspecified, but according to the paper, Jason Rezaian, 38; his Iranian wife, Yeganeh Salehi; and two other U.S. citizens were detained. State Department spokesman Marie Harf issued a protest that didn't even rise to the level of tepid, saying "Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad." Reassured? Rezaian and the others join a list of Americans held captive -- many for years and years. Former FBI agent Bob Levinson, 66, went missing after traveling to Iran in 2007. Warren Weinstein, 72, was...
  • Jesse Ventura Swoons Over Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

    08/01/2014 3:57:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-1-2014 | Humberto Fontova
    Maybe it’s just a coincidence that somebody like Jesse Ventura is also a major fan of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara? (Or claims to be for the publicity value among the “hip”?) Recalling his visit to Cuba and meeting with Fidel Castro in 2002 Ventura grew misty-eyed: “Fidel Castro looked into my eyes and told me I was a man of great courage…Maybe he (Castro) saw a little of him in me.” Recall the Cowardly Lion’s reaction when the Wizard grants him “the NERVE.” Well, Jesse Ventura’s moronic gloating outdoes even the lion’s (“Shucks, folks, I’m speechless..ha-ha…Ain’t it the truth!...