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  • Ted Cruz, the other Cuban American running for president

    10/03/2015 11:11:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 2, 2015 | Patricia Mazzei
    * Texas senator stresses his Cuban heritage on campaign trail * His father was arrested and jailed on the island * Some Hispanic voters dislike Cruz’s strident conservatismTed Cruz could have been a Miami cubanito. His father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, desperate to flee Cuba after his youthful guerrilla activities landed him in jail, applied to the University of Texas, Louisiana State University — and the University of Miami. He chose Texas only because it was the first school to respond. “If the University of Miami had let him in, I might be a Floridian right now,” Ted Cruz told the...
  • Cuba B.C. (Before Castro) - Photos of Havana before the Castro brothers destroyed it

    10/02/2015 1:44:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 33 replies
    Cuba B.C. (Before Castro)Photos of Havana before the Castro brothers destroyed itMiramar’s Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) The same Quinta Avenida at night Quinta Avenida before the tunnel was built and cars had to use the iron bridge that is seen to the center-right The tunnel of Linea Street while it was still under construction. It was built by Cuban engineers and constructors between 1951 and 1953 Accross the street from Parque Central Carlos III Ave. The Masonic Building under construction on the left hand side. The umbrella on the center-left is where a policeman used to stand to change the...
  • Classified CIA Docs Found In Gitmo Prison Cells

    01/25/2012 2:09:22 PM PST · by OPS4 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Judicalwatch ^ | 1/24/12 | Judicialwatch
    Classified U.S. government information was found in the cells of high-value detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison that houses the world’s most dangerous terrorists, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • President Obama Continues Spinning Fantasies at the United Nations

    09/30/2015 7:36:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/30/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    Obama used the bubble afforded by the United Nations to insulate himself and his audiences from reality President Barack Obama continued his feckless foreign policy charade at the United Nations yesterday. He chaired what was billed as “The Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism,” and he met with Cuban President Raul Castro. At the summit, Obama claimed major progress in rolling back the Islamic State (or ISIL, as he refers to the jihadist caliphate occupying large portions of Syria and Iraq). By now, the president is certainly aware of the reported complaint, backed by 52 defense analysts, to...
  • MSNBC’s Diaz-Balart: Since Obama Renewed Relations, Cuba Has ‘Increased Repression’

    09/29/2015 7:57:23 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Tuesday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Jose Diaz-Balart, host of “The Rundown,” said since President Barack Obama opened up diplomatic relations, Cuba is violating human rights with political prisoners and described it as a “increase of repression.” Responding to Raul Castro’s call to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba during his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, Diaz-Balart said, “You know, the embargo, if you look at how it was codified into law, it’s pretty basic and simple on how the embargo would be lifted. How all of the blockades that exist between the United States being able...
  • Dissidents arrested as Pope Francis celebrates his first Mass in Cuba

    09/21/2015 3:10:40 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 21, 2015 | Nick Squires
    Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist regime’s rigid intolerance of political opposition. Two well-known dissidents, Marta Beatriz Roque and Miriam Leiva, had been invited by the Vatican to attend a vespers service led by the Pope’s in Havana’s historic baroque cathedral. But they said they were detained by security agents and barred from attending the event.
  • Greenfield: The Pope Forgets the Oppressed of Cuba

    09/22/2015 11:29:37 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 13 replies
    FrontPage ^ | September 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Pope Forgets the Oppressed of Cuba The pontiff’s visit gave the Castros what they wanted. September 22, 2015 Daniel Greenfield    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. In 1960, Cuban bishops declared that “Catholicism and Communism respond to two totally different concepts of man and the world which it will never be possible to conciliate.” Pope Francis however contends that Communism is really Christianity. “The Communists have stolen our flag,” he said. The Cuban bishops condemned Communism as “a system which brutally denies the most fundamental...
  • Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba

    09/23/2015 12:56:42 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 9 replies
    Washington Posr ^ | Sept 21, 2015 | WP Editorial Board
    Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba The Post's View By WP Editorial Board September 21 IN HIS visit to the United States beginning Tuesday, Pope Francis will meet not just President Obama and Congress but also those marginalized by our society: homeless people, immigrants, refugees and even the inmates of a jail. He’s expected to raise topics that many Americans will find challenging, such as his harsh critique of capitalism. His supporters say it’s all part of the role the pope has embraced as an advocate for the powerless, one that has earned him admiration from both Catholics...
  • OPEC’s Family Feud

    09/28/2015 5:47:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | 9/28/2015 | Hellenic Shipping News
    When Venezuelan Oil Minister Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso resigned in 1963, he blasted the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, at the time torn by internal rivalries, for failing to produce any benefits for his country. Half a century later, OPEC is still split and Venezuela is again unhappy, this time at the unwillingness of the organization’s top producer, Saudi Arabia, to rescue oil prices from a six-year low that’s dragging the battered Venezuelan economy into an even deeper crisis. On Sept. 10, Venezuela’s oil minister, Eulogio del Pino, tweeted appeals for OPEC and non-OPEC countries “to have a discussion on...
  • Venezuela, Guyana Set to Meet on UN Sidelines on Dispute (Oil discovered)

    09/27/2015 2:47:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 26, 2015 | Ricardo Zuniga, Associated Press
    Guyana's president said Saturday he's willing to meet with Venezuela's leader on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly — and the U.N. chief has arranged just that. Ban Ki-moon's Sunday schedule now shows a joint meeting with the two leaders embroiled in a border dispute. But in an interview with The Associated Press, Guyana's President David Granger also reiterated his belief that the International Court of Justice is the only answer to the countries' territorial squabble. Granger said the U.N. court in the Netherlands should mediate the matter. Any attempt by him and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to negotiate...
  • Ted Cruz’s dad is even more frightening than Ted Cruz

    09/27/2015 2:27:56 PM PDT · by Isara · 51 replies
    Salon ^ | Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    The wingnut didn't fall far from the tree. We followed Pastor Rafael Cruz to Iowa and heard some full-on crazy has Donald Trump still leading in national polling, followed by Dr. Ben Carson in second place, and Carly Florina in third. Ted Cruz is tied for fourth with Marco Rubio. While we will learn more about the strength and weaknesses of these candidates as the campaign progresses, one of them has a formidable asset in conservative circles all others lack. Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Ted Cruz, is a conservative, evangelical force to be reckoned with. At least that’s...
  • Vasili Arkhipov – World Hero

    09/26/2015 5:58:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 7 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | Sep 26, 2015 | Erico Matias Tavares
    You may have never heard of Vasili Arkhipov. And yet life as we know it on this planet could have ended if it were not for his crucial intervention during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Born in 1926, Arkhipov saw action as a minesweeper during the Soviet-Japanese war in August 1945. Two years later he graduated from the Caspian Higher Naval School, serving in the Black Sea and Baltic submarine fleets – just in time for the start of the Cold War, which would stay with him for the rest of his service. During the 1950s the Soviets became very...
  • Marco Rubio sides with BILL CLINTON on family and medical leave

    09/26/2015 5:11:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    MA Boston Newstime ^ | 09/25/2015 | Staff Writer
    Son of Cuban immigrants embraces one of Clinton's top early prioritiesPlan would offer businesses 25 percent tax credits in return for replacing unpaid leave with paid leave insteadPlan requires no new taxes or regulations, he says By J. Taylor Rushing, , U.s. Political Reporter In Washington Published: 09:01 EST, 25 September 2015 | Updated: 10:15 EST, 25 September 2015 View comments Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday called for expanding the 1993 Family & Medical Leave Act - a central part of President Bill Clinton's initial agenda upon taking office - to allow more American parents to spend more time...
  • A Real Revolutionary Appears

    09/26/2015 5:06:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 25, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    Cuba has got to be one of the most revolutionary places on the planet -- if you're naïve enough to believe the official slogans, street signs and the rest of the prolefeed on display in the Castros' crumbling little police state. The old Soviet Union used to be heavy on talk of revolution, too, though most Russians came to realize it was only talk. In the grim, gray reality, Russia was anything but revolutionary. When that evil empire collapsed, so did the empty slogans about revolution, the workers' state and all the rest. Official lies may hold up for a...
  • [Wash Post Oct 20, 2011:] Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show

    09/26/2015 8:55:26 AM PDT · by BobL · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2011 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power. But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that the Florida Republican’s account embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and...
  • Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album 'Wake Up!'

    09/25/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | September 25, 2015 | Daniel Kreps
    As Pope Francis embarks on his historic visit to the United States, His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November. The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Wake Up! arrives November 27th, with the iTunes pre-order now available with an instant download of "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!," which Rolling Stone is proud to premiere.
  • Durbin's Response to my Letter (His Defense of Gitmo Comments)

    07/05/2005 12:15:48 PM PDT · by minc3d · 27 replies · 5,440+ views
    Offices of Dick Durbin | July 5, 2005 | Dick Durbin (Sen, D-ILL)
    July 5, 2005 Dear Mr. Derrick W: Thank you for your recent message. On June 14, I spoke on the Senate floor about my heartfelt concern regarding the treatment of prisoners and detainees at Guantanamo and in other places. I noted that many others, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, have raised legitimate concerns about whether the policies of this Administration are truly making us safer and whether some of those policies might tarnish America's image around the world and jeopardize our soldiers. During that speech, I read an account from an FBI agent describing the mistreatment of prisoners...

    09/22/2015 8:09:09 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 33 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Sep 22,2015 | Humberto Fontova
    POPE FRANCIS DESECRATES MEMORY OF CATHOLIC MARTYRS IN CUBA The Castro regime's reward for mass murder. September 22, 2015 Humberto Fontova “Dear Mom and Dad, I’ve just received the news that I’ll be executed by firing squad in the morning. I assure you, dear parents, that I’ve never felt such spiritual tranquility as I do now. I feel content knowing that very shortly I’ll be with God, waiting and praying for you, my parents. I realize this news is painful for you, but please have faith in the Eternal Life. I want you all to rise above this and...
  • Pentagon announces transfer of Guantanamo detainee to Saudi Arabia

    09/22/2015 4:16:59 PM PDT · by keat · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:56pm EDT | Will Dunhm
    The United States said on Tuesday it had transferred Abdul Shalabi, a longtime hunger striker at the Guantanamo Bay prison and described as a bodyguard for former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, to his home country of Saudi Arabia. His departure after more than 13-1/2 years at the Guantanamo facility leaves 114 detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, the Pentagon said in a statement. The U.S. Defense Department has described the 39-year-old Shalabi as a member of al Qaeda and a longtime bodyguard for bin Laden, who received "specialized close combat training for his role as a...
  • Obama and Biden Were Running Late for the Pope, So They Made His Plane Turn Around

    09/22/2015 1:09:09 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 95 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2015 | Emma Green
    s the pope stalkers of the world watched his flight path on the Alitalia website, suddenly… the plane started making donuts. Several loops over North Carolina later, the pope is back on his way to D.C.: A source on the ground at Joint Base Andrews said several government officials told him the reason the plane started circling was that Obama and Biden are running late to the greeting ceremony. Ooops. Seems like even the bishop of Rome has to adjust his schedule around Beltway traffic.
  • After Flight From Cuba, The Pope Lands: Does Oboma Kiss His Ring? (Bowed to Saudi King)

    09/22/2015 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 17 replies
    NA | 22 Sept 2015 | RACookPE1978
    Oboma has, to date, surrendered dignity and bowed down to each foreign king or dictator he meets overseas (excepting his hated Queen of England of course.) Now, with the Muslims dictating policy and protocol, will he follow Christian (Catholic!) custom and kiss the Pope's ring, or will he follow his "religion" and support the Pope's stands on the hundred of thousands of Islamic "refugees", tens of millions of Mexican illegal aliens, and worldwide socialism?
  • Guantánamo frees Saudi; prison now holds 114 captives ("worst of worst")

    09/22/2015 3:14:14 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 22, 2015 | By Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba The military released one of Guantánamo’s most determined hunger strikers to Saudi Arabia Tuesday, decreasing the prison camp population to 114. Abdul Rahman Shalabi, 39, once held as a “forever prisoner,” was repatriated less than a week after the United States sent a Moroccan home. Typical of past deals, Saudi Arabia sent a jet to pick him up. U.S. forces brought Shalabi to the U.S. Navy base in Cuba on Jan. 11, 2002, the day Camp X-Ray opened, and held him as Detainee 42. He has never been charged with a crime at Guantánamo. His...
  • Cardinal O'Malley reflects on pope's visit to Cuba (socialist alert)

    09/21/2015 6:11:59 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    The Pilot ^ | 9/20/15 | Gregory L. Tracy & Christopher S. Pineo
    BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley spoke with The Pilot, Sept. 20, after Pope Francis celebrated a Mass at Revolution Square -- in Havana. The cardinal described the scene as Cubans, pilgrims from Boston, and others gathered for the third papal Mass the cardinal has seen in Cuba, but the first since the beginning of the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. "Today we had the privilege and the joy to attend Pope Francis' Mass in Havana in the Plaza de la Revolución under the picture of his fellow Argentine Che Guevara. Hundreds of thousands of people...
  • Bananas- movie- Mad Dictator Scene

    09/21/2015 10:44:20 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 15 replies
    You Tub-e ^ | 10/4/2011 | Bananas-the movie
    New info from Havana and the Pope's visit. New "freedoms" celebrated... and monitored as in every good socialist/marxist dictatorship. Have a laugh in the face of the serious happenings. "The official language of San Marcos (Cuba), will be Swedish. All citizens will be required to change their underwear on the 1/2 hour.....underwear to be worn on the outside, so we can check. Also, all children under 16 years old, are now... 16 years old". From the movie (woody allen's- his last worthwhile funny film from long ago-- considering what a perv he is) "Bananas"- appropriate with the shiite going on...
  • As Cuban dissidents arrested, Pope Francis enjoys friendly and informal conversation with Castro

    09/21/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 21, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Pope Francis’s visit to Cuba is proving to be a very comfortable event for the brutally repressive and dictatorial regime. The closest thing, so far, to a challenge to the oppression of dissidents has been the invitation to a dissident group, The Ladies in White, to attend a cathedral service held by the pope. However, according to the U.K. Telegraph, 22 of 24 members of the group were detained by security police and could not attend. Other dissidents fared as badly: Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist...
  • Dissidents arrested as Pope Francis celebrates his first Mass in Cuba

    09/21/2015 7:01:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 21, 2015 | Nick Squires
    Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist regime’s rigid intolerance of political opposition. Two well-known dissidents, Marta Beatriz Roque and Miriam Leiva, had been invited by the Vatican to attend a vespers service led by the Pope’s in Havana’s historic baroque cathedral.
  • May God’s blessings come to Cuba’s long suffering ‘dissidents’

    09/21/2015 8:49:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/21/15 | Judi McLeod
    Pope and the Castro brothers dominate the news, while in hundreds of dark prison cells throughout still Communist Cuba, political prisoners, who are all but ignored by world leaders including their own, send up fervent prayers to their Creator Special blessings on the Cuban “dissidents” forbidden to be in the presence of Pope Francis. Photos of the dissidents, roughly manhandled by security and sent world wide, finally transcend the one of Fidel Castro’s executioner Che Guevara that for more than half a century has literally dominated Havana’s Revolution Square. Even though when caught in the end, Guevara, whose “stock in...
  • Pope meets with Fidel, misses out on dissident greeting

    09/21/2015 3:04:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 21, 2015 5:25 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Michael Weissenstein
    Pope Francis flies to eastern Cuba on Monday for the next leg of his pilgrimage after having met with both Raul and Fidel Castro but missing out on an encounter with Cuban dissidents. The Vatican stressed that no official meeting had been planned with the dissidents. The Vatican embassy in Havana did make calls to some leaders “as a sign of attention to these people,” the Vatican spokesman said, but in the end the dissidents were prevented from reaching the cathedral where the greeting was planned. The Castro meetings went off without a hitch. The Vatican described the 40-minute session...
  • Castro praises Pope's anti-capitalism stance

    09/20/2015 4:23:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/20/2015 | By ROBERT KING
    Pope Francis has arrived in Havana this afternoon and starts a historic 10-day visit to Cuba and the United States, according to reports. Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed Pope Francis in a long speech at the airport. In his speech, Castro said the communist government has "founded an equitable society with social justice" in Cuba and he praised the pope's critiques of the global economic system that has "globalized capital and turned money into its idol." Castro thanked Francis for facilitating negotiations that led to a detente between the United States and Cuba. Castro is also calling for the end...
  • U.S. Companies Will Soon Be Able To Open Offices, Bank Accounts In Cuba

    09/20/2015 12:21:44 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Consumerist ^ | 18 September 2015 | Chris Morran
    After a half century of travel and trade embargoes against Cuba, American businesses will soon be able to return the island nation and establish offices there. Today, the U.S. government announced a new slate of revised Cuba-related regulations that will ease restrictions on commerce and tourism. Starting on Monday, according to the Treasury Dept.’s Office of Foreign Assets Control [OFAC], a variety of American business types “will be allowed to establish and maintain a physical presence, such as an office, retail outlet, or warehouse, in Cuba.” Among the allowed types of businesses: news bureaus; exporters of authorized goods, including agricultural...
  • Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro – live updates

    09/20/2015 11:18:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 920/2015
    Live coverage of South American communists.
  • Pope Arrives in Cuba, Speaks of Church’s Need for Freedom, Means, Space

    09/19/2015 8:19:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies ^ | 09-19-15 | Kathleen Naab
    Pope Arrives in Cuba, Speaks of Church’s Need for Freedom, Means, Space Cuba, September 19, 2015 ( Kathleen Naab Pope Francis arrived this afternoon in Cuba, giving the first of his official addresses for this nine-day apostolic visit that will also bring him to the United States. He referenced the opening of relations between his two host countries and affirmed that the world "needs reconciliation," as we live what he has referred to a handful of times as a Third World War being fought in pieces. The Holy Father was greeted with fanfare and a brisk breeze as he spent...
  • The Latest: Raul Castro lauds pope's critiques of capitalism

    09/19/2015 3:52:10 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 19, 2015 | Associated Press
    HAVANA — The latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the United States. All times local EDT: 4:30 p.m. Cuban President Raul Castro is praising Pope Francis' critiques of the global economic system, saying it has "globalized capital and turned money into its idol." In a lengthy speech welcoming the pope at Havana's international airport, Castro says Cuba's communist government has "founded an equitable society with social justice." He thanks the pope for mediating negotiations on detente between the United States and Cuba. Castro is also calling for the end of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and...
  • Pope Francis praises US-Cuba detente as model for world

    09/19/2015 3:40:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    AP on Yahoo News ^ | 9/19/15 | NICOLE WINFIELD and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN - AP
    HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro to persevere in building normal ties as the pontiff launched a 10-day tour of the former Cold War foes Saturday. Francis' surprisingly direct call for progress toward normalization came after weeks of Vatican assurances that he would not explicitly address politics during his pastoral trip to Cuba and the U.S. Francis served as mediator and guarantor of 18 months of secret negotiations that led to the resumption of diplomatic relations between the...
  • How Many Effing Cubans do These People Think There Are In the United States

    09/19/2015 5:39:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 19, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Ann Coulter is under heavy media fire for a very uncouth tweet where she implies that during the debate the Republican candidates were all pandering to Jewish-Americans. The wording of her tweet resembles the title of this article but with “Jews” in place of Cubans. So suddenly the media has a tantrum because someone mentioned political pandering to a small but wealthy and politically powerful minority.Funny, because some of us have been reading lamentations about political pandering to a small but wealthy and politically powerful minority for decades—and from many of the very media sectors now bashing Ann Coulter. These...
  • Barack Obama speaks with Raul Castro as US eases travel restrictions with Cuba

    09/18/2015 4:36:57 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Sep 2015
    The United States further eased restrictions on business and travel with Cuba Friday, as it presses forward in rebuilding long-frozen relations with its former Cold War foe. Two months after formally restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, the US made it easier for Americans to establish and operate businesses in Cuba, removed remittance limits and widened travel opportunities to the Caribbean island nation. It also cleared up small, irksome restrictions like ones that had prevented representatives of US businesses working in other countries from taking their own computers into Cuba, and which blocked the use in the United States of Cuban-developed...
  • Chris Matthews Attacks Cuban Heritage of Cruz, Rubio; ‘They Talk about Apocalyptic Terms’

    09/17/2015 3:30:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 17, 2015 | Curtis Houck
    In the late hours of Wednesday night after the Republican debate, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was in his element as he whined about the 2016 GOP candidates being “very ideological tonight” and targeted the Cuban-American heritage of Senators Marco Rubio (Fl.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) for thinking that “they still are fighting a Cold War” and “treat[ing] Obama like he’s Castro.” As for the latter and more inflammatory remarks, it started when Matthews wondered aloud to Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post that whenever he hears Cruz or Rubio speak, he “swear[s] they are still fighting a Cold War”...
  • Building Bridges between the United States and Cuba

    09/16/2015 10:41:27 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    US Dept of State ^ | September 16, 2015 | Evan Ryan
    Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a lively forum to exchange ideas and share information at George Washington University (GWU) on ways to strengthen educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Cuba. The “Building Bridges” symposium was organized by GWU’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication in partnership with the State Department and Sister Cities International. The event was intended to bring together experts from inside and outside the U.S. government to discuss how the new U.S. approach to Cuba can promote more people-to-people links.
  • Castro Prepares for Pope’s Visit by Arresting 50 Ladies in White Dissidents

    09/16/2015 3:47:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | 9/15/15 | Belen Marty
    Leader Berta Soler Says 3,500 "Pardoned" Are Common Criminals for Show Just six days before the arrival of Pope Francis in Cuba, the island’s police arrested 50 Ladies in White and other human-rights activists, to make it 22nd consecutive Sunday of detentions and beatings. Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, explained to the PanAm Post the catch-and-release process of intimidation, and that all captives were out of jail by Monday night. The regime’s officers arrested the women, who every Sunday gather to demand the release of political prisoners, and dragged them away as they sat in protest.
  • Is Francis ready for a confrontation at the Cuban altar?

    09/14/2015 6:44:58 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 09/14/2015 | Paul Kengor
    On August 23, a Coptic Christian soldier was killed in his army unit in Egypt. Baha Saeed Karam, 22, was found with four bullet wounds at the headquarters of his battalion in Marsa Matruh. Although transferred to a hospital in Alexandria, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
  • Ted Cruz, Son of a Refugee, Tells Syrian Refugees to Go Home

    09/09/2015 1:36:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/09/2015 | Tim Mak
    The Texas senator’s father fled violence in Cuba in the ’50s, but the current crop of Syrian refugees won’t have the same protection if Cruz has his way. Ted Cruz, whose own father fled an oppressive regime decades ago, said Tuesday he opposed the U.S. taking in “large numbers” of refugees fleeing violence in Syria and elsewhere in the region. The ultimate goal for the migrants seeking safety from the violence that is roiling North Africa and the Middle East should be for them to return home, the 2016 presidential contender said Tuesday, not to resettle them in America. Europe...
  • Trump softens once-hard line on Cuba

    09/08/2015 1:30:20 PM PDT · by JediJones · 15 replies
    Politico Florida ^ | 9/8/15 | Marc Caputo
    Donald Trump’s longstanding hard line against Cuba has started to soften... Said Trump: “I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal. The concept of opening with Cuba — 50 years is enough — the concept of opening with Cuba is fine. I think we should have made a stronger deal.” That’s a far cry from the Cuba position Trump laid out in 1999... “He's been a killer, he's a criminal, and I don't think you should reward people who have done what he's done,” Trump said on Nov. 15, 1999... In August,...
  • Marco Rubio takes a shot at Rand Paul over potentially running for Senate and White House

    04/13/2015 2:45:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 13, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., when asked about the possibility of running simultaneously for re-election to the Senate and for the presidency in 2016. "If someone decides to run for president of the United States, you run for president of the United States," Rubio said at the National Press Club. "I don't believe you can run effectively for an office of that magnitude while having some exit strategy in mind."
  • Ted Cruz isn’t Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. Here’s yet another reason why.

    10/21/2013 7:40:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Washington Post - The Fix ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    ".............Paul has signaled that if he runs for president in 2016, he won’t do it the way his father did, by mostly shunning the GOP establishment. Instead, he is expected to cultivate relationships with Republicans like McConnell, whose help making inroads with establishment donors could be very, very useful. Rubio clearly isn’t shunning the establishment, either. He worked on crafting an immigration reform bill earlier this year, something the establishment wing of the party has been clamoring for in the wake of a disappointing election in which Republicans performed poorly among Hispanics. And he didn’t hesitate to back McConnell, even...
  • David Axelrod: Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush can reach into Hispanic community; Rand Paul a ‘wild card’

    05/29/2015 6:32:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/29/15 | David Sherfinski
    David Axelrod: Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush can reach into Hispanic community; Rand Paul a ‘wild card’ David Axelrod, one of the chief strategists for President Obama’s 2008 election and 2012 re-election campaigns, said Friday that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stand out in the 2016 GOP field because of their ability to make inroads with Latinos. Mr. Axelrod was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” if he were advising former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, which Republican candidates or potential candidates scare him the most. “I would say Rubio...
  • Trump backs U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations

    09/08/2015 9:19:34 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 153 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/08/2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Breaking ranks with nearly all of his fellow 2016 Republican contenders, Donald Trump says he supports President Barack Obama's decision to reengage diplomatically with Cuba. "50 years is enough," Trump said in an interview with the Daily Caller published Tuesday, referring to Obama's decision to re-establish U.S. ties with Cuba. "I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal," Trump added. "The concept of opening with Cuba is fine." Trump joins libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as the only Republican running for president to express his support for normalizing relations with Cuba....
  • Migrant to Mexico Defends Trump, Denounces Ramos

    09/04/2015 6:48:23 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 04, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    “I’ve never ceased to be Mexican. I have two passports, and I vote in elections in both countries. (Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Time Magazine, 1/2/2013.) “Then why your silence on the thousands upon thousands of Cubans that are arrested, beaten, extorted and deported by migratory officials of YOUR country, Mr Ramos?” Rafael Alejandro Hernandez, 8/28/2015) Rafael Alejandro Hernández is a young Cuban lawyer living in Mexico who knows from firsthand experience what migrants to Mexico go through. Last week he unloaded on Jorge Ramos: “Mr Ramos, you as Mexican citizen have no moral authority whatsoever to criticize U.S. immigration policy.” “You...
  • DOD Sec. Says Gitmo Terrorists Need Indefinite Lockup as Obama Tries Closing Prison

    09/04/2015 11:39:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 4, 2015
    While President Obama works to deliver on his longtime promise to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba his Defense Secretary offers a jolt of reality; around half of the detainees—the world’s most dangerous terrorists—need to be locked up “indefinitely.” So what are the commander-in-chief’s plans for the radical Islamic jihadists currently incarcerated in the top-security compound at the U.S. Naval base in southeast Cuba? The all-star terrorist roster includes 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the Al-Qaeda terrorist charged...
  • Migrant to Mexico Denounces Hypocrite Jorge Ramos

    09/02/2015 7:58:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/02/2015 | Humberto Fontova
    “I cover many issues in many countries” (Univision’s Jorge Ramos to CNN’s Brian Stelter 8/25/2015). “I’ve never ceased to be Mexican. I have two passports, and I vote in elections in both countries" (Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Time Magazine, 1/2/2013). “Then why your silence on the thousands upon thousands of Cubans that are arrested, beaten, extorted and deported by migratory officials of YOUR country, Mr. Ramos?” (Rafael Alejandro Hernández, 8/28/ 2015).  Rafael Alejandro Hernández is a young Cuban lawyer living in Mexico who knows from firsthand experience what migrants to Mexico go through. Last week he unloaded on Jorge Ramos: “Mr. Ramos,...
  • Trump vs. Ramos Bout

    08/31/2015 8:27:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/31/15 | Obie Usategui
    I consider Mr. Ramos and his entire Univision tribe, just a swarm of unqualified misfits, whose fame and fortune and that of their network were ill-fatedly built, for the most part, on the misfortunes of a mass exodus of Cubans You know what, I thought my frenzy point for irking with madness had just about reached its limits of confinement when I saw Barack Obama eagerly shaking the bloodied hands of Cuban dictators Fidel and Raul Castro – the entire charade followed by the idiot John Kerry’s ceremony raising the American flag at the just re-opened Cuban embassy in Havana,...