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  • The Right to Refuse; History and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    11/24/2015 10:47:02 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/15 | Timothy Birdnow
    A Leader-for Change On March 17, 1980, after consulting with his daughter Amy James Earl Carter, President of the United States and fearless bunny rabbit fighter, signed into law the United States Refugee Act of 1980 which implemented a number of provisions set down by the United Nations. Limits on the numbers of refugees admitted per fiscal year were raised to 50,000 from 17,000 and special provisions were put in place for “emergency” resettlement. Also, the definition of what constitutes a refugee was altered so as to comport with U.N. opinions on the subject. Refugees were now defined as: “owing...
  • ‘Costa Rica faced by mass migration of Cubans trying to reach the U.S.’

    11/18/2015 7:32:29 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/18/15 | Judi McLeod
    A.M.Costa Rica: If the unlikely combo of President Barack Obama and Pope Francis did good for the Cuban people by re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, then why are Cubans fleeing their island nation by the thousands? In re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, Obama and the pontiff didn’t help the oppressed people of Cuba under Communist rule, but only enabled the human rights ignoring Castro brothers. Here are the results of the Obama Cuban legacy:
  • Most Dishonest Countries Are China and Turkey

    11/17/2015 9:43:17 AM PST · by oblomov · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    It’s a coin toss between China and Turkey for the title of least honest country, according to a new study. As part of a 15-nation honesty study, researchers from the University of East Anglia had the 1,500 subjects participate in a coin flip, telling them they’d get up to $5 every time it came up heads. The researchers theorized that if the percentage reporting heads was over 50 percent, participants were being dishonest, since heads statistically shows up only half the time. An estimated 70 percent of Chinese participants lied — the most dishonest of the bunch, according to the...
  • Nicaragua Closes Border to Cuban Migrants Moving North to United States

    11/16/2015 8:51:41 AM PST · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Latin Amarica News Dispatch ^ | 11/16/2015 | Latin Amarica News Dispatch
    Nicaragua shut down its border with Costa Rica on Sunday to keep more than 1,000 Cubans from entering the country. The move by Nicaraguan authorities is a direct rebuke to their Costa Rican counterparts' decision, one day earlier, to grant transit visas to the migrants - a decision that the administration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said will set off a humanitarian crisis. The border crisis comes amid increasing tensions over the rising number of Cubans crossing Central America on their way to the United States in order to circumvent the heavily patrolled Florida Straits and to take advantage of...
  • Obama’s olive branches are lifelines for authoritarian regimes

    11/13/2015 9:42:39 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2015 | Jackson Diehl
    At the heart of President Obama's foreign policy is a long bet: that American engagement with previously shunned regimes will, over time, lead to their liberalization, without the need for either a messy domestic revolution or a bloody U.S. use of force. By definition, it will be years before we know whether the policy works. It nevertheless is becoming clear that the regimes on which Obama has lavished attention have greeted his overtures with a counter-strategy. It's possible, they calculate, to use the economic benefits of better relations to entrench their authoritarian systems for the long term, while screening out...
  • Cuba: A Threat to America

    11/11/2015 11:27:47 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 5 replies ^ | 11 Nov 2015 | Gerald Flurry
    If you were alive in 1963, you probably remember where you were the afternoon of November 22. That is the day you heard the news that United States President John F. Kennedy had been shot. President Kennedy was murdered as he traveled by motorcade in Texas. Since that very day, the truth about the assassination has been a mystery. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine, defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 and returned to the U.S. in 1962. Two days after the president’s assassination, he was murdered by a nightclub owner under dubious circumstances. The Warren Commission, which...
  • The Washington Posts Castro-Connection

    11/07/2015 6:20:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | November 7, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Imagine a major story in one of America's top newspapers on an island in San Francisco Bay named Alcatraz. Now imagine that this story omits mentioning a prison. What could conceivably account for such an "oversight?" Might the writer have an agenda? Might a "full-disclosure" of the writer's background and family connections reveal such an agenda? For tens of thousands of Americans an equivalent story was published in the Washington Post last week by its chief Latin American reporter Nick Miroff. The "in-depth" article featured an islet of the southwestern coast of Cuba called The Isle of Pines, which hosted...
  • House passes defense bill that restricts Gitmo closure

    11/05/2015 10:28:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 5, 2015 | AP
    The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a revised $607 billion defense policy bill that restricts President Barack Obama's efforts to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The vote was 370-58. The measure was revised to align with the budget agreement the president signed into law on Monday. The White House said Wednesday Obama remains opposed to provisions hampering his ability to transfer the 112 detainees out of Guantanamo and move them either to other countries or the United States. Spokesman Josh Earnest said there was no veto threat but that the president still must review the bill. Obama...
  • Sprint Signs Major Deal in Cuba

    11/04/2015 3:21:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 11/3/15 | Ramon Taylor
    Sprint became the first U.S. telecommunications company to provide direct roaming mobile phone service to foreigners in Cuba, after a striking a deal at the Havana International Fair. Sprint says it expects the number of visitors in Cuba to reach 5 million a year within the next decade. The U.S.-based firm Sprint signed a deal with Cuba’s state telecommunications agency Etecsa, with the objective to reach millions of tourists expected to visit the island in coming years. The move comes as Washington and Havana continue to explore business opportunities, since restoring diplomatic relations in July for the first time in...
  • "The Biggest Defeat in Our Nation’s History!" (U.S. Military Chiefs on Democratic "Solution"

    10/31/2015 10:21:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | October 31, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you." (Frank Sinatra) Fairy tales certainly came true for Sinatra's chum John F. Kennedy. I refer to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 53 years ago this week. More specifically, I refer to the media/academia/Hollywood spin of the crisis, especially its outcome. Surely you know the tune: "JFK stood up to the Russians in Cuba! Khrushchevblinked, cowered, and took his missiles home with his tail between his legs! Ha-ha! Take THAT Russkies! That’s the kind of gumption we need today with Iran and Putin!" In fact, here was the consensus at the time...
  • Bogot Voters Send Marxists Packing

    10/28/2015 3:01:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 3 replies ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Mara Paula Surez Navas
    After a close race for mayor in the Colombian capital of Bogotá, former Mayor Enrique Peñalosa emerged victorious last Sunday to regain his old post with one-third of the vote. Besides his own proposals, Peñalosa, of the center-right Radical Change party, was undoubtedly favored by the fact that Bogotá residents had grown tired of 12 years of leftist rule in the city. In the last decade, city infrastructure has decayed, crime has increased, and poor planning surrounding the Integrated Transportation System has worsened public mobility. Political and security analyst John Marulanda believes the key to Peñalosa’s victory was his decision...
  • US still isolated at UN General Assembly over Cuba embargo

    10/27/2015 5:34:14 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 27,2015 | Sum Gai
    The United Nations General Assembly has almost unanimously voted to condemn the US embargo on Cuba, in the first such resolution since US-Cuban diplomatic ties were restored earlier this year. The motion won more support than it has done in the past, with 191 members of the 193-member body voting in favour. Only the US and Israel opposed the resolution, which is non-binding.
  • Bernie Sanders Hails Castroite Education, Healthcare

    10/24/2015 1:07:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 24, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Whoops! Sorry for the classic “Dog Bites Man” headline. Let’s try this headline instead: “Best we can tell, Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb has never hailed anything Castroite.”There. That’s better: a proper “Man Bites Dog” headline. After all, a prominent Democrat hailing Stalinist Cuba is hardly worth a headline by now. But please indulge me here. You see, back in 1985 after a visit to Nicaragua where (then) Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders came away highly impressed with Daniel Ortega (the Castro-Muppet then busily Sovietizing Nicaragua) Sanders also felt obligated to compliment the Soviet-Muppet jerking the Nicaraguan Muppet’s strings.“In 1959 everybody...
  • Sanders Says Despotism May Be Fair Trade-off for Free Health Care [semi-satire]

    10/24/2015 8:33:03 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Oct 2015 | John Semmens
    The discovery of a 1985 video in which Sen. Bernie Sanders (S-Vt) praised the progressive policies of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro failed to dent the candidate for the Democratic presidential nominations enthusiasm for socialism. The right wing in this country likes to emphasize the bad side of the Castro regimethe suppression of dissent, the imprisonment and execution of counterrevolutionariesbut they totally ignore the benefits it provided for the common people. Chief among these benefits, according to Sanders, is universal free health care. Unlike the complex and discriminatory system we have here in the United States, the Cuban system gives the...
  • S-Word Avoided in Stories About Near Worthless Venezuelan Currency

    10/19/2015 4:56:39 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 19, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    How inflated is Venezuelan currency? So inflated that even thieves in Venezuela are refusing to steal it. This has been reported in several media outlets such as the New York Times and Vox but a certain word is very noticebably absent in both reports. It is the S-word that dare not speak its name. One big reason it is taboo in liberal circles to associate that word with economic failure is that one Democrat candidate for president is openly an advocate of the unspoken system and most of the rest of the other candidates silently support it. We start with...
  • "America is a bomb waiting to explode"

    10/18/2015 8:56:55 AM PDT · by spodefly · 75 replies
    RT ^ | 18 Oct, 2015 | Sam Gerrans
    The United States is in decline. While not all major shocks to the system will be devastating, when the right one comes along, the outcome may be dramatic. Not all explosives are the same. We all know you have to be careful with dynamite. Best to handle it gently and not smoke while youre around it. Semtex is different. You can drop it. You can throw it. You can put it in the fire. Nothing will happen. Nothing until you put the right detonator in it, that is. To me, the US and most of the supposedly free West...
  • Obama: 'Much of our criminal justice system remains unfair'

    10/17/2015 10:38:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 62 replies ^ | Oct. 17, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Obama's weekly remarks Hi, everybody. Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America. Today, there are 2.2 million. The United States is home to 5 percent of the worlds population, but 25 percent of the worlds prisoners. Every year, we spend $80 billion to keep people locked up. Now, many of the folks in prison absolutely belong there our streets are safer thanks to the brave police officers and dedicated prosecutors who put violent criminals behind bars. But over the last few decades, weve also locked up more non-violent offenders than ever before, for longer...
  • Israel perturbed by the arrival of 3,000 Iranian troops in Syria with 2,000 Cubans

    10/15/2015 9:03:49 AM PDT · by amorphous · 50 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 14/15 Oct 2015
    Israel and Iran engaged in a duel of messages on Wednesday and Thursday (October 14-15), with Russia standing behind Iran. Israeli military and intelligence sources were uncharacteristically forthcoming when they revealed on Thursday, Oct. 15, that 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards troops had secretly landed in Syria. This was the largest Iranian ground force ever to set foot in Syria. Until now, Israel had kept under close wraps any intelligence obtained about the movement of the Iranian forces. However, in consideration of the large number of troops, the continuation of the Russian and Iranian airlifts of forces to Syria, and the...
  • Top Cuban general, key forces in Syria to aid Asad, Russia, sources say

    10/14/2015 5:10:56 PM PDT · by LUV W · 39 replies ^ | Published October 14, 2015 | Cristina Corbin and Doug McKelway
    Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assads soldiers and may be preparing to man Russian-made tanks to aid Damascus in fighting rebel forces backed by the U.S. Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frias, head of Cuba's Armed Forces, recently visited Syria to lead a group of Cuban military personnel joining forces with Russia in their support of Assad, according to information received by the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
  • Top Cuban general, key forces in Syria to aid Assad, Russia, sources say

    10/14/2015 2:07:01 PM PDT · by twister881 · 39 replies ^ | October 14, 2014 |
    Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assads soldiers and may be preparing to man Russian-made tanks to aid Damascus in fighting rebel forces backed by the U.S. Cuban paramilitary and special forces units are on the ground in Syria, citing evidence from intelligence reports. Cuban troops may have been training in Russia and may have arrived in Syria on Russian planes.
  • Cubans retire to Florida with help from U.S. taxpayers

    10/10/2015 3:43:49 PM PDT · by AU72 · 17 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Megan O'Matz, Sally Kestin and John Maines
    More Cubans are coming to Florida in their golden years to retire, able to tap U.S. government assistance even though they never lived or worked here. The number of Cubans arriving over the age of 60 grew fivefold since 2010, according to state refugee data. At least 185 made the crossing in their 80s or 90s. Unlike most other immigrants, Cubans qualify immediately for food stamps and Medicaid. If they are over 65 with little or no income, they also can collect a monthly check of up to $733 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Golden years: Cubans retire to Florida...
  • Exclusive: U.S. warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still in place

    10/10/2015 6:36:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2015 | BY RON BOUSSO AND TIMOTHY GARDNER
    The Obama administration has privately reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect, cautioning against a rush by Western companies to invest in Iran's oil industry and other businesses until the country fully complies with the July nuclear agreement. The U.S. State Department recently cabled a message, known as a demarche, to embassies around the world to reiterate that sanctions on Iran are still in place, diplomatic and government sources told Reuters on Friday. The demarche stressed that sanctions on Iran would not be lifted until the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Tehran has...
  • Time Celebrates 'How Che Guevara Didn't Let Asthma Affect His Ambitions'

    10/10/2015 9:12:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 10/10/2015 | Matthew Balan
    Jennifer Latson paid tribute to communist thug Che Guevara on the anniversary of his death in a gushing Friday item on Time magazine's website. Latson marveled how the Argentinian radical "might have considered the United States his worst enemy, but he faced an even greater threat to his revolutionary ambitions: asthma." The writer later touted that "asthma didn't keep him from embracing the rowdiness of youth," and that "it didn't prevent him from following a rugged revolutionary road to Cuba
  • Russia's Threat

    10/09/2015 12:44:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he predicted that the occasion would be remembered as "the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Some seven years later, America is weaker, and the world is a far more dangerous place. President Obama did not end the war in Iraq. His precipitous withdrawal of American troops allowed the Islamic State group to take control of major cities and Iran to become the puppet master in Iraq. His decision to announce when the U.S. would...
  • 3-part Series: U.S. welfare flows to Cuba (Pt.1)

    10/07/2015 7:00:51 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 14 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 10/1/15 | By Sally Kestin, Megan O'Matz and John Maines with Tracey Eaton in Cuba
    Theyre taking benefits from the American taxpayer to subsidize their life in another country. Cuban immigrants are cashing in on U.S. welfare and returning to the island, making a mockery of the decades-old premise that they are refugees fleeing persecution at home. Some stay for months at a time and the U.S. government keeps paying. Cubans unique access to food stamps, disability money and other welfare is meant to help them build new lives in America. Yet these days, its helping some finance their lives on the communist island. Americas open-ended generosity has grown into an entitlement that exceeds...
  • Obama Squeezes Republicans' Throats On Defense Spending

    10/07/2015 2:20:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 50 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the Obama administration announced that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if it did not close down Guantanamo Bay. White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed principally becauseof the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay. He added that Democrats would sustain Obamas veto, and defense authorization would die.
  • Obama to veto defense bill unless Congress closes Guantanamo

    10/07/2015 6:51:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/07/2015 | Rick Moran
    So who's the obstructionist now? President Obama is promising to veto the defense spending bill unless Congress votes to close the prison camp at Guantanamo in Cuba. Roll Call: “So this is an indication that Republicans are gonna need to find a way to work with Democrats to put forward a National Defense Authorization Act that will earn not just the support of Congress, but also the support of the commander in chief,” he said. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., has said the White House promised him a plan to close the prison, but has yet to...
  • 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 Cruzs 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 worlds 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...
  • MSNBCs Diaz-Balart: Since Obama Renewed Relations, Cuba Has Increased Repression

    09/29/2015 7:57:23 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 8 replies
    Tuesday on MSNBCs 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 Castros 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, its 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 regimes 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 Popes in Havanas 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 pontiffs 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. Hes expected to raise topics that many Americans will find challenging, such as his harsh critique of capitalism. His supporters say its all part of the role the pope has embraced as an advocate for the powerless, one that has earned him admiration from both Catholics...
  • OPECs 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 Prez 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 organizations top producer, Saudi Arabia, to rescue oil prices from a six-year low thats dragging the battered Venezuelan economy into an even deeper crisis. On Sept. 10, Venezuelas 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 Cruzs 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 thats...
  • 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 nave 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 Rubios 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 familys 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 Republicans account embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubios parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before Castros 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, Ive just received the news that Ill be executed by firing squad in the morning. I assure you, dear parents, that Ive never felt such spiritual tranquility as I do now. I feel content knowing that very shortly Ill 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?
  • Guantnamo 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 Guantnamos 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 Guantnamo. 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 Sen 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 Revolucin under the picture of his fellow Argentine Che Guevara. Hundreds of thousands of people...