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  • Texas trade group heads to Cuba (et tu, Texas?)

    04/25/2015 10:45:35 PM PDT · by balch3 · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 25, 2015 | AP
    DALLAS (AP) — A Texas delegation is arriving in Cuba with hopes of building a front-of-the-line position for renewed trade with the Caribbean nation long isolated by a U.S. embargo. The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1IX4MDi ) reports the delegation landing in Havana on Sunday is the first Texas has sent to Cuba since the U.S. and the communist island nation agreed to restore diplomatic relations. Texas industries with potential to expand trade with Cuba include agriculture, airlines, oil, technology and tourism, said Cynthia Thomas, president of the Dallas-based consulting firm Tri Dimension Strategies and leader of the delegation. "The last...
  • Florida's Ros-Lehtinen says Republicans won't challenge removing Cuba from terror sponsors list

    04/24/2015 8:05:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2015
    Republican congressional leaders have admitted defeat in their effort to thwart President Barack Obama's plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met with a number of her fellow lawmakers last week to strategize way to prevent the de-listing of Cuba in a bill she planned to introduce this week, but the lawmaker was told that Congress legally can't prevent the White House from removing Cuba from the list. "We can't undo it. We just got the word from the parliamentarian: It's a no-go," Ros-Lehtinen said, according to the Miami Herald....
  • Video: Obama Chimes In With Socialist Third World Dictators Trashing America

    04/21/2015 8:57:40 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Watch in horror as the left-wing community organizer we are asked to regard as the President joins rabidly anti-American socialist dictators Raul Castro and Nicolás Maduro in bashing America.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo In Cuba

    04/21/2015 5:31:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    CBS NEW YORK ^ | 4/20/15
    ...Cuomo speaks at the beginning of a Business Rountable with Cuban and American business leaders held at the Hotel Parque Central in Havana, Cuba....
  • ¿Quien es más Hispano? Rubio, Cruz, Castro or Bush

    04/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: I had a story in Saturday’s paper on the startling fact that, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, two of the first three announced candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for president are Hispanic. In other words, if America elects its first Latino president in 2016, that president would almost certainly be a Republican. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, at best there could be a Hispanic candidate for vice president, with most of the speculation concentrated on Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who is now serving as President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development....
  • The Prison Called Cuba

    04/20/2015 9:25:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/15 | Al Caruba
    Cuba: Utterly failed economic and social system that can only stay in power by jailing or executing anyone who resists We are told we need to feel sympathy for the Cuban people who have suffered from a U.S. embargo and lack of diplomatic recognition. That ignores a long history of oppression in Cuba no matter who was in charge. Prior to Fidel Castro, Cubans were in the grip of Flugencio Batista who overthrew the existing government in September 1933 and then dominated Cuban politics for the next 25 years until Castro’s revolutionary movement took control of the capitol in January...
  • When Rubio Was the Man of Florida’s House (A look at his record as Speaker of the House)

    04/14/2015 6:36:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    One of the recurring knocks on Senator Marco Rubio, now officially a presidential candidate, is that as a senator, he’s never run or managed anything — a criticism that isn’t quite accurate. Rubio managed the Florida House of Representatives as speaker for two years, a period marked by some distinct successes but also lingering frustration with Republicans he deemed too passive and comfortable with the status quo. As speaker and in earlier leadership positions in the Florida House, Rubio demonstrated a willingness to delegate to focus on his strengths, communicating and negotiating. The record suggests that a President Rubio would...
  • [EU High Representative] Mogherini visits Cuba to normalize ties

    03/24/2015 9:46:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 23/03/2015 - 08:54 | (With AFP)
    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives in Cuba today (23 March) in a bid to spur sensitive talks aimed at normalizing ties with the Communist island state. The visit comes as previously icy relations between Cuba and the West are thawing, following the dramatic rapprochement between Havana and Washington over the last few months. […] In 2014, the EU launched its normalization process with the Americas’ only communist nation to encourage the country to pursue reforms allowing for private initiatives without having to change the one-party political system. The negotiating sessions earlier this month, initially scheduled for January, had...
  • John Bolton: Obama’s Iran deal greatest 'appeasement' in history

    04/17/2015 1:14:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2015-04-17 | Mark Hensch
    Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on Friday bashed President Obama as having putting a nuclear arms deal with Iran above America’s safety.Bolton, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, blasted Obama’s negotiations with Tehran as “feckless” and “weak.” ADVERTISEMENT “President Obama is engaging in what I believe is the greatest display of appeasement from a president in history,” Bolton told listeners at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit in Nashua.“The Obama administration has taken a position weaker than the U.N. Security Council.”Bolton accused Obama of a flawed foreign policy based...
  • Why Is Obama Parroting Castro Talking Points?

    04/17/2015 12:10:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | April 17, 2015 | MONA CHAREN
    Why Is Obama Parroting Castro Talking Points? by MONA CHAREN April 17, 2015 The Cuban people are suffering because of their repressive government, not the U.S. embargo. Two relatively recent photos of Barack Obama with foreign leaders reveal much about his deep-dyed leftism. The first features President Obama and democratically-elected prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of one of America’s most loyal friends. Obama looks strained. His face is stiff, and his eyes are veiled. The second is a snap of Obama at the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama. He’s seated with “President” Raul Castro, leader of a bitter...
  • Cuban Accountability

    04/16/2015 2:12:24 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 8 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | February 10, 2015 | John Lowery
    Whatever one thinks of President Barack Obama’s overtures to Cuba and the accompanying prisoner exchange, an important consideration in need of immediate attention is an accounting of our servicemen captured in the Vietnam War and imprisoned in Cuban-operated POW camps. Of utmost importance is an accounting of the 17 American airmen captured in North Vietnam and then taken to Cuba for medical experiments in torture techniques.
  • Cubans hail removal from US list of state terrorism sponsors

    04/15/2015 9:11:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2015 12:05 PM EDT | Michael Weißenstein and Anne-Marie Garcia
    Cuban officials and ordinary citizens alike hailed the island’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the move by President Barack Obama heals a decades-old insult to national pride and clears the way to swiftly restore diplomatic relations. “The Cuban government recognizes the president of the United States’ just decision to take Cuba off a list in which it should never have been included,” Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs, said Tuesday night. […] In a message to Congress, Obama said Tuesday that Cuba’s government “has not provided any support for international terrorism” over...
  • Day After Obama Removes Cuba from Terror Sponsor List, Terror Group Sponsored by Cuba Kills 10

    04/15/2015 9:06:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/15/2015 | David Steinberg
    Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be removing Cuba from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terror list as part of his push to normalize relations with the communist dictatorship. But just hours later, a terror group long fostered by Cuba — even today, the Castro brothers are harboring several wanted members of the group — murdered 10 Colombian soldiers and wounded 17 others in a terror attack on a military base.Reported Agence France Presse: Ten Colombia soldiers killed in apparent FARC attack Ten soldiers were killed and 17 injured in western Colombia Wednesday, in a...
  • ‘What kind of dumba** statement is that?’ CNN Int’l ‘should be ashamed’ for this

    04/14/2015 7:08:08 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | april 14, 2015
    CNN International        ✔ @cnni See Cuba before American investors ruin it: http://cnn.it/1I9ln6n  pic.twitter.com/BUBv61FJ3Y Matt Jackson @EmJeyJackson @cnni yeah, I'm sure having massive cash flow, will ruin their love of starvation. 9:02 AM - 14 Apr 2015
  • BREAKING: Cuba To Be Taken Off State Sponsor of Terror List By President Obama

    04/14/2015 1:59:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Just four short months after "normalizing" relations with Cuba and just days after meeting with Dictator Raul Castro in Panama, President Barack Obama will reportedly strip the country of its terrorism sponsor status. It was just last year when the Center for Security Policy publishing the detailed connection Cuba has to Venezuela and Iran in its support for terrorism around the globe. It should be noted that Iran is the world's most prolific state-sponsor of terrorism through Hezbollah, the world's largest terror organization responsible for more American murders than any other group before 9/11/2001. Iran, Cuba and Venezuela have developed a close...
  • Counting Castro's Victims

    04/14/2015 1:40:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/30/2005 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    "On May 27, [1966,] 166 Cubans -- civilians and members of the military -- were executed and submitted to medical procedures of blood extraction of an average of seven pints per person. This blood is sold to Communist Vietnam at a rate of $50 per pint... "A pint of blood is equivalent to half a liter. Extracting this amount of blood from a person sentenced to death produces cerebral anemia and a state of unconsciousness and paralysis. Once the blood is extracted, the person is taken by two militiamen on a stretcher to the location where the execution takes place."...
  • Obama Endorses Removing Cuba From Terrorism List

    04/14/2015 12:22:14 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 14 2015 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    MEXICO CITY — The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the American government’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The decision to remove Cuba from the list represents a crucial step in President Obama’s effort to turn the page on a Cold War-era dispute. It came after a much-anticipated meeting between Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas meeting in Panama over the weekend, the first such formal session...
  • Obama removes Cuba from state sponsors of terror list

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

    04/14/2015 11:09:17 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    cnn ^ | 4-13-2015 | James Williams and Daisy Carrington
    <p>Cuba is not like other places, or rather, not like anywhere that exists today.</p> <p>To some outsiders, it looks firmly stuck in the 1950s. Vintage cars roam the streets, the landscape is absent of strip malls and global chains, and the buildings -- though crumbling -- hark back to a grander time.</p>
  • Chris Matthews: 'I Hate' the Castro Regime

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

    04/13/2015 4:45:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2015 | By Marc A. Thiessen
    Remember Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who as caught on tape boasting how the president had taken advantage of the “stupidity” of American voters to pass his health-care law? Well it seems, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” once again — this time to foreign policy. The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of . . . understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies. That is precisely what...
  • Normalizing Cuba Ties Doesn't Erase Castro's Legacy

    04/13/2015 3:39:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: The sight of President Obama glad-handing Cuban dictator Raul Castro showed just how far American diplomacy has sunk. Far from being a Nixon-goes-to-China moment, this was a craven capitulation. There's a reason 10 presidents of both parties kept Cuba's Castros on America's bad-guys' list for more than 50 years. Each leader understood a basic truth: Totalitarian Cuba is a sworn enemy of the U.S., a violent threat to the Western Hemisphere's peace and prosperity and an ally of our worst enemies — including the former USSR. Hearing an American president now apologize — as Obama did over the weekend...
  • Reporter Claims Cuba’s Raúl Castro Told Her He Will Step Down in 2018

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

    04/12/2015 5:45:15 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2015 | Mark Hench
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Saturday slammed President Obama’s recent overtures towards Cuba as absurd given the Castro regime’s long-term support of terrorism. Rubio’s criticisms come as Obama meets Cuban leader Raul Castro in a landmark encounter at the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama. Rubio, whose parents are Cuban, said the president was letting his guard down on the danger Havana presents to American interests. “It’s ridiculous,” Rubio argued of the Obama administration’s debate over removing Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, in an interview with Breitbart. “It doesn’t make sense,” he added. “I don’t...
  • Embattled Menendez 'not backing off' vote for congressional overview of Iran nuclear deal

    04/12/2015 11:15:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez said Sunday that he’s pushing ahead with his legislation to give Congress a full overview of the Iran nuclear deal, amid purported pressure from the White House to stop his effort. “I’m not backing off,” Menendez, a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told “Fox News Sunday.” “I honestly believe it’s a congressional duty to review any agreement that comes about.” Menendez, a frequent critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, declined to discuss whether fellow Democrats or White House officials have asked him to stop pressing for congressional review of the framework deal reached...
  • Cruz For President - CRUZ: President Obama is leaving the Cuban people imprisoned in the past

    04/12/2015 8:55:03 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    NH Insider Blog ^ | April 12, 2015 at 08:54AM
    HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s meeting with Raul Castro, the communist dictator of Cuba:"Keeping up with a disturbing trend of this administration, President Obama is in the process of striking another very bad deal, now with the communist dictatorship of Cuba. President Obama's approach gives the Castros exactly what they want - economic relief and legitimacy on the international stage - and effectively abandons the pro-U.S. opposition. This President has shown he is willing to do what nine previous presidents of both parties would not: cave to a communist...
  • Obama says Brazilian President Rousseff will visit US in June

    04/11/2015 11:31:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2015
    President Barack Obama says Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington this summer, nearly two years after she canceled a similar trip to protest U.S. spy programs. Her visit is set for June 30. Rousseff canceled a state visit to the U.S. in the fall of 2013 to protest an American spy program that targeted Brazil's government and citizens.
  • Castro gives Obama 'very emotional' apology - Obama not interested in battles before he was born

    04/11/2015 12:53:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    “I’m not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born,” Obama said. “The Cold War’s been over for a long time.”Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday expressed remorse that President Obama had inherited the hostile relationship between Cuba and the U.S. during his time in office. The Lebanon Daily Star reported that the Communist leader apologized to Obama during the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City. He also absolved the president of any role increasing tensions between the two nations during his remarks. “I apologize to President Obama and the others here,” Castro told an...
  • Ugly American? Melissa Harris-Perry Worries US Tourists Would be 'Plague' on Cuba

    04/11/2015 11:56:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 65 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imagine you're a Cuban who has somehow managed to catch the cablecast of Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show today. The topic is President Obama's opening toward Cuba. You're scraping by on the average Cuban monthly salary of $20/month and are thrilled at the prospect of getting a better-paying job if and when American tourists start coming in numbers. Then suddenly you hear Harris-Perry fretting that there could be a "downside" for Cuba in letting in those American tourists. They could be a "plague" for Cuba. Impose their cultural "hegemony." !Ay caramba! View the video here.
  • Obama: Days of U.S. 'Meddling with Impunity' in Hemisphere Are Over (Video)

    04/10/2015 10:05:08 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 54 replies
    The United States can no longer freely interfere in the affairs of Latin American countries, President Barack Obama said on Friday (April 10), as he seeks to patch up ties with former Cold War foe Cuba.
  • US on Verge of Removing Cuba From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    04/10/2015 3:15:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 10, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The United States may be about to remove Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, but some Cuban-Americans see that as a grave mistake. Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University and author of a memoir about growing up during the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, pointed out that Cuba has had two illegal arms shipments seized in the past year and a half, one to North Korea, the other to China. In addition, he said: • It has deals with Iran (including sending nuclear experts to Iran); It...
  • Overheard in a Conference Room in Havana…

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

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

    04/09/2015 11:57:54 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 23 replies
    Capitol Hill Cubans ^ | Thursday, April 9, 2015 | Capitol Hill Cubans
    A half-dozen Cuban dissident leaders and American citizens were attacked this afternoon by a group of Castro regime agents in Panama City. The activists were placing flowers at the statue of Cuban independence hero, Jose Marti, when approached by a group of Castro regime agents, who began to violently beat them. Among those attacked were a group of American citizens, including Orlando Gutierrez of the Democratic Directorate, Silvia Iriondo of Mothers Against Repression and Gus Monge. The Cuban dissidents include former political prisoner Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez," his wife Yris Perez Aguilera and Leticia Ramos Herreria of The Ladies...
  • Historic poll: Obama is nearly twice as popular in Cuba as he is in the U.S.

    04/09/2015 11:46:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Fusion Net ^ | April 8, 2015
    Barack Obama is a pretty popular guy in Cuba these days. So much so that nearly nine out of 10 Cubans hope he’ll be the first U.S. president to visit their island since Calvin Coolidge did in 1928. A new Bendixen & Amandi Poll for Univision Noticias – Fusion in collaboration with The Washington Post shows that 89 percent of Cubans think the U.S. leader should swing by for a visit now that the two countries are trying to make nice. Obama also enjoys an 80 percent favorability rating on the communist-led island. The poll suggests that Obama is nearly...
  • Removal of Cuba From US Terrorism Watch List Imminent, Sources Say

    04/07/2015 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    abc news ^ | 4-7-2015 | SERENA MARSHALL and JIM AVILA
    Cuba may be taken off America’s list of state sponsors of terrorism at any moment, ABC News has learned. Sources familiar with the request tell ABC News that State Department is "way down the road" in its assessment of Cuba's status on the terrorism list. The State Department has not sent the paperwork to the White House yet, but officials expect it at any time. Roberta Jacobsen, assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs and the lead U.S. negotiator in Cuba talks, said recently the review of Cuba’s place on the list is “in advanced stages.” Added to the...
  • Today in Politics: Obama’s Trip to Panama Includes a Cuban Subplot - body language

    04/08/2015 4:45:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    New York Times - First Draft ^ | April 8, 2015 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    President Obama on Wednesday embarks on a trip to Jamaica and to Panama where the formal agenda is summitry with Caribbean and Latin American leaders. But the powerful subtext will be the body language between him and President Raúl Castro of Cuba. Four months after Mr. Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba, he and Mr. Castro are likely to share a stage, a conference table, a “family photo” with attendees and potentially even a one-on-one meeting.
  • Iraqi caught at US-Mexico Border was Military Trainer, Spoke Fluent Russian

    04/08/2015 12:40:25 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 31 replies
    Breitbar ^ | 4/7/2015 | Brandon Darby
    …apprehended while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas on February 12, 2015. …history as a military trainer, his speaking several languages, including Russian, and his having lived in Crimea, according to one of the leaked documents.
  • An odd coincidence in the Bergdahl release? (Highest level of Treason if proven)

    06/04/2014 7:47:39 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 50 replies
    am thinker ^ | 6/4/14 | j kissner
    There are a few potentially important details surrounding the timeline leading to Bowe Bergdahl’s release that might deserve some discussion. Truth Revolt supplies some details on the timeline: This week’s [the week of Bergdahl’s release] secret diplomacy was not the first time the U.S. government had engaged the Taliban in an effort to negotiate a prisoner swap for the release of Bergdahl. In 2011, State Department officials held a series of meetings with Taliban leaders in Doha. In Congress, there was bipartisan opposition to any release of Guantanamo prisoners. After the negotiations were made public in early 2012 by Sen....
  • Cuba’s Presence at Summit Violates Democratic Charter; Raul Castro to ‘interact’ with Obama

    04/07/2015 9:01:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/7/15 | Daniel Wiser
    Cuban President Raul Castro’s expected appearance this week at a regional summit for the Organization of American States (OAS) has alarmed critics of his regime who say the autocratic leader’s presence will undermine the group’s professed support for democratic values. Castro is slated to make his first appearance at the OAS’ Summit of the Americas on Friday and Saturday in Panama. The group’s Inter-American Democratic Charter, adopted in September 2001, states that members can be suspended if they take actions that undermine democracy. Member states are also expected to conduct “free and fair electoral processes.” Castro will attend the summit...
  • Obama’s Justice Department Charges Menendez … But Not Reid

    04/03/2015 2:31:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 3, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Obama Justice Department has filed its much anticipated corruption indictment against Senator Robert Menendez. He is the New Jersey Democrat who, from his powerful senior seat on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has vehemently opposed President Obama’s negotiations with the jihadist regime in Iran, as well as his outreach to Castro’s Cuba. Two things about the Obama administration cannot be denied. First, the president is desperate to cut a deal with the mullahs on their nuclear program, so much so that he has erased virtually every red line he ever purported to draw and has not been shy about...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • The Cuba Opportunity Summit: High-Velocity Growth [America's Elites doing what they do]

    04/02/2015 12:07:43 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 3 replies
    The Wharton School ^ | 4/1/2015 | Staff
    Breaking Summit Updates EVENT SOLD OUT After our most recent announcement that Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State will be delivering a keynote address at The Cuba Opportunity Summit on April 1st, our few remaining available tickets quickly sold out however, we keep receiving registration requests and are working with the Nasdaq to increase capacity. We therefore invite you to join the waitlist if you are still keen to attend. ... As originally reported on January 14, 2015 by Knowledge@Wharton, for some five decades, economic relations between the U.S. and Cuba...
  • Immigration advocates defend 'the senior senator for Latinos'

    04/01/2015 7:47:55 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 01, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Immigration reform advocates are rushing to the defense of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) following his indictment Wednesday on federal corruption charges. “My fervent hope is that Senator Menendez emerges from the current troubles stronger than ever,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of immigration rights organization America’s Voice. “For he is not only the senior Senator for New Jersey; he’s also the senior senator for Latinos,” he continued.
  • Another Wasserman Schultz whopper: Spirit of Israel lives in Democratic Party

    03/31/2015 6:20:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3-31-15
    With U.S.-Israeli relations currently at just about absolute zero — minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed in a piece she wrote for The Hill that, according to its headline, “The spirit of Israel lives in the Democratic Party.” The South Florida Democrat, and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was writing in response to a statement by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, during an interview earlier this month on Boston Herald Radio. “I don’t understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following...
  • OpEd: Latinos Fit Right In, See Ted Cruz

    03/23/2015 2:45:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 23, 2015 | BY STEPHEN A. NUÑO
    With the announcement of Ted Cruz's candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination and his speech at the convocation of the ultra-conservative Liberty University, the country finds itself jilted to the right on the ideological spectrum. Ted Cruz is quite the curious ideological torchbearer precisely because he is Latino. The general assumption in politics is that growing Hispanic Latino participation in politics will only mean an ideological shift to the left. This makes Ted Cruz' candidacy a welcome reminder that Latino candidates won't, for good or bad, necessarily stray from traditional American politics any time soon. The son of Cuban immigrants...
  • A Review of PolitiFact’s “Obameter:” Outdated Garbage that “Confirms” Patently False Lies

    03/30/2015 9:56:57 AM PDT · by rightistight · 5 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/30/15 | Aurelius
    ...Today, looking at the chart, there are many more “promises kept” than there are “promises broken.” Yet anyone who has been paying attention over the last few years would surely see that Mr. Obama had broken a tremendous amount of promises. So why does PolitiFact still have Mr. Obama’s promises kept at nearly twice those broken? I decided to take a look. The first thing I did was see what promises were considered broken. It’s a fairly hefty list, but some of the very largest are completely missing. The biggest, and most famous, broken promise is that “if you like...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • Commentary: ‘Irksome’ Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy

    03/29/2015 10:53:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Marc Fisher, The Washington Post
    The Texas Republican's devotion to principle – or an unyielding insistence on getting his way – could propel him to the front ranks of Republican contenders for president or render him unelectable.Ted Cruz looked out over a sprawling audience of Iowa farmers and agri-business leaders, people who rely on federal subsidies of ethanol, and the man who would be president stuck it to them. “I know you’d like me to say I’m for the renewable fuel standard” – that’s the subsidy of their product – “that’d be the easy thing to do,” he said. “But I’m going to tell you...
  • Venezuela slashes oil shipments to Cuba, Caribbean in half

    03/27/2015 5:16:56 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Antonio María Delgado
    Venezuela has cut in half its subsidized shipments of crude oil to Cuba and Petrocaribe member nations to 200,000 barrels per day, down from 400,000 shipped in 2012, a Barclays report says. Also, the British investment bank’s report considered it “ironic” that Venezuela would ship any oil at all, highlighting that while the country is going through extreme difficulties, it continues to subsidize oil sales to countries that have healthier economies. . . Because of the cuts in oil shipments to the Caribbean, the firm reduced its deficit forecast for Venezuela to $22.6 billion, down from more than $30 billion...