As if Ted Cruz didn’t already have enough against him media-wise (i.e. he’s a principled, brilliant and credentialed conservative both fiscally-- and even more odiously--socially)–on top of these offenses, he’s also half Cuban.
Forget the liberal love chants to “ethnic diversity.” The Cuban ethnic brand has long flapped like a matador’s cape in front of the Democrat-Media complex. Granted, some of those insufferable Cubans love to flap it.
Ted Cruz-Derangement-Syndrome went viral in the media this week. From Chris Matthews to David Muir and from Joe Scarborough to David Brooks-- they were all over Cruz like a cheap suit. The New Yorker’s John Cassidy called Cruz “uppity”—then weaseled out because the term has “disturbing historical connotations.”
A berserk Donny Deutsch over at MSNBC denounced Cruz as not only “unelectable,” but “scary, I think he’s dangerous, I think he’s slimy and I think he brings no fresh ideas.”
It’s an old story, actually. A few years ago during an interview with Joy Behar, MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch sneered at Cuban-American Marco Rubio as that “coconut down in Florida.”
In settings like MSNBC (but usually backstage) the term coconut (brown on the outside white on the inside) is generally used to castigate “Hispanics” who ignore marching orders barked by Democratic/Media drill sergeants–same as “Oreo” for similarly uppity blacks.
Never mind that the Cuban-American Marco Rubio (like Ted Cruz) is probably more purely Caucasian than Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Oral Roberts, Johnny Depp among many other southerners who boast Choctaw/Cherokee heritage. Never mind this because the issue here is the liberal media’s hypocrisy—not their stupidity.
Our friends at Townhall rattle some media cages...
By Angel Santiesteban in Translating Cuba:
Two Types of Dissidence, Two Policies
For the first time in the history of the violations against the Cuban dissidence by the political police of the totalitarian Regime, there are two lines of thought: one subdued and the other more severe.
Those in the opposition who have publicly supported the intention of the governments of the United States and Cuba to reconstruct diplomatic relations have had their rights respected to travel abroad, reunite, publish, etc.
But those who openly oppose the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, unless the Cuban Government respects human rights and frees the political prisoners, have been detained and had their passports take away, like the plastic artist Tania Bruguera, who was visiting the country, so that she now finds herself held hostage, and the activists Antonio Rodiles and Ailer Gonzales.
The Ladies in White, together with their leader, Berta Soler, and one of the 75 prisoners of the Black Spring, Angel Moya, Antonio Rodiles, Ailer Gonzalez, Claudio Fuentes and Tania Bruguera, among others, were captured, some for several days, and, coincidentally, have all opposed the reestablishment of relations.
It’s painful that this distance exists between both factions, which, when united, have suffered so much abuse from the dictatorship. Some who accept relations keep quiet about the abuses committed toward those who think differently.
In a certain way, they have to recognize that silence converts them into accomplices of the Regime. We can’t forget that in different ways, thinking from parallel paths, is precisely what transforms us in dissidence, because we came fleeing from belonging to that mob that accedes to the call of the Dictator, which sometimes, even in an indirect way, can manipulate us in its favor.
Although we think that others are wrong, we should defend their right to be so. There is no one dissidence that is bland and another that is extreme, only degrees that are necessary and that strive for the same thing.
Unidad de Guardafronteras Prison, Havana. March 2015.
Translated by Regina Anavy
Santana in El Nuevo Herald:
"...and remember: the change in talk about human rights is only with the Americans."
Ay, Raulito, espera a que yo le haga cosquillas a Obamita! (Ay, Little Raul, wait till I tickle Li'l Obama!)
Ha! This is much too funny. Hilarious.
Normalize this: While the current occupant of the White House tries to heat up his romance with the Castro regime, Castro puppet Nicolas Maduro is preparing a colossal bofetada for him (slap in the face).
Yes, spoilsport Maduro wants to complain as loudly and as visibly as possible about "U.S. aggression" at the upcoming Summit of the Americas.
But....but....but....how is this possible, after that "historic" reversal of U.S. /Cuba relations announced on December 17?
The current occupant of the White House has been planning on being cheered and praised at this summit by all the leaders of Latrine America.
After all, this summit was supposed to be the turning point in U.S.-Lateeenoh relations and a joyful celebration of the new "visionary" foreign policy of the U.S.
Damn that party-pooper Maduro! How dare he spoil the golden moment! It seems as if all he wants to do is to humiliate the current occupant of the White House.
The way he's acting, you'd think Maduro was getting his orders from the Republican Party in the U.S.... and especially from all those Cuban exiles in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Shame on you, Maduro! Shame on you Republicans! Shame on you die-hard troglodyte Cuban exiles!
Venezuelans sign angry anti-U.S. petition
From Granma Lite (Associated Press)
Venezuela to Present Anti-US Petition at Summit With Obama
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression.
For the past week, Venezuelans have been lining up in plazas, government offices and even prisons to add their signatures to a manifesto against the Obama administration's recent decision to sanction seven Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses during anti-government protests.
To date more than 4 million signatures calling on Obama to reverse the order have been collected, and Maduro has set a goal of gathering 10 million ahead of the Summit of the Americas taking place April 10-11 in Panama.
On Friday, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the signatures would be presented at the summit.
Stop bullying me, Maduro...you micro-aggressor!
Via Capitol Hill Cubans:
Obama's Cuba Folly Unfolds
This week, the G-77 issued a declaration conveying its "solidarity and support" for the government of Nicolas Maduro and urging President Obama to repeal the Executive Order that sanctions Venezuelan human rights violators.
Despite its name, the G-77 is a U.N. coalition of 134 developing nations. They include all of Latin America, with the exception of Mexico. Thus, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, etc.
Let's be clear -- Obama's Executive Order only sanctioned seven Venezuelan officials known for their human rights violations, corruption and criminal activities. As such, it prohibits them from entering the United States and from using our financial system.
Yet, the G-77 nations believe these Venezuelan thugs have some sort of inherent right to visit the United States and to use our financial system for reprehensible acts.
And these nations that the Obama Administration believes will now support us in "pressing" for human rights and democracy in Cuba?
These the nations whose lead we've followed in normalizing relations Castro's dictatorship?
The Obama Administration new Cuba policy is based on two (false) theories: 1. That our regional allies will now support us. 2. That business will influence Castro's dictatorship.
Meanwhile, our regional allies turn a blind-eye to the repression and radicalization of Nicolas Maduro's government, despite the United States being Venezuela's #1 trading partner.
The folly unfolds.
Another important topic regarding Cuba that does not fit into Obama's Hope and Change narrative and will most certainly not be mentioned during the State Department's "negotiations" with the apartheid Castro regime.
John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:
Second survivor in events surrounding July 22, 2012 activists' deaths confirms car was violently forced off the road
Spanish newspaper Diario YA ES published an article yesterday citing a 2013 interview in which Aron Modig reaffirmed not recollecting the events during the crash but did recognize that the SMS texts describing a second vehicle crashing into his was sent by him.
Jens Aron Modig spoke on July 22, 2012 events in Cuba
In the Spanish newspaper DiarioYA.ES on March 26, 2015 in the article titled "Jens Aron Modig confirmed that the car was forced off the road violently" the following information was published referring to a March 14, 2013 radio interview:
The Swedish activist Jens Aron Modig who on July 22, 2012 was in the passenger seat in the car driven by the Spanish politician Angel Carromero and in which Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero were killed has confirmed that the vehicle was forced off the road violently by another car when they had the accident. Although initially the Swedish activist claimed to have no recollection of the alleged involvement of another vehicle in the accident, thus denying the criminal nature of the event while Angel Carromero was detained in Cuba, and he obtained permission from the Cuban authorities to leave the island, recognized on National Radio of Sweden the existence of SMS (text messages) that he sent that recounts how a vehicle forced them off the road. This contradicts the version of the communist government about the crash being due to a speeding driver.
For Modig what happened "was a traumatic experience .. I could see up close how it works in a dictatorship like Cuba. I was imprisoned about a week, stripped of my belongings, I had no chance to make contact with my family or with Swedish diplomats in Cuba. All without being informed of what crime I was being accused (...). I could see the reality in which people live daily in Cuba," said the young Swede.
This account contradicts the version put forward by the Castro regime and corroborates the Spanish survivor Ángel Carromero. The SMS text messages mentioned above were copied and are a key element in understanding the events surrounding the deaths of Oswaldo and Harold on July 22, 2012.
"Whoopi Goldberg couldn’t resist the temptation to join the new “Ted Cruz birther movement” and went off on a nonsensical rant over whether Cruz talks for Cubans or “whites” when he speaks.
“[Cruz is] one of the people that said, well, ‘the president, huh, you know, I want to see your birth certificate.’ And you’re a mixed gentleman, right? You are mixed. I want to know, are talking for the Cuban side or the white side? What are you talking for?” she said."
Comedy Central's LARRY WILMORE: Tonightly, we ask the question can a foreign-born half-white man be our next president.
But why pick on these silly entertainers? Especially when they're simply echoing the sentiments of the prestigious Wall Street Journal?
"Mr. Cruz's triumph also shows the degree to which the GOP now has a growing number of nonwhite rising stars. They include Florida Senator Marco Rubio,"
"Dem white womens is rat chere, Sherrif! I even gots me one!"
From our Follow-up-Whenever-Possible department.
Remember Professor Halnon?
Last week, she lit a cigarette in honor of Fidel Castro and all revolutionaries on a flight from Nicaragua to Miami and launched into an ultra-leftist tirade too, only to be arrested upon landing.
Mugshot of Prof. Halnon
Well... it seems her employer found her recent escapade a tad too embarrassing
She hasn't been fired because tenured professors have to commit a serious crime --murder, embezzlement, rape, arson -- in order to be fired, but she has been relieved of her classroom duties.
Wow. She'll probably sue Penn State, Abington --and maybe even win -- but it's good to know that there is at least one university in the U.S. that won't allow unhinged loons to teach their students. even at the risk of being sued for micro- and macro- aggressions.
Pennsylvania State University at Abington
From -- you guessed it -- The Daily Mail (UK)
Sociology professor arrested for smoking on a plane as protest against 'US global military domination' is no longer teaching at Penn State
A professor who was arrested on an American Airlines flight after lighting a cigarette and ranting about President Obama is no longer teaching.
Dr Karen Bettez Halnon, 52, became an internet sensation after she was caught on camera lighting up shortly after a flight from Nicaragua landed at Miami International Airport on Saturday.
Dr Halnon, who taught sociology at Pennsylvania State University Abington, said she used the moment to protest 'US military global domination,' and claimed the country was responsible for giving her hero Hugo Chavez cancer.
A spokesperson for PSU Abington said that Prof Hanlon was still employed, but 'no longer in the classroom'. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and breach of peace. The university's investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to the Allentown Morning Call.
She has taught at the institution since 1999, first as an assistant professor and most recently as an associate professor. According to her faculty page, she is an expert on capitalism, Latin America and 'mad women'.
Dr Halnon has said that her statement was political and necessary after 'the US declared war on Venezuela'. 'I had to speak out now,' she told Philadelphia Magazine after returning home from her research in Central America.
'The situation is dire and urgent.' 'Any sacrifice I make for my own self, if it saves lives — there have been far too many lives lost due to US global military domination.'
Dr Halnon claims she was 'tortured' by the FBI and TSA after she was arrested in Miami for disorderly conduct. 'I was put in a room with two fans in the ceiling, it was freezing cold for hours and hours and hours,' she said.
The professor alleged she was not allowed to go to the bathroom and had to wet her pants.
She said she also defecated on the floor and was forced to pick it up while being 'laughed at'.
A number of passengers around Halnon became angered after she lit up on the plane. The professor said the act was a 'symbol'. '
Every revolutionary I know smokes,' she said. 'It was identifying with the revolutionary cause. 'Beyond that, it is a symbol that the United States is a smoking gun.'
Prof. Halnon's heroes
Laritza Diversent in Translating Cuba:
Cuba: Artist imprisoned for painting the names "Fidel" and "Raul" on two piglets
After 90 days of imprisonment, there is no formal accusation against the artist, Danilo Maldonado.
Laritza Diversent, Havana, 25 March 2015 — Authorities are still imprisoning the artist, Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), who was detained arbitrarily by the police.
Maldonado, 31 years old, is an urban artist and painter who finds himself accused of “aggravated contempt,” a charge that the Cuban State uses to incarcerate people who are critical of the Government. He presently is serving 90 days in preventive custody in Valle Grande, on the outskirts of the Capital.
On the afternoon of December 25, 2014, Maldonado staged a “show” in a spot in the city of Havana, when he was detained by police operatives. They arrested him for having two piglets in a sack. One was painted on the back with the name “Fidel,” and the other, with the name “Raul.”
Both names are common; however, the authorities assumed that they disrespected the Castro brothers, and they could impose on him a sanction of between one and three years of prison. Cubalex presented an appeal before the Havana tribunal for the authorities to explain the motive for the detention, a recourse that was denied.
The prosecutor didn’t even formally present the accusation before the tribunal. Maldonado’s lawyer asked the authorities several times to allow him to await trial in liberty, which request was also denied.
In Cuban law, the crime of “contempt” is an amplified term that includes defamation or insults toward other Government employees, and it carries aggravated penalties when it is committed against the Head of State. The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has said that this type of rule goes against freedom of expression and the free demonstration of ideas and opinions, which do not justify the imposition of sanctions.
Let’s not forget that all those people who exercise public office or are important statesman, like the Heads of State or the Government, can be legitimate objects of criticism or political opposition. Freedom of expression should take place without inhibition in the public debate about Government officials.
Let’s ask the Cuban State to guarantee and respect Danilo Maldonado’s right to freedom of expression, without restrictions. Furthermore, let’s ask the international community to speak up for his freedom and his right to a fair trial.
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Translated by Regina Anavy
Iranian oligarch surrounded by Castronoid oligarchs, bodyguards, and a giant icon of Cantinflas, the great Mexican comic genius
While the current occupant of the White House and his acolytes are feverishly busy trying to get Castrogonia declared a non-terrorist state, the King of Castrogonia and his knights are busy trying to help Iran in any way they can.
None of this will surprise real experts on Cuba and Iran. But it seems that all of the well-known facts don't matter at all to those from the U.S. who are negotiating with the Castro regime or those who are negotiating with Iran.
The facts also don't matter to some American so-called "experts" who are only thinly-veiled enemies of their own nation. These "experts" assign all the blame for everything that is wrong in the world on the United States, and describe our relationship with Cuba and Iran as "a state of controlled rage against both of them."
Of course, these "experts" get their rants published by newspapers such as The Boston Globe, with titles such as "Let go of grudges against Cuba, Iran." Rare is the real expert on these two countries who is granted permission to express contradictory opinions in the same way.
Who could ever forget all those pro-Castro editorials and articles published by The New York Times this past fall, in breathless anticipation of the "normalization" circus announced in Havana and Washington on December 17?
The upshot of all this is that the phony "experts" are now in control. "Normalization" of U.S.-Castrogonia relations is unstoppable. So is the "normalization" of Iran's keen interest in nuclear weapons. Never mind the cost, never mind all the implications and ramifications. Never mind the inevitable fallout, literally....
From Havana to Teheran: The strange love affair between a theocracy and an atheistic dictatorship.by Jaime Suchliki
December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a dramatic change in the United States’ policy toward Cuba, heralding the end of a Cold War-era conflict that had begun to look increasingly anachronistic. The benefits of the two longtime foes’ new and improved relationship remain to be seen — but the contradictions involved are already obvious. Over half a century of pursuing an aggressive anti-American foreign policy, Cuba has made plenty of friends whom the United States considers enemies, and Havana is unlikely to easily let go of its longtime allies. These include Russia, Venezuela, and a variety of Arab dictators, Islamic fundamentalist movements, and anti-Israeli terrorist organizations. The list of Cuba’s unsavory friends also includes Iran — a relationship of particular salience on the world stage today.
Communist Cuba’s alliance with the Iran of the Ayatollahs dates to 1979, when Fidel Castro became one of the first heads of state to recognize the Islamic Republic’s radical clerics. Addressing then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, Castro insisted that there was “no contradiction between revolution and religion,” an ecumenical principle that has guided Cuba’s relations with Iran and other Islamic regimes. Over the next two decades, Castro fostered a unique relationship between secular communist Cuba and theocratic Iran, united by a common hatred of the United States and the liberal, democratic West — and by substantial material interests. (In the photo, Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Cuba’s Vice Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez attend a wreath-laying ceremony on Revolution Square in Havana on September 7, 2011.)...
....Tehran’s and Havana’s shared interest in Venezuela is another source of potential concern to the West. Venezuela’s strategic position and considerable resources make it a potentially greater threat to U.S. interests in the region than the one posed in the 1960s by the Castro regime. Venezuela’s alliances with Iran, Syria, and other anti-American countries and its support for terrorist groups, while representing a smaller threat, are as formidable a challenge as the Cuba-Soviet alliance. And while Cuban support for the regime in Caracas is fairly well known, Iran, too, has been offering Venezuela technical assistance in the areas of defense, intelligence, energy and security. Iranian as well as Cuban personnel are advising, protecting and training Venezuela’s security apparatus.
Of more strategic significance is the possibility that Iranian scientists are enriching uranium in Venezuela for shipment to Iran. Venezuelan sources have confirmed this possibility. Foreign intelligence services consulted by the author acknowledged these rumors but are unable to confirm them. If confirmed, these actions would violate U.N. sanctions as well as U.S. security measures.
If the U.S. really intends to expand its relations with Cuba,Washington needs to address Havana’s troublesome alliances with rogue regimes — above all, its friendship with Tehran. These alliances — as well as the desire of the Cuban military to remain in power and transfer control to younger, but still conservative, anti-American leaders — are a troubling sign that internal liberalization will be slow and difficult. No matter how much Washington may want to see a new and friendlier Cuba, the island nation’s choice of allies says more about the future of this relationship than any number of well-meaning declarations.
Read the entire essay HERE.
Yes, dammit, I'm in charge here.... I'm totally in charge...
The Editorial Board of The New York Post:
Havana’s gruesome guests
New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, killed during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Photo: AP
The Obama administration — eager to normalize relations with Cuba — is plainly paying lip service to demands that Havana extradite 70-plus American terrorists and murderers whom the Castro regime has granted asylum.
In answer, three New Jersey House Republicans aim to use the power of the purse to exert some much-needed pressure.
Reps. Scott Garrett, Leonard Lance and Tom MacArthur have asked both the GOP chairwoman and the ranking Democrat on a key House Appropriations subcommittee to withhold all funding needed to normalize US-Cuban diplomatic ties.
Their particular concern is Joanne Chesimard, a k a Assata Shakur — the Black Liberation Army terrorist sentenced to life in prison in 1977 for the coldblooded killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Six years later, she escaped from prison and made her way to Cuba.
She’s far from the only Havana-hosted killer who left a trail of blood in our area. But Cuba insists extraditing Chesimard & Co. is “off the table.”
President Obama is moving ahead anyway.
He has even ordered the State Department to look at taking Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terror — though US law says any nation that serves “as a sanctuary for terrorists or terrorist organizations” belongs there.
One price for full diplomatic ties — including an end to sanctions — must be Cuba’s return of US fugitives to justice. We’re glad New Jersey’s representatives in Congress won’t let the issue be swept under the diplomatic rug.
Via The Miami Herald:
Cuban dissidents will head to Summit of the Americas
Cuban opposition leaders and activists Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Guillermo Fariñas, and Berta Soler will take part in civil-society events at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, according to the Miami-based Cuban Soul Foundation.
The foundation — which promotes independent Cuban artists and musicians — is hosting, together with the Human Rights Foundation in Cuba and the Panama campus of Florida State University, a conference titled The Road Ahead in the Fight for Human Rights on April 8.
Independent journalist Myriam Celaya and philologist Yusmila Reyna Ferrer, a member of Cuba’s Patriotic Union, UNPACU, will also take part with Soler and Saily Navarro, both representing the Ladies in White, in a panel discussion on women’s human-rights activism. Celaya, Reyna, and Soler participated last week in a similar conference at Florida International University.
Blogger Henry Constantin and UNPACU activist Amel Oliva will discuss with Morúa, leader of Arco Progresista, and Fariñas, representative of the United Anti-Totalitarian Forum, new strategies to promote human rights in Cuba.
Yoani Sánchez, a blogger and editor of the digital newspaper 14ymedio, announced last week that she expects to attend as a journalist.
Cuban rappers and young promoters of independent art in Cuba, some of them members of the Pro-Free Art Association — among them David Escalona, Michel Matos, and Soandres del Río — will present their experience on a panel on freedom of expression, which will include artist Tania Bruguera, if Cuban authorities allow her to travel.
“I will speak on behalf of those who want to be independent and wish to remain in Cuba but do not find it possible due to obstacles by the Cuban government,” said Escalona, a musician and visual artist known as David D’Omni.
The Cuban government, which will participate in the summit for the first time, has summoned 300 organizations to represent the civil society it considers “real.” The Cuban official delegation to the summit is expected to be large.
The Cuban media are denouncing the participation of Cuban opposition leaders and activists as “provocations” and “anti-Cuban plots.”
“We’re not going in a mood of confrontation,” said rapper Raudel Collazo. “We’re going to say the same things we have said in other occasions. How we see and how we feel our reality. The same discourse our hip-hip has held for years.”