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By Angel Santiesteban in Translating Cuba:
Testimonies And Evidence Puts The Hitmen In The Dock Of The Accused
Viewing the videos of the assassins of the regime, especially against the Ladies in White, their constant abuse, cynical laughter and death threats after forceful beatings, we can assure ourselves that they are ruthless beings who do not deserve to be born of a woman. It is so obvious that their feelings belong to mercenaries, who would work with the regime in power to get perks and extra benefits from them.
Testimonies of Jews who survived the concentration camps tell us that other Jews collaborated with the soldiers, although they knew that those whose clothes they collected would be taken to the gas chambers, but they did it to survive, they stayed there or went to join the ranks of those sentenced.
Those who collaborate with the Cuban dictatorship, like all minions, lack feelings and ideology. Unequivocally, these officers of the dictatorship, will be thugs under the command of the Mafia, or the highest bidder to buy their criminal services. They have signed on so that they can avoid their criminal actions and from now on, and save lives
If we’re still alive by then, with our testimonies, we can put them in the dock of the accused and they will pay once and for all for their abuses and crimes. Patience, there is increasingly less time for the Arab seated on the door of his cabin waiting to see the corpse of his enemy pass by.
We don’t want too much, we will be satisfied at the trial with their fake shame and repentance, another strategy to elude justice, and apply international law for their crimes.
When that hope is met, there will be the announcement of a Cuba that reorganizes individual rights.
Lawton Prison Settlement. November 2013
Translated by: Shane J. Cassidy
From the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs:
Salmon and DeSantis on President Obama's Handshake with Castro
WASHINGTON—Chairman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statements regarding President Obama’s and President Castro’s public handshake in South Africa:
“President Obama's handshake with Cuban dictator, Raul Castro, represents the first time in over 13 years a U.S. President has publically greeted a dictator of Cuba. It was an insult to the people of Cuba who are denied liberty and oppressed daily by the Cuban dictator. The White House claiming that the handshake was not planned further demonstrates the Administration's lack of a coherent and focused foreign policy. America has always been the beacon of hope for people who live under oppressive regimes, and the oppressed have always looked to the President of the United States to advocate for their freedom around the world. President Obama failed the people of Cuba with this very public handshake.”—Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
“The excitement exhibited in some liberal quarters regarding the embrace of Raul Castro by President Obama ignores the millions of victims of the totalitarian Castro regime. I urge the President to secure the release of American Alan Gross from Castro’s prisons. The Cuban people have been denied liberty for more than 50 years and U.S. policy must be geared toward the establishment of a free and democratic Cuba.”—Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Some people just can't understand what all the fuss is about over Obama's handshake with Cuba's dictator Raul Castro. Many see it as an innocent and unplanned occurrence borne of diplomatic protocol and simple manners and that may very well be the case. What they fail to see, however, is how this "innocent" handshake can quickly become unfettered propaganda for Cuba's vile and murderous dictatorship and its quest to have the U.S. lift sanctions against their criminal enterprises.
A perfect example of this comes from Barbara Walters, who upon seeing the handshake immediately launched into an uninformed and completely fallacious argument of how the U.S. should unilaterally concede to the lawless Castro dictatorship and lift sanctions.
Barbara Walters Uses Mandela’s Funeral to Lobby for Ending America’s ‘Ridiculous’ Policy Towards Cuba
View journalist Barbara Walters on Tuesday used Nelson Mandela’s funeral as a way to push for normalization of relations with Cuba. Absolutely struck by the fact that Barack Obama shook hands with President Raul Castro, Walters lectured, “The significance is that maybe this may change our relations with Cuba after 50 years, because it seems a little ridiculous to me that we recognize China and our relationship but we still do not have a relationship with Cuba.” [See video below.]
She enthused that the footage of Obama and Castro was “old enemies…shaking hands.” The host hyped, “It’s historic.” Walters has a history of touting communist leaders.
In 2002, she traveled to Cuba and fawned, “For Castro, freedom starts with education. And if literacy alone were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on Earth. The literacy rate is 96 percent.”
In 2007, she thrilled over the “warm,” “dignified,” “friendly” Hugo Chavez.
A transcript of the December 10 segment is below:
BARBARA WALTERS [On Mandela]: Everything about him was interesting. But to see some old enemies, maybe, shaking hands. Like it's been 50 years since we had relations with Cuba and there was President Obama shaking hands with Raul Castro and that's --
SHERRI SHEPHERD: It just shows you his impact.
WALTERS: That’s historic.
JENNY MCCARTHY: Even after his death, he’s bringing people together.
WALTERS: Let me just finish this while I’m on it. The significance is that maybe this may change our relations with Cuba after 50 years because it seems a little ridiculous to me that we recognize China and our relationship but we still do not have a relationship with Cuba. So maybe something -- something -- if Mandela could forgive maybe we could --
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I think so. Yeah, yeah. All right. This is the most -- this is the first time this many heads of state have been in one place.
Garrincha in Martí Noticias:
"I don't want any demonstrations for human rights because that is all paid for by money from the empire."
"Well, what if I want to demonstrate for free?"
"You can't do that either."
Stu Tarlowe in American Thinker:
Supreme Irony of Obama/Castro Handshake goes Unnoticed
Amidst all the coverage of the handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, including the hue and cry raised by conservatives outraged by the unseemliness of it, the real significance of the act, fraught with supreme irony, appears to have gone unnoticed.
Contrary to the giddy reporting of the Left-leaning mainstream media, the handshake hardly represents the spirit of Nelson Mandela reaching out from the grave to promote "reconciliation" between the U.S. and Cuba. As some conservative commentators have observed, two Commies shaking hands is hardly a news story.
But what about the supreme irony that, at the funeral of a man celebrated and eulogized for dedicating his entire life to combating racism against blacks, the "first black president of the United States" shakes hands with one of the leaders of a regime that is probably the worst practitioner of institutionalized racism against blacks in the entire world? In fact, the institutionalized racism in Cuba has been described as "Stalinist Apartheid"!
That irony is compounded by the fact that, while the "official" Mandela narrative would have us believe that he was held for 27 years as a "prisoner of conscience", solely because he dared to oppose apartheid, in reality that opposition was expressed through terrorism, and he was imprisoned for being a terrorist. And all through his imprisonment, he could have regained his freedom by publicly repudiating his terrorist activities, but he stubbornly refused to do so. Although Mandela did eventually renounce terrorism, for many years the phrase "unrepentant terrorist" was as apt a description of Mandela as it still is for Bill Ayers.
In contrast, Cuba's KGB-designed dungeons and torture chambers have held (and still hold!) scores of black Cubans who peacefully protested the institutionalized racism that has permeated that "island paradise" ever since the Castro regime seized power in 1959. Some of those prisoners' "crimes" consisted of publicly quoting Dr. Martin Luther King!
Continue reading HERE.
John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:
December 10, 2013: Dark Day for Human Rights in Cuba
It was not the first time that a U.S. president had shaken hands with a dictator named Castro. Bill Clinton did it first in 2000 at a U.N. Summit in New York City shaking hands with Fidel Castro. However falling on International Human Rights Day in the midst of a human rights crackdown in Cuba, the symbolism this time around is even more unfortunate.
The attempt by the press to portray this encounter as "in the spirit of reconciliation" while ignoring the ongoing crackdown; Alan Gross, the American citizen held hostage in Cuba; and the demands for justice from the families of murdered human rights defenders Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero is a depressing commentary on the quality of press coverage in the 21st century.
Reconciliation not only implies some measure of justice but also of repentance on behalf of the wrong doers and recognition that they have done something wrong. To speak of reconciliation on the same day that human rights defenders are being rounded up and beaten up in Cuba is a travesty.
It is nearly on the same level as those in media trying to portray Nelson Mandela as some sort of pacifist which he was not.
Continue reading HERE.
Via Capitol Hill Cubans:
Human Rights Day: Handshake in South Africa, Repression in Cuba
There's been no shortage of coverage (and speculation) regarding U.S. President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
We believe this encounter was unfortunate and untimely -- albeit inconsequential.
It was unfortunate and untimely, as simultaneously in Cuba, democracy activists were being brutally repressed for trying to commemorate International Human Rights Day (December 10th).
On the eve of International Human Rights Day alone, there were over 130 peaceful activists beaten and arrested by the Castro regime.
Today, over 60 members of the pro-democracy group, The Ladies in White, have been arrested throughout the island.
Additionally, dozens of other democracy activists are currently missing or imprisoned.
Information is slowly trickling out, as the Castro regime has disconnected the cellphones of independent journalists, bloggers and other human rights observers.
But the handshake is over and The White House has itself dismissed it as inconsequential.
So how about focusing coverage on the repressed?
For International Human Rights Day.
Here are some images of dissidents being dragged away by Castro's secret police today:
Ambassador Otto Reich in the National Review:
The Damage of a Handshake
American presidents should avoid shaking the hand of dictators, especially those that have American blood on theirs. One example of many: Raul Castro was Minister of Defense in 1996 when Cuban Air Force MiGs, cold-bloodedly and over international airspace, destroyed two civilian U.S. airplanes with four American rescue workers on board. President Clinton rightly condemned the attack as cowardly, while Raul Castro decorated his pilots for bravery. That incident alone illustrates the difference between the two systems that are embodied in the two leaders. President Obama seems unaware of the importance of his office or of the mantle of honor he wears as the leader of the world’s oldest democracy and the liberator of nations. There is no moral equivalence between the leader of the free world and the leader of a morally bankrupt military dictatorship that holds power only by force.The Castro brothers have been vying for the world to see a handshake with a U.S. president for over 50 years. (President Clinton did shake hands with Fidel at a U.N. summit in 2000, but there was no photo.) They knew it would represent a form of recognition, something they forfeited by virtue of presiding over a military dictatorship, and their support for violence and anti-American terrorist movements and governments on three continents.
Until now, every American president had studiously avoided this mistake: At U.N. and other gatherings U.S. Secret Service agents and diplomats were under orders to make sure such a “photo op” so highly desired by the Castros did not happen.
With his greeting, President Obama has squandered U.S. prestige and honor.
Many in the media are gushing over President Obama shaking the hand of Cuba's apartheid dictator Raul Castro. What these enthralled "journalists" failed to notice was that while Raul Castro extended his right hand to Obama, his left hand was directing a massive wave of terror and repression against Cuba's human rights activists who came out to celebrate Human Rights Day.
Here is the news roundup of Cuba's Day of Terror:
Max Pizarro at PolitickerNJ:
Sires erupts on Obama after Castro handshake incident
U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) wasn't happy with President Barack Obama for shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a South African memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela earlier today.
"I'm very disappointed that the President would shake the hand of someone who stands for the opposite of everything Nelson Mandela stood for," said the Cuban American Congressman from Hudson County. "Castro stands for the abuse of human rights and lack of freedom. It was just very hyprocritcal of the President to go and honor Mandela and then turn around and shake hands with Castro."
Sires said he doesn't expect an apology.
"This president doesn't apologize," he said.
In a sane world, freely elected presidents wouldn't attend state funerals for dead communists that cozied up to dictators, but hey, that's just me.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was on Sean Hannity's radio show and talked about Obama's handshake with Cuba's apartheid dictator and executioner:
Ay, mami! Marijuana para todos. Aaaaaaay!
Who said Latin Americans were not on the forefront of progress?
What could possibly go wrong?
Time to import massive quantities of snacks, Uru-high!
And, quick, call Raul Castro, ask for advice on handling millions of tourists! Be sure to ask for Cuban advisers too, like those sent to Venenozuela.
From the BBC:
Uruguay Senate approves bill legalising marijuana trade
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana.
After nearly 12 hours of debate, senators gave the government-sponsored bill their historic final approval.
The law allowing registered Uruguayans over 18 to buy up to 40g (1,4oz) of the drug a month is not expected to come into force before April.
The government hopes it will help tackle drug cartels, but critics say it will expose more people to drugs.
Dozens of supporters of the bill proposed by the left-wing President Jose Mujica gathered outside the Congress in Montevideo to follow the vote.
Presenting the bill to fellow Senators, Roberto Conde said it was an unavoidable response to reality, given that the "war" against drugs had failed.
Continue reading HERE.
Jim Geraghty in the National Review:
Cruz Walks Out on Castro Speech at Memorial Service for Mandela
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “president” Raúl Castro began speaking.
“Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.”
Earlier in the day, President Obama shook hands with Castro.