Will Joanne greet President Obama in Havana?

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(My new American Thinker post)

According to news reports, the U.S. and Cuba will be opening embassies later this month.  We even heard a rumor that President Obama may travel to Havana to cut the ribbon.

Will Joanne attend the ribbon cutting ceremony?

We are talking about Joanne Chesimard, a fugitive from U.S. law enjoying life in the tropics as a special guest of the Castros:

It was a murder on the New Jersey Turnpike – stunning violence near the New Brunswick exit.
Now, decades after Black Liberation Army leader Joanne Chesimard was sentenced for the 1973 killing of a state trooper, escaped prison, and surfaced in Cuba in 1984, she is first and foremost among the estimated 70 American fugitives harbored there whose apparent flouting of U.S. law is fuel for critics of recent efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba relations.
In December, 54 years after America severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, Presidents Obama and Raul Castro proposed a renewal of ties.
“We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring [Chesimard] back,” said New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, “and stand by the reward” for her capture.

Let’s hope that Col. Fuentes is right.

However, the Cuban government has not been making any concessions, from repression of dissidents to opening up Cuba’s economy.

In fact, The Washington Post points out that repression is getting worse in Cuba:

Since December, there have been more than 3,000 political detentions in Cuba, including 641 in May and 220 on Sunday alone, according to dissident sources. Most were accompanied by beatings; at least 20 detainees required medical treatment in May. After Cuba was invited for the first time to the Summit of the Americas in Panama, regime thugs attacked the civil society activists who also showed up.

I guess that the “hope and change” memo did not get to Raúl Castro.  Or maybe Raúl understood that “yes we can” meant that he could go on like before.

The Chesimard issue is a disgrace.

President Obama should tell Raúl Castro that talks will be put on hold until Chesimard is on a plane to New Jersey.

He should also say that the U.S. is not paying reparations or giving up Guantánamo, as the Castro thugs are demanding publicly.

Am I the only one who would love to see a little spine from the U.S. delegation?  It’s a joke to watch the U.S. get pushed around by a dictator on his knees now that Venezuela can’t subsidize him anymore.

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Obama throws the dissidents under “la gua gua”

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The moment has arrived.   We heard a few minuts ago that Cuba and the US will be opening embassies, although it may be a bit more complicated than President Obama thinks.

What did we get from Cuba?    NADA!

What is Cuba getting?   MUCHOS DOLARES!

As we speak, there are fugitives from US law in Cuba, such as Joanne Chesimard who killed a New Jersey state trooper and hiding under Castro’s protection.

“Zero” from President Obama about the thousands of US citizens who had their property stolen by the Castro regime.  It adds up to $ 7 billion!

This is an outrage.    President Obama has shown no regard for the Cuban people and specially the dissidents.

What a travesty.

 

Jerry Brewer and Obama’s Pollyanna visions

Our friend Jerry Brewer posted a good one about US-Cuba talks:

“President Barack Obama chose to make the decision with little explanation or acknowledgement of the true suffering of the Cuban people, suffering due to the rueful policies and acts of the oppressive Castro brother’s unwavering allegiance to their ongoing Communist doctrine.

Although no relevant concessions were made by the Cuban dictatorial regime for President Obama’s personal generosity, the Obama administration was quick to pronounce the actions as something that “would help human rights almost automatically.”

We read in the media daily about the repression in Cuba, a fact that the Obama administration has chosen to ignore.

Who is thinking about the Cuban people?  Not the Obama administration!

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Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas to receive Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

By Elizabeth Llorente at Fox News Latino:

Cuban dissident, hunger strike survivor, to receive Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

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A Cuban dissident who has won numerous awards for his longtime efforts – including 23 hunger strikes, some of them near-fatal – to bring democratic changes to his homeland is expected to receive the 2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom on Friday.

Guillermo Fariñas will join the ranks of past recipients such as Pope John Paul II and William F. Buckley, Jr.

Fariñas, who counts among his awards the European Union’s 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, said in a telephone interview from his home in Havana that each honor is important to him because it sparks a renewed urgency to fight for human rights.

“Every distinction is a reflection of support, a new source of pressure to keep pushing for liberty,” he told Fox News Latino. “It’s another source of motivation for me.”

The award is given by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a U.S-based non-profit educational organization that was established by Congress.

Besides Farinas, who will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C., a Medal of Freedom also will be given to Russian journalist Alexandr Podrabinek, according to a press release by the foundation.

“It is our honor and privilege to present this award to Guillermo Fariñas Hernández and Alexandr Podrabinek,” said Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, in a statement.

“These two men come from different places, but share a tireless devotion to ensuring that future generations will live in a world free from the horrors of communism,” Smith said. “With this award, we honor their courage and their continued commitment to the fight for basic human rights.”

Fariñas has served a total of 11 years in Cuban jails as a political prisoner. He staged hunger strikes while in jail, sometimes imperiling his health.

Podrabinek also was arrested in the former Soviet Union for his political dissidence, and was exiled to Siberia at one point for five years. Today he continues to fight oppression by the government of Vladimir Putin.

Fariñas said that little has changed in Cuba under President Raul Castro, who, with President Barack Obama, is working on restoring diplomatic relations between the longtime adversaries.

“They still try to quash political opposition,” he said. “The change is only really economic, not political. Cuba has lost Venezuela as a lifeline, so in desperation it has turned to the United States, which until now was its sworn enemy.”

Elizabeth Llorente can be reached at elizabeth.llorente@foxnewslatino.com. Follow her on https://twitter.com/Liz_Llorente

Cuba and US-Latin America stories of the week

Guest:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for a look at US-Latin America stories of the week……we will discuss the latest legal setback for President Obama’s executive order……….what impact will it have in Central America?  The latest from Mexico’s upcoming mid-term elections……..Chile and the president’s problems……Argentina and Mr Nisman……Venezuela and allegations of drugs……Colombia and FARC……US-Cuba talks…….

and Jorge Ponce will joins us to talk about the death of the author of Fidel Castro’s “Double life”………click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/05/28/us-latin-america-stories-of-the-week

A look at US-Cuba talks plus Elian Gonzalez

Guest:  Alain Castillo, young Cuban American, joins me for a chat about US-Cuba talks plus the emergence of Elian Gonzalez, the young boy found floating off the Florida coast in 1999……we remember that Elian’s mother drowned so that she could bring her son to the US……….Click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/05/26/a-look-at-us-cuba-talks-plus-elian-gonzalez

Marquette and some of the idiots teaching our kids today

We are happy to report that Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has removed the mural honoring the woman who killed a New Jersey state trooper.  This is the same person hiding from US law for years and living in the island with the blessing of the Castro dictatorship.    This is the latest from Milwaukee:

“Marquette University has removed a mural that celebrated Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list under her birth name, Joanne Chesimard.

The mural, which had been on display in the student union’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, was taken down Monday after a suspended professor noticed it on the center’s Facebook page.”

How did this happen?  What makes a woman who killed a police officer so attractive to the college left?

The answer is a combination of ignorance and disdain for the US.   I don’t know what else to say.

Again, thanks to Marquette University for taking down this offensive poster.

 

The life and times of Jose Marti

GUESTS:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a chat with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, “Jose Marti, a revolutionary life”……….the book is in English and offers many Cuban Americans an opportunity to read about Marti……..

click to  listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/05/20/the-life-and-times-of-jose-marti-with-professor-alfred-lopez

A word about Jose Marti

Jose Marti was killed on May 19, 1895.

His death on the battlefield came after years of speeches, articles and contributions to the cause of Cuban independence from Spain.  His life was short but very consequential:

“Sometimes called the Apostle of the Cuban Revolution, José Martí was born on January 28, 1853. He showed a talent for writing and revolutionary politics at an early age. First exiled from Cuba in 1871, Martí spent much of his life abroad. In 1895, he returned to Cuba to fight for its independence. He died on the battlefield.”

There will be remembrances of Marti’s death in Castro’s enslaved Cuba and among Cuban Americans living in the US.

My conviction is that Marti’s spirit of freedom for Cuba will be with those of us who want to end this totalitarian regime run by the Castro family.

We will remember Marti tonight on the show.     Make a point to listen later tonight at 7 pm central…..here is the link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/05/20/the-life-and-times-of-jose-marti-with-professor-alfred-lopez

 

Halperin vs Cruz, “Castro’s double life” plus US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce

Guest:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a look at the latest in US-Cuba talks……Raul Castro visits with Pope Francis and makes some rather remarkable remarks about his faith…….talk of an embassy in Cuba……a new book about Castro’s wealth and our reaction to the Halperin-Cruz interview……..Click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/05/13/halperin-vs-cruz-castros-double-life-plus-us-cuba-talks-with-jorge-ponce

The latest in US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce

GUEST:   Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog…..we will take another look at the Castro-Obama talks, repression in Cuba, fugitives from US and other international law, Cuba and Venezuela, Raul Castro’s rant against the US in Panama plus other issues ……

Click to read:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/04/21/the-latest-in-us-cuba-talks-with-jorge-ponce#

No “cake de bodas para gays” in Cuba

Can you imagine President Bush reaching out to a regime that treated “gays” like second class citizens?

At the very least, we would hear expressions of outrage.

Remember the left’s outrage over Pinochet in Chile?   They claimed violations of human rights and zero tolerance for lifestyle choices.  or Franco in Spain?

Where is their outrage about Cuba?   Or the way that “gays” have been treated in Cuba for years.

Has anyone told Governor Cuomo that he is about to do business with a country like this?

This is from Liz Mair:

“Cuba’s record on LGBT rights has improved over the years.

However, it was so dismal to start with that this can hardly be surprising.

Shortly after seizing power, the Castro regime sent tens of thousands of gay men to labor camps.

It later forced HIV-positive people and those with AIDS into facilities in which they were separated against their will from the public-at-large.

Even after these worst abuses fell by the wayside, LGBT individuals as well as LGBT advocates in Cuba have faced ongoing harassment from government authorities in the form of detention, arrest, and physical assault.

Cuba also initially opposed, then abstained from voting on, a 2010 UN proposal to treat “sexual orientation” as an especially objectionable motive for murder—a position it is hard to believe Cuomo would endorse.

Say what you will about Indiana’s legislators and governor, but it does not appear that they sanction cops targeting LGBT Hoosiers or their allies in downtown Indianapolis for beatings.

It appears that the Cuban regime does, or at least has failed to put a stop to behavior on the part of public authorities that members of Cuba’s LGBT population feel have left them “very isolated.”

A 2013 report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association indicates that in Cuba, not only can people refuse to bake cakes for gay couples if they so desire, there is also no “constitutional prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

Only very recently did Cuba ban discrimination in employment against gays and lesbians.

Furthermore, in Cuba, same-sex couples enjoy none of the rights of marriage, let alone the ability to marry. Moreover, joint adoption is not an option for gay couples on the island.

Gay couples in Cuba also lack the option of civil unions, domestic partnerships and similar arrangements.”

So where is the outrage from the left wing of the Democrat Party that wanted to shut down travel to Indiana?

Of course, the left has never been consistent about human rights in Cuba.   It appears that the only thing that matters to the left about the Castro regime is that their so called “free health care” provides free abortion.

Where is the intellectual honesty of the left?    Or am I asking too much?

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