A plea to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to demand Castros stop beating Cuba’s women

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuban plea to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Please tell Castro to stop ordering the beating of women and harboring of terrorists


On the eve of the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, “The Rebel Yell”, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas student newspaper published a full page ad urging them to “prod the Obama Administration to condition any future negotiations and affirmative responses to General Raul Castro’s requests to … the immediate end to beatings and abuses of peaceful dissidents by the regime’s police.”

The ad “calls on all Americans to petition General Raul Castro to stop beating and abusing these women.”

The petition, issued by the Center for a Free Cuba, an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights in Cuba, says that “despite President Obama’s hopes since December 17, 2014 when he announced [his Cuba outreach], political repression including the beatings resulting in bone fractures and the dragging of the Ladies in White, mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of political prisoners have increased.”

The ad includes five photographs of Cuban police assaulting the women, including two photographs showing them with broken arms. Among them in the photos is Laura  Pollán, the founder of the “Ladies in White” with a broken arm and her hand showing the “L” sign for liberty. Ms. Pollán died under suspicious circumstances at a Cuban hospital. The autopsy report has yet to be released.Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America, Mari Carmen Aponte and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Malinowski carried out diplomatic negotiations last week with Cuban officials. It is not known if the death of peaceful dissidents was discussed.

The petition asks Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump to urge General “Raul Castro [to permit] the International Committee of the Red Cross and Amnesty International to visit Cuba’s political prisoners.”

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Reports from Cuba: Cuba after a hurricane

By Ivan Garcia in Translating Cuba:

Cuba After a Hurricane

Elderly married couple married in their house which was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Jesús Lores, El Marrón neighbourhood, Guantánamo.
Elderly married couple married in their house which was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

One week. Perhaps two. That’s the shelf-life of news in Cuba about the recovery process after a hurricane has passed through. You can read information, which has a slight smell of triumphalism, about  the various teams of linesmen who re-establish communications and power.

A gallery of moving photos of the disaster provoked by the hurricane in Baracoa. The account is always related in military terms. As if it were an epic battle. If you can believe the newspaper headlines, the olive green big cheeses and first secretaries of the Communist party in the eastern regions really got down and touched base with the people.

While they are inspecting the devastation, they promise to build strong new houses, and they ask the people in neighbouring areas for more work and sacrifice, and tell them they can be absolutely sure that “the revolution will never abandon them”. After that, the news focus fades.

Then the state scribblers turn to concentrate on the starting of the new sugar harvest or in the “innumerable production successes”, which can only be effectively conveyed in the black ink of the national and provincial press.

The human drama starts up precisely on the day after a natural catastrophe terminates. Ask any of the 35 families who are surviving in precarious conditions in a big old dump of a place in the town of Cerro. The run-down development, number 208, is located way down in Domínguez Street.

The authorities declared the building uninhabitable in 1969. Its occupants have seen a dozen hurricanes pass through. As a result of the floods of April 29, 2015, caused by torrential downpours, Raúl Fernández lost all the electrical appliances his wife brought from Venezuela. “I am 46 and I was born in this place. I have spent years asking for an apartment so I can leave here and, up to now, my requests have been in vain. The town council is well aware of the situation of the families here and they do nothing”.

Some tenants say that the only things they have received have been foam mattresses. “But, if we wanted them, we would have to pay, in cash or installments. It is 900 pesos for singles and 1,400 for the bigger ones. Government corruption. Because insurance doesn’t work, or works badly in Cuba, people have to pay for the fuck-all that they give you — a mattress, a rice cooker and a packet of spoons and cups, says Magaly, who has lived in Domínguez for 20 years.

In 2015, by way of Resolution no, 143, The Ministry of Finance and Prices put out a regulation containing the procedure for valuing, certifying, setting prices, accounts, finance, fees, and risk and damage management in cases of natural, health and technological disasters.

That’s to say a family which loses its possessions needs to pay for what the state can give it at the commercial retail price level. If it can’t, they authorize a credit which has to be repaid in accordance with the terms set out by the bank.

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WikiLeaks: Hillary campaign manager John Podesta admits Cuba’s dictatorship murdered dissident Oswaldo Payá

Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero
Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero

In the latest batch of emails released by WikiLeaks from John Podesta, the Hillary Clinton campaign manager admits that Cuba’s Castro regime murdered Cuban human rights activist Oswaldo Payá. In July of 2012 Payá and Harold Cepero were assassinated by the Cuban government when the car they were traveling in was rammed off the road by State Security agents and crashed into a tree.

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In a response to an email asking about Payá, the former Clinton White House Chief of Staff and Counselor to President Obama replies that the Cuban dissident was “almost certainly” killed by the Cuban government:

Yes. Oswaldo Paya. Cuban government ran him off the road and killed him almost certainly.


For Rosa Maria Payá, a human rights activist and the daughter of the slain Cuban dissident, this latest WikiLeaks revelation divulges nothing new regarding the murder of her father. She believes that the Obama administration is very aware of the fact that her father was assassinated by State Security agents of the Castro government. In an interview with Martí Noticias, Rosa Maria Payá responded to the WikiLeaks email with the following (my translation):

“What WikiLeaks reveals is nothing new. We all know that what happened to my father was an assassination. We know that the U.S. administration is aware that the death of my father and Harold Cepero came as a result of an assassination carried out by the Cuban government’s State Security.”

Despite being aware of the Castro regime’s assassination of Payá and Cepero, the Obama administration has nevertheless continued its policy of unilateral concessions to the island’s apartheid dictatorship. Furthermore, as violent repression on the island has increased dramatically since the president’s policy change, the Hillary Clinton campaign has vowed to double-down on Obama’s failed Cuba policy. Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine says a Hillary administration will continue to move forward in normalizing relations with Havana’s apartheid regime and will definitely not take any steps backward.

In other words, Hillary Clinton will continue Obama’s policy of not holding the apartheid Castro regime accountable for its imprisonment and violent attacks against peaceful human rights activists or its assassinations of dissidents.

Obama’s new Cuba directives now allow apartheid regime officials and communist party members to receive cash from U.S.

Back in December of 2014, President Obama promised that his new Cuba policy would empower the oppressed and enslaved Cuba people and provide them with the tools they needed to break the shackles of the Castro tyranny. Nearly two years later, violent repression on the island has skyrocketed, religious persecution has increased, and the apartheid Castro regime now has U.S. dollars flowing into its coffers to fund its machine of repression.

President Obama promised “Hope and Change” in Cuba, but what he failed to mention is that the only beneficiaries of his hope and change was the apartheid Castro dictatorship.

Nora Gamez Torres via In Cuba Today:

Cuban officials and Communist Party members can now get U.S. remittances and more

Members of a Cuban government delegation during a February meeting at the USCIS building in Miami.
Members of a Cuban government delegation during a February meeting at the USCIS building in Miami.

With little fanfare, the U.S. government recently amended regulations to allow Cuban government officials and members of the Communist Party to benefit from the softening of sanctions, including receiving cash remittances and other perks.

The new beneficiaries include members of the Cuban Ministry of the Interior (MININT), the Central Committee of the Communist Party (PCC) and other branches of the Cuban government.

The change is part of the new round of regulations announced last week by the Obama administration. Along with measures that attracted widespread attention — such as the removal of the restrictions on the purchase of rum and tobacco by American travelers — this more discreet provision debunks a long-standing policy of prohibiting U.S. transactions with most members of the Cuban government, its political organizations and defense system.

As the updated Cuban Assets Control Regulations now stand, the prohibitions remain only for the members of the Politburo of the PCC, members of the Council of Ministers and high-ranking officials in the Cuban armed forces (FAR).

The category of “prohibited members” of the Cuban government and the Communist Party previously included members of MININT; the PCC secretaries and members of its Central Committee; members of Parliament; the Supreme Court; state media editors; deputy ministers and mid-level officials within the ministries; directors of companies and other state institutions; secretaries of the Confederation of Cuban Workers; and local chiefs of the Defense Committees of the Revolution (CDR).

These officials can now receive remittances without limits and take advantage of other benefits such as having their mobile phone accounts recharged from the U.S.

MININT has under its jurisdiction the police, the Department of State Security and the Directorate for Immigration and Naturalization, among other agencies. The Central Committee of the Communist Party, on the other hand, controls all state institutions, including the media.

The U.S. government has begun a low-key cooperation with MININT, which has been present in several official dialogues, including one that took place in Miami in February of this year. Members of this ministry also visited U.S. military installations in Key West in March.

As part of the efforts to normalize relations, the U.S. removed Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. Some Cuban companies were also eliminated from the list of entities that are blocked by the Treasury Department.

Critics of the Obama policy toward Cuba immediately questioned the measure.

“The Obama administration has just opened the door for the overwhelming majority of Castro regime officials to take advantage of the sanctions relief that was purportedly aimed to support the Cuban people and, more specifically, for Cuba’s independent entrepreneurs,” Mauricio Claver-Carone, director of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy political action committee that seeks to maintain the embargo, said in a scathing statement.

Claver-Carone added that “neighborhood repressors,” members of “its puppet legislature, secret police” and intelligence officials can “enjoy unlimited remittances, gift parcels, U-turn banking transactions, communication devices and even employ U.S.-based internet-related services.”

Surprise! Democrat VP candidate vows to keep Castro regime happy

Yeah, some surprise, sure… Shocking…. we should all be as shocked as Captain Renault in the film “Casablanca”… shocked, shocked….

Tim Kaine, the Democratic party’s vice-presidential candidate, regurgitated all of the Cuba rhetoric of the Obama administration yesterday, blah, blah, blah….

Loving the Castro regime and helping the Castro dynasty stay in power is the best way to deal with Latin America, he said.

And the changes initiated by the current occupant of the White House are irreversible, he added.

So, vote for Nihillary, hermanos y hermanas, if you want the U.S. to shower the Castro dynasty with gifts.

Oh, you can vote for Trump or the other two bozos if you prefer, but that won’t make a lick of difference.

The Trumpinator has worked very, very hard to ensure that Nihillary will win by a landslide.

And when she is president, the Trumpinator will build hotels, casinos, golf courses, and marinas in Castrogonia.

From Fox News Lateeeeeeeeeeen-oh:

Kaine: Progress with Cuba may go fast or slow, “but will never go back”

The Democratic candidate for vice president, Sen. Tim Kaine, said Saturday in an interview with EFE that relations with Cuba, resumed under the Barack Obama government, may progress faster or slower but “never go back” to what they were. “The process will go forward, never backwards, but we need to work with Cuba on matters of importance, especially on human rights issues,” said the Spanish-speaking senator from Virginia, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“So we may have a fast or slow process, but we’re not going back,” Kaine said in a telephone interview with EFE when asked about possible Republican obstacles to lifting the embargo on the island.

The senator, who has special ties with Latin America and the Hispanic community, spoke of the benefits that the new diplomacy with Havana means for the United States.

Our process with Cuba is helping the United States in its relations with every country in the Americas – normalizing relations with Cuba is opening doors with other countries in the Americas, and Hillary (Clinton) and I want to work with all the nations of the continent,” the vice-presidential hopeful said.

“From the Yukon to Patagonia” we want to “work in a different, special way with the nations of the Americas,” the senator said in his fluent Spanish.

Obama, who announced the renewal of relations with Cuba in December 2014, recently issued an executive order to make the process of normalizing relations with Cuba “irreversible.”

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GOP House and Senate join in push back against Obama’s latest extrajudicial concession to Cuba’s apartheid regime

As President Obama continues to shower gifts on Cuba’s brutally repressive apartheid dictatorship with yet more unilateral and extrajudicial concessions, GOP members of Congress and the Senate are pushing back.

Max Radwin in PanAm Post:

GOP Fights Back on Obama’s Last Minute Moves to Solidify Relations with Cuba


As Barack Obama’s time in office comes to an end, his administration has set its sights on solidifying new policies that will increasingly open relations between Cuba and the United States for the first time in 55 years.

On Oct. 14, Obama announced new regulations between the two nations that “promotes transparency” and encourages “positive engagement” while also lifting restrictions on goods like rum and cigars, among other things.

Knowing that the Obama administration is making these moves to ensure policies that improve relations with Cuba will remain more or less permanent, the GOP and other critics have been fighting back in hopes of finding a new approach to starting anew with the island.

“The American people rightly have many questions regarding your continued circumvention of the congressionally-enacted embargo on Cuba,” the letter said.

United States Senator of Oklahoma James Lankford and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to the president this week stating their profound concern regarding the recent Presidential Policy Directive with the communist Castro regime in Cuba.

Earlier this year, Lankford challenged the President to reevaluate his decision to open diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba because of their poor human rights records. In 2015, Lankford also criticized the Obama administration for making a major policy shift without the input of the American people.

Political arrests in Cuba have reportedly intensified, Internet connectivity has dropped and religious freedom violations have increased tenfold since the United States began working with Cuba to normalize relations.

The on-island Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, documented 8,616 political arrests in 2015, and 8,505 political arrests through September of this year, the letter said.

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, 2,000 churches were declared illegal and 100 were designated for demolition last year.

Lankford expressed concern that the island’s government has no intention of changing its ways, pointing out that it was caught smuggling 240 tons of military weapons to North Korea in 2013, which a U.N. panel of experts determined was the largest violation of sanctions against that country to date.

The letter mainly focused on the argument that Obama’s directive is an overreach of Executive authority regarding congressionally-enacted sanctions with Cuba, and that it contradicts America’s commitment to human rights.

“You have made it clear that you oppose current U.S. law in regard to sanctions against the Castro regime,” the congressmen wrote. “However, absent further action by Congress, it is imperative that your administration act in a way that is consistent with the laws passed by the American people’s representatives in Congress and signed into law by a previous president.

“We encourage you and your administration, in the waning days of your presidency, to provide at least as much transparency and engagement with the U.S. Congress as you apparently have cultivated with the Castro dictatorship.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also said he wants to reverse Obama’s directive.

“The Castros continue to jail pro-democracy activists at a rate of hundreds per month, yet it is full steam ahead for the Obama administration’s efforts to appease this oppressive regime,” Ryan said in a statement released on his website.

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It’s official: Venezuela becomes a dictatorship just like Cuba

For years the world has stood by silently as Venezuela’s democratic government has fallen apart and a dictatorship is put in its place under the guiding and manipulating hand of Cuba’s Castro regime. Like Cuba, a once free and prosperous nation has been destroyed and turned into a miserable and oppressive hellhole. And yet some still have the gall to feign surprise.

Francisco Toro in The Washington Post:

It’s official: Venezuela is a full-blown dictatorship


All this year, as they trudged through an unprecedented economic implosion, Venezuelans have been gearing up for what was meant to be the defining political event of the year: a referendum on whether to recall our increasingly loathed authoritarian president, Nicolás Maduro. The tense buildup suddenly ended Thursday as five separate (and supposedly independent, but c’mon now) lower courts approved injunctions to suspend the recall, closing down Venezuela’s last best hope for a peaceful solution to its long-running political crisis.

Even for battle-hardened Venezuelans, it all came as quite a shock. A major signature-gathering drive to officially activate the recall vote was scheduled for next week. Opposition activists were busy preparing their plans to get out their voters to sign. No one, not even the military, seemed to have been expecting this.

Today has been a day of sober reckoning in Caracas, as Venezuelans process the death of the recall process and its implications. It’s easy to overdramatize these things, I realize, but it’s also important not to lose the forest for the trees: a relatively large, relatively sophisticated major oil producer just three hours’ flying time from the United States has just become the second all-out, no-more-elections dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere.

This is serious. A turning point.


We’re rid of the adjectives. We are finally through with the academic circumlocutions.

There’s no need to hyphenate it anymore. Venezuela is just a dictatorship.

Read it all HERE.

Reports from Cuba: Tom Malinowski speaks with the independent Cuban press

Miriam Celaya via Translating Cuba:

Tom Malinowski Speaks with the Independent Cuban Press

Tom Malinowski, Deputy Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Tom Malinowski, Deputy Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 October 2016 — The second round of talks on Human Rights took place this past Friday between the governments of Cuba and the United States, as part of the ongoing dialogue initiated when relations were restored.

In line with the importance of the issue and in relation with the relevance that the US government has granted him, this Saturday, Thomas Malinowski — Deputy Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor- who co-chaired the US delegation, together with Mrs. Mari Carmen Aponte, Acting Assistant Secretary for Affairs of the Western Hemisphere — met with independent journalists Ignacio González and Miriam Celaya, to discuss topics that were debated on that occasion.

Unlike the previous meeting held in Washington on March 31, 2015, this time both sides delved deeply into human rights issues, on which they hold opposing positions.

“I don’t expect to be able to persuade the Cuban government about how we consider human rights should be applied in Cuba, but we consider human rights as an important and permanent item on our agenda,” said Malinowski. While acknowledging the opposing stances of the two governments, he considers that these meetings are of great value because, on the one hand, they reflect the common agreement of both governments on addressing that the issue of human rights in the rapprochement process is legitimate; and on the other hand, it has been established that the basis for these freedoms is upheld in international standards that establish the universal character of human rights, recognized and signed by our two countries.

“The result is positive. At least the Cuban government is not refusing to discuss human rights, and does not deny that they are also applicable to Cuba, though the legal interpretation of the principles is defined differently in our countries”.

Both sides discussed related laws and international treaties that confirm the universality and protection of fundamental rights, such as freedom of association, freedom to join unions, and electoral systems, among others. About the last item, the US side fully explained the characteristics of its electoral system and inquired about the Cuban system, particularly the obstacles faced by opponents and critics of the Cuban government to aspire to political office.

“For our part, we recognize that our system is not perfect. But in the US human rights violations are made public, and there are ways and mechanisms to force politicians to fulfill their commitments and obligations”.

Cuban laws, however, are designed so that the Power can manipulate them according to its interests, with no civic or legal mechanisms to force the government to observe the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in 1948.

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Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

The University of Miami’s Dr. Jaime Suchlicki in Focus on Cuba:

1962 --- This newspaper map from the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis shows the distances from Cuba of various cities on the North American Continent. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

In the autumn of 1962, the Soviet Union surreptitiously introduced nuclear missiles into Cuba. A surprised, embarrassed and angry President John F. Kennedy instituted a blockade of the island and after eleven tense days the Soviet Union withdrew its missiles.

The crisis which brought the world to the brink of a nuclear holocaust–the missiles of October–helped, among other things, to shape the perceptions of American foreign policy leaders toward the Soviet threat and the world. Some of the lessons of that crisis are still with us today.

The first lesson was that there is no substitute for alert and quality intelligence. The United States was surprised by the Soviet gamble, and not until the missiles were in the island and U.S. spy planes had photographed them did the While House discover the magnitude of the challenge and the peril that they represented to U.S. security. While Cubans on the island reported suspicious movement of missiles, U.S. intelligence failed to warn the Kennedy administration in advance of Soviet plans or objectives.

The second lesson was a heightened awareness about the dangers of nuclear weapons. Following the crisis, the United States, the Soviet Union and most countries of the world signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. A direct telephone line was installed for communication between the U.S. President and the Soviet leader, and U.S. withdrawal of some missiles from Turkey and elsewhere followed.

The third lesson was in management of crises. President Kennedy’s careful moves during those tense 11 days averted a nuclear confrontation. While some in this country advocated an invasion of Cuba and the end of the Castro regime, the president preferred a blockade, and diplomacy and negotiation with the Kremlin. As we have learned since, Fidel Castro called on Khrushchev to launch the missiles from Cuba against the United States, an action that would have surely forced a counter-launch not only against Cuba but also the Soviet Union, causing a major world catastrophe.

The fourth lesson is that weakness on the part of the American leadership, or perception of weakness by enemies of this country, usually encourages those enemies to take daring and reckless actions. The single most important event encouraging and accelerating Soviet involvement in Cuba was the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961. The U.S. failure to act decisively against Castro gave the Soviets illusions about U.S. determination and interest in the island. The Kremlin leaders believed that further economic and even military involvement in Cuba would not entail any danger to the Soviet Union itself and would not seriously jeopardize U.S.-Soviet relations. This view was further reinforced by President Kennedy’s apologetic attitude concerning the Bay of Pigs invasion and his generally weak performance during his summit meeting with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna in June of 1961.

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2016: I will vote to protect the unborn

In the interest of full disclosure, I did not support Mr. Trump.

I was hoping that we’d nominate one of our extremely successful governors, from Bush to Kasich to Walker to Perry.  In Texas, I eventually voted for Rubio because all of those others were out and he was the most electable.

Let me say this.   My first vote was in 1976 when I proudly voted for President Ford.   Since that first vote, I have proudly supported each one of our nominees even when they were not my first choice such as Mr. Dole in 1996.

Since early summer, I have been struggling with a real dilemma.  However, we must think of the larger picture and voting for Donald Trump makes a lot more sense than electing Hillary Clinton by supporting another option.

In other words, someone will nominate Justices to the Supreme Court and I’d rather have Mr. Trump do that.

No one has dissected Mrs. Clinton better than Dr. Charles Krauthammer this week:

The soullessness of this campaign — all ambition and entitlement — emerges almost poignantly in the emails, especially when aides keep asking what the campaign is about.

In one largely overlooked passage, Clinton complains that her speechwriters have not given her any overall theme or rationale. Isn’t that the candidate’s job?

Asked one of her aides, Joel Benenson: “Do we have any sense from her what she believes or wants her core message to be?”

It’s that emptiness at the core that makes every policy and position negotiable and politically calculable.

Hence the embarrassing about-face on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the popular winds swung decisively against free trade.

A Trump presidency, with VP Pence, a GOP Senate and House, could actually produce some important domestic results.

They could repeal Obama Care and actually replace it with something that puts the patient and doctor in control.

They could finally tackle tax reform, something that most of us have been calling for.

Last, but not least, a President Trump could be persuaded by Speaker Ryan to take a serious look at entitlements.

On free trade, I am not expecting much because tearing up trade agreements is a lot more complicated than everyone realizes.  I just hope that Trump’s supporters understand that.

On immigration, I do not really believe that a President Trump will get Mexico to pay for the wall or deport millions.  However, they may do something about sanctuary cities and respecting our immigration laws.

On foreign policy, it will be hell no matter who walks into the Oval Office.  President Obama is leaving such a mess in the Middle East that it won’t be pretty, from Syria to Iran.

My point is that there is hope with a Trump presidency to get some things done.

On the other side, there is no hope for governing if Mrs. Clinton wins.  There are also going to be some huge battles in the Democrat aisle because the left and Mrs. Clinton are not going to enjoy each other at all. The left is not a happy bunch these days as Politico wrote.

Yes I am voting for Mr. Trump, the lesser of the two evils this time around.

In the end, I will sleep comfortably knowing that I voted to protect the unborn this time around.

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Hope and Change in Obama’s Cuba: Apartheid regime officials get another huge gift from the U.S.

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It is interesting (but no surprise) that the only people in Cuba who have received any benefit from Obama’s new Cuba policy are the members of the island’s brutally repressive and corrupt apartheid dictatorship. This is what “Hope and Change” looks like in Obama’s Cuba.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Breathtaking: Obama’s Direct Gift to Cuban Regime Officials

This week, the Federal Register published the Obama Administration’s latest regulatory changes.

Buried in the rule — ignored by the press releases and overlooked by the media — was (perhaps) Obama’s greatest betrayal of the Cuban people.

Towards the end, there’s a section that reads:

Definition of prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba and prohibited members of the Cuban Communist Party. OFAC is amending sections 515.337 and 515.338 to narrow the definitions in these sections.”

In summary, the Obama Administration has just opened the the door for the overwhelming majority of Castro regime officials to take advantage of the sanctions relief that was purportedly aimed to “support the Cuban people” — and more specifically, for Cuba’s independent “entrepreneurs.”

It now permits members of the Castro’s Council of State; its puppet legislature; its political prosecutors; local and provincial regime officials; ministry officials; secret police officials (DSE); intelligence officials (DGI); neighborhood repressors (CDR); media and cultural censors (UNEAC); and prison wardens and abusers to enjoy unlimited remittances, gift parcels, U-turn banking transactions, communications devices and to even employ U.S.-based Internet-related services that further their repressive activities.

Note the dramatic change in definitions.

Old Definition:

§515.337 Prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba.

For purposes of this part, the term prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba means Ministers and Vice-ministers, members of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers; members and employees of the National Assembly of People’s Power; members of any provincial assembly; local sector chiefs of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution; Director Generals and sub-Director Generals and higher of all Cuban ministries and state agencies; employees of the Ministry of the Interior (MININT); employees of the Ministry of Defense (MINFAR); secretaries and first secretaries of the Confederation of Labor of Cuba (CTC) and its component unions; chief editors, editors, and deputy editors of Cuban state-run media organizations and programs, including newspapers, television, and radio; and members and employees of the Supreme Court (Tribuno Supremo Nacional).

New Definition:

§515.337 Prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba.

For purposes of this part, the term prohibited officials of the Government of Cuba means members of the Council of Ministers and flag officers of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.

[81 FR 71374, Oct. 17, 2016]

Old Definition:

§515.338 Prohibited members of the Cuban Communist Party.

For purposes of this part, the term prohibited members of the Cuban Communist Party means members of the Politburo, the Central Committee, Department Heads of the Central Committee, employees of the Central Committee, and secretaries and first secretaries of the provincial Party central committees.

New Definition:

§515.338 Prohibited members of the Cuban Communist Party.

For purposes of this part, the term prohibited members of the Cuban Communist Party means members of the Politburo.

[81 FR 71374, Oct. 17, 2016]

Whether it’s pallets of cash for Iran’s mullahs or gifts for Cuba’s dictatorship, let’s dispel this notion that the Obama Administration cares about human rights or the well-being of those captive nation’s people.

This is about Obama kowtowing to the world’s most brutal regimes — at whatever cost — with the hopes of creating a political “legacy.”