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Reuters showers praise on pro-Castro Cuban exiles, denigrates “crazy right-wing” Cuban exiles in Miami

Crazy right-wing Marco Rubio: evil Cuban-American

Crazy right-wing Marco Rubio: evil Cuban-American

Let's play a game.

Spot  all instances of bias and/or bigotry in the article below.

(And this is only an excerpt, so if you like the game, take a look at the whole piece HERE.)

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters):

Obama’s Miami connections helped smooth path to meeting with Castro

Obama has been taking the temperature of the Cuban-American community for years.

His first practical lesson took place over a smoke break outside a fund-raiser at the Kaleidoscope Club in Chicago in 2004 when he was running for the US Senate.

Former Miami City manager Joe Arriola told Obama — both men were trying to quit cigarettes — how to appeal to Cuban-American voters.

“I told him not to listen to the crazy right-wing in Miami ... that my kids’ generation thought differently,” recalled Arriola, a prominent Cuban-American politician.

Joe Arriola

Joe Arriola: good Cuban-American

Arriola, invited Obama to Miami that fall for a fund-raiser that netted his Illinois Senate campaign $50,000 (Dh183,657).

“We brought him down several times after that. He would have breakfast with us and we would pick up people to introduce to him,” Arriola said.

The chance encounter in Chicago sparked interest by Obama in the changes in the once solidly Republican Cuban-American enclave in south Florida.

The Miami fund-raiser was kept quiet because Arriola, a 67-year-old former Republican, was still serving the city of Miami, and another participant, Manny Diaz, was the mayor. They were unsure how the Cuban exile community — known for taking to the streets — would react....

.... Obama appears to have accurately gauged the mood in Miami.

One weekend in January, Cuban exiles protesting Obama's outreach to Havana were far outweighed by demonstrators protesting the captivity of Lolita, a killer whale at Miami Seaquarium.

Crazy right-wing Ileana Ros-lehtinen: evil Cuban

Crazy right-wing Ileana Ros-lehtinen: evil Cuban-American

Crazy right wing Miami blog: evil personified

Crazy right wing Miami blog: absolute evil


Senators Marco Rubio and David Vitter: Cuba’s Castro regime must resolve legal claims before relations are re-established

From the offices of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):
Rubio, Vitter: Cuba Must Resolve Legal Claims Before U.S. Re-Establishes Relations

Castro regime has seized an estimated $7-8 billion of U.S. assets. 8000 active legal claims are unresolved

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and David Vitter (R-LA) today introduced the “Cuban U.S. Claims Settlement Act,” legislation that would require Cuba to address unsettled and unpaid legal claims with the U.S.

There are between $7-8 billion in outstanding claims by American citizens and businesses for properties confiscated by the Castros in Cuba that are currently unsettled. This is the largest uncompensated seizure of U.S. assets by a foreign government in U.S. history. Vitter and Rubio’s bill would require these claims to be addressed before easing restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. Current law that set the trade embargo requires the president to address these claims, however, President Obama has ignored this key requirement during recent negotiations with Cuba.

“Many families and entities in the U.S. and around the world deserve just compensation for the properties the Castro regime seized from them and has been making money off of to repress the Cuban people,” said Rubio. “At the very least, President Obama and any future president should force the Castro regime to pay back the people they stole from before travel and trade restrictions are eased.”

“It’s obvious that President Obama wants a quick fix, but we shouldn’t lift our embargo against Cuba without adequate assurances to protect future U.S. business. Ensuring that these legal claims are accounted for and are being settled is a must for the American families and businesses whose property was seized, and for ensuring any degree of future business with Cuba,” said Vitter. “We need a long-term plan to ensure that these families’ claims are returned once and for all.”

The U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba was implemented to protect U.S. businesses following the Castro regime’s illegal seizure of U.S. assets. Vitter and Rubio’s bill, the “Cuban U.S. Claims Settlement Act,” would require the President to include a plan to address the outstanding Foreign Claim Settlement Commission (FCSC) Cuban Claims Program in any further negotiations with Cuba. The FCSC represents U.S. nationals in legal claims against foreign governments. American citizens are prevented under current law from doing business in or with Cuba until Cuba repays its unsettled legal claims to the U.S. Under this legislation, unfinished claims must be addressed by the FCSC before the U.S. eases restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.

Independence for Cuba: Born May 20, 1902 – Died January 1, 1959

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:

Reports from Cuba: Fidel Castro’s ‘hardships’ in prison

By Roberto Jesus Quiñones in Translating Cuba:

Fidel Castro’s “Hardships” in Prison

“We sleep with the lights off, we have no roll calls or formations all day, we get up whenever (…) Plenty of water, electric lights, food, clean clothes and all for free

Fidel Castro’s mug shot, Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces, Guantanamo, 15 May 2015 – This May 15 marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the Moncadistas. The attack on the Moncada barracks is characterized by many as a terrorist act. Beyond the adjectives, always debatable, those who have been charged with praising the rebellious generation and denigrating the army officers of the time say nothing about the soldiers killed that Carnival dawn. Nineteen officers fell, but their names do not count for the official historians.

What would happen today if a group of Cubans, tired of political discrimination and abuses, were to attack a military unit? Would they receive sanctions as benign as those applied to the Moncadistas? Would they be allowed to meet in jail and be separated from the regular prisoners? Would they be granted amnesty?

The “cruel” prison of the Moncadistas

In the articles that the figureheads of Castro Communism have written about the event, it is emphasized how “cruel” the prison was for the Moncadistas during the year and nine months that they were held. It is embarrassing to read that in comparison with what many opponents of the regime later had to — and still — suffer.

In the book “The Fertile Prison,” published in 1980, historian Mario Mencia says that Melba Hernandez and Haydee Santamaria were sentenced to seven months for their participation in that event, a surprising sentence compared to the sentences currently meted out to the brave women who dare to raise their voices against the regime. Suffice it to say that recently Sonia Garro spent more than a year in jail awaiting trial.

Arriving at the women’s jail at Guanajay, Melba and Haydee were not only allowed to make phone calls to inform their families, but they were fixed up with accommodations consisting of a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and dining room; they were permitted to receive all kinds of books, visits by family and friends, and they were always separated from the ordinary prisoners. I must add that before 1959 only three women were sentenced for political reasons, all during the Batista dictatorship, an insignificant number if we compare it to what happened after 1959.

The 27 Moncadistas were sent to the Model Prison on the Island of Pines and separated from the common prisoners, something that Castro-communism has never done with political prisoners. Mr. Mencia says that jail was a hell because it had 460 cells for 930 prisoners and only three showers and two toilets per 25 men. I would like, if he is still alive, for Mr. Mencia to see the 2C outpost of the Guantanamo prison where I was a prisoner between 1999 and 2003, a place built for 90 men and that at that time came to house up to three hundred, many of them sleeping on the floor with only two holes for defecating and two showers. Or he should see the sealed cells where political prisoners are kept. Would Mr. Mencia write about that?

The Moncadistas – according to Mencia – were allowed to have an electric stove, a library with more than 600 books, to read even after the 10 pm roll call, to play ping pong and volleyball and to form an ideological academy in which they debated all kinds of subjects without intervention by the prison authorities. Fidel Castro had at his disposal a Silvestone brand radio. Sixty years later, no Cuban political prisoner enjoys such benefits.

On page 76 of the book there appears a letter by Fidel dated April 4, 1954, where he wrote: “I am going to dinner: spaghetti with squid, Italian chocolates for dessert, fresh brewed coffee and then an H. Upman 4 [cigar]. Don’t you envy me? They take care of me, they take care of me a little among everyone… They take no notice, I am always fighting so that they do not send anything. When I take the sun in the morning in shorts and feel the sea air, it seems that I am on a beach, then a little restaurant here. They are going to make me believe that I am on vacation. What would Karl Marx say about such revolutionaries?”

The permissiveness of the authorities so encouraged the prisoners that their families bought them a refrigerator.

In another letter from August 1954, page 149, the despot in the making wrote: “Cleaning is for the prison staff, we sleep with the lights off, we do not have roll call or formations all day, we get up whenever; I did not ask for these improvements, of course. Abundant water, electric lights, food, clean clothes, and it’s all free.”

Continue reading Reports from Cuba: Fidel Castro’s ‘hardships’ in prison

Look on the bright side…

Santana in El Nuevo Herald:

"Learn to look on the bright side... Now, there is no way anyone is going to want to eat us!"

Casualties in Waco’s “Biker Battle” twice those of Cuba’s “Battle of Santa Clara,” where commader Che “Blood ‘n Guts!” Guevara earned his eternal military fame!

The biker battle in Waco this week-end killed nine hoodlums. That's over twice as many killed in action as during the most celebrated and epic battle of the (media-concocted) "war" by (bogus) comandante Fidel Castro's (phony) guerrillas against Batista's (joke of an) army.

But perhaps I'm a bit biased in these matters and have grown a tad cynical? Fine, here's military historian Arthur Campbell as quoted from his authoritative, Guerrillas; A History and Analysis:

"The Guerrilla war in Cuba was notable for the marked lack of military skills or offensive spirit in the soldiers of either side. The Fidelistas were completely lacking in the basic military arts or in any experience of fighting."

Regarding the media celebration of this "Battle," of Santa Clara here's the New York Times on Jan 4, 1959:

“One Thousand Killed in 5 days of Fierce Street Fighting,” Commander Che Guevara appealed to Batista troops for a truce to clear the streets of casualties...Guevara turned the tide in this bloody battle and whipped a Batista force of 3,000 men.”

And here's Che hagiographer Jon Lee Anderson from his famous book which was written in Cuba with the full cooperation of the Castro regime-- but which remains the most-cited and consulted by academics and movie/documentary producers:

"Santa Clara became a bloody battleground...pitched battles were fought in the streets, Tanks fired shells, airplaones bombed and rocketed, both civilian and guerrilla casualties began piling up in hospitals."

("I'm laughing at the New York Times and Anderson--not the Marx Brothers!" gasps Che.)

In fact:

Che’s own diaries reveal that his forces suffered exactly one casualty during this Caribbean Stalingrad, as depicted by the Times. Your humble servant here interviewed several eye-witnesses (on both sides) to this “battle” and their consensus came to about five casualties total for this Caribbean Iwo Jima.


Alternatives to Che t-shirts: A response to Sean Penn

Our good friend Jay Nordlinger responds to Sean Penn's creepy love for tyrannical dictators in National Review:

Alternatives for T-shirts

Ian, I was in a park over the weekend and passed a soccer practice. The practicers were about four or five years old. One of the coaches had a Che T-shirt. The kids may well think that the guy on the shirt is pretty special. He was: a specialist in murder and murderous tyranny. I thought, “What a better world it would be if the coach’s T-shirt bore the image of Oscar Biscet.”

Biscet is a Cuban dissident, a democrat, and a great man. George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, when Biscet was in prison. (W. was that kind of president.) There are others — lots of others — you could put on that T-shirt. How about Leopoldo López, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition, who is now in prison? He could use the publicity.

I’m pretty sure that the soccer coach doesn’t know any better. He hasn’t a clue who Che was. This August, as I have for many Augusts, I will stay in a guesthouse in Salzburg, which has some of the loveliest people you can imagine. They have a picture of Che on the walls. They haven’t a clue.

Sean Penn? He knows. And he supports and admires the Castros, the chavistas, and the rest of those tyrannical thugs. Funny thing is: Penn lives in the freedom and comfort of America. There is almost no one worse than the person who wants dictatorship for others but lives in freedom himself.

Political exiles and the right to return

By John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Political exiles and the right to return
Defending a fundamental right

Blanca Reyes: Denied entry to Cuba in 2013 to visit her dying dad

The premise made by the Castro regime in its effort to assassinate the character of Rosa María Payá Acevedo recently when she returned to Cuba is both self serving and false. Here is what they said in the Castro regime's website Yoanislandia:

"In the case that a person has the condition of a refugee  or a political exile in any country in the world they are not permitted to enter the country that they fled for mistreatment, threats, persecution, etc ..."

The trouble is that the claim is not true. Chinese pro-democracy activist Yang Jianli in 2004 was sentenced to five years in prison after having been detained in 2002 and this is a more detailed account of what happened:

In 2002, after completing his Doctorate in Political Economy at Harvard, Dr. Yang returned to China to help the labor movement with non-violent struggle strategies. He was arrested and sentenced to five years imprisonment for “spying”.  Following an international outcry for his release, including a UN Resolution and a unanimous vote of both houses of the United States Congress, Dr. Yang was freed in April of 2007.

Jianli was a long time US resident. Another example, former Chinese political prisoner and current political exile Harry Wu has returned a total of five times to continue his struggle for a free China on the mainland. He succeeded in entering and exiting the country while on other occasions he has also been caught and imprisoned by Chinese authorities. Others are trying to get in but have been denied entrance to their country, even if willing to risk prison.

In the case of Burma (Myanmar) the military junta denied Aung San Suu Kyi the right to leave and return to her own country or allowed her dying husband to enter the country to say goodbye to his wife. They had not been able to see each other for the three years prior to his death.Her children were also denied visas to visit their mother. Suu Kyi understood that if she traveled outside of Burma to visit her family that she would not be allowed back in.

What Rosa María Payá, Yang Jianli, Harry Wu and other activists claim is that they have a fundamental right to enter and exit their own homeland. Their claim is backed under Article 13 subsection 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:  "(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."

Continue reading HERE.

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… is the link:


Hope and Change in Obama’s Cuba: Dissident rapper refuses to remain silent after apartheid regime attacks home

Of course, Jay-Z and Beyonce are nowhere to be found. And what about President Obama? Well, he remains as silently complicit with Cuba's apartheid dictatorship as he has been since his surrender to the Castros. Cuba's courageous dissidents are truly on their own. ¡Gracias, Obama!

Belen Marty in PanAmPost:

Dissident Rapper El Critico

200 Regime Supporters Assault, Threaten "Rebellious Character" Saturday, May 9, a pro-regime mob assaulted Cuban rapper and dissident-activist Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, also known as El Crítico (the Critic), at his home in Bayamo. The musician reported that the around 200 attackers sought to intimidate him into ceasing his activities as a leader of the opposition party Cuba Patriotic Union (Unpacu) in the eastern Granma Province.

Remón told the PanAm Post over the phone that Cuban state security agents organized a violent demonstration against him. He recounted that policemen and army officers threw rocks and broke into his home, threatened and verbally abused him. One the rocks hit Remón on the head, causing him to bleed heavily.

“They try to outdo us in numbers so they can say they are the people. But the truth is that these mobs respond to government interests,” said a fearless Remón, adding that he “stands firm and fast against terror.”Remón “barricaded” himself inside his home during the attack, and was plunged into darkness during the whole incident — for which he blamed the state-owned electricity firm.

“They left the whole neighborhood without electricity, so no one could see the thugs who came to attack me,” Remón said.

Government officials have put up signs and distributed pamphlets vilifying Unpacu in his neighborhood. “They don’t want us to grow. And since I have a rebellious character, they want to bury me. They want to channel all their anger against the system toward me,” Remón argued.

On April 30 an intelligence official showed up unannounced at his home claiming to be “worried” about the singer’s health.

In a home video recorded by Remón he can be heard to question the visit’s real motives.

“Do I have a health problem? Or do you worry like this over every Cuban citizen? You were the one who signed my official discharge from prison, don’t you know? Why have you come, then?” the rapper demands.

Some witnesses told Remón to go inside, but he kept interrogating the agent: “What, you’re going to attack me? I’m completely peaceful, I’m protected by Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights … and you come here to violate my rights.”

Continue reading HERE.

Meanwhile, back in Caracastan: Castro Colony Goes for Cocaine Trafficking and Money-Laundering


Cocaine kingpins Cabello & Maduro

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

The colony does as the colonizer demands or teaches.

Old Castro, Inc. trick, now being performed by Maduro & Cabello, LLC.

From The Wall Street Journal via InterAmerican Security Watch


Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub

U.S. prosecutors are investigating several high-ranking Venezuelan officials, including the president of the country’s congress, on suspicion that they have turned the country into a global hub for cocaine trafficking and money laundering, according to more than a dozen people familiar with the probes.

An elite unit of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington and federal prosecutors in New York and Miami are building cases using evidence provided by former cocaine traffickers, informants who were once close to top Venezuelan officials and defectors from the Venezuelan military, these people say.

A leading target, according to a Justice Department official and other American authorities, is National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, considered the country’s second most-powerful man.

“There is extensive evidence to justify that he is one of the heads, if not the head, of the cartel,” said the Justice Department official, speaking of a group of military officers and top officials suspected of being involved in the drug trade. “He certainly is a main target.”

Representatives of Mr. Cabello and other officials didn’t return phone calls and emails requesting comment. In the past, Venezuelan authorities have rejected allegations of high-ranking involvement in the drug trade as an attempt by the U.S. to destabilize the leftist government in Caracas.

In an appearance on state television Wednesday, Mr. Cabello said he solicited a court-ordered travel ban on 22 executives and journalists from three Venezuelan news outlets that he has sued for publishing stories about the drug allegations earlier this year. “They accuse me of being a drug trafficker without a single piece of evidence and now I’m the bad guy,” Mr. Cabello said. “I feel offended, and none of them even said they’re sorry.”

Continue reading HERE.

Tony Montana says: "Maybe the remake of Scarface should feature Venezuelans"

Tony Montana says: "Maybe the new remake of Scarface should feature Venezuelans"

Event honoring Cuba´s Damas de Blanco in Los Angeles

I am thrilled that Ann Lau of the Visual Artists Guild is supporting human rights in Cuba. She is bringing Berta Soler, the leader of Damas de Blanco to Los Angeles to focus attention on the lack of freedom, violent repression, and the gross human rights violations by the Castro dictatorship against the people of Cuba. This event is open to the public; please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to show your support for the brave ladies of Damas de Blanco.

Visual Artists Guild Annual Award Dinner & Commemoration of the 26th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

Keynote Speaker: Berta Soler. Leader of the Damas de Blanco


Cuba's Ladies in White

Participants of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

Su Changlan
China's imprisoned supporter of Umbrella Movement

Posthumous Honor
Amnesty International Group 22 Lucas Kemp

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. Reception and Registration
6:00 p.m. Dinner
Place: Golden Dragon Restaurant
960 North Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90012 Phone: 213-626-2039
Cost: $35 each for a 10 course Chinese Banquet dinner. Note: No tickets available at the door

You may purchase tickets online, or by check via the Guild’s website HERE.

For more information contact Fernando Marquet 310-918-4283.


Reports from Cuba: The reconversion of the devils

By Miriam Celaya in Translating Cuba:

The Reconversion of the Devils

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 12 May 2015 — Yesterday, Tuesday May 11, 2015, the front page of Granma, the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), showed a photograph of the Cuban President General amicably shaking the hand of Pope Francis in Vatican City. Quirks of politics, to convince us of the survivability of the Castro regime, represented by another member of the same caste that in the decade of the 70’s and 80’s harassed members of religious orders, reviled priests and marginalized the faithful. Now, just like that, the Castro regime perfumes its stubborn Marxist conviction with myrrh and frankincense, and it is almost hard to believe that this seemingly respectable octogenarian who visits with the Pope is one of those guerrilla leaders of that Revolution that was anticlerical, antireligious and church-phobic even before declaring itself Marxist.

In retrospect, the war against religious faith in Cuba was not just a momentary attack, but a policy of systematic and ongoing state-sanctioned persecution or discrimination against individuals for reasons of their religious beliefs, while, at the same time, Marxism-Leninism, that other fake religion, kept spreading with the aid of the Kremlin’s petro-rubles.

Thus, just like in the days when Christians hid in Roman catacombs to celebrate their sacred rites, in the years of bloody Sovietizing doctrine in Cuba many publicly denied their faith while attending sneak churches sufficiently distant from their neighborhoods so as not to be recognized and betrayed by their neighbors. Those were the days that faithfulness to God was not only irreconcilable with the Communist militancy, but constituted a serious obstacle to getting ahead in one’s education or employment.

We’re just making mention of Catholic Christians. Jehovah’s Witnesses, considered the quintessence of ideological poison that needed to be eradicated by the roots to safeguard the Revolution, were martyrized, and as such, suffered the worst wrath of the Bolshevik commissariat.

With the end of the Russian Communist adventure in this and other regions of the Third World, and the loss of its European satellites, the anti-religious crusade in Cuba came to an end, and the chameleon-like ability of the Castro regime was evidenced, when the unthinkable became reality: officially, overnight, it was established that Marxism was not incompatible with religious faiths.

And then, with the childlike enthusiasm characteristic of the Cuban people, not only did the Communist militants dust Bibles, old images of Christ and the Catholic calendar, or wear colorful necklaces and other attributes of the African deities, but many members of religious sects who had remained true to their faith, courageously facing persecution and ostracism, ran to become Communist militants. Obviously there are always those who fail to see the difference between one system of belief and another, between one dogma and another: in short, for some, everything is summarized as an exercise of pure faith.

Epaulettes and cassocks

There is a popular Cuban saying that tells us to remember Santa Barbara when it thunders. Castro’s leadership is no exception, so the Castro epaulets and Catholic cassocks have once again been reconfigured without reverence.

God’s return to this island purgatory was first blessed in 1998, during the visit of Pope John Paul II, and without the benefit of repentance or even an act of contrition for its many wicked acts, the Great Orate, active back then, allowed the return of the Christmas season and Christmas carols banned for decades, and the Catholic Church began to recover larger areas, though civil rights for Cubans did not return, and political repression continued. Praying to God while swinging the mallet, says a Spanish proverb.

Continue reading Reports from Cuba: The reconversion of the devils

The true horror of Castroism: Today’s ABC interview with (Brain-Dead) Elian Gonzalez



Forget the crumbling buildings and trashy streets of Havana for a second. Above and below are scenes showing the true horror of Castroism: not what it does to a nation's infrastructure--but what it does to the mind and spirit of its subjects.


From today's interview with Elian the Zombie:

"To the American people, first I say thank you for the love they give me! I want the time to give my love to American people!"

Sure sounds what like the Zombie-Americans who visit Cuba say during their multifarious media interviews about the Cuban people...Gosh I can't imagine what's going on here?????!!!!

BTW: What mentally-healthy & unstoned 21 year old male would utter such a lovey-dovey, hippy-trippy absurdity as Elian did today? (unless he was trying to score with a hippie chick?)