— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) March 30, 2017
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.
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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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.
On Tuesday, our friend Alberto de la Cruz posted about the Wall Street Journal editorial on Senator Menendez.
It smells really bad, specially coming after Senator Menendez criticized the Obama administration approach to Iran, Cuba and Ukraine.
On the other hand, the citizens of New Jersey should know that the Obama administration has not been banging the table about Joanne Chesimard, a woman who killed a state trooper years ago. In fact, the Castro dictatorship has said no:
“Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America’s most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral ties.
Gov. Chris Christie has urged President Barack Obama to demand the return of fugitive Joanne Chesimard before restoring full relations under a historic detente announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro last week.
Chesimard was granted asylum by Fidel Castro after she escaped from the prison where she was serving a sentence for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 during a gunbattle after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Asked if returning fugitives was open to negotiation, Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, told The Associated Press that “every nation has sovereign and legitimate rights to grant political asylum to people it considers to have been persecuted. … That’s a legitimate right.”
“We’ve explained to the U.S. government in the past that there are some people living in Cuba to whom Cuba has legitimately granted political asylum,” Vidal said.
“There’s no extradition treaty in effect between Cuba and the U.S.,” she added.
In a letter to the White House made public Sunday, Christie said Cuba’s asylum for Chesimard, who has changed her name to Assata Shakur, was “an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this killer back to justice.””
So let’s get Menendez but “silencio” about Chesimard.
Am I the only one who thinks that this is a bit strange?