It was a real shock to see this story at the NYT titled Cuban Doctors Revolt: "You get tried of being a slave" Thousands of Cuban doctors work abroad under contracts with the Cuban authorities. Countries like Brazil pay the island’s Communist government millions of dollars every month to provide the medical services, effectively making … Continue reading The Comments on this NYT Story on Cuban Doctors Revolting over Slave Wages Are Priceless
One of the more annoying things in the current preponderance of opinion pieces instead of actual reporting is the dismissal of news on our hemisphere. Rarely do you find information on, say, Brazil, the world's ninth-largest economy, unless you actually go looking for it. Each country is treated as a piece of puff pastry on … Continue reading News from our hemisphere gone AWOL
Nine or so years ago I spent an afternoon at the Princeton Public Library watching two American-made Cuban propaganda films. One of the films was titled The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. At the time I wrote, The film praises the virtues of Medieval agriculture as practiced in modern-day Cuba, including the return … Continue reading The Former Newspaper™ discovers Cuba’s apartheid system, blames embargo
by baldilocks Below Florida, that is. Michael Totten documents his visit to Castro’s Cuba: I had to lie to get into the country. Customs and immigration officials at Havana’s tiny, dreary José Martí International Airport would have evicted me had they known I was a journalist. But not even a total-surveillance police state can keep … Continue reading The Hell Below
If you read the speech Pres. Obama gave in Havana yesterday, you'll find that he dedicated all of two paragraphs to the usual platitudes he resorts to after every terrorist attack, We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally, [insert country name here] in bringing to justice those who are responsible … Continue reading Bury the Cold War all you want
I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. . . . I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- AND I WILL BE HEARD. William Lloyd Garrison This post was originally scheduled for Tuesday at 1 … Continue reading Pam Geller: The Prophet from New York
President Obama is hard at work trying to secure his legacy, as presidents are wont to do in their last year in office. So he's heading to Havana in March, The US president confirmed his Cuba trip in a post on Twitter, saying: "Next month, I'll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts … Continue reading Obama heads to Cuba next month
They just signed a two trade and scientific-technical development protocols. No, the Cuban communists and the North Korean are not in the States Sponsors of Terrorism list. Yes, they have been caught playing footsie with 240 metric tons' worth of Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets hidden under sacks of sugar at least once (maybe attempting a … Continue reading Did you hear about Cuba and North Korea?
Pres. Obama announced on December 17, 2014 an easing of U.S. relations with Cuba. We should not allow U.S. sanctions to add to the burden of Cuban citizens we seek to help. How are the Cuban citizens doing a year later? The Communist Party’s monopoly on power remains unchanged. No chance of free elections. No … Continue reading Obama’s Cuba deal, a year later
What passes for smart diplomacy these days: Foreign policy deals where the US gives in for nothing in exchange. I have posted here and at my blog on the easement of sanctions with Cuba, which was preceded by the release of American hostage Alan Gross in exchange for five cuban spies. Gross was on 60 … Continue reading The $100 billion no-deal Iran deal
This story Cuban dissidents are feeling let down after they were left out of Pope Francis’ itinerary. The pontiff plans to meet with Cuba’s leader Raul Castro, its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. has been called "shameful" by Ed Morrissey but … Continue reading What if Christ didn’t want to Embarrass Simon?
As Pete notes, the knives are out against Robert Menendez, with lurid headlines again screaming Sen. Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage hookers in Dominican Republic. Menendez's office again denied the accusations, which are part of a larger case (emphasis added), And unlike in many federal public corruption cases, this prosecution revolves, in … Continue reading Why the knives are out on Menendez
One among many lies on which the Obama administration bases its foreign policy: Last Friday, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla brazenly lied about Cuba and insulted the U.S. during his joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (my translation): “Cuba is not a place where there is racial discrimination, … Continue reading The foreign policy house of lies
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Havana today for the opening of the U.S. Embassy. The headlines are joyful (Kerry to See U.S. Flag Fly Over Cuba Embassy After 54 Years) and call it "a new day." Politico is even giving Communist dictator Raul Castro, Obama's favorite Castro, a tongue-bath, exulting over the remarkable political … Continue reading Cuba UPDATED
A whole lot of people on the left, in the media and in the administration have for years celebrated Cuba as a workers paradise only held back by the hatred of the United States and are now pointing to the normalization of relations between the US & Cuba as the final limitation to Cuba soaring … Continue reading Cuba: And an Inconvenient Truth