Tag: Cuba

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Trump administration for considering a full closure of the U.S. embassy in Cuba in response to the bizarre sound wave assaults on U.S. diplomats in Havana and urge officials to follow through on the idea.  They also discuss the revelation that the London tube bomber was a teenage refugee just three years ago and why extreme vetting makes perfect sense.  And they get a kick out of College Park, Maryland, council members having to admit they actually didn’t vote to allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections because they didn’t know their own charter.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America consider whether an independent ticket of Republican John Kasich and Democrat John Hickenlooper in 2020 would damage President Trump or simply dilute the anti-Trump vote.  They also demand a firm response from the Trump administration as the evidence of hostile Cuban acts against our diplomats in Havana piles up.  And they unload on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for trying to deny a permit for a “Patriot Prayer” event in San Francisco because such a gathering is akin to “shouting wolf in a crowded theater.”

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Rob Long’s trip to Cuba inspired me to share with Ricochet a document I recently received concerning my maternal grandmother’s extended family. In October I saw a picture of her great-uncle on find-a-grave.com. After asking about it, I began corresponding with a woman who is his great-granddaughter (a third cousin to my mom). This John […]

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Obama Ends “Wet Foot/Dry Foot” Policy for Cuban Refugees

 

America will, per a new last-minute decree from Obama, no longer automatically grant asylum to Cubans who make it to US shores. Instead, Cuban refugees (and they really are refugees from that island hellhole) will automatically be sent back to Cuba, overturning a policy that has been in effect since Castro seized control of the island nation. The current policy (known as Wet Foot / Dry Foot) was a product of the Clinton administration, and stipulated that Cubans had to actually touch US soil, where before they were given asylum merely for being picked up at sea.

I cannot help but think that this is part of Obama’s attempts to poke as many people as he can on his way out the door, for Obama must know that such people, when returned to Cuba, are likely to be imprisoned.

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Why Pulitzer Winner Michael P. Ramirez Suggests “Clinton Shouldn’t Get a Pass”

 

Should the Trump Administration investigate the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s emails? Two-time Pulitzer award winning political cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez discusses where Trump should focus his efforts, the Obama scandals, the Supreme Court, Cuba, socialism in America, California, and much more. Michael’s cartoons can be seen daily in over 400 newspapers, some of which are discussed in this interview aboard the Weekly Standard Cruise.

Fidel Castro: 60 Years of Fake News

 

castroA panic is sweeping the land – or at least something like it has unnerved CNN, Vox, and other precincts of progressive sensibility. They are alarmed that millions of Americans are being misled by “fake news.”

As someone whose inbox has lately bulged with items about Hillary Clinton’s impending demise due to a concealed, terminal illness; who has shaken her head at “breaking news” that Turkish coup plotters had gotten their hands on NATO nuclear weapons at Incirlik air base; and who has sighed at the endless iterations of stories like the “47 Clinton friends who mysteriously turned up dead,” I don’t deny that misinformation, disinformation, rumors, and malicious gossip appear to have achieved new salience in the national conversation. I shun right-leaning publications and sites that traffic in this sort of drivel.

You know there’s a “but” coming, and here it is: The death of Fidel Castro reminds us that the respectable press, the “two-sources” press, the press that enforces standards and performs reality checks and practices “shoe leather” journalism and all that, has been peddling “fake news” about Cuba and Castro for 60 years.

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The passing of brutal Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is providing much needed attention on the plight of the Cuban people who have suffered for generations at the hands of the Cuban dictatorship. Regardless of what one thinks about the wisdom of President Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba, that decision coupled with the election of one Mr. […]

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A Study in Contrasts: Obama and Trump on the Death of Fidel

 

fidel-castroPresident Obama issued the following statement:

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans — in Cuba and in the United States — with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. 

For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends — bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.

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I am an anti-communist. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, America was in the midst of the Cold War. It seemed like everyone was anti-communist back then. Even at my public school, all of my teachers opposed communism (my college professors . . . not so much). Most Americans agreed that freedom was something […]

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The left (and some on the right) have been delighted over President Obama’s normalizing relationships with the Communist Dictatorship of Cuba. “Trade and interaction with people from democratic countries will be good for the people of Cuba, and will help them progress economically and politically,” they say. This thinking kind of assumes Cuba has been isolated […]

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I’m going to venture out and say a few positive words about President Obama’s trip to Latin America last week, as paradoxical as it was. For the record, I’ve been a consistent critic (see here) of the president’s foreign policy, particularly, in Latin America. I find his false premise for opening up relations with Cuba – […]

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Can anyone explain what was behind President Obama’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and his recent visit? When Obama made the announcement of normalizing relations with Cuba in December 2014 there was some perfunctory talk that human rights and liberalization of the Cuban regime would be a major factor in the normalization process, and […]

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Terrorism and Political Gamesmanship from Brussels to Havana

 

Obama-CheEvery once in a while we end up with what should be called a perfect storm in politics, which is precisely what has happened today. As authorities in Brussels race to assess the damage and catch terrorists, back here in the US, it is politics mostly as usual on the road to the November election. Because our President was in Cuba, the stage was already set for vitriol on foreign matters, so there was just a slight shift in gears.

However, it’s fair to guess that very few people are connecting dots between Brussels and Havana, via the campaign trail — including the candidates. Yes, there will be a fresh crop of comments about the evils of terrorism, and claims that the current administration is utterly incompetent. There might even be a random statement attacking the fact that the Obama Express is not changing course or agenda because of the bombings. I think we can set that aside on the basis of the logistical nightmare Obama’s presence in Belgium would cause, so let’s move on, shall we?

Havana is going to be an historical moment for Obama, and while it’s fine to say he’s simply attempting to build his legacy, the fact is that this administration decided to follow a very old adage on this one. Our country has been insane when it comes to Cuba, because we have stuck with the same policy for so long, while simultaneously expecting a different result. Hate what Obama is doing as much as you may like, but the facts on the ground include direct cash flow to at least some residents of Cuba, and a slow step into the present when it comes to technology as cellular service is slowly reaching the masses there. Of course, it is primarily for the benefit of tourists now, but Pandora’s box has been opened at least a crack. No matter what, the stage has been set for significant change in Cuba, thanks to Airbnb and mobile communications. While trade will be a primary topic of conversation in dealing with the regime, the big deal is the exportation of lifestyle to the citizens — something that they will probably decide to fight to keep if the regime attempts to yank it away from them.

In Cuba, More US Tourists Can Now Sightsee a Repressive Dictatorship. Enjoy!

 

Obama-CubaThe headline from a new IHS Global report on US-Cuba relations sums things up pretty well: “Deeper US engagement with Cuba to increase trade and investment, especially in the tourism sector, but democratic political reform unlikely.” And from the report itself (bold is mine):

The changes represent the most significant shift since President Obama and Cuban president Raúl Castro restored relations in December 2014. In particular, removing the threat to foreign banks of being fined in the US for conducting dollar transactions with Cuba is likely to provide a boost to FDI particularly in the tourism and telecoms sectors. In addition, the shipping reform will permit ferries and cruise vessels to visit Cuban ports. This, alongside the easing of the travel permit, will further extend the Cuban travel boom. Thus, with US companies now being able to manufacture in Cuba, commercial flights about to begin in 2016, and US key hoteliers being given approval to manage hotels in Cuba, the way is open for continuing economic growth in Cuba and a concomitant increase in living standards. Allowing Cubans to earn US salaries removes a key obstacle though it is still pending how this will be implemented in practice. …

Despite the advances proposed by the US, the response from the Cuban government to implement clarifying policy changes has been relatively modest. Thus, while it is increasingly possible for US firms to conduct business in Cuba from the US under the terms allowed by the US Treasury and the Department of Commerce, businesses separately aiming to engage directly with the island authorities on Cuban soil have not been given any clarity. A key issue to take into account are the still-existing sanctions derived from the embargo which will imply higher costs for businesses operating in Cuba in terms of compliance and regulatory risks to avoid them.

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Che Guevara was a mass murder, who executed those who disagreed with him.  In my mind he is equally as bad as Hitler.  He just didn’t have as large an army, or population, to terrorize.   So, how do you defend this picture?  Somebody please help me to understand. Preview Open

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