Obama’s hard-nosed negotiating style bears fruit
There was a lot of concern among conservatives earlier when Obama announced his major breakthrough in relations with Cuba. Many felt that Obama gave away the store, that he gave Raul Castro a lot and received precious little in return. President Obama will move as soon as next month to defang the 54-year-old American trade embargo against Cuba, administration officials said Thursday, using broad executive | Read More »
Don’t Expect Changes to Cuba’s Political System Anytime Soon
Yet more evidence has surfaced that the United States is opening relations with Cuba in exchange for essentially nothing. As we open the highest level talks with the communist nation in decades, Cuba has made sure to remind us that substantive changes in its system of government will not being coming anytime soon. From Yahoo! News’ Canadian website: The start of talks on repairing 50 | Read More »
Tech at Night: The government’s data collection. Snowden pals around with dictators.
Tone deaf, or simply apathetic? Even as Americans are unhappy about government data collection, Obama wants to do more big data work on private citizens. Mike Crapo is looking in the other direction, though, and wants to investigate the data gathering the government is already doing.
China didn’t want Edward Snowden. Russia didn’t want Snowden. Ecuador apparently didn’t want him, either. Not even Cuba wanted him, so he was left trying for fascist Venezuela, and unsurprisingly they dislike America so they like Snowden. Again and again, Snowden allies with America’s opponents against America.
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Apparently Fidel Castro doesn’t quite understand that the best thing that he could do for Cuba right now is, well, die: Fidel Castro: Obama ‘misinterpreted’ Raul’s words HAVANA – Fidel Castro says President Barack Obama “misinterpreted” his brother Raul’s remarks regarding the United States and bristled at the suggestion that Cuba should free political prisoners or cut taxes on dollars people send to the island. | Read More »
Black Caucus Gives Castro Attention, Ammunition
Update: I see this is now getting more coverage. Check out the Politico and the LA Times. The Congressional Black Caucus has again sent a delegation to meet with Raul Castro and talk about the need to end the U.S. embargo on that country. And at least according to Fidel Castro, they were just as eager to apologize for America’s sins as Barack Obama has | Read More »
Meanwhile, 90 Miles From The Florida Coast . . .
Well, this is interesting, now isn’t it? Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro said on Thursday his country could talk to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, in Havana’s latest overture to the incoming Democratic administration in Washington.His remarks followed comments from his brother, President Raul Castro, who told a U.S. magazine he could meet Obama in a “neutral place” to try to end the Communist-run island’s four-decade | Read More »
Sean Penn: Taken Down A Peg Or Sixteen
See here. Note again the fascination people like Penn have for murderous dictators. It’s a mystery to me why the likes of Hugo Chavez prevent people like Sean Penn from seeing and understanding the brutal truth about life in places like Venezuela. About the kindest explanation I can offer is that there is some kind of secret conspiracy that aims to give us hagiographies we can | Read More »