Posted tagged ‘Castro’

Off Topic? | Obama Blocks Cubans Fleeing Regime, Scraps Defectors Program

January 13, 2017

Obama Blocks Cubans Fleeing Regime, Scraps Defectors Program, PJ Media, Bridget Johnson, January 12, 2017

(Obama welcomes Islamists who hate America and all for which she stands, while rejecting Cubans fleeing a Communist dictatorship in hopes of living and prospering in a free country.  Please see also, Obama Feeds Cuba’s Firing Squads — DM)

cubanrefugeesA group of men from Cuba hug after coming ashore in Key West, Fla., in June 2016. (Mike Hentz, Key West Citizen via AP)

Menendez said the eliminated policies “reflect our commitment to the values of liberty and democracy.”

“We should never deny a Cuban refugee fleeing a brutal regime entry into the United States. We must remind ourselves every day of the continued oppression and human suffering that is happening – not only halfway around the world, but just 90 miles off our shores. The ongoing repressive behavior of the Cuban regime still haunts our hemisphere today,” the New Jersey Dem said. “The fact is the recent ill-conceived changes in American policy towards Cuba have rewarded the regime with an economic lifeline while leaving everyday Cubans less hopeful about their futures under a brutal totalitarian dictatorship.”

“And while more needs to be done to prevent the small universe arriving from Cuba who may seek to exploit the privileges and freedoms that come with the ‘wet-foot/dry-foot’ policy, those few actors should not destroy our efforts to protect the many who are forced to flee persecution.”


WASHINGTON — President Obama today revoked the “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy that has provided refuge for Cubans escaping the communist island since the mid-1990s, prompting Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to accuse the administration of turning its back on people fleeing persecution.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), whose family fled Cuba when she was 7 years old, declared that Obama eliminated the refugee policy, and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole program that encouraged defections of doctors and nurses working abroad, “because that’s what the Cuban dictatorship wanted and the White House caved to what Castro wants.”

“Castro uses refugees as pawns to get more concessions from Washington so there is no reason to do away with the Cuban medical doctor program, which is a foolhardy concession to a regime that sends its doctors to foreign nations in a modern-day indentured servitude,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

The Department of Homeland Security said the programs were scrapped for the sake of “ongoing normalization of relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba” and “a commitment to have a broader immigration policy in which we treat people from different countries consistently.”

“The United States will now treat Cuban migrants in a manner consistent with how it treats others; unauthorized migrants can expect to be removed unless they qualify for humanitarian relief under our laws,” DHS said in a statement, adding that the Cuban government “has agreed to begin to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed.”

“Cuba and the United States will work to further discourage unlawful migration to the United States and promote bilateral cooperation to prevent and prosecute alien smuggling and other crimes related to illegal migration.”

Obama said the policies were “designed for a different era” and the elimination of the medical parole program was for the benefit of Cubans. “By providing preferential treatment to Cuban medical personnel, the medical parole program contradicts those efforts, and risks harming the Cuban people,” he said. “Cuban medical personnel will now be eligible to apply for asylum at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, consistent with the procedures for all foreign nationals.”

“With this change we will continue to welcome Cubans as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws,” the president added. “During my administration, we worked to improve the lives of the Cuban people – inside of Cuba – by providing them with greater access to resources, information and connectivity to the wider world. Sustaining that approach is the best way to ensure that Cubans can enjoy prosperity, pursue reforms, and determine their own destiny.”

On a White House call with reporters this evening, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said there has been “a continued uptick in Cuban migrants coming to the United States” since the administration’s policies to deepen relations with the regime have gone into effect, and officials “did not want to speculate publicly about the likelihood of this change for fear of inviting even greater migration flows.”

“There’s obviously an enormous number of — there’s a very large Cuban American population, and many Cuban migrants are already here. It was going to be too complicated, frankly, to significantly return people who are already here,” Rhodes said. “We wanted to get things right going forward.”

Rhodes added that “the best way” for Cubans to have opportunity “is for them to be able to pursue it at home through an economy that has continued to pursue market-based reforms.”

Menendez said Congress “was not consulted prior to this abrupt policy announcement with just nine days left in this administration.”

“The Obama administration seeks to pursue engagement with the Castro regime at the cost of ignoring the present state of torture and oppression, and its systematic curtailment of freedom,” the senator said.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said on the White House call that “the discussions leading up to this were very sensitive,” and that’s why Congress was left in the dark.

“The policy that we’re announcing today is effective immediately. We did not want for there to be a mass exodus from Cuba in anticipation of a change in policy,” Johnson said.


Cubans line up on Mexican border. Stopped from entering US. “I got here two hours late,” said Carlos

15 Cubans are lined up on Mexican side of border at Laredo border station blocked from entering. “Help us. Help us.”

White House official said they hoped Congress would repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act, the 1966 law allowing migration of Cubans able to escape. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) acknowledged that the law needs reform, but said “the Obama administration’s characterization of this change as part of the ongoing normalization with the Castro regime is absurd.”

“We must work to ensure that Cubans who arrive here to escape political persecution are not summarily returned to the regime, and they are given a fair opportunity to apply for and receive political asylum,” Rubio said.

He called on the incoming Trump administration to reverse the part of the executive order eliminating the medical parole program and “allow these doctors to seek asylum at U.S. embassies or consulates in other countries.”

Menendez said the eliminated policies “reflect our commitment to the values of liberty and democracy.”

“We should never deny a Cuban refugee fleeing a brutal regime entry into the United States. We must remind ourselves every day of the continued oppression and human suffering that is happening – not only halfway around the world, but just 90 miles off our shores. The ongoing repressive behavior of the Cuban regime still haunts our hemisphere today,” the New Jersey Dem said. “The fact is the recent ill-conceived changes in American policy towards Cuba have rewarded the regime with an economic lifeline while leaving everyday Cubans less hopeful about their futures under a brutal totalitarian dictatorship.”

“And while more needs to be done to prevent the small universe arriving from Cuba who may seek to exploit the privileges and freedoms that come with the ‘wet-foot/dry-foot’ policy, those few actors should not destroy our efforts to protect the many who are forced to flee persecution.”

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Prime Minister Trudeau’s affection for despots, autocrats and Islamists

December 4, 2016

Prime Minister Trudeau’s affection for despots, autocrats and Islamists, CIJ NewsDiane Weber Bederman, December 4, 2016

justin-trudeau-7-cijnewsJustin Trudeau. Photo: CIJnews

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau displayed his affection for fascism on the death of Fidel Castro. “We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.” He seems to be following in the footsteps of his father Pierre. Members of Parliament, media outlets in Canada, and around the world expressed their shock at his comments.

Trudeau has also shared his affection for Chinese Communists. “Justin’s 2013 tribute to the role of big government in forcing people into living more environmentally might explain his flirtation with dictators and despots. ‘There is a level of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime…”’

Trudeau is in the process of cozying up to the Iranians. Iran; a country run by an autocratic, theocratic despot. Trudeau has opened the doors to warmer relations with Russia.

According to Canadian journalist Terence Corcoran “The Trudeaus have been at this for six decades, flirting with the murderous icons of communist oppression since the 1950s when Trudeau the First expressed his admiration for elements of Stalin’s Soviet Communism.

In the 1960s, a 41-year-old Pierre Trudeau visited Communist China during the great famine and co-wrote a book hailing Maoism and denying the existence of a national food policy that killed 38 million people. He never retracted his China views. But, in the 1970s, he cozied up to Fidel Castro, who until his death Friday has held the Caribbean island in a form of political slavery.”

Paul Wells from the Toronto Star did not parse his words of condemnation. “Trudeau lauded Castro’s ‘tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people,’ whose speech and dietary protein Castro rationed, by law, for decades. I guess it was tough love.”

Margaret Wente from the Globe and Mail wrote “Mr. Trudeau’s affection for the old dictator puts him in the company of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad.” She found his comments oddly timed. “He was just winding up a far-flung trip whose theme was human rights, during which he lectured various African nations on the need to improve their treatment of women and sexual minorities. Unfortunately, Mr. Castro wasn’t all that progressive either. “

The Globe Editorial Board wrote their concerns about Justin Trudeau; that his comments leave the disturbing impression that he actually believes what he said about Castro including “I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.”

Gerald Caplan wrote “Scarcity became the overriding characteristic of Fidelismo, scarcity in both the quantity and quality of the life he provided. Dissent was not tolerated, political dissidents imprisoned, human rights a foreign intrusion, free speech counterrevolutionary, trade unions government servants, gays an insult to the revolution.”

Kelly McParland of the National Post wrote: “Given a choice between saying something nice about his Dad’s Cuban pal, and defending the values of democracy and human rights, Justin Trudeau picked the wrong one.”

He went with “el Comandante” – the captain, the commander – one of the appellations accorded Cuba’s Fidel Castro during the 50+ years in which treated his country like a personal political project, impoverishing millions while pursuing a self-defeating confrontation with Washington.”

Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun wrote “Blind to Cuban history, and blinkered by his fathers’ fairy tales about Fidel Castro, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement about the death of the Cuban dictator was an embarrassment of international proportions. He ignored the brutal truth about the man, dancing around like a clown in a parade dodging horse droppings.”

Members of parliament shared their outrage; from Lisa Raitt, to Rona Ambrose, Maxime Bernier, Kellie Leitch, to Stephen Harper’s son. And then there was world-wide condemnation of Trudeau’s affection for this despot.

So I ask all of these people, journalists, columnists, and Canadian Members of Parliament, where is your outrage at Trudeau’s attempts to mimic these despots? First, by allowing him to pass a petition that attacks free speech without a word from any of you.

The Parliament passed petition 411 that could attack free speech.

We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join us in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia” (dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force).

In English this means that we will not be able to criticize Islam as a political force. This is denying us of our right to criticize an ideology that is diametrically opposed to the ideology of democracy.

This leads me to the next question. Where is your outrage with Trudeau’s statement that Islam is compatible with the west while the leading Muslim organization in Canada, ICNA, posted a publication on its official site saying this is not true?

The political system of Islam is totally incompatible with western democracy.

The concept of government party and the opposition is alien to Islam.

All belong to one Ummah with only one goal and pursue the same aims and objects of Islamic guidelines!”[Online publication of ICNA Canada’s site]

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic nation-wide organization striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.” Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of ICNA Canada and is also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams.

Whom should we believe? Non-Muslims or respected Muslim leaders?

Trudeau’s stance is a breach of our Constitution and free speech. Islam, based on Sharia Law as is being interpreted by major Islamic groups, is innately homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic and viciously anti-semitic. Saudi Arabia just announced they aren’t ready for female drivers!

Islam, as being reflected in Islamic literature in Canada, does not treat all people as equal; does not believe in free will; does not accept gay rights or women as equal to men. Islam the ideology does not separate itself from Islam the religion so it is not tolerant of other religions (there are no synagogues or churches in many Muslim countries) and it makes demands on democracy to accommodate religious beliefs in the secular world.

Where is Main Stream media when it comes to “outing” Trudeau and his comments about Islam? Where are these people who are shocked by Trudeau’s comments about Castro and his love of autocrats, despots and theocrats? Why are they not holding him to account for his declaration that Islam is compatible with the West?

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December 3, 2016

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RIGHT ANGLE: The End of Two Errors

December 1, 2016

RIGHT ANGLE: The End of Two Errors, Bill Whittle Channel via YouTube, November 30, 2016

Black Lives Matter Feel “Fear” in World Without Communist Butcher

November 29, 2016

Black Lives Matter Feel “Fear” in World Without Communist Butcher, Front Page Magazine (The Point), Daniel Greenfield, November 28, 2016


Poor Black Lives Matter. The racist hate group is always full of fear and anxiety. Right now it’s suffering from fear because Fidel died.

While Fidel’s death helps remove some of the fear felt by Castro’s victims, many of whom were black, But crybullying means that you have the privilege to make your hatred over into fake fear while playing the victim.

BLM is a black nationalist terror group that worships Castro for his politics and for his support of a pivotal role model for the hate group, and cop-killer, harbored by Cuba.

We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante. And there are lessons that we must revisit and heed as we pick up the mantle in changing our world, as we aspire to build a world rooted in a vision of freedom and the peace that only comes with justice. It is the lessons that we take from Fidel…

As a Black network committed to transformation, we are particularly grateful to Fidel for holding Mama Assata Shakur, who continues to inspire us. We are thankful that he provided a home for Brother Michael Finney Ralph Goodwin, and Charles Hill, asylum to Brother Huey P. Newton, and sanctuary for so many other Black revolutionaries who were being persecuted by the American government during the Black Power era.

Lest there was any doubt from BLM’s previous statements, it supports racist cop killers and black nationalist terror. It is a racist hate group and should be classified and treated as such.

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November 28, 2016

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Cuban-Americans Humiliated By Obama’s Comments on Castro’s Death

November 28, 2016

Cuban-Americans Humiliated By Obama’s Comments on Castro’s Death, Washington Free Beacon via YouTube, November 28, 2016

Palestinians recall fond memories of late Cuban leader Castro

November 27, 2016

Palestinians recall fond memories of late Cuban leader Castro, Jerusalem PostAdam Rasgon, November 27, 2016

fidelcigarFile picture of Fidel Castro smoking a cigar during interview with the press in Havana. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Palestinian political and civil society leaders reacted to the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro over the weekend, remembering him as a strong supporter of the Palestinian people and cause.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas hailed the former Cuban president in a letter to current Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday. “On behalf of the Palestinian people, the State of Palestine, and myself, we offer you and the friendly Cuban people our deepest condolences on the passing of Fidel Castro, a man who spent his life sternly defending his country’s and people’s causes in addition to just and righteous causes around the world,” the PA president wrote.

Abbas ordered Palestinian flags to be set a half-staff on Sunday, according to Wafa, the official PA news site.

Raul Castro, the current Cuban President, announced on Cuban state television on Saturday that “the commander-in-chief of the Cuban revolution died.”

A Hamas leader in Gaza, who spoke to The Jerusalem Post on the condition of anonymity, said that Palestinians have fond memories of Fidel. “He was a symbol of the national struggle. His relationship to the Palestinian cause and Mr. Yasser Arafat was very strong,” the Hamas leader stated. “He was a brother in the resistance and stood in the face of colonialists, similar to Nelson Mandela.”

Cuba, under Fidel’s leadership, was the only Latin American country to vote against the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which recommended the division of the British Mandate of Palestine into independent Jewish and Arab-Palestinian states.

PLO Executive Committee Member Wasel Abu Yousif told the Post Castro’s death is a great loss. “He always supported the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian people in their struggle to establish an independent Palestinian state and welcomed President Arafat to Cuba in the early 1970s,” the top PLO official remarked. “We thank Castro, who represented the revolutionary spirit, for everything that he did in terms of his political and moral support for Palestine.”

Fidel welcomed Arafat in Cuba in 1974 in his first of many visits to Cuba, where he was treated as a head of state. Fidel also supported the Palestinian leadership in a number of international forums including the UN and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Sam Bahour, a Palestinian businessman and political commentator, told the Post, that Castro distinguished himself as a “consistent” supporter of the Palestinian people. “There’s a sense of respect for his consistent support to the Palestinian struggle,” Bahour stated. “He stood with the Palestine when it was alone without trying to impose any agenda on it. His support was in line with what Palestinians defined as what they needed.”

Fidel resigned as Cuban President in 2008 and largely remained out of the public’s eye in the remaining years of his life.

Jason Kenney mocks Trudeau with eulogy for “Korean icon Kim Il-Sung”

November 27, 2016

Jason Kenney mocks Trudeau with eulogy for “Korean icon Kim Il-Sung” CIJ News, November 27, 2016


Justin Trudeau’s controversial eulogy for the late Cuban President Fidel Castro continues to draw criticism in Canada and the US.

Jason Kenney, former federal minster of Defence, Immigration and Multiculturalism who runs for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, mocked Trudeau with an eulogy for “Korean icon Kim Il-Sung”:

We mourn the death of Korean icon Kim Il-Sung, who continues to serve the Korean people as Eternal President of the DPRK.”

Others offered alternative eulogies for Castro and other notorious tyrants throughout history #trudeaueulogies:

Mr. Castro inspired generations of innovative boat makers.”- gnorwreven‏ @tlynnleggie

Bin Laden was charismatic leader who helped revolutionize airport security in his lifetime.” – Liars Never Win‏ @liars_never_win

Bin Laden was a wonderful demolition expert. A true aviation and building savant. He’ll be missed but never forgotten.” – Gad Saad‏ @GadSaad

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Saddam Hussein. His advancements in chemical research live on.” – Mikhail Menuck‏ @MischaMenuck

As you know Mr. Hitler‘s life has come to an end, he was known as a dog lover and a strong supporter of his race” – Alberta View🌎👀‏ @Uwork4It

Today we mourn painter and animal rights activist, Adolf Hitler. His death also highlights the need for suicide awareness” – Curtis‏ @FowlCanuck

It’s with a heavy heart that I learn Stalin passed, only he was able to acheive full employment for his people” – Alberta View🌎👀‏ @Uwork4It

Mr. Stalin‘s greatest achievement was his eradication of obesity in the Ukraine through innovative agricultural reforms.” – Melissa Lantsman‏ @MelissaLantsman

Today we mourn the passing of Joseph Stalin, a man who greatly raised the GDP for Soviet citizens…” – Gaulois‏ @Le_Gaul

my condolences to the family of Joseph Stalin. Through controversial, his policies in agriculture & industrialization….” – Mikhail Menuck‏ @MischaMenuck

Today we say goodbye to Mr. Mussolini, the former Italian prime minister best known for his competent train-management.” – J.J. McCullough‏ @JJ_McCullough

Let us acknowledge Mr Pol Pot‘s achievements in reducing overpopulation and building global sustainability” – Mikhail Menuck‏ @MischaMenuck

While a controversial figure, even detractors recognize Pol Pot encouraged renewed contact between city and countryside.” – Andrew Coyne‏ @acoyne

We’re saddened to hear the passing of Pol Pot. We are fondly reminded of his remarkable excavation techniques” – I’m the bubba‏ @Imthebubba

Let us acknowledge Mr Pol Pot‘s achievements in reducing overpopulation and building global sustainability” – Mikhail Menuck‏ @MischaMenuck

Though not universally liked by his compatriots, Mr. Ceausescu was a leader in urban design and affordable housing” – Cam Vidler‏ @camvidler

Today we say farewell to Adi Amin who help so many non African Ugandans immigrate to Canada” – Dan Fraser‏ @FraserFraserdw

I’m saddened to hear of supreme leader of N Korea Kim Jong-il passing, he fought childhood obesity like no other” – Alberta View🌎👀‏ @Uwork4It

Today we remember Pablo Escobar‘s advances in spurring youth interest in pharmacology.” – Chris Magill‏ @cmagill

We mourn the death of Vlad the Impaler, who spearheaded initiatives which touched the hearts of millions.” – Conservosaurus‏ @conservosaurus

Today we bid farewell to Genghis Khan, the former Mongolian leader best known for opening new trade routes to China.” – Don MacLeod‏ @DonWMacleod

Dauntless globetrotter, diversity-lover: Attila the Hun was indefatigably committed to advancing the East-West encounter.” – Rod Dreher‏ @roddreher

While Emperor Nero was controversial, his dedication to song and writing poetry signaled a Roman artistic renaissance.” – Jason Hickman‏ @jasonhickman

Today we say goodbye to Caligula former Roman emperor best known for his love of horses” – JSheehan‏ @TuesCheek

If nothing else can be said for Hannibal Lecter, at least he had great taste in people.” – Prufrock‏ @Kansokusha10

Though he didn’t shy away from controversy Pharaoh will be remembered for enhancing labor productivity in Egypt.” – Sohrab Ahmari‏ @SohrabAhmari

Diane Forsey‏ @peterdiane01 tweeted an eulogy for Trudeau’s victory in last federal election:

Today Canada mourns the election of Justin Trudeau. You will be remembered as this countries biggest mistake!”