Read my article, Today’s punchline: “If you like your plan”.
El Nuevo Herald reports in Spanish,
Nada menos que con el titular “Negro, ¿tú eres sueco?” publicó el periódico Tribuna de La Habana un artículo de opinión la semana pasada en el que recrimina a Obama por incitar a la “rebeldía y el desorden” en su discurso televisado desde el Gran Teatro de La Habana, en el que llamó a Raúl Castro a no temer “a las diferentes voces del pueblo cubano y a su capacidad de hablar, de reunirse y de votar por sus líderes”.
[With the headline, “Black man, are you a Swede?” the Tribuna of La Habana newspaper published an op-ed last week rebuking Obama for inciting “rebellion and disorder” in his televised speech at the Gran Teatro de La Habana, in which he called on Raul Castro to not be afraid of “the different voices of the Cuban people, and its ability to speak out, gather and vote for its leaders.”]
I was in Silvio Canto’s podcast last night, along with Alain Castillo, and both Silvio and Alain immediately recognized that “Negro, ¿tú eres sueco?” in Cuban slang, meant that the author of the article, Elías Argudín – of Afro-Cuban ancestry – called Pres. Obama an Oreo.
Tribuna de La Habana is published by the Cuban Communist party, according to LBGT activist Dr. Alberto Roque, who, among others, protested the article’s racist overtone.
Following the outcry, the article was withdrawn from the Tribuna website by Wednesday afternoon.
The Miami Herald did not report this news in English.
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“Smart diplomacy” bears fruit: Cuban state media publishes a rebuke to the official visit.
This is the top news this morning all over Latin America:
"No necesitamos que el imperio nos regale nada", así comienza la nueva editorial de Fidel Castro en diario Granma. pic.twitter.com/uorXiezE2P
— Noticias RCN (@NoticiasRCN) March 28, 2016
Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.”
The 1,500-word letter in state media titled “Brother Obama” was Castro’s first response to the president’s three-day visit last week, in which the American president said he had come to bury the two countries’ history of Cold War hostility. Obama did not meet with the 89-year-old Fidel Castro on the trip but met several times with his 84-year-old brother Raul Castro, the current Cuban president.
“Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time”
Speaking to young people in a country where most of the population believes anyone who is rich got there only for their government connections, Obama makes a stand for all-out opportunism,
“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate,” Obama said at the Buenos Aires town hall.
“Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”
While at it, he threw in Communist Cuba’s favorite talking points,
“To president Castro, I said you’ve made great progress in educating young people [Cuban dictators indoctrinate its youth]. Every child in Cuba gets a basic education. Medical care, the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to the United States despite it being a very poor country because they have access to health care. That’s a huge achievement,” he said about the repressive regime. “They should be congratulated. But you drive around Havana and you see the economy is not working. It looks like it did in the 1950s.”
He can only wish it looked “like it did in the 1950s.”
Having finished his little speech, Obama took Air Force 1 & 2 for some sightseeing in Patagonia, 1,000 miles south of Buenos Aires, before returning to the USA, all at the capitalist taxpayers’ expense.
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The EiC goes on the road!
First, a symbolic gesture that delighted Leftie throngs around the world,
the building that Guevara’s face adorns is home to the Cuban Ministry of the Interior.
Unlike our own Ministry of the Interior, Cuba’s is not charged with innocuous tasks like protecting endangered waterfowl. Rather, it operates the National Revolutionary Police, which, in addition to keeping law and order on the streets, harasses and arrests dissidents, and suppresses “counter-revolutionary” activities. In other words, it’s Cuba’s version of the Stasi.
Then came the wave!
And the comedy skit!
And the other comedy skit!
And, once in Buenos Aires, no tour of Argentina is complete without the tango!
Don’t miss out on more fun in the next Keeping Up With the Obamas!
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but the facts are, and will continue to be, much worse.
Read my post, Bury the Cold War all you want.
Pres. Obama arrived yesterday to Argentina. Here’s his schedule, which is the top story in all of Argentina.
As of the writing of this post, he is meeting with Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada, where they will hold a joint press conference.
The meeting signals a departure from the downright hostile approach the Kirchner administration held towards the U.S.
In other news, Eamonn MacDonagh has the latest on the Nisman investigation, including some new information on a spate of phone calls from the intelligence service long before the news on Nisman’s death was made public.
— Éamann Mac Donnchada (@EamonnMacDonagh) March 23, 2016
Pres. Obama, his family, Nancy Pelosi, 40 members of Congress and hundreds of businessmen, along with 974 reporters (Mary O’Grady not among them, since she’s been barred from reporting from the island-prison), landed yesterday in Havana in the middle of a downpour. Raul Castro was not present, but sent Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez instead.
The White House says the question of who would welcome them at the airport never even came up. Instead, this was tweeted,
¿Que bolá Cuba? Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.
— President Obama (@POTUS) March 20, 2016
Not taking a clue from the weather, the Obamas went on a walking tour of the Potamkin Village that had been prepared for them in Old Havana. Apparently no vintage cars were available with roofs for touring in the rain, and they couldn’t stay in and watch Netflix until the rain stopped.
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) March 20, 2016
Ted Cruz holds the accurate-yet-unfashionable view that In Cuba, Obama Will Legitimize the Corrupt and Ignore the Oppressed. The truth is that
The White House keeps saying that this trip will chart a new course for people-to-people relations, but all that Obama’s appeasement of the Castro dictatorship has done so far is create a channel for inside deals between large corporations and the Cuban military, which holds all the keys to the island’s economy. The effect will not be liberalization but rather the institutionalization of the Communist dictatorship as the profits from this détente will line the pockets not only of Fidel and Raul Castro, but also of Raul’s son, Alejandro Castro Espin.
Corporate cronyism, meet communist totalitarianism.
@ianbremmer The Cuban government will pay Starbucks employees $20/mo, or the price of 4 cherry blossom frappacinos, whichever is less
— Fausta (@Fausta) March 21, 2016
Things look so good right now that 43,154 abandoned Cuba for the U.S. in 2015, and another 25,805 in the past five months. At this rate, there won’t be any Cubans left to fill the barista jobs opening up.
Others seeking opportunities put their faith in “Saint Obama”. Good luck with that.
Over at ESPN they are praising Fidel’s love of sports like boxing and baseball. Not to mention all the people who have died in shark-infested waters trying to leave by sea.
Here‘s the preliminary schedule. As you read it, keep in mind that The spectacle is designed to pressure Congress into lifting the Cuban embargo:
The regime-choreographed spectacle, in which Mr. Obama will play the lead role, is designed to make Americans comfortable with underwriting the masters of the plantation—and to make Congress appear unreasonable.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says the aim of the trip is to make the Obama administration’s Cuba policies “irreversible.” On Cuba’s part there is nothing to reverse. Since Mr. Obama launched his détente, the regime has doubled down on its long-standing practices of denying employment to dissidents as well as beating, torturing and jailing them.
Funneling U.S. dollars to state-owned monopolies of a racist, Marxist dictatorship – especially to the Communist military, which owns the tourism industry monopoly – that’s Obama’s legacy.