Archive for the ‘Rick Moran’ Category

2 podcasts and a few short items

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Today at 1PM Eastern I’m in Silvio Canto’s podcast talking about the US-Cuba talks, Argentina and other US-Latin America issues of the week with Jorge Ponce.

I was in Rick Moran’s podcast last night talking about the GOP playing chicken with Homeland Security funding with Noah Rothman of Hot Air.

Both podcasts are archived for your listening convenience.

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Daniel Duquenal is running a series of posts analyzing Venezuela’s situation. Go here for links.

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Over in Bolivia, Evo Morales, following Cristina Fernandez’s example in Argentina, is resorting to thieving private pensions, since he’s running out of money now that oil prices are down.

It’s his third term, so he’s declared himself planetary leader at the Tiwanaku ruins, just for show:

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Today in history, Feb 18, 1964:
United States punishes nations for trading with Cuba

The United States cuts off military assistance to Britain, France, and Yugoslavia in retaliation for their continuing trade with the communist nation of Cuba.

Nowadays we send hashtags instead.

Last night’s podcast

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

I was Rick Moran’s co-host in last night’s podcast. discussing The Opening to Cuba: What do Cuban Americans Think? with Silvio Canto, Jr.

Related to the topic,
The Real Cost of Castro Inc.

If relations are fully normalized, American tourist dollars would pour into companies owned by the Castro regime, since tourism is controlled by both the military and General Raul Castro, warns the Cuba Transition Project (CTP).That means rum, tobacco, hotels and resorts are all owned and operated by the regime and its security forces. Cuba’s dominant company is the Grupo Gaesa, founded by Raul Castro in the nineties and controlled and operated by the Cuban military, which oversees all investments. Cuba’s Gaviota, run by the Cuban military, operates Cuba’s tourism trade, its hotels, resorts, car rentals, nightclubs, retail stores and restaurants. Gaesa is run by Raul’s son-in-law, Colonel Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas.

The number of foreign companies doing business in Cuba have been cut by more than half since the 1990s, to 190 from some 400. Reasons include: Being forced to partner with army-controlled groups; hire workers through state agencies; and the freezing of bank deposits. Complaints have poured in from former senior executives at Dow Chemical, General Mills, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Colgate-Palmolive, Bacardi, American Express Bank, PepsiCo, Warner Communications, Martin Marietta Aluminum and Amex Nickel Corporation. Iberia, Spain’s national airline which at one time accounted for 10% of foreign commerce with Cuba, killed its Havana routes because they were unprofitable.

Carlos Eire was not in the podcast, but you should read how he’s Dealing with anti-Cuban-American vitriol on Christmas Eve

In Rick Moran’s podcast

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Rick welcomes you to the Flat Earth Society. With a line like that, you must tune in!

Today’s guest: Tom Harris, of the International Climate Science Coalition.

Listen to it live, or archived for your convenience.

In Rick Moran’s podcast

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

live now, with Rick and Bryan Preston of PJMedia, talking about the Cliffhanger: Can We Avoid Catastrophe?

You can also listen to the archived podcast at your convenience.

In Rick Moran’s podcast

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Podcasting with Rick Moran and Ambassador Jaime Daremblum on Will this be the Latin American Century?

You can listen to the podcast here.

In Rick Moran’s podcast

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

I had the honor and the pleasure of being Rick Moran’s co-host tonight. Tonight’s guest was GoProud.org‘s co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.

You can listen to the podcast here.

In Rick Moran’s podcast

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

live right now,
Cage Match: Romney vs. Perry. We’re discussing the Republican debate.

You can also listen to the archived podcast at your convenience.

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In Rick Moran’s podcast right now

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Talking politics, and Osama Bin Laden’s death. You can listen here.

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In Rick Moran’s show

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Talking politics in Rick Moran’s podcast right now. Catch it live, or archived, here.

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Rick Moran, today’s 15 Minutes on Latin America special guest

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Rick Moran talks about Daniel Ortega

Ortega and the Sandinistas, along with a coalition of middle class and small businessmen deposed Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. The first thing the Sandinistas did – as any good little Communist would do – was to kick out the more moderate political partners who played a big role in the largely bloodless revolution, jailing some, and establishing a Marxist dictatorship. No other political parties were allowed to operate freely. Their rallies were broken up by black shirted thugs. They were denied air time on government controlled TV. Opposition leaders were routinely arrested, harassed, and beaten.

Almost immediately, he was opposed by former National Guard members who began an armed revolution that eventually – with the help of the US – forced Ortega to hold elections in 1990. Every lefty in America worth their salt traveled to Nicaragua to help Danny Ortega defeat the evil designs of the Americans. Ortega did his part by trying even harder to suppress the opposition, using his bully boys to intimidate and beat down – literally and figuratively – his opponents, led by Violetta Chamorro, publisher of La Prensa and leader of the National Opposition Union.

In the end, when given the choice between freedom and Communist tyranny, the people chose Chamorro. But before Ortega left office, he had his Sandanista legislature pass a law granting he and several of his cronies deeds to vast estates that were confiscated during his presidency. The theft made him fabulously wealthy.

In the intervening years he ran for the presidency twice and lost badly. Then, in 1998, his daughter shocked the world when she accused her father of sexually abusing her from the time she was 11 until 1990. Denied the opportunity to prove her case in Nicaragua, she took it to the Inter American Human Rights Commission which ruled the charges admissible. A settlement was reached with the government but Ortega’s daughter has never recanted the charges.

This is the man who stood in front of our president and railed against American interference in Latin America.

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