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A week ago, while looking at the “Castro hints at retirement” news, I said, “Don’t count on that anytime soon.”
Yesterday this popped up in the news,
Raul Castro Seeks Support for Fidel Bid
HAVANA (AP) – Raul Castro said Monday that Communist Party leaders support his brother Fidel’s re-election to parliament, saying he is exercising two hours daily and gaining weight while keeping his mind healthy with reading and writing.
A seat in parliament is the first step in a process that would allow Fidel to retain his post atop the Council of State, Cuba’s supreme governing body.
Communist Party leaders “defend him running again” Raul Castro said of his brother’s candidacy for re-election to the Cuba’s National Assembly, or parliament, on Jan. 20.
And this, Castro ‘well enough for election’
The “possible run” is discussed as if the Cuban public had any say in it:
Speaking of Cuba’s electoral system, Raul Castro noted that U.S. democracy pits two identical parties against one another, and joked that a choice between a Republican and Democrat is like choosing between himself and his brother Fidel.
“We could say in Cuba we have two parties: one led by Fidel and one led by Raul, what would be the difference?” he asked. “That’s the same thing that happens in the United States … both are the same. Fidel is a little taller than me, he has a beard and I don’t.”
Henry has the The Lemming Report on Media Metooishness (emphasis added):
Today we’ll be touching on the topic of fidel and his possible “run” for president in Cuba’s sham elections. Cuba is a communist state where only one political party is legal. There is virtually no division between the communist party and the Cuban government. As a result voters have a choice of exactly one candidate for each and every position they “vote” for. raul castro, tyrant Jr., even joked about this recently. The international news media never notes these facts when it produces a story about Cuba. To an uninformed observer Cuba is a functioning democracy.
Just chalk it up to more Associated Press Deficit Disorder: it fits the narrative.
Change your lifestyle because Santa’s watching. And enjoy your lump of coal while you’re at it, too!
UPDATE: Give Up Energy or the Fat Man Gets It
The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 as well as every year since 2001. Global warming has, temporarily or permanently, ceased. (h/t Small Dead Animals)
Maria tells me that Washington couldn’t cross the Delaware this year, again.
The real George Washington crossed the Delaware, a perilous endeavor at this time of year, and made history by winning the Battle of Trenton 231 years ago today.
Political Correctness- The Fawlty Logic of the Left and Basil Faulty,
Basil Faulty, you ask?
Well, go read about it.
Via Instapundit, Illegal immigrants “self deport” as woes mount
The toughening environment has been coupled with a turndown in the U.S. economy, which has tipped the balance toward self deportation for many illegal immigrants left struggling to find work.
Mexican consular sources in Phoenix say they are seeing a spike in the number of immigrants applying for Mexican citizenship for their U.S.-born children, which will allow them to enroll in schools in Mexico.
They are also seeing a rise in requests for papers enabling families to carry household belongings back to Mexico, free of import duties.
Members of the Brazilian community in the U.S. northeast, meanwhile, say they are starting to see an increase in the number of illegal immigrants heading back to their homes in Brazil in recent months.
“They are beginning to put in the balance the constant fear of being detained and deported, and many are deciding to leave,” said Fausto Mendes da Rocha, executive director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Boston.
Enforcing the current laws is having an effect.
More blog fun,
A beautiful post from Laurie Kendrick, I Know How This Day Ends
Doug Ross has the Motivational posters for Christmas
SheBlogs Carnival‘s up!
More blogging later.
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The big story of the week: The bombing of the Argentine Jewish community center in 1994 and Iran, the NIE, and Rafsanjani.
SPANISH LANGUAGE WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
The Carnivorous and Vegetarian Lefts, by Carlos Alberto Montaner. This was his speech at the Opening Plenary Session, The Whitherspoon Institute, Princeton University, Dec. 6, 2007.
UPDATE: Speaking of vegetarian lefties, Chavez Faces Challenge From Former Comrade: Venezuela’s New Hero Has Respect in Army; a Vegetarian Mystic
AMIA, the communal offices of the Argentine Jewish community, was struck by a massive suicide truck bomb on July 18, 1994 – 85 were killed and over 200 injured. Iran and Hezbollah were suspected from the beginning. The Argentine investigation has had several false starts and has been mired in corruption, but in recent years has gotten on track. Last month Interpol voted overwhelmingly to issue a red letter calling for the arrest of five Iranians (along with Hezbollah’s external operations chief Imad Mughniyah) on the basis of the Argentine investigation. The publicly available report on the AMIA bombing offers tremendous insight into the Iranian regime’s modus operandi and worldview.
The suitcase full of Chavista money is also in the news:
Stung in Miami
Bolivia: $872,000 from Chavez with Love
Santa Claus Lives
Puertorican politics remain the same as they were when I lived there: politicians continue to use the “status” as a smokescreen behind wich to hide the real underlying problems of the island:
Statehood topic tops all issues in Puerto Rico<: House panel energizes debate by calling for new referendum
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — The governor is under criminal investigation, crime and unemployment are soaring and the economy is faltering as foreign firms are shutting down factories.
But to hear the politicians on this gem of a Caribbean island tell it, the only real issue on the public agenda is whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state, ending its decades-old status as a U.S. commonwealth.
A bill calling for a referendum on the issue recently won approval in a U.S. House committee, triggering a new round of intense debate on the island, despite the fact that final congressional approval and an actual vote are still iffy propositions at best.
Some tiring of debate
After decades of rowdy argument, though, some Puerto Ricans appear to be tiring of the seemingly eternal debate over what is known here as the “status” issue.
Don’t I know it.
BLOGGING ABOUT THE CARNIVAL
A colombo-americana’s perspective
For more Carnival fun, don’t miss the Carnival of Christmas, 2007 Edition
The PLO always used Black September for plausible deniability, claiming that the deadliest BSO attacks had nothing to do with them. Although many historians had already made the connection between the two groups, the US State Department wrote a confidential memo in 1973 (released in 1981) showing connections between the groups, and the State Department also had linked Fatah and Arafat directly to the Khartoum murders, this appears to be the first confirmation by someone in Arafat’s inner circle that it was Arafat himself who was the founder of Black September and personally in charge of operations.
And we know that the current Palestinian Arab President Mahmoud Abbas was also involved in Black September, specifically in the Munich massacre.
The Beeb, of course, will never refer to any of them as terrorists, since the word is “too judgemental”. If you click on the above photo, you’ll see that the BBC captioned it as “Yasser Arafat: Craved martyrdom”, and says things like “was a powerful grassroots activist”. What bullshit.
Don’t expect the Beeb to be reporting on the Arafat-Black September any time soon.