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Castro’s Daughter Endorses Obama

Posted by FactReal on May 30, 2012

Via Heritage:

Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro and director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), used a visit to the U.S. to criticize American policy and endorse President Obama.

Last week, Castro received a U.S. visa for the first time in 10 years to attend the Latin American Studies Association Conference in San Francisco. This at a time when Cubans who speak up against the misery, hopelessness, and repression on the island are repeatedly jailed, harassed…


Castro’s presence in U.S. was designed to demonstrate a permissive and, sadly, unreciprocated openness by the Obama Administration to a prominent figure in the Castro regime. Yet the action opened a spigot for blatant attacks by Castro against the integrity of the U.S. political and judicial system. Moreover, it came as Castro’s father continues to unjustly imprison an American hostage, contractor Alan Gross, serving 15 years for a fabricated charge of espionage.

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Miami Marlins Manager LOVES Dictators Castro and Chavez (Video)

Posted by FactReal on April 9, 2012

What is what Miami Marlins manager, Oswaldo José “Ozzie” Guillén, loves and respect so much of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro? Does Guillén love how the Castro regime has tortured, terrorized, jailed, and killed the Cuban people to stay in power for more than 50 years?

Now that he is the new manager of the Miami baseball team, Guillén decided to insult all those victims of the Marxist dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, etc. who now live in Miami.

Time Magazine reported:

“I love Fidel Castro,” Blurts Ozzie Guillen, the new manager of the Miami Marlins, in his Jupiter, Fla., spring-training office before an early-March team workout.

CBS Tampa reported:

Guillen told Time magazine that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long…“The reason I say I admire him is because a lot of people want to get rid of this guy and they couldn’t yet,” Guillen told the Sun-Sentinel. […]

Guillen said he has never spoken to Chavez, but in fact he appeared on the Venezuelan leader’s national radio show twice in October 2005, when Guillen led the Chicago White Sox to the World Series title. At the time, Guillen said: “Not too many people like the president. I do. My mom will kill me, but it’s an honor to talk to the president.”

Alberto de la Cruz at Babalu Blog commented:

After Ozzie Guillen was quoted by a Time magazine reporter saying that he “respects” and “loves” Fidel Castro, Guillen and the Miami Marlins are now walking back the comments and attempting to put them in a context that would not seem so inflammatory to Miami’s residents. However, as the city that hosts the largest concentration of Fidel Castro’s victims, Guillen’s remarks, no matter how they try to qualify them, were certainly inflammatory and insensitive. […]

Hopefully, Mr. Guillen has finally learned the lesson that while …things are lawful, not all things are helpful or edifying.

Ozzie Guillen in 2005: Viva Chavez!
This video shows Guillen praising Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez. Guillen probably admires how Chavez has destroyed Venezuela, the once-prosperous South American country.

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Red Cross Worker Hits Cuban Protester for Yelling ‘Down with Communism’ at Pope’s Mass (Video)

Posted by FactReal on March 29, 2012

A Red Cross worker (or one of Castro’s repressive secret agent wearing a Red Cross T-shirt) violently slapped a man who was being dragged away by state security police for yelling “Down with Communism!” and “Freedom!” prior to Monday’s Mass by Pope Benedict XVI at the Revolution Square Antonio Maceo in Santiago, Cuba. The Red Cross worker also hit the protester over the head with a stretcher. Yes, a medical stretcher is also a weapon for the Castro brown-shirts.

An unconcerned father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, said that the incident lasted “only a few minutes and ended quickly.” He appeared more concerned with how long it took for the communist thugs to quell the cry for freedom than with the well-being of the protester. The Castro dictatorship is famous for torturing, jailing, and/or ‘disappearing’ innocent civilians with total impunity. However, reporters around the world still want us to believe the Castro regime is leaving its evil ways behind.

Here are some videos capturing the beating:

Close-up of the beating:
Problem for the Red Cross:

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Cuba’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR)

Posted by FactReal on October 26, 2011

In the Age of Obama, we hear more about government seeking informants and snitches (i.e., Obama’s snitch website or Obama’s White House seeking email informants). This is nothing new. Big-government ideologues have historically created snitch brigades to control their citizens. Meet the CDRs.
Castro’s neighborhood snitch groups: The Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs)
Humberto Fontova explained what they are:
Snitching is essential to totalitarian regimes. Both Stalin’s and Castro’s Gulags were filled primarily by acting on tips from snitches. Such snitching has a snowball effect. The very fact that you’re snitching gives some people a (usually false) sense of protection from regime police because they’re assisting them. Then as more and more people get rounded up, more and more people feel threatened, so more and more of them snitch — more fear, more arrests; neighbor snitches against neighbor, cousin against cousin, even sons and daughters against parents. […]

In the mid-1990’s, the Catholic Human Rights group Pax Christi, headquartered in Belgium, visited Cuba and secretly conducted a study on the status of the CDR’s…

“Fear is the basic instrument of (Cuban) political control,” concludes the study. “There is one CDR for every 140 Cubans. The information at the State Security’s disposal can be used to threaten and intimidate anybody. There is no place to escape the tentacles of the State. Most ordinary Cubans reported that they remained intensely wary of CDR surveillance, even while conversing in their own homes.” These CDRs keep a file on every person in their beat (usually 2 city blocks in the cities) where they list all of the comings and goings, personal contacts, etc., in the hopes of detecting any revolutionary backsliding, which can be anything from a particularly snarky comment on a regime honcho or policy to playing hooky from the latest anti-imperialist rally in the Plaza de la Revolucion. The CDRs also supervise the issuing of the monthly food ration cards to all Castro’s subjects. “Food is a weapon” famously declared Stalin’s foreign minister, Maxim Litvinov.

With a little imagination almost everyone can visualize the Communist snitch-and-survive or snitch-and-reward process. At work, we’ve all seen that insufferable brownnoser who hopes to mitigate or camouflage his incompetence or laziness by sucking up to the boss. We’ve all seen that gossipy little backstabber, that busybody shrew get promoted over their betters. Somehow after every flush of “downsizing” many of these Eddie Haskells and Mrs Kravitzes keep bobbing back to the surface.

To some extent this is human/corporate nature. All organizations favor “team players.” In the private sector these kinks are eventually straightened and the brownnosing incompetents axed. Either that, or the company goes under. There are stockholders and customers to keep happy. But under Communism this swinishness is the very essence of the system. There is only a Maximum Leader to keep happy.

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Mexico Deports Cubans after Beating and Requesting Extortion Money from them

Posted by FactReal on June 1, 2011

On May 25, 2011, the Miami Herald[1] reported on their Spanish edition how Mexico deported a Cuban girl even though she could face retaliation from the Cuban government for daring to escape the island without permission from her masters. Communist regimes think they own you. If you challenge them or escape from their grip, these Marxist goons think they can punish you whichever way they choose. Here is a rush translation:

Yanisleidys Pineda Nápoles

MEXICO CITY – After a year and a month of being detained in the Mexican immigration prisons, after obtaining three injunctions of justice against officials of the National Migration Institute (INM) and after receiving a statement certifying that she could not be returned to Cuba, Yanisleidys Pineda Nápoles was deported to Havana.

At 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Mexican immigration agents bursted into her room at the detention facility Iztapalapa, in the east of the capital. They took her out without any explanation, said her sister, Yanicel Dolphie Nápoles, who lives in New Jersey. They later returned to collect her belongings and six hours later they put her on a flight to her Cuban hometown. […]

Pineda had won in Mexico a case proving she had been the victim of extortion in the immigration station in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. […]

Based on previous cases, Pineda’s attorney, Lopez Ferrer, said she could be detained by the Cuban State Security. She might also be left at liberty on condition that she’d report weekly to the authorities or she could be sent back to Mexico.

On Tuesday, the relatives in Cuba did not know of his whereabouts.

López Ferrer said she could have been deported in order to punish the Cubans who have not accepted to give extortion payments to Mexican authorities.

On Nov. 15, 2010, El Nuevo Herald reported how Mexico abused Pineda and other Cubans:[2]
On Oct. 26, Yanisleidys Pineda Nápoles turned 20 years old. Her birthday gifts — the only items allowed to enter Iztapalapa’s Migratory Station — were a towel, a tube of toothpaste, a brush and a roll of sanitary paper.

She has spent six months in Mexican migratory prisons and, even though she is no longer deportable since she left Cuba more than a year ago, she doesn’t know how long the Mexican authorities will keep her in detention.

Hers is not an isolated case. In the past two years, after the Memorandum of Understanding between Cuba and Mexico was signed on Oct. 28, 2008, the passing of Cubans through this country en route to the United States has turned into a riskier and more expensive adventure.

Non-government organizations, such as Amnesty International, Without Borders and the Cuban-Mexican Civic Association, keep records of abuse, torture and extortion of Cubans by the Mexican authorities of the National Institute of Migration, the Navy, the Federal Patrol Police, the District Attorney’s Office and even the federal, state and city police, not to mention kidnappings by organized crime. […]

The methods keep getting more sophisticated and they go from mental and physical torture to bribe demands or “passing fees” in cash, money orders or bank transfers.

Yanisleidys and her partner, Alexander Castillo Valdés, left Cuba at the end of 2009 with a letter of invitation to Ecuador. From there they went to Sanzurro, Colombia. Then they paid $4,000 to two Dominicans who owned a fishing boat to take them to the shores of Cancún on April 29 of this year. That is where their five-day ordeal through Mexico led by a Guatemalan coyote began.

Yanisleidys is following the steps of her sister, Yanicel Dolphie Nápoles, who lives in New Jersey and traveled the same journey five years ago. Yanicel sent $2,500 to the couple to leave Cancún and the same amount to go through Mexico City.

“Everything was going well until the taxi in which we were traveling crashed on its way to the New Laredo [Tamaulipas] border and the Mexican authorities turned us over to migration,” Yanisleidys said.

They were victims of extortion at the station. First, the local migration deputy officer asked them for $8,000 to give them an exit permit, a document that would allow them to travel 30 days through Mexican territory until they reached the United States.

Since they could not come up with the money, the officer tried to make them sign a deportation order with the approval of the Cuban consulate and threatened to turn them over to organized crime.

Through their lawyer, Eduardo Matías López Ferrer, who has been helping Cubans in Mexico for more than a decade, they were granted a permit. Nonetheless, they were taken out of their cells every morning to talk on the phone to an officer, who presented himself as an employee of the Migration headquarters in Mexico City and who asked them for money for their release.

According to Castillo, this person said that he “had their files and could decide whether to release them or deport them.”
Castillo said he had seen and heard employees in civil clothes beating Cubans on the soccer field of the Iztapalapa Migratory Station after receiving their order of deportation.

That was the case of Leonel, a Cuban athlete who was deported to Cuba after being taken out at 5 a.m. and beaten at the Iztapalapa station.

“I cried that night,” Castillo said. “I couldn’t sleep hearing the screaming and the beating.”

Mora, the social communication director of the Institute of Migration, responded to these accusations through the Mexican newsweekly, Proceso.

“All foreigners, Cubans or otherwise, who are undocumented in national territory, are immediately secured and their return to their countries of legal residence is expedited,” he said. “The Institute has established security measures to give special follow-up to each case in order to guarantee their rights during their stay and repatriation.” […]

Diana Martínez, an official with the organization Without Borders, based in Mexico City, reiterates that Migration has not behaved according to the norms they themselves established.

She made reference to the case of a Cuban named Mario, who was detained in Mexico City and transferred to Chihuahua, where he was persuaded to stop a hunger strike he had launched to protest his situation.

After being beaten, Mario was deported to Cuba in the back of a plane covered by a blanket “to hide the blood, as if he had been kidnapped,” Martínez said.

1. México deporta a joven cubana, May 25, 2011
2. Cuban migrants report abuses in Mexico, November 15, 2010
(Spanish): Cubanos en México son extorsionados, November 14, 2010

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JIMMY CARTER IN CUBA…and his Legacy of Harm and Misdeeds

Posted by FactReal on March 30, 2011

Jimmy Carter on Meeting Castro: We Welcomed Each Other Like Old Friends!
(AP) — Carter arrived Monday with his wife Rosalynn for a three-day stay on the island. Carter also visited Cuba in 2002, and is the only former U.S. president to do so since the 1959 revolution.

Jimmy Carter very happy to see his friend Marxist Cuban dictator Raul Castro in Havana, Cuba (March 29, 2011)

Raul Castro, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn at Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba
(March 29, 2011, AP)

Carter did not demand freedom for the 11-million Cubans currently enslaved on the island, Carter instead demanded that the U.S. release the 5 Cuban spies: “Those are the same five convicted Cuban spies who are serving prison time for espionage and the murder of four innocent American pilots who were shot down over international waters by Castro MiGs.”
Democrat Jimmy Carter called for the end of the embargo
Many believe Jimmy Carter is a naive farmer who became the global useful idiot. However, for decades Carter has been consistent in his support and love for leftist despots and islamic dictators. We need to realize that, despite appearances, Carter is not an idiot — he is evil. How many lives have been lost or negatively impacted by Carter’s misdeeds?

Jimmy Carter’s damage:

Carter cut off aid to El Salvador, which was fighting a Communist insurgency, but gave more than $90 million in aid to the Marxist Nicaraguan Sandinistas. He soon halted diplomatic recognition of U.S. allies in Taiwan and recognized Beijing in their place. Though he declared that “human rights is the soul of our foreign policy,” he showered accolades upon Tito, Ceausescu, Ortega, and Kim il-Sung (the last, after his presidency).

Meanwhile, Carter’s brother Billy tried to open trade relations with Libya in 1978 after depositing a generous $220,000 “loan” from Mu’ammar Qadhafi. Billy Carter registered as an agent of a foreign government two years later. […]

In 2004 Carter certified the dubious election of pro-Castro strongman Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

[Carter] who, during his presidency, abandoned two key strategic allies of the Western world (Nicaragua and Iran) and left them prey to the anti-American sharks who devoured them.

In the name of some vague and obscure “human rights” doctrine, Carter withdrew support from the Somoza regime in Nicaragua and facilitated the coming to power of the Marxist Sandinistas there in 1979. With the backing of Castro’s Cuba and the Soviet regime, the Sandinistas posed a significant threat to their Central American neighbors and to U.S. security interests throughout the 1980s.

Carter also chastised the Shah of Iran for his human rights record and withdrew American support. This led to the U.S. losing a priceless pro-Western ally in the Middle East – an ally that was replaced by the deranged anti-Western Islamic theocracy of the Ayatollah Khomeini.

…Somoza and the Shah…regimes were like a Sunday school class in comparison to the ruthless dictatorships that took their place. The Sandinistas in Nicaragua by far surpassed their predecessor in human rights violations. The Khomeini theocracy, meanwhile, was a whole other story:

Khomeini killed more innocent Iranians (20,000) in a two-week reign of terror than the Shah could have even dreamed of killing throughout his 38 years in power (1941-1979).

…The Soviets saw him to be so gullible, weak and inept that they did not even hesitate to invade Afghanistan under his watch in 1979. Imagine the Soviets even contemplating invading Afghanistan under Reagan’s watch.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan also played a large role in nurturing the future Islamic terror that would so badly wound America. The Taliban, after all, were the backlash to the Soviet terror in Afghanistan. They took power in 1996 because they were strengthened by their rebellion against Soviet injustice.

Thus, when all is said and done, it is Jimmy Carter who helped pave the road to the rise of Islamic fanaticism and, therefore, to 9/11.

But Carter still thinks he has something to teach the world.

Carter is giving Marxist dictator Fidel Castro the same loving kiss of comradeship and support that then-President Carter once stood on tiptoe to give to Soviet dictator Leonid I. Brezhnev.

Why does Jimmy Carter, arguably the smallest, meanest and most incompetent soul ever to be President, hold such views? One answer may be greed. Carter’s motive in attacking Israel becomes clear the instant one sees how many millions of dollars his Carter Center in Atlanta has pocketed from Arab leaders and interests. Many wealthy multinational corporations are eager to profit from the end of America’s trade embargo against Castro, and it would be fascinating to follow their money and see how much is going to the Carter Center and related groups and individuals.

But Mr. Carter…also seems possessed by other demons, including Leftist ideology and loony idealism…

Among those in whose service Jimmy Carter has put his lips, as noted by National Review’s Jay Nordlinger and Frank Gaffney, Jr., of the Center for Security Policy, are these: the Marxist dictator Ceausescu of Romania (of whom Carter said “Our goals are the same….”); Syrian mass murderer and Soviet ally Hafez al-Assad; Ethiopian mass murderer Mengistu; and North Korean Marxist madman Kim Il Sung [of whose totalitarian state with which we fought the Korean War, Carter said “I don’t see that they are an outlaw nation.”].

Jimmy Carter was a relentless supporter of the Castro-aligned Marxist Sandinistas of Nicaragua, doing all in his power to keep their leader Daniel Ortega in power and undermine President Ronald Reagan’s attempts to restore freedom to this Central America nation. And both as President and since, Carter has befriended Fidel Castro and sought to end the bipartisan trade embargo against this country (the same kind of embargo Carter eagerly supported against non-Communist white-ruled Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa).

Carter has always claimed to favor “human rights.” In the name of such rights he as President withdrew U.S. support for the Shah of Iran because the Shah had imprisoned (and in some cases tortured) about 3,000 people, many of them agents of the Soviet Union bordering his nation. Because of Carter, this pro-Western leader was replaced by the fanatic anti-Western Muslim theocracy of the Ayatollah Khomeni.

The Ayatollah’s dictatorship immediately put more than 20,000 pro-Western Iranians before firing squads. It reversed the Shah’s opening to Western culture and rolled back the equal rights he had extended to women. And it promptly plunged Iran into war with neighboring Iraq, a war that never would have happened with the Shah in power – a war that killed more than 500,000 people. It also created the regional instabilities that led to Iraq’s later invasion of Kuwait and to Operation Desert Storm, which cost the lives of hundreds of thousands more.

And the Ayatollah’s overthrow of a major American-aligned leader on the Persian Gulf inspired many thousands of Muslim fanatics to destabilize their own modernizing nations in hopes of likewise creating medieval theocracies and making women again submissive.

Jimmy Carter is therefore part of the reason why Osama bin Laden operatives slammed airliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon last September 11th. —-

And if you can stomach more misdeeds from Carter, check these articles.

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