Cuban/Castro Politics

Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:37 pm

MIAMI — One of Fidel Castro's sisters says in a memoir released Monday that she collaborated with the CIA against her brother, starting shortly after the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.

Juanita Castro, 76, initially supported her brother's 1959 overthrow of the Batista dictatorship but quickly grew disillusioned. In a Spanish-language memoir published by Santillana USA and co-written by journalist Maria Antonieta Collins, she says the wife of the Brazilian Ambassador to Cuba persuaded her to meet a CIA officer during a trip to Mexico in 1961.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,569575,00.html


I'm a little surprised she got away with this. She is lucky Fidel didn't make an example of her. I wonder if Fidel will take this and turn it into one of his long winded speeches.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby mousepad on Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:58 am

Some of Cuba's leading Afro-Cuban priests are predicting social unrest in 2010 and have called on the older generation of leaders to step aside. The priests are from the influential Santeria religion, a mix of Catholicism and traditional African religions introduced by slaves.

They made their annual forecast after conducting animal sacrifices. Their prediction is seen as politically contentious in a country still ruled by the aging Castro brothers. The priests - or babalawos as they are called - made their forecast following a secretive New Year's Eve ritual on the outskirts of Havana.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8438205.stm


Castro may have tolerated them in the past but will they now ?
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby no1home on Sun May 23, 2010 9:59 am

Cuba has agreed to move political prisoners held in far-off jails to facilities closer to their hometowns and transfer sick prisoners to hospitals, a dissident said on Saturday, following talks between Catholic Church leaders and President Raul Castro this week.

Guillermo Farinas, on a hunger strike for 88 days demanding ill prisoners be released, told Reuters in a telephone interview that he received the news from a bishop who visited him in the hospital where he is being fed intravenously.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37297627/ns ... -americas/



What they say and what they do are 2 different things. I will believe it when it happens, until then it's just words.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:16 pm

New pictures of Fidel Castro show the stooped but smiling former leader venturing out to meet with workers at a Cuban scientific think tank — the first to show him in public since he got sick four years ago.

Previously, Cuba had occasionally released pictures showing him in private meetings with dignitaries, most recently during a visit in February by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. In those pictures, Castro looked cheerful and robust.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38187685/ns ... -americas/



No one should be surprised. He will always be a part of Cuban politics even from his grave. At that time Ghost Hunters International can investigate. See if Fidel will show up and talk to them. Bet he will still have a lot to say.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:56 pm

(BBCnews) The president of Cuba's parliament, Ricardo Alarcon, has said the island's government is ready to release more political prisoners after announcing this month it would free 52. They could remain on the island if they wished, he added. Cuba has agreed to free the 52 prisoners under a deal reached with the Catholic Church and Spain. Some 115 political prisoners would remain in Cuba once the 52 are freed, according to figures from dissidents.

"It was very clear from the discussions that the government's wish is to free all the people" on condition they had not been accused of murder, Mr Alarcon said on the sidelines of a conference in Geneva. Eleven freed Cuban dissidents arrived last week in Spain, and a further nine are expected to join them in the coming days. Cuba has been under pressure to free dissidents since one prisoner on hunger strike, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, died in February.

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Out of sight, out of mind and quiet. What they have to say will be heard by the world, but not by many in Cuba. As for the remaining 115, how many of those are really suspected of murder? More than likely they are considered the worst by Castros standard and never wants to free them.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:09 pm

The former Cuban president, Fidel Castro, is expected to address the national assembly this weekend for the first time in four years. Cuban state media said a special session of the assembly on international affairs, requested by Mr Castro, would be held on Saturday. Fidel Castro, 83, ceded power to his brother Raul in 2006 after falling ill. But he now says he has fully recovered and has made frequent public appearances over the past month.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-10872472


I wonder if he will try for a new record for the longest rant? I think he has the market cornered on those.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby musicrock on Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:20 pm

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro has joked that the "Cuban model doesn't even work for us any more," the Atlantic magazine reported Wednesday.

Meeting with a reporter from the U.S. magazine, the 84-year-old former Cuban president who remains head of the ruling Communist Party, appeared well on the mend after his near-fatal gastrointestinal crisis in 2006, the report said.


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Cuban ... story.html


Joke or not he finally got the words out. His grand plan is heading south fast.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby coffee101 on Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:15 pm

The impossible has happened. Castro has changed his tune when it comes to Israel.

I have to wonder what brought it on. Why soften his rhetoric now? How long before he changes his mind?


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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:00 pm

Why is Fidel Castro seeing some sense now? He's had lots of free time to surf the Internet and to know the world has left Cuba behind. Yet, he impoverished his people in many ways. Is his brother more popular as president or not?
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:50 pm

Hope for improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba suffered a setback this week as the White House condemned the island nation's plan to prosecute an American contractor, apparently suspected of being a spy by the Cubans.


http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/02/05 ... s-in-cuba/


What set the government off? Americans need special permission from both governments to get into the country, so what happened? This man has been in jail since 2009, so why are we just hearing about this now?
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