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Re: Cuba

Post by corplinx » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:52 pm

We almost immediately recognized Batista after his coup. Revolutions are seldom bloodless affairs.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=25660

JFK at least seemed to realize the US culpability in the environment that led to Castro's revolution (as well as turned Che from Motorcycle Diary making to marxist revolutionary).

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Re: Cuba

Post by Skeeve » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:36 am

corplinx wrote:We almost immediately recognized Batista after his coup. Revolutions are seldom bloodless affairs.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=25660

JFK at least seemed to realize the US culpability in the environment that led to Castro's revolution (as well as turned Che from Motorcycle Diary making to marxist revolutionary).
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It is no wonder, in short, that during these years of American indifference the Cuban people began to doubt the sincerity of our dedication to democracy. They began to feel that we were more interested in maintaining Batista than we were in maintaining freedom - that we were more interested in protecting our investments than we were in protecting their liberty - that we wanted to lead a crusade against communism abroad but not against tyranny at home.
It seems like that was our foreign policy in Latin America in general...
Then Skank Of America could start in...

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Re: Cuba

Post by Witness » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:56 am

WaPo wrote:First clues emerge about Cuba’s future under new president

HAVANA — Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as “neither a novice nor an improviser,” high praise in a system dedicated to continuity over all.
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With Castro watching from the audience, Diaz-Canel made clear that for the moment he would defer to the man who founded Cuba’s communist system along with his brother. Diaz-Canel said he would retain Castro’s Cabinet through at least July, when the National Assembly meets again.

“I confirm to this assembly that Raul Castro, as first secretary of the Communist Party, will lead the decisions about the future of the country,” Diaz-Canel said. “Cuba needs him, providing ideas and proposals for the revolutionary cause, orienting and alerting us about any error or deficiency, teaching us, and always ready to confront imperialism.”

Perhaps more importantly, Castro’s 90-minute valedictory speech offered his first clear plan for a president whom Castro seemed to envision as the heir to near-total control of the country’s political system, which in turn dominates virtually every aspect of life in Cuba. Castro said he foresees the white-haired electronics engineer serving two five-year terms as leader of the Cuban government, and taking the helm of the Communist Party, the country’s ultimate authority, also for two five-year terms, when Castro leaves the powerful position in 2021.
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Re: Cuba

Post by Witness » Sun May 06, 2018 4:11 am

A video I found interesting, and amusing in a sad way:


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Re: Cuba

Post by Witness » Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:24 am

Cuba's proposed new constitution: what will change

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has begun a public debate on issues ranging from one-party rule and socialism to inequality, gay rights, private property and restructuring of the country’s government as it moves to replace a Cold War-era constitution.

A Communist Party-proposed overhaul of the island’s 1976 Magna Carta will be discussed in 35,000 workplaces and community meetings into November after its recent approval by the Parliament. Once the debate is wrapped up, the legislature will approve a new draft and submit it to a nationwide vote early next year.

The proposed version of the constitution in part codifies changes in Cuban society that have occurred since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, long the country’s benefactor, and in part modifies how the nation will function in the future.
Details: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba ... SKBN1KY1UC

Don't freak out, Communism and Socialism remain "irrevocable". :mrgreen:

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Re: Cuba

Post by Witness » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:08 am

Cuba's new president makes first trip to old Cold War foe United States

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba’s new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, arrived in New York on Sunday for his first trip to the United States, where he will denounce the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on his country at the U.N. General Assembly, state-run media reported.
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Diaz-Canel, who took over the presidency from his mentor, Raul Castro, in April, will address the UNGA Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Monday and the General Assembly on Wednesday, according to state-run outlet Cubadebate.

At that session, Cuba will present for the 27th year running a resolution calling for the end of the U.S. trade embargo on the island nation.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba ... reddit.com