Friday, April 10, 2009

Odds and ends

  • A sign of the times: “This is a time of opportunity. We’re not talking about sitting down for negotiations, but reducing a tone of confrontation and making this about the Cuban people.” – Francisco HernĂ¡ndez, president of the Cuban American National Foundation, quoted in today’s Herald.

  • Reuters: Cuba reports that its state-run nickel plants are close to operating at a loss, with prices down 80 percent since 2007.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

chris smith and frank wolf wounldn't even know where to find cuba on a map. They don't speak for cuban people, but rather that backward 'wing-nut' crowd holding their pabs blue ribbons.

jose said...

Poll: Three-quarters favor relations with Cuba

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/10/poll.cuba/index.html

Shouldn't democracies listen to their own people?

leftside said...

CANF says they want a reduction in the "tone of confrontation," but at the same time they call for the US Government to directly fund subversion and regime change efforts on the island.

Then they call US policy against Cuba ineffective, apparently forgetting that their organization has had more to do with those policies during the last 20 years than anyone else. Do they realize what an absolute joke they are?

Anonymous said...

"CANF says they want a reduction in the "tone of confrontation," but at the same time they call for the US Government to directly fund subversion and regime change..."

You said it, Lefty! To even THINK that busybody outsiders should help those CIA-agent traitors who DARE to claim the Cuban people are enslaved! Sometimes I get so angry I feel like going down to Villa Marista and working over some of those ingrates myself! How about it, Lefty, instead of doing mere verbal violence to those imperialist puppets, why don't you join me? Bring your own thumbscrews, dude!

Anonymous said...

cuban people aren't enslaved. right wing gusanos have been enslaved to a failed policy. what's your point dude?

Anonymous said...

I'm with anon 8:35 pm! The biggest mistake the Cuban government ever made was to get rid of the paredon. That just demonstrates what happens when you go soft on these imperialist fifth columnists. Bring back the summary executions! Right, lefty?

Anonymous said...

Stop the presses! Cuban state-run industries operating at a loss!

Anonymous said...

stop the presses. woops, no newspapers in US to stop. stop the blogs, US economy operating at a loss, world economy operating at a loss, thanks to US economy.

Anonymous said...

Majority of americans want end to embargo (71 percent) according to new CNN poll. If the miami mafia believes so much in democracy why don't they advocate it right here at home!

answer: b/c they really don't believe in 'freedom'. Believe me, if they had elections and cuba and the majority of vote went communists (very likely) they would cry 'foul play' kind of like they did for
bolivia, VZ, el salvodor, Nig...and actually usa (since if you listen to the froth mouth Beck types they are implicitly arguing that Obama is not legitmate). .

Anonymous said...

Peters, any idea why your blog attracts so many left-wing whack jobs?

Anonymous said...

so presenting the other side is 'whack jobs' that's the problem with the extreme right, they just dont ever want the other side to be told.
are you saying what the right spews is fair and balanced?

Anonymous said...

american ideals of democracy for third world nations certain is a 'what we say it is' type mentality.
from iran to Guatemala to chile the americans certainly weren't hesitate to overthrow democracies they didn't approve of. and now the same situation with hamas.
so you're right, if 'democracy' meant elections in cuba and the result didn't conform to american interest, it would be discounted, criticized and overturned.
so the problem is who decides the parameters, the controls that set up any elections in Cuba. it's much more complex than it seems.
the american public has long overwhelmingly favored normalization with cuba, but the majority has never been much attended to in the USA. it's not a democracy, its a republic. or a two party dictatorship.
anonimo

Anonymous said...

anyone who favors the embargo et al does not speak for the cuban people. it would be interesting to see breakdown of campaign contributions wolf and smith get.
speaking on something you know nothing about is not new for politicians, and it happens on both sides, look at the gusano-lite schultz in florida.
and torricelli is a classic example of being paid off by gusano money, as is burton

Henry Louis Gomez said...

Hey Phil, you should have instructed the CBC members to hold back a little on their sycophantic praise of the castro brothers. It's not playing very well, even among the MSM.

Anonymous said...

henry
not sure what MSM are reacting negatively to the CBC member trip. any links you have. please don't include any faux news, just serious ones.

Anonymous said...

Washington Post editorial ripped 'em a new one -- and even tossed in a slap-down of Phil's little pilgrimage to Cuba with the young and impressionable Lugar staffer.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:35, your shtick is getting old -- any criticism of Castro's dystopia is answered by criticism of the United States. Here's a challenge: try making an argument on behalf of Castro without mentioning the U.S. Do you think that is possible?

Anonymous said...

yes, while current controls are too rigid there are very good reasons for small island countries on the 'perhiphery' of world economy to have strong ecnoomic controls and regulations. Complete free markets in small 3rd world countries often end up in chaos and misery, where a small local elite, aligned with foreign capital end up controlling everything. Ever go to DR? Jamaica, Haiti its not pretty.

by the way, I am not saying what i argued above is 'correct', just an example of an arguement to be made for small island-states to have strong control of economy, since if they don't, it will be owned and operated by foriegn interests, particuarly in cuba, which is so close to dominant USa.

Anonymous said...

anon 701
because if you knew anything about cuba it is impossible to separate it from what the usa is doing to it. it was a response to the idiotic comment previous. of course criticism of cuba is entirely possible without mentioning the usa; it happens here all the time without any context to perspective. what's tiresome is the constant criticism without understanding.