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  • #46
    Castro might just support the U.S. rather then Russia this time. Because the US is more backwards and commi then Russia is now


    • #47
      Sure Raul will be rubbing his hands together, all that American money coming to Cuba, and sure as hell Cuba will default on the loans, as they have done previously,though saying that considering the Americans had all those embargoes against Cuba, they were still buying there bonds.

      Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
      HAVANA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.

      But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced on Dec. 17 by his younger brother and Cuba's current president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama.

      "I don't trust the policy of the United States nor have I had an exchange with them, but this does not mean ... a rejection of a peaceful solution to conflicts or the dangers of war," Fidel Castro, 88, said in a statement published on the website of Cuba's Communist Party newspaper Granma.

      The United States and Cuba held historic high-level talks last week in Havana that are expected to lead to the re-establishment of diplomatic ties severed by Washington in 1961.

      "Any peaceful or negotiated solution to the problems between the United States and the peoples or any people of Latin America that doesn't imply force or the use of force should be treated in accordance with international norms and principles," Fidel Castro said.

      "We will always defend cooperation and friendship with all the peoples of the world, among them our political adversaries."

      He took power in a 1959 revolution and spent much of his 49 years in power railing against the United States, which never succeeded in many attempts to oust him.

      He was finally forced into retirement in 2008 by poor health and was succeeded by his brother Raul, who is now 83.

      "The president of Cuba has taken the pertinent steps in accordance with his prerogatives and the powers given to him by the National Assembly the Communist Party of Cuba," Fidel Castro said of his brother in the statement.

      His silence on the issue had led to speculation over his health and whether he supported his brother's rapprochement with the United States.

      On Jan. 12, he sent a letter to friend and retired Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona that squelched rumors he had died.

      go back to bed Fidel:


      I thought it was a great idea. It might give those kids who might not be as fortunate as others to go to college, if only for two years.
      Who are you to judge the life I live?
      I know I'm not perfect
      -and I don't live to be-
      but before you start pointing fingers...
      make sure you hands are clean!
      Bob Marley


      • #48
        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


        • #49
          Good to see the Kennedy-Democratic "it's all in your head you arrogant dipstick" chapter coming to a close.

          It was all about fragile egos all along.

          Sorry, but climbing aboard that bikini-clad behemoth would be akin to mounting a linebacker from the NFL. Look at the size of her legs!

          She's massive and doesn't strike me as feminine in the least. Your photo at the beginning of this thread, and in post 45 -- are a different matter altogether.
          Last edited by Texpat; 01-28-2015, 08:28 PM.


          • #50
            Giving back land fall of the empire.

            Castro demands Guantanamo Bay in return for US-Cuba diplomatic deal

            There are still several hurdles for Barack Obama and Raul Castro to clear
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            Cuba has demanded the US hand back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised.
            In a speech, President Raul Castro also called for the lifting of the US trade embargo and Cuba's removal from a terror list.
            Last month the two countries announced a thaw in relations, agreeing to restore diplomatic ties. They were severed in 1961.
            High-level talks were held last week.
            A Congressional delegation arrived in Havana to begin negotiations aimed at reopening embassies in the two countries' capitals.
            Meanwhile, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appeared to signal his approval for the political rapprochement.
            Fidel Castro stood down as Cuban president in 2008
            Cuba's state-run newspaper published a letter on Tuesday in which he wrote: "We will always defend co-operation and friendship with all the people of the world, including with our political adversaries."
            He wrote that although he did not "trust the policy of the US", it did not mean he rejected a "peaceful solution to conflicts".
            'Illegally occupied'His brother Raul, who succeeded him as president in 2008, made his demands at the summit of Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Costa Rica.
            "The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the start of a process of normalising bilateral relations," he said. "But this will not be possible while the blockade still exists, while they don't give back the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo naval base."
            The land on which the base stands was leased to the US government in 1903 by Cuba's then-rulers.
            US officials have so far not responded to Mr Castro's remarks.
            President Barack Obama has called on Congress to put an end to the trade embargo, which has been in place since 1962.
            Earlier this month he also used his executive powers to loosen trade and restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island.
            The land around Guantanamo Bay has been leased to the US for more than a century
            Who are you to judge the life I live?
            I know I'm not perfect
            -and I don't live to be-
            but before you start pointing fingers...
            make sure you hands are clean!
            Bob Marley


            • #51
              Eight Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on U.S. citizens' travel to Cuba, the first step in Congress toward ending the U.S. embargo since President Barack Obama moved toward normal relations last month.

              The bill would end legal restrictions on travel to the island by U.S. citizens and legal residents, as well as on related banking transactions.

              The Obama administration announced some loosening of restrictions on travel last month, but Congress must vote to end them.

              Senators backing the bill include Republicans Jeff Flake, Jerry Moran, Michael Enzi and John Boozman, as well as Democrats Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, Tom Udall and Sheldon Whitehouse.

              They acknowledged Cuba will not change overnight, but called Thursday's announcement an important step.

              "We're not offering a concession. We're simply saying that Americans should be allowed to have the right to travel wherever they would like to unless there's a compelling national security reason," Flake said.

              Although Republicans are generally more resistant to the changes in Cuba policy backed by Obama, a Democrat, lawmakers from farming states generally favor moves that could lead to more open Cuban markets for U.S. rice, wheat and poultry.

              Moran is from Kansas, Enzi from Wyoming and Boozman from Arkansas.

              The senators said there was bipartisan support in the Senate for ending the travel ban, possibly enough to pass it if the chamber's Republican leaders allow it to come up for a vote.

              A total end to the embargo will not happen any time soon, they said.

              A companion bill on travel will be introduced in the House of Representatives next week by Republican Representative Mark Sanford and Democratic Representative Jim McGovern.

              There has been vocal opposition to any ending of Cuba's isolation in the U.S. Congress, led by staunchly anti-Castro Cuban-American lawmakers including Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.

              Menendez said the United States should not make travel to Cuba easier before the Havana government moves toward democracy. "Any further changes to U.S. policy towards Cuba and additional sanctions relief must be conditioned on the Castro regime's actions," he said in a statement responding to the bill.

              Opponents of Obama's plans have so far not announced any legislation seeking to stop them. There will be hearings on Cuba next week in both the Senate and House.

              Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they would work toward normalizing relations between their countries, more than half a century after Castro's brother Fidel took power.

              Castro set a tough tone on relations with the United States in a speech on Wednesday, warning that any U.S. interference in Cuba's internal affairs would make rapprochement meaningless.

              U.S. companies are already moving toward business with Cuba. American Express Co (AXP.N) said Tuesday it would launch operations in Cuba. And Kayak, owned by online travel agency Priceline Group Inc (PCLN.O), has added Cuba to its website.

              Hard to swallow:

              Efforts to improve ties with Cuba will not extend to handing control of Guantanamo Bay back to Havana, the White House said on Thursday.

              "The president does believe that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed down," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "But the naval base is not something that we wish to be closed."

              The base, on Cuba's southeastern tip, is currently the site of a large naval base as well as a deeply controversial prison used to detain terror suspects without trial.

              Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday said handing back control of the 45 square mile (116 square kilometer) site was a precondition for normalizing ties with the United States.

              Castro and Obama simultaneously announced on December 17 their intention to end a half-century of animosity and normalize ties that broke off in 1961.

              The US took control of Guantanamo following a treaty in 1903.

              Obama has repeatedly stated that holding prisoners at Guantanamo is a recruiting tool for terror groups, but has failed to close down the facility.

              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


              • #52
                Huffington Post has a nice article about Cuba and why you should consider a trip:

                restore diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961. The U.S. eased travel restrictions somewhat, though the embargo has yet to be lifted and outright tourism remains forbidden.Even so, U.S. tourism to the island is expected to grow, according to the Associated Press.

                Some opponents to the Castro regime insist that traveling to Cuba does nothing more than prop up the Communist government with tourist dollars. But to much of the rest of the world, Cuba is just another country and visiting it doesn't imply a breech of ethics. On top of that, Cuba's unique history has left it somewhat paralyzed in time and walking around Havana or Trinidad is a truly unique experience for any visitor.

                Here are 10 reasons to visit Cuba.

                There's music on every corner

                Cuba is well known for its thriving music scene. Street musicians are found on every corner,
                Beautiful historical sites

                Cuba is full of interesting historical sites. The town of Trinidad, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1988, is one of the greatest collections of colonial architecture in the Americas. Morro Castle in Havana is another impressive historical site
                The old-school cars

                The untouched coral reefs...

                has some of the healthiest coral in the Caribbean, according to Diver Magazine. These groups of small islands and reefs are 60 miles off the coast of Cuba and have remained practically untouched for 60 years.
       well as historical hikes.

                La plata mountain trail in the Sierra Maestra mountain range is a trek to Fidel Castro's rebel headquarters during the Revolution. The four-hour hike leads to La Comandancia La Plata where Castro and the rebels lived. The site includes a small hospital structure, a museum and Castro's living quarters.
                Yummy paladares

                Paladares are privately-run restaurants in Cuba that have opened up the island'snotoriously stagnant culinary scene. They started in the early 1990s during the post-Soviet economic crisis when the Cuban government was forced to allow some private businesses to run,
                For the love of baseball

                Cuba is well known for its love of baseball as it's the island's national sport. Experiencing a game at the Latinoamericano stadium also gives the feeling of going back in time. It's the largest stadium in Cuba and the only one that has a small booth selling shirts and caps. Food is limited to peanuts, fruits and ham sandwiches. Yet Cuban fans' enthusiasm creates a fun atmosphere.
                The impressive caves system

                guided 90-minute tour through 1km of the cave. It's not yet overrun with tourists, making the visit more enjoyable.
                Because it's now easier to go there..

                When the Obama administration took measures to open up relations with Cuba, it made travel to the island somewhat easier. Americans traveling for any of the 12 permitted categories of travel -- including family visits, government business and cultural exchanges -- no longer have to ask permission from the U.S. Treasury before going. Popular travel site recently posted information about flights and hotels in Cuba, even though you still can't book them directly on the site.
                but it's still kind of forbidden.

                To be able to go to Cuba, Americans don't need to ask for permission but they still need to look over the rules and see if the qualify for any of the 12 categories of travel permitted under a "general license."
                "As long as with integrity they can say they're going to engage with the Cuban peopleand learn about Cuba and talk about the United States then they don't have to do anything other than say that's what they're doing," John McAuliff, executive director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, told the Associated Press. The restrictions make visiting the island an even more unusual experience.
                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                • #53

                  JetBlue or (go fast) boat. My choice would be the boat.
                  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                  • #54
                    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                    • #55
                      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                      • #56
                        I like how the man ends every post with some Cuban culture.

                        To be admired . . . both landreth and the post-scripta


                        • #57
                          A warning most of us know already. Be careful if you plan to visit.

                          Aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba: HIV to AIDS in three years

                          Date: February 12, 2015
                          Source: KU Leuven

                          Summary: Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners increases the risk of contracting multiple strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Once inside a host, these strains can recombine into a new variant of the virus. One such recombinant variant observed in patients in Cuba appears to be much more aggressive than other known forms of HIV. Patients progress to AIDS within three years of infection -- so rapidly that they may not even realize they were infected.

                          Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                          • #58
                            This thread reads like a sex tourist flyer


                            • #59


                              Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change

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                              Farmers markets where vendors set their own prices were also first allowed back in the 1990s, initially to ensure people got enough to eat amid economic crisis.

                              Revisiting the 19th Street farmers market I once frequented, I found fewer vendors, but more variety of produce. Broccoli and cauliflower were on offer alongside Cuban sweet potatoes, taro roots, huge cabbages, eggplants and assorted dried beans. While the products are cheap for foreigners, they're still expensive for most Cubans, who carefully select only a few items to buy each month: a few onions, a bottle of homemade tomato paste.

                              During my time away, new private businesses had sprung up across the street: a juice stand, a small pizza joint, a shop selling leather purses and rustic metal coffee pots. Also new was the watch repair stand, a plumber and a locksmith.

                              Inside the covered market, 51-year-old Leonardo Santos sold shredded coconut for 35 cents a pound under a blue placard that announced "My Name is Santos" in English for American groups that sometimes pass through.

                              Radames Betancourt, an 81-year-old who works for tips carrying shoppers' bags, smiled when he recognized me from my earlier time in Havana, his eyes scrunching up into half-moons. Betancourt told me he's thrilled about the prospect of improved U.S.-Cuba relations, and more visits by Americans.

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                              "Let them come, let them come," he said excitedly. "We've been waiting for them for a long time."
                              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                              • #60
                                U.S., Cuba say progress made in talks; no date for diplomatic ties


                                Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


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