Hours after Fidel Castro's state funeral ended a national mourning in Cuba, a small but intent crowd gathered at the Victims of Communism Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C. Dissidents like Sirley Ávila León and advocates from Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation led mourners on a Sunday evening in remembering the Cuban dictator's actual legacy—when it seemed few others would.
One of the most brutal dictators in modern history has just died. Oddly enough, some will mourn his passing, and many an obituary will praise him. Millions of Cubans who have been waiting impatiently for this moment for more than half a century will simply ponder his crimes and recall the pain and suffering he caused.
Cuban-Americans gathered Saturday in communities throughout New Jersey to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro, saying now is the time for the world to take steps to bring freedom to their homeland.
“It’s one step for the liberation of Cuba,” said Tony Romero, a Vineland businessman who owns Budget Muffler & Car Care Center on North Eighth Street. “(Fidel’s brother) Raul likes democracy. He likes the American dollars. It’s a good step for the freedom of Cuba.”
Breakdowns and trips (official or personal) by Raúl Castro and Nicolas Maduro generate chaos at the national airline.
Cubana de Aviación has blamed its disastrous state (once again) to the US embargo. "There are no aviation supply companies in the world that dare to sell direct to Cuba," the company's director recently alleged.
Obama’s Cuba policy makes bad situation worse
It’s been almost two years since President Barack Obama announced that he was “charting a new course on Cuba” and lifted numerous U.S. trade sanctions on the island to empower the “Cuban people” and the island’s “emerging private sector.” At the time, reasonable minds could disagree with Obama’s tactics, which ignored the plight of Cuba’s political dissidents, but few could disagree with the president’s purported intent.
Dismal end to Obama’s Cuba legacy
The Castros’ ideological intolerance still reigns
As the Obama administration enters its waning days, the president’s “historic” decision to normalize relations with the Castro dictatorship in Cuba is ending not with a bang, but a whimper.
The Castro regime is having a very bad couple of weeks.
This sets a very important legal precedent.
From Law 360:
Cuba Must Pay $166M To Colombian Terrorist Victims
A Washington, D.C., federal court has granted a $166 million default judgment against the Cuban government for its support of Colombian rebels who captured, tortured and held for ransom for five years three U.S. contractors and killed another.
The Cuban government has announced it will hold five days of nationwide military exercises to prepare for "a range of enemy action".
Cuba did not link the exercises to the victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
But analysts say such exercises have in the past been held at times of tension or to send a signal to the US.
Yesterday, a column in The Wall Street Journal asked, "Will Obama's Cuba Policy Lose Florida for Clinton?"
We now have the answer: Yes.
Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton in the state of Florida thanks to strong support from Cuban-Americans.
Exiles who oppose normalization could give Trump Florida’s 29 electoral votes.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a statistical dead heat in Florida, where the state’s 29 electoral votes will be pivotal in Tuesday’s presidential election. One surprise for Democrats is that President Obama’s December 2014 decision to liberalize U.S. Cuba policy is not helping their nominee as the White House expected it to. Instead, it has become a liability.