POLITICS-CUBA: Castro Confronts US, EU

Apr 6, 2010 Full story: Inter Press Service 18

Cuban President Raul Castro has confirmed the worst economic forecasts for his country, in an international context that could become even more complicated following his refusal to address demands on human rights issues.

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“Hurt me, make me stronger!”

Since: Jul 08

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#1 Apr 7, 2010
Cuban President Raul Castro has confirmed the worst economic forecasts for his country, in an international context that could become even more complicated following his refusal to address demands on human rights issues.

Meantime the people on the island are going on hunger strikes & dying rather than submit to the abuses of the dictatorship.

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#2 Apr 7, 2010
Possibly confirming the view of those who observe that in Cuba every crisis is followed by more entrenched defensiveness, Castro stated categorically that his government will "never give in to blackmail by any country or group of countries, no matter how powerful, whatever happens," in response to pressure from the United States and European Union governments.

"We have the right to defend ourselves. If they try to corner us, we will take cover, first of all with truth and principles," he added, referring to what he called the "massive campaign to discredit Cuba," after the death of a prisoner who went on a prolonged hunger strike.

Castro referred, without naming him, to Orlando Zapata, who died Feb. 23 after refusing food for 85 days in prison, according to dissident sectors in pursuit of recognition as a prisoner of conscience. He had been adopted as such by Amnesty International.

President Castro lied thrfough his teeth when he declared that Zapata was serving a prison sentence for 14 common crimes, and had taken on the image of a "political dissident" through oft-repeated lies and because he wanted to receive economic support from abroad. He was incited to go on a hunger strike and make absurd demands,liar Castro said.

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#3 Apr 7, 2010
As for Guillermo Fariņas, a dissident who went on hunger strike on Feb. 24 at his home in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara, Castro said - again without specifically naming him - that in spite of all the slander this man was not in prison, although he had served time for common crimes in the past.

"As in the previous case, everything is being done to save his life; but if he does not modify his self-destructive behaviour, he will be responsible, together with his sponsors, for the outcome we do not wish for," said Castro, who railed at the "double standards" of those in Europe who remain silent about rights violations committed by the United States.

President Castro spoke Sunday, at the close of the Ninth Congress of the Young Communists League (UJC), the governing Cuban Communist Party's (PCC) youth organisation comprising some 600,000 members who were coerced to join it.

The event was widely expected to herald the Sixth PCC Congress, postponed since 2002.

But the Cuban president did not mention a probable date for the Sixth Congress, which is regarded as crucial in the country's present circumstances, nor for the National Conference that should precede it, which is empowered to add new members to the PCC's leading bodies, and to dismiss others as it sees fit.

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Since: Jul 08

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#4 Apr 7, 2010
Economists consulted by IPS said the changes made so far, some of them in institutional circles and others of a more structural nature, do not answer all the country's needs, nor do they represent a substantive change in the economic model.

The pending changes eagerly awaited by Cubans range from migration reforms to eliminate the obligatory permits Cuban residents need to travel abroad, to the elimination of the dual currency, and free purchases and sales of houses and cars, as well as democratic elections with more than just the one party system.

"We cannot allow haste or improvisation in the solution of a problem to lead to a greater one. In regard to issues that are strategic for the life of the entire nation, we cannot let ourselves be driven by emotion or lose sight of the necessary comprehensiveness of our actions," Castro said.

He described the economic situation as extremely complex, and said "the economic battle is the main task and focus of the ideological work of party members, because the sustainability and the preservation of our social system depend on it."

Among the problems weighing down the Cuban economy, Castro mentioned inadequate agricultural production, government corruption, and lack of labour power in areas directly linked to production, while there are surplus workers in other sectors.

"Without a sound and dynamic economy and without the removal of superfluous expenses and waste, it will not be possible to improve the living standards of the population, nor to preserve and improve the high levels of education and healthcare(no supplies, no meds no docs) guaranteed to every citizen free of charge," he said.

Cuba is also experiencing difficulty in securing international financing, a problem that has been exacerbated by the fall in prices of its main export products, which forced the island to cut back imports by 37 percent in 2009, among other adjustments. The end of the dictatorship is imminent.(END)
The Compassionate One

Holly Springs, NC

#5 Apr 7, 2010
U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba has done "zip", "zero" to bring any change within the current Cuban system. Common sense would dictate a change in strategy! The U.S. continues to knee-jerk to the rantings of the Castros rather than move in more positive directions. Dr. Wayne Smith, founder and director of the Center for International Policy, Washington, D.C., former Director of the Department of Cuban Affairs, U.S Department of State under Carter and Reagan, and former chief U.S. diplomat in Havana during the 1970's has outlined a very intellignet approach to a new U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba - part of which is constructive engagement as oppossed to isolation and name calling. It is time for studied, intellignet change in our approach to Cuba!
open mind

United States

#9 Apr 8, 2010
YES, I open mind, AM A FILTHY COMMUNIST PIG, SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!

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Since: Jul 08

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#10 Apr 9, 2010
open mind wrote:
YES, I open mind, AM A FILTHY COMMUNIST PIG, SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!
STOP BEING SO MILITANT ABOUT THE PEDOPHILES!!!
The ONLY REASON YOU DO THIS IS TO D I S T R A C T AND D I V E R T FROM WHAT CURIOUS GEORGE THE COMPASSIONATE ONE SAID & DID!

LET THE CHURCH & SOCIETY & THE PROPER AUTHORITIES WORRY ABOUT THOSE DEVIANT OBAMINATIONS WITHIN THE CLERGY:

M E A N T I M E:::::

HERE AT CUBA FORUM TOPIX WE WILL DEAL WITH OUR OWN: THE PEDOPHILE KNOWN AS THE COMPASSIONATE ONE aka CURIOUS GEORGE!!!!!!!!!!
The Prophet

Darmstadt, Germany

#12 Apr 13, 2010
Fidel Castro is the living blood of Jesus Christ in our time. God has given him a mission to liberate humanity from the GREEDY CAPITALIST BANKERS in this world which are THE REAL SPONSORS OF TERROR. These banks earn gigantic profits because of the war on terror. They donīt want peace !!! Fidel Castro is a man of peace and good character. He is the only person that cares about the poor and wronged in this world. The day is coming when mankind will rise up against these villans and hang them from the next tree. Praise be to the name of Fidel Castro,,,,the blood of the ever living God which flows through his veins. Fidel Castro is the true friend of humanity. God Bless him FOREVER !!!

“Better listen the first time”

Since: Aug 09

jest an ol' hillbilly

#14 Apr 13, 2010
The Prophet wrote:
Fidel Castro is the living blood of Jesus Christ in our time. God has given him a mission to liberate humanity from the GREEDY CAPITALIST BANKERS in this world which are THE REAL SPONSORS OF TERROR. These banks earn gigantic profits because of the war on terror. They donīt want peace !!! Fidel Castro is a man of peace and good character. He is the only person that cares about the poor and wronged in this world. The day is coming when mankind will rise up against these villans and hang them from the next tree. Praise be to the name of Fidel Castro,,,,the blood of the ever living God which flows through his veins. Fidel Castro is the true friend of humanity. God Bless him FOREVER !!!
Have you published anything??? That was some funny stuff...I'd say you might have a future in a fictional universe....

“Para que sepan”

Since: Feb 09

al que le pique. arrasquese !

#15 Apr 13, 2010
The Compassionate One wrote:
U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba has done "zip", "zero" to bring any change within the current Cuban system. Common sense would dictate a change in strategy! The U.S. continues to knee-jerk to the rantings of the Castros rather than move in more positive directions. Dr. Wayne Smith, founder and director of the Center for International Policy, Washington, D.C., former Director of the Department of Cuban Affairs, U.S Department of State under Carter and Reagan, and former chief U.S. diplomat in Havana during the 1970's has outlined a very intellignet approach to a new U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba - part of which is constructive engagement as oppossed to isolation and name calling. It is time for studied, intellignet change in our approach to Cuba!
Bahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Good for USA.. Let Castro keep blaming USA..It feels good! Can you ask Fido to change his Nike payamas..please.?????????
open mind

Loma Linda, CA

#16 Apr 13, 2010
Maimonides wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.topix.com/forum/world/cuba/TSDE4S5...
see u at the wolf reseve, patus maximus!
All you need to do now is give us a name. Otherwise, you can come to CA and I'll meet you any day at the entrance to Disneyland or CA Adventure. Either one. Your choice! Just name the day.
This is going to be a War of Words! The Battle between Darkness and Light! LIEger on one side. Many of us on the other. Someone will need to referee. Just say go and see who is standing, still talking, at the end. Let LIEger make the move move...or, rather say the first words. Then we rebut. Then we say our words, and let him rebut. Keep this going for as long as he can be creative and imaginative. I have a feeling that he will have run out of steam (and words) in short order. A duel for the minds of humanity! I'm pumped! LIEger, up to it? Could make for a fun couple of minutes. Think he'll bite? Or gum? All we need is a name...you who cliams standing behind anonimity is cowardness. Step forward into the light.
open mind

Loma Linda, CA

#18 Apr 13, 2010
Lupo Albo wrote:
<quoted text>
Lakota Wolf Preserve
Address:
89 Mount Pleasant Rd, Columbia, NJ
Directions:
I-80 exits 4B or 4C. Drive north on Hwy 94 for 2.5 miles, then turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Rd. Drive about 1.5 miles up a really steep hill and it is on the left.
I'll be by the Canus Lupus Albus Arctus excibit!
Any Sunday, you name the date & the time!
4/25 ay 11am!
I'm not the one that said standing behind anonimity was cowardice. YOU are the person that said that. Do you not remember? Do we need me to repost it? You said that many, many times. LIEger. You threw the challenge down. You are the one that needs to stand up first. If we're cowartds, then show us what courage looks like. Be the bigger person here. That's what you've claimed for the past few years. Here is your chance to really prove it once and for all! Tell us who you are. And if you will, I have a feeling that the rest of us, or those that are serious about a conversation about US-Cuba relations, will also step forward. Blaze a trail for us LIEger.

Then, the debate can begin. All you need to do now is give us a name. Otherwise, you can come to CA and I'll meet you any day at the entrance to Disneyland or CA Adventure. Either one. Your choice! Just name the day.

This is going to be a War of Words! The Battle between Darkness and Light! LIEger on one side. Many of us on the other. Someone will need to referee. Just say go and see who is standing, still talking, at the end. Let LIEger make the move move...or, rather say the first words. Then we rebut. Then we say our words, and let him rebut. Keep this going for as long as he can be creative and imaginative. I have a feeling that he will have run out of steam (and words) in short order. A duel for the minds of humanity! I'm pumped! LIEger, up to it? Could make for a fun couple of minutes. Think he'll bite? Or gum? All we need is a name...you who cliams standing behind anonimity is cowardness. Step forward into the light.
The Compassionate One

Pinehurst, NC

#19 Apr 13, 2010
Lupo Albo wrote:
<quoted text>
Lakota Wolf Preserve
Address:
89 Mount Pleasant Rd, Columbia, NJ
Directions:
I-80 exits 4B or 4C. Drive north on Hwy 94 for 2.5 miles, then turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Rd. Drive about 1.5 miles up a really steep hill and it is on the left.
I'll be by the Canus Lupus Albus Arctus excibit!
Any Sunday, you name the date & the time!
4/25 ay 11am!
Actually, LIEger lives at the Lakota Wolf Preserve in NJ! And, think about it! It is mating season there. Get a picture of that fixed in your minds!
The Compassionate One

Pinehurst, NC

#21 Apr 14, 2010
Yes! We all know that you own half of all the realestate in the U.S.!!!!!Hahahahahahahahahaha LIE-ger the champion lier - and a wee, wee, wee little manito!

“Hurt me, make me stronger!”

Since: Jul 08

Where Liberty Dwells

#22 Apr 14, 2010
The p e d o p h i l e One wrote:
Yes! We all know that you own half of all the realestate in the U.S.!!!!!Hahahahahahahahahaha LIE-ger the champion lier - and a wee, wee, wee little manito!
Come & find out on the 25th! I'll pee on you, midget!!!!!!!!!!
The Prophet

Schweitenkirchen, Germany

#23 Apr 14, 2010
Fidel Castro isnīt going to die,,,his spirit will live on forever. The world will revolt against Capitalism as the system cannot sustain itself. Capitalism is inhumane. Fidel Castro is GOD,,,Capitalism is an evil curse which must be purged from the Earth. Thank you Fidel Castro and the brave Cuban people for standing alone against the GRINGO DEMON. The Cuban traitors living in Gringoland should be ashamed to call themselves Cubans because they are not!!!!! They donīt deserve to set foot on Cuban soil ever again.
Jesus Christ and Fidel Castro,,,the two greatest men to revolt against the evils of capitalism. Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple,,,and Castro threw the Mafia out of Cuba. All individuals whom wish to remain free of the Gringo Curse know that Fidel Castro is OUR LEADER!!!!

“Hurt me, make me stronger!”

Since: Jul 08

Where Liberty Dwells

#24 Apr 14, 2010
The Prophet wrote:
Fidel Castro isnīt going to die,,,his spirit will live on forever. The world will revolt against Capitalism as the system cannot sustain itself. Capitalism is inhumane. Fidel Castro is GOD,,,Capitalism is an evil curse which must be purged from the Earth. Thank you Fidel Castro and the brave Cuban people for standing alone against the GRINGO DEMON. The Cuban traitors living in Gringoland should be ashamed to call themselves Cubans because they are not!!!!! They donīt deserve to set foot on Cuban soil ever again.
Jesus Christ and Fidel Castro,,,the two greatest men to revolt against the evils of capitalism. Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple,,,and Castro threw the Mafia out of Cuba. All individuals whom wish to remain free of the Gringo Curse know that Fidel Castro is OUR LEADER!!!!
Listen obsevanDUMB, go F u rself!

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

San Juan,Puerto Rico

#25 Apr 14, 2010
The Prophet wrote:
Fidel Castro isnīt going to die,,,his spirit will live on forever. The world will revolt against Capitalism as the system cannot sustain itself. Capitalism is inhumane. Fidel Castro is GOD,,,Capitalism is an evil curse which must be purged from the Earth. Thank you Fidel Castro and the brave Cuban people for standing alone against the GRINGO DEMON. The Cuban traitors living in Gringoland should be ashamed to call themselves Cubans because they are not!!!!! They donīt deserve to set foot on Cuban soil ever again.
Jesus Christ and Fidel Castro,,,the two greatest men to revolt against the evils of capitalism. Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple,,,and Castro threw the Mafia out of Cuba. All individuals whom wish to remain free of the Gringo Curse know that Fidel Castro is OUR LEADER!!!!
IF YOU LIKE THAT MONSTER THT MUCH,WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD AND ADOPT HIS STINKY CORPSE AND HANG HIM IN YOUR CLOSET?!
BULLSHITER NAZI!QUE MUCHO SE PAREC EL NACISMO AL CASTRISMO

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