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Posted September 26, 2011 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Associated Press with commentary by Rob Sequin

Cuba wants to re-establish relations with the United States with a focus on humanitarian and other issues, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday.

Bullshit. As much as I’d like to believe it, I have to wonder. Is this Raul’s attempt to step away from Fidel’s chess game?

Rodriguez also called on President Barack Obama to release five Cubans serving U.S. espionage sentences, telling the opening of the new U.N. General Assembly that the continued imprisonment of the five men convicted of espionage in 2001 is “inhumane.” The Cuban government refers to the five men as heroes who were gathering information about terrorist groups in the United States to protect their homeland.

Bang. There it is. Bullshit propaganda. We’ll release Alan Gross if you release the Cuban Five. Really? NEVER gonna happen.

The foreign minister said the two countries had many points of understanding in common.

“The Cuban government reiterates its willingness and interest to move toward the normalization of relations with the United States,” Rodriguez said.

“Today I reiterate the proposal of beginning a dialogue aimed at solving bilateral problems, including humanitarian issues, as well as the offer of negotiating several cooperation agreements to combat drug-trafficking, terrorism, human smuggling, prevent natural disasters and protect the environment.”

Among the humanitarian issues pending between the two countries is the continued imprisonment of American Alan Gross, who the Cuban government accuses of illegally bringing communications equipment onto the island while on a USAID-funded democracy building program.

The case has harmed any chance of improved relations between Washington and Havana —-by Fidel’s design—-, which briefly seemed to be getting better after Obama assumed the presidency.

In an interview with The New York Times during his current visit to the United States, Rodriguez did not rule out the possibility of Gross being freed for humanitarian reasons. But he indicated Cuba would expect some kind of reciprocal action.

Really? He expects “some kind of reciprocal action”? Then he is either ignorant or lying or just puking up Communist propaganda. Let me assume that he is not ignorant or lying. You can’t tell me that he sincerely expects a “reciprocal action”.

Rodriguez did not mention Gross in his speech to the assembly on Monday, but spoke several times about the five imprisoned Cubans.

And there you have it. Raul wants normal relations with the US but Fidel is still in charge. Crazy but true?

  1. Follow up post #1 added on September 27, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    After reflecting on my comments, I realize that I may have commented in haste but you can see my frustration with Cuba.

    I believe that Governor Richardson was lied to or at the very least baited to come to Cuba so Fidel could make of fool of Richardson.

    Now they want to swap the Cuban Five for Gross?

    Why now? Why not in December 2009 when Gross was arrested? How about when he was convicted? How about when he lost his appeal?

    Fidel is clearly pulling the strings on the Alan Gross situation.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on September 27, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    When Bruno Rodriguez says that Cuba wants better relations with the United States, did he ask for Fidel Castro’s opinion?



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  3. Follow up post #3 added on September 27, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Fidel Castro NEVER wanted better relations with the US and has sabotaged EVERY opening ever made by ANY US President.

    Fidel Castro keeps the Cuban people poor and struggling so they have no time, energy or money to rebel against him.

    It has been this way since January 1, 1959 and EVERY US President has been Fidel’s bitch by playing his game. The Embargo has been around for 50 years BECAUSE FIDEL CASTRO WANTS IT THAT WAY.

    You have to give the guy credit for having the ability to not only manipulate US Cuba policy but to CONTROL IT, almost as much as the old Cuban exiles have controlled US Cuba policy for their own benefit.

    Now Obama has fallen for Fidel’s deception too.

    VERY sad for the Cuban people AND American people.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on September 27, 2011 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Cuba: We want normalized U.S. relations.
    Bullshit!! Total lie.

    The Castros both (Fidel and Raul) are not interested in normalizing the relations with the US.

    I have said that and explained many times before.
    They constantly use “fight against the Imperialism” as a marketing tool not only with the less illiterate Cubans but also with lot of ignorant Fidel lovers around the world.

    They will not allow normal relations with the US. They have boycotted them many times before, are presently doing it and will continue until they are gone. 

    Certainly normal relations with the US can bring lots of money but also lots and lots of problems and they know that very well and are not ready to risk absolute power for the chance of a better live for the Cuban people.
    At the end of the day they clearly do not care about the Cuban people.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on September 29, 2011 by tralari tralari

    to “Comment #3 on September 27, 2011” As far as I can remember it was the US imposing the embargo and the ones maintaining it. Saying that is the cubans who dont want the normalization is just a non sense.
    To Yeyo (posts: 406) wrote Comment #4 on September 27, 2011. There are no ignorant Cubans since 1959. Unlike in the period of mafia-backed dictator Batista. 
    You say :“Certainly normal relations with the US can bring lots of money”
    What you don’t say i us that it will convert the island back in the borthel/casino that was before the revolution.
    What about treating Cuba as a independent state, as an equal?


  6. Follow up post #6 added on September 29, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Any question now as to who is behind the recent sabotage of US Cuba relations?

    (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday for suggesting bilateral relations could improve if Cuba became more democratic, and he said the communist nation would not bow to U.S. pressure.

    He also said Obama was being “stupid” over the case of five Cuban agents imprisoned for spying in the United States, who Cuba believes have been treated unjustly.



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on September 30, 2011 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    To tralari tralari Comment #5
    From your comments we can see that you have no idea what is going on in Cuba for the last 50 years or simply a brainwashed Castro lover.
    You can choose what suits you better.
    In Cuba like in most countries around the world things are not that simple.

    Several US governments have been pushing towards normalization of the relationships with Cuba including removal of the embargo. However Fidel Castro himself has said that there is no such thing as the unilateral removal of the embargo. He wants the Embargo to be removed slowly and at his pace. Furthermore whenever US Presidents had pushed towards better relationship unilaterally he has responded negatively creating a crisis, ie: Carter / Mariel, Clinton / shooting US planes down over international waters, Obama / Alan Ross.
    I am against the embargo. However, not to make things easier to Castro, but because the Embargo has proven to be a failed policy that has help keeping a dictator in place for over 50 years.

    You said “There are no ignorant Cubans since 1959. Unlike in the period of mafia-backed dictator Batista. “
    What is ignorance? With this statement you sound like one. I agree that Batista was an assassin, in fact my father fought against him. However before 1959, Cuba had one of the best education systems in Latin America and was one of the most prosperous countries in the world.
    After the “revolution” education was made compulsory until grade 9, but the fact and the matter is that the quality of the education has been decreasing gradually year after year. Moreover the country is virtually closed, all the media is government owned and run continuously pro-Castro propaganda. Hence even professionals have no idea of what is going on inside or outside of Cuba.

    Seems that you have not heard the latest fame gained by Cuba during the last 15 years of tourism economy. Well the fact is that Cuba has been converted in brothel by no other than Castro. You go to Havana now days and is disgusting seen 70 year old foreigners with teenagers still in school uniforms.

    To talk about independence we have to talk about democracy, there is no independence without democracy; hence there is no independence with Castro.


  8. Follow up post #8 added on October 01, 2011 by miguel

    As usual too much Mr. Sequin and too little Cuba.

    I met this site some years ago, when I was searching independent information on a Cuba-related topic. “Just what I was looking for”, I thought.

    But it was just another sectarian site. So would you kindly cancel my member registration.


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