The poll lays bare the need for Cuban Americans under 30 years old, as well as those arriving in the past two decades, to get registered and to participate in the election process in order to make their numbers favoring restored relations and a lifting of sanctions meaningful.
The wife of USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba, held a rally outside the White House after delivering a letter to the President from her husband. She called on Obama to do “whatever it takes” to secure Alan’s release. Mrs. Gross rejected the State Department statement yesterday calling on the Cuban Government to “release Alan Gross immediately and unconditionally” saying that this tact has gotten them nowhere for the past four years and if the U.S. government does not drop the, “unconditionally, this will be a death sentence for Alan… Please Mr. President don’t leave Alan to die in Cuba.”
Last week economist Richard Feinberg presented his latest monograph “Soft Landing in Cuba? Emerging Entrepreneurs and Middle Classes” published by the Brookings Institution, a think-tank in Washington, D.C. In a nutshell, Feinberg recommends that the U.S. abandon regime-change fantasies and instead take a suite of measures to support, encourage, influence and participate in building a prosperous and powerful non-state sector in Cuba.
It seems unlikely that the announcement of her transformation from criminal to terrorist coincidently occurred the day after the State Department was supposed to release its annual report “justifying” the continued inclusion of Cuba on its list of countries that “provide critical support to non-state terrorist groups and repeatedly provides support for acts of international terrorism.”
In fact, not one of the more than 10 delegates I spoke with at the convention had read the platform they ratified. One young delegate didn’t even know what I meant by the word “platform”.
In a surprise maneuver, President Obama posed an amendemnt to the Party Platform, adding language recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The platform had already been approved and ratified by the convention delegates the day before.
I went to the Women’s Caucus at the Democratic National Convention thinking that it would be a working session in which delegates would discuss the Party’s agenda from a female perspective and as it pertains to women’s issues. But that was not at all the case.
This week the Democratic Party convenes to rubber stamp a pre-written platform. A quick text search of the document’s 40 pages reveals that the United States government is still obsessed with the tiny island of Cuba.
Before spending 27 years as a political prisoner, Nelson Mandela lived with his family and Rhodesian Ridgeback mascot in Soweto. At the time he probably was just as unaware of the ancestry of his canine friend as he was about the role Cuba would play in the future of his country and his people.
Rivera wants to maintain the perception that Cubans are ruthlessly persecuted, but he doesn’t want those who “escape” to be able to vote against him or to get in the way of his plans to incite a violent revolution.