Sunday, June 17, 2018

Spain welcomes migrants as disputed Aquarius ship arrives in Valencia af...

Bill Maher: New Rule

Video of the Aquarius before it arrived in Valencia, Spain

Cuba is a photographer's dream. [Excellent night-time photo of El Capitolio].


Jamaica, Cuba Reaffirm Mutual Solidarity

Kingston, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Sierra concludes his official visit to Jamaica today, where he met with senior government officials to reaffirm the solidarity and support between both nations.

During his stay here, Sierra held meetings at the Jamaican Parliament headquarters with the presidents of the House and the Senate, Pearnel Charles and Thomas Tavares Finson, respectively.

In this meeting held yesterday, both parliamentary leaders reaffirmed their solidarity and that of the people and government of Jamaica with Cuba, in particular, in the battle to end the blockade imposed by the United States on the island more than 50 years ago.

They also advocated maintaining efforts for the continued strengthening of interparliamentary relations.

On this particular topic, Tavares Finson recalled the meeting with the President of the Cuban Assembly, Esteban Lazo, during his trip to Havana to participate in the inauguration of the equestrian statue of the National Hero of Cuba, Jose Marti, in January of this year.

Both Charles and Tavares Finson took the opportunity to congratulate Lazo for his re-election as leader of that legislative body.

For his part, Sierra highlighted the importance of the motions in rejection of the blockade, approved by the Jamaican parliament for nine consecutive years.

The diplomat also reiterated the will of his country to continue strengthening ties with the people, the parliament and the government of Jamaica, which together with Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados, were pioneering nations in breaking Cuba's isolation in the Caribbean, in 1972.

Sierra, who was accompanied by the director of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Jorge Mayo, concluded here a journey that also took him to Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Barbados, and Guyana.

The tour also served to strengthen existing ties of cooperation, friendship and brotherhood, in some cases, for more than 40 years.

Trump's tougher Cuba policy is having little impact on Tampa area

TAMPA — June 16 will mark a year since President Trump announced a tougher Cuba travel policy, but unlike in much of the nation, the changes don’t seem to have hurt local bookings to the island.

The number of people traveling between Tampa and Havana has increased dramatically.

Tampa International Airport said 71,376 passengers flew between Tampa and Havana through April of this fiscal year. That’s up from 53,512 during the same period in 2017, an increase of 33 percent.


Because I have Valencian blood in my veins, this news is important to me

Aquarius in Valencia: Spain welcomes migrants from disputed ship

"Spain's new socialist government has promised free healthcare and says it will investigate each asylum case."


An Open Email Message to Esteemed & Admired U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

What would you do different about Cuba, from the awful POTUS that we now have in the White House?

Will you send a written message to the U.S. Congress to lift the current Cuba embargo?

Will you return the Guantanamo Naval Base to the rightful owners, the Cuban people?

Will you visit Cuba like Barack Obama did? He is a positive role model.

I voted for you in the 2016 Florida Presidential Preference Primary. Please run again for POTUS in 2020.

Happy Fathers Day.


Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers Out There

Happy Fathers Day to George and Charlie.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Why Progressives Should Not Patronize The Washington Post

"The media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting found that in the days immediately preceding the Michigan primary [in 2016], the Washington Post  put out sixteen negative stories about Bernie Sanders in sixteen hours." (Page 253)

Jeff Weaver
First Edition: May, 2018 - St. Martin's Press, New York

JG: I am not surprised at all. The Washington Post is 100% capitalist, and in my book, capitalism and dishonesty are synonyms.

NYT Editorial: Seizing Children From Parents at the Border is Immoral

Link to New York Times Article

JG: in hyper-capitalist USA, EVERYTHING is a business. This one is the latest one.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Reuters: Cuba hopes to avoid importing sugar; will reduce future exports. Author: Mark Frank.

Link to the Reuters article

JG: I like Mark Frank. He is honest, and a great reporter. 

Portugal vs. Spain | 2018 FIFA World Cup Highlights

Great game, but Spain came up short because Cristiano Ronaldo  is a SUPERB 
soccer player. Final Score: 3-3.

I enjoyed watching the game today. I was rooting for Spain because my dad  was 
born in Valencia. I went on vacation to Valencia in 2015, and I loved the city,
its people, and the Paella Valenciana is EXQUISITE.

The Crooks-Friends of Donald Trump

Judge sends Paul Manafort to Jail, Pending Trial

Storm Clouds

Cuba pushes back, saying the U.S. should "desist from the political manipulation of the alleged health cases."

"The Cuban delegation was led by Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, Director of U.S. Affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry. The ministry released a statement saying they urged the U.S. to “desist from the continued political manipulation of the alleged health cases.