Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Diaz-Canel's Friend In New York

She's Mostly America's Friend!!
     On this week's visit to the United Nations in New York City, Cuba's new President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with Cuba's best friend in the U. S. Congress -- Kathy Castor. Born 52 years ago in Miami, Ms. Castor has represented the Tampa area of Florida for six terms in the U. S. Congress -- since 2007. On her Website, she wrote: "I met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during his visit to the United Nations General Assembly today. During the meeting, I stressed the importance of continued dialogue and engagement between the United States and Cuba to benefit the citizens of both countries." Ms. Castor said she urged Diaz-Canel to carry through on two things he has already strongly supported -- "increasing Internet access on the island and helping the Cuban private sector."
    Miami-born U. S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor is unique as: The only politician Florida has sent to the U. S. Congress since 1959 with the courage and integrity to campaign openly for engagement with Revolutionary Cuba. In her hometown of Miami, the top Cuban-American newsman, Emilio Milian, was car-bombed after he denounced such egregious atrocities as the terrorist bombing of the child-laden Cubana Flight 455 civilian airplane that killed all 73 on board, including two dozen teenage athletes. Yet, Congresswoman Castor's brave message is supported by most Floridians, even at the polls sometimes, because she has the guts and the decency to stress the benefits of U.S.-Cuban engagement to both Cubans on the island and Americans in Florida, including Cuban-Americans.
    When former President Barack Obama very bravely and sanely tried to normalize relations between the USA and Cuba, Congresswoman Castor was often at his side, even on Air Force One, influencing Obama's Cuban directives. But Obama, incredibly, was replaced in the White House by Donald Trump, a Republican...and all six Republican presidents since the 1950s have been tightly aligned, politically and economically, with rich and powerful Counter Revolutionary extremists.
     Thus, a Miami-born U. S. Congresswoman representing Tampa in the past 12 years has displayed more guts than 300+ million cowardly U. S. citizens who have, since the 1950s, not had the courage to object when right-wing thugs sicced the Mafia on Cuba in 1952 to facilitate the rape-and-robbery of the island to benefit a few rich Americans...nor object in 1959 when the leaders of the overthrown Batista-Mafia dictatorship in Cuba quickly and eternally established their new capital of Little Havana in nearby Miami. Since the 1950s, Congresswoman Kathy Castor remains the only prominent Florida politician to advocate for decency and sanity in the USA's relations with Cuba. That is a dire reflection of how drastically the Batista-Mafia adventure in Cuba and in the USA has changed the U. S. democracy.
    And, yes, when Congresswoman Kathy Castor posted the above photo along with her comments about her meeting in New York with Cuba's new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, her Website was immediately besieged with blasphemous anti-Castor rhetoric. Meanwhile, neither the U. S. citizens nor the mainstream U. S. media have the courage to comment.
     And meantime, since 1959 a handful of Counter Revolutionary extremists -- with the help of self-serving entities such as the Bush dynasty, the Tea Party, etc. -- have dictated both the Cuban narrative in the U. S. and the Cuban laws designed to enrich & empower themselves while engaging in a six-decades-old effort to regain control of Cuba. Of course, in the meantime Americans are force-fed such "historic logic" as, "The mob did not 'run' pre-Castro Cuba." OF COURSE, NOT!! The Batista-Mafia dictatorship treated the Cuban people just as sweetly as Mother Teresa would have treated them!! Now you understand that, RIGHT? Uh, right...so let's keep it this way for another 6 decades!!
And by the way:
     Above is a hand-written note Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel wrote in New York City today -- 25/9/18.

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