Sunday, May 31, 2015

Some privisions of the U.S. Patriot Act will expire at midnight tonight

Thanks to U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) for their leadership in this important area of protecting the civil liberties of all Americans.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cats of the World, UNITE!


Patriot Act


Is USA a warmongering nation?


U.S. and Cuban Negotiators Can’t Quite Seal a Deal







El PP gana los comicios locales, pero cede poder territorial a Podemos y Ciudadanos

El PP debe abrir la puerta a los pactos en Comunidades tan decisivas 
como Madrid y la Valenciana

Enlace para el artículo de ABC.es

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The five GOP whores whose services will be financed by billioniare capitalists Cock Brothers. OOOP's!, escuse my typo. It is the Koch Brothers, right?

From Bloomberg:

"The pledge to fund multiple Republicans is consistent with what Charles Koch told USA Today in April about the candidacies of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He indicated all six were at the top of the list in terms of who might receive funding."

Whore #1: Scott Walker
Whore #2: Jeb Bush
Whore #3: Ted Cruz
Whore #4: Rand Paul
Whore #5: Marco Rubio

Habla Pablo Iglesias

23.39
 
Pablo Iglesias, secretario general de Podemos, acaba de intervenir brevemente y ha destacado «el fin del bipartidismo. Cada vez que se abren las urnas aumentan los apoyos que recibimos», ha asegurado antes de aseverar que «esta primavera del cambio ya es irreversible» (ABC.es)

Rita Barberá (PP) pierde la mayoria absoluta en Valencia

21.45

Con el 26,06% de los votos escrutados, Rita Barberá pierde la mayoría absoluta. El PP seguiría siendo la fuerza más votada, pero con ese porcentaje de escrutino logra 9 concejales, los mismos que Compromís. Detrás, PSPV-PSOE 6, Ciudadanos 5 y Valencia en Comú 4.   (ABC.es)


Gran victoria para Ada Colau en Barcelona

21.48

La candidata de Barcelona en Comú, Ada Colau, gana las elecciones municipales en la capital catalana y supera al actual alcalde Xavier Trias, con el 34 % de votos escrutados al obtener 12 concejales frente a los 9 de CiU, que pierde 5 de los 14 ediles que tenía. La tercera fuerza es Ciudadanos, con 5 concejales, mientras que el PSC pierde seis ediles y se queda con 5 y el PP pierde seis regidores y se queda con tres concejales, uno menos que ERC.  (ABC.es)



22.25

La candidata de Barcelona en Comú, Ada Colau, gana las elecciones municipales en la capital catalana y supera al actual alcalde, Xavier Trias, por un concejal, con el 88 % de votos escrutados al obtener 11 concejales frente a los 10 de CiU, que pierde 4 de los 14 ediles que tenía. La tercera fuerza es Ciudadanos, con 5 concejales, los mimos ediles que ERC, mientras que el PSC pierde siete ediles y se queda con 4 y el PP pierde seis regidores y se queda con sólo tres concejales, los mismos que CUP-Capgirem que entra por primera vez en el consistorio barcelonés.  (ABC.es)

Alexis Tsipras exige una solución para Grecia sin "condiciones humillantes"

POR EFE

Actualizado: 23/05/2015 18:11 horas

El primer ministro griego, Alexis Tsipras, afirmó hoy que el Gobierno quiere lograr una solución viable para Grecia y no solo un acuerdo que resuelva los problemas del país a corto plazo, aunque recalcó que no aceptará "condiciones humillantes" para lograrlo.

"No vamos a aceptar condiciones humillantes en esta negociación. La gran mayoría social no puede permitirse nuevos ajustes", dijo Tsipras en un discurso ante el comité central de su partido, el izquierdista y gobernante Syriza.

El primer ministro reiteró que en las negociaciones con las instituciones acreedoras (Comisión Europea, Banco Central Europeo y Fondo Monetario Internacional) su Ejecutivo "no va a ceder en las demandas poco razonables en materia de IVA, sobre el trabajo u otras esferas".

Grecia no pagará al FMI los 1.600 millones que vencen en junio
http://www.elmundo.es/economia/2015/05/24/55619e8de2704e6f778b4579.html

Update: 18:15h. Sube la participación en los barrios humildes de Madrid, baja en los bastiones del PP.

Mi opinión es que ésto son muy malas nolticias para Mariano Rajoy y su Partido Popular.

http://www.elmundo.es/madrid/2015/05/24/5561f7f446163faf6e8b457c.html

Update: Hasta las 14h han acudido a votar el 34,78% de los españoles.

http://www.abc.es/espana/20150524/abci-participacion-elecciones-mediodia-201505221732.html

Esperanza Aguirre espera que el Espíritu Santo la re-elija Alcalde de Madrid?

MADRID, 24 (EUROPA PRESS) La presidenta del PP de Madrid y candidata a la Alcaldía, Esperanza Aguirre, espera que este domingo el Espíritu Santo inspire este domingo de Pentecostés a los madrileños "para que voten lo mejor para Madrid".

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20150524/54431838497/esperanza-aguirre.html

Big parties set to lose in Spain's local elections

The polls are likely to herald the end of the dominant two-party system, as small grassroots movements such as the radical Left-wing Podemos benefit from public frustration at corruption and the economic crisis

Voters across Spain will cast their ballots on Sunday in local and regional elections seen as a public verdict on political corruption and handling of the country's beleaguered economy, with new grassroots movements expected to make big gains at the expense of the traditional parties of power.
At stake are seats in more than 8,100 town halls and parliament seats in 13 of Spain's 17 regions, and opinion polls suggest that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party (PP ) will lose its current majorities in most of the 10 regions it controls. The beneficiaries are likely to be the new radical Left party Podemos and another new force in Spanish politics, the business-friendly Ciudadanos (Citizens), which have taken advantage of public frustrations with the status quo to transform the country's political landscape.

Hillary Clinton afronta nuevas dudas sobre su honestidad

Hillary Clinton, aspirante demócrata a la Casa Blanca, afronta nuevas dudas sobre su honestidad. Desde que en abril anunció su candidatura a las presidenciales de 2016, el goteo es incesante: donativos interesados a su fundación filantrópica, cobros millonarios por sus discursos y por los de su marido, el expresidente Bill Clinton, correos electrónicos ocultos en su etapa como secretaria de Estado.

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/05/23/actualidad/1432358263_959741.html


Clinton Foundation didn't disclose as much as $26M in speaking fees

Pablo Iglesias: "Esta noche empiezan a cambiar nuestros ayuntamientos, nuestras comunidades autónomas y empieza a cambiar también España"

El 24-M mide la voluntad de cambio de los españoles

Saturday, May 23, 2015

THE PATRIOT ACT IS DEAD! Hours after the Senate balked at reauthorizing the bulk collection of U.S. telephone records, the National Security Agency began shutting it down.

After Senate vote, NSA prepares to shut down phone tracking program.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-nsa-tracking-program-20150523-story.html#page=1

Hola Sr. Rajoy, nos presentamos.

Beware of Craigslist?

After Craigslist crimes, police across U.S. are opening safe havens for transactions

Excerpt: "Craigslist did not respond to The Washington Post’s e-mails and phone calls seeking comment on Craigslist-related crimes and the emerging trend of police station safe zones."

¿Con el pueblo gritándoles "LADRONES" a las Putas Populares (PP) de Mariano Rajoy, que pasará mañana en España?

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Will voters oust ‘la casta’ in Spain’s regional elections?

22/05 23:14 CET

Pablo Iglesias Interview: Podemos Reflects Spain's Crisis of Regime | News | teleSUR English

Pablo Iglesias Interview: Podemos Reflects Spain's Crisis of Regime | News | teleSUR English

La campaña electoral en España finaliza con el PP y Podemos al alza y el PSOE y Ciudadanos a la baja

http://www.abc.es/espana/20150523/abci-campana-electoral-elecciones-201505222214.html

Podemos Looks for Upset in Madrid Mayoral Election

5/21/2015 1:14PM     

Corruption scandals and high unemployment have battered the approval ratings of Spain's governing Popular Party and polls show voters are defecting to two upstart parties, the leftist Podemos and the center-right Ciudadanos.

http://www.wsj.com/video/podemos-looks-for-upset-in-madrid-mayoral-election/0D6C9891-B75A-45CA-B893-0296DB8FD992.html

Thursday, May 21, 2015

U.S. Senator Rand Paul: "Repeal the Patriot Act"



The so-called Patriot act was passed based on the national PARANOIA after 9/11. It must be repealed. The constitutional guarantees of the USA are in great danger since this "act" was imposed on gullible Americans.

Cuba La Linda (Cuba the Beautiful)

El Castillo del Morro y la Bahia de La Habana
Photo: Unseen Cuba / Marius Jovaisa

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Barack Obama wants the U.S. Congress to approve TPP, but he does NOT want the American people to read the text of the treaty. What is he trying to hide?

I smell a rat!

Bill Clinton screwed the USA with NAFTA. Will history repeat itself?

Who is he trying to protect?  The agenda of huge capitalist corporations?

Is this another 15,000 page+ document? What is hidden there?

The Prude Nudes of Pinterest

Pussies don't exist
@ Pinterest



You Tube does a little better on the Prudometer

EEUU admite que no habrá normalización completa con Cuba hasta acabar con el embargo

JG: They got that one right! Until the U.S. Congress UNCONDITIONALLY lifts the Cuba embargo/blockade, no new embassies should be opened in La Habana or in Washington D.C. The IS (Interests Sections) should continue as usual, until the embargo is lifted. One man's opinion, mine!

Raul Castro should NOT BE too eager to please the Yankees, since Washington is the aggressor and Cuba is the aggrieved and damaged country. Reparations for the failed embargo? The Yankees failed to overthrow the Cuban government, which is what JFK intended.

Link to the the article (Spanish)



America's working class will be SCREWED again if TPP passes


First, there was Bill Clinton and his NAFTA. Now Barack Obama wants TPP. America's working class will be screwed again. Republicans + Democrats = No Difference!

En Valencia, el PP se desploma de 49.4% en 2011 al 29.7% hoy

Source: ABC.es

1956: Fidel & Che in Mexico

 
Castro (izq) y el Che en cárcel tras ser detenidos en 1956, en México.
 
JG:  I am sure that some corrupt Mexican official and his compinche at the U.S. embassy put some money in their pockets because of this arrest. They failed to stop history in the making.

Source

Applause for Obama! The increasing militarization of police departments in the the USA is a big threat to our civil liberties and civilized society. Cops are increasingly becoming THUGS!

GO BERNIE! PBS: May 18, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Google's First Self-Driving-Car is Ready for the Road

¡Que cosa más cómica!

El PP (o como yo los llamo humóristicamente, putas populares) tienen una dama política que se llama Ana Botella.

Pobre chica. Si viviera en Cuba tendría que cambiarse el nombre, pues cuando yo era niño, yo recuerdo muy bien lo que era una botella durante el gobierno corrupto del dictador Fulgencio Batista.


La 'verdadera' historia de la muerte de Osama Bin Laden

  • El periodista Seymour Hersh detalla en un artículo las 'mentiras' del fin del líder de Al Qaeda

  • No se produjo ningún tiroteo en su casa de Pakistán ni se arrojó su cadáver al mar

  • Un alto cargo del espionaje paquistaní se lo contó todo a la CIA a cambio de dinero


Pablo Parado, Corresponsal Washington
Actualizado 12 Mayo 2015 

Todo lo que nos han contado sobre el ataque en el que los Navy Seal de Estados Unidos mataron a Bin Laden es mentira. Eso es lo que afirma el veterano periodista estadounidense, ganador del Premio Pulitzer, Seymour Hersh, en un artículo, publicado en la London Review of Books.

Según el relato de Hersh, la CIA y los servicios de seguridad deEstados Unidos no jugaron ningún papel relevante a la hora de descubrir a Bin Laden. No hubo ninguna confesión de ningún prisionero que fuera obtenida por medio de torturas que ayudara a encontrar al correo del fundador y jefe de al Al-Qaeda. No se produjo ningún tiroteo en la casa en la que vivia Bin Laden. Y, para rematar, el cadáver del terrorista nunca fue arrojado al mar.

JG: I am not surprised about all of this, if it is true. The government of the USA lies all the time.  Just remember the lies of the CIA and JFK about the Bay of Pigs.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pablo Iglesias reta a Mariano Rajoy a dejar de comportarse 'como una maldita avestruz' y debata con él




Fotos de los 'indignados' del 15 de Mayo, 2011, en España

Link/Enlace to Protesta del Movimiento del 15-M
http://elpais.com/elpais/2011/05/17/album/1305620219_910215.html#1305620219_910215_0000000000

Foto#68:


Osmo Vanska dirige la Orquesta de Minnesota en apertura de la XIX Feria Internacional Cubadisco 2015

Why the U.S. base at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay is probably doomed?



"Scholars and military experts say it’s difficult to see how United States can overhaul its relationship with Havana while hanging on to a big chunk of Cuban territory indefinitely, especially if relations warm significantly in a post-Castro era."

"The U.S. government still dutifully sends rent checks to the Cuban government, but the Castros' don’t cash them. They don’t recognize the lease, and – like landlords in a rent-controlled Brooklyn apartment -- want their tenants to leave. Fidel Castro is said to keep the checks piled up in his desk drawer, using them as a kind of political prop. It’s hard to imagine a more ready-made symbol of U.S. imperialism than a military base whose history is so wrapped up in late 19-century attempts at American empire."

Complete article at the Washington Post

tic, tac, tic, tac, tic, tac. Solo quedan ocho dias para Mariano Rajoy y sus ladrones en España



The Podemos revolution: how a small group of radical academics changed European politics

At first glance, Podemos’s dizzying rise looks miraculous. 
In truth, the project evolved over a long time. 
Photograph: David Ramos/Getty


Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias rails against the monsters of ‘financial totalitarianism’,
and tells the party’s followers to ‘take their dreams seriously’. 
Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty

Link to the Article @ The Guardian


Excerpt:

At the start of the 2008 academic year, Pablo Iglesias, a 29-year-old lecturer with a pierced eyebrow and a ponytail greeted his students at the political sciences faculty of the Complutense University in Madrid by inviting them to stand on their chairs. The idea was to re-enact a scene from the film Dead Poets Society. Iglesias’s message was simple. His students were there to study power, and the powerful can be challenged. This stunt was typical of him. Politics, Iglesias thought, was not just something to be studied. It was something you either did, or let others do to you. As a professor, he was smart, hyperactive and – as a founder of a university organisation called Counter-Power – quick to back student protest. He did not fit the classic profile of a doctrinaire intellectual from Spain’s communist-led left. But he was clear about what was to blame for the world’s ills: the unfettered, globalised capitalism that, in the wake of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, had installed itself as the developed world’s dominant ideology.





Love them, Lady Bugs!

Photo: Nature Photograhy
Google +

Barcelona's anti-poverty crusader leads race to be city's next mayor

Ada Colau’s campaigning citizen platform, Barcelona en Comú, may be Spain’s brightest hope for overcoming inequality and corruption


Ada Colau during a campaign rally in Madrid. 
‘We want to show that you can do politics another way,’ she says. 
Photograph: Demotix/Corbis


As one of the founders of the Mortgage Victims' Platform, Ada Colau has spent the past six years battling the most visible scars of Spain’s economic crisis, from growing inequality to home evictions. Now the 41-year-old activist could become Barcelona’s next mayor.

Polls have put Colau, and the Barcelona en Comú (Barcelona in Common) citizen platform she leads, in the top spot in the runup to Spain’s regional and municipal elections. A grassroots coalition of several political parties, including Podemos, and thousands of citizens and activists, Barcelona en Comú has become the brightest hope for the many in Spain pushing for democratic regeneration.

Complete Article @ The Guardian

JG: She is a real fighter for The People. GO ADA!


Pablo Iglesias, leader of the anti-austerity party Podemos, 
joins Colau at a rally in Barcelona. 
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Friday, May 15, 2015

¿Porqué los políticos hablan tanta mierda?


Jeb Bush: "I would have done the same thing that my dumb brother Dubbya did in Iraq"


Dumbness is the major illness of all the members of the Bush family.

The question, originally posed by Fox News’s Mergy Kelly was: “Knowing what we know now, could you have authorized the invasion?

“I would have,” he said, “and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.”

According to to Jeb Bush, everybody in the world is as dumb as he and his family are.

How the politicians of the two major political parties in the USA have destroyed a once prosperous country: going from democracy to plutocracy


Thursday, May 14, 2015

US admiral threatens Beijing over South China Sea - World Socialist Web Site

US admiral threatens Beijing over South China Sea - World Socialist Web Site

I won't vote for Hillary. Bernie or Elizabeth for VICTORY in 2016!



Marco 'Niño Lindo' Rubio amenaza con endurecer el bloqueo contra Cuba si es elegido presidente



JG: Dream on 'Pretty Boy.' You will only be POTUS in your dreams!

Long Live our Supreme Leader! He wants to lead the US into a glorious war against the Chinese Commies!


Best Cake in the World / El Mejor Pastel del Mundo


China responds very strongly to Barack Obama's provocations in the South China Sea

Link:
http://www.pressreader.com/usa/usa-today-us-edition/20150514/281487864925656/TextView

JG: Is BHO is still looking for a profitable war for his corporate handlers?

The Fallas Festival (Valencia-Spain) (English version)



JG: If you ever travel to Valencia, you do not want to miss the Museum of the Fallas. It is excellent!

Premios (awards) Fallas 2015
Link:
http://www.fallas.com/es/component/content/article/44-en-portada/16222-premios-fallas-2015

Más fotos. Fallas 2015
Link:
http://www.fallas.com/es/component/content/article/222-mayo-2015/16384-los-valencianos-cubren-de-flor-a-la-mre-de-deu

Corrida de Toros, Valencia, 10 4 2014. Festividad Virgen Desamparados. Cogidas y sustos.

One difference at the U.S. Guantánamo Naval Base: the marines cannot leave the perimeter

Guantánamo Bay: A test case for resetting US-Cuban diplomacy.

Link to the English article:
http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/05/13/inenglish/1431525095_191354.html

JG: At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Yankee imperialists imposed the base on the Cuban people by force of arms.

The imperialists want better relations with Cuba?

GIVE BACK THE ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED CUBAN TERRITORY!

Vatican Officially Recognizes State Of Palestine

Abbas and Pope Francis
Photo: Andrew Medicini / AP

The Vatican has officially recognized Palestine in a new treaty that switches the Holy See's diplomatic relations from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

(www.npr.org)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Marco Rubio’s Cold War Approach to Cuba Is Losing Him Voters

Polls show that most Cuban Americans favor warming ties between the two countries.


Every year since 1991, Florida International University has surveyed Cuban Americans' attitudes on US-Cuba policy. The most recent poll, taken in 2014, reveals that those who took to Miami's streets in December 2014 to protest the US restoring relations with Cuba are in the minority: 52 percent of poll respondents oppose continuing the embargo, and 68 percent favor the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. More than 70 percent say the embargo has worked poorly. How Cuban Americans of different ages responded reveals a stark generational split: A majority of those aged 65 and older still favor the embargo, but two-thirds of those aged 18 to 29 oppose it. Nearly 90 percent of millennial Cuban Americans favor reestablishing ties too.

For the 43-year-old Rubio, who is trying to brand himself as a new generation of Republican, this could be a problem. According to Guillermo Grenier, a Cuban studies expert at FIU, Rubio's Cuba policy "doesn't have legs" for the future. "People are changing. Rubio's position will resonate among a certain percentage of the population—a shrinking percentage." The younger generation, Grenier says, "say things like, 'How can Rubio be against the embargo—doesn't he know it hurts Cubans on the island?'"

Source: Mother Jones

Real Time with Bill Maher: What Happened to Rand Paul? (HBO)

Tres medidas que el gobierno de Estados Unidos tiene que implemetar si quiere mejorar sus relaciones con Cuba

1) Levantar el embargo financiero y económico contra la isla.

2) Devolver la base naval en Guantánamo, ocupada de manera ilegal.

3) No promover a sus mercenarios dentro de la isla. El pueblo Cubano sabe quines ellos són.

I love the blue hues on this photo


Despide Raúl Castro a Francois Hollande e informa sobre las relaciones con EEUU

U.S. Senate rejects Barack Obama's request for fast-track on the Trans Pacific Partnership

In a rare rebuke of a key priority of President Barack Obama's, Democrats in the U.S. Senate today rejected a measure that would have given his administration additional authority to negotiate a wide-reaching trade bill with Pacific Rim nations.

For weeks, opponents of giving the Obama administration the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) it sought to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership argued that Congress should not surrender the leverage it has to insist on currency, worker and environmental protections being part of the deal.

(Detroit Free Press)

JG: Why is the treaty text not published yet? What is Barack Obama trying to hide?

It appears that Barack Obama is trying to favor his main constituency: huge trans-national capitalist corporations. 


Triple M: the irresponsible way of "reporting" news in the USA: Murder, Mayhem & Madness

In the early nineteen sixties, the USA had responsible, respected and intelligent news reporters. People like Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings and Huntley and Brinkley.

Today, we have total idiots reporting the so-called "news." The dummies concentrate on SENSATIONALIST news, and they don't talk, they scream. It even happens when reporting the weather.

News reporting in the USA has gone the same way as the country: DOWNHILL!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Encuesta de la opinión pública del CIS en España: El PP y el PSOE etán practicamente empatados. Podemos se desploma.

Raul Castro esta dispuesto a reabrir la embajada de los EE.UU. depues del 29 de Mayo

internacional.elpais.com

Silvia Ayuso, Washington D.C. , 12 de Mayo del 2015.

Link:
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/05/12/actualidad/1431453840_509282.html

La esperada reapertura de embajadas en Washington y La Habana podría estar más cerca. Al menos eso es lo que dejó caer el presidente cubano, Raúl Castro, este martes. Tras despedir al predidente francés, François Hollande, Castro dijo a periodistas en La Habana que una vez que Cuba salga definitivamente de la lista de Estados patrocinadores del terrorismo de Estados Unidos, entonces “podremos nombrar embajadores”.

La fecha clave es el 29 de mayo. Ahi se cumplen los 45 dias de espera estipulados desde que el presidente estadounidense Barack Obama, notificara el 14 de Abril al Congreso su decision de recomendar la salida de Cuba de la lista negra del Departamento de Estado, una de las demandas clave de La Habana en el proceso de normalización de relaciones iniciado el 17 de diciembre. Si el Congreso no ha actuado hasta entonces para intentar impedir este paso - y hasta ahora no hay señal alguna de que esté siquiera planteándoselo - entonces Cuba saldrá automáticamente de esa lista el día 29.


JG: in my opinion, Raul Castro is acting too soon. The USA still has in its law books the economic and financial embargo against Cuba. The embassies should be opened only after the U.S. embargo is lifted unconditionally by the U.S. Congress. Raul Castro seems too eager to open embassies. What is the hurry?

******


Update: 12 de Mayo del 2015.


Declaraciones de Raul Castro en Granma:


"A partir de nombrados los embajadores, se restablecen las relaciones diplomáticas. Es decir, tendremos relaciones, pero normalizarlas ya es otro tema. Para que eso suceda, señaló el presidente cubano “tiene que eliminarse el bloqueo y la base de Guantánamo debe ser devuelta”, esto último consecuencia de cuando se adueñaron del país, concluyó."






Podemos swerve to the center is a losing stategy for ending up as the #4 political party in Spain


Once you abandon the original direction of the movement, people will start abandoning you.

In the "center" everyone looks like everyone else. An amorphous and losing base.

What Greece Should Say to the IMF Greedy Jews


ENOUGH! 

We will not feed your ever growing addiction to easy money. 

YOU CAN FUCKING GO TO HELL, ALL OF YOU!


Many in Greece are watching to see whether Syriza manages to keep its 
pre-election promises

Fidel and Hollande Meet

Foto distribuida del encuentro entre Hollande y Fidel Castro.
REUTERS-LIVE! / EFE

Hollande promete en Cuba hacer todo lo posible para alentar el deshielo

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fecha de la visita del Papa Francisco a Cuba: 19 al 22 de Septiembre

LA HABANA

05/11/2015

Visitará las ciudades de La Habana, Holguín y Santiago de Cuba.

(www.abc.es)

http://www.abc.es/sociedad/20150511/abci-fecha-papa-visita-cuba-201505112238.html

President Hollande bestows France's highest award, the Legion of Honor, on the head of the Catholic Church in Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Ortega.


Cardinal Jaime Ortega (left), French President Hollande (right).

Another Pablo Picasso Masterpiece

Women of Algiers

A vibrant, multi-hued painting featuring a scantily attired female amid smaller nudes, could sell for more than $140 million, becoming the most expensive work of art at auction.

(www.theguardian.com)

Update:
Monday, May 11, 2015, 8:01 p.m.

A Picasso masterpiece has sold for $US 160 million in New York, 
smashing the world record for most expensive art sold at auction.

(www.abc.net.au)

France's Hollande calls for US to lift Cuba embargo


23 Minutes ago.

French President François Hollande, on a historic trip to Havana, has called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba.

The embargo is still in place, although relations between the US and Cuba have improved in recent months.

Speaking at the University of Havana, Mr Hollande said France would do its utmost to ensure that "the measures which have so badly harmed Cuba's development can finally be repealed".

He is the first French president to visit Cuba since its independence.

(www.bbc.com)

Is Cuba becoming an extremely expensive tourist trap?



Source:
Florida Trend Magazine, May 2015 issue.

It Won't Be Cheap

"Round trip tickets run $400 to $500. The Cuban government takes the equivalent of $148.00 per ticket as a landing fee and another $46 per passenger for mandatory health insurance while visiting the island. (The Cuban government separately charges a departure tax to leave.) The U.S. charges another $63 per ticket in its own charges. Much of the charters' profit is in luggage charges. Cuban-American travel laden with goods for their extended families. [JG; while telling the right wingers in the U.S. that they are 100% anti-Communist.] and can pay $2 per pound after a $20 checked bag and $3 per pound for boxes and irregular packages."

******

JG: I just finished a one week vacation in Valencia, Spain, I did not have to pay all of these exorbitant rip-off fees. Travel to Cuba is for suckers.

In addition to the "fees" listed by the magazine, The Cuba Interests Section In Washington D.C. charges $130.00 for a visa to Cubans who left the island in 1961. In addition they charge $40.00 for round-trip express mail.

Imagine! Having to pay for a visa to visit the country where you were born.

I call it an EXTORTION FEE!

A un año y medio del fin de su mandato, todo apunta a que Barack Obama incumplirá su promesa de cerrar el penal [en Guantanámo], donde quedan 122 presos

Prisión para las torturas de los imperialistas Yankees

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Castle of Xàtiva


Castle of Xàtiva (Valencian: Castell de Xàtiva) is a castle located in the city of Xàtiva near Valencia, Spain. It is strategically located on the ancient roadway Via Augusta leading from Rome across the Pyrenees and down the Mediterranean coast to Cartagena and Cádiz.

In 1092, the castle fell into the occupation of the Almoravid dynasty who were expelled in an uprising that took place in 1145. During this uprising, the castle was besieged by the Governor of Valencia, Marwan Abd-al-Aziz. In 1171, the Castle finally fell, along with the rest of the Levante coast, into the hands of the Almohads.

King James I of Aragon began his crusade there in the summer of 1239, finally capturing Xátiva on 22 May 1244, following a five-month siege. After submitting to the Christian monarch and signing the Treaty of Játiva the Moors handed over the smaller nearby Castle to James I, while they were allowed to continue occupying the larger castle for another two years based on the terms of the treaty.

After the two years had elapsed King James I of Aragon repopulated a large part of the town with Catalan and Aragonese settlers.

The walk up to the castle is a long one, but the views are sensational. On the way up, on your left is the 18th-century Ermita de San José and, to the right, the lovely Romanesque Iglesia de Sant Feliu (1269), Xàtiva’s oldest church. You’ll also pass by the very battered remains of part of the old Muslim town.

Source: Wikipeida

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Raul Castro, tras su reunión con el Papa: 'Si sigue así, volveré a rezar'

Raul Castro and Pope Francis
Photo: AP

Ciudad del Vaticano, 10/05/2015, 15:45 horas

(www.elmundo.es)

El presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, mantuvo este domingo una reunión privada con el papa Francisco de 55 minutos de duración en un estudio del pontífice en la Ciudad del Vaticano.

Castro llegó al lugar a las 09.30 horas locales (07.30 GMT) y a continuación comenzó su audiencia privada con Bergoglio, quien tiene previsto viajar a la isla caribeña el próximo septiembre y que ha influido en el acercamiento entre Cuba y Estados Unidos.

La reunión con Castro fue algo más larga que la que el pontífice mantuvo en marzo del año pasado con el presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, que duró 52 minutos pero que se realizó con intérprete, mientras que la de este domingo fue una charla privada en español.

"He agradecido al Santo Padre por su contribución al reacercamiento entre Cuba y Estados Unidos", dijo Castro al final de la audiencia.

En otra comparecencia ante la prensa junto al primer ministro italiano, Matteo Renzi, con quien se entrevistó después de la audiencia con el Papa, el presidente de Cuba elogió a Francisco por "su sabiduría y su modestia", aseguró que lee "todos sus discursos" y dijo que "si sigue así", él mismo regresará a la Iglesia Católica.

"Yo volveré a rezar y regreso a la Iglesia, y no lo digo en broma", comentó el presidente cubano.

Además, Castro prometió que asistirá "a todas las misas" que Bergoglio oficie durante su viaje a Cuba y recordó que él estudió en instituciones religiosas de jesuitas, la misma orden del papa Francisco.

No obstante, Castro precisó: "Soy comunista, del Partido Comunista Cubano" y ante la prensa destacó los "pasos importantes" que su formación ha dado en los últimos años.

El drama del Mediterráneo

Durante su audiencia con el Papa, Castro aludió al drama de la inmigración en el Mediterráneo.

Y lo hizo mediante un regalo que hizo al pontífice, un cuadro de grandes dimensiones del artista cubano Alexis Leyva Machado, Kcho, que representa una gran cruz hecha con varios barcos y un niño que reza ante ella.

El artista, presente en el acto tras la reunión privada de Castro, le explicó al pontífice que quiso aludir a la tragedia que sufren millares de personas que intentan llegar a Europa desde el Norte de África.

"¡Qué inspiración!", respondió Jorge Bergoglio al recibir el regalo, una ceremonia habitual en las visitas al pontífice y que en esta ocasión fue muy breve, de unos cinco minutos en total.

Castro también regaló al papa una medalla que conmemora el 200 aniversario de la Catedral de La Habana, de la que solo existen 25 ejemplares.

El Papa, por su parte, le regaló a Castro un medallón de San Martín de Tours, patrón de Buenos Aires, y su exhortación apostólica Evangelii Gaudium.

A la entrevista en el estudio adyacente al Aula Pablo VI del Vaticano el presidente cubano había llegado en automóvil poco antes de las 09.30 horas locales (07.30 GMT).

Vestido de oscuro, Castro saludó al llegar al prefecto de la Casa Pontificia, Georg Gänswein, y tuvo un gesto cordial también para la prensa que esperaba en el lugar.

El lugar de la reunión, de carácter "estrictamente privado" según el Vaticano, es el elegido por el Papa y el protocolo vaticano para celebrar las entrevistas más familiares o de carácter menos oficial.

El viaje a Cuba

El portavoz vaticano, Federico Lombardi, explicó a la prensa que la visita de Castro, además de un agradecimiento de la labor del Papa por el acercamiento con Estados Unidos, es como una "preparación del viaje a Cuba" del pontífice, previsto para septiembre.

Lombardi añadió que ese viaje de Francisco a la isla caribeña servirá, como ocurrió en el pasado con las visitas de los papas Juan Pablo II y Benedicto XVI, para que la Iglesia cubana se sienta "muy reconfortada".

A la audiencia con el papa asistieron unas 10 personas, entre ellas el vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz; el canciller, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, y el embajador de Cuba ante la Santa Sede, Rodney López.

Al final de la audiencia Castro se despidió con un apretón de manos del Papa, quien posteriormente comentó bromeando a la prensa que esperaba el final de la reunión para informar de su contenido: "Os he fastidiado el domingo, ¿eh?".

Source:
http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2015/05/10/554f1dc1ca4741ea778b456e.html