Colin Kaepernick Defends Fidel Castro to Miami Reporter

The football player got into a heated argument with a reporter and criticized mass incarceration and genocide of Native Americans.

Colin Kaepernick, the football player who refused to stand during the playing of the U.S. national anthem to protest racism in his country, defended the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro during an interview Wednesday with a Miami-based reporter.

Kaepernick praised the education system promoted by Fidel in Cuba and condemned state repression in the U.S. during a press conference to promote the Sunday match between his team, the San Francisco 49ers’ and the Miami Dolphins, as part of the NFL's regular season.

The argument began when the Miami Herald reporter asked the quarterback about a T-shirt he wore featuring a picture of Fidel next to Malcolm X.

“One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here, even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” said Kaepernick.

Kaepernick also criticized the genocide of Native Americans and the mass incarceration system in the U.S. that "breaks up families, before praising the role Malcolm X played in the fight for justice.

“I wore a Malcolm X shirt. I am a believer in Malcolm X and his ideology and what he talks about and believes in as far as fighting oppression,” said Kaepernick.

"The fact that he met with Fidel, to me, speaks to his open mind to be willing to hear different aspects of people’s views and ultimately being able to create his own views as far the best way (sic) to approach different situations and different cultures.”

Malcolm X and Fidel Castro met on Sept. 19, 1960 in Harlem, New York, when the Black activist famously told the Cuban leader, “As long as Uncle Sam is against you, you know you’re a good man.”

Kaepernick announced last week he would donate a million dollars of his salary to organizations fighting against social and racial oppression and injustice, adding the donations will be tracked through a website.

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The Cuban 5: True Heroes Tell Their Story on teleSUR

The five Cuban nationals had been monitoring Miami-based terrorist groups to stop further attacks on the socialist island.

The five Cubans unjustly jailed for years in the United States spoke with Telesur in October 2015 on the circumstances surrounding their arrest, and the series of events that led to their release.

The Cuban Five, as they became known, were sentenced to maximum prison terms on allegations of espionage. Gerardo Hernandez received a double life sentence and Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labañino received life sentences. The remaining two, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, received 19 and 15 years respectively.

Since December 2014 all have been free.

In their teleSUR interview they sit in a semicircle, their eyes emit a contentment, belying the treatment of incarceration that followed their arrest on charges of espionage and terrorism, back in 1998.

They express great love and respect for deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and thank all their supporters around the world for their unwavering solidarity during their many years of imprisonment.

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Miami: Another of its Fallen “Angels”

El Nuevo Herald journalist Daniel Shoer Roth wrote a pathetic article on the constant killing of children in that city.

Now, he referred to the case of Jada Page, the 8-year-old girl, whose life was cut short by a shot on the head.

Shoer Roth’s analysis appeared last Friday in El Nuevo Herald under the title: “The Death of Jada”.

It reads, let‘s talk openly, the premature and violent death of that poor little angel adds another cry to the despair that criminality imposes us.

It explains that she was starting fourth grade in a new school, where she would foster friendships and aspire to knowledge.

Last Sunday, adds the article, the little girl was on the way to the movies with her dad, when a fatal shot from a shooting outside her house struck her.

“A wounded girl. A miracle begged for her salvation that will never work. A demolishing tragedy”.

According to Shoer Roth, Jada’s name joins a long list of children murdered on the dangerous streets of Miami’s marginal neighbourhoods.

There, he states, armed violence is on a war footing and leaves serious social consequences in our city.

The author of the article, who lives there, is able to touch local reality and rules the following:

“The story of children fallen in crossfires from local gangs, drug trafficking and proliferation of weapons in the hands of criminals repeats once again”.

El Nuevo Herald said that little Jada and her dad were about to go outside their house, when they were shot from a moving vehicle, and as a result of it a shot struck the girl in the back of the head.

According to the police, her dad, wounded too, was the target of the criminals.

“I don’t understand how they can sleep at night knowing they killed my child….”, shouted her mother in front of reporters.

And many inhabitants? Observers say that, absorbed in their things, the majority “is quite indifferent”.

A similar tragedy took place half a year ago, when boy King Carter, 6, was playing with other kids in the vicinity of his home.

At the same time, some teenagers from rival gangs clashed in the vicinity and shot him to death.

Has this situation changed in the neighbourhoods of Miami?

Experts have just denied it, saying that parents of kids like King and Jada “still fear that shootings claim the life of their children”.

And the case of this Florida city is not unique in U. S., so it’s a huge cynicism to demand Cuba, Venezuela and other independent countries, to copy the current democracy of the North.

Translated by Jorge Mesa / Cubasi Translation Staff

Demonstrators demand in Miami End of U.S. blockade against Cuba

A caravan of cars, with flags and banners demanding the end of the 50+ years-old U.S. commercial, economic, and financial blockade against Cuba, toured the streets of Miami, according to local media.

Around fifty cars traveled more than 20 miles throughout the most important avenues in Florida, where most of Cuban-rooted emigrants live.

The coalition Alianza Martiana —comprised of several organizations with most of Cuban emigrants in their ranks—was responsible for the organization of the demonstration.

In the words of organizers, the cars traveled with their lights on, honking the horns, carrying Cuba and US´s flags, as well as showing banners demanding the end of the blockade.

Many people supported the demonstrators all the way. Not to mention other cars joined the caravan as well.

Executives from Alianza Martiana confirmed to local media that other demonstrations are to be carried out in South Florida “until the criminal U.S. blockade against the Cuban people can be removed”.

A year ago, on July 31st 2015, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged in Miami the end of the U.S. blockade to the economy and society in Cuba.

Miami, one of the cities with largest presence of Cuban emigration, was —for a long period of time— headquarters of most aggressive operations against Cuba carried out by mercenary groups.

Recent polls revealed that 52% of Cuban people living in the U.S. disagree with the blockade policy.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz//Cubasi Translation Staff

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Miami: The worst in the States?

In 2012, Forbes named Miami “the most Miserable City of the Country” in 2012.

Thus was published this Wednesday in Miami a New Herald journalist, Michelle Kaufman. Browsing a website of Wall Street, dedicated to news and financial opinions, he assures that the Floridian city is the worst to live in the U.S.

Immediately, Kaufman exposes her arguments to prove it.

She began requesting to forget that, among other virtues, it has a warm weather, worldwide famous beaches, cruises trips, tourists, a vibrant multicultural community, amusing night life and a colossal silhouette.

But, Kaufman highlights with a bit of sarcasm, before going to your favorite beach make sure "is not contaminated by bacteria."

The aforementioned study of Wall Street asserted that the medium price of a house in Miami reaches 245 000 dollars, way above the national average which figure go up to the 181 000.

She also said that with a middle family income, equally below the national standard, many of those houses can’t be afforded by many of its residents.

Hence the Wall Street assessment placing Miami below a "frozen city" like Detroit.

A recent poll carried out by the Economic Politics Institute revealed that in the so-called City of Sun the gap between poor and rich is deeper than in other territories.

In Miami the violent rate escalates to 1060 for every 100 thousand inhabitants, a figure greater than the national rate.

This, according to the study, unleashes among other issues, imprisonments, labor uncertainty, children with less education and mounting anxiety.

Michelle Kaufman remembers that three years ago, after carrying out a thorough investigation, Forbes magazine named Miami "The Most Miserable City of the Country".

Now Wall Street was responsible to assert it.

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"Ultras" Cuban Origin: Their Last Breaths in Miami?

Julio Iglesias sings "Las Mañanitas" at a press conference for his 72nd birthday and the launching of his album "Mexico" on Wednesday September 23, 2015.  

An interesting question lingers in the air there, does it show hints of being caught in the beginning of its end?  

Several facts bring up the question that not even dare to deny their more keen spokesmen.  

Now it’s the time of Julio Iglesias, famous Spanish singer located many kilometers far from the left.

A piece of news from EFE agency notified this Tuesday that a manifestation against him included the burn of some of his albums.

That article from Madrid read on the title "Julio Iglesias’s albums burnt in Miami", and it was signed by Fabiana Steinmander.

Demonstrators raised a poster that read, mercenary musicians, and they destroyed before the cameras some albums.

The information also remembered that the singer had declared his disposition to sing his hits in Cuba.

However, Steinmander asserted, he didn't travel before to the island fearing the Cuban "exiles" attempted against his house in the Capital of Sun.

What it was a presumption so far, wrote the journalist, it’s now a fact.

His house was not attacked, she remarked, but rejection was evident there.

EFE showed several pictures of the manifestation that showed the destruction of the disks.

Unbelievable, when so many people thought the dark times were left behind when the famous work of the Cuban artist Manuel Mendive’s The Peacock was thrown to the pavement and set on fire.

More astonishing still the alleged reason back then to carry out that Fascist atrocity: Because the author lives in Cuba.

Bombing threats followed in places where other two outstanding Cuban artists would perform, Luis Carbonell and Rosita Fornés.

Surrounded by a pack ultra-right members was received the famous orchestra Los Van Van, while they isolated and sabotaged work contracts to the troubadour Tony Avila.

Always using the same argument, they live in the island.

These are hard facts that, surprisingly, have never endured in Cuba North American artists.

Jeb Bush: The New Super Reagan

In a speech delivered last Saturday in Miami, the candidate for the Republican Party to the presidential elections in U.S. in 2016, Jeb Bush, urged Washington to recapture the world “leadership” in order to achieve global stability so that Cuba and Venezuela can be “free”.

“Think of all those people yearning after freedom, needing desperately the U.S. leadership. Think of all those people in Cuba and Venezuela”, stated the former governor of Florida during his campaign office in Miami.

“He also felt sorry” about the fact that the U.S. “is no longer a respected country” and, in that regard, he highlighted that once in office, “he will work” to restore the lost leadership because “the stronger we are, the safer”.

In spreading such message loud and clear, the new political offspring in the Bush dynasty, unbuttoned his shirt to show a t-shirt with the names of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, president and vice-president of the U.S. 1981-1989, respectively.

“That’s the team I believe in, the team of Reagan and Bush, because they were the ones who kicked out the Soviet Union and we were stronger”, said the politician, who was governor of Florida in the period 1999-2007.

That’s the very same team, by the way, which led the invasion of Grenada, Panama, and organized contra groups in Central America, and unleashed the Desert Storm. Would it be true that Miami’s favorite candidate see the word leadership the same way his brother did? Let’s not forget torturer George W. Bush used as an excuse war on terror to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.

Let’s think, above all things, of those people (mostly civilians), who have lost their lives so that the U.S. could show the world, as chauvinist Jeb Bush wants, its “strength” and “safety”.

Except for Jeb Bush, no one doubts the worldwide leadership the Empire has. However, they have changed missiles for bloodless coups in recent times, especially in Latin America. This is the case of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and even Cuba, a country with which they have resumed relations without lifting the blockade, and they have not stopped sending money to internal subversion either.

The Empire leadership is more visible after what occurred in Ukraine or the migratory wave striking Europe after the failure of the so-called Arab Springs’ experiment and the endless dirty war against Syria.

Only the Cuban-born extremists and annexionists in Miami —Major of Miami Dade County Carlos Gimenez, Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen were part of the crowd— believe the Empire is declining and therefore, applaud with enthusiasm the delusions of fascist supremacy of their new Super Reagan.

Cubasi Translation Staff

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Miami: In Underwear

A few days back the New Herald published an editorial that exposes the glamorous image of that city.

It highlights that the frauds to the public funds is customary news around there.

These frauds are carried out, through secret monetary leaks of the selected firms.

The Herald´s editorial, under the title: "A club against the fraud and the personal greed" informs that this procedure stirs anger among citizenship, since that money would have gone to the poorest.

Only in one of the companies involved owners deviated to their pockets 36 millions in tributary loans and other additional amounts in bribes.

The article remarks that what is said corroborates the use of dirty and illicit money, hidden behind the facade of apparent good deeds for the community.

For the time being, according to reporter Jay Weaver there are seven managers who, guided by their personal greed are involved in that sort of problems.

Weaver's revelation indicates that subtracted funds were meant to ease the housing needs for very poor people and elders.

The Editorial also says that beyond the shameful insult to taxpayers, the denounced case poses a bigger problem: "an outbreak of corruption that must be quenched with a hard hand".

The opinion of the Editorial adds that the Medicare swindle is everywhere among clinics and crooked doctors who present bills for non-existent treatments to patient.

Also, insurance corporations falsify accidents to multiply the cost of the policies.

All in all, there are plenty of identity thefts in the attempt to gaining fiscal reimbursements with false applications, as well as organized scams even by agents from the municipal public safety forces.

The aforementioned Opinion page of the New Herald finishes with a sentence that still makes that city shivers:

"General ethics is in mourning in Miami."

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