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Barack Obama scores the endorsement of Fidel Castro's niece, Mariela Castro

AFP is reporting that Fidel Castro's niece, Mariela Castro, "hailed" President Obama for supporting gay marriage and the loosening of US-Cuba travel restrictions.

Speaking at a gay-rights conference in California, she also called the largely Republican Cuban-American community "a small group of delinquents."

"I would vote for President Obama," she said. "I think he's sincere and speaks from the heart."

AFP noted that her trip has been denounced by "opposition Republicans," but it totally failed to mention that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Broward congresswoman, and Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (the only statewide elected Democrat) also opposed the granting of her visa.

Nelson specifically raised the issue of a wrongfully jailed American in Cuba.

"Allowing Raul’s daughter to come to the U.S. when the regime still holds Alan Gross makes no sense," Nelson said.

Castro apparently never mentioned Gross. But, according to an AP article, she made sure to give lecture about "justice and social equality."

Really. She said that. While Gross rots in jail.

"If we don't change our patriarchal and homophobic culture...we cannot advance as a new society, and that's what we want, the power of emancipation through socialism," she said . "We will establish relationships on the basis of social justice and social equality...It seems like a Utopia, but we can change it."

Nor, apparently, did she say that her uncle, with the support of her dad, rounded up gays during the AIDS crisis and had them sequestered in homosexual shtetls. Also, during the 1980 Cuban boatlift, Fidel Castro kicked gays out of Cuba, labeling them as "undesirables." (Old Miami Herald story in text file here)

It's unclear if reporters got near her. If so, hopefully someone asked her to square the contradiction of the scion and supporter of a dictator lecturing in the U.S. about equality and justice.

**Update: Republican Mitt Romney's campaign wants Obama's campaign to disavow the endorsement:

 “President Obama should disavow the endorsement of the daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro. It is galling that an envoy from a Communist regime would come to our country and lecture the American people on who to vote for while the regime refuses to hold free and fair elections and systematically violates the human rights of its people. The decision by the Obama Administration to welcome Mariela Castro to our shores—a decision that has received rightful criticism from both Republicans and Democrats—continues to be an egregious affront to the people of Cuba and those who love freedom everywhere.” – Romney Campaign Adviser Alberto Martinez

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Tally Folly

Of course this irresponsible headline comes from Caputo.

Pedro

The only delinquents are Fidel and Raul Castro, plus their henchmen. Mariela Castro is an apologist for that dictatorial regime. I am gay, a Cuban American, and a registered Democrat. I totally support gay rights. I totally oppose Communism.

buckeye one

while the Crazy Cubans in Mymai are foaming at the mouth did anyone bother to tell them their hero George W Bush let Castro's daughter into the US not ONCE but TWICE?
These dopes are so myopic they still think the Bay of Pigs is going on!
They don't call it a BANANA REPUBLIC for nothing!
Viva Fidel!

usambcuba

Hysterical hypocrisy...

Denny Wood

Treating the daughter of Raul Castro with respect, might be the key to releasing Alan Gross. Give the Department of State some credit.

Cubans might learn something with the elections in Egypt and the rebellion in Syria. Libya has made a statement to Cubans.

HumbertoCapiro

TRY GOING TO MARIELA CASTRO'S "BLOG" AND LEAVE A COMMENT! THERE IS NOT OPTION TO DO THAT! WHAT IS SHE SO AFRAID OF?? AND WHY CAN SHE COME TO THE BAD OLD U.S.A. AND YOANI SANCHEZ CANNOT GET THE O.K. FROM THE CUBAN "GOVERNMENT" TO TRAVEL OUT OF CUBA, 19 TIMES SHE HAS TRIED?? HYPOCRISY? CASTRO OLIGARCHY? OF COURSE! YOANI LAST NAME IS NOT RELATED TO THE CASTRO FAMILY!
EL BLOG DE MARIELA CASTRO link
http://elblogdemarielacastro.blogspot.com/

HumbertoCapiro

LGBTQ Nation: United Nations vote will lead to more LGBT murders, activists claim- By Mark Singer
A vote last week by the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Committee has LGBT and human rights activists outraged over the decision to remove “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions.
Following is the list of countries that voted to remove “sexual orientation” from the anti-execution resolution:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, CUBA.....

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2010/11/united-nations-vote-will-lead-to-more-lgbt-murders-activists-claim/

HumbertoCapiro

HAVANA TIMES : The (Non) Right of Cubans to Travel -Haroldo Dilla Alfonso-February 1, 2010-

The situation in Cuba concerning the freedom to travel is unfortunate. What I’m describing here is not for Cuban readers (who are all too familiar with this issue), but for those who are unaware of the matter and are forced to accept the information of those who close their eyes to this flagrant civil rights violation, a veritable wedge driven between the Cuban nation made up of both émigrés and those residing on the island.

Above all, travel for Cubans is not a right, but a legal privilege. It is a condition that can be granted or rescinded. It is a revocable concession by an unappealable power and is without a defined judicial framework.

In all cases, the departures of these people imply considerable fees that can end up in well excess of US $500, an immense sum for a population with exceedingly depressed wages that average $20 a month. In short, to leave, each person must be able to pay for a letter of invitation, a passport and an exit permit.

On top of this, once in the destination country, the traveler must make payments to the Cuban embassy in that country a sum that varies each month they remain in that country, which is a highly uncustomary practice. This sum fluctuates between $40 and $150 a month.

There are no laws or clearly written regulations covering these processes; rather, there are arbitrary and discretionary practices that mix starkly fascist reins of political control with mercurial motivations of the worst kind. In this way, the Cuban government denies a right that it alternately sells to those who can afford it.

But we must pay them, and pay them well, so they can continue reproducing their power with the same parasitic style they’ve displayed over the last fifty years.

CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=18972

LtFuzz

Obama also received the endorsement of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Wen Jiabao, al Qaeda, Taliban, Haqqni, Hamid Karzai, and many other ANARCHISTS, and MUSLIM TERRORISTS.

joe blow

Lt. Fuzz:
you are a dingleberry!

erika n

As noted in one of the comments above, Mariela Castro visited the US under the Bush administration too. So, maybe that whole name calling thing might be a lot of misguided anger.

What is disheartening about so many comments particularly those "opposed to communism" is that we are supposed to be a people who can discuss these things. Debate and dialogue - in a free thinking society. I think that our beliefs, values, and system can stand up to some visitors for an educational conference. Have we lost all critical thinking ability? We can do better.

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