Two transformative events have taken place with nary a whimper. But their significance is a gamechanger and a kick in the head to Obama and his policies of destruction. No to communism and yes to Israel.
Castro is breaking with communism and denouncing Iran’s anti-Israel, anti-semitic genocidal invective.
CUBA TO WIPE OUT 500,000 STATE JOBS!
That’s right, the last bastion of Soviet-Style socialism is going to encourage private development. Castro suggested during a nationally televised address that as many as one in five government workers may be redundant. The government is going to increase private-sector job opportunities.
Castro has long complained Cubans expect too much from government, which pays average monthly salaries of just $20 but also provides free education and health care and heavily subsidized housing, transportation and basic food. State businesses have been forced to carry many people who do almost nothing.
“Our state cannot and should not continue supporting businesses, production entities and services with inflated payrolls, and losses that hurt our economy are ultimately counterproductive, creating bad habits and distorting worker conduct,” the union said.
Many workers were complaining the state was not doing enough to find them new jobs.
Even Cuba realizes socialism is a loser, but morons in this country keep trudging down the path to the “promiseland” I wonder how long we will have to wallow in the mistakes of the Obama-ites before we come to the realization the Cubans are at? Tenor Man
The “delegitimization” of Israel is not to be taken lightly – professional agitators make the case that while Israel may have some theoretical “right to exist,” nothing that Israel does to protect itself, advance itself or enhance itself is legitimate. [JINSA long ago rejected begging the Arabs to give Israel what no other country requires – permission.] Israel is legitimate by its history, the circumstances of its birth as a modern country and its defense of its territory and people. But, while the problem is real, two incidents remind us that there are circles and cycles to international affairs as there are to everything else; one made us smile.
1. [….] Castro criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and talked about the “unique” history of anti-Semitism. “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything… The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.”
Castro is an old dictator and a liar – and he’s already recanted his comments on Cuban economics. But, in fact, in the early days he was far from an enemy of Israel or Jews. In the journal Cuban Studies 23 (University of Pittsburgh press), Jorge Perez-Lopez relates that Jews who left Cuba for Israel in 1961 were called “repatriados” (people returning to their native lands) although, he notes, most were of Eastern European origin. Other Cubans fleeing the revolution were called “gusanos” (anti-revolutionary worms). Israeli agricultural workers were common in Cuba and when Israeli president Yitzhak Ben Zvi died in 1963, Castro declared three days of official mourning. Algerian dictator Ahmed Ben Bella subsequently canceled his trip to Havana. Castro said he didn’t care.
Only in 1974, when seeking leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement did Castro break relations with Israel. Which itself is a reminder that “delegitimization” is an old art form: after the Yom Kippur War, 29 African states severed diplomatic relations with Israel under severe pressure from the Arab states. And only two brave countries – Costa Rica and El Salvador – maintain embassies in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Israel is the only country the United States considers unable to determine its own capital.