Posts Tagged ‘Julia Sweig’

‘Nation’s most influential foreign-policy think tank’ employs pro-terrorist Castro follower

| September 27th, 2013 | No Comments »
Daily Caller

CHARLES C. JOHNSON

The influential Council on Foreign Relations employs a director who thanks convicted terrorist bombers in a book, calls for restrictive gun laws, and has a long history of warm relations with the most extreme elements of the Castro regime.

“In Cuba many people spent long hours with me, helped open doors I could not have pushed through myself, and offered friendship and warmth to myself during research trips to the island…Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad championed this project,” Julia Sweig wrote in the acknowledgements of her 2002 book, “Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground.”

Sweig serves as the Latin American Studies director for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a high-powered think tank that includes the cream of U.S. foreign policy makers.

Montero and Abad, posing as U.N. diplomats, were terrorists who plotted to blow up Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Grand Central Terminal with 500 kilos of TNT ... Read More

“Cuba Experts” on the Wrong Side of History

| January 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »
InterAmerican Security Watch

“The Castro generation is slowly handing power over to the next generation of party and military leaders who will determine the pace and scope of the reform process.”

—    “Cuba Expert” Ted Piccone of the Brookings Institution, giving one reason why the United States should unilaterally change U.S. policy towards Cuba.

The Cold War had its “Sovietologists;” today we have the “Cuba expert” — and anyone seeking to understand the true nature of the Castro regime and the reality of events in Cuba is worse off for it.

Sovietologists, those presumed subject matter experts who were relied upon by the media for insight to the opaque politics and motivations of the former Soviet Union, are now pretty much a discredited lot.  Not because they couldn’t predict the collapse of the USSR, but because for years they grossly underestimated the moral bankruptcy of tyranny and the power of individuals who simply wanted ... Read More

Brazil helps Venezuela join regional trade bloc, ruffling some feathers

| July 10th, 2012 | No Comments »
The Miami Herald

BY VINOD SREEHARSHA

SAO PAULO – With the help of Brazil, South America’s largest economy, Venezuela has joined the regional economic alliance Mercosur, once heralded as the continent’s answer to the European Union.

But the addition of Venezuela has angered one of the 21-year-old trading bloc’s founding members, Paraguay, which considers the move retribution for the June impeachment of its president, Fernando Lugo. In addition to Brazil, the other members of Mercosur are Argentina and Uruguay.

Many are also questioning the impact of adding a country led by Hugo Chavez, a staunch critic of U.S. foreign policy and a frequent and capricious intervener in the free-market economy. The 57-year-old Chavez has had three cancer surgeries but says he’s in remission and is running for re-election in October.

Will Venezuela’s addition do little more than provide Chavez with a larger stage and potentially damage Mercosur’s credibility? Or could it be a masterstroke by Brazil to strengthen ... Read More

Dissident Blogger Says Cuba Wanted More on Human Rights From Rousseff Trip

| February 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

BY MATTHEW BRISTOW

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez said her compatriots had hoped for more from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who avoided criticizing the human rights situation on the communist island during a state visit to Havana this week.

Sanchez said she had looked for at least a “small wink” from Rousseff, who was imprisoned and tortured for fighting Brazil’s dictatorship in the 1960s, after a jailed dissident, Wilman Villar, died last month following a hunger strike and President Raul Castro vowed to maintain single-party rule.

“It was pure chance that she came at this time, but people had hoped for more,” Sanchez said in an interview last night in Havana. “I would’ve hoped for a small wink, a phrase with a double meaning that we could interpret, and that the government could interpret too.”

Rousseff, who concludes a three-day visit to Havana today, said that it was an internal matter for Cuba to decide whether to allow ... Read More

Castro Rights Record Intrudes on Rousseff Trade Mission to Cuba

| January 31st, 2012 | No Comments »

BY MATTHEW BRISTOW & CRIS VALERIO

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will meet today with her Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, to promise more trade and investment as human rights issues intrude on her first state visit to the communist island.

Rousseff, who was inspired by Cuba’s revolution to take up arms against Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1960s, is making the two-day visit to Havana as Castro takes steps to ease state control of the economy. Tomorrow she’ll travel to Haiti, where Brazil is leading a United Nations peacekeeping force.

The death this month of jailed dissident Wilman Villar after a 50-day hunger strike has drawn attention in Brazil’s media to Castro’s rights record and the government’s refusal to criticize it. While Rousseff has so far ignored requests for a meeting from pro-democracy activists, her government last week granted a tourist visa to Yoani Sanchez after the Cuban blogger invoked the president’s experience surviving ... Read More