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Cultural Exchange To Take Place Between U.S. And Communist Cuba

June 14, 2011 by  

America will take part in a cultural exchange with communist Cuba.The United States placed a near total embargo on Cuba in 1962 and it has stood ever since, barring most commerce with the island nation. However, the Barack Obama Administration has decided to ease relations with the communist country.

One sign of this increased acceptance of communism is the recently agreed-to cultural exchange between the U.S. and Cuba that will involve the Florida Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. According to the St. Petersburg Times, this will be the first time that such an exchange has taken place since 1999, when Democrat Bill Clinton was in the White House.

However, such an exchange lends credibility to Cuba and its communist leaders, according to many lawmakers.

These types of exchanges “only serve as a propaganda tool for the octogenarian clique that oppresses Cuba. It is very unfortunate that some would advocate for exchanges that have little impact on bringing freedom and democracy to Cuba,” U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who heads the Committee on Foreign Affairs, told the news source.

The first trip by orchestra members will take place this coming September, reports the news provider.

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  • Doc Sarvis

    With Cuba on the verge of new leadership this is an excellent time to show them the life that freedom allows.

    • http://naver samurai

      Sorry doc, but since his brother is the next in line, there really isn’t going to be any real change in government. It’ll be SOSDD in Cuba. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      If they really want their freedom doc, then let them earn it the way we did by revolution.

      • Doc Sarvis

        They are isolated from the best country in the world. They don’t know what they could be fighting for.

        • http://naver samurai

          Doc, if they don’t understand the concept of freedom, then they really are nothing more than slaves to their government. By how we radio programs into Cuba, there is no way they can’t know. Doc, your lack of inteelect on this subject is rearing its ugly head. I guess that you could also be saying that we didn’t know what we were fighting for? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • http://burkecomputers.blogspot.com/ DanB

      If freedom was thriving in America, then I might think a cultural exchange might enlighten their people to freedom…. But when they accept such a cultural exchange, I am inclined to believe that the reverse is true. That they are willing to expose their people to American culture because we are becoming their ally in far more awful ways than I want to admit. We are becoming ripe for destruction and our freedoms are lost.

    • Jay

      And you want to use our country, USA, as an example to show them what kind of life freedom allows? You got to be kidding! What freedom do we have? Where is this freedom you speak of Doc? What makes you think, that Cuba, like the middle east, will embrace our way of life, DEMOCRAPY? Oh right, if they don’t accepted, we’ll just go over there and shove it down their throats, like we are presently doing in the middle east, under the guise, off course, of protecting human right! Bunch of fu****g hypocrites!!! I think the muslim prince and his rat brigade are up to something and it ain’t about reacquainting ourselves with Cuba, or exchanging cultures, or easing public relations! That damn fool is up to something, and no doubt it has to do with the the elections coming up! Hey barry, how about cleaning up the poop in your own back yard before telling others how to clean up their own, you mental midget?

  • eddie47d

    Cuba did have a Revolution in 1959 and over threw the Batista regime. Remember Batista who kept his people in poverty and we ignored it because he was an “ally”. Then we set up an blockade which has kept that nation locked in the 1950′s for 60 years now. Cuba did make a big mistake in allowing Russian missles on their island and deserved that earlier scorn. Kennedy got the Russians to back down and now that is past history. The blockade should have been lifted 30 years ago but we allow the Cuban community in Florida to pull our strings. They use it as an election wedge every four years and our National officials can’t look beyond that for fear of being soft. Cuba only has 200 political prisoners which may be 200 too many but far below what Saudi Arabia has in their jails. The Saudis abuse every human right there is yet we support them with millions. So why the double standard? China has bought oil leases in Cuban waters while we play twiddly winks with the Castro’s. Our stubbornness is backfiring and making us look foolish while China keeps growing. We need politicians who can be bold and open up trade with Cuba instead of being aimless fish, flopping around out of the water.

    • 45caliber

      eddie:

      So the missile thing is old history, huh? Actually, the missiles were there after Kennedy was killed. The Russians took out some – maybe – but left most of them. And the government officials “overlooked” them because they didn’t want Kennedy to declare war or anything.

      • eddie47d

        I’ll look at what you said as hearsay since the official records state that all missles and related equipment were shipped out by Nov 20th 1962. One full year before Kennedy was assassinated. As a side note we also put Nuke warheads in Turkey at the same time and aimed at Russia. I know there are a hand full of folks that want the cold to continue but it is time to move on.

        • 45caliber

          eddie:

          Assume it is hearsay if you wish. We were told that there were over 80 Russian missiles in Cuba when I was in the army in 1968. And there were a number of A-Team Special Forces people there to watch over them.

        • Jay

          eddie stated: since the official records state that all missles and related equipment were shipped out by Nov 20th 1962.

          Official records? And you believe that? Your a little to trusting, eddie!

        • http://naver samurai

          Actually edduh, we pulled our nukes out of Turkey in order to get the Soviets to comply. But to trust what they say is just like trusting Hitler saying, I’ve changed and I’ll never do those things again. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          Care to cite a source showing those records?

          • eddie47d

            I found 2 sources that gave Nov. 20th as the date. The first I can’t find after rechecking and the second is BBC News at http://www.bbc.com

          • http://naver samurai

            Thanks Ed. I’ll take a look at it. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      eddie47d,

      Once the Castro brothers go,that will be it.I think we should start having a rapport with the Cuban government now, communism in that country is a thing of the past.They are no longer a threat.

      • eddie47d

        That sure is the truth and if China gets a foothold we’ll be kicking ourselves even harder.

        • http://naver samurai

          Too late edduh. China is one of the biggest trading partners and suppliers they have. Don’t forget, they also own the Panama Canal. Ergo, Cuba has lots of support from Communist East Asia. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          You say they are no longer a threat coal dungger? Since our military is over-extended and our supply lines outstretched, they could still do some damage if they wanted to. We need a military the size it was under Ronald Reagan to defend this country and honor our obligations.

          • eddie47d

            China purchased the company that controls the goods that go through the Panama Canal. They would be like a gate keeper. They do not own any part of the Canal itself. We still have military control over the Canal. That may be a mote point since no one can enter the Canal without China’s approval yet there is a distinction. On your other point we only need a military strong enough to defend the USA and not so big as to play world policemen.

          • http://naver samurai

            Points well taken Ed, but I don’t mean for us to be the world’s policeman. I ment that due to the size and population of our country. Also, we have troops stationed overseas and need these extra troops to complete the missions we have at hand. Yes, I agree that when the mission is over then bring them back. We’re done in Iraq and Afghanistan, bring them back. We’re not supposed to be in Lybia or Yemen, bring them back. There is no more threat from the former Warsaw Pact Alliance in Europe, so bring them back. Maybe we can reopen many bases and help stop the invasion we are having from our south. If anyone doesn’t agree with me on this, they must really be morons. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Patriot66

    I have been living offshore for a couple years now and am considering going back to the US. But I have become very fond of my Cuban cigars. It would be nice to be able to buy real Cuban cigars when I come back. All other cigars pale in comparison for some reason, there really is a difference.

  • TIME

    Oh Boy, Cuban Cigars oh how I miss fresh Cuban Cigars the ones in Canada are always stale and dry not even worth the effort to light one up.
    Ah, the good old days back in Africia after you found a Cuban Marxist Rebel dead. How ever they got that way somehow they always had fresh Cuban Cigars with them, now thats what I call a Damm Good Cigar!

    Smoking a fresh Cuban Cigar over a dead Marxist, the only thing missing is a GOOD Stout 18 Year Old Single Malt to really complement that Fresh Cuban Cigar.

    • Doc Sarvis

      Sounds like someone has a lot of vices.

    • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

      aybe a good stout 18 year old single cuban chick as well whilst you are at it?

      • Cawmun Cents

        In Cuba an eighteen year old girl is an old maid.That is not from experience by the way,rather from talking with those who have experience.

  • 45caliber

    Of course they need to set up diplomatic relations with Cuba. How else can they donate them millions without getting into trouble here?

    • Raggs

      Gun / drug traffic… Who’s going to know.

  • Bus

    The boycott obviously hasn’t worked. I think we should be flooding the country with capitalistic goods and services. Look what has happened in China since the re absorbed Hong Kong. Even the Chi-coms aren’t going to kill that golden goose. Fidel would have been out of business had we shown his people what a great life is possible. Particularly we should export Micheal Moore to Cuba so he can get his medical treatment there.

  • Dan az

    Maybe Cuba is one of those 57 states.The fact that obumer is trying to make relations with them scares the hell out of me.What is the plan?Why now?The only thing that Cuba has given us is there mentally disabled and life long felons by way of rafts.Is the internet there?Then would they not know what American ways are?I can only guess what is next,billions of tax payers money and for what they produce nothing.Well we don’t either but thats beside the fact.Maybe its going to be the next play ground for the elite,or maybe he wants to buy it for his communist wife for a birthday present.

    • karolyn

      Dan said: “The only thing that Cuba has given us is there mentally disabled and life long felons by way of rafts”

      I date you to say that to any of the many upstanding Cuban-Americans living in Miami!

      • 45caliber

        The good ones weren’t “given”. They had to fight their way out.

        The bad ones were given through Carter’s (I think) agreement to take all that Cuba wanted to send. Castro emptied his mental hospitals and prisons to send them all here. The only ones he kept were the political prisoners. I lived near Ft. Chaffee in AR where many were sent. The saying then was that two of every five were criminals, one had serious mental problems, one was gay (usually with mental problems as well), and the last was a spy.

      • Dan az

        Karolyn
        No I don’t want to date you!

      • Jay

        Miami is a cesspool, and the Cubans in Miami is what makes it so! Many upstanding cubans-Americans? Lady, you got a screw loose! Most of them are illegals, drug traffickers and pimps, and God knows what else!

      • http://naver samurai

        Good points, fellow patriots. Karolyn just doesn’t understand the world around her. You can tell this by her posts with no facts, no sources, only lies, rhetoric, and lib inuendo. Keep up the good fight, fellow patriots! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Jay

          Samurai, I’m starting to wonder wether this lady might just be mentally challenged, you know, retarded. Nobody can be that clued out and be considered normal…Good grief!

          • http://naver samurai

            I most certainly agree with you on that one, fellow patriot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • mickey

        Karolyn, I hate to say this but “Cuban” ain’t US American. They live conservative and vote liberal. Sorta puts their values out in the open, wouldn’t you say?

  • Raggs

    Figure obaba is buttering up to these idiots so he can borrow some of the drug money?.. Maybe he can send them some guns in exchange like he did with Mexico?

  • i41

    Castro looks like old stroke damaged Ray Stevens the song writer and singer. Onumnutts would like not only some drug money but a few kilos of premo to sell for a profit, to the drug dealers in Mexico to bring in across the border. Democraps, no matter if it a dem Prez, or a Communist/Marxistelected dem all embrace dictators and the UN clowns in any 3rd world country.Onumnutts sure is “buttering” up or greasing up for the dickators get “togethers” for meetings of some sort or”culture exchanges”.

  • James

    If we’re allowing communist China to bankrupt us, what’s a few Cuban cigars?

    • 45caliber

      We couldn’t afford them if they were only fifty cents each.

  • chuckb

    why do we worry about communist in cuba, barry has a cabinet full of them.

    • Dan az

      Good point!

      • http://naver samurai

        I agree. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • James

      Chuckb, good point. I would just add: Why did we extend Most Favored Nation treatment to communist China? Why did we ally ourselves to the Soviet Union against anti-communist Germany and Japan? Why did FDR establish the National Labor Relations Board, which allowed communist organizers to establish unions here? Why did FDR spend over a year in provoking Japan to attack Pearl Harbor?

      • mickey

        As proud as I was as a child that we “freed” Europe and paid back a price to Japan, I have since questioned the information we had. One, I think countries were jealous that Hitler almost made it to a one world order before any one else could, two, we knew all along what was happening to the Jews and ignored it, three, we had information that Japan was going to attack, and we did what?

        Sorta makes the Towers a more likely conspiracy theory that may be true.

        • Dan az

          mickey
          Very good points!!!!

        • James

          Mickey, I would remind all, here, that just because some part of the world is evil doesn’t mean the United States is obligated to fix it. No where does the Constitution so state. We had just fought WW I (1917-1918) and most Americans didn’t even know know what that war was about. When Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, he just took back the German part of Poland that was ceded in WW I. When he invaded the Soviet Union, most Americans thought nothing about it. It wasn’t until his fight against communism was depicted as anti-Semitic that we felt obligaed to enter the war.

  • mickey

    I wonder why more Cuban-Americans (identifying country of alliegence first) don’t return to Cuba to set the record straight. Once refugees, they are now, what, a sect that fights the US but won’t go home?

    If Cubans can vacation in Florida, there is no reason this sect can’t go home and make the changes in Cuba they want–not change American culture. We will keep the ones that still think the US is a great country but the ones that want a country within a country can go home.

    BTW didn’t Castro come to the US for help first, we laughed at him, and he went to Russia for the help he needed.

  • chuckb

    james-mickey, my thoughts on why we allied ourselves with the communist,
    the communist jews immigrated to our country and worked their way into fdr’s cabinet and our government. they organized labor unions and thus gained much power. they have influenced our foreign policy since the late twenties.

    this is what brought on the mccarthy hearings in the 1950′s, even john and booby kennedy were involved in these hearings, and of course the media slowly turned the public away from the hearings and made a mockery out of mccarthy. they spared the kennedy’s.
    check out barrys cabinet, he has a boat load of them.

    the communist jews were instrumental in the beginning of israel, they were backed by russia and they still have considerable power in israel.

    i believe our involvement in the middle east is mainly for the protection of israel, we certainly don’t need the oil, however, some power keeps us dependent on it. don’t get me wrong i do not condemn all jews, just the communist. they and the liberal democrats have and are destroying this country. we should vote these people out while we still have something left.

    • James

      Chuckb, I agree. It was Karl Marx and his mentor Engels who wrote the Communist Manifesto, and FDR did his best to alter our form of government to match it. A concession was made to Jews after WW II, in 1948, to allow them to recreate Israel in Palestine.

  • Dad

    We need to educate the pseudo-Americans on the lifestyle of communism in Cuba… it ain’t so great. They need freedom… but they need food, shelter and jobs.

    Funny how immigrants come to this country illegally and still want to instill the same failed system that drove them out of their country in the first place. This administration’s message, as with other communist states, is based on illiteracy.

    • James

      Dad, I agree, but the United States has never fought against communism.

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