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Obama insists Cuba must change and move to democracy

Monday, April 16th 2012 - 06:52 UTC
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President Barack Obama pressed on US policy toward Cuba by other leaders from the Americas, on Sunday voiced hope for a transition to democracy in the region's only one-party system state. Read full article


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  • GreekYoghurt

    To be fair, he's not asking for a lot. They could even have some weird la campora paid democracy-in-name-only slash family dictatorship like in Argentina, where everyone knows that Maximo is being groomed to take the reigns.

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 11:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rylang23

    Oh.... Obama must mean “democracy” like in Saudi Arabia, and China, and in the US in 2000. Or maybe he is just dishing out more Cold War baloney for the Miami Cuban Mafia who control the votes in Florida. What a guy!

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Garrett Connelly

    This guy is a smooth talker who ignores all the US puppet dictators the US has installed after helping overthrow an existing democracy. I advocate writing in None of the Above for president in 2012, modern democracy will eventually include this choice and it might as well be this year.

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 05:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    Not surprising that all the Latino OAS members want communist Cuban participation, but they're willing to deny that to democratic Falklands Islands Government.

    Bottom line is that Cuba might be invited to show up at next Summit as an observer, if it hasn't continued persecuting Cubans who want freedom. However, until and unless it signs on to the OAS Inter-American Democratic Charter, doubt that either US or Canada would agree to allowing the Cuba to participate fully.

    OAS Inter-American Democratic Charter:

    Amnesty International's fat file on Cuban violations of human rights:

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 07:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Cestrian

    The south americans are a foul, horrible lot full of arseholes like chavez, the RG's, Morales ie a list as long as your arm. All no doubt feeding at the trough.

    Its a quite disgusting spectacle too see these tin pot banana republics basically tell everyone to move out the fucking way whilst they put their hands in the till.


    Apr 16th, 2012 - 10:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stefan

    @5 - Correct. I'm just surprised Obama didn't bow down to Chavez and allow Castro's attendance!

    Apr 16th, 2012 - 11:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rylang23

    Cestrian... you who speaks like a true believer in Empire, would certainly not want sovereign, elected leaders to stand up to the punishing, crushing demands on the peasant “arseholes”, as you call them, and give in to the oligarchs of the world and actually represent their constituents. I mean... how dare they!

    You have lived with and enjoyed the benefits of Empire for far too long.

    Apr 17th, 2012 - 12:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Garrett Connelly

    rylang, you are being an itsy bit obscure and requiring poor Cestrian to think. He, or she, probably cannot envision a mere tradesman like Lula becoming a president, without first being a prep school lawyer, and then retiring with 80% approval from a population that elected his assistant, a woman, president (and she isn't a lawyer either). Them tharsholes dew te dangdest tings, some of em even want to evolve to a more modern democracy that includes the economy. Imagine that.

    Apr 17th, 2012 - 01:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stefan

    @7 - I find it funny that South Americans continue to portray Castro, Chavez and their puppets as people who give a damn about the “peasants”.

    Psst, they're in it for themselves.

    Apr 17th, 2012 - 03:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Perhaps soon Argentina will be a one party state?

    Apr 17th, 2012 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rylang23

    Stefan... you must mean like Obama gives a damn about the US peasants, or Sarkozy cares a whit about the French peasants, or that Cameron care one single dot about British peasants. You must mean like those Puppets of the Oligarchy?

    Apr 17th, 2012 - 07:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • fermin

    I think that if Cuba became a democracy the Republicans in NorthAmerica would lose a villain, and they need to create monsters like Fidel Castro or Osama as the excuse to “fight against terror”...

    The ones that are not leaving CUBA become a democracy are the NorthAmericans... they want everything to go on as it is. They could easily destroy the whole island if they wanted. Haven't they invaded Asia during the last years when they decided they needed the petrol there??

    Apr 18th, 2012 - 02:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    They want Cuba as a member which is a communist state and try to bully The Falkland Islanders which is a democracy . Figure that one out??

    Apr 18th, 2012 - 04:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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