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Cuba opens Celac summit and warns against 'foreign interference'

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The President of Cuba Raúl Castro warned against the “foreign interference” suffered by Latin America and the Caribbean region at the Tuesday opening of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit in Havana, which brought together representatives from the 33-nation group. Read full article


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  • Condorito

    Wake me when Castro realizes the Cuba suffers from decades of dynastic Castro interference.

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 09:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @1 Enjoy your sleep, you have plenty of time... But before you go, here is a little bedtime story, well... more of a moral fable perhaps... (bear with me, it does have a topical theme)...

    Once upon a time, (well, Sept, 2013 actually), in a land far, far away from Chile, (thank you Lord!), called Venezuela, where an Ogre called Hugo used to live, Deputy Minister of Interior, José Vicente Rangel, announced that (due to the anti-crime 'Pacification Plan') three street- gangs had laid down their arms and “would change their lifestyle ” .
    They certainly did change it! Living in the village of El Delirio, (Barlovento), a Government-declared 'Zone of Peace' they received a micro-loan from the national government and at once surrendered their weapons . They exchanged a few revolvers and old semi-automatic pistols for “benefits.” [cash]
    With the money , according to police, the crooks bought seven AK -45's and a van.
    Now engaged in the kidnapping industry in the Barlovento region and nearby cities, they have even come to Caracas....
    Sleep well, little one...

    So, children, gather round now. What have we learnt today about Chavez's CELAC (for it was he, the progenitor), 'Zones of Peace', and the 'Bolivarian' approach? We will see similar idiotic muddled thinking from this conference and their Zone of Peace. I sincerely hope not.

    Now let us pray....

    (nope that didn't work either, now no wonder the the Colombians are snuggling up to a nice (British) CLASS 23 FRIGATE!!!!!!!!!!!!! they must be wondering what the hell “Dr Crass-tina & The Fidler” are going try and get them to sign-up to this time!)
    Night night all. God Bless.

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 10:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think


    When the Mayor of Pocklington, England (Pop.: 8,337) farts with a Falklands scent, we get a full MercoPress article about that........

    But when President Castro's, speaking in front of the leaders of 32 American Countries, clearly attacks English Colonialism in the South Atlantic, MercoPress “forgets” to mention it.....


    Jan 28th, 2014 - 10:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    Strange indeed Think. Not a word about US troops stationed on Cuban soil in Guantanamo.

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 10:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @3 Not really, MP (& The Rest of The World) probably ignored it as the IRRELEVANT ramblings of a sad, deluded, out-of-touch old fool living in self-imposed exile exposed to a little too much sun & sycophants.

    I know I did!
    PS: The Mayor of Pocklington is well-known for his aromatic, nay, even aristocratic farts, some say they even smell of roses... Of course he has to have his horse-shit manure airlifted in daily (by the tonne) from that famous producer of horse-shit 'La Casa Rosada' in some far-off Spanish (ex)-colony...

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 10:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    2 ilsen

    ” no wonder the the Colombians are snuggling up to a nice (British) CLASS 23 FRIGATE!!“

    Not even god could help them if they p*ss Commander West off....

    She does not look like she would play at all nice if she got a little bit ”miffed”

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 10:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (4) redp0ll

    Is this a “snide attack” against my family at Gitmo?

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 10:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ron_57

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 10:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    all the little countries wishing they were big countries so that they can boss little countries around.

    how sad.

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 11:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alfredo2000

    It is very important for all to know that Puerto Rican citizens have never voted or have never asked to be part of Celac. Followers of independence for Puerto Rico on the island are a very small minority which for many years have gotten around a 3 percent vote in general and status elections. What we would really like is for Raul Castro and his friends to keep away from Puerto Rico where they are not welcome, specially by the thousands of Cubans of all ages that live here because they where lied to when the revolution turned communist. Raul better mind his own business.

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 11:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • rupertbrooks0

    3 Think


    When the un-elected President of a one party dictatorship with one of the worse human rights records in the western hemisphere fails to congratulate the regions oldest democracy for being the most prosperous, freest and most equal society in South America.

    Strange that he fails to congratulate the Falkland Islands Government for giving its citizens the opportunity to demonstrate their right of self determination granted t them under both the UN charter and their own written constitution.

    Strange he doesn’t congratulate the Falklands for being the most crime free, the least corrupt, best educated society in South America.

    Strange he doesn’t offer the Falklands, who possess the highest life expectancy, the highest standard of living and the most open economy as a shining example to the rest of South America.


    Jan 28th, 2014 - 11:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Think, what press worth its salt reports the ramblings of unelected despots that oppress their citizens and condemn them to a medieval existence? Why report jealousy and angst from sullen dictators when you can report freedom, democracy and success? What are you reading and listening to that gives you such a distorted view of the world?

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 11:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @6 totdy
    - agreed, re: Commander West! More than capable, expect she was terrifying on the Hockey Pitch! She happens to be in Portugal before heading South to the F.I. (and regions...!)
    Commander Robert Pedre is our man in Cartegna aboard HMS Richmond, (lovely city btw), another 'Duke-Class' Frigate. These damn pesky Class 23s do keep popping up all over the place, don't they! Hard to keep track really (HMS Sutherland, also a '23' was once recorded doing 34.3 knots!)

    @ 8 Rum Hand “@ 2 aka isolde”
    Wrong, yet I am hugely flattered that you think so, (being a fan!), but I can only hope dear Isolde is not offended. Also, my 'asshole' is perfectly fine and not dammed at all, thank-you, it was nice of you to think of it.

    Jan 28th, 2014 - 11:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Andy65

    @Think, Remind me again when the Castro family in Cuba were elected by free and fare election????

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 12:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Kind of odd hearing about Castro declaring a war on poverty, perhaps he should look out his mansion windows. Golf, Castro must love looking across the bay at the US Naval Base and seeing US Marines running cadence.

    hey hey hidee hey
    Alpha company's on it's way

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 01:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @9 Sad??
    No, it is so sweet! Tres adorable! All together in the sandpit...
    Do you think they have a little train set? I know from experience that Ma-Burro will be using Monopoly money... or maybe a little red bus... If only Crass-tina would share the Barbies, and Raul's brother would stop Fiddeling with his pee-pee...
    Oh, someone has stolen all the lunch-money...
    Actually you're right Anbar, how sad!

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 01:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    32 tin-pot dictatorships and banana republics Think. And the Mayor of Pocklington is from a democratic country - there's a big difference.

    CELAC is just another type of vegetable - including most of the same fella's from Mercosur, Unasur, the OAS, etc, etc. They'll make not an ounce of difference - in anything.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 02:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    10 Alfredo2000 (#)

    Totally agree. I think most intelligent posters on here are already aware of PR's status, and stance in this matter. However, always worth repeating.
    No need for concern.
    It is just MaBurro braying and chest-thumping using that old Argie trick of deflecting off-shore so no-one looks to closely at the domestic situation.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 04:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Narine T. Nüster


    Neither does your country any more Lord Ton. Its 2014, not 1899.

    I know you will claim the contrary, but no, you don't make a gram of difference. you are barely 2% of world GDP of 84 trillion PPP and 71 trillion nominal. That means 98% would remain in your absence.

    Outside economic numbers, which are more important actually, it's hard to say. You used to have great music.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 05:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    17, 18,

    Did you hear something @ 19 ??

    Nope, me neither. It must have been the 'wind' - blowing.


    Jan 29th, 2014 - 06:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Narine T. Nüster

    Of course, as a full member province of the EUROPEAN UNION, you become relevant again, since 16 trillion GDP is 20% of world GDP. That does make a significant but not mortal dent.

    Only when a nation is 1/3 of world GDP can it be considered a superpower. No nation fit the criterion anylonger and it is widely accepted we live in a multipolar world now with no superpower, just one legacy superpower in the USA due to its military not having caught up with its shrinking GDP, but that is always the case, and it is already happening the USA military is beginning to recede significantly.;_ylt=A0LEVx9HoehSdFYA_e9XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByaHEyNGMxBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1VJQzFfMQ--

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 06:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Nope, still nothing. ... maybe some 'hot air' wafting some old rubbish about.

    oh hang on... did a nostril just snort up some highly - adulterated low-grade powder... that might be it

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 06:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    Argentina doesn't seem too bothered about outside interference with them all scrambling for dollars.

    @ Narine
    No-one in the UK is under any illusions about our relative place in the world. Why what % of global GDP is Argentina and how is your G20 place going?

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 07:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    Cuba has the lowest Democracy Index rating of ALL the countries in CELAC, at 3.52 :D

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 07:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Leiard

    “Then came the ”human cleansing.”
    The first signs of one more stage set being erected comes via our cellphones. Calls are lost into nothingness, text messages don't reach their destinations, nervous busy signals respond to attempts to communicate with an activist.
    Then comes the second phase, the physical. The corners of certain streets teem with supposed couples who don't talk, men in checked shirts nervously touching their concealed earphones, neighbors set to guard the doors of those from whom, yesterday, they asked to borrow a little salt.
    The whole society is full of whispers, watchful and fear-filled eyes, a huge dose of fear.
    The city is tense, trembling, on alert: the CELAC Summit has started.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 09:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Interesting as Toblerine was complaining about my talking of GDP figures on another forum.

    What did shim say? Oh that's right:
    “Why is money the only thing worth measuring to you and everyone else here? Don't you find that repulsive, judging by how much money one has?”

    And posted in the middle of the above posts.

    Such blatant hypocrisy. Quelle surprise!

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 09:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    Celac, sounds like a Celtic singer.
    My apologies to Celtic singers.
    @ 13 ilsen,
    l came late to this thread, so missed whatever ron_57 posted.
    l imagine it would have been mostly rude, unintelligent, gibberish anyway.
    @3 Think,
    The only one strange here is you, bucko.
    Have you got a fixation with bottoms now, Think?

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 10:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    Castro said...“the centers of power who will not give up control of the region.” Such as the Castros??

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Chavez was honoured with a minutes silence and unlimited extra soft toilet tissue for all delegates. I'm very interested to read the wording on the Falklands, my guess is it will be something along the lines of any dispute Argentina may have should be settled by peacefull means. Otherwise the Commonwealth countries would be unable to agree.
    These summit policies are easy to write, even a monkey could write them, oh wait.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 11:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Cuba the land of no hope , no glory , and no freedom,
    just ask CFK.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 12:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • War Monkey

    11 rupertbrooks0 (#)
    Jan 28th, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    Strange indeed until you realise that his attitude is probably ethnically and/or culturally motivated. Equality eh?

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 02:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @3 Indeed, you are “strange”. Pocklington is a town in a well-respected country with a thousand-year history. Castro is a dictator speaking in front of nothing. 33 American what? 33 American criminal gangs is more like it. There are few people in Central, Latin or South America that aren't criminals.
    @7 You have a “family”? At Gitmo? Why aren't you there with them where you belong?
    @20 No, I'm sorry. I heard a whine. How did it go? “British combat aircraft”. Four of them outside argie territory. “British warships”. Three of them outside argie territory. One man and his bright yellow helicopter. The much-feared British submarines. One at a time. All nuclear-powered because we got over shovelling coal. And not a single EU soldier, aircraft, warship, submarine. And they are terrified. South, and especially Latin, America is such a joke. As are their inhabitants. Classic cowardice and inadequacy. “We're important”. Who says? “We do”. Prats. Remember the “Invasion of Panama”? The United States deployed half its country. Britain could have done the same job with a battalion of Royal Marines, a battalion of Paras, a few tanks and a warship. Maybe a flight of RAF combat aircraft. Oh wait, I've got it now. British forces are frightening!

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 02:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I guess there is a role in this world for armchair warriors.......when someone finds it.....please let me know as wall.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    On her return to Argentina from Celac Cristina is quoted by the BA Herald as saying, 'I want to thank the support in the fight against colonialism that is taking place in the Malvinas islands and would once more ask the UK to abide by so many resolutions of the UN, the OAS and ''every global organization in the world.''

    Just love the last bit - 'every global organization in the world.'

    PS Cristina - just ask Ban

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 04:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Unfortunately she has repeated the same mantra now for so long she actually believes it. It's delusional and very sad, but when read the comments by many Argentines on La Nacion, it is clear that they don't believe anything she says.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 05:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    The late Hugo Chavez was the 'founding father' of both CELAC and ALBA.
    Below is an example of his legacy and where his 'boy' Maduro wants to take the rest of Lat Am
    --- Official Bolivarian ‘Wonderland’ Exchange Rate in Venezuela
    BCV 6.3Bsf / 1USD
    SICAD 11.3Bsf /1 USD (Ancillary Foreign Currency Administration System)
    ---- reality check ---
    Blue or ‘lechuga verde’
    79.62 Bsf / 1USD
    Bsf 105.64 / 1 Euro
    To show how different exchange rates impact normal consumers in Venezuela, Reuters calculated that a McDonald's Big Mac Combo would cost $2 at a black market exchange, $14 at the Sicad rate and $25 at the official exchange rate.
    (I'm not a Big Mac fan, this is just a useful index that can be easily understood by a global audience, ok?)

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 06:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    All 33 nations, Ilsen... ;)

    By the way, according to your Big Mac index (WTF), India is the place to copycat... ;)

    Jan 30th, 2014 - 02:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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