The Havana Tribune, a state-controlled Cuban newspaper, has publically insulted Obama, thoughts?
Following Fidel Castro’s scathing criticism of President Obama upon his departure from the island, an editorial, the title of which refers to President Obama as “negro,” an opinion columnist has accused him of “inciting rebellion.” The article is titled “Negro, ¿Tu Eres Sueco?” which roughly translates to “Black Man, Are You Dumb?”
Eh, I think it's a figure of speech over there. It's not like here, with the history of racism (that I know of) Asking if he's dumb is another story. They'll find out to their own detriment. You can say he's a lot if things...dumb isn't one of them. I just wonder if that reporter would be able to criticize Castro in that way? My guess would be no. But as far as the figure of speech, im much more offended when people say he hates Americs, or calls him the anti christ, say he's a Kenyan terrorist, etc. But I do wonder what the reporter meant by inciting rebellion. That's one story I have not followed, and am completely ignorant of. If it's a rebellion against Castro, a lot of people would be all for that.
No doubt Esquire was told by the Obama Admin exactly what to put in the article.The article's premise is a joke & it is a total ruse of phony rationalizations.Even worse if that is actually BO's reasoning he's more clueless than thought.
Jeff Flake: "economic change can lead to political change. It's part of Republican orthodoxy! Lift the ban" He went with Obama to Cuba, agrees with him. Guess the.old geezers are too stuck in the past. Obama is the future.
Leslie, I know you really like Obama as our President and that is fine. I'm just curious if you could tell us what exactly he has done in the last 7 years that has made your life better? My own economic situation has gone downhill.
LMC doesn't really like Obama, she's stuck with him (and sHrilliary), just like the rest of the Democrats, because she hates everyone else on the other side, she has to like him and/or sHrilliary, anyone but the republicans.
He gave me $400 credit on federal taxes. He believes in my right and ability to make decisions in my own life. He signed equal pay for women. He stopped a war on Iran. He's cautious and smart on nukes. He smiles a lot and is kind. I like him there.
Leslie, other than the $400 bucks tax credit you got back we could debate forever on the other accomplishments you listed. I and many others feel the Iran nuke deal was a disaster that will come back to bite us all.
Leslie,How has his belief in ur right&ability to make decisions directly affected ur life?Nada!How have u benefited from the LillyLedbettereAct?Ur salary go up?NO!Iran=failHe smiles a lot and is kind?Warm fuzzies floats ur boat,that's deep.
Why don't you tell me how he's ruined your life? How is he personally responsible? And how are my warm and fuzziez not valid? Have you seen the adoration verging on cult for Trump and Sanders? Plz. You swoon over Bibi. Yuk
It's not earned income credit, it's something else. Just lops off 400 of your taxable income. And you haven't said what he has done to ruin your life. Unless I just have to keep answering, and you never do?
Ugh, such right wingery. Well, that is your view. And at least you can spout it without being called an America hater. And you can't include every American, because every American doesn't feel that way. Only those like you. No better, no worse. USA
My facts are Obama care has saved lives, he's deported more immigrants than anyone, he's killed more terrorists than Bush, and to say he's created racial divide is flatulance. Not his fault he's black and whites don't like it.
Leslie you are in complete denial of the truth. There are many sources of facts available to prove you wrong on the things Obama and his administration have not done. He has set back race relations by about 50 years.
All I asked is how he has hurt you personally. Just like to you asked me what he has done for me. I answered, in my own words, not a link to someone else. You however, said you cant answer in 250 letters. I say cop out. So, no obligation 4 me anymore
Leslie, Let's start with Obamcare. I was not able to keep my doctor as promised by Obama, and my healthcare costs have more than tripled. Both of my daughters were cut to less than 30 hours per week employment because of Obamacare.
Republican governers have refused to expand medicaid, or set up exchanges...key components in aca. They are deliberately sabotaging it. And if your daughters bosses won't pay for medical, blame them. Aca for employees not applied to small biz.
I dont. I worked for a company years ago back when full time was 40 hrs. They always made sure I never worked a full time week. My company now has good bennies, but terrible pay. It never changes. It's the unwillingness to share, not the aca, imo.
Yes! I have 30 yrs experience in it. And im hoping this new job will realize the value and pay a little more. April will tell. But, even unskilled jobs used to be able to meet the cost of living.The balance is WAY out of line, now. $22 an hr shld be!
Oh,I know there are good ones out there,the point is, they ALL used to be that way! They used to compete for good bennies to attract good help! I know they're out there, I'll leave it to young people I just want tosurvive.Boss bonus tied 2 cost down.
I remember when employers tried to steal skilled employees from other companies. The problem now is there are just too many people competing for the same job. That gives the employer far more leverage than when there is a labor shortage.
Agree! Supply and demand. But, my daughter has a great job with AT $T. Verizon, Google all have super jobs, if you can get in. Comcast here, good paying, lifetime jobs. And IT. It's not all lost, it's turning around. (I think)
I read that “Negro, ¿tú eres sueco?” can also be taken to mean that Obama is an “Oreo cookie,” that he is black outside but white inside! even more insulting. Either way, where is Black Lives Matter and the Black Congressional Caucus when Cuba's media is so insulting? The Cuban media attacks our first black president (well half black anyway) with “a slur” & the same government detains black dissidents.
Well I guess it's not like the Cuban media is as bad as Fox News, right?
Ah well, it brings to mind what Benjamin Franklin said, when you lie with dogs you get fleas. Perhaps the "constitutional scholar" we know as Barack Obama should have read a little more of old Ben's wisdom and skipped pretending to be Abraham Lincoln.
If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas. End of story.
A common phrase used by Cuban revolutionaries: “Negrada–which means, literally, a group of black people–came to signify a screw-up, a f*cked-up affair. ¡Que negrada! became as common as hustling foreigners
Tsad, Black Lives Matter only cares about one thing: shutting down the police and sticking up for thugs. But only if they are shot by white police officers. They don't really care about real issues concerning blacks.
Other than getting to watch a baseball game with Castro, what was the intent of this expensive trip we taxpayers paid for?
If it was published anywhere I didn't read what Obama hoped to accomplish with his, and his whole family's, trip to Cuba? Perhaps he thought he could convince Castro to stop all the human rights violations that are a way of life in that country? Or perhaps he admires their form of government and wanted to see first hand how Castro has total control of the citizens of Cuba?
The fact that Castro didn't even meet him at the airport tells a big story. That pretty well demonstrates the total disrespect Castro has for Obama.
In my opinion the whole trip was a waste of time and taxpayer money.
That Esquire article was either written by Obama himself, or the President of the Obama fan club. Unemployment down to 5%? Give me a break. We all know those numbers are flat out lies and manipulation of data.
I woke up this morning to find one of my best Hubs unpublished for Hate Speech - 93 hub score and 400 views in a week, plus it was at the top of the most popular hubs on the main page for a few days. I feel like a target is painted on my back by the censorship happy Liberals on hubpages - I guess what ever they determine can be judged as hate speech, which by the way is also known as free speech. So someone didn't like the truth being printed and they get it banned- sounds a bit ominous of another former world leader. Wait until my next hub - it's gonna be a doozy
It's the truth Ralph. I can name a few liberals who have been silenced permanently for MUCH less than I see every day poured out here by those on the right. I keep wondering when anyone is ever going to do anything about it. It's rampant in forums.
Watch it Ralph,saying"real nice"like that to Leslie could be considered hate speech.If she could even name one of those "liberals who have been silenced permanently for...less' I can tell you now,if they even exist,they were whacked.
I've always made it a point to never censor anyone's comments and when it gets done, its an injustice to our way of living. People who don't like what an author writes should just avoid them, not try to get their work banned.
Leslie - Are you saying that nobody from the Left writes things on Hub Pages to spread hate and dissatisfaction? You just named the Right but completely ignored the Left. I see it happen from both sides.
Hate Speech - (verb-noun) - describes the attitude of the closed minded towards those who disagree with them. The term is often wrongly interpreted due to a predisposition to interpret the two words as noun-noun.
I think the whole idea of calling something hate speech is rooted in censoring them, nothing more - how its applied is so non-standard. Rap song about killing cops OK, someone anti gay marriage - hate speech
Yup. I suppose I could have added that the term is sometimes a convenient short-form of speaking whose full meaning is 'I hate it when you speak'. So, concur, it is one of the tactics of censoring, without using the word 'censored'.
No,I'm saying people from the left get reported and banned.That's why I was surprised that Ralphs hub was unfeatured. Usually hillary or obama bashing is given free reign,while other subjects are off limits for criticism.It does feel like u a targe
Leslie - I have never seen that happen but then I don't normally follow hubs from hard-core lefties. I suppose it is true though the way things have been going on here. That is exactly why I quit writing hubs.
I'm talking hubs, forums, questions, posting thoughts on frontpage, everything.I'd go back to writing hubs once mycomputer is fixed.Can't do by phone.But you are right --you wonder who's reading them, and if they don't like you...then what?Who runsit
I don't think the use of the word Negro was written in the Cuban press to insult The President. The President is never insulted abroad as in America openly. The President isn't now has never been Negro. The President's wife and family are and were called Negroes, because of their history of being American Slaves. Cuba had an African Slave Trade History also and since the history culture and language were brain washed out of slaves they all became Negroes. James Brown said," say it loud I am Black and Proud". President Obama is an African American in the purest sense of the words and he can trace his family history back hundreds of years on his Father and Mother side of his family. Few Negro have that ability. So i think it was just a mis-print or misinterpetation by some Americans. During the Cold War many Cuban soldiers died in Africa fighting White Colonialism so a Black African President can be something Cubans can have pride in, not be disrespectful of.
TSAD its SAD when you have to call on a black man you disagree with and dislike like Al Sharpton to try to dis my comment. As far as what Al has to say , he is in agreement with my comment that The President is not Negro. Stanley&You knows too no
Neither I nor Al said anything about the word Negro. You said he"is an African American in the purest sense of the words" Both Al and Stanley, people I bet you admire, said he isn't, plain and simple in black and white, read it!
TSAD its SAD your understanding is so BAD. The Cuban Press and I mentioned the word negro FYI and the education of all your misinterpreters In other words Al and Stanley is saying The President is not and cannot be or be called a Negro. Understand?
I dont. I worked for a company many years ago, before aca, back when full time was 40 hrs. They always made sure I never worked a full time week. My company now has good bennies, but terrible pay. It is the unwillingness to share, not the aca. Imo
Ralph I'm just pointing out that Junko's explanation of his view that it was not insulting, which is illogical to start with, is based on his disjointed and false statements which he can't even justify but chooses to attack me instead.
I expressed my view of the supposed insult and so doing rejected the idea of an insult. i expressed why I rejected the idea and gave my reasons for my disagreements, not expecting agreement with my disagreement.It is only my opinion,TSAD has his also
TSAD what are you trying to say about junko. I don't understand your compliment or insult. I hope you are not trying to be mean spirit We should play nice and be respectful because this is America not Cuba and you and I are Americans, right?
Ralph Blacks are considered the lowest class in US even South Africa. Maybe its because blacks were the only people legally declared less than human by whites. Those Cubans that claim to be white have more of a Moorish blood line than Anglo Saxon.
Just because Our President when to Cuba things has been written and said negative and positive. I am sure people can find things to say on the dark side or light side. I don't jump up and down about and cast stones at our President He meant no harm
Not so & you know its not since Obama. The whole world seen and heard the insults & disrespect of OUR POTUS by teaparty Repub. Because of the insults Putin Netanyahu & maybe a Cuban have insulted our POTUS because WE do or y'all do becau
@Junko,just to answer your question to me,yes we both r Americans.I was being just as respectful as you when you said "TSAD its SAD your understanding is so BAD" Junko, it is sad, all you have to say is bunko.was simply tit for tat. touche?
TSAD no harm no foul I realized it was only tit for tat and I was just rhymin hoping to get you to reread and think about what I wrote before you question me about it. Iron sharpens iron and we should dialogue more .
In response to your question, first thought was simply that they joined the crowd. Second thought was that they probably have not yet empowered their freedom of speech to the point that they could insult members of the state of Cuba. I would offer for your consideration they are exercising their new found freedom in the safest way they can.
What freedom have they found? Nothing has changed one iota in Cuba as far as human rights are concerned. They all have "freedom" to ridicule America and any of it's leaders, that freedom has always been bestowed by Castro so not freedom.
Well, there's a crowd that likes obama, too. Even tho we get treated as if we don't matter. And the point is, change the economics, policy follows. Freedom has got to be better than cold war. People will demand it. "Republican orthodoxy" ;-)
People been demanding it there for decades,now either in prison or escaped to America or dead.Your wishful analysis is just that,a wish,not gonna happen.Raul will see to it nothing changes except he&his cronies will get any&all the benefits!
There is no cult of obama.He's been treated like crap.But he perseveres despite it.The cult figures are Trump and sanders,of whom I really really hope do not get anywhere near the presidency.Cool, calm and steady is the future, not hot headed bully.
The Havana Tribune, a state-controlled Cuban newspaper, has ... In an editorial, the title of which refers to President Obama as “negro,” an opinion columnist has accused him of “inciting rebellion. .... If you want to insult a black person "negro" is not the insult, the insult is what ever follows
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