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Archive for January 13th, 2017

Friday: A new Cuba immigration policy plus Trump and the media

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We will look at President Obama’s decision to end the Cuban immigration policy known as ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’…..why the change now and will President Trump do about it………we will also look at the media and Mr. Trump…..he got a huge gift with the latest release of a memo that turned out to be ‘fake news’…………and other stories…

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January 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

“Cubanos en Wisconsin…” by Marcos Nelson Suarez

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El proceso es, en la mayoría de los casos, doloroso, pero con recompensas que usualmente no se encuentran en otras partes del mundo.

Decenas de libros ofrecen una visión de las experiencias de los inmigrantes y entre ellos se destaca, quizás por su misma falta de pretensiones, un volumen escrito con sencillez en primera persona, que narra las luchas internas de quien, escapando de Cuba, siendo apenas un niño, poco después del triunfo de la revolución contra la dictadura de Batista, vino con su familia nada menos que a Wisconsin.

Lo primero que resalta en el libro, de carácter autobiográfico es, como su título lo indica… “Cubanos en Wisconsin.” La mayoría de los cubanos exiliados fueron a refugiarse en la calidez de la Florida, donde poco a poco, se fue creando una cultura en la cual se mezclaron las costumbres del país natal, con la cultura anglosajona.

En el caso de Silvio Canto, Jr., autor de este libro, el destino final fue más complicado… Wisconsin… un área de los Estados Unidos puramente anglosajona, al menos en aquellos tiempos, donde el invierno es despiadado y el español inexistente.

Desde los días primeros de la revolución cuando toda Cuba estaba revuelta, Silvio va exponiendo, a veces con la ingenuidad de la infancia, el desarrollo in crescendo de las preocupaciones familiares ante la radicalización de un proceso que los adultos apoyaron y del cual poco a poco se fueron desilusionando.

Más tardes vendrían las sorpresas de la vida en territorio gringo, de las adaptaciones, de las confusiones idiomáticas hasta que finalmente, narra Silvio, “Después de unos años en Milwauke, ya era más americano que cubano. Era un típico estudiante de secundaria. Trabajaba tiempo parcial ganando dinero para poder invitar a las chicas los fines de semana…”

El estilo narrativo es fluente y sin pretender hacer literatura y es precisamente ese estilo el que hace que el libro sea una lectura agradable y a la vez reveladora.

“Cubanos en Wisconsin” expone desde las penurias en aquella Cuba de los sesentas mientras la dictadura comunista se solidificaba hasta el proceso de adaptación, muy personal en cada caso, de los inmigrantes. No hay, sin embargo, estridencias políticas ni resentimientos cuando se habla del pasado en Cuba, pero sí se desgaja durante el libro, el amor y agradecimiento por la patria adoptiva.

“Cubanos en Wisconsin” es, al final, una mirada introspectiva y singular que ofrece una lectura amena y nos permite, por unas horas, penetrar en la humanidad individual de su autor, y con ello, obtener una visión más del proceso, a veces doloroso, de un exiliado.    

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January 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Santa Claus 11 months early for Mr. Trump

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(My new American Thinker post)

On Wednesday morning, I got an email from a liberal friend saying that CNN was running a story about Russia and Mr. Trump. My friend wrote something like: “If true…. it’s over….”       

Of course, we know now that the whole thing was a farce, the kind of stuff that happens to people when they let their passion or ideology take over their common sense. Who will ever forget Dan Rather and the story about a young George W. Bush back in October 2004?   

As my late father always said: “Count to 10 before you invest in something that looks too good to be true.”

My guess is that BuzzFeed probably thought that their decision to publish a memo about Mr. Trump and Russia would earn them the Pulitzer or the kind of acclaim that came with the Pentagon Papers years ago. (For the young readers, the Pentagon Papers were leaked in 1971 about the Vietnam War.)

Buzzfeed’s decision backfired because it was so blatantly irresponsible, as Howard Kurtz wrote:

 

For BuzzFeed to publish totally unsubstantiated allegations against Donald Trump — while saying “there is serious reason to doubt the allegations” — turns the practice of journalism on its head.

It is a perversion of what we do for a living to spew out material that may be nothing more than bogus rumors and disinformation, and to claim, as BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith does, that this is “how we see the role of reporters in 2017.”

The president-elect and his team decided yesterday to tackle this head on, to take the fight to both BuzzFeed and CNN, to make the media the issue rather than defensively deflecting the questions. And they had a big fat target.

BuzzFeed, a pop culture site with an overlay of news, is not exactly friendly to Trump. In fact, Smith told his staff in a 2015 memo that it’s “entirely fair to call him a mendacious racist, as the politics team and others have reported clearly and aggressively: he’s out there saying things that are false, and running an overtly anti-Muslim campaign.” This, said Smith, was fact, not opinion.

Trump called BuzzFeed “a failing piece of garbage” that is going to “suffer the “consequences” of its actions. Sean Spicer called it “frankly outrageous” and a “highly irresponsible” decision by a “left-wing” blog. Mike Pence blamed it on “media bias.” The decision to have the incoming vice president and press secretary denounce the website before Trump spoke — with Reince Priebus doing the same on the morning shows — underscores how they viewed this as a prime opportunity to discredit the press.

Smith told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd last night, “When you have an object that’s in play… you do have to ask the question, why should I suppress that?”

But Todd shot back: “You’ve just published fake news.”

In the end, BuzzFeed set out to destroy Mr. Trump but it probably put a nail in its own coffin. Watch for some of BuzzFeed’s advertisers to look for another blog to advertise on!

It was “Christmas 11 months early” for President elect Trump. His “fake news” message has a face, a website and even a rather embarrassed CNN.

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January 13, 2017 at 5:50 am