Castro confirms Cuba will let U.S. aid team visit


unclepercy
#1
Castro confirms Cuba will let U.S. aid team visit
President unexpectedly accepts offer to assess hurricane damage


Updated: 11:51 a.m. ET Oct. 28, 2005
HAVANA - President Fidel Castro has confirmed that Cuba agreed to let three U.S. aid officials visit the island to assess damage from Hurricane Wilma’s assault on the island this week.

But during a Thursday night television appearance, he made it clear that his idea in letting them visit was to discuss ways to improve disaster assistance among countries in the region.

“Cuba has not solicited international aid,” Castro said during a regular public affairs problem, reading from the diplomatic note his country sent to the U.S. government accepting the visit.

“It shares, however, the point of view” that countries in the region should “provide each other with mutual assistance in situations of disaster.”

Rare show of cooperation
The State Department had announced earlier Thursday that Cuba agreed to let three U.S. Agency for International Development experts visit in a rare show of cooperation.

Cuba has routinely turned down American offers of assistance during disasters over the years.

Waist-deep water coursed through the streets of Havana earlier this week, chunks of the city’s famous Malecon seawall were ripped off, and already-crumbling buildings along the coastal highway were battered by high winds and waves.

According to the State Department’s Cuba experts, this was the first time the Castro government has accepted a U.S. offer of emergency assistance, department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

The display of U.S.-Cuban cooperation was not expected to produce any easing in the friction between the two countries. The official U.S. policy is to seek a democratic transition in Cuba once the 79-year-old Castro is gone, rather than accept a regime-orchestrated succession. The U.S. trade embargo dates back more than 40 years, and Castro was waged a decades-long struggle against U.S. interests.

'Respectful' letter
Nevertheless, the Cuban leader seemed impressed by what he considered to be the “respectful” tone of the letter offering assistance sent by the new chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Washington, Michael Parmly.

Castro had a particularly contentious relationship with Parmly’s predecessor, James Cason, who he once characterized as a “bully.”

After Hurricane Dennis pummeled the island in July, Castro expressed gratitude for Washington’s offer of $50,000 in aid but rejected it.

Havana offered 1,600 doctors to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast in August. The State Department said the Cuban help was not needed because enough American doctors had offered their services.

It is not unusual for the United States to offer aid to adversary countries. Iran accepted U.S. aid following an earthquake in 2003. Also, there have been frequent humanitarian food shipments to North Korea over the past decade.

It was unclear when the three U.S. aid experts would arrive in Cuba. Any aid offers would be based on what that team found, and all aid would be distributed through independent groups, McCormack said.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9841766/

Uncle
 
Nascar_James
#2
I fully agree with helping out the Cuban civilians after being hit by hurricaine Wilma. They are not to blame for the governments actions. The Cuban government on the other hand is a different story. They could live in constant misery for all I care. I realize Castro is no longer a threat, however this fact does not excuse him for what he's done in the past (over 4 decades ago). On the bright side, he's already got one foot in the grave so sooner or later (probably sooner) he'll be gone.
 
no1important
#3
Just like the american people are not responsible for their leaders actions, but yet your leader James would not co operate or show some sign of good faith when Cuba offered help after Katrina. So to me that makes Castro more caring for his people than bushie, after all Bushie let his people drown and suffer for days before he did anything, some leader he is.
 
Ocean Breeze
#4
.........and Castro is one hell of a lot smarter, (wiser) than bush can ever hope to be.
 
peapod
#5
Shady business do not make for sunny life."

chan-o-gram
 
Ocean Breeze
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by peapod

Shady business do not make for sunny life."

chan-o-gram

hey there peapod.
 
peapod
#7
I met up with charlie chan tonight :P
 
Nascar_James
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by no1important

Just like the american people are not responsible for their leaders actions, but yet your leader James would not co operate or show some sign of good faith when Cuba offered help after Katrina. So to me that makes Castro more caring for his people than bushie, after all Bushie let his people drown and suffer for days before he did anything, some leader he is.

As I've noted earlier no1, the President had declared a state of emergency for New Orleans and ordered evacuations before Katrina hit. This is old news. The mayor of New orleans on the other hand had empty school buses sitting in a parking lot and instead of using them to evacuate the folks in New Orleans, he just let them sit there and fill up with water.

As for Cuba, the day we accept help from Cuba is the day we need to have our heads examined. We ain't not now nor ever going to accept any help from a Communist dictator such as Castro. I'd rather drown.
 
Reverend Blair
#9
Bush ignored the dangers of Katrina and completely mishandled the aftermath because he's too stupid to understand the science and too ignorant to care about poor people, especially if they are black. All of the claims made by the spinners trying to cover Bush's ass after the fact have been shown to be lies and manipulations.
 
Ocean Breeze
#10
Quote:

As for Cuba, the day we accept help from Cuba is the day we need to have our heads examined. We ain't not now nor ever going to accept any help from a Communist dictator such as Castro. I'd rather drown.

arrogance /pride before the fall. Would sure hate to see ya eat your words.
 
peapod
#11
forget the arrogance and pride, does nero ever get any real facts I would most certainly offer a push off that cliff into the ocean, if drowning is the way you wanna go nero mmmm I digress Anyhos....

http://www.oxfamamerica.org/newsandp...earchterm=cuba

case study in cuba's success

"United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have repeatedly pointed out Cuba as an example for other countries to emulate in risk reduction.”

What of these organizations nero??? never mind...I forgot, you don't really read anything...you just smear like the good lil neocon that you are.
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#12
Something else for you not to read, Nascar - Amnesty International Report 2005 - Cuba

What you'd notice, if you read it, is that it's considerably shorter and less critical than that of the USA. It also states "The US embargo and related measures continued to have a negative effect on the enjoyment of the full range of human rights in Cuba".
 
Nascar_James
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Hard-Luck Henry

Something else for you not to read, Nascar - Amnesty International Report 2005 - Cuba

What you'd notice, if you read it, is that it's considerably shorter and less critical than that of the USA. It also states "The US embargo and related measures continued to have a negative effect on the enjoyment of the full range of human rights in Cuba".

Henry, we have the utmost respect for any Cuban civilian, more so than any other country in the world. Any Cuban who manages to set foot on US soil is given the right to stay here indefinitely. They may become permanent residents and eventually US citizens. Does any other country in the world offer Cubans the same rights we do?

Who we want to punish is the Cuban government officials. Castro's corrupt government had confiscated property from US citizens after he took power in Cuba over some 4 decades ago. He never compensated those involved nor did he offer an apology. That is why I wish Castro and his co-government officials to rot in hell for an eternity. May Castro suffer a horrible and painful death for all I care. Luckily he will die soon, at which time I will celebrate the joyous occassion. Cubans will be better off without Dictator Castro.
 
missile
#14
So he screwed over United Fruit and a bunch of cheap mobsters who ran the gambling and prostitution in Cuba...so what?
 
Nascar_James
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by missile

So he screwed over United Fruit and a bunch of cheap mobsters who ran the gambling and prostitution in Cuba...so what?

There were private citizens who owned property and businessses in Cuba, Missile. Their assets were wrongfully taken away from them for no reason without compensation and not even a small "I'm sorry" from Castro. What did these folks do to Castro to deserve this treatment? It was unacceptable and I cannot wait till the day he dies so we will all be better off, particularly the Cuban citizens who will finally have a chance at freedom.
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#16
Would it make any difference to your view if you knew the Vatican had called for the lifting of the US embargo, james? "The Vatican's view is MY view", remember ...


Quote:

Papal call to end Cuban embargo

Vatican, Jan. 10 (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II (bio - news) called for an end to the American embargo on Cuba when he met on January 8 with a new ambassador from that nation to the Holy See. At the same time, the Pope pressed the Castro government for greater respect for religious freedom.

As he accepted the diplomatic credentials of the new ambassador, Raul Roa Kouri, the Pope expressed his hope that "the obstacles preventing free communications and exchange between Cuba and a part of the international community" would be eliminated. Apparently referring to the American embargo, he said that the removal of these "obstacles" would allow "the conditions necessary for true peace." Pope John Paul had previously called for an end to the US embargo in January 1998, when he visited Cuba.

 
missile
#17
I don't remember Britain getting any compensation from you for the revolutionary War or Spain getting anything for Texas and California. But that's different ,isn't it?You won those battles
 
jimmoyer
#18
Perhaps we on the conservative right are over-reacting to the ridiculous hero worship of the liberal left.
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by jimmoyer

Perhaps we on the conservative right are over-reacting to the ridiculous hero worship of the liberal left.


Or perhaps you're talking through your hoop again, jim.
 
jimmoyer
#20
Je ne comprend pas.
 
missile
#21
It's just too damn bad that there aren't any RightWing forums for you boys to chat in
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#22
I see no hero worship here, jim, ridiculous or otherwise - people are simply pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of condemning Cuba's human rights record, whilst supporting Bush, and of expressing empathy towards the Cuban general population, whilst supporting the US embargo that impoverishes them.
 
jimmoyer
#23
Missle? I prefer NOT to speak to the choir. That's boring and self congratulatory and smug.

And HardLuck Henry, there definitely is an over-reaction to worshipping this new David against Goliath. All these posts extolling the awesome wonder of this New Man of the People is just a gushing enthusiasm.

It is way too soon to tell.

We'll see.
 
Nascar_James
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by Hard-Luck Henry

Would it make any difference to your view if you knew the Vatican had called for the lifting of the US embargo, james? "The Vatican's view is MY view", remember ...


Quote:

Papal call to end Cuban embargo

Vatican, Jan. 10 (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II (bio - news) called for an end to the American embargo on Cuba when he met on January 8 with a new ambassador from that nation to the Holy See. At the same time, the Pope pressed the Castro government for greater respect for religious freedom.

As he accepted the diplomatic credentials of the new ambassador, Raul Roa Kouri, the Pope expressed his hope that "the obstacles preventing free communications and exchange between Cuba and a part of the international community" would be eliminated. Apparently referring to the American embargo, he said that the removal of these "obstacles" would allow "the conditions necessary for true peace." Pope John Paul had previously called for an end to the US embargo in January 1998, when he visited Cuba.

You are joking Henry, correct? The Catholic Church has been persecuted in Cuba for decades. What makes you think the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI supports ending the embargo against Cuba. I haven't heard any such thing. Quite the contrary, I would suspect the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI to remain neutral on this issue.
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#25
No joke, James. You may be correct about Benedict, given his fascist background, but you wouldn't know, since you seem to be completely ignorant about the Vatican's stance on a lot of issues. John Paul II went on record several times to call for the lifting of the embargo, as did the Vatican's ambassador.

Here is one example: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/50516.stm
 
Nascar_James
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by Hard-Luck Henry

No joke, James. You may be correct about Benedict, given his fascist background, but you wouldn't know, since you seem to be completely ignorant about the Vatican's stance on a lot of issues. John Paul II went on record several times to call for the lifting of the embargo, as did the Vatican's ambassador.

Here is one example: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/50516.stm

The current Vatican administration in no way supports ending the Cuban embargo, Henry. Unless you show me evidence otherwise, the new Vatican administration will not appease Cuban officials that have systematically abused the Catholic Church.
 
Hard-Luck Henry
#27
James, I'm sorry to see that you have so little respect for the recently departed Pope's express views, but does your ignorance of your own Church really know no bounds? Relations between the Catholic Church and Cuba have been improving for over a decade. Even your own trustworthy msnbc has reported as much:

http://www.newsweek.co.uk/id/7359150/page/3/

Let's face it, it matters not what Ratzinger or the Vatican think where you're concerned - their view is only ever your view when it reflects your own vindictive, mean-spirited attitudes. Be big enough to admit that, rather than continually hiding behind somebody else's vestments.
 
peapod
#28
systematically abused the Catholic Church.

Boy! talk about pot/kettle. Ehm....I think there are a few choir boys that might have something to say about that.
 
Ocean Breeze
#29
NJ......gotta tell ya.....you is scary. You have a hate/hard on ...for Chevey and Castro. and assuming you have the fecking right to do what you want in another nation has been one of the big causes for all the anger /rage/ and hate for the US.

Not sure why you make it YOUR fecking business to decide which nation needs a regime change when your own criminal quasi dictatorship is running YOUR country into the ground.

Or is this an attempt to redirect the attention from the mess in the bushevik regime onto others .......??

isn't this exactly how the neocon busheviks have been playing it?? misinformation, disinformation diversional tactics, layers of lies and their "justifications" (which are more fecking lies.

Sadly.........it seems that you have lost the right to criticize /condemn /or wish any leader ill health......as your own back yard is a cesspool right now. (in every shape and form) .......not that your collective arrogance will stop ya from interfereing ,meddling and messing around where you don't belong...........but where you want something.

Do you really think that SH would have been attacked, invaded .....and all the atrocities that followed........IF Iraq was not a motherload of resources.???

what the title of this thread suggests is that Castro is more amenable than bush would EVER be.

What is it with you guys that think you have to have your fecking way ALL the time...... or you just shoot /invade and destroy. At the rate things are going.....no other period in history / or criminal leader will hold a candle to what you are doing. What is really sickening.......is that in the current era .....humanity (particularly in the so called advanced nations ) should KNOW better. But it is glaringly apparent that there is nothing evolved, progressive in the humanoids of the u.s.......and the only aspect of your culture that has "advanced" is your lust /obsession / for and about military skills and toys. & KILLING ...


If you ever want to REGAIN any genuine respect.........you gotta start showing it to others.
 
Nascar_James
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by Ocean Breeze

NJ......gotta tell ya.....you is scary. You have a hate/hard on ...for Chevey and Castro. and assuming you have the fecking right to do what you want in another nation has been one of the big causes for all the anger /rage/ and hate for the US.

Not sure why you make it YOUR fecking business to decide which nation needs a regime change when your own criminal quasi dictatorship is running YOUR country into the ground.

Or is this an attempt to redirect the attention from the mess in the bushevik regime onto others .......??

isn't this exactly how the neocon busheviks have been playing it?? misinformation, disinformation diversional tactics, layers of lies and their "justifications" (which are more fecking lies.

Sadly.........it seems that you have lost the right to criticize /condemn /or wish any leader ill health......as your own back yard is a cesspool right now. (in every shape and form) .......not that your collective arrogance will stop ya from interfereing ,meddling and messing around where you don't belong...........but where you want something.

Do you really think that SH would have been attacked, invaded .....and all the atrocities that followed........IF Iraq was not a motherload of resources.???

what the title of this thread suggests is that Castro is more amenable than bush would EVER be.

What is it with you guys that think you have to have your fecking way ALL the time...... or you just shoot /invade and destroy. At the rate things are going.....no other period in history / or criminal leader will hold a candle to what you are doing. What is really sickening.......is that in the current era .....humanity (particularly in the so called advanced nations ) should KNOW better. But it is glaringly apparent that there is nothing evolved, progressive in the humanoids of the u.s.......and the only aspect of your culture that has "advanced" is your lust /obsession / for and about military skills and toys. & KILLING ...


If you ever want to REGAIN any genuine respect.........you gotta start showing it to others.

Well Ocean, how can a country like Cuba have the gall to complain about our embargo against it when it still hasn't compensated us for property and assets seized after Castro took over? Could you answer this question?

TILL IT GIVES US BACK WHAT IT TOOK, CUBA HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ANY US EMBARGO.
 

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