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Cuban Dictator’s Daughter Predictably Bashes U.S., Endorses Obama
Posted By Ray Walser On May 30, 2012 @ 1:56 pm In American Leadership | 11 Comments
Mariela Castro Espin, daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro and director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX ), used a visit to the U.S. to criticize American policy and endorse President Obama .
Last week, Castro received a U.S. visa  for the first time in 10 years to attend the Latin American Studies Association Conference in San Francisco. This at a time when Cubans who speak up against the misery, hopelessness, and repression on the island are repeatedly jailed, harassed or, like dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez , denied authorization to travel.
Castro called those who support preserving the Cuban embargo until there is real democracy on the island “a Cuban mafia ” and a “small group of delinquents” with ‘no scruples.” Castro defended the rights of all Americans to travel to Cuba but said nothing about the onerous controls and denial of exit visas routinely  practiced by the Cuban regime. Castro has also been an active spokesperson  for the Cuban regime in challenging the legality of the conviction and imprisonment of five Cuban intelligence  operatives in Florida in the late 1990s.
Castro was fulsome in praising her father and uncle Fidel’s regime : “The Revolution has grown in Cuba, and it’s been more than 50 years now. The Cuban people have been the victims of state terrorists, of the economic blockade against Cuba, campaigns to…misinform the world’s population about the power of a revolution.” She praised the “power of emancipation through socialism .” On the other hand, anyone opposed to the Castro regime she has denounced as a “despicable parasite ” in “the pay of the U.S .” Yet who, asked Yoani Sanchez, has questioned Castro’s role as a “mercenary ” of the Castro regime?
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URLs in this post:
 CENESEX: http://www.cenesexualidad.sld.cu/
 endorse President Obama: http://nation.foxnews.com/mariela-castro/2012/05/24/castro-s-niece-i-would-vote-barack-obama
 received a U.S. visa: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/us-grants-visa-to-raul-castros-daughter-but-denies-visit-by-cuban-academics/2012/05/17/gIQAgKCCXU_story.html
 Yoani Sanchez: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-dream-of-leaving-cuba.html
 a Cuban mafia: http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120524/NEWS01/205240320/Castro-s-daughter-blasts-Cuban-Mafia-Calif-
 denial of exit visas routinely: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/world/americas/new-hints-at-looser-travel-rules-stir-hope-in-cuba.html?_r=1
 been an active spokesperson: http://wn.com/cuban_national_center_for_sex_education?upload_time=all_time&orderby=relevance
 five Cuban intelligence: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Five
 praising her father and uncle Fidel’s regime: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/23/2814637/mariela-castro-blasts-cuban-mafia.html
 power of emancipation through socialism: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=153582723
 despicable parasite: https://twitter.com/CastroEspinM/statuses/134008528292683776
 the pay of the U.S: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-mariela-castro-we-need-changes-in-cuba-a-707267.html
 mercenary: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yoani-sanchez/mariela-castro_b_1550722.html?view=print&comm_ref=false
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