Report: Trump Will Overturn Obama Cuba Thaw Reforms

A report in the Daily Caller indicates that President Donald Trump is planning a major repeal of Obama era measures designed to soften America’s hostile posture towards Cuba that has lasted for over 50 years.

From the Daily Caller:

“Two sources told TheDC that the development is due to the behind-the-scenes efforts of Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.”

The report goes on to say that Trump plans to officially announce the changes in a June speech in Miami.

Rubio has previously spoken about his optimism that Trump would return American policy to a pre Obama posture.

He said in an interview with El Nuevo Herald, “We’ve been walking through all these issues with the president and his team, figuring out the right steps to take and when.”

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Jill Stein Just Said The Dumbest Thing Ever About Castro

Jill Stein apparently loved horrific Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and doesn’t care if everyone knows it.

She literally tweeted this out:

Ah, Jill. Please just delete your account.

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Photo Essay: Little Havana Celebrates The Death Of Fidel Castro

MIAMI- Thousands of Cuban Americans raced to Little Havana to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro in the early morning hours of Nov. 26, 2016.

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Here is what it looked like to there:

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Rihanna Might Actually Pay For Your College

Notorious BadGirlRiRi has been up to some good lately.

Beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year the Grammy award winner will offer scholarships of up to $50,000 to college students through the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization she started in 2012 in honor of her grandparents.

The organization’s goal is to “improve the quality of life for communities globally in areas of health, education, arts, and culture.”

Scholarships will be awarded on a “as-needed basis” to 50 citizens or natives of Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, or Rihanna’s own home of Barbados.

Recipients must be students who wish to further their education and have already been accepted at a four-year school in the United States. They must be considered freshman at these schools and be able to provide a birth certificate from one of the eligible countries.

Recipients of the scholarships can get an award between $5,000 and $50,000.

Rihanna spoke about her excitement for the project after the announcement on her instagram account.

“Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities, and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”

So if you’re willing to put in a little work, work, work, work, work, work, than Rihanna just might be willing to foot the bill. Application will be available for submission on June 10th, 2016.

H/T: USA Today College

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Hey Raul Castro, Here’s A List Of Current Political Prisoners In Your Jails, Asshole

After being pressed by CNN reporter Jim Acosta on why Cuba won’t release its political prisoners, the island’s premier, Raul Castro got a bit testy.

Here’s how it all went down according to Business Insider:

“‘Did you ask if we had political prisoners?’ Castro asked back.

Acosta replied: ‘I wanted to know if you have Cuban political prisoners and why you don’t release them.’

Castro then got defensive.

‘Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately,’ Castro said.”

But wait, it gets better.

“Just mention a list,” Castro said. What political prisoners? Give me a name or names or when, after this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners and if we have those political prisoners they will be released before tonight ends.”

Alright jerk-face, here’s that list you want.

There are literally 47 people on it- a pretty healthy amount of folks if you were to ask just about anyone.

The following list was compiled by the advocacy group Cuban American National Foundation. We have put the full list below:

Name Prison/Location Sentence Date of Imprisonment
1 Liusban John Utra PRISION PROVINCIAL LAS TUNAS 7 years March 6 2013
2 Ricardo Pelier Frómeta COMBINADO DE GUANTANAMO 3 years May 15 2014
3 Eglis Heredia Rodríguez BONIATO, SANTIAGO 5 years May 13 2014
4 Daniel Ernesto Dufó Preval COMBINADO DE GUANTANAMO 2 years May 15 2014
5 Yoelkis Rosabal Flores COMBINADO DE GUANTANAMO 4 years May 15 2014
6 Amado Verdecia Díaz MAR VERDE, SANTIAGO 5 years Oct 20 2014
7 Mario Ronaide Figueroa Dieguez AGUADORES, SANTIAGO 3 years Dec 2 2014
8 María del Carmen Cala Aguilera CARCEL DE MUJERES, HOLGUIN Pending April 24 2015
9 Yosvani Arostegui Armenteros CERAMICA ROJA, CAMAGÜEY Pending Feb 8 2015
10 Santiago Cisneros Castellanos AGUADORES, SANTIAGO Pending July 21 2014
11 Enrique Bartolomé Cámbara KILO 8, CAMAGÜEY 8 years July 21 2014
12 Edilberto Arzuaga Alcalá CERÁMICA ROJA, CAMAGÜEY 1 year Sept 27 2011
13 David Fernández Cardoso Bungo 8, CONTRAMAESTRE 10 months Nov 11 2015
14 Maikel Mediaceja Ramos La Granjita. Mar Verde 6 months Nov 11 2015
15 Laudelino Rodríguez Mendoza Granjita Boniato Pending Nov 5 2015
16 Yosvani Izaguirre Hernández AGUADORES, SANTIAGO 6 months Nov 5 2015
17 Alexeis Serrano Avila AGUADORES, SANTIAGO 4 years Oct 12 2015
18 Fernando Isael Peña Tamayo PRISION PROVINCIAL LAS TUNAS Pending Aug 15 2015
19 Leonardo Cobas Pérez MOSCU, CONTRAMAESTRE 5 years June 29 2015
20 Silverio Portal Contrera VALLE GRANDE 1 year ————-
21 Osvaldo Rodriguez Acosta MAYABEQUE 9 years April 2 2013
22 Osvaldo Rodriguez Castillo MAYABEQUE 7 years April 2 2013
23 Mario Alberto Hernández Leyva VALLE GRANDE Pending June 16 2015
24 Orlando Contrera Aguilar QUIVICÁN, MAYABEQUE 6 years June 16 2015
25 Augusto Guerra Márquez VALLE GRANDE 2 years Dec 12 2015
26 Reinier Rodríguez Mendoza SAN JOSE, LA HABANA (VIH) 2 years July 31 2015
27 Ernesto Ortega Sarduy VALLE GRANDE Pending Sept 30 2015
28 Isaín López Luna 1580 3 years July 8 2015
29 Warley Pérez Cruz TACO TACO 6 months Oct 13 2015
30 Nora Lisset Hernández Bulís MANTO NEGRO 18 months ————-
31 Jordys Manuel Dosil Fong 1580 3 years Aug 5 2015
32 Alexander Alan Rodríguez VALLE GRANDE Pending July 8 2015
33 Emilio Serrano Rodríguez VALLE GRANDE Pending Oct 22 2015
34 Carlos Amaury Calderín Roca VALLE GRANDE 3 years July 8 2015
35 Misael Delgado Romeu KM 5 Y MEDIO, P DEL RIO 6 years ————-
36 Yoanny Thomas González COMBINADO DEL ESTE, HABANA life sentence ————-
37 Elieski Roque Chongo ARIZA, CIENFUEGOS 5 years Oct 17 2014
38 Alfredo Limonte Rodríguez ARIZA, CIENFUEGOS 2 years ————-
39 Joel Mariano Bencomo Martínez GUAMAJAL, VILLA CLARA 3 years ————-
40 Yaxiel Espino Aceval ARIZA, CIENFUEGOS 4 years March 29 2014
41 José David González Fumero NIEVES MOREJON Pending ————-
42 Mario Morera Jardines EL CHIVO, VILLA CLARA 3 years ————-
43 Miguel Borroto Vázquez VALLE GRANDE Pending July 31 2015
44 Osvaldo Arcís Hernández PROVARI (Campamento) 2 years Dec 9 2015
45 Ricardo González Sendiña COMBINADO DEL ESTE, HABANA 6 years ————-
46 Ariel González Sendiña COMBINADO DEL ESTE, HABANA 6 years ————-
47 Leudis Reyes Cuza COMBINADO DEL ESTE, HABANA 5 years Sept 24 2015


Guess they should all be free about now, right Raul?

H/T: NBC Miami

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Pope Urges Central American Countries To Help Cuban Migrants En Route To US

Pope Francis directed his prayers on Sunday to the thousands of Cuban migrants stuck in Central and South America who are attempting to reach the U.S. Thousands of those migrants spent their Christmas cramped in border camps in Costa Rica, many able-bodied men reduced to begging for alms while dreaming of getting work in the U.S.,… Read More

Pope Francis Arrives In Cuba

Update: 4:25 PM EST

Pope Francis has arrived in Havana, Cuba to kick off his multi-day trip to the island nation and the United States of America.

At around 4:03 PM EST, Francis stepped on Cuba soil and was greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro.

A military band welcomed Francis and a group of young Cuban children handed him flowers.

Castro spoke on the tarmac of Jose Marti International Airport about how Cuba was willing to work with the global community on climate change- an obvious olive branch to the Pontiff’s efforts on the issue.

  Stay with Rise News as we continue to follow this developing story. 

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