Thursday, March 31, 2016

MUSLIMS BY THE NUMBERS VIEWS BY TWO DIFFERENT GENERATIONS

THE FIRST VIDEO IS AN OLDER WOMAN DISCUSSING ISLAM ... THE SECOND VIDEO IS A YOUNG WOMAN BEING INTERVIEWED BY A YOUNG JEWISH MAN ON HER VIEWS ... INTERESTING THE YOUNG WOMAN WAS BROUGHT UP IN AMERICA.  THE VIDEO'S SHOULD BE LISTENED TO AND THEN MAKE UP YOUR MIND FOR YOURSELF.


'BLACK MAN, ARE YOU DUMB?"

Cuban State Media: ‘Negro’ Obama ‘Incited Rebellion and Disorder’
The Havana Tribune, a state-controlled Cuban newspaper, has added insult to injury following Fidel Castro’s scathing criticism of President Barack Obama upon his departure from the island. In 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?” (The idiom “pretend to be a Swede” means to play dumb, hence the title is literally asking, “Are you Swedish?”) The author, who is black, goes on to condemn President Obama for meeting with Cuban pro-democracy activists and “subtly” suggesting that the Cuban Revolution needed to change. “Obama came, saw, but unfortunately, with the pretend gesture of lending a hand, tried to conquer,” Elias Argudín writes.

“[Obama] chose to criticize and subtly suggest … incitations to rebellion and disorder, without caring that he was on foreign ground. Without a doubt, Obama overplayed his hand,” he continues. “The least I can say is, Virulo-style: ‘Negro, are you dumb?'”

Virulo is a white pro-Revolution comedian.

Argudín’s article later accuses President Obama of presiding over a racist country–mocking the calls for freedom in Cuba by stating, “Which freedom–the freedom enjoyed by white police to massacre and manhandle black people?”–and issue demands parroted straight from the Castro regime: the end of the “genocidal” embargo and giving the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, which has belonged to the United States since before Cuban independence, to the Castros.

Claims of rampant discrimination on the part of white police in the United States are common among the leaders and spokesmen of rogue communist states like China, North Korea, and Zimbabwe.

The column appears on the Havana Tribune website with a March 23 dateline, though it appeared in the print edition of the newspaper on Monday and has begun to make the rounds online this week. It has received intense criticism from Cuban-Americans on social media for its disrespect of the president and openly racist language.

Argudín has since written a follow-up article in which he claims he “did not expect” the negative feedback and apologizes “to those who may have been offended.” He then accuses his critics of “misunderstanding” his piece:

It is not necessary to be an advanced reader to note: I did not write a racist column. The word “negro” is mentioned twice, in the title and the phrase giving the article its name, which isn’t even mine. It is a reference to a comedy work. Journalism has its rules. It also allows some licenses. Among the demands of the job there is a very important one: capture the reader’s attention from the title.

Argudín’s piece has, nonetheless, highlighted the rampant discrimination against Afro-Cubans that has existed throughout the history of the Revolution. As the leaders of the communist Revolution were all white–and at least one was an avowed racistfew Afro-Cubans currently hold positions of power in Cuba, though an estimated 60 percent of the nation is black.

In a video declaration in 2015, Ladies in White dissident leader Berta Soler explains that, of known political prisoners, 60 percent are black. Black people are often forced to live in segregated neighborhoods and kept far away from tourism industry jobs (except prostitution). “To the government, the black person is a thief, a bandit, a troublemaker,” Soler argues, noting that the Cuban people are significantly less racist than the regime. “Interracial marriage is resulting in fewer black people. … This is a problem for the government,” she notes.

In a series about racism in Cuba, The Root notes a common phrase used by 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.”

The inevitable use of what, in the United States, is considered a racial slur (though Cubans often use negro as a term of endearment), is the latest indignity in a trip to Cuba laden with them, from the slight of Raúl Castro failing to greet President Obama upon landing in Havana to Castro openly denying the presence of political prisoners in Cuba, only to have President Obama later “welcome” his criticism on America. The elder Fidel Castro, or someone claiming to be him, weighed in with a scathing column in the national publication Granma this week, in which he accused President Obama of being racist towards Native Americans and refused his call to normalization: “We do not need the Empire to gift us anything.”

A DRONE DOESN'T ARREST TERRORISTS

YOU GOTTA ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: WHY DOES OBAMA WANT TO CLOSE GITMO? WE DON'T NEED IT ANYMORE ... HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DRONE ARREST ISIS OR A TERRORIST? PERHAPS THE NEW RULE AND POLICY IS "NO QUARTER!"
Pentagon to transfer a dozen Guantanamo inmates to two countries in the next few days in Obama’s final push to close the prison

NO ATTACKS ON AMERICAN SOIL (click here to see the number)
The Pentagon is set to transfer a dozen Guantanamo inmates to other countries in Barack Obama's final push to shut down the detention camp.

The first of the planned transfers are expected to take place in the next few days, with others taking place in the coming weeks.

At least two countries have agreed to take the prisoners and Congress has been notified about the plans, an official said.

The Pentagon is set to transfer a dozen Guantanamo inmates to other countries in Barack Obama's final push to shut down the detention camp

There are now 91 prisoners at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most have been held without charge or trial for more than a decade, drawing international condemnation.

The most prominent of the prisoners set to be resettled is 37-year-old Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni man who has been on a long-term hunger strike.

His weight had dropped to 74 pounds from 148 and his legal team feared he could die of starvation, according to a report in December.

Lawyers for Ba Odah, who was cleared for transfer in 2009, had tried unsuccessfully to win his release on health and humanitarian grounds, but Pentagon officials said he was receiving proper care.

Obama, who last month presented Congress with a blueprint for closing the prison, is seeking to make good on his long-time pledge before he leaves office in January.

But he faces stiff opposition from many Republican lawmakers, as well as some of his fellow Democrats.
The most prominent of the prisoners set to be resettled is 37-year-old Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni man who has been on a long-term hunger strike

The Pentagon has notified Congress of its latest planned transfers from among the 37 detainees already cleared to be sent to their homelands or other countries, an official said.

All members of that group are expected to leave by the summer.

Obama's plan for closing down the facility calls for bringing the several dozen remaining prisoners to maximum-security prison in the United States.

But U.S. law bars such transfers to the mainland, and Obama has not ruled out doing so by use of executive action.

'I do not have a timeline on when particular detainees will be transferred from Guantanamo,' Commander Gary Ross, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement.

'However, the administration is committed to reducing the detainee population and to closing the detention facility responsibly.'

Lawyers for Ba Odah, who was cleared for transfer in 2009, had tried unsuccessfully to win his release on health and humanitarian grounds, but Pentagon officials said he was receiving proper care.

The plan to resettle about a dozen inmates was first reported by the Washington Post. The U.S. official declined to name the countries ready to take them in.

Ten Yemeni men were sent to Oman in January, while others were recently sent to Ghana, Bosnia and Montenegro.

The Obama administration has ruled out sending Yemenis, who make up the bulk of the remaining prisoners, to their homeland because it is engulfed in civil war and has an active Al Qaeda branch.

Guantanamo prisoners were rounded up overseas when the United States became embroiled in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks.

The facility, opened by Obama's predecessor George W. Bush, came to symbolize aggressive detention practices that opened the United States to accusations of torture.

37 Guantanamo detainees have already been cleared to be sent to their homelands or other countries
Protesters demanded that Ba Odah should be freed, calling on Obama to fulfill his pledge to close the prison

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

ETCHINGS ON A ROCK ... TEA LEAVES ... AND KERRY THE FORTUNE TELLER

WHAT DOESN'T WORK IS WORDS ... ENDLESS NEGOTIATIONS RESULT IN JUST DEAD AIR.  SO WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?  


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

THE RELIGION OF A PIECE HERE A PIECE THERE ...

WHISTLING IN THE DARK PAST THE GRAVE YARD AND OTHER MYSTERIES ... ARE YOU IN?

Top German Journalist Admits Mainstream Media Is Completely Fake: "We All Lie For The CIA"


With the increasing propaganda wars, we thought a reminder of just how naive many Westerners are when it comes to their news-feed. As Arjun Walia, of GlobalResearch.ca, notes, Dr. Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.

He recently made an appearance on RT news to share these facts:

I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public.

But seeing right now within the last months how the German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia — this is a point of no return and I’m going to stand up and say it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do and have done in the past because they are bribed to betray the people, not only in Germany, all over Europe.

It’s important to keep in mind that Dr. Ulfkotte is not the only person making these claims; multiple reporters have done the same and this kind of truthfulness is something the world needs more of.

One (out of many) great examples of a whistleblowing reporter is investigative journalist and former CBC News reporter Sharyl Attkisson.

She delivered a hard-hitting TEDx talk showing how fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

Another great example is Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist at CC, who said that they are routinely paid by the US government and foreign governments to selectively report and even distort information on certain events. She has also indicated that the government has editorial control over content.

Ever since Operation Mockingbird, a CIA-based initiative to control mainstream media, more and more people are expressing their concern that what we see in the media is nothing short of brainwashing.

This is also evident by blatant lies that continue to spam the TV screen, especially when it comes to topics such as health, food, war (‘terrorism‘), poverty, and more.

Things have not changed, in fact, when in comes to mainstream media distorting information and telling lies. They have gotten much worse in recent years, in fact, so it is highly encouraging that more people are starting to see through these lies, even without the help of whistleblowers like Dr. Ulfkotte.

One great example is the supposed ‘war on terror,’ or ‘false flag terrorism.’ There are evenWikileaks documents alluding to the fact that the United States government planned to “retaliate and cause pain” to countries refusing GMOs.

Mainstream media’s continual support of GMOs rages on, despite the fact that a number of countries are now banning these products.

The list of lies goes on and on. It’s time to turn off your T.V. and do your own research if you are curious about what is happening on our planet. It’s time to wake up.

ANYONE WHO THINK$ THEY CAN BUY ME DOESN'T KNOW MY PRICE

CAMPAIGN HANG OVER HANG$ OVER 


Democrats worried about Hillary Clinton’s electoral weaknesses see Vice President Joe Biden as a potential solution—as long as the two former cabinet colleagues and sometime rivals can smooth their complicated relationship.
Mrs. Clinton’s vulnerabilities were apparent over the weekend when she suffered lopsided losses to rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in Democratic caucuses in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska. The trio of states contain either many white voters or veer to the left wing of the Democratic Party, two constituencies where Mrs. Clinton has struggled.

Mr. Biden, who often talks about his upbringing in Scranton, Pa., in a family that endured financial hardships, has shown an affinity with working-class whites that could help overcome doubts about Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. He appears willing to hit the trail for the potential Democratic ticket.

Looming over the possible collaboration, however, are tensions between two of the nation’s most important Democrats: a sitting vice president and a former secretary of state who might wind up with the job he has long coveted.

In one notable instance, Mr. Biden said in a January television interview that Mrs. Clinton was “relatively new” to the issue of income inequality and that no one doubted Mr. Sanders’s “authenticity” on that issue. Even though when they left the White House they were dead broke!

Within minutes, according to people on both sides familiar with the matter, an aide to Mr. Biden got a phone call from Clinton campaign senior adviser Jennifer Palmieri insisting he was “wrong” in his characterization. She asked if he had more interviews scheduled and what else he planned to say. The next day, Mr. Biden went on TV and softened his comments.
 
Cooperating with Team Clinton would require Mr. Biden set aside bruised feelings stemming from his own presidential flirtations. He chose to sit out the race, though he says he has recurring regrets about being on the sidelines.

What is clear is that Mrs. Clinton needs someone to help win over white men. She lost this group to Mr. Sanders by 25 percentage points in Michigan, by 15 points in Ohio and 22 points in North Carolina, exit polls show.

Should she find herself in a general election showdown with Republican Donald Trump, she faces stiff competition for that demographic. In his primary victory in Michigan, for example, Mr. Trump won 45% of male voters, more than Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz combined.
Earlier this month, Mrs. Clinton played into perceptions among working class white men that she is tone deaf to their struggles when she said at a televised town hall event that under her presidency, coal miners would find themselves “out of business.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who has endorsed Mrs. Clinton, said the remark could jeopardize her chances to win his state. He phoned Mrs. Clinton to complain and asked if she was simply writing off West Virginia, a state no Democrat has won since her husband did in 1996. She quickly sent a letter apologizing and saying she had been “mistaken.”

“If anybody can help smooth it over it could be Joe,” Mr. Manchin said in an interview.

An aide to Mr. Biden said, “He will be heavily involved in helping the Democratic nominee and stands willing to assist in states where he’s helpful.”

Over the past quarter of a century Mr. Biden and Mrs. Clinton have been peers, colleagues and rivals. Their relationship has been cordial, but they aren’t especially close, people who know them both say. In private conversations with friends and political figures, Mr. Biden has voiced concerns about what he sees as the Clintons trying to capitalize on their public service, by giving paid speeches, for example.

Mr$. Clinton ha$ $aid repeatedly $he i$n’t compromi$ed by virtue of taking $peaking fee$ from intere$t group$. “Anybody who think$ they can buy me doe$n’t know me,” $he told the De$ Moine$ Regi$ter early this year.
Mr. Biden and Mrs. Clinton served together in the Senate and then faced each other in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. One person close to Mrs. Clinton’s previous campaign said she came to respect Mr. Biden’s debating skills but didn’t see him as a threat. Mr. Biden dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.

After President Barack Obama took office, Mrs. Clinton was named secretary of state. As vice president Mr. Biden also had pieces of the foreign-policy portfolio.

She tended to be more hawkish and inclined to use force, while Mr. Biden was more skeptical of military intervention, those who worked with them say.

“In general, the vice president was more wary about the use of the military and more cautious in that sense,” said Leon Panetta, a former defense secretary in the Obama administration. “And [Mrs. Clinton] was more willing to take a stronger stance.”

Mr. Biden wasn’t happy about Mrs. Clinton’s push for an American air campaign in Libya in 2011, undertaken with Western allies, which led to the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He worried about a power vacuum in the wake of Gadhafi’s fall, a former adviser said. Libya now has become fractured and destabilized, and Islamic State has spread inside the country.

In an interview on MSNBC earlier this month, Mrs. Clinton said it isn’t easy for nations to make the transition from dictatorship to democracy. As for taking military actions in Libya, she said the U.S. couldn’t simply turn its back on Arab allies that had asked for help in combating Gadhafi.

A sticky moment in dealings between Mr. Biden and Mrs. Clinton came last year, when he weighed a possible presidential bid. As Mr. Biden spent months deliberating, Mrs. Clinton said she was willing to give him space and time.

Yet Mr. Biden was angered by what he believed to be quiet efforts by her allies to try to dissuade him from running, blaming them for news reports highlighting past positions that might hurt him. In particular, he believed Clinton allies suggested he was cool to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, people close to him say.

Mr. Biden is poised to be a high-profile surrogate if Mrs. Clinton captures the nomination. Friends hope if she wins the presidency she will tap Mr. Biden for special projects, perhaps as an informal roving ambassador.


Mrs. Clinton has hinted she has something in mind for Mr. Biden, saying, “History isn’t finished with Joe Biden” after he announced he wouldn’t run.

One friend, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, said he has told Mr. Biden, “You’ll need to do everything you can to get her elected, and if she wins she will want you to be ambassador to the world.”
















THIS DHS BIMBO MUST BE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE ...

IS IT ANY WONDER WHY THE GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON D.C. DOESN'T WORK!!!  LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT THE "KY" VISA PROGRAM ...



Published on Dec 12, 2015
It is becoming frighteningly apparent how clueless the Obama administration is when it comes to who is entering this country. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Screening Coordination, Office of Policy of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Kelli Burriesci appeared before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Thursday and had no answers to some extremely simple questions. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH summed it up thusly:

Ms. Burriesci, I’ve asked you the number of American’s who’ve traveled to Syria, you don’t know. The number of Americans who may have traveled and returned, you don’t know. The number of Syrian refugees who’ve entered the country in the last year, you don’t know. The number of visa waiver program overstays, you don’t know. The number of visa waiver overstays who may have been to Syria before they came here, you don’t know. And the number of American citizens on the no-fly list and you don’t know. And yet you are the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Screening Coordination, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security in front of the oversight committee and you can’t give us one single number to some, I think, pretty basic questions?

YouTube: 'Flustered' DHS Official Kelli Burriesci Testifies On The 'KY' Visa Program
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEFnno...
BizPac Review: Clueless DHS official provides no answers during grilling on immigration, visa waiver program
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/12/1...
Twitchy: ‘Flustered’ DHS official testifies on the ‘KY’ visa program
http://twitchy.com/2015/12/11/fluster...

Monday, March 28, 2016

TED GOES TO THE BIG APPLE ... TRUE TO FORM
















WHITEWATER AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT RAPIDS AND NAVIGATION ... WELL MAYBE NAVIGATION

Judicial Watch Releases Independent Counsel Memo Laying Out Criminal Case against Hillary Clinton in Whitewater Land Scandal


‘The Castle Grande transactions were crimes’
Hillary Clinton ‘destroyed’ her personal records
A case of ‘possible obstruction’ of justice
Sources say redacted portions of memoranda contain a draft indictment of Mrs. Clinton
Never-before-published prosecution memos from April 1998 say Clinton’s ‘sworn statements to the RTC, the FDIC, the Senate and the House of Representatives and to OIC … reflected and embodied materially inaccurate stories’

A 4/10/98 OIC memo uses terms ‘crime(s),’ ‘criminal,’ ‘fraudulent,’ ‘misrepresented,’ ‘inaccurate,’ ‘deceive,’ ‘mislead,’ ‘misstatement,’ and ‘concealed’ 27 times in 20 pages to describe actions by Clinton and Whitewater associates
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 246 pages of previously undisclosed Office of Independent Counsel (OIC) internal memos revealing extensive details about the investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton for possible criminal charges involving her activities in the Whitewater/Castle Grande fraudulent land transaction scandal. The memos are “statements of the case” against Hillary Clinton and Webster Lee “Webb” Hubbell, Hillary Clinton’s former law partner and former Associate Attorney General in the Clinton Justice Department. Ultimately, the memos show that prosecutors declined to prosecute Clinton because of the difficulty of persuading a jury to convict a public figure as widely known as Clinton. (Links to the full set of documents are below.)
Although some details of the documents have been previously reported, Judicial Watch is today publicly releasing the independent counsel prosecution memos for the first time. The prosecution memos—portions of which were heavily redacted—were obtained by Judicial Watch from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
An April 10, 1998, memo summarizes “the crimes under consideration”


What, then are the crimes under consideration? Between January 1994 and February 1996 both Hillary Clinton and [Webster] Hubbell made numerous sworn statements to the RTC, the FDIC, the Senate and the House of Representatives, and to the OIC. Each of these reflected and embodied materially inaccurate stories relating to: how RLF [Clinton and Hubbell’s Rose Law Firm] came to be retained by MGSL [the Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan]; Hillary Clinton’s role in the IDC/Castle Grande venture; Hillary Clinton’s role in representing MGSL; Hillary Clinton’s role in representing MGSL before state agencies’; Hubbell’s representations to the RTC [Resolution Trust Corporation] and FDIC regarding Hillary Clinton’s role in the IDC/Castle Grande venture; and the removal of records from the RLF. The question, generally, is not whether the statements are inaccurate, but whether they are willfully so.

The records released today by Judicial Watch were prepared for an “All OIC Attorneys” meeting on April 27, 1998, at which a final decision about whether to indict Clinton and Hubbell was the subject of a lengthy debate. The records explore in detail the role Clinton played in the fraudulent Castle Grande transaction, the role of Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, and the subsequent lengthy cover-up as the Clintons sought and won the White House.

Clinton, according to prosecutors, drafted an option agreement that concealed from federal bank examiners a fraudulent $300,000 cross-loan in the Castle Grande transaction. Her concealment of her role in this fraudulent transaction, including the hiding of her Rose Law Firm billing records concerning her legal work for Madison, were the subject of an OIC obstruction of justice probe.

The 1998 memoranda include substantial evidence depicting Clinton and her former Rose Law Firm partners—Hubbell, and Vincent Foster, both of whom went on to senior positions in the Bill Clinton presidency—as complicit in activities that “facilitated crimes.”

Page 18 of the OIC documents notes that Clinton “destroyed” her personal records of her work for Madison Guaranty. Page 39 of the documents notes:

Section II contains a chronological background and contextual summary of the investigation so that the facts relating to possible obstruction can be placed in the context of the ongoing investigation by OIC.
The evidence in the new documents covers:
  • Castle Grande. “The Castle Grande transactions were crimes.” The statement is followed by an explicit six-paragraph dissection of the land-flipping scheme. 
  • Madison Guaranty S&L. Clinton minimized the role she played in seeking state regulatory assistance for the corrupt savings and loan, headed by key Clinton financial and political supporter James McDougal. At the time, Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. 
  • Vincent Foster and the Missing Rose Law Firm Billing Records. The Rose records were a key piece of evidence in the probe. They were missing for years. After Foster’s July 1993 suicide, the OIC documents note, where the billing records went “is an open question…. Several pieces of evidence support the inference that personal documents which Hillary Clinton did not want disclosed were located in Foster’s office at the time of his death and then removed.” 
  • Removal of Records from Vincent Foster’s Office. “ [O]n the afternoon of July 21st Bernard Nussbaum, then White House Counsel, initially agreed to allow two career DOJ employees to review the documents in Foster’s office for evidence that might shed light on the cause of his death. That evening and the next morning Nussbaum, Hillary Clinton, Susan Thomases, and Maggie Williams (Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff) exchanged 10 separate phones calls … That morning, according to the DOJ employees, Nussbaum changed his mind and refused to allow the DOJ prosecutors to review the documents; instead, he reviewed them himself and segregated several as ‘personal’ to the Clintons.” 
  • Hiding the Billing Records. “On the evening of July 22nd, Thomas Castleton … assisted Williams [Maggie Williams, Hillary Clinton chief of staff] in carrying a box of personal documents up to … a closet in Hillary Clinton’s office. The closet is approximately 30 feet from the table in the Book Room, where the billing records were found 2 years later…. There is a circumstantial case that the records were left on the table by Hillary Clinton. She is the only individual in the White House who had a significant interest in them and she is one of only 3 people known to have had them in her possession since their creation in February 1992.” 
  • Buying the Silence of a Co-Conspirator? Hubbell, criticized by the OIC for his lack of cooperation with the probe, received several “jobs” from Clinton supporters for which he apparently did little or no work. During a taped conversation in prison, Hubbell appears to acknowledge that he withheld information from the OIC. Several of Hubbell’s job-providers fell most strongly within the hush money allegation. The OIC notes eight of them on page 197
  • The Missing Draft Indictment. More than 60 pages of the OIC memoranda are completely censored, withheld by the National Archives. Multiple sources tell Judicial Watch that these pages include a full draft indictment of Clinton and Hubbell, as well as a detailed “order of Evidence” list. 
The National Archives is withholding additional documents Judicial Watch believes to be critical to understanding Clinton’s full role in the Whitewater scandal.
On March 9, 2015, Judicial Watch submitted a FOIA request seeking all draft indictments of Clinton in the files of Hickman Ewing Jr., who served as deputy independent counsel in the Whitewater probe. In 1999, Ewing testified that he wrote a draft indictment of Clinton.

On March 19, 2015, the National Archives admitted locating records responsive to the Ewing material request, confirming that it found 38 pages of responsive records in a folder entitled “Draft Indictment,” and approximately 200 pages of responsive records in a folder entitled “Hilary Rodham Clinton/Webster L. Hubbell Draft Indictment.” Judicial Watch is suing in federal court to force the release of the draft indictment, which is being withheld by the National Archives to protect the privacy of Hillary Clinton.

Ultimately, as an April 24, 1998, memo suggests, prosecutors were persuaded that a jury would not convict Clinton based upon circumstantial evidence. OIC attorney Paul Rosenzweig wrote:
In a high profile case of this sort, however, I think that some jurors are likely to put OIC to the full measure of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and, in effect, insist that circumstantial evidence is an inferior form of evidence on which they cannot convict. Such a distinction would be “lawless” in a formal sense, as contrary to their jury instructions – but we blink reality if we do not expect this reaction to a primarily circumstantial high profile case.
The prosecutor concluded:

Bottom line: We can anticipate the following: 2% = Rule 29; 18% = Acquittal; 70% =Hung Jury; 10% = Conviction. Not enough in my view.

“These new Hillary Clinton prosecution memos are damning and dramatic,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Hillary Clinton’s bank fraud, obstruction, lies, and other fraud began in Arkansas, continued in the White House and actually accelerated because the suicide of her friend Vincent Foster. The memos suggest that if she weren’t First Lady, she would have been successfully prosecuted in federal court. As we continue the court fight to get the actual draft indictment of Hillary Clinton we first uncovered in this investigation, Americans would do well to read these memos. If you want to understand the deplorable ethics and corruption at the Clinton State Department, these documents provide important background.”

Links to the complete set of documents are available here:

Part one of “HRC Meeting” NARA Whitewater OIC document

Part two of “HRC Meeting” NARA Whitewater OIC document

Part three of “HRC Meeting” NARA Whitewater OIC document

Part four of “HRC Meeting” NARA Whitewater OIC document

Part five of “HRC Meeting” NARA Whitewater OIC document

Part six of “HRC Meeting” NARA Whitewater OIC document

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WHO and HOW WAS ISIS/ISIL CREATED, FINANCED AND SUPPORTED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY












Saturday, March 26, 2016

IT JUST WENT BOOM AND PARADISE AWAITS WITH ALL THE REWARDS

THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN IMPROVE THIS ...


CAN YOU SAY, "CHERNOBYL" ...

Guard at ‘terror target’ Belgian nuclear site killed, access badge stolen ... CHERNOBYL isn't even cold yet! Not to mention Fukushima, Japan.Are these power plants like immobile bombs? Who needs nuclear weapons when we have power plants strategically located?  

A security officer at a nuclear site was killed in the Belgian city of Charleroi two days after the terror attacks in Brussels, local newspaper Derniere Heure reported, citing police sources. The paper added that the man’s security pass was stolen.

Charleroi is located 50 km from the Belgian capital.
The guard, identified as Didier Prospero, was walking his dog when he was shot dead in the early evening on Thursday, the paper said.

His security pass was stolen, which alerted the investigators since the man was a member of a nuclear power plant staff.

The prosecutors later told DH that no links to terrorism had been discovered in the murder of the security officer.

Earlier Thursday, DH reported that Brussels suicide bombers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui were planning attacks on Belgian nuclear power stations and that the arrest of Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam had accelerated the plans of the terrorists.

READ MORE: Brussels airport and Metro bombings aftermath LIVE UPDATES

The brothers reportedly planted a hidden camera in front of the home of the director of the Belgian nuclear research program. The footage with “dozens of hours” of the movements of Belgium's nuclear boss was seized during an anti-terrorist raid in the apartment of another suspect belonging to the same terror cell, Mohammed Bakkali.

Similar information, but without the names of Brussels suicide bombers was published in DH in February.

Belgium is on high alert following the deadly Brussels attacks. On Tuesday, Brussels was rocked by twin blasts at the city’s Zaventem Airport and an explosion at the Maalbeek Metro station, just meters away from key EU buildings, less than an hour later.

Shortly after the deadly Brussels attacks, personnel from Belgium’s two nuclear power stations in Doel and in Tihange were promptly evacuated. DH also reported that soldiers have been seen at both sites in recent weeks.











Thursday, March 24, 2016

NO GREAT SURPRISE THAT HILLARY LIES ... BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT!!!

Judicial Watch Lawsuit Uncovers New Hillary Clinton Email Withheld from State Department
FOIA REQUEST 
Email Shows Clinton Engaged On Blackberry Issues
 


(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained State Department documents from February 2009 containing emails that appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her clintonemail.com email system until March 2009. The emails also contain more evidence of the battle between security officials in the State Department, National Security Administration, Clinton and her staff over attempts to obtain secure Blackberrys.

The documents were obtained in response to a court order in an April 28, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00646), filed after the Department of State failed to comply with a March 10, 2015, FOIA request seeking:

Any and all records of requests by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or her staff to the State Department Office Security Technology seeking approval for the use of an iPad or iPhone for official government business; and
Any and all communications within or between the Office of the Secretary of State, the Executive Secretariat, and the Office of the Secretary and the Office of Security Technology concerning, regarding, or related to the use of unauthorized electronic devices for official government business.
On February 13, 2009, Cheryl Mills (Clinton’s then-chief of staff) sent Clinton an email describing efforts by the National Security Agency to address demands for a secure Blackberry:

In meeting with the NSA person today ([Redacted] NSA’s rep to DOS) – she indicated they could address our BB so that BB could work in the sciff [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility] and be secure based upon some modifications that could be done to each BB (more below).
Mills attaches an email from an unnamed NSA official that reports:

Debbie Plunkett, D/Chief of our Information Assurance Directorate, is personally assembling a knowledgeable team to work with you and other members of your staff to move forward on your Blackberry requirement. She will engage State’s CIO and DS/comms security folks to ensure everyone is aware of the art of the possible … I am confident we can get to YES on this! [Emphasis in original]
That same day, on February 13 at 12:33 pm Hillary Clinton, using her unsecured hdr22@clintonemail.com account responds, “That’s good news.”

As Judicial Watch reported last week, the National Security Agency personnel had denied Clinton’s requests, telling Clinton staff to “shut up and color.”

The new documents include another February 13, 2009, email, written after the Mills-Clinton exchange, that shows that State and NSA security officials were shocked and surprised by Clinton’s Blackberry demands.

For instance, responding to details of the Clinton Blackberry requirements, an unnamed NSA employee simply writes “Amazing…” in a February, 13, 2009, email to Patrick Donovan, then-Director, Diplomatic Security Service and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Greg Starr, then-Director of the Diplomatic Security Service. (The documents have many redactions under Exemption 7(c), which is for “information compiled for law enforcement purposes that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”)

The new emails show that despite prior concerns about security and cost, the NSA and State Department officials came up with a plan to modify six Blackberry devices for Clinton and her staff. A February 20, 2009 State Department email states:

Pat Donovan [head of Bureau of Diplomatic Security] tasked us with a memo that he wanted by today and that we finished last night and that it outlines the vulnerabilities and risks of BB use inside and outside a SCIF (because they’re essentially the same) and concludes with our collaboration with NSA to seek an acceptable solution for their desired BB use.
Despite this warning about using Blackberry “outside a SCIF,” Mrs. Clinton and her staff continued to use unsecured Blackberrys. The documents suggest a continued push for secure Blackberrys in late March 2009 but the documents are heavily redacted.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjurythat she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement:

On December 5, 2014, 30,490 copies of work or potentially work-related emails sent and received by Clinton from March 18, 2009, to February 1, 2013, were provided to the State Department. This totaled roughly 55,000 pages. More than 90% of her work or potentially work-related emails provided to the Department were already in the State Department’s record-keeping system because those e-mails were sent to or received by “state.gov” accounts.
Early in her term, Clinton continued using an att.blackberry.net account that she had used during her Senate service. Given her practice from the beginning of emailing State Department officials on their state.gov accounts, her work-related emails during these initial weeks would have been captured and preserved in the State Department’s record-keeping system. She, however, no longer had access to these emails once she transitioned from this account.

The Associated Press previously reported that the State Department was provided by the Department of Defense with emails between Clinton and General David Petraeus that also predate March 2009. Those emails have not been released to the public.
 


“So now we know that, contrary to her statement under oath suggesting otherwise, Hillary Clinton did not turn over all her government emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “We also know why Hillary Clinton falsely suggests she didn’t use clintonemail.com account prior to March, 18, 2009 – because she didn’t want Americans to know about her February 13, 2009, email that shows that she knew her Blackberry and email use was not secure.”















LAST CHANCE, AMIGO?

You Can Never Be Too Late in Havana ... an interesting perspective ... the death of socialism!

The pope has been there, Obama is there this week and the Rolling Stones are arriving soon. Everyone wants a chance to see Socialism one last time before it dies. But what is it like to visit Cuba for a former citizen of East Germany?

This photo of Cuba is courtesy of TripAdvisor
I was about 12 when I saw Cuba for the first time. It was the 1980s, and I was sitting in a classroom in East Berlin, looking at the political map of the world that hung next to the blackboard. On it, the world was clearly divided into two colors: red and blue. Red marked the socialist camp and blue the capitalist. Red had even made it across the Atlantic to the Americas, into the dark heart of imperialism. Our teachers pointed proudly at a tiny red spot near Miami: Cuba, where our socialist brothers in the Caribbean lived.

Later on, the tiny red spot was constantly on the verge of extinction. When I wanted to travel to Cuba for the first time in 1992, people were already saying: Hurry up. The old Cuba won't be around for much longer! The Soviet Union had just breathed its last breath. And Cuba was bound to follow. What was socialism around the world doing at the time? It was perishing.
For reasons that I no longer remember, it took another 10 years before I finally made it to Cuba, in 2002. Cuba was still there. But again, everyone was saying: Last chance, amigo. Hurry up, before Cuba as we know it disappears. Cuba's demise had already become a running gag of world history.
And now? The time may actually have arrived. The last battle. Cuba is changing, and this week Barack Obama is in Havana for a historic visit, the first American president to visit Cuba in 88 years. Is this yet another sign that the revolution will soon go gurgling down into the maelstrom of history. Or not?
The end also seems perfectly logical when viewed from Germany, which has already dealt with its own transition. Once you're in Cuba, though, things become confusing, and you notice that things are very complicated there. Perhaps there's a reason, after all, that the tiny red spot has survived for so long? Longer than East Germany. Perhaps this is not just a consequence of dictatorship or coincidence? I flew to Havana with these kinds of questions on my mind. Back to socialism.

A Tough Learning Curve for Capitalism

Maybe I'm too late. Most reporters wrote their Cuba-in-transition stories long ago. The pope has even been there already. But it's my belief that sometimes you simply have to wait until things really begin to happen. Change is a slow process, and Cuba is a very slow country. You can never be too late in getting to Cuba, just too early.
The first person I meet in Havana is a capitalist. Darién Garcia, a 38-year-old Catholic Cuban, is a teacher of sorts. When I meet him one afternoon, he's standing in the bleak classroom of the community center of the Iglesia de Reina church. The room is bursting at the seams, filled with young and old people, men and women. The crowd is so large that there aren't enough chairs for everyone. Garcia is teaching a business course that sounds like something you would encounter in an adult education center: "How to Run a Small Business."
 

It's very easy at the moment to become a business-owner in socialist Havana. All you need are two passport photos and 30 pesos to apply for a license from the Labor Ministry to run a "private business." At the same time, it is also very difficult to become an entrepreneur in Havana. "People know so little about the subject that I sometimes feel as if I were teaching children," says Garcia.

The government currently allows 211 private business activities, says Garcia. They include: taxi driver, restaurant owner, animal husbandry, palm tree trimmer and disposable lighter repair and refill. The new free enterprise system is officially called: "Updating Cuba's Economic Model." Unfortunately, no one is explaining to Cubans how "updating" works. This is where Garcia comes in.
It's the day before the course is scheduled to begin. I'm sitting in Garcia's messy office in the community center. He used to teach economics as a lecturer at the University of Havana. For the past two years, he's been teaching courses funded by the Catholic Church for people interested in starting businesses. The courses are free of charge and one of the most unusual offerings to be found in Havana. People are literally beating a path to Garcia's door, but they also disappear very quickly. "At first, 120 people sign up for the courses," he says. "Eighty show up on the first day. After three weeks, there are only 60 left and, in the end, there are only 20."

Ethical Bisneros?

Garcia has two explanations for this. First, he says, "the picture many Cubans have of capitalism is a fairy tale, based on what they've seen in American TV series and Hollywood films, or have heard from relatives in Miami. They send the photos of new cars, eating out in restaurants and new TVs. And no one asks what's behind it all. They don't ask whether their relatives work in some miserable job, seven days a week, to afford it all. People here believe that Miami is like Havana, except that there's money in Miami. And then they come to my course and are disappointed when I say: 'It isn't quite that easy'."

It all sounds very familiar to me, I think. Capitalism is never as sexy as it seems in a socialist country. And once capitalism is there, people think: It looked better from afar.

The second explanation? "Negative feelings," says Garcia. "Seventy percent of the population were born after the revolution. We are all children of socialism, raised in the socialist school of thought. And now you're supposed to become a capitalist? A dealmaker? A 'bisnero?'"

Not even Garcia wants to become a bisnero. "I'm not teaching hard capitalism here. I want a form of capitalism that is ethical, just and social. One that adheres to the values of Pope Francis." A Pope Francis capitalism as the successor to Fidel Castro socialism?

It doesn't sound half bad, I think, as I walk back to my hotel. A third way of sorts. I personally have been living in capitalism for 26 years, but I still don't understand why there are tens of thousands of yogurt brands. And why I should invest my money in stocks or something else that I don't even want, so that my money will "work for me?" Why I should constantly be trying to make a profit in the first place. Why does everything in capitalism revolve around growth. This is what makes capitalism so unlikeable and so immoral. Doesn't it essentially look like Donald Trump?

The Difficulties of Socialism

Of course, things are also difficult with socialism. I'm staying at the Habana Libre, an old hotel, ostentatiously opened in 1958 as the Hilton Habana. A few months later, Fidel Castro and his men victoriously entered Havana, and the hotel was unceremoniously declared the headquarters of the revolution. Castro lived in suite 2324 for three months and casually gave interviews to the world press.

My room is one floor up, on the 24th floor. If Castro were still there, I could go down to his suite and politely ask him a few questions. For instance, why don't elevators work in socialism?

The hotel has six elevators. Three are currently out of service. Sometimes it's four. On the 24th floor, I wait for the elevator as if I were waiting for the arrival of the Messiah. Every day, several times a day, I spend 20 minutes to half an hour waiting for the elevator.

The hotel also has Internet service. Accessing it costs $5 per hour and the connection is so slow it makes you want to bite your laptop. But I need the Internet. When I go down to the reception desk to buy an Internet ticket, all I get is a piece of paper and am told to go to the business center. There, I hand the ticket to a bored-looking woman, who gives me two more pieces of paper, which I'm supposed to sign, God knows what for, and that are then ponderously filed away in a thick folder of pieces of paper. Finally, the woman gives me a fourth piece of paper with the Internet access code.

This is Cuban socialism, I think: waiting and pieces of paper, standstill and bureaucracy. It sucks the energy out of your bones, and I sense the return of a forgotten East German sense of powerlessness, the feeling you get when you have to wait for everything: a car, a seat in a restaurant, meat from the butcher, a spot in a Communist government-sponsored vacation home.

The sense of waiting for a glorious future in which everything will be better than it is today.

'Resistance Was Not in Vain'

In this demoralized condition, I met Pelayo Terry Cuervo, editor-in-chief of Granma, Cuba's largest daily newspaper. Granma was the name of the yacht on which Castro and his flock landed on Cuba. Granma is the "Official Organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba," which makes it a good gauge of how much openness to change there is in the heart of the party -- at the very top, so to speak.

Cuervo is 49, and when you walk into his office, it feels as if you were standing in a museum of the revolution. A massive portrait of Che Guevara stands out against a fire-red background. There are framed photos of Fidel Castro, and on the wall there is a large quote from 1958, in which Castro vows to fight the Americans. There's also a white leather swivel chair.

"This is Fidel's chair," says Cuervo. "He always sat here. He used to come to the newspaper every day." Used to? "Until the mid-1990s."

We stand in front of the empty white chair as if it were a ghost. Castro still occasionally pens articles in Granma. He recently wrote that he doesn't trust the Americans. Cuervo doesn't trust the Americans either, but he does favor rapprochement. "The new relations with the United States prove that the resistance of the Cuban people was not in vain," says Cuervo.

Granma, with a circulation of 500,000 and usually a meager eight pages thick, is 50 years old. Throughout its history, the paper's purpose was always clear: "To defend the revolution and its achievements." More recently, however, a new and previously unknown purpose has been added. "Granma must also portray society, with all of its faults and mistakes," says Cuervo.

Not unlike Cuban leader Raúl Castro, Cuervo has also put together a reform plan for the newspaper, which essentially consists of more openness and more debate. Cuervo pulls a letter to the editor from a folder. The editorial office receives about 10,000 letters a year. The missives are often filled with complaints about everyday socialist life. A few letters are printed every Friday on two pages reserved for Letters to the Editor.

"I am sending this complaint here to the Agriculture Ministry," Cuervo says, waving the letter. "It addresses a supply problem. They have 60 days to answer. If the response is inadequate, we will comment on the case in the newspaper. That's a new feature I introduced."

Cuervo also wants to see more discussions in his paper. "If there is a debate within society, people have to be able to read about it in our newspaper." The editorial office of Granma is a real surprise. Somehow one envisions a party-run newspaper being staffed by octogenarians. As it turns out, though, many of the journalists working in the small offices are between 25 and 40. Amelia Duarte de la Rosa, the head of the arts section, even looks like a fashion model.

Perhaps one reason the revolution in Cuba has survived for so long is that the Cuban communists are often as attractive as she is, and don't have names like Erich or Margot or Günter, as they did in East Germany, but Amelia Duarte de la Rosa -- names that could be characters in a novel.

I've been so distracted that I've almost forgotten to ask one last question: Mr. Cuervo, what do you think Cubans really want? A reformation of the system? Or its abolition?

"Ninety-five percent of Cubans support us," says Editor in Chief Cuervo. I wonder whether he really believes this, or wants to believe it.

Life After Fidel, Raúl and Che
We take the elevator up to the Granma archive, into a world that smells faded and dusty, a place where the modern age is as far away as the moon. The archive contains 5 million negatives, stored in old wooden drawers. There are only three short names on some of the labels: Fidel. Raúl. Che.

Suddenly you get a sense of how deep these roots lie. Fidel. Raúl. Che. Every Cuban has gone through life with these three names, willingly or unwillingly, whether or not he or she believed in socialism, since victory of the revolution an incredible 57 years ago. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the American president at the time, and Konrad Adenauer was Germany's chancellor. The Beatles didn't even exist yet. Fifty-seven years of Fidel, Raúl and Che. They were always there. And now? Who or what comes next?
First Obama, now in Cuba for his first state visit. An American president in Havana -- it's almost too hard to imagine, an event as surreal as the moon landing. Raúl Castro is 84 and Fidel Castro is 88. They have survived 10 American presidents, and now the 11th has stopped by to make peace.
Of course, other Americans have been coming for a while -- a small capitalist advance party: the real estate buyers. They sit in new realtors' offices or walk around the Old Town, keeping an eye out for the Se Vende, or For Sale, signs that are posted on doors in Cuba.
Havana is a socialist shack, rotten and full of holes. A city full of inhabited piles of rubble, from which power cables hang like IV lines. Entire blocks look to be on the verge of collapse. So what? The real estate buyers see a great future for Havana. Look at these incredible colonial buildings, they say! We have to invest now! Havana will be totally crazy in a few years. I even feel a little tempted myself. How about an apartment here? It must be cheap, and it'll certainly be expensive in the future. You should have bought something in Berlin when it was cheap back in the 1990s, I tell myself. I've taken a trip back into socialism, and suddenly I'm feeling my capitalist reflexes.

The Real Rat Begins

Joel, 33, who wears a T-shirt and a worn pair of Chuck Taylors, is sitting in the office of Havanna Casas, near the historic district. He looks like a student, but he's been working as a realtor for a few months now. His training consisted of a 10-hour American training video.

How's business, Joel?

"Very good. A lot of Americans want to buy quickly, before the market really explodes. And the Europeans want to buy quickly, before the Americans buy up everything."

It sounds as if the race has already begun. But the truth is that there isn't even a market yet. Not officially, that is. Foreigners are not permitted to buy real estate in Cuba. But where there are laws, there are ways of circumventing them.

A CUBAN PROXY

Foreigners look for a Cuban proxy, often a woman -- a Cuban mistress. Of course, it is perfectly conceivable that the Cuban mistress will spontaneously decide, once the property has been purchased, that she no longer loves the foreigner and wants a separation Then she has a nice condo and the foreigner has less money in his bank account.

Doesn't this deter buyers? Joel shrugs his shoulders. "An American was sitting here yesterday, determined to buy something. He asked me if I could be his proxy. Isn't that crazy? He had never seen me before, and yet he was prepared to put a pile of money in my hand."

The greed is almost palpable. So is the big wave that could soon be rolling toward Cuba. Ultimately, it's about more than just a few condos or houses. It's about the question of who owns the country.

WE WANT IT BACK!

After the revolution, Fidel Castro had foreign companies in Cuba expropriated. They included American giants, like Texaco, Coca-Cola, United Fruit and General Motors. They or their legal successor will soon be back in Cuba. And other old acquaintances are also positioning themselves to move in. The heirs of American mobster Meyer Lansky recently announced that they would like to get the Hotel Riviera back. In the 1950s, the Riviera was a notorious mafia hangout on the Malecón, the city's magnificent waterfront esplanade.

Joel recommends that I buy something in Havana's historic district. And how much would that cost? "Colonial style, good conditions, 100 square meters (1,076 square feet)? About $100,000."

I could turn it into a vacation apartment, I think. People are crazy about Cuba at the moment. The country's tourism industry saw close to 20 percent growth last year. Havana is bursting at the seams. Airbnb is there already. So are the celebrities. Beyoncé has been to Havana, and so have Rihanna, Katy Perry and Jay-Z. The Rolling Stones are coming in late March. Karl Lagerfeld plans to introduce his new collection in Havana later in the year. Haute couture in the rubble of socialism. Paris Hilton. Pierce Brosnan. Thomas Oppermann.

Who?

Thomas Oppermann, head of the Social Democratic Party's parliamentary group in Germany's federal parliament, the Bundestag, is standing on the beautiful rooftop deck of the La Guarida restaurant. He has a Cuban cigar in the chest pocket of his black polo shirt.

Oppermann was just in Mexico to gain an impression of the situation, as he puts it. Now he's in Havana for a short visit, but it isn't entirely clear why. Presumably to gain an impression of the situation there.

The Spoils of the Cold War

The German Embassy is hosting a party in Oppermann's honor, and now we are all standing around, drinking daiquiris. Oh Cuba, says Oppermann, as he takes sips from his daiquiri and gazes down at the city, at Havana's sea of ruins. He didn't imagine that it would be this bad, he says. This looks like Sarajevo after the war, Oppermann says sadly.

But first it's time to eat. In the restaurant, Oppermann wants to know more about the Cuban situation. There have been so many arrests recently, haven't there? Political prisoners? But then the food and wine arrives.

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was also in Havana recently, leading a trade delegation consisting of representatives of Germany's famed Mittelstand, the small and medium-sized companies that form the backbone of the country's economy. The delegation was interested in investments and the Cuban market, at least according to the media reports.
Oh, the Cuban market, says Oppermann. It's very small, isn't it? How many people live in Cuba, by the way? Eleven million, says an embassy staffer. Even little East Germany had a larger population.
Then the lights go out. The power is out in the entire district. Oh, this isn't the sort of thing you experience every day, says Oppermann cheerfully, as he praises the food. Oh, that was delicious, he says. What's the name of this restaurant? Waiters place candles on the tables, and Oppermann raves about his trip in a Cuban taxi, an ancient Chevy or Buick.

Listening to Oppermann talk, it becomes clear that he too is nothing but a tourist of sorts. Just like everyone else. Cuba doesn't have much of an appeal from a political perspective. And the Cuban market? A joke. At best, Cuba has nostalgic significance, as a particularly attractive trophy among the spoils of the Cold War.

JURASSIC PARK OF SOCIALISM
 
The major conflicts have moved on long ago. Syria, Iraq, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union, Islamic State, terrorism, the refugees. By contrast, Cuba feels like a run-down convalescent home, a Jurassic Park of socialism that everyone wants to see just once, for fear that it will be swallowed up by time.
It's an irony of history that Cuban socialism is probably more popular today than ever before. And if the tourists had their way, everything would remain exactly the way it is today. Cuba enables them to travel back into a clear, unchanging past, one without confusing fronts and crises. And even the Internet is hardly functional. Magnificent!
But now Oppermann finally wants to smoke his Cuban cigar. Suddenly there is a bustle of activity in the restaurant, as waiters rush around the room. What's happening now, we ask as we walk out the door? Princess Caroline of Monaco is here, we are told. It's crazy. Even the European aristocracy is now vacationing in good old socialism.

On my last day in Havana, I visit the Museum of the Revolution, where Batista's golden telephone is on display. The story impressed me when I was a child. Dictator Fulgencio Batista owned a golden telephone? The telephone situation in East Berlin was always difficult.

Now I'm standing in front of the golden telephone, and it's nothing but an old, plastic telephone that looks like a child had quickly painted it with gold paint.

The End of the Revolution

I walk through the revolutionary exhibit. It's depressing. There are yellowed newspaper articles in glass cases. Black-and-white photos hang crookedly on the walls, and the labels underneath the photos are bubbling up. A pair of old shoes once worn by Fidel Castro and an old belt are on display. The label next to the belt reads: "The bloody belt of Jorge Delgado, who died in battle on April 17, 1961." The wind whistles through broken windows, and a museum employee has dozed off in her chair. Here I am, standing in the Museum of the Revolution, and the revolution is dead. It's even possible to determine its exact date of death. The exhibit ends with a photo from May 1991. The label reads: "Fidel and Raúl Castro greet victorious international fighters as they return home."

One can only hope that the famous Museum of the Revolution is not on the agenda during President Obama's visit. The proud Cubans don't deserve that.

José Pérez Quintana, the 55-year-old museum director, is a tired-looking man who immediately apologizes. The exhibit was designed in 1988 and has hardly been updated since then, he says. But everything will change soon. Pérez Quintana dreams of a bright future for his museum, with digital animation, a theater and a cafeteria. He also wants to start displaying completely new items soon.

"The storage rooms are full of treasures," he says.

"Such as?"
"A jacket that belonged to Che. And some hair and beard hair from Che," says Pérez Quintana, smiling raptly. So the revolution continues? "Of course," says Pérez Quintana. "A revolution changes, but it never ends!"
And I think to myself: Cuban socialism probably survived for so long because there are so many people like José Pérez Quintana here. And Pelayo Cuervo, the newspaper editor. And the students of Darién Garcia, the teacher of capitalism. They are sitting in a crumbling realm, but at least it's their realm, hard-fought and won 57 years ago.
The geriatric king is still alive, and the future is uncertain. 

Capitalism will probably come to Cuba sooner or later. But it's hard to imagine that Cubans will become true capitalists, just as they never became real communists, either. The Cubans always practice their own version of the major worldviews.

In parting, Pérez Quintana, the museum director, says: "I like Germany very much." For a moment, I think that he probably wants to leave the country, like so many other Cubans. But that isn't the case at all.  
"I love the Scorpions!" says Pérez Quintana. He would love to see the Scorpions perform live. Instead, the Rolling Stones are coming to Havana. That isn't bad, either, says Quintana. It makes me think that, historically speaking, rock bands were often a bad omen for socialism in its late phase. Bruce Springsteen performed in East Berlin in 1988. The Berlin Wall came down a year later. Then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev received the Scorpions at the Kremlin in 1991. The Soviet Union collapsed soon afterwards.