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Cuban Dissident Praises Trump, Calls to Reinstate “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 2:12 pm
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Cuban dissident Antunez is pleased with Trump’s Cuba policy (Baracutey Cubano).

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Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as “Antúnez”, a Cuban dissident who was jailed for 17 years for political reasons, asked US President Donald Trump Thursday to reestablish the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy that was eliminated in January by former president Barack Obama.

The Cuban dissident who is in Miami receiving a tribute from the island’s exile community said that “there are many things to improve” in the short term regarding the policy that has been implemented towards Cuba and that will be the responsibility of President Trump.

“Antunez” said that with respect to the recent US election that he was not originally a Donald Trump supporter, but that he wanted to see Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated in order to bring about a change in US policy toward Cuba.

“By consensus, most Cubans” wanted that change, he alleged, and he called Trump a “firm and clear anti-Communist,” so he concluded: “I’m glad of Clinton’s defeat.”

The dissident said they are waiting for Trump to make several changes, among which is to put back into effect the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that provided preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, who were allowed to stay in the United States. Obama repealed that policy, in Antunez’s opinion, “to ingratiate himself with the Cuban dictatorship and punish those who have opposed against its policy towards the island.”

Antunez also noted “the need to change the Radio Martí system, so that it can put itself at the service of the struggle for freedom in Cuba, since at the moment, it is lacking in journalistic quality,” which is why Antunez “thinks it is necessary to return to its original mission.”

This radio station is funded by the US government for the purpose of promoting freedom and democracy in Cuba, but “gives priority to the opinions that coincide with Obama’s policies,” said the dissident. As for the policies established by former President Obama, “Antunez” said he is in favor of reversing them all.

As for the US government’s relationship with Cuban opponents, the dissident believes that a review should be made of the programs to help the opposition aid individuals who are protesting against the Cuban regime and not “only focus on social programs.”

Source: Cubanet

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Mexico: Two Candidates for Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office Plagiarized Application Essays

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 17, 2017, 2:08 pm
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EspañolIn order to apply for a position in Mexico's anti-corruption prosecutor's office, an essay must be submitted to the Senate. Two candidates in the running for that job have been disqualified after it was discovered they plagiarized their essays. They had to describe how they would confront irregular practices in the government and why they should be chosen for that position within the federal Mexican government. However, senators from the Justice and Anticorruption Commissions as well as the Citizen Participation party found that some paragraphs presented by Braulio Robles Zuñiga and Angelica Palacios Zarate were virtually identical. Officials did not reveal whether the candidates copied one another or plagiarized another source. "The Technical Secretary of the Justice Commission sent us a report on an unfortunate situation found in the essays presented by both candidates that are scheduled for today and this has to do with a very specific similarity in terms of the writing of both essays," said Senator Pilar Ortega, President of the Justice Commission. Officials attempted to speak with Robles after discovering the problem, but he said he preferred to be absent at his scheduled appearance before senators on Thursday. Palacios, however, accepted her right to a hearing, where she plans to explain the irregularities in the essay. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "Given the characteristics of this process, which is to find whoever heads the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, it would be inadmissible for these people to continue in the process," said the PAN senator. Read More: Mexican Officials Aim to Block Contracts for Companies Building Trump’s Border Wall Read More: Mexico Denounces Trump’s Border Wall at UN Meeting for “Fostering Intolerance and Extremism” Braulio Robles Zuñiga has a Bachelor's degree in Law and holds a doctorate in criminal law. He worked at the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic in the Specialized Investigation Unit on Abduction Crimes. Angelica Palacios Zarate graduated from the University of Tlaxcala, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law. With the disqualification of both candidates, the list is reduced to 25 candidates seeking to occupy the position of Mexico's Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. Source: Animal Político

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