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The 5 Biggest Lies in Trump’s Speech to Congress Via TeleSurEnglish

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  1. “American companies are taxed at one of the highest rates anywhere in the world.”

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. is near the bottom of the 34 industrialized nations for tax revenue as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. The OECD ranks the U.S. 31st, well behind Germany, the U.K., and Denmark. The global accounting firm KPMG even ranks the U.S. as the 6th “tax friendliest” country in the world.

RELATED: Trump Backtracks, Refuses to Release Tax Returns

  1. “We will create massive tax relief for the middle class.”

Trump’s tax plan — which includes cuts to estate and gift taxes — will largely benefit the top income bracket, saving the richest in the U.S. millions of dollars a year. According to the conservative think-tank the Tax Foundation, most families below the top 20 percent of the income bracket will get less than 1 percent in tax savings. The foundation estimates that at least half of Trump’s tax cuts benefit the top 1 percent of the income bracket, and overall the cuts will add almost US$5 trillion to the national debt by reducing government revenues.

  1. “We’ve defended the borders of other nations while leaving our own borders wide open.”

In the past 14 years, the U.S. illegally invaded and occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, and launched or supported illegal military operations in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Syria and Libya, among others.

On its own border with Mexico, according to the Department of Homeland Security itself, the past 10 years have seen a 90 percent drop in unauthorized border crossings, largely due to a vicious crackdown on migrants led by the Obama administration. The U.S. allowed in almost a million fewer immigrants in 2015 than it did in 1991, and remains under its maximum cap of 70,000 for asylum seekers and refugees.

Those migrants and asylum seekers who are allowed into the U.S. have to pass through one of the most intensive screening processes in the world, often taking up to two years to process one application.

RELATED: White Fears of a US Border Crisis Are Unfounded: Report

  1. “The vast majority of terrorist attacks came from people who came over our border.”

As demonstrated by the recent terrorist attack in Kansas — where a man shouted “Get out of my country” before shooting and killing two Indian immigrants — the greatest terror threat in the U.S. comes from “homegrown” right-wing extremists increasingly emboldened by Trump’s own rhetoric.

Indeed, according to the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, “Law enforcement agencies in the United States consider anti-government violent extremists, not radicalized Muslims, to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face.”

In another study, professors Charles Kurzman and Duke Professor David Schanzer found that so-called “radical Islamic” terror attacks “accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years.” In contrast, “right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.”

  1. “By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.”

Far from being lax on immigration enforcement, the Obama administration actually oversaw some of the harshest enforcement of immigration laws in U.S. history, deporting over 2.5 million people and dramatically increasing funding for border security and immigration detention.

Rather than boosting employment, raising wages, or saving billions, multiple studies suggest that Trump’s stated plans on immigration will likely have a devastating effect on the U.S. economy.

RELATED: US: Undocumented Immigrants Pay at Least $11.6 Billion in Taxes

The right-wing think-tank American Action Forum predicts that Trump’s immigration crackdown would result in a US$381 to US$623 billion dollar hit to the U.S. economy in the private sector alone. It pointed out that some of the biggest industries in the U.S. — agriculture, construction, and hospitality — depend on migrant workers, both documented and undocumented. In contrast, multiple studies show that immigration is generally good for the economy, even raising long-term employment rates as well as wages.

Far from saving money, Trump’s stated plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and vastly expand the deportation machinery created by the Obama administration will cost billions. A recent Department of Homeland Security study estimated that the wall alone will cost US$21.6 billion, while CNBC estimates that Trump’s deportation plan could cost up to US$500 billion.

Last but certainly not least, rather than making “communities safer for everyone,” Trump’s recent immigration raids and racist rhetoric has brought terror to millions of U.S. immigrants and unleashed a wave of racist violence.

 

 

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A safe country ? Definitely !

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Original Post Automatically Translate: Empresas turísticas de EEUU aseguran que Cuba es un destino seguro / Cubadebate Cuba

“The reality is that Americans can continue to travel to Cuba almost as they did before the new regulations,” said Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba, which organized a forum in Havana with US companies in the tourism sector.

Executives from companies from the travel agencies, hotels, tour operators, airlines and cruise companies expressed their interest in continuing trade relations with Cuba.

“We see many opportunities in Cuba, especially on the Havana-Miami route,” said Martha Pantin, corporate communications manager of American Airlines, a company that already operates nine daily flights to five Cuban destinations. “We have requested permission for 17 additional frequencies,” 

“The message is that Cuba is open to business, safe, wonderful and legal for travelers from the United States,” said Terry Dale, president of the Association of Tour Operators of the United States.

Within the new policy of US President Donald Trump, to the island, banned US companies from making direct monetary transactions with a number of companies in the tourism sector, on the charge that they are controlled by the Cuban Army.

It also hardened the conditions for travel to the island by US citizens, who although were already banned from tourism, and only can travel as part of a cultural, academic or religious trip, among others.

But despite the obstacles in the procedures, Trump’s measures did not vary the 12 categories of trips approved by the previous US administration to facilitate visits to the island, which have now been restricted to trips organized in groups.

“The new measures have created a lot of confusion about the reality of travel to Cuba. But the truth is that Cuba remains a legal and safe destination for American travelers even before the new regulations of the Treasury Department, “said lawyer Lindsay Frank.

During 2017, 620,000 Americans traveled to Cuba and none had health problems during their stay on the island. An argument that would contradict the travel warning issued by the State Department last September and that in early January had to lift and pass it to “reconsider” the trip.

“It is very important for American travelers to understand that the travel warning from the State Department does not legally prevent Americans from traveling to Cuba,” explained lawyer Lindsay Frank.

 

“Internet Task Force” – returning to failed Cuba policies

 

Original Post: United States returns to failed Cuba policies – The creation of an “Internet Task Force” to undermine Cuba is one more subversive program using new technologies, along the lines of ZunZuneo, Piramideo, and Conmotion

SUBVERSIVE PROJECTS BASED ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES

– ZunZuneo: Financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the objective of launching a messaging system that could reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans using “non-controversial” content, like sports news, music, weather reports, and announcements. When they had won over a following, the plan was to begin sending political messages inciting Cubans to make appeals on the network for massive demonstrations to destabilize the country.

– Piramideo: Similar to ZunZuneo, this program was undertaken by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), responsible for the infamous Radio and TV Martí. The plan was to create a network of “friends” that would offer the possibility of sending a massive message to members of a “pyramid” at the cost of a single SMS. The objective was to prepare a platform for subversion.

– Conmotion: A tool to create independent create wireless networks, developed by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), with headquarters in Washington, originally intended for military use. Although no information on its functioning in Cuba is known, government sources told the New York Times that millions of dollars had been dedicated to an effort toward that end.

– Operation Surf: Unmasked by State Security agent Raúl – Dalexi González Madruga – this program involved the smuggling of equipment and software into the country to install illegal antennas to access the internet.

If the Trump administration presumes to use new technologies to impose changes on Cuba’s internal order, it has chosen a very time worn route, one that has been inoperative and ineffective in the past – not to mention that it violates the laws of the country involved, and even those of the United States.

The creation of an Internet Task Force focused on Cuba, announced by the State Department January 23, opens the doors for the continuation of a failed Cold War policy, which the two countries had stated their intention to change on December 17, 2014.

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Cuba lights up every January 27th with thousands of torches

A student tradition that was born 65 years ago and has become a march of people that every January 27 along the island goes out to thank their heroes, specially in honor of Jose Julian Marti, the Cuban Apostle.

 

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Jose Julian Marti, from NYC to Havana.

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Today was unveiled in Havana the copy of the statue of Jose Julian Marti that stands in our Central Park in New York. And masterfully the Dr. Eusebio Leal, Historian of the City of Havana poetically decorated the moment with these words:

“On this morning when the 165th anniversary of his birth is celebrated, not far from here, in the street of Paula, we evoke Jose Marti in the act of his supreme sacrifice for the cause he chose as a motivation for his life. The work of the renowned American artist Anna Hyatt Huntington evokes it “

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“There is serenity in his face. There is beauty in the whole in which the beast tramples herbs and lilies, perhaps evoking those words that I always considered the intimate premonition of his sacrifice: ‘My verse will grow under the grass and I will grow too’. It is the scene of May 19, 1895. But today we do not stop to contemplate the death that he considered a necessary act. “It is not true,” he said, “when the work of life has been well fulfilled.” ‘Or when she – as she also affirmed – becomes a car of glory’, we do not come today with sadness and apathy before her monument. I am extremely happy that we, the people of Havana, can enjoy today a work so beautiful and so poetically inspired “

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“We thank you, teacher and apostle, for your brief and generous life. You have not died You live in our hearts. Cuba thanks you. The Cuban people all put before you an offering of flowers and these signs remind you that your sacrifice was not useless. A moment ago, the national flag floats on top of the monument. We have not followed the usual practice, renouncing a bit the tradition of snatching a veil – it would be immense – we have preferred it to be the flag that rises over the blue sky of Cuba when the Sun has not yet touched our eyes or risen through the lands of the East, those lands that you saw for the first time after you returned to Cuba. Blessed are you, Master.

 

 

 

God, please, bless America! – By Michael L. Winston

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The United States lives politically an internal chaos that does not seem to end. The Trump Administration, questioned since its genesis by alleged links with the Kremlin, swims against the current like small salmon and terrified. This federal constitutional republic has become a libertarian nation, in which new revelations continue to appear against the New York leader. Apparently allies of the Congress and the Senate seem to play the role of turning their backs on such a crucial stage to the boss seeking their own benefit. The final Apocalypse is imminent.

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Deere, Caterpillar and farmers benefit from Obama’s Cuba rules – Via /www.tsln.com

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Related: Why to invest in Mariel? – ZED Mariel provides a world-class production and logistics platform for the establishment of companies, whose productions and services can be traded in the domestic market or exported, and will benefit from the regulatory framework, incentives and friendly business environment. Financial Times fDi magazine awarded ZED Mariel as winner in the category of BEST ZONE TO CONSIDER IN THE FUTURE in the Best Global Zones of the year 2017 competition (GFZ17).

The Obama administration initiatives in making trade with Cuba easier substantially increased sales to Cuba in November 2017 compared to November 2016, Economic Eye on Cuba, a newsletter published by the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, announced today.

Exports of food products and agricultural commodities from the United States to Cuba in November 2017 were $21.27 million compared to $10.59 million in November 2016 and $6.24 million in November 2015, Economic Eye on Cuba said. There were also substantial increases in sales of farm equipment and products for hotels and airlines.

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6 COOL REASONS TO VISIT CUBA IN WINTER TIME – Via http://locallysourcedcuba.com

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Isn’t Cuba a summer destination of sun, sea and sand? Not so, or more correctly, not entirely! The truth is Cuba is a phenomenal country to visit at any time of year. And as it turns out, there are a number of very cool reasons to visit Cuba in winter time too. Here we round up our top six reasons, starting with the all-important Cuban weather.

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Must Read x 2 by CALEB GEE Via ushypocrisy.com

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