SYRPER’S MAN OF THE YEAR FOR 2015

RAOUL CASTRO!!!

I know what you’re thinking: “what did he do?”.  Well, he didn’t get a lot of publicity but he managed to bring the United States closer to normalization after a solid 5 decades-plus of American hounding, moaning, yelping, screeching, barfing and caterwauling; and, for that matter, 5 decades of American efforts to kill his pesky brother, the immortal, Fidel Castro.  Look.  For a guy who hardly appeared in the Western Press, that ain’t bad.

These old dinosaurs like Raoul are on their way out.  But, they shouldn’t depart the scene without recognition by a sterling website like ours.  I mean, the Castro brothers (No! Silly. Not the DeCastro Sisters!) were instrumental in reining in the Rabelaisian aspirations of 10 presidents accompanied by the usual potpourri of sinister white people like successive C IA Directors, successive Pentagon Chiefs and successive, Machiavellian/Metternichian bamboozling NSC advisors with their inevitably foreign accents – Dr. Strangelove? Sort of.  The Castros have defied all odds and snubbed their noses at a dazzling queue of putatively pathological pink-complexioned pettifoggers from hardline states like Kansas, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas and California.

Besides managing the seemingly impossible, Raoul has goosed all those Cuban exiles who never got the message that opening up Cuba to American vices would be a sure guarantor of the fall of the country and riddance from the Castros – their ubiquitous security services and any mention of communism.  Despite the obvious, Cuban-Americans or Cuban Canadians, like Republican nominee-hopeful, Ted Cruz or his more snarling and amoral competitor, Marco Rubio, continue to beat the drums of scorn – undoing everything the shifty-eyed Obama has done – as though they were Satan’s offspring willing to unravel the universe only to make it more of a nothingness.

Raoul has vowed to retire to a comfortable life of fishing for tarpon and drinking Cuba’s excellent rum.  I don’t know who is going to follow in his footsteps.  I sure hope it’s not another Castro only because I am tired of dynasties.

Jeb Bush. Dynasties? 

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NEWS AND COMMENT:

Penny pooh-poohs the historicity of any Kurdish Syria:

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2016/01/canadian-filming-liberation-of-kurdish.html

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Leroy Tyrone Washington.
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Raul Castro , like Dr. Assad of Syria and Dr. Rhouanhi of Iran is a sane Voice in a world gone starking Mad.

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Nice tribute to a leader that demonstrated an outstanding ability to negotiate with both extremes, Cuba is set for a bright future if they manage to preserve its independency, hopefully they will do it.

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There is a young person in training, he a former Mayor in Cuba that has done a get job of getting the area back on its feet. The Castro brothers have moved him into the main govt a few steps behind Raul.
Sorry don’t have his name or link but have seen him interviewed once and he not confused about the task ahead and who Amerika really is.

Great pick Ziad I have followed the brothers for many yrs. They unlike Amerika send Dr., Nurse, and teachers to countries in need not the Army.

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the recent refugee influx into europe, facilitated by most european zionists puppets leaders is yet another ploy by the zionist world empire to create friction between the west and muslims. by flooding europe with muslim refugees they hope to stir up national hatred of muslims, since in most cases those refugees do not represent the best ambassadors. by doing so the zionists hope to rally the west against muslims and islam in general. thereby gaining empathy with their zionist entity which is being exposed every day as the malice it is. by creating ISIS and other factions the zionist empire… Read more »

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Hi Ziad
Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the two recent link overs
I’ve no luck with leaving comments here- don’t know why I suspect it’s all my own computer security measures…

I still do read and yes, I do pooh, pooh that mythos- I have always been a stalwart supporter of Syria and it’s territorial integrity- as it was prior to the NATO backed destabilization.
I do not support the NATO backed Kurdish militias as they rape, pillage and ethnically cleanse their way through Syria-

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Syper’s ‘Man Of The Year’ accolade for Raul Castro is truly deserved. Cuba and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are the two ‘small’ nations that set the template for real independence from the imperialist monster that is the USA. I am sure Iran’s – and by extension, Syria’s – so far very successful resolve to remain truly independent owes much to those two nations’ examples.

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I remember seeing this when on teeevee the first time wish that it really happened but they still would have been killed. Together they would have been a power house:(

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Would be better for Cuba to do business with Asia.
Only allow American tourism inside the country.

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sad lad, you’re overdoing it…
Deir ez Zour is ISs last chance for a major victory.
So they throw in all they have.
Problem for SAA is the difficulty of strengthening the forces there.

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The most famous Cuban rum is Bacardi. They had their assets confiscated by the Castro brothers. As soon as the Castros part this world the million exiled Cubans from South Florida will return and the confiscated property will be returned to them. So much for the revolution.

Instead of going to Cuba go to Hialeah Florida and talk to the families that were exiled to the U.S. These were middle class Cubans who had their lives torn apart.

Next time you drink a Cuban Libre remember those who died at the Castros hands.

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War at Palmyra.

http://www.anna-news.info/node/51190

A Syrian officer wounded in the head gets a bandage. He had luck, so close to death.

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Hi Canthama,
I guess we are all expecting your updated comment about the big fight currently taking place in Deir eizzor. It seems everyone is holding his breath !
At least the weather is not too bad and SyAF/RuAF can fly !

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a question, i was always told that the cubans sent pilots to help syria in 67 and or 73. anyone out there have any info on this. As a young syrian lad i was told that there was cuban blood shed on syrian soil helping us fight the zionists.

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I hope it is another Castro because I certainly would not like to have Cuba be under another Bautista style dictator. Hate dynasties well the wonderful Al Assad family is a dynasty of sorts. First His Excellency RT HON President Hafez Al Assad and now the beautiful HE RT HON Pres Dr Bashar Al Assad and hope another member of the Al Assad clan succeeds and also tell America where to get off.