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Vice-president to take charge of US response to coronavirusDemocrat challengers campaigning in run-up to South Carolina and Super TuesdaySupport the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 12.30pm GMT Bernie Sanders’ comments about Cuba at the weekend during his “60 Minutes” interview have continued to provoke responses throughout the week. Here’s Aaron Hicklin on what Sanders’ words felt like for the LGBTQ movement.When Bernie Sanders doubled down on his old “not everything w...
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If Bernie Sanders thinks Cuba is worth defending, he should talk to gay dissidents | Aaron Hicklin

Sanders is no homophobe – he was among the few to vote against Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act. Still, he is wrong to defend CubaI remember visiting Havana in 2015 and browsing the book stalls around the Plaza de Armas. From a distance they looked inviting – like those you see along the Seine in Paris. But up close it became apparent that we were being duped. The books were standard issue hagiographies of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, alongside the occasional biography of “Papa” Hemingway. Lik...
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Cuba buys fuel shipment, vessel and all, due to US sanctions

Cuba purchased a shipment of oil -- and the vessel holding it -- as its owner refused to dock at the island nation over fears of violating US sanctions, the government said Wednesday. Authorities in Cuba -- which is facing a fuel shortage -- did not specify where the fuel or ship came from, nor when the purchase took place. "We have reached the point where we had to buy a ship near our shore -- buy the ship -- because the owner refused to dock with the fuel on board," Transport Minister Eduard...
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Irene Gutierrez on ‘Between Dog and Wolf,’ Cuba, Revolution Legacy

A Berlinale Forum player, “Between Dog And Wolf” portrays a real gang of former Cuban guerrillas who hide out and train in Cuba’s Sierra Maestra, as if the war and the Revolution aren’t over. The new docu-fiction feature of Irene Gutiérrez (“Hotel Nueva Isla,” “Diarios del exilio”) is produced by Spain’s El Viaje Films and […]
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Revisiting Buena Vista's Ibrahim Ferrer

A set of albums created by accident and that "re-created" a mythical ensemble that never existed in the first place nevertheless made stars of some deserving musicians and opened up new audiences to the rich musical heritage of Cuba. This re-release is another opportunity to revisit music that never fully got its due in America and is worth seeking out.Keep Reading
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A Bad Night for Democrats

The CBS-moderated debate on Tuesday was bad.The topic choices were bad: We heard yet another litigation of barely different visions of never-gonna-pass health-care policy an hour before we heard a question about coronavirus and pandemics. The moderation was bad: Bernie was attacked by five candidates consecutively and got about 45 seconds to respond. Meanwhile, Warren was allowed long soliloquies just because Michael Bloomberg passingly referred to her. The crosstalk was bad. Oh, and as a viewer...
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Sanders' ill-advised Cuba comments weren't wrong

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has found himself in hot water after a "60 Minutes" interview with Anderson Cooper Sunday in which he praised some of the actions of Fidel Castro following the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Twitter lit up, with most fellow politicians—both Democrat and Republican—condemning Sanders for "sing[ing] the praises of a murderous tyrant," as Representative Donna Shalala, who represents the US Congressional district housing the largest population of people of Cuban descent...
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Who won the Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict

The South Carolina debate was the final one before Super Tuesday. So who emerged as the victor? ‘Warren dominated the mic and Sanders held his ground’Oh yeah, man. Let’s get into it. Let’s dive into the issues that other debate moderators have not yet dared to approach so far. Questions such as: “Would you, as president, support a ban on trans fats and large sodas?”Did everyone else get this push notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning that there was going to be ...
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Buttigieg: Democrats will lose Congress if nominee is 'explaining the bright side of the Castro regime'

The recent comments made by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) about Cuba and its former leader Fidel Castro were bound to come up during Tuesday's Democratic primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina. When the topic eventually made its way into the chaos, Sanders' fellow candidates zeroed in on his past praise for certain aspects of the Cuban government, such as its literary program and health care system. Sanders once again clarified he was merely pointing a few good things about the Castr...
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Sanders' ill-advised Cuba comments weren't wrong

It wasn't wise for Bernie Sanders to say things about Fidel Castro that he must have known would alienate so many Miami Cuban and Venezuelan exiles, given that Florida is likely to be a crucial swing state in the general election; that said, argues Cuba scholar Rebecca Bodenheimer, what Sanders said shouldn't be viewed as wholly controversial.
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Frontrunner Sanders Fields Incoming Fire In Last Debate Before Super Tuesday

For perhaps the first time in a debate during this Democratic primary election cycle, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was treated like what he was — the frontrunner. With days to go before South Carolina votes and not much longer before 14 other states weigh in on Super Tuesday, Sanders was a clear target for his competitors in Charleston, South Carolina, who in large part have stayed away from attacking him head-on in other debates. That changed in the debate’s second minute, when former New York...
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Desperate Democrats Brawl in Chaotic South Carolina Debate

The stage in Charleston was set for a pile-on. Senator Bernie Sanders stood in the middle of the seven-candidate field, flanked by competitors all too aware that his lead in the Democratic primary is on the verge of becoming prohibitive. But rather than hammer Sanders, the desperate candidates hacked away at one another. Sanders took plenty of incoming, but Tuesday’s Democratic debate devolved into a chaotic, all-way melee. Elizabeth Warren continued her attacks on Michael Bloomberg; Jo...
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What the Cuban literacy program Bernie Sanders praised was actually about

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' praise for a 1960s literacy program in Cuba is suddenly at the center of the 2020 presidential race, with critics excoriating the self-described democratic socialist candidate for the remarks.
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Whoopi Goes Off on Bernie’s Castro Remarks: ‘There’s Nothing Groovy About a Dictatorship!’

The women of The View continued to rail against Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday, this time taking issue with the democratic socialist senator doubling down on his praise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s literacy program.“There is nothing groovy about a dictatorship,” host Whoopi Goldberg exclaimed at one point.Sanders has come under fire, including by many Democrats, for telling 60 Minutes that it was “unfair” to say “everything is bad” with Castro’s reg...
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Swing District Dem Says ‘No One’ Left in the Presidential Race Will Be ‘Helpful’ in Her Reelection

Representative Lauren Underwood (D., Ill.) said at an event on Monday that "no one" running for the Democratic presidential nomination would be helpful to her in the 2020 general elections."Some people are neutral and some people are not and no one in my opinion that’s running on the Democratic ticket is helpful to me in my race," Underwood told an audience at the City Club of Chicago, responding to a question about whether the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) would hurt down-ticket Demo...
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Socialist Paradise!

So Bernie Sanders goes on 60 Minutes and defends his previous defense of Castro's Cuba, touting Cuba's universal literacy program (and probably "free" health care.)  Right Bernie - Cuba is such a paradise, look at these people who fled Florida for Cuba's universal literacy and free health care: Oh, wait..... [Author: [email protected] (Kevin)]
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Bernie Sanders is wrong about Fidel Castro's Cuba. Does that make him worse than Trump?

No massive literacy campaign can compensate for the economic catastrophe and brutality of Fidel Castro's dictatorship in Cuba.
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Why Bernie Sanders’s Praise of Fidel Castro Matters

Did you know that infamous Nazi Hermann Göring was a great lover of animals, a protector of birds, and head of the forestry service in Germany? Unless you’re a history buff, probably not. After all, almost no one feels the need to preface their comments about the Third Reich with “Sure, the authoritarianism was pretty bad, but, boy, that Göring was one hell of an environmentalist!”Western elites, however, like to use this kind of absurd criterion whenever they talk about socialism, ignoring its ...
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Is Bernie Sanders a deep cover Communist revolutionary? Uh, no.

Bernie Sanders has a problem. On a few occasions he has given qualified praise to dastardly Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Cuba, thus proving his sympathy with the Red menace. So says both the army of Never Trump conservatives (numbering in my count at maybe two dozen, every one of which has a newspaper column somewhere), and various Democratic elites, including some of Sanders' presidential opponents.But this is just the latest flailing attempt of a political establishment desper...
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An unconventional candidate may be just what Dems need

• Top takeaways from CNN's South Carolina town halls • Sanders defends comments praising Castro's Cuba: 'The truth is the truth' • Bloomberg called Warren 'scary' and vowed to 'defend the banks' in closed-door 2016 event • Analysis: The Sanders effect will touch every race on the 2020 ballot
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John Bolton tries to slam Bernie Sanders for Castro remarks, rams headlong into more recent history

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) got some blowback Monday for comments he made on Sunday's 60 Minutes in favor of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro's literacy program. It's not clear many people outside of Florida or under age 70 have strong feelings about Castro anymore — he died in 2016, after all, and Cuba is now mostly known as a hot vacation spot. And as Sanders also said on 60 Minutes, it's not like he thinks current, nuclear-armed despot "Kim Jong Un is a good friend," and unlike ...
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Sanders defends comments praising Castro's Cuba: 'The truth is the truth'

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday stood by his partial defense of Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, stating bluntly: "The truth is the truth."
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See what Bernie Sanders said about Cuba and Castro

CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks to lawmaker Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) about recent comments Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) made in praise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
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Democrat slams Bernie Sanders over Cuba comments

CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks to lawmaker Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) about recent comments Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made in praise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
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Analysis: Sanders' disastrous health care answer on '60 Minutes'

• Sanders says 'it's unfair to simply say everything is bad' with Fidel Castro's Cuba • Democratic lawmaker's reaction to Sanders' comments: 'Absolutely unacceptable' • Fact check: Bloomberg falsely claims NYPD only entered mosques when invited in
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Bloomberg campaign again criticized for social media tactics – live

Ex-mayor’s team shared misleading tweets about rival Bernie SandersIn this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 10.50pm GMT Mike Bloomberg is again facing criticism for sharing misleading and offensive tweets.The campaign team for the Democratic candidate posted a real video of rival Bernie Sanders defending the Castro administration of Cuba. It then attempted to start an online campaign with the hashtag #BernieOnDespots, imagining w...
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Sanders praises some of Castro's policies, angering Republicans and Democrats in Florida

Bernie Sanders praised portions of Cuba's socialist system. That's rarely a winning proposition in Florida, home to many Cuban Americans.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Sanders Takes Some Florida Heat On Castro Comments

Fresh off of an overwhelming victory in Nevada, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) offered up fodder for critics — many in Florida — Sunday as he maintained that some good came from Fidel Castro’s leadership during the Cuban Revolution. “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” Sanders said in a “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper. “You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive li...
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Bloomberg Derides Sanders for Remarks Praising Castro

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Monday criticized fellow 2020 contender Bernie Sanders over comments Sanders made praising the regime of the late Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro.“Fidel Castro left a dark legacy of forced labor camps, religious repression, widespread poverty, firing squads, and the murder of thousands of his own people. But sure, Bernie, let’s talk about his literacy program,” Bloomberg wrote in a tweet that included a clip of Sanders praising Castro du...
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Bernie Sanders's Comments on Fidel Castro Provoke Anger in Florida

Bernie Sanders told “60 Minutes” that it would be “unfair” to say “everything is bad” about Cuba’s Communist revolution.
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