Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Putting Cuba in a UN Human Rights Commission is a travesty

(My new American Thinker post)

It's official - and Cuba is in:   

"China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog's credibility. 
The General Assembly elected 14 new members to the 47-seat Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight on rights abuses by adopting resolutions -- when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes."    
The travesty here is that some of these countries have not allowed UN inspectors to investigate human rights violations in their countries, according to Human Rights Watch.  
What a cast of characters. I can't wait until they have a human rights violation case or issue come to the council.  What will Cuba say when another member throws dissidents in jail or harasses critics?
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Will Hispanic leaders finally hold President Obama accountable for immigration reform failure?

(My new American Thinker post)


Today's POLITICO has a complex analysis of what's next for immigration reform.   The bottom line is that immigration reform is dead in this Congress and that's the sweet and short of it.

It failed because liberals did not understand that a "path to citizenship" was a deal breaker in the House. They should have settled for border security, a modest Dream Act and called a victory press conference afterwards. 

The Hispanic left could have taken 2 steps forward but now will go home with an empty bag again.

Beyond that, the liberals should have also understood that it is very difficult to "legalize 10 million workers" when 90 millions Americans have left the workforce.

I understand that legalizing workers may not be directly related to workers leaving the workforce.  Nevertheless, the optics (i.e. political reality) are very bad.. 

How do you explain to those 90 million that you are going to add 10 million to compete with them?  Also, most of the 10 million "undocumented" are at the low end of the income level. 

In other words, legalizing 10 million will flood the labor market with people willing to work for very low wages.

Last, but not least, there are thousands of people all over the world waiting to come legally into the US.  They've followed US laws, paid the fees and patiently waited for their turn. What do you say to them and their families or sponsors in the US?

The Hispanic leaders have themselves to blame for unrealistic expectations.  Maybe they will finally get off the 'si se puede tequila" and hold President Obama accountable for doing nothing when he had majorities in his first term.

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Marc Masferrer and Cuba getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council

(My new Babalu post)  

As you may know, Cuba will now have a seat in the UN Human Rights Council:
"China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog’s credibility.
The General Assembly elected 14 new members to the 47-seat Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight on rights abuses by adopting resolutions — when it chooses to do so.
It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes."
This is a travesty but what else do you expect from the UN?  I can't wait for Cuba to pass judgement on a member country that puts dissidents in jail or harasses citizens marching for freedom.    Let's see how Cuba votes when that issue comes before the council.
Again, this is a travesty and an insult to our intelligence.
Marc Masferrer has been at the forefront of this battle.   Please check out interview with Marc:




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