Whose Embassy Is This? 4

Cuba's President Raul Castro pauses as he speaks to reporters on the tarmac of the Jose Marti airport after escorting France's President Francois Hollande to his plane in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Castro said Cuba and the U.S. will name ambassadors to each other’s countries as soon as the island is removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism later this month. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Cuba’s President Raul Castro pauses as he speaks to reporters on the tarmac of the Jose Marti airport after escorting France’s President Francois Hollande to his plane in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Castro said Cuba and the U.S. will name ambassadors to each other’s countries as soon as the island is removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism later this month. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

The Cubans try to control the new American compound in Havana

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES [OPINION]

Barack Obama’s romance with the Castro brothers is rapidly turning into a sour shack-up. That’s what happens sometimes to romances under a tropic moon and the rustle of the coconut palms. Cuba wants to redefine the sanctity of embassies, and how they function. The public still doesn’t know what concessions the president is making to keep a flame under the romance, but it doesn’t sound good for our side.

The State Department has asked for another $6 million to expand the “American interests section,” in all but diplomatic protocol the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana. Legally and officially, the American Interests Section is part of the Swiss Embassy, but it’s staffed by American diplomats and housed in the old American Embassy in a large building facing the Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Plaza, which was cobbled together to “embarrass” the Americans.

John D. Feeley, a diplomat with the usual mouthful of title, “the principal deputy assistant secretary of state” in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, asked in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the money. Unless he told the senators more in private than he did in the public forum, it’s not clear what the money will be used for.

However, Mr. Feeley said some startling things about the big romance. American negotiators are still arguing about whether the security officers at the embassy are to be those of the Cuban secret police, and whether the U.S. can take its own electronic security equipment to expand the mission.

Whether American criminals who have taken refugee in Havana would be returned has not been determined, either. Within 48 hours of the announcement by the Obama administration that it would restore full relations with Havana, several Cuban dissidents were arrested, and are likely to remained imprisoned for an unknown period of time. The question of what the United States will get from reopened relations is not clear. What is clear is that the Cubans get a new center for Cuban infiltration, subversion and espionage in Washington.

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4 comments

  1. Gee whiz! Amazing frivolous non journalistic rhetoric.

    —-“Barack Obama’s romance with the Castro brothers is rapidly turning into a sour shack-up. That’s what happens sometimes to romances under a tropic moon and the rustle of the coconut palms.”

    —-“Cuba wants to redefine the sanctity of embassies, and how they function. The public still doesn’t know what concessions the president is making to keep a flame under the romance, but it doesn’t sound good for our side.”

    —-“The question of what the United States will get from reopened relations is not clear. What is clear is that the Cubans get a new center for Cuban infiltration, subversion and espionage in Washington.”

    I´m glad this is not the official position of the United States of America or the posture of the majority of American citizens in a great nation with a government constituted “of the people and by the people” and NOT of a capricious minority and by the capricious minority in a self-serving fashion to make a living talking bad about Cuba.

    Please do not insult me because I have a consented opinion, nor tell me I am a megalomaniac with possible mental disorders.

    Have a nice day.

  2. THIS IS WHAT YOU STATED: “The obsessive/compulsive troll has returned after a week.”

    MY REPLY: “Yes, precisely. Your obsessive/compulsive troll-like demeanor has returned after a week”. (your own poor Freudian slip).

    De la Cova, your personal accusatory remarks against my opinion, is out of line with the subject matter pertinent to this public blog. Whilst, it is an integral part of your unprofessional tendency to ramble-on throughout your daily living standard practice, your conduct is deplorable and unacceptable. Stop stalking persons with opinions different than yours.

    Notwithstanding, to get back to the issue at hand, here´s a bit of good news unlike all the radical ramblings you spout in defense of this blog, which counts with less than a 4 participant universe.

    The following story surfaced six hours ago:

    Cuban-Developed Lung Cancer Vaccine Could Arrive in US.

    As U.S. relations with Cuba thaw, one unexpected byproduct could be the introduction of a Cuban-developed lung cancer vaccine in the U.S. Called Cimavax, an innovative vaccine that was developed to help treat lung cancer patients in Cuba, where lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death.

    The immunotherapy treatment could be coming to the U.S. thanks in part to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, which is working with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology to bring the treatment to the U.S.

    ABC News spoke to Dr. Kelvin Lee, the chairman of the Department of Immunology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, to learn more about the new medication.

    What is Cimavax?

    Cimavax is a vaccine designed by Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology to help lung cancer patients by targeting a specific hormone that can encourage tumors to grow. The vaccine works by creating a protein in the body that primes the immune system to attack a hormone called epidermal growth factor (EGF), a naturally occurring hormone in the body.

    Lee said the naturally occurring hormone can help feed deadly tumors, and by vaccinating a patient, doctors can attempt to stop a tumor’s growth.

    “The idea is that … the Cimavax vaccine induces a immune response” to stop EFG production, explained Lee. “The tumor is being starved.”

    Lee said patients get one shot a month to help stimulate their immune system to attack the growth hormone.

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    When will it be available?

    The Roswell Park Cancer Institute is hoping to win approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a phase I study in the next six to eight months, Lee said.

    The initial study would aim to confirm what previous studies in Cuba have found — that the vaccine is safe for patients and has minimal side effects. Lee said a phase I study might have between 12 to 18 patients initially.

    Is it available anywhere else?

    Cimavax is also approved in Peru and Cuba. In Cuba, the treatment is so easy to administer that primary physicians can give it to patients, said Lee.

    Can it cure lung cancer?

    Lee clarified that the drug is designed to help stop tumor growth but is not designed to cure cancer or put patients in remission.

    A 2014 study of lung cancer treatments cited a small 2003 study that found patients with advanced lung cancer survived approximately five to six months longer, if they were under the age of 60.

    Dr. Elizabeth Mittendorf, an immunotherapy expert and associate professor in the department of surgical oncology at MD Anderson in Houston, said news that the vaccine might be tested in the U.S. is “exciting.”

    “Politics certainly should not prohibit good science from being further evaluated,” said Mittendorf, who clarified that the vaccine will need to be tested in accordance with rigorous FDA safety trials before it can help patients.

    Could the shot work on other cancers?

    If found successful, the vaccine could be tested on other cancers that use EGF to grow quickly, Lee said. This could include breast cancer, pancreatic cancer or head and neck cancer.

  3. The tyranny of the alcoholic dictator Raul Castro has nothing to offer in exchange for so many concessions. The dictator all is doing is giving oxygen to his dying regime. He will do anything and everything to keep his regime afloat,he will sell his soul to the devil if he has to to keep his regime afloat. All this concessions are not going to bring democratic changes to the island.Castro all he is looking for is an economic aperture to put more millions in his ark,a thing he has been doing for more than half a century. Castro envision to obtain the Guantanamo Naval base.Why?Simple to rent the base to the Russians and to keep the precious cash flowing,this is all it is and has always been,greed and money. At the end the alcoholic leader Raul and his royal family will become richer and the regular joe poorer than before. Castro will improve his repressive force,the criminal organization MININT which is the repressive force that has kept him in power for so long.In synthesis,do not expect any real concessions or democratic apertures on the side of the communists,the only language they understand is a policy of force.

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