Since the overthrow of military dictator Fulgencio Batista, (1) in 1959, Cuba has been ruled by the Castro’s, and they have ruled with an iron fist. First under Fidel, (2) who then ceded the office of President over to his brother Raul in 2008 due to health concerns. He died in 2016. Raul Castro (3) then held onto power for nearly a decade, enacting some reforms in the process, until he began to yield power in 2018 to the current President, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Diaz-Canel’s ascension to power is significant due to the fact that he marks the end of the Castros’ rule.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) continues to be pushed aggressively by far-left activists, media commentators, and politicians. But now it has officially been endorsed by the two largest teacher unions in the country. The National Education Association (NEA) (1) originally endorsed CRT on its website, but it was taken down. The NEA, also in coordination with the Zinn Education Project, has had over five thousand teachers sign a ‘Pledge to Teach (2) the Truth.’ This is an act of defiance against bills that have either been signed into law, or have been introduced by a number of states (3) banning the teaching of CRT. On top of that, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (4) president, Randi Weingarten, has said that the AFT has a legal fund that is ‘ready to go’ in defense of any teachers who espouse CRT, or as she calls it ‘accurate history.’ CRT also continues to affect the military, as was shown by the US Air Force Academy professor who is calling for the theory to be taught to cadets. There have been calls for associate professor Lynne Chandler Garcia, (5) to be removed from her position by several members of congress.
The USA PATRIOT (1) Act. Officially called the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. This act was written just after the tragic 9/11 attack that was orchestrated by the Islamic terrorist organization, al-Qaeda. The Act passed the House of Representatives (2) by a vote of 357-66 with 9 not voting. The Senate (3) approved it in a vote of 98-1, with one member not voting. President George W. Bush (4) signed the bill into law on October 26th, 2001. It’s express purpose, according to the office of the Director of National Intelligence (5) and the language of the act itself, is to ‘deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world.’ One of the key aspects in the PATRIOT act is authorizing enhancing surveillance procedures so as to prevent terrorist events from occurring.
This week, HR/HS-1 (1) was dealt a crushing blow in the United States Senate. Republican senators used the filibuster to block the bill, thus killing it before it could be voted on by an evenly split senate. This angered Democrats, who are actively seeking to abolish the filibuster (2), thus allowing horrendous legislation, the likes of HR/HS-1, to be passed by a simple majority vote. The far left also suffered a major defeat in the New York City mayoral democratic primary. The early results show former police officer, businessman, state senator, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (3) leading the field by nearly ten points. (4) Adams ran on a platform dedicated to fighting crime (5) , and restoring order to the city. Now, there are still votes to count, especially as NYC uses ranked-choice voting (6) for the first time. But it is unlikely that AOC endorsed leftist lawyer Maya Wiley, (7) or former NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, (8) will be able to overcome Adams significant lead, but now NYC must wait and see. (9)