6:29 AM, Dec 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Chinese equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the Confucius Peace Prize, has been awarded to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
"Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year's winner of the Confucius Peace Prize, China's alternative to the Nobel Prize," reports the Associated Press.
"The committee that sponsors the prize praised 88-year-old Castro for peacefully resolving international conflicts. That's in stark contrast to the view in the West of Castro as a dictator who ran an oppressive one-party state for nearly five decades."
The Wall Street Journal adds more details:
“Mr. Castro, during his leadership of Cuba, didn’t use force or violence when resolving conflicts and problems in international relations and Cuba’s ties with the U.S.,” said the Chinese state-run Global Times, citing a member of the Confucius prize jury. “This has important inspirational meaning with regard to the resolution of current international conflicts.”
The jury was also impressed with Mr. Castro’s “active” diplomacy in retirement and “important contributions” to nuclear disarmament, the Global Times said in a Thursday report. These qualities helped the 88-year-old stand out from a shortlist of 14 individuals and two organizations, including South Korean President Park Geun-hye, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the Chinese Taoism Association.
But Mr. Castro, who formally stepped down in 2008 after nearly five decades in power, wasn’t in Beijing to lap up the honor. He was represented by a group of Cuban students, who left the “grand” award ceremony with a golden Confucius statue and prize certificate, the Global Times said.
Gabriel García Márquez’s ignoble decision to embrace Fidel Castro May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33 • By LEE SMITH
While the encomia from world leaders and cultural figures continue to pour in after the death of Gabriel García Márquez at the age of 87 last month, a Charles Lane column in the Washington Post last week on the 1982 Nobel Prize-winning novelist threatened to reopen a 40-year-old wound.
12:17 PM, Jan 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Politico reported this morning that "Henry R. Muñoz III of San Antonio -- an Obama bundler and a national chairman of the Futuro Fund, a group of Latino leaders who raised money for the president’s reelection -- is expected to be named DNC Finance Chair, the first Latino to hold the title."
12:27 PM, Apr 10, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
“This is the last time this person talks about politics.”
Good career move by Ozzie Guillen, manager of the Miami Marlins, who was indiscrete enough to tell Time magazine that he “loves Fidel Castro.”
1:02 PM, Jan 29, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Thomas Friedman, apparently trying to top his many previous attempts to convincingly demonstrate coherence is just beyond his grasp, opens his column today thusly:
What should we make of Castro’s charm offensive?2:10 PM, Sep 27, 2010 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
In a recent series of conversations with Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, Fidel Castro made several eyebrow-raising comments. The one that received the most attention was Castro’s assertion that the Cuban economic model no longer works. (He later tried, disingenuously, to backtrack on this statement.) Surprisingly, his remarks on Iran and anti-Semitism caused less of a splash. But these remarks were equally (if not more) significant, for they were part of a broader, ongoing charm offensive conducted by the Cuban dictatorship at a time of internal distress.
On the odd meeting between The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and Fidel Castro. 12:07 PM, Sep 10, 2010 • By LEE SMITH
Jeffrey Goldberg is back from Cuba, where he was summoned by Fidel Castro after the former Cuban president read Goldberg’s recent article on the likelihood of an Israeli attack on the Iranian nuclear program. Goldberg promises that his Havana adventure will be the subject of a forthcoming story, but in the meantime, he’s blogging about it, the highlight of which appears to be a dolphin show he watched alongside Fidel himself and the daughter of Che Guevara, whom we are told loved animals. And then there’s the dog-and-pony show, which was conducted solely for the benefit of The Atlantic’s national correspondent.
'The age of useful idiots is not quite dead yet.'10:22 AM, Aug 13, 2010 • By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
What causes Western intellectuals and journalists to suspend their critical faculties and euphorically embrace genocidal anti-Western regimes and tyrants like the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq?
Spain helps Cuba engage in human trafficking.10:18 AM, Jul 20, 2010 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
It’s a familiar trick: When the Castro regime wants something from the international community, it makes a grand show of releasing political prisoners, in hopes of convincing foreign officials that Cuba has liberalized and thus deserves to be rewarded.
On Israel, health care, and many other issues, Obama's opposition has its work cut out for it.Apr 5, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 28 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama’s theory has always been that once health care reform passed, people would rally to it.
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