WAKING UP TO THE OTHER HALF
OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S POLITICAL CONVERSATION

TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH: The aftermath of the attacks in Paris continue to be discussed in Spanish-language radio, as well as the odyssey of close to three thousand Cubans trying to make it to the United States and who are currently stranded in the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.


NATIONAL SECURITY AND POLITICS: Frank Mora, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, was on “Prohibido Callarse” on Mira TV, discussing national security with Roberto Rodriguez-Tejera.

Regarding recent criticism the Obama administration has received in terms of national security, Mora said “there is a strategy behind the administration’s actions, we might not be reaching the objectives we want to see immediately, but we must remember that there is a presidential campaign and the Republicans need to find something so they can criticize the president and Hillary Clinton. They see this issue as a good opportunity.” Mora explained that President Obama is looking for “support, not only from European countries, but also governments in the region, and working with other groups sharing information and other assets. The issue is that we are not getting the necessary support from certain countries like Turkey and other governments in that area to fight against ISIS.” In terms of what we can expect to happen now, Mora anticipates the US will definitely be involved because “there is an expectation that the US will solve this problem. We have created a culture of dependency. This is an amorphous threat, unlike any we have faced in the past. We do need the armed forces, but we must use them in conjunction with other tools including diplomacy, intelligence agencies, special forces and paramilitary groups.” Mora concluded, “what happened in Paris might serve as a push for Europe to contribute more in this sense. But we need the governments from that region to contribute as well.”


TRENDING #TUITS – THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE 

Taegan Goddard ‏@politicalwire  Nov 17
New poll: Donald Trump is seen as best Republican to handle terrorist threat, Clinton as best Democrat http://politicalwire.com/2015/11/17/americans-see-trump-clinton-as-best-at-handling-terrorism/ …

Ana Navarro ‏@ananavarro  Nov 17
Carson’s highly-accomplished. But lacks basic foreign policy knowledge…And his advisors really throw him under bus http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/11/18/us/politics/ben-carson-is-struggling-to-grasp-foreign-policy-advisers-say.html?smid=tw-share&referer= …

Peter Beinart ‏@PeterBeinart  Nov 17
.@tedcruz wants Syrians to go to “majority Muslim” countries. so they’re only a terrorist threat to Christians? http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/16/politics/republicans-syrian-refugees-2016-elections-obama/ …

Patrick Cornell ‏@PCornellCNN  Nov 17
Oh Thursday, @HillaryClinton will outline her plan for defeating #ISIS.http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/17/politics/hillary-clinton-isis/index.html …


CUBAN IMMIGRANTS CRISIS: Several Spanish-language media outlets in South Florida discussed the situation of over three thousand Cubans who are currently stranded in Costa Rica, after Nicaragua rejected their passing through the country to reach the United States. Protests in front of the Consulate of Nicaragua in Miami were also reported by the media yesterday. Bernadette Pardo addressed the topic on“Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM. She talked with Univision 23 Reporter Mario Vallejo, who has been covering the news from the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border (watch his latest report here).

Vallejo explained that Cubans continue to arrive, “they are travelling north, trying to reach the United States by land. They started in Ecuador, from where they have made their way north through Colombia and Panama to Costa Rica.” Many argue that they fear that with the diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US improving, the US could eliminate the Cuban Adjustment Act. When asked by Pardo how all the Cubans got there, Vallejo said, “there is some evidence that what they have had to endure is horrible and their stories are truly heart wrenching.” Vallejo continued, “this is no longer an immigration crisis, but a humanitarian one. They are being treated more like animals than human beings. This has to be resolved because you can’t put this amount of people in a hotel or deport them back to Cuba. Some of them have said they rather die than go back to the Island.”