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A Republican US Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, aka "Narco" Rubio, is steeped in the drug trade, from family connections to his alliance with narco politicians such as former president Uribe and current president Duque of Colombia. The Colombian, Central American and Mexican cartels are mostly under the control of the US and are major dealers in death for afrodescendant and indigenous communities in their respective countries and in the US, where the crack epidemic started by CIA has been devastating.

Marco Rubio gets substantial funding from the Cuban plantocracy in exile, especially Big Sugar, the Fanjul brothers who own Domino Sugar and the bulk of the US sugar industry. When Rubio ran for president in 2015, right wing opponents gave us some good details on this relationship in the National Review and the Washington Examiner.

Marco Rubio's Ties to a Drug-Smuggling Brother-in-Law Were Closer Than Advertised  10/26/2016 Miami New Times: "Tabraue was a violent piece of work. In 1980, his crew murdered a federal agent, Larry Nash, and Tabraue tried to hack him to pieces with a machete before giving up and letting his cronies use a circular saw instead. He was also charged with ordering a brutal hit on his first wife, who was shot nine times. But he beat that case at trial. "Mario was absolutely ruthless," says Fisten, who investigated the hit on Tabraue's wife. "He had hired killers working for him all over South Florida.""

Major Trump supporter tied to Klan leadership  10/3/2016 Daily Kos: "Billionaire sugar baron Pepe Fanjul’s executive assistant, Chloe Black, is a fundraiser for Republican candidates such as Rubio and Donald Trump. She has worked for the Fanjul’s for over 35 years and is a powerful player in the secretive big sugar empire of the Fanjul family. She is the ex-wife of former KKK leader David Duke, and the current wife of Don Black, a former KKK grand wizard and member of the American Nazi Party. He now runs white-supremacist website StormFront.org."

Marco Rubio: Entre drogas, narcotráfico, Uribe y más…  7/31/2016 Radio Orinoco: "En Washington, hubo chistosos que llamaron “Narco” Rubio al senador por su amistad con el colombiano Álvaro Uribe. Pero la relación cada vez más fuerte del político de la Florida con el expresidente de Colombia se convirtió poco a poco en una alianza que le hizo fruncir el ceño a más de un observador. A principios de noviembre de 2014, Rubio realizó una visita en Colombia durante dos días. La noche de su primer día en el país, se reunió con Uribe y su gente, en un salón discreto de un bar exclusivo de la capital, hecho registrado por su propio departamento de prensa y por los medios neogranadinos. El diálogo fraternal seguirá en febrero de 2015 cuando Uribe realiza una gira por Estados Unidos en la que se entrevista con congresistas “para expresar sus objeciones al proceso de paz, entre otros asuntos”."s was the

Marco Rubio, esposo de colombiana, cuñado de narco y socio de Uribe  3/2/2016 Contrainjerencia: "Es que Rubio y Uribe, además de ensañarse contra Venezuela y sus aliados, llevan episodios en su historial que les vinculan, de una manera u otra, al narcotráfico… lo que abre bien grande la puerta a delicadas conjeturas."

Marco Rubio’s Billion-Dollar Sugar Addiction  11/13/2015 National Review: "Writing for National Review, Windsor Mann was among those stumped by Rubio’s logic. “Let’s try to untangle this,” he wrote following Rubio’s remarks. “If we get rid of sugar subsidies, Americans will turn their sugar farms into condominium lots and start buying sugar from foreigners, who will starve us until we surrender to ISIS. Or something like that.” “We have as much reason to grow our own sugar as Lithuania does to make its own cars: none,” Mann added. “The fact is that other countries produce certain things more cheaply and efficiently than we do. That is why we trade with them.”"

Marco Rubio needs to get past his sugar problem  11/3/2015 Washington Examiner: "Rubio supports the federal sugar program, with its special cheap loans and its blatant protectionism. This is to the detriment of U.S. consumers and foodmakers, and to the benefit of a handful of sugar magnates, including some of his earliest fundraisers. Amidst the jungle of crony capitalism, corporate welfare, and federal boondoggles that Congress has created, the sugar program may be the least defensible. Here's what it does: First, through prohibitive tariffs, our government effectively limits the amount of foreign-grown sugar allowed to enter the United States. By throttling imports, government reduces the supply of sugar, thus increasing the price. In the U.S., raw sugar sold for 24.46 cents per pound in the third quarter of this year, according to U.S.D.A. figures. In the rest of the world, the price was 11.29 cents per pound."

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Marco Rubio denuncia encarcelamiento de Denis Solís  12/18/2020 Radio Marti: "Desde sus redes sociales el representante cubanoamericano de la Florida escribió: "El rapero Denis Solís González, miembro del Movimiento San Isidro, sigue detenido arbitrariamente en #Cuba por “desacato”. El advocar por una Cuba Libre es considerado un CRIMEN #PuebloDeCubaDecideTuFuturo #LibertadDeExpresión"."

Rubio makes for the 'burbs to boost Georgia Senate runoff contenders  11/11/2020 Atlanta Journal Constitution 

Why Trump is focused on making Marco Rubio happy  8/3/2020 Politico: "Rubio has effectively become secretary of State for Latin America, according to interviews with more than a dozen former White House and State Department officials and current Republican lawmakers, aides and analysts. The administration has learned to seek his blessing on key hires related to the region, and the president routinely solicits his input on new policy initiatives."

Sen. Marco Rubio criticized for confusing John Lewis, Elijah Cummings in remembrance  7/18/2020 USA Today: "Rubio had also changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of him and Cummings, but after criticism on social media, changed the picture to one of him and Lewis."

Hong Kong’s ‘Pro-Democracy’ Movement Allies with US Politicians Who Seek to Crush Black Lives Matter  6/10/2020 Consortium News: "Hong Kong’s “pro-democracy” activists have gone so far as to derail the efforts of an African-American woman who attempted to organize a Black Lives Matter demonstration in the city, accusing her of being an agent of the police and Communist Party of China." … Leaders of Hong Kong’s opposition like Wong have spent years cultivating close relationships some of the most hawkish figures in Washington. Their most vociferous allies include far-right Republican Senators Ted Cruz Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio, and Rick Scott, and Tom Cotton, who recently called for a U.S. Military crackdown on Black Lives Matter protests."

Marco Rubio called them ‘extremists.’ They’re really Miami rappers. They want a retraction.  6/10/2020 Miami Herald: "When cops arrested Marco Antonio Lopez on allegations that he vandalized patrol cars during a protest in downtown Miami, the arrest report noted he was part of a group known as the “Southern Slaves,” which “actively recruits people to violently protest the government.” That drew the attention of U.S. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who tweeted the arrest was evidence of “extremist groups” organizing to cause mayhem at protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality. But the Southern Slaves aren’t an extremist group. And they are not monitored by the FBI or listed by hate-group trackers like the Anti-Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. They’re a group of aspiring hip-hop musicians from Miami’s Flagami neighborhood, buddies uploading their music online, doing shows at open-mic nights and spreading a message of what they consider government overreach. “We’re not terrorists. We love America. What we don’t love is systematic oppression and police brutality,” said Alonzo Martinez, 23, whose stage name is “Zo The Atlantean.”"

Marco Rubio tapped to serve as Senate Intelligence Committee chairman  5/18/2020 Politico: "Sen. Marco Rubio will temporarily serve as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Monday. The Florida Republican’s appointment as interim chairman of the panel comes after Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) last week informed Senate leadership that he would step aside as chairman while he faces an FBI investigation into his stock trades."

Marco Rubio's final humiliation: Supreme Court stops GOP's seven-year campaign against Obamacare  4/28/2020 Salon: "While Cruz's infamous stunt to undermine the ACA by shutting down the government — complete with his 2013 reading of Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" on the Senate floor — proved he was willing to "troll the libs" at any cost, Rubio's less flashy legal assault was meant to cement his status as the Obama-slayer. At the time, Rubio was still making an attempt to burnish his Tea Party bonafides. As congressional Republicans unsuccessfully voted to defund the ACA more than 50 times he went on the warpath against an obscure portion of the law meant to safeguard participating insurance companies against crippling financial loss as a result of the new requirement to cover clients with pre-existing conditions."

Tienda cubana Clandestina acusa a Marco Rubio de bloquear su sitio de internet. El senador responde  4/24/2020 Nuevo Herald: "En un correo electrónico dirigido a el Nuevo Herald, el senador Rubio refutó las acusaciones. “Por ley, el embargo no puede cambiar hasta que exista una transición a democrática en Cuba y se respeten los derechos humanos de los cubanos”, dijo."

Marco Rubio finds his next act  4/6/2020 Politico: "As chairman of the usually sleepy Small Business Committee, Rubio has a key position in the country’s response and recovery from the pandemic. His panel’s $377 billion lifeline for small businesses is a linchpin of Congress’ $2 trillion economic rescue package, and Rubio’s efforts are winning praise from Republicans and Democrats alike even as implementation of the program remains deeply uncertain. And his work may just be beginning: Rubio and his panel are likely to be called upon again soon as the economy craters to provide more aid and potentially improve the rescue law's signature Paycheck Protection Program."

Trump: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela  4/1/2020 AP: "The enhanced mission has been months in the making but has taken on greater urgency following last week's indictment of Maduro, Venezuela's embattled socialist leader, and members of his inner circle and military. They are accused of leading a narcoterrorist conspiracy responsible for smuggling up to 250 metric tons of cocaine a year into the U.S., about half of it by sea. “If I was just indicted for drug trafficking by the United States, with a $15 million reward for my capture, having the U.S. Navy conducting anti-drug operations off my coast would be something I would worry about," said Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who has been among those calling for a tougher stance against Maduro."

Rubio: 'Now is not that time' to look into Trump's coronavirus failings  3/17/2020 American Independent: "Now is the time to act, to keep this from being worse than it needs to be, and we can't do that if we spend all our time taking political potshots or arguing over ideological purity."

Did Marco Rubio Hire a Big-Sugar Tycoon's Grandson as an Intern?  1/21/2020 Miami New Times: "Environmentalists and government watchdogs have been critical of the family and the sugar industry at large. Excessive runoff of fertilizers and pesticides from sugar farming have been blamed for likely irreversible pollution in the Everglades, and two of the Fanjuls' major sugar giants — U.S. Sugar and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida — have fought attempts to force them to pay to clean up the Glades. Environmentalists also partly blame fertilizer runoff from sugar farming for foul-smelling toxic algae blooms that have flooded Florida beaches in recent years and endangered the state's largest industry, tourism. As the New York Times' "1619 Project" noted last year, sugarcane farming has historically been one of the most exploitative and grueling types of farm work in the nation's history; much of the work used to be done by slaves. Since the Fanjuls rose to prominence in the '60s and '70s, the vast majority of cane farming has been carried out by easily exploited populations of immigrants. Lawsuits and critics have repeatedly accused the Fanjul Corporation of operating unsafe farms and deporting workers who complain — charges the company denies."

Bolivia: audios leaked from opposition leaders calling for a coup against Evo Morales  11/10/2019 EN 24: "A series of 16 audios in which opposition leaders call for a coup against the newly re-elected president Evo Morales were leaked through various social platforms. Local media point out that the destabilizing plan would have been coordinated by the United States Embassy in Bolivia prior to the elections and cites US senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who are said to have direct contact with the Bolivian opposition in the strategy to overthrow Morales. The plan focuses on the fact that if Evo Morales won the elections on October 20, a civil-military transition government would be established. The new government would allege fraud in the electoral process and would not recognize Morales' electoral victory."

Bolivia: filtran audios de líderes opositores llamando a un golpe de estado contra Evo Morales  11/9/2019 El Periodico, Costa Rica: "Una serie de 16 audios en los cuales líderes de oposición llaman a un golpe de estado contra el recién reelecto presidente Evo Morales fueron filtrados a través de varias plataformas. Los audios, enviados también a El Periodicocr.com el pasado 9 de octubre dan fe de varias reuniones sostenidas por líderes opositores para llevar a cabo un plan de desestabilización en Bolivia. Una fuente que prefirió mantenerse en el anonimato indicó a este medio que el plan se habría coordinado con el apoyo de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Bolivia y en varias reuniones previo a los comicios. En los audios se cita a los senadores norteamericanos Ted Cruz y Marco Rubio, a quienes se señala de tener contacto directo con la oposición boliviana en la estrategia para derrocar a Morales."

Rubio, Scott Urge President Trump to Certify Colombia's Commitment to Combating Illegal Drug Trade  8/5/2019 Marco Rubio: "U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to certify to Congress that Colombia is fully committed to working with the United States government on efforts to combat the illegal drug trade. The Florida Senators believe Colombia, as one of the most proactive nations countering narco-trafficking in the Western Hemisphere, should be certified as a major partner in the fight against illicit drugs In the letter, the Senators note that “[s]uccessive U.S. administrations have worked closely with Colombia’s elected leaders and security forces to build the capacity of the Colombian security forces, stem the flow of illicit trafficking, and interdict narcotics bound for the U.S.” " [All such leaders have been closely tied to narcotics traffickers.]

El Origen (Narco) De Marco Rubio: Breve Expediente  7/22/2019 Fiscalia General, Cuba: "Orlando Cicilia, afamado por ser uno de los operadores más conspicuos del narcotráfico en Miami, recibió mucha atención en su momento y fue condenado a más de 35 años de cárcel. Pero Cicilia cumplió apenas poco más de 12 años, salió en libertad plena justo cuando Marco Rubio ascendió como representante al Congreso de los Estados Unidos en el año 2000. Orlando Cicilia salió de la cárcel apenas cuatro días después de que Rubio tomara el cargo de diputado."

How Trump Helps MS-13  5/10/2019 NYT: "Another remarkable fact: The United States has not had an ambassador in Honduras for nearly two years. In this case, the fault does not lie strictly with the Trump administration, which had nominated career diplomat Francisco Palmieri to the job, but with Senator Marco Rubio, who blocked Palmieri’s appointment because he wants a political appointee. But the absence of an ambassador reflects the administration’s broader failure to have anything resembling a policy anywhere in Latin America, other than for Venezuela."

El origen (narco) de Marco Rubio: breve expediente  2/28/2019 Mision Verdad: "En una nota del Washington Post del año 2015, se da a conocer la historia de Orlando Cicilia, esposo de Bárbara, una hermana mayor del senador republicano. Cicilia era un testaferro y operador del circuito de narcóticos, concretamente de la cocaína, en tiempos de su máximo apogeo en EEUU, cuando Miami era considerada la capital de la cocaína en Gringolandia. Concretamente, Cicilia trabajaba para Mario Tabraue, otro narco de origen cubano, a quien se le allanó una casona llamada por los agentes federales "La mansión Playboy", donde se encontraron drogas, armas largas y dos leopardos propiedad del capo, quien jugaba a ser Pablo Escobar. Durante el operativo en el que fue detenido Cicilia, fue detenido también Tabraue."

Campaign Demanding Marco Rubio's Resignation Storms Twitter  2/25/2019 teleSUR: "A campaign demanding Marco Rubio to resign is storming on Twitter after the right-wing United States Senator from Florida posted a picture of the lynching of former Libyan revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi as a death threat to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro."

Senador Rubio se reúne con golpistas venezolanos en Colombia  2/18/2019 HispanTV: "El representante por el estado de Florida afirmó que el presidente de EE.UU, Donald Trump, “ha dicho que tiene todas las opciones y no descarta ninguna” y advirtió a los militares venezolanos que cometerían un “crimen contra la humanidad” si acatan las órdenes de Maduro e impiden el ingreso de la ayuda humanitaria."

Derecha y Mafia anticubana de Miami financian acciones subversivas contra Cuba en Cumbre de las Américas  2/12/2019 Yoanislandia: "La maniobra anticubana, además de profundizar en interrumpir el proceso de normalización de relaciones entre la isla y EEUU, busca, -con la complicidad del Secretario General de la OEA, Luis Almagro-, desacreditar y boicotear el proceso eleccionario que tendrá lugar en la Isla en el mismo mes de abril. Como se sabe, Payá es una marioneta del senador Marco Rubio quien recientemente incitó a apoyar un golpe militar en Venezuela."

Diosdado Cabello to Marco Rubio: Las Tienditas Bridge has Never Entered into Operation  2/7/2019 Orinoco Tribune: "In his Twitter account, Republican senator Marco Rubio tweeted that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro allegedly moved containers to the bridge to “block the entry of humanitarian aid for the people of Venezuela,” while the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, tweeted the same photo saying that “the Venezuelan people desperately need humanitarian aid. The United States and other countries try to help, but the Venezuelan military, following orders from Maduro, is blocking the passage with trucks and fuel tanks. ” In this regard, Cabello explained during his program Con El Mazo Dando that “the Venezuelans and Colombians who live around that bridge know that this bridge has never been used. It’s closed since 2016. ”

The Rubio doctrine: U.S. recognition of new Venezuelan leader is Florida senator’s work  1/23/2019 Miami Herald: "“I went to the White House yesterday and spoke with the president about what to do in Venezuela,” Sen. Rick Scott said at a news conference on Wednesday. “We need to declare Venezuela as a terrorist state. Clearly it is. The way Maduro has treated his citizens is disgusting.”

Marco Rubio, secreto apoyo al terrorismo usando a la CIA y a espaldas del FBI.  1/28/2018 Descubriendo Verdades: "Dos cuestiones esenciales y no tan públicas colocan actualmente al senador Marco Rubio sobre la polémica. La primera de ellas lo es el desafío visto en Marco por parte de otros liderzuelos de la extrema derecha floridana, particularmente en el caso de los dirigentes de la llamada Asamblea de la Resistencia, Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat y Silvia Iriondo, liderzuelos del Directorio Democrático Cubano y MAR por Cuba, respectivamente. Tanto ellos, como los Díaz-Balart, sienten un fuerte resquemor ante el desenfreno protagónico de Marco Rubio."

U.S. senators want probe of drug trafficking tied to Venezuela government  1/24/2018 Reuters: "In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seen by Reuters, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democrat Robert Menendez said they were concerned about possible connections between Maduro’s government and drug trafficking organizations and wanted an investigation “in order to better understand the nexus between criminal actors and members of Maduro’s inner circle.” [We could start by investigating both senators for their ties to narco politicians.]

It’s your Cuba policy, Miami Republicans. You can’t blame Obama now.  11/10/2017 Miami Herald: "They must be applauding from Havana because the policy aimed to hurt the government ensures quite a workload for them instead of the fledgling entrepreneurial class, thanks to Trump and the Cuban Americans in Congress who had a hand in pressuring Trump to abandon engagement. Miami’s Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart even used their votes on healthcare to negotiate with Trump on Cuba. “Taking away people-to-people puts the trips back in the hands of babysitters,” says Maria de los Angeles Torres, a Chicago-based Cuban-American professor who has traveled to Cuba for research and family visits for decades."

CIA And Sen Marco Rubio Accused Of Plotting Regime Change In Venezuela  7/26/2017 Zero Hedge: "Interim Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carmen Velasquez also criticized US threats of sweeping sanctions during a nearly two-hour discussion at the Venezuelan residency in Washington this week. For his part, Rubio has warned of a “very strong response” from Trump if Venezuela goes through with the “fraudulent vote,” vowing to recommend that a host of other senior Venezuelan officials also face sanction."

Combating Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas  6/27/2017 Sunshine State News: by Marco Rubio

Rubio has cozy relationship with sugar family  11/3/2016 TC Palm: "Despite winning the Senate in 2010 on an anti-big government platform, Rubio is a staunch defender of a federal program that artificially inflates sugar prices. The Great Depression-era program sets quotas on imports and gives growers loans they can repay with surplus sugar if prices fall near of below the loan rate. The program has many opponents: environmentalists; manufacturers that use sugar in their products, like candy makers; and the corn industry, which produces corn syrup, a sugar substitute. Congress has voted to continue the program several times with support from several Florida lawmakers. The sugar industry employs 14,000 to 15,000 people in Florida, and Rubio is prepared to eliminate the program once other countries end their sugar subsidies, he said in a 2015 "Meet the Press" interview."

Marco Rubio's Ties to a Drug-Smuggling Brother-in-Law Were Closer Than Advertised  10/26/2016 Miami New Times: "Tabraue was a violent piece of work. In 1980, his crew murdered a federal agent, Larry Nash, and Tabraue tried to hack him to pieces with a machete before giving up and letting his cronies use a circular saw instead. He was also charged with ordering a brutal hit on his first wife, who was shot nine times. But he beat that case at trial. "Mario was absolutely ruthless," says Fisten, who investigated the hit on Tabraue's wife. "He had hired killers working for him all over South Florida.""

Major Trump supporter tied to Klan leadership  10/3/2016 Daily Kos: "Billionaire sugar baron Pepe Fanjul’s executive assistant, Chloe Black, is a fundraiser for Republican candidates such as Rubio and Donald Trump. She has worked for the Fanjul’s for over 35 years and is a powerful player in the secretive big sugar empire of the Fanjul family. She is the ex-wife of former KKK leader David Duke, and the current wife of Don Black, a former KKK grand wizard and member of the American Nazi Party. He now runs white-supremacist website StormFront.org."

Marco Rubio: Entre drogas, narcotráfico, Uribe y más…  7/31/2016 Radio Orinoco: "En Washington, hubo chistosos que llamaron “Narco” Rubio al senador por su amistad con el colombiano Álvaro Uribe. Pero la relación cada vez más fuerte del político de la Florida con el expresidente de Colombia se convirtió poco a poco en una alianza que le hizo fruncir el ceño a más de un observador. A principios de noviembre de 2014, Rubio realizó una visita en Colombia durante dos días. La noche de su primer día en el país, se reunió con Uribe y su gente, en un salón discreto de un bar exclusivo de la capital, hecho registrado por su propio departamento de prensa y por los medios neogranadinos. El diálogo fraternal seguirá en febrero de 2015 cuando Uribe realiza una gira por Estados Unidos en la que se entrevista con congresistas “para expresar sus objeciones al proceso de paz, entre otros asuntos”."

Marco Rubio, esposo de colombiana, cuñado de narco y socio de Uribe  3/2/2016 Contrainjerencia: "Es que Rubio y Uribe, además de ensañarse contra Venezuela y sus aliados, llevan episodios en su historial que les vinculan, de una manera u otra, al narcotráfico… lo que abre bien grande la puerta a delicadas conjeturas."

Rubio's "Cuban Mafia" connections in Miami-Dade  3/1/2016 Wayne Madsen: "Florida Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio would have never had a career in politics had it not been for a group of shady South Florida Republican Cuban-American politicos who helped propel a young Rubio from Tallahassee to Washington, DC."

Marco Rubio’s Ties to Sketchy Businesses, Drug Dealing and Ponzi Schemes  2/15/2016 Observer: "Mr. Rivera and Mr. Rubio were also involved in another dubious deal in the mid-2000s that is breathtakingly brazen even by Florida’s promiscuous standards and which was partially unraveled over many years by a joint FBI/DEA task force. One of the key figures in the scam was Alan Mendelsohn, a GOP lobbyist and fundraiser who raised about $2 million that he funneled to numerous Florida politicians or used for his personal benefit, according to his subsequent indictment. Of that amount about $1.5 million came from a crooked businessman named Joel Steinger. Steinger was the founder and CEO of a private company called Mutual Benefits Corp., through which he pulled off a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme that targeted elderly South Florida retirees and members of the state’s gay community. Mutual Benefits Corp. also helped a South American drug cartel launder money, evidence compiled by a the FBI/DEA task force showed."

Tío Tomás’s Cabin: Marco Rubio and White Cubanidad  1/14/2016 Latino Rebels: by Jason Nichols, Lecturer in African American Studies - "Last semester I had a young man turn in an assignment in which students were instructed to write to a current presidential candidate. This particular student had been outspoken and one of the more socially aware and progressive students in the class. He has a leadership position in a Latino fraternity, and often attempted to find commonality between the plight of African Americans and people of Latino (Latinx) origin."

Cómo Rubio ayudó a cuñado a obtener una licencia de bienes raíces  12/31/2015 Nuevo Hereald: "Cuando Marco Rubio era líder de la mayoría de la Cámara de Representantes de la Florida, utilizó su cargo oficial para pedirle a reguladores estatales que le otorgaran una licencia de agente de bienes raíces a su cuñado, quien años antes había sido encontrado culpable de narcotráfico. El cuñado, Orlando Cicilia, había sido liberado de la cárcel apenas 20 meses antes, según documentos que pudo obtener el diario The Washington Post."

The drug-smuggling case that brought anguish to Marco Rubio’s family  12/12/2015 WaPo: "While the case was widely covered at the time, many details of Cicilia’s top-level role in the smuggling operation have not been previously reported, in part because they were stored in court files that were antiquated and difficult to access, as well as in remote archives. Cicilia served as the “front man” in the drug ring headed by Mario Tabraue, a kingpin who ran an exotic-animals business and kept spotted leopards on the walled grounds of his mansion, according to interviews and court records. Cicilia looked and sounded the part, wearing paisley suits and rakishly calling cocaine “a pretty thing,” according to court records and interviews with lead investigators."

Marco Rubio’s Billion-Dollar Sugar Addiction  11/13/2015 National Review: "Writing for National Review, Windsor Mann was among those stumped by Rubio’s logic. “Let’s try to untangle this,” he wrote following Rubio’s remarks. “If we get rid of sugar subsidies, Americans will turn their sugar farms into condominium lots and start buying sugar from foreigners, who will starve us until we surrender to ISIS. Or something like that.” “We have as much reason to grow our own sugar as Lithuania does to make its own cars: none,” Mann added. “The fact is that other countries produce certain things more cheaply and efficiently than we do. That is why we trade with them.”"

Marco Rubio needs to get past his sugar problem  11/3/2015 Washington Examiner: "Rubio supports the federal sugar program, with its special cheap loans and its blatant protectionism. This is to the detriment of U.S. consumers and foodmakers, and to the benefit of a handful of sugar magnates, including some of his earliest fundraisers. Amidst the jungle of crony capitalism, corporate welfare, and federal boondoggles that Congress has created, the sugar program may be the least defensible. Here's what it does: First, through prohibitive tariffs, our government effectively limits the amount of foreign-grown sugar allowed to enter the United States. By throttling imports, government reduces the supply of sugar, thus increasing the price. In the U.S., raw sugar sold for 24.46 cents per pound in the third quarter of this year, according to U.S.D.A. figures. In the rest of the world, the price was 11.29 cents per pound."

Marco Rubio discusses "Black Lives Matter" & Cuba  8/13/2015 Fox 

Sen. Marco Rubio Pushes Against Obama's Cuba Changes In Hearing  2/3/2015 NBC 

The “Pure Evil” Hypocrisy - Marco Rubio’s Rabid Campaign Against Cuba  12/19/2014 CounterPunch: "Rubio called these developments “another concession to a tyranny” rather than “a defense of every universal and inalienable right that our country was founded on and stands for.” But, how exactly does continuing the embargo and maintaining a supercilious, egotistically aloof distance from Cuba sound an “American” defense of its values abroad? Rubio averred, in sum, that “these changes…will significantly set back the hopes of freedom and democracy for the Cuban people.” To dismiss the revolutionary successes, though, to outright deny the bravery, the endurance, the incredible struggle, and epic human perseverance of the Cuban people in the face of one of history’s greatest instances of adversity reeks of disrespect and unawareness. Ultimately, it gives voice to the pure evil of Rubio’s anti-Cuban hypocrisy."

Sen. Rubio and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: Change Cuba Policy or Give China Its Money Back  12/18/2014 Daily Kos: "Sara Stephens, Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, notes in Huffington Post a Story from the Tampa Bay Times that details stances of the freedom loving, anti-communist stalwarts of morality in Florida, Senator Marco Rubio and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen."

Statement on News That Sen. Rubio and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Sent Senior Staff to Communist China  8/29/2014 #CubaNow: “If there was any doubt that there has been a huge shift in the political landscape in South Florida, this trip clearly puts an end to it. America’s foreign policy should not be driven by a head-in-the-sand approach, and we need our leaders in Washington to directly engage with both allies and enemies alike in order to advance our best interests. Despite their responses to the Tampa Bay Times article, Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen’s senior staff trip to China shows that deep down they recognize the value in people to people travel, even when it involves regimes with whom we don’t agree, to promote better relations. We can’t effect positive change if we continue to bench ourselves and stay on Cuba's sidelines. "We particularly welcome the response from Senator Rubio’s office that travel and engagement is ‘necessary in helping advance our advocacy on a host of foreign policy issues.’"

Chinese government pays for trip by aides to Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen  8/29/2014 Tampa Bay Times: "Top aides to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, two of the most vehement anti-Communist voices in Washington, took an all expenses paid trip to China this month courtesy of the Chinese government."

Top Florida Republicans Are Nastier And More Vindictive Than You Thought, Tell-All By Ex-State GOP Chair Says  8/18/2014 Altnernet: "Greer says U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is little better than an extortionist, taking fellow Republicans to strip clubs and taking photos to subsequently bribe them. Is it true? Greer wants us to believe him, and recent Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) actions bolster his claims of skullduggery and high-flying Republicans."

Diaz-Balart to sugar baron: Hey, Alfy, try crying for democracy in Cuba instead of lost mansion  2/6/2014 Naked Politics: "Outraged by a Washington Post report about Florida Crystals' Alfonso Fanjul appearing to sidle up to Cuba's regime, Republican Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Sen. Marco Rubio are hammering away at him. Meantime, Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia has held his fire."

La Habana acusa de racismo a Ros-Lehtinen y Rubio por criticar el viaje de Beyoncé  4/17/2013 Diario de Cuba 

New Marco Rubio book to detail his family's immigrant past  4/25/2012 Miami Herald: "Not long after arriving in Las Vegas [at age 7 or 8], Marco -- along with his mother and sister, Veronica - began reading the Book of Mormon. Eventually, Marco, his sister Veronica and their mother were baptized as Mormons. Marco converted [from Catholicism] to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with enthusiasm. ... Mario [Rubio's father], who had worked as a bartender for years, couldn't embrace a faith that wouldn't let him drink and smoke. ... Marco attended LDS youth groups and often walked to chapel with his family because his mother could not drive. The cousins idolized the Osmonds …"
     
 

Links/Enlacestop

www.rubio.senate.gov/public/

thegrayzone.com/tag/marco-rubio/

Crooked Marco Rubio Watch, twitter

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanjul_brothers

Félix Ismael Rodríguez: Mr Narco The man who killed Che and set up narcotics trafficking from Colombia via Central America and Mexico.

 
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