Source Pravda.Ru

Florida's first Cuban-American House speaker-designate elected

Republicans elected Rep. Marco Rubio as the Florida House's first Cuban-American speaker-designate in a ceremony broadcast live to Cuba over U.S.-government-backed Radio Marti. The 34-year-old Miami lawyer described Cuban President Fidel Castro as a "thug" who forced his parents to flee their homeland before he was born.

"It's hard to be apolitical when you grow up in a community of political exiles," Rubio said in his acceptance speech Tuesday. Rubio was elected by a unanimous vote in the House Republican caucus. H e will succeed Rep. Allan Bense as speaker for two years in November 2006 if Republicans retain their House majority as expected. Republicans now outnumber Democrats 84 to 36.

Rubio will not be the first Cuban-American to serve as speaker of a state legislative body. New Jersey Assembly Speaker Albio Sires, a Democrat, was elected to that post in 2002, AP reported/

On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, its thirty articles enshrining basic and fundamental rights guaranteeing dignity of the human person and equality for all, regardless of race, color, creed or gender. A pipe dream?

Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Comments
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
North Korea declares victory over USA
North Korea declares victory over USA
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Some ideas about North Korea
USA looking for reason to see nuclear weapons in action
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Putin: Russian servicemen return home from Syria as victors
Putin: Russian servicemen return home from Syria as victors