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Bernie Sanders defends ‘not all that bad’ Fidel Castro as he stands by old remarks praising Communist Cuba

From Daily Mail: Bernie Sanders has praised Fidel Castro’s ‘massive literacy program’, standing by comments he made praising the dictator’s rule of Cuba in the 1980s.

The Democratic frontrunner, 78, defended the Communist regime as ‘not all bad’ during a wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview which aired Sunday.

In it he told Anderson Cooper: ‘We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?’

Castro ruled Cuba for nearly half a century. A Cold War foe of the U.S., Castro’s government imprisoned dissidents and imposed one-party rule on the island nation. He died at the age of 90 in 2016.

Probed on the dissidents imprisoned in the country, Sanders replied: ‘That’s right. And we condemn that. Unlike Donald Trump, let’s be clear…I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend. I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.’

The self proclaimed Democratic socialist won a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, solidifying his frontrunner status in the race to choose the Democratic nominee who faces President Donald Trump in November’s election.

The 78-year-old senator from Vermont was leading with about 46 percent, followed by former vice president Joe Biden at 19 percent.

But even for Sanders the results are ‘shocking’, adding: ‘The ideas that seemed radical four years ago are now kind of mainstream.

‘When Donald Trump was a private businessman in New York, he got $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury housing. That’s called corporate socialism. What democratic socialism is about is saying, ‘Let’s use the federal government to protect the interests of working families.’

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No they aren’t: Dozens of Australian “men” are now giving birth every year

No man has EVER given birth.

From 7News.com: Last year, 13 men gave birth in New South Wales.

Medicare figures released this week show they were among 22 men nationwide to give birth during the 2018-19 financial year, out of more than 35,000 people to give birth nationwide. That’s slightly up on the previous year in which 15 men gave birth across the country.

But it is well down on the 55 men who gave birth in 2014-15, the 44 men who gave birth in 2015-16 and 37 men in 2016-17. And from 2000 to 2012, no men gave birth – just one “unknown”.

The men are transgender men who are still physically able to bear children.

Melbourne University academic Dr. Lauren Rosewarne said transgender people were becoming increasingly visible and so more likely to nominate their gender when giving birth and, because of administrative changes, they were now able to do so.

“I think certainly you can date it to when we started to become more interested (in transgender people), the Caitlyn Jenner factor,” she said. “There was a heightened visibility, culturally.”

The sudden appearance of men giving birth on Medicare records stems from a federal government administrative change in 2013 that allowed departments to recognise a gender other than the one somebody was born with.

“The Medicare system was progressively updated to removed gender-based MBS item limitations to comply with the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender, which commenced in July 2013,” a Department of Human Services spokesperson said.

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