Bill de Blasio, the Obama-backed Democrat “progressive” poised to become New York City’s mayor, is under attack by “Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid empire,” his supporters are charging. It’s a reference to the New York Post examining the candidate’s ties to the Nicaraguan Solidarity Network, a Communist-front organization that still supports the Marxist regime in Nicaragua headed by Communist Sandinista Daniel Ortega.
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In fact, however, it was The New York Times that originally disclosed de Blasio’s fondness for the “foreign revolution” in Nicaragua, in a major piece that shocked even some liberals. The Times article revealed de Blasio’s pro-communist activities and his prediction back in 1991 that Islam would become a major political force.
Combined with de Blasio’s anti-police views, including his announced desire to can the tough New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, the revelations are worrying New Yorkers concerned about terrorism coming back to the city in a major way. The September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist attacks in the city killed nearly 3,000 people. Years before that, the Cuban-backed Puerto Rican terrorist group, the FALN, carried out numerous terrorist bombings in the city, including an attack on Fraunces Tavern in 1975, which killed four people.
De Blasio’s comrades in the Communist Nicaraguan Sandinista movement were praised by Libya’s lunatic leader Muammar Gaddafi as having the will to “fight America on its own ground,” and they promised a “revolution beyond our borders” in Nicaragua. The Sandinistas, who were backed by the Soviet Union and Castro’s Cuba, seized power in Nicaragua in 1979 and fought in the Middle East with the PLO. In 2012, Sandinista leader and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega hosted former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a guest of honor.
The Nicaraguan Solidarity Network, which still exists, has run an item, “Nicaragua Solidarity Back in the News,” noting the media focus on its former comrade de Blasio. It points out that he not only visited Nicaragua, in order to support the regime, but went on a “honeymoon” to Castro’s Cuba. The nature of this “honeymoon” has never been fully explained, and the New York media don’t seem particularly interested in this aspect of his background. He is married to a former lesbian who joined what would become the Combahee River Collective, described by The New York Times as “an influential collection of black feminist intellectuals.”
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Castro’s Cuba protects several fugitives from American justice, including FALN leader William Morales and convicted cop-killer and Black Liberation Army terrorist Joanne Chesimard.
We conducted our own inquiry into the nature of de Blasio’s “solidarity” activity by taking a look at the records of the U.S. Peace Council, housed in the “Peace Collection” at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. The U.S. Peace Council was a Communist Party-dominated organization associated with the World Peace Council, a Soviet front. It played a mostly behind-the-scenes role in “peace” activities throughout the 1980s, although Congress and the FBI did probe its Communist ties in various hearings and investigations.
One of the documents identified the U.S. Peace Council as having helped “initiate” the Nicaraguan Solidarity Network. One of the Peace Council officials, Robert Cohen, a member of the National Lawyers Guild, played the role in starting up the pro-Sandinista organization. “We are doing the same with El Salvador now,” said the document, alluding to the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, also known as CISPES.
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