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Bruno Musarò, the Papal Nuncio to Cuba, excoriates Castro tyranny

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Archbishop Bruno Musarò, Apostolic Nuncio to Castrogonia,  blasted the island's rulers recently, and a handful of news organizations are reporting on his comments.

Not surprisingly, the news reports thus far are only available in Italian, Spanish, and Polish.  Nothing at all in English.  No word from the AP or Reuters, or CNN, etc..

If the nuncio had denounced the "blockade" rather than the Castro regime, his comments would be getting a hell of a lot more attention, of course.

The nuncio's remarks were first quoted by LecceNews24 in Italy, in an article entitled: "'In Cuba you die': Salentine bishop sounds the alarm."  You can find that full report HERE.

TV Marti picked up the story, and you can find their report  HERE (includes video).    El Mundo in Boliva also ran the story.  Go HERE for that.  And if you can read Polish, go HERE for that report.

The comments were made after he celebrated mass in the Italian town of Vignacastrisi.  (Ha!  VignaCASTRIsi: Who says God lacks a sense of humor?)

Among his observations, the following stand out:

“In Cuba you die.” (A Cuba si muore).

"In Cuba eating is a luxury."

“The Cuban people live in conditions of absolute poverty and degradation without human or civil rights. They are the victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them enslaved for fifty-six years.”

“Only freedom can give hope to the Cuban people.”

“The only hope Cubans can have for a better life is to leave their island.”

“Italians who complain about many things in Italy should know that in Cuba a physician only earns 25 euros per month and that in order to live with dignity many Cuban professionals have to work as waiters at night.”

“In Cuba everything is controlled by the government, even milk and meat. Beef is a luxury and anyone who dares to slaughter a cow in order to eat it is arrested and sent to prison.”

“After more than half a century, praise is still being heaped on this Revolution, but, in the meantime, the Cuban people don’t have proper work and don’t have a way of feeding their own children.”

“I’m grateful that the pope sent me to that island, and I hope to be there when the socialist regime comes to an end.”

Apostolic nuncios serve as the pope’s ambassadors to the world’s nations. Archbishop Musarò was appointed as nuncio to Castrogonia by Pope Benedict XVI in August 2011. Before that he had been serving as nuncio to Peru. Previous appointments have taken him to Spain, Korea, Panama, Guatemala, The Central African Republic, Bangladesh, Madagascar, The Seychelles, and several other remote locations in the so-called Third World.

Needless to say, the archbishop  is supremely well-qualified to judge conditions in Castrogonia relative to conditions elsewhere around the globe.

And --needless to say -- the thugs in Havana are now going to press the Vatican for his dismissal.

Reports from Cuba’s Venezuela: The bolivarian revolutionary army goes to war!

Via Venezuela News & Views:

The bolivarian revolutionary army goes to war!

In a feat unseen since the first two decades of the XIX century the Venezuelan Bolivarian Chavista Army has gone on the offensive and decided to dispose of this major threat to our nation: smugglers. No expense should be spared as these people have been able to smuggle away 40% of our food without no one noticing for months of "economic war". But guided by Maduro and Fidel, the glorious revolutionary army has opened its eyes and from the twitter of the commander in chief himself we get accounts from the glorious battles fought. Next, choice tweets from Vladimir Padrino account with my most admiring appreciation.

Of course, we need to start from the field command, on top of a hill as it should. Apparently from this exquisitely chosen strategic position many smugglers path are visible and are being destroyed under the keen supervision of the fat robust generals, a wonder to all. You may appreciate the latest fashion in bullet proof jackets which I am sure were an urgent necessity on top of that hill as we can see from the very anxious facial expressions.


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And what are they catching?

Continue reading HERE.

Reports from Cuba: Chimeras and Frustrations

By Luzbely Escobar in Translating Cuba:

Chimeras and Frustrations

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It is a little more than a week before the start of school and the youngest at home are already taking stock of what they’ve done on their vacation. They go to sleep thinking about what they’ll tell their friends in September and in their little heads they remember each outing with their families. Although parents have few options to entertain their children in the summer, they always make an effort.

The options range from five pesos to buy an ice cream cone at the corner snack bar, to the complicated and greatly desired trip to the beach. I’ve made many promises to my little ones to take them for a dip, but I still haven’t been able to keep my promise. A trip to Santa Maria or Guanabo is like the children’s Road to El Dorado during the summer season.

A trip to the beach is a chimera. The main difficultly rests in the long lines for the bus, with its riots of boys who push in front of everyone because they don’t like to wait that long. Coming home, as if it weren’t hard enough to catch the route 400, we add the drunkenness and fights that break out in front of the innocent eyes of the children. Not to mention the abundant stream of bad words and atrocities shouted with a natural mastery from one end of the bus to the other.

As an alternative to the beach, the other day we inflated a plastic pool in the basement and poured in a few buckets of water. They had a good time, after the frustration of the breakdown of the transport that would take us to Marazul—coming and going guaranteed—but in the end it left us with swimsuits packed and snacks prepared.

To go to the beach there are other variants such as the almendrones—classic American cars—that cost one convertible peso* (CUC) each but don’t guarantee the return. At one time we could take advantage of the buses that run on the tourist routes, at least for a visit, because they cost 3 CUC each coming and going and the children didn’t have to pay. However, now they’ve gone up to 5 CUC, which is too expensive for ordinary mortals.

Other options, which we have done, are going to the movies, the theater, the usual family visits and games in the park below. But that quickly bores them and they want more. They are tireless in their requests for the Aquarium, the beach, the pool, the zoo, and the Maestranza Fun Park in Old Havana. We decided we weren’t going to the last one any more. It’s too much suffering under the sun and closes at the best time, when it starts to get dark.

If we went to the Zoo twice it’s because it’s close, although it already has a super-well-known terrible reputation. We can go to the Aquarium at night, but sadly, that’s when transport in that area of Havana is more complicated than in the daytime, and so we haven’t had an opportunity to go. In short, if we add up the possible choices, there are few real possibilities of entertaining children.

There are still about ten days of vacation but I don’t think we’ll do much more. Now we’re focused on uniforms, backpacks, shoes, snacks, notebooks, pencils and everything that makes up the school package. Luckily they’ve already forgotten the chimerical holiday and have replaced it with school. We still have the task of making sure there’s no lack of teacher for the classroom, as happened in the last semester of the previous school year. That would be too much frustration.

*Translator’s note: The average monthly wage in Cuba is around 20 CUC. One CUC is about 24 Cuban pesos (about one dollar US).

Ecuador’s Rafael Correa continues his quest for dictator in perpetuity

Mercedes Alvaro and Dan Molinski in The Wall Street Journal:

Ecuador President Rafael Correa Seeks Law Allowing Perpetual Re-Election

Popular Leader Setting Stage for Expected Fourth Run in 2017

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QUITO, Ecuador—President Rafael Correa, in speeches and televised interviews, assures followers he'd like nothing more than to step aside when his current term ends. "The easiest thing would be for me to retire in 2017 as one of the best presidents in our history, as the people refer to me," he said in a recent televised interview.

But Mr. Correa, whom opponents characterize as a semi-authoritarian leader who controls all levers of power, has other plans. Ecuador's Constitutional Court, whose judges are allied with the president, is now deliberating a proposal by the ruling Alianza Pais Party to permit indefinite re-election for every office-holder. The justices are expected in the days ahead to forward the proposal on to Congress, where Alianza Pais has a strong majority and is expected to pass the new law sometime next year.

Still popular after seven years in office, Mr. Correa, who is 51 years old, would likely win a fourth presidential election in 2017 and remain in power far into the future, analysts and opposition figures believe. Buoyed by high oil prices, Mr. Correa has funneled money into education and highways, giving him high approval ratings, while drawing sharp criticism from rights groups and press freedom advocates for trying to muzzle critics.

"The yearning of all autocrats is to stay in power for life, and that was Correa's plan from the start," said Osvaldo Hurtado, a former president of Ecuador.

Mr. Correa couldn't be reached to comment. An aide who arranges his interviews, Mariana Bravo, said he was unavailable, and Fernando Alvarado, the government's communications secretary, couldn't be reached.

In speeches, Mr. Correa has rejected accusations that he is trampling on Ecuador's democracy, arguing instead that the people shouldn't be deprived of their democratic will. Extending his presidency, he said, would thwart his foes' plans to end his so-called Citizen's Revolution, which is intended to remake this country of 16 million.

"My sincere position was always against re-election," he said in a nationwide address in May. "But after deep reflection, and well aware that sometimes our choices are between the lesser of two evils, I've decided to support this initiative."

Continue reading Ecuador’s Rafael Correa continues his quest for dictator in perpetuity

We’re not rationing food, we’re just controlling how much you can have

Santana in El Nuevo Herald:

"I want to make it clear that we are not using the fingerprint scanners to ration food.

"But make no mistake: We're not going to allow anyone to buy more than what is assigned to them. You got that?"

Photos of the day: Havana, vortex of past, present, and future

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Martha Beatriz Roque continues to capture incredible images from the hellhole she inhabits.

Images that defy logic.  Images that defy time and space.  Images that rape one's memory.  Images that rip out one's heart and consume it.

Each and every image is a demonic transverberation of the soul.

This is the neighborhood of Guanabacoa in Havana, in 2014.

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Past and present converge: ancient cars navigate flooded streets.  The sewers no longer work, but the ancient cars do.

The streets become rivers whenever it rains.

No people-to-people tourist encounters in this part of town, where my father once worked.

He rode the bus to Guanabacoa, and sometimes I went with him.

The streets were not flooded then, but these cars still traversing them were there, for sure.

Maybe I laid eyes on them when they were brand new?

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Faded glory, present squalor: A lot of attention was lavished on this corner building when it went up, but now it crumbles.

A small handwritten sign, barely visible, warns of an imminent collapse.  Stores continue to serve customers on the ground floor, and families crowd the apartments upstairs.

No one has any place to go, so they stay.  Tick tock.

The past seems incredible, improbable.  Who could build anything like this today?

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The present is all too real: nothing but ruins.

The future is so bleak that one cannot think about it: the building will undoubtedly kill and maim those who are doomed to live, work, and shop there, or even those who walk past it.

Individual human beings don't matter.

Abstractions are all that matters: "the people," the Revolution," "socialism," "maximum leaders," "anti-imperialism," and so on......

Slogans.  Hand written messages from zombie slaves and from those at death's rotting  door.

The signs are so small, so hard to notice, so hard to read.  What do they say?

Long live the Revolution?  Socialism or death?

No.  They shout: Peligro de derrumbe! (Danger of collapse!)

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Or, maybe they quote the gladiators of ancient Rome: Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant.

Hail, Emperor, we who are about to die salute you!

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Cuba, Venezuela, and the shameless hypocrisy of Uruguay’s Mujica

A pontificating leftist hypocrite. Is there any other type?

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Mujica Criticizes (Embodies) Double-Standards

In a weekend interview with Spain's El Mundo, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica was asked about the deteriorating situation in Venezuela.

He defensively responded:

"There is no right to intervene in Venezuela's issues. People always ask me: What do you think of Venezuela and Cuba? But why don't they ask me about China? They don't because it is a major economic power. There is a tremendous tolerance with China, but not with Venezuela and Cuba. Why not ask me about those men from Arabia in robes and jewels? God forbid if that can be called a democracy..."

It's ironic how President Mujica feels that criticism of Venezuela's authoritarian government -- and support for its peaceful opponents -- is "intervening" in Venezuela's issues.

Yet, when Mujica led a violent, armed opposition ("Tupamaros") against Uruguay's dictatorship in the 1970s, he had no problem asking the world for sanctions -- or for Cuba's military dictatorship to "intervene" by providing weapons and training to his urban guerrillas.

Thus, Mujica shouldn't be pontificating on double standards.

However, Mujica is right about the world's immoral tolerance of China and Saudi Arabia's regimes.

History will surely not be kind to the West's China and energy policies, which have directly led to the creation of history's two most lucrative dictatorships.

But the answer is to correct the course -- and hold China and Saudi Arabia accountable for their unrelenting human rights violations and anti-democratic behavior.  Not to extend such short-sighted irreverence to the Western Hemisphere, namely Cuba and Venezuela.

(We've previously written about this in The New York Times. See "Freedom First or Business First?")

Mujica knows all-too-well that the Western Hemisphere has made great strides towards democracy in the last three decades. It's a far-cry from Asia and the Middle East.

Representative democracy was enshrined as the backbone of hemispheric relations in the 2001 Inter-American Democratic Charter ("Charter") signed by 34 (or 33.5, as Venezuela slides backwards) of the 35 countries of the Western Hemisphere.

Efforts to normalize U.S. and hemispheric relations with Cuba's totalitarian dictatorship, and to accept Venezuela's authoritarian affronts, seek to undermine these historic, democratic strides.

(We've also previously written about this in The Hill.  See "Latin America Has Democracy, But Lacks Democrats.")

This inter-hemispheric battle will play out during next year's Summit of the Americas in Panama, where Castro's cohorts will seek to undermine the Charter -- which stemmed from the 2001 Quebec Summit's "democracy clause" -- by including Cuba in this gathering of democracies.

That would represent the ultimate double-standard -- and re-open the doors to Latin American dictatorships (of the left and right).

Tweet of the Day – Two Cubas

By dissident blogger and photographer, Yusnaby Perez:



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The two Cubas: One for foreign tourists and the real one.

Finally, a museum for the victims of communism

Thanks to Carlos Eire for bringing this to our attention yesterday.

I wrote something about it over at American Thinker.  You can read it by clicking below

 

 

 

Castro dictatorship intensifies war of persecution against Cuba’s Christians

It appears Christians in Cuba did not receive the memo from pro-Castro groups here in the U.S. and news agencies like the AP that apartheid dictator Raul Castro has miraculously morphed into a sensible, moderate, and reformed dictator.

Via World Magazine:

Cuba cracks down on Christians

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A man attends Mass at St. John Bosco Catholic church in Havana.Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months.

According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), there were 170 religious freedom violations from the start of 2014 through mid-July. In 2013, there were only 180 incidents documented. This year’s violations included government authorities beating pastors and lay workers, dragging politically dissident women away from Sunday services, and enforcing arbitrary detentions, church closures, and demolitions, CSW said.

Todd Nettleton, with Voice of the Martyrs, agreed that government persecution is on the rise in Cuba.

“It does seem like the government is paying more attention to the churches and making much of a concerted effort to control religious expression in Cuba,” Nettleton said. Although the government has not given a reason for the crackdown, Nettleton suggested President Raul Castro could be more hostile to Christianity than his brother, or more aware of it. The government might also be looking at the church and sensing a need to assert control.

While the government of the once-atheist country is communist, Cuba’s constitution claims to allow religious freedom: “The State recognizes, respects, and guarantees religious liberty.” But that right, as well as others, are ignored if the government claims they conflict with communism, CSW said.

Article 62 of the Cuban constitution declares: “No recognized liberty may be exercised against the existence and aims of the socialist State and the nation’s determination to build socialism and communism.”

The Cuban Office of Religious Affairs (ORA) has authority over all religious groups in Cuba and it has a “consistently antagonistic relationship” with many of those groups, CSW notes in its report. Roughly 56 percent of Cubans identify as Christian, according to Operation World.

CSW said most of the cases of women being detained and forced to miss church were Roman Catholics and Ladies in White, a political dissident group made up of women related to political prisoners.

Churches also are often pressured and threatened by the government to expel congregants the government considers political dissidents. Churches that resist “are under constant and intrusive government surveillance,” CSW said. Roman Catholic priest Jose Conrado Rodriguez Alegre’s refusal to shun individuals the government wants to keep socially isolated led to the state installing video cameras to watch his home and church. His email accounts have also been blocked.

CSW said protestant leaders are often threatened with having their churches closed if they refuse to expel and shun certain people. Government reprisals also have included frozen bank accounts, harassment and violence.

Cuban Christians live with the daily threat that everything, including their educational opportunities and employment, could be taken away, Nettleton said. Students could be kicked out of school without cause, flunked even if they have straight A’s, or be refused the diploma they earned. They are constantly pressured to leave the church and follow the government, Nettleton said.

Since 1959, the Cuban government has planted informants within churches and religious groups to report anything critical of the state or deemed “counter-revolutionary.”

Cuba’s peaceful human rights activists bear the scars of the Castro dictatorship

Take a good look at the pictures below. These images perfectly illustrate who Raul Castro is and what his thuggish and sinister regime is all about: Cowards who violently attack defenseless women and peaceful activists.

Via Uncommon Sense:

Cuban activists have the scars to prove their fight against Castro

In only three years, the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, has grown to become one of the largest and most active opposition groups on the island.

Which is why the Castro police on Sunday attacked UNPACU activists in Santiago de Cuba as they attempted to gather to commemorate the third anniversary of the group's founding. Numerous activists were beaten and/or arrested, according to Martinoticas.com and other reports from the island.

It was all part of at least the 59th Sunday in a row of vicious repression by the regime against the peaceful opposition, with reports of obeatings and arrests from Havana in the west to Holguin in the west, and many spots in between.

Here are photos of two UNPACU activists after they were beaten in Santiago de Cuba.

In them, you can see the face of the Castro dictatorship.

This is Yunaisi Carracedo Milanés:

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This is Wilder Cervantes:

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Photos from Ana Belkis Ferrer, via Facebook.

Reports from Cuba’s Venezuela: When did freedom die?

By Juan Cristobal Nagel in Caracas Chronicles:

When did freedom die?

An instrument of mass torture

Last night, Nicolás Maduro announced that all purchases at every supermarket, convenience store, and mom-and-pop abasto would have to be verified through a fingerprint scanner in order to prevent people from purchasing too much – an electronic rationing card. The cadification of the Venezuelan economy is complete.

Listen, about ten years ago, some distant relatives from Venezuela came to Chile on a visit. The patriarch of this family was a retired politician, an intellectual I always admired and respected, and the author of several books on contemporary Venezuelan history and politics. I was thrilled and honored to have them over.

The first day of their trip, I showed them around Santiago. They didn’t enjoy it much, because they were too distracted. All they could think of was finding an ATM that would allow them to withdraw their Cadivi cash allowance.

Watching this hero of mine, this towering figure from my youth, reduced to going from one ATM to another trying to see if “pasó la tarjeta,” if their card was actually working, kind of broke my heart. It brought home the inherent perversity of a system like Cadivi. He couldn’t really enjoy his vacation, because he was always worried that he wouldn’t be able to pay off his hotel bill, his car rental, his incidentals. You never knew when the government would pull the plug on your financial independence, when they would revoke the permission to use your money wherever you please.

I think that’s when freedom died for good, when Cadivi came about. Venezuelans were then forced to go through innumerable hoops, file ridiculous folders, in order to access some cheap dollars.

The worst part? Many people were thrilled about it. Cadivi was a party, and many people had a great time at it. Cadivi was a huge subsidy, but in order to get it, you had to check your dignity at the door. In fact, you were pissed when it went away, and few opposition politicians even dared to say that Cadivi had to be eliminated, saying instead that it had to be “intervened.

I don’t blame people for going through Cadivi and submitting themselves to this perverse system – thankfully, I have never been on that thing, but I understand that people had no choice.

What I blame some of them is for not realizing what they were subjecting themselves to. Yes, people had no choice, but the least you could do is be aware of what you were losing. Heck, Aristóbulo Istúriz sepelled it out for you in recent days, and there are still many who do not understand.

Continue reading HERE.

Reports from Cuba: The business of standing in line

By independent Cuban news agency 14yMedio in Translating Cuba:

The Business of Standing in Line

The line can form the night before (14ymedio)

From Thursday night at 10:00 PM Anabel stood in the line at International Legal Counsel on 22nd Street in Playa. She’d already tried at dawn that morning, when she thought if she got there at 5:00 AM she would have a good chance. But she was wrong, they only took 40 cases and she was about 80th in line.

Anabel came to get a legal criminal record document because she’s trying to get a visa for Argentina and this is a part of the required paperwork every Cuban citizen who is not traveling on official business must have.

This time, on arriving at the corner in the dark, she found only professional line-standers. A group of 4 or 5 individuals who work selling, for 10 convertible pesos (about two weeks wages in Cuba), the first 15 places in the line. Each one “stands in” for three people and has enormous psychological experience in determining to whom to offer their services.

The normal clients didn’t begin arrive until two in the morning. Some, like Anabel, had been frustrated on previous occasions.

People come to the International Legal Counsel for multiple purposes. To get legal papers for use abroad, documenting their university degrees or certifications, their marriages and divorces, and especially, Cubans living abroad who need to update their passports. Here is where you used to get permission to leave the country in exchange for a letter of invitation, but this requirement disappeared with the immigration and travel reform law enacted in January 2013.

At 7:30 in the morning, about an hour before the offices officially open, the public starts to swell the line. It’s a crucial moment when, already daylight, people physically place themselves one after another. Those who arrived at 2:00 AM who thought they would be behind just five or six people, discover that in reality they are 18th in line. They now realize, that the gentleman who arrived in a Peugeot at 6:00 am and never asked “who’s last in line?” occupies one of the first spots. The first protests are heard, but they’re weak because they are confronting a practice accepted for decades.

That gentleman who arrived in a Peugeot at 6 in the morning and never asked “who’s last in line?” occupies one of the first spots.

At 8:30, giving it all the importance she believes it deserves, a clerk comes out to explain that today there are only two specialists in the center and they will only be calling 40 people. At that moment the line seems to have received an electric shock and stiffens like a living organism.

The official, who has entrenched herself firmly in the door to collect the identity cards of those who manage to pass, stares into Anabel’s eyes before spitting out in an unpleasant tone: “Up to here are the places for criminal records.” And only then does Anabel realize that the employee has more ID cards in her hands than there are people in the line. She has the urge to protest, because she’s the only one who has noticed, but chooses to keep quiet because in the end she will be seen.

The group goes to an office on the second floor, in a hot space where it’s not possible to control the passage to the cubicles where the specialists work. She has 65 convertible pesos in her purse, and stamps worth 25 Cuban pesos, which is what the paperwork costs.

Those who have come to legalize degrees have to pay 200 convertible pesos, while certifications cost 250. Other more minor paperwork costs between 15 and 20 convertible pesos. An entire industry to extract money.

At 3:00 PM they’ve called only five of those waiting in line, but the parade to the specialists’ cubicles has been continuous. Then there’s a spontaneous demand to see the director, because the excessive delay for a requirement that is so expensive, and the undeniable influence peddling by which it works, seems unspeakably disrespectful.

The director arrives, friendly and positive, and pretends to scold the employee in charge, and promises the clients that everyone will leave satisfied. Indeed, as if by magic, in the last 45 minutes they resolve every case. Everyone goes home; tomorrow will be another day.

Finally! … almost too good to be true… a museum for victims of communism

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Wow.

A rare essay on a little-known museum in the making, and on the rottenness of the politics that surround its construction.

And the image chosen by The Daily Beast's editors to illustrate the blood lust of communists is as much of an insult to pop culture as the museum project itself (see above).

This museum will be vilified by the so-called "thinking" class and many so-called "artistic" folk,  but its creation is long overdue.

Question for all genuine Cuban exiles (not for "migrants"):  If any of us walk into this museum will we be visitors or exhibits?

From The Daily Beast:

Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum

by James Kirchick

Supporters of a museum dedicated to the estimated 100 million victims of communism worldwide hope to break ground on the National Mall on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Why are there so few Democrats and liberals among them?

Not long ago, I mentioned the Victims of Communism Memorial to an acquaintance. It’s a bronze model of the statue raised by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square shortly before the Peoples Liberation Army massacred thousands of peaceful demonstrators in 1989. Located on a small patch of land near Union Station in Washington, countless people walk by it every day, perhaps without even recognizing the memorial or understanding why it is there.

“Communism wasn’t responsible for any deaths,” my interlocutor said. “Crappy leaders were.”

How many times have you heard some formulation of this viewpoint? “Communism is an excellent idea in theory, it just hasn’t worked in practice.” I wish that was the sort of sentiment I only remembered from college dorm room bull sessions. (“OK. How many more millions of people have to die before we get it right?” I always asked, incredulously).

Unfortunately, the notion that Marxist-Leninist ideology is not responsible for the estimated 100 million deaths perpetrated by communist regimes has long been de rigeur among a broad segment of the intellectual elite. And it’s a worldview that, as my friend’s remark and countless other examples attest, is earning followers among a growing number of the Millennial Generation. The Marxist recrudescence is hard to quantify, but it can be seen in populist reactions to the worldwide financial crisis, the rise of far left political parties around the globe, and the increasing popularity of once-obscure figures like Slavoj Zizek, a Slovenian Marxist cultural critic. Last year, The New York Times heralded the arrival of the appropriately-named Jacobin, “a magazine dedicated to bringing jargon-free neo-Marxist thinking to the masses.” In January, Rolling Stone — blissfully unaware of its own role in the consumer economy—published a widely discussed piece calling upon the government to secure jobs for everyone, abolish all private property, and “take back the land.” The only thing missing from this bill of particulars was elimination of the bourgeoisie.

The growing worry over income inequality in America is not a sign of a generation yearning for communism, but it does exist on a spectrum that in the extreme can lead to obliviousness about its evils. “The key to understanding Marxism’s renaissance in the west,” a 2012 article in The Guardian noted, is that, “for younger people, it is untainted by association with Stalinist gulags.” This retrospective amnesia alternately reveals a generational ignorance about the ideology and nature of communism as well as evidence of the need to educate the public about its horrors.

That’s the goal of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which hopes to break ground for the construction of a “world-class” museum on the National Mall in 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The museum would include witness testimony, artifacts, and interactive exhibits registering the toll communism has wrought in some 40 countries throughout history.

Such an institution would join the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in teaching future generations about man’s capacity for inhumanity.

“It is perhaps one of the biggest lies that exist in our culture today that the deadliest ideology in history is somehow not responsible for the regimes that it brought to life and the deaths that it caused,” says Marion Smith, executive director of the foundation. “Ideas have consequences and there has never been a communist regime that did not end up killing its own people as a goal.”

Continue reading HERE (truly worthwhile).

Another Discovery Channel “Shark Week” without mentioning the Shark Attack capitol of the Westerm Hemipshere (maybe of the world)

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"So I went in lower. The water all around the raft was turning red…the cloud spreading. Then I saw the shark—about the same length as the raft. The rafter was in fact a Cuban woman in her early twenties. Upon her rescue we found she had two bullet wounds in her legs from Castro’s frontier police. All others in the raft, including two infants had died, as did the shark, from being repeatedly stabbed by the pointed end of a broken oar by Maria. The Shark had bitten the oar in half as Maria pounded him…I started flying rescue missions full-time after that.

“The boys’ father, delirious from thirst and exposure, finally jumped in the water,” recalls another rescuer.

So the sons threw him a rope tied to the raft and he clutched it. They turned away for a second, slightly relieved—but only to spot a huge shark approaching, then another. Soon an entire school surrounded the raft and they ripped into their father…The water turned red as their father was eaten alive….. I can tell you from decades of and heart-breaking work from our center here in Key West that in the Florida straits every week is shark week.

Were the “root cause” of this drama and horror more politically-correct can you imagine its popularity in movies? Docudramas? Reality TV? The Discovery Channel? But as usual, Castro also escapes censure for this form of torture and mass-murder. AH! But The Discovery Channel, you see, is a major business partner of the Castro regime.

Full details here.

Our friends at Frontpage Magazine help disseminate some items not fully understood outside the tiny Cuban-AMerican informational ghetto.

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Imagine if you will, a regime that drove from ten to twenty times as many people to die trying to escape it as did the East German regime--but was hailed by Newsweek magaine in 2011 as among "the best countries in the world to live."

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