Back in 2006 our Ziva called our attention to an eminent scholar and Democratic party consultant (he "advised" the JFK, Carter, Ted Kennedy and Jesse Jackson campaigns) named Norman Birnbaum (seen in recent pic top left) who wore his anti-Cuban exile bigotry on his very shirtsleeves, not unlike Michael Moore:
"We have not attacked Castro because of mutual assured deterrence, his air force could attack nuclear power plants and make much of the US southeast uninhabitable so despite the truly repellent Miami Cubans of the older generation and their gallant allies, the Israel lobby, Castro hangs on"
A couple years ago Birnbaum also wrote a revelatory piece about his acquaintance (and convicted Castro spy) Walter Kendall Myers:
"Walter Kendall Myers, a former Foreign Service officer, has been sent to prison for life, and his wife for a lesser term, for espionage on behalf of Cuba. Enthusiastic about the Cuban revolution, Myers for years passed on to the Cuban government information he had acquired as an official of the State Department’s intelligence unit, in which he was a specialist for European affairs....I knew Myers slightly as an amiable and informed presence at Washington meetings and gatherings on European affairs, at embassies, foundations, universities. I thought well of him as someone who seemed relatively free of the usual clichés...
Castro, in secret, gave his American friend Myers medals. He would have done better to encourage him to retire from the Foreign Service and lobby for the Cuban tourist industry. "
Flippancy? Or Freudian slip issuing from Birnbaum's professional contacts and experience?
In light of the State Department's "inside knowledge" of Castroism going back to 1957 (and especially their brilliant countermeasures to protect U.S. interests) I'd say Birnbaum is spot on. Anti-embargo lobbyists probably help Castro much more than do his official spies--and have nothing to fear from the FBI. I mean with people like William Wieland, Roy Rubbottom, Wayne Smith, John Kerry, Fulton Armstrong, Phil Peters variously in State Dept. posts, why on earth would Castro need any official "agents" in the U.S. State Department?
It is well known that medical standards in Cuba are much different than in the U.S. How many innocent Cuban doctors will pay the ultimate price left to die forgotten in Africa?
Capitol Hill Cubans:
Is Cuba Sending Unqualified Health Workers to West Africa?
The Cuban dictatorship is willing to sacrifice anything -- or anyone -- for the sake of propaganda.
This appears to be the case of the health workers it has sent to West Africa to work on the Ebola virus.
The details that have been filtering out of Cuba regarding the terms and conditions that the Castro regime has given to these health workers are very concerning.
For example, the Cuban health workers have been compelled to agree that if they contract the Ebola virus, they will not be repatriated to the island.
Moreover, they have been warned of a 90% chance of no return.
As such, there has been a life insurance policy taken out for these health workers with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Surely the families are the beneficiaries of the policies, right?
Nope -- the Cuban state is.
(It remains unclear whether the WHO is further paying the Castro regime for these health workers.)
Those fortunate enough to return have been "promised" nearly $10,000 per month -- to be deposited in a Cuban state bank account during their absence -- as well as a house and car.
This would set them up extremely handsomely -- for life -- in Cuba.
Of course, whether the Castro regime intends to actually fulfill this "promise" is another question. Just ask the veterans of Cuba's African wars.
Castro knows that Cubans are desperate enough to accept these terms. After all, there's at least a chance for survival if you contract Ebola, while there's no chance for survival if you're caught by sharks in the Florida Straits.
But it seems that the Castro regime is not counting on their return.
Adding to this concern is the fact that the Cuban health workers sent to West Africa appear to be poorly trained (at best) or utterly unqualified (at worst).
As the Wall Street Journal reported last week:
An Australian World Health Organization official responsible for training them on Ebola care watched in concern as the Cubans swapped hand-clasps, pats on backs and other potentially hazardous displays of physical affection. Public-health officials warn Ebola can spread on contact, with the virus carried in bodily fluids like sweat.
“They’re a very cuddly people,” said Katrina Roper, a technical officer with the U.N. agency. “Tomorrow will be me explaining why they have to stop shaking hands and sharing things.”
Such irresponsibility may only exacerbate the problem.
But hey -- sacrifice anything, or anyone, for propaganda.
Count Floyd bids you a good morning.
Time for some reeeeally scaaaary Halloween fun, boys and girls!
Here's a super-super-scary riddle, inspired by the Miss Hitler contest in Russia.
This is scarier than my favorite bedtime story "Blood sucking monkeys from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, " and far more relevant to world affairs than any story about all those poor Cuban suckers sent to the Ebola epicenter in West Africa:
Riddle me this, you elementary penguins: At the end of a zombie apocalypse, if there were only two zombies left on earth, who would win: Adolf or Fidel?
Don't take this image of Lateeeeen-oh Democrat trick-or-treaters from the South Bronx as a hint....both of these battling zombies are great liars and propagandists....but....you know what they say about pictures being worth a thousand words....
By Fernando Damaso in Translating Cuba:
What Isn’t Working?
Let’s take a look at four different situations.
In the case of the national railway, the authorities in charge claim that its problems are due to outdated equipment and the lack of proper maintenance resulting from a lack of spare parts. The system has not been updated in more than fifty years. As a result the No. 1 train from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, which used to run daily, now only makes the trip every three days. For the last eight years the Havana to Holguin train has not run at all.
Those that are running do so at reduced speed and with a fewer number of train cars. When the air conditioning in one of the French-made train cars breaks down, it remains permanently of service and passengers must resort to opening tiny windows instead. The system also suffers from organizational problems and widespread indiscipline.
For years the sizes of school uniforms sold at the beginning of the school year have not corresponded to students’ actual sizes, which have become much smaller to poor nutrition. Though the problem persists year after year, the ministries of education and industry have still not come up with a solution.
Camping, the only vacation option available to the average Cuban, does not live up to expectations or its costs. Camping facilities are run-down, the food is of poor quality and badly prepared, amenities are minimal and the available services leave much to be desired.
Drinking water is in short supply in the suburb of Villa Panamericana near the town of Cojimar. Planners did not take into account the fact that project’s cisterns relied on gravity and that the supply came directly from the tank itself, so of course it cannot reach the third, fourth or fifth floors of the town’s existing buildings.
One might think that this string of calamities is directly related to those provide these services. That assumes that these people do not know how to do the work or simply do it badly. However, in spite of a constant turnover of directors, administrators and personnel, things are no better. One would then have to assume that it is the system itself that is not working.
Neither classic nor actual socialism has worked in any of the countries in which it has been tried. The evidence is plain to see. In Cuba it has never worked, not in the past and not in the present. I think this will also be the case with “prosperous and efficient socialism.” At least that is how I see things so far.
An excerpt from Carlos Alberto Montaner's editorial in Diario de Cuba (translated by Capitol Hill Cubans):
Raul Castro's Desperate Offensive
Raul Castro fears that Venezuela's subsidies will dry out in the short-term. He sees it coming. The price of oil is falling and the chaos generated by the absolute inefficiency of "chavismo" has Venezuela about to close the spigot. The Cubans selected Maduro, but he has turned out to be an absolute disaster. It's a question of survival. Two drowning people can't mutually save themselves.
Thus, the offensive. Raul needs, desperately, to be saved from the burning ship. What exactly does he need? A deluge of American tourists to flood his hotels with their fresh dollars. Today, they can't travel to Cuba. The law prohibits it. He also wants credits to import U.S. products. They sell him food and medicine, but he has to pay cash-in-advance and lacks dollars.
Raul Castro is not willing to change the system, nor tolerate freedoms, but he thinks he can change Obama and eliminate the restrictions imposed or maintained by eleven U.S. Presidents.
His hypothesis is that he'll succeed in doing so after the November elections, in the last two years of the Obama Administration. To achieve this goal, he has his entire intelligence services diligently working, along with a few exiles who subscribe to the strange and illogical rationale that the way to end Castro's tyranny is by endowing it with resources.
The main obstacle -- Havana believes -- is Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the important Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Therefore, Cuba's intelligence services concocted an operation to try to destroy him by creating a smear campaign that he had relations with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. This was discovered to be a repugnant lie.
The tentacles of Castro's lobby are extensive. They reach Congress, the media, and the academic and cultural worlds. They infiltrated the Pentagon. The person who used to evaluate Havana's activities for The White House was senior intelligence analyst, Ana Belen Montes, a Cuban spy, captured in 2001 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Since 1985 she had been spying for the Castros.
Scott W. Carmichel, the U.S. counter-intelligence agent who discovered her, believes there are many more spies placed and seduced by Cuba in various sectors of the U.S. government and civil society. He's probably right. And they are all working tirelessly to obtain Raul Castro's current objective.
Read the entire piece (in Spanish) HERE.
Miss Hitler contestant Elena Bernatskaya
Sponsor a Miss Hitler beauty contest and chances are you will get lots and lots of attention, all of it negative
See the evidence for yourself, in this article from Vocativ:
Who Will Be Miss Hitler 2014?
Who is the most beautiful anti-Semitic of them all? A Russian pro-Hitler online group wants to find out
There is an actual, real-life Miss Hitler contest going on right now. On VKontakte— Russia’s Facebook—Russian and Ukrainian Nazis and the people who love them, are voting for their favorite pictures of proud, beautiful anti-Semitic women posted to the site’s “Adolf Hitler” group page. Boasting more than 7,000 followers, the page describes itself as a group of Russians and Ukrainians who pay tribute to Hitler, history’s best-known goose-stepping genocidal maniac.
Miss Ostland 2014, as it’s called, is a social media pageant tribute to Ostland, the Nazi civilian occupation regime of the Baltic states in 1941 in which more than a million Jews were murdered. But Miss Ostland isn’t all about genocide. Actually, it’s more about “feminine beauty” than anything else.
Want to be 2014?s Miss Hitler? Here’s how you qualify:
1) Be a woman.
2) Be a Nazi.
3) Be a woman Nazi.
4) Be a woman who hates Jews.
5) Be a member of the “Adolf Hitler” VKontakte group.
6) Post a sexy Nazi pic.
7) Get other Nazis to like your pic.
8) Don’t insult other women’s pictures. Nazis are a lot of things, but they are apparently not catty on social media.
The woman whose picture receives the most likes will be declared the winner, and only group members can vote.
Continue reading HERE (Includes photos of the lovely contestants).
What do you think would happen if someone were to launch a Miss Castro pageant? Or a Miss Che pageant (since El Coma Andante and his half brother are still alive it seems more adequate to feature a dead man as an icon of perfection).
Any negative press? Not likely. This contest would be a total propaganda victory!
So, why not start such a contest? Leftists throughout the world could turn this into something bigger than Miss Universe or Miss World. And imagine the interest such a pageant would spark in Latrine America!
A mere suggestion to those who are interested: Follow guidelines similar to those of the Miss Hitler pageant:
1) Be a woman.
2) Be a Communist or Socialist.
3) Be a woman Communist or Socialist.
4) Be a woman who hates all capitalists and property owners and advocates their total elimination.
5) Be a member of the “Che Guevara” fan club.
6) Post a sexy Communist/Socialist picture.
7) Get other Communists and Socialists to like your pic.
8) Don’t insult other women’s pictures. Communists and Socialists are not catty about each other on social media -- only about bourgeois scum.
Go to it comrades! The so-called news media of the world will love the story. And maybe you can raise enough money to equip poor people everywhere with weapons for the ultimate "final solution."
Where are Jay-Z and Beyonce when you need them?
Via Uncommon Sense:
Imprisoned Cuban rap singer 'El Critico' sentenced to 6 years in prison
Angel Yunier Remon, "El Critico"
Imprisoned Cuban rap singer/political activist Angel Yunier "El Critico" Remon has been sentenced to 6 years in prison. El Critico and several family members had been in jail since March 26, 2013, after they were arrested when a Castroite mob attacked them during an "act of repudiation."
The result of the case against El Critico, an activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, was never in doubt.
Also sentenced as part of the case were:
- Alexander Otero Rodríguez, 5 years.
- Rudisnei Villavicencio Figueredo, 4 years.
- Yaquelin Garcia Jaens, a 4-year suspended sentence.
By Ivan Garcia:
Of Jails In Cuba
A “combatant” as Cuban prison guards are called, watches over prisoners working in their new uniforms.
For Saul prison is like his second home. He celebrated his 63rd birthday behind bars, fabricating cement and gravel blocks for a Cuban state enterprise called Provari, which makes everything from bricks, tiles and mattresses to insecticides and sells them for hard currency.
Saul knows the island’s penitentiary map like few do. Since 19 years of age he has been held in the main prisons: La Cabana, Chafarinas in Guantanamo, Boniato in Santiago de Cuba and the jails built by Fidel Castro like the Combinado del Este in Havana, Aguica in Matanzas and Canaleta in Ciego de Avila.
“In all, since I was a prisoner for the first time in 1970 because of the Vagrancy Law. I have worked cutting cane, in construction, making tourism furniture or insecticides with hardly any physical protection,” comments Saul, who has been a free man since April.
According to a former prison official, 90 percent of detainees in Cuba work with scarce security and are paid poverty wages.
“I am convinced that the work of prisoners is one of the main productive engines of the country. Exploiting them allows high profits. Until 2006, when I worked in a Havana jail, they were paid 150 or 200 pesos a month for working up to 14 hours (remember that the minimum salary in Cuba is 484 pesos) or they were paid not a cent. Those who were paid also had deducted expenses like food and lodging. The government gives degrading treatment to the majority of common Cuban prisoners,” says the ex-official.
Throughout the green alligator it is calculated that there exist more than 200 prisons. Cuba is the sixth nation on the planet in per capita prisoners. In 2013, the regime recognized that the penal population is around 57 thousand inmates.
The internal dissidence claims that the figure might approach 100 thousand. Cuban jails are rigorous. Physical mistreatment and abuses by the penitentiary guards are standard.
Suicides, mutilations and insanity within the prisons are a secret statistic that the government handles with clamps. Prestigious companies, like the Swedish Ikea, have been accused of complicity in prisoner slave labor in Cuban factories.
In the 1980’s, Ciro was a prisoner for five years for illegal exit. In his pilgrimage through the detention centers, he worked in a transportation parts warehouse for the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) in the Lawton slum, some 30 minutes from downtown Havana.
“MININT is the main beneficiary of cheap prison labor. In Workshop One I worked with hardly any protection on an assembly line for cars with plastic bodies and VW German motors. I also worked in an upholstery shop where fine furniture was given its varnish. Years later, I learned that they were for Ikea. They never paid me a cent,” says Ciro.
Thousands of inmates participate in construction of hospitals, schools, housing, food production and the most dangerous work. “We do what no one wants to do. Clean streets, sewers and cut the invasive marabou weed,” says Evelio, who is completing a two-year sentence scrubbing urban buses.
Military or state enterprises like Provari are at the head of labor exploitation and captive work. In a brochure published in 2001, the firm Provari was said to have 150 production installations on the island.
Continue reading Reports from Cuba: Of jails in Cuba
"dissidents" Veiga and Lenier enjoying a holiday in Madrid
Here we go again.
The incomparable Michael Weissenstein of the Associated Press continues to play the Castro fiddle with genuine virtuosity.
Call him the "maestro" of stealth propaganda, that is, of Castronoid propaganda disguised as real news.
This time the lying concerns an "independent" group that has supposedly challenged Castronoid orthodoxy.
This "independent" group is headed by none other than the two Castronoid apparatchiks who were fired from their posts as editors of Cardinal Ortega's boot-licking propaganda rag "Espacio Laical" (Lay Space).
Cardinal Ortega and his real pope
Never mind the fact that "Espacio Laical" never, ever called for an end of the Castro tyranny or the dissolution of socialist totalitarianism. According to Weissenstein, that publication offered a "rare and influential" challenge to the Castro regime.
Never mind that the new so-called "independent" group headed by Castronoids Veiga and Lenier is not calling for any real change, but simply discussing ways of perfecting Castroism and making it a little more efficient.
Never mind the fact that the leaders of this group define themselves as " fierce defenders of Cuban sovereignty" who "want to improve the current system rather than see it overturned in a return to its pre-revolutionary past."
Never mind the fact that greedy Castro-loving "exile businessman" Carlos Saladrigas and his anti-embargo Cuba Now and Cuba Study Group propaganda machines are involved in this farce.
According to Weissenstein and the AP, this is a major, major step towards "open debate."
How such ordure ends up being peddled as "news" is one of the most galling mysteries of life on earth. As galling as the existence of the devil and his minions, and of idiots who open their car doors on passing bicyclists.
Propaganda sub-minister Weissenstein
From AP via other disreputable sources:
Rare Independent Group Aims to Open Debate in Cuba
The former editors of one of Cuba's few non-government controlled media outlets have quietly restarted efforts to spur debate about the nation's future, launching a series of public forums and plans for a new journal addressing the island's most urgent problems.
The project, known as "Cuba Posible," joins a handful of others in the small space between the uncritical state-run media and fiercely partisan dissident websites that have little reach inside Cuba.
Lawyer Roberto Veiga and journalist Lenier Gonzalez gained renown among Cuban intellectuals by transforming the Catholic church magazine Espacio Laical into a rare and influential forum for sociopolitical debate before the two men left last year amid an apparent church backlash over the publication's aggressive coverage of current affairs.
The two men and their small circle of close collaborators say they are confident the project can provide a space for dialogue between government supporters and critics without running afoul of the island's communist leaders.
"We hope that we'll be heard and paid attention to in the world of politics," said sociologist and project backer Aurelio Alonso. "We hope that what's said won't remain in a void, but will affect institutions and political players."
Funded by Norway's University of Oslo, Cuba Posible is based out of the Christian Center for Reflexion and Dialogue, an ecumenical church group focused on community projects that occasionally publishes newsletters and magazines from Cardenas, a sleepy mid-sized city about 95 miles (155 kilometers) east of Havana. Basing the new group there means it can use the center's existing government permits rather than seek permission for a new independent publication.
"There have always been people inside the government who don't like what we do and people who care about what we do," Veiga told The Associated Press this week. "There are a variety of opinions but there's no policy aimed at disrupting or battling us."
The first public forum attracted dozens of academics and intellectuals and gave a hint of the group's approach. Its central theme, "Cuba: Sovereignty and the Future," was uncontroversial enough to avoid the risk of official ire. Participants avoided direct criticism of President Raul Castro or the island's single-party system in place since the 1959 revolution. But some speakers, particularly those who rose from the audience to question speakers on panels, were unsparing in their evaluations of Cuba's poor performance in a variety of sectors ranging from expanding the economy to updating educational curricula.
Gonzalez said the project's founders were fierce defenders of Cuban sovereignty and wanted to improve the current system rather than see it overturned in a return to its pre-revolutionary past.
"We don't think that's a possibility for Cuba and we don't want that," he said. "We're working to pose important questions, to maintain the ideal that a better country is possible, and it's possible to achieve that among Cubans who think differently but have common values."
Prominent Cuban exile businessman Carlos Saladrigas, who participated in forums organized by Espacio Laical, said he believed that Cuba Posible could gain more influence than the two men's former publication.
Chris Simmons in Cuba Confidential:
Cuban 5 Activist Lobbies For Spy-Terrorists at Nebraska Peace Conference
The leftist newspaper, The Militant, reported on “Free The 5” efforts at a Nebraska Peace Conference in early October. The event reportedly drew over 100 attendees to discuss issues from the war in the Middle East to the environment. When the attendees broke for lunch, Nebraskans For Peace (NFP) President Mark Vasina invited everyone to see an art display by jailed Cuban spy Antonio Guerrero. He also introduced Jacquie Henderson, who helped organize the showing, to share a pro-Castro perspective on the spy-terrorists.
Apparently oblivious to the apartheid practices of the Castro dictatorship, Henderson lauded three of the jailed spies for having served in Angola against a “white supremacist South African regime.” In the end, dozens of people reportedly looked at the paintings. The newspaper also reported that 11 attendees “picked up” books authored by Guerrero or Castro apologists, suggesting that they may have been given away free.
From Marta Beatriz Roque: "Thirty Feet of Garbage"
These are very recent photos from the neighborhood of Guanabacoa in Havana.
Garbage collection has stopped completely.
All complaints filed with government agencies have been ignored.
This is nothing new, of course. But this is what no tourist or any people-to-people tour will ever see.
And... if you look up Cuba News on Google, you will find dozens upon dozens of articles on the medical aid being sent by Castrogonia to the Ebola hot spots in West Africa.