Cubans (in CUBA!) Endorse Trump & Denounce Obama and Hillary Clinton! (Cuba “experts” mum)

Gosh? I wonder if any of the items above have anything to do with any of the reactions below?

“The  Democrats’ policies have never resulted in anything good for Cubans,” (says actual Cuban from Havana during a Trump rally in Havana this week.)

“What is happening (wave of repression against Cuban dissidents) is his (Obama’s)  fault,” said former political prisoner Ángel Moya before being detained. “The Cuban government has grown even bolder. That’s why we have this mask on. Because it’s his (Obama’s) fault.” (Angel Moya Aug. 2015.)


Gosh? Havana is absolutely INFESTED with U.S. media bureaus, right?

Gosh?  Wonder why none of their intrepid investigative reporters and correspondents picked up on these fascinating stories?….Hummmmm?

Thanks to Obama $billions(!!!) upon $billions (!!!) upon $billions (!!!) are flowing from the U.S. to Cuba (much of it at the expense of the American taxpayer.)

In fact–thanks to Obama–more money has recently been flowing annually from the U.S. to Cuba than used to flow to Cuba from their historic patron the Soviet Union!

So you’d think Cubans would be  delighted, correct? ..I mean, isn’t this enormous U.S. to Cuba cash-flow what Cuba “experts” and Hillary-backers all claim is benefiting the Cuban people?

And yet, many Cuban dissidents are risking their lives  to denounce (Obama by publicly wearing Obama masks during protests against his enrichment of their oppressors)

In sharp contrast, Trump and Pence–(after reading Babalu-Blog, or being alerted to our BLOCKBUSTER(!!!) Ground-Breaking(!!!)  posts)  have finally discovered that much of this financial lifeline from the U.S. to Cuba results from Obama’s executive orders loopholing the congressionally-mandated “embargo.”

Indeed the recent campaign pledges to of both Trump and Pence to reverse Obama’s DISASTROUS(!!!) executive orders which are helping enrich the Castro-regime seem lifted almost WORD-FOR-WORD from Babalu Blog’s GROUND-BREAKING(!!!) GREAT (!!!)…I mean JUST TERRIFIC(!!!) posts…. See if you agree:

“All of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands.”  (Donald Trump , Miami, Fl. Sept 16, 2016.)

“Any U.S. President would care to actually study this low-profile issue he’d quickly discover that this economic lifeline from Obama to the Castro regime  results from Obama’s executive orders.  This means that with a few strokes of his pen the next U.S. President could strangle the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate to submission or ..A few walk-backs of Obama’s executive orders and the Castro’s could shortly find themselves sleeping with the fishes, economically speaking.(Humberto Fontova, Babalu Blog, March 15, 2016.)


Just a coupla items we thought you might find interesting amigos!…le ZZZZUMBA!!!

“Humberto’s a pretty cool guy!” (Dennis Miller)

“I read Humberto Fontova’s book in two sittings! I could NOT put it down!” (Mark The Great One” Levin.)

The New York Times offering its wealthiest readers private jet tours to Cuba, Iran, and other despotic destinations

As if the leftist hypocrisy of The New York Times was not on full display every single day with every edition of the paper, the Gray Lady has kicked it up notch by offering its wealthiest readers a private jet tour to some of the most despotic destinations in the world.

This is just too rich, both literally and figuratively.

Andrew Stiles in HeatStreet:

New York Times Offering Luxury Jet Tours for the 1% – Iran, Cuba, Morocco and More!

The New York Times, a newspaper that is nominally and editorially aggrieved about income inequality in America and human-rights violations abroad, is offering its elite, ultra-wealthy readers a chance to see some of the world’s most despotic destinations in a private jet for just $135,000 per person.

“Circle the globe on an inspiring and informative journey by private jet, created by The New York Times in collaboration with luxury travel pioneers Abercrombie & Kent,” reads the promotional material for this exclusive voyage of a lifetime. “This 26-day itinerary takes you beneath the surface of some of the world’s most compelling destinations, illuminating them through the expertise of veteran Times journalists.”

Sound like fun? The private Boeing 757, which can hold up to 50 passengers in “first-class, fully lie-flat seats,” is departing in February 2018, so be sure to reserve your seats now. Travelers can fork over $135,000 for the full trip, or a stunningly cheap $13,500 to partake in a single segment of the trip.

Destinations include the recently embargo-free Havana, Cuba, as well as Isfahan, Iran. Travelers will also get to “camp in luxury under the stars” in Morocco, site of an elegant Clinton Foundation event made possible by the generosity of the Moroccan king and a government-owned phosphate company. All three countries are regularly cited (including by the Times) for human rights abuses. Myanmar, long on the international naughty list, is also a destination.

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Reports from Cuba: Judge, then lawyer, now imprisoned Julio Ferrer Tamayo talks about corruption in Cuban judicial system

Waldo Fernandez Cuenca in Diario de Cuba:

A judge, then an independent lawyer, and currently in prison, Julio Ferrer Tamayo talks about the corruption of the Cuban judicial system


Before becoming an independent lawyer, Julio Ferrer Tamayo had a long career as a judge and attorney within the Cuban judicial system. During those years (1988-2004) Ferrer witnessed the lack of adherence to the law, and repeatedly corrupt practices affecting the administration of justice in the country.

Thus began Tamayo Ferrer’s disenchantment with the Castro regime, until in 2005 he was expelled from Bufetes Colectivos, the only entity from which citizens are allowed to contract legal services.

Ever since Tamayo Ferrer has been constantly butting heads with the authorities over their irregularities. The lawyer agreed to share his experiences and opinions about corruption in Cuban society, especially its judicial system, a scourge that prevents fair and impartial access to justice, and that in the future will hamper the Island’s transition towards a State governed by the rule of law.

Over the course of your career as a lawyer, how many instances of corruption have you faced, and of what types?

The most common form I have faced has been institutionalized corruption, coming from the top down. While working in the Court System the authorities repeatedly pressured subordinates to violate the law, invoking all manner of justifications, like “the good of the Revolution” or “the good of society,” invariably in the interest of some supposed social benefit, when the real beneficiary was a certain individual, who could be the son of a senior leader, or a certain civil servant they wanted to protect.

Any manifestation of corruption does damage. What, in your opinion, is the worst or the most widespread in Cuba?

I think the worst thing is, as I said before, institutionalized corruption. There is another kind: when an official working at an institution commits a corrupt act for certain personal reasons, or in the pursuit of profit, whether to benefit himself or someone else.This is easier to combat and eliminate. Institutionalized corruption, on the other hand, is especially harmful, because in these cases the highest authorities of a body are the ones issuing instructions to violate the law or to protect someone illicitly.

Can you cite any specific examples?

A good example is straight from my own life. I have suffered it, personally. The first time I was accused of a crime I did not commit, and for which I was imprisoned for 8 months, from 2005 to 2006, was a result of instructions from the highest levels of the Justice administration; Arnel Proenza Rizo, of the Western Regional Military Tribunal, acknowledged in private (and I was able to find out) that the president of the Supreme Court had issued orders to sanction me, at all costs.

I filed a complaint at that time with the National Assembly, and have yet to receive any response.

My case is not an isolated one. This is common practice in Cuba’s justice administration. Legal proceedings are subject to instructions issued by high-ranking officials, and judges’ decisions depend on those orders, not on legislation.

What is your assessment of the current state of corruption in the country?

I believe that corruption in the country has been on the rise, and become an everyday phenomenon in Cubans’ lives.

And my assertion is supported by what the authorities themselves responsible for detecting and combating the scourge have reported; in June of this year both the Minister of Finance and Prices, Lina Pedraza, and the Comptroller General, Gladys Bejerano, at a Council of Ministers meeting, recognized the tax evasion perpetrated during the first half of the year, this being divulged to the regime’s official press. Figures of 102 million Cuban pesos were cited, and thousands in convertible currency.

The Comptroller noted the difficulties they encountered in their work with the authorities and administrative staff, who often obstruct audit and internal control work precisely because they are corrupt themselves.

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Iran sets up a second home in Castro’s Cuba

Over the last eight years it has become painfully obvious that President Obama’s theory on foreign policy is that the interests of the United States are best served when we surrender to brutal dictatorships who are America’s enemies and shower them with millions of dollars in exchange for absolutely nothing. That dubious and desperately failed policy then eliminates any surprise that Iran and Cuba, two America-hating dictatorships that are major beneficiaries of the president’s ill-advised largess are becoming very good friends.

Via The Hill:

Cuba, Iran’s island in the sun


The Obama administration thinks Iran’s influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat.

Tehran begs to differ. It views these centers as a vehicle for the spread of its revolutionary ideology to America’s backyard. Iran’s official state visits, diplomatic agreements, commercial relations and volume of trade with the region do not come out to much. Far more important to the ayatollahs are the thousands of Latin American converts who, thanks to the centers’ missionary work, flock to the regime-run Al Mostafa International University in Qom each year for indoctrination.

Cuba is the most recent and unlikely addition to Iran’s growing network of missionary centers. In the last three years, Iran has established a Shiite cultural center and a mosque in Havana that is actively recruiting and converting Cubans. Many of its converts have already travelled to Iran, including one who is training as the first Cuban-born Shiite cleric.

Iran wants to preserve and expand this operation, especially now that Havana has relations with the United States.

So far, Iran has only won over a handful of people: Havana’s Shiite community amounts to no more than 70 members so far. But far more important than the numbers is the fact that the community exists at all: Communist Cuba is not exactly a haven for religious freedom and proselytism is forbidden.

Regardless, Iran says that the Shiite center on the island was established with the full knowledge and blessings of Cuban authorities. Given that there was no Shiite community on the island before Iran began proselytizing, Iran could not have made inroads with the communist regime in Havana under the pretext of serving local Muslims.

Iran came in to proselytize and the Castro government let them in.

Continue reading HERE.

Venezuela’s Reichstag moment

Daniel Duquenal in Venezuela News & Views:

Our Reichstag moment


It never ends well when a group uses its hordes to take a properly elected assembly (reichstag, French revolution) [via Twitter]

This is the tropics, this is a banana republic. What else could one expect but the picture above which should be making a few international front pages tonight.

The assault was planned as a mob scene. There is even an intercepted audio that may suggest active military involvement, instead of guaranteeing the security of a special Sunday National Assembly session. Whatever it was, it had no spontaneity whatsoever. It was a group coming from “colectivos” which are nothing more than a cross between S.S. and Cuban “comités de defensa de la revolución”. The whole led by Caracas mayor, Jorge Rodriguez, who managed to look more the dissociated psychopath than ever. There is an actual doubt as to whether he was running the show. It is probable that at some level he realized that the regime did not need further discredit this week… Then again….

At any rate, eventually the National Assembly managed to vote a resolution and it is a a red line. Crossed by the regime, by the way. Using the article 333 of the constitution (the 350 for outright rebellion is reserved for soon enough, I suppose) the National Assembly has decided that Maduro has perpetrated a coup and thus the Assembly needs to do the following:

– Demand that international organizations take notice and apply the necessary sanctions

– That Maduro should be brought for trial in front of the Assembly for the constitution violations and his own questioned right to be president

– Renew all the powers that helped Maduro commit the coup, namely the electoral Board CNE and the constitutional court TSJ

– Demand that the army, once and for all, decides which side of the constitution they stand

So now the regime has either to close down the National Assembly, or Maduro needs to resign, or, as the Church has apparently suggested, everybody resigns and we vote on EVERY elected official.

My bet is on the first one.

Continue reading HERE.

Chile goes right on the anniversary of Allende’s election

(My new American Thinker post)

Forty-six years ago, my father and a couple of friends from Chile were monitoring election reports from Chile on the Spanish short wave service of Voice of America. As I recall, the election results went late into the evening and the next few days. In the end, Salvador Allende was elected president in a four-way race. Eventually, the Chilean Supreme Court had to decide because the winner was under 40%.

It did not take long for Mr. Allende to show his true colors. Allende extended diplomatic recognition to North Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba. He also went after U.S. companies like ITT and Kennecott Copper. It did not take long before Chile’s very stable political system fell into a political and economic crisis. Mr. Allende was eventually overthrown by General Pinochet in 1973.

On Sunday, Chile went to the polls again and the right did well in the regional elections as reported by Reuters:

Chile’s right snatched dozens of mayoralties on Sunday from the governing center-left coalition, in a boost to former leader Sebastian Pinera, the front-runner to lead the conservative coalition in next year’s presidential election.

With over 99 percent of results counted on Sunday night in local elections, the right-leaning Chile Vamos pact emerged as the big winner. It won slightly more votes than President Michelle Bachelet’s left-leaning Nueva Mayoria coalition, despite the left going into the vote with a massive incumbent advantage.

Conservative candidates won the majority of key swing cities, including central Santiago, a municipality inside the capital that is considered an electoral bellwether.

“This reflects that residents are tired of incomplete promises,” the conservative mayor-elect of central Santiago, Felipe Alessandri, told Reuters. “Citizens have made their annoyance at the old practices of politicians clear, and they have made clear that they expect to be listened to.”

We’ve told you before about the Latin American middle class electing President Mauricio Macri in Argentina and in total revolt over the corruption in Brazil. Chile’s results are a huge rejection of President Michelle Bachelet’s efforts to move the country a bit to the left, as Bloomberg reported:

For many voters, Bachelet has gone too far in her attempts to reform the free-market economic model imposed under Pinochet, as the economy posts the slowest sustained growth in more than 30 years.

For another group, she hasn’t gone far enough, while many others were disenchanted after a series of financing scandals tarnished the reputation of parties across the political spectrum.

Chile has been the jewel of Latin American economies. In other words, the leftist message does not play well in a country like Chile with a prosperous middle class. I am very pleased with these results because they reinstate our faith in the middle class.

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Hope and Change in Obama’s Cuba: Castro State Security ransack offices of human rights activists

repression cuba ladies in white damas de blanco

Obama’s Cuba policy has certainly brought many changes to the island, many of which are obvious and measurable. These “changes” include such things as a drastic increase in political arrests, more violent beatings of dissidents and women, and a surge in violent attacks against human rights activists.

“Hope and Change,” indeed.

Via Freedom House:

Cuba: Police Ransack Human Rights Offices

In response to Cuban authorities’ illegal raid of the Consejería Jurídica de Abogados Independientes de la Corriente Agramontista, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Police targeted human rights defenders by unlawfully raiding four homes serving as offices for the Consejería Jurídica de Abogados Independientes de la Corriente Agramontista,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America programs. “The lack of a warrant and the arrest of the organization’s director, Dianelys Rodriguez Morejon, shows their utter disregard for fundamental human rights.”


With a staff of six lawyers, Consejería Jurídica de Abogados Independientes de la Corriente Agramontista offers pro bono legal advice, workshops on human rights and present cases before international bodies. The group works closely with the Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresión y Prensa.

Cuba is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2015.

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.

The high price in human life the world has paid for Communism

Via the Victims of Communism organization’s Dissident blog:

What Has Communism Cost The World?


How many deaths is too many? VOC’s #CommunismKills campaign begins with the premise that each individual life taken by communism is one too many. Communism has killed over 100,000,000 people over the last 100 years and continues to do so in the countries of China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, and Laos. This staggering number represents more than just an aggregate; it represents one hundred million individuals, each with his or her own history, dignity, and humanity.

In the last 100 years, since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, over 100 million people have been killed by communism. Many were executed directly by communist revolutionaries and functionaries who justified this murder as one more step toward an imagined communist utopia. Others were caught in the crossfire of civil wars, revolutions, and invasions as communist forces tried to expand their dominion by military force. Most, however, died as a result of massive famines caused by communist economic policies. In the Soviet Union and China, where most of communism’s victims lie, the famines were not incidental or accidental. Stalin directly targeted ethnic Ukrainians by seizing their property and food in the name of common ownership. Mao Zedong, upon hearing that his people were starving due to his communist economic policies, famously said, “Educate peasants to eat less.”

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States Congress worried that the “heroic sacrifices of the victims of communism may be forgotten as international communism and its imperial bases continue to collapse and crumble.” In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-199, establishing the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and reminding the world that Congress finds that, since 1917, the rulers of empires and international communism led by Vladimir I. Lenin and Mao Tse-tung have been responsible for the deaths of over 100,000,000 victims.”

The 100,000,000 number is made all the more upsetting by the fact that it’s inexact and growing. Unlike the Nazis, communists did not keep accurate records of the amount of people they killed. In places like China and Ukraine, government archives have only opened in the last decade, revealing that there are tragically more and more victims to be discovered, counted, and memorialized. Over the course of the past decades, many scholars have attempted to establish solid numbers for communism’s victims, some of which can be found here. The numbers that we use for the #CommunismKills campaign all come from The Black Book of Communism,[i] except for the figure that we use for the Soviet Union, which comes from Alexander Yakovlev’s A Century of Violence in the Soviet Union.[ii] Yakovlev was a Politburo member in the 1980s who was tasked with investigating Soviet crimes; his numbers still reflect a conservative estimate of victims of Soviet communism. All told, we have taken the scholarly estimates in The Black Book of Communism, which was published in 1999, and updated it in light of newer scholarship that comes from recently opened archives in China and former Soviet states like Ukraine.

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Reports from Cuba: ‘It’s hard for the government to tolerate professionalism of independent journalists’

Joanna Columbie in Translating Cuba:

“It’s Hard for the Government to Tolerate the Professionalism of Independent Journalists”

Ignacio Gonzalez, journalist and editor of Free Hot Press agency
Ignacio Gonzalez, journalist and editor of Free Hot Press agency.

14ymedio, Joanna Columbie, Havana, 21 October 2016 – Ignacio Gonzalez is frequently seen in the streets of Havana with microphone in hand recording citizens’ reactions to a flood, a historic baseball game or the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States. Independent journalist and editor of the Hot Free Press (ECPL) agency, the young man aspires to continue excelling professionally and thinks that non-government media are experiencing a time of growth.

Recently Gonzalez spent 48 hours under arrest at a police station as a consequence of his work as a reporter, an arrest that is among the repressive acts carried out against independent journalism in recent months.

Columbie: How was Hot Free Press born?

Gonzalez: It comes from the idea that people are again gaining confidence in the independent press, which had lost a little due to government propaganda that says that it involves unqualified and mercenary journalists. We interview not only the regime’s opponents but also doctors, engineers, can collectors, mechanics, carpenters… people like that.

Columbie: You suffered an arrest recently. What happened?

Gonzalez: I was doing a report together with another colleague on a study of central Havana, and an operation began with a patrol car, five police officers and two agents from State Security. They took us to the fourth police unit and interrogated me in one of the offices. They made me undress and squat forwards and backwards in order to see if I had hidden any USB drives. I felt denigrated.

Then I was transferred to a police station on Zanja Street and later to the 10th of October, located on Acosta Avenue. I was detained for 48 hours, which had never happened to me, because they had always detained me between three and four hours.

Columbie. Were you accused of some crime or are you now subject to some investigative process?

Gonzalez. They told me that they had a file on me and that I am a counter-revolutionary. Although they assured me that my detention was not because of political problems, but because I was committing an illicit economic activity, since I had an agency where it was known that I paid workers and that I had no license to practice this activity nor was I accredited in the country. They also threatened me that my equipment could be seized. I did not sign nor will I sign any paper. There is no accusation as such, what I have is threats.

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Saint of the day: “Spiritual father of Cuba” Antonio Maria Claret

Take a break from the Castro dynasty today and meditate on the life and work of a saint who was archbishop of Santiago de Cuba (1851-57).

Today is his feast day.

St. Antonio Maria Claret was a 19th-century reformer who — unlike the clerics now in charge of the Cuban Catholic Church — tried to improve the lives of Cubans.

Much like today’s Cuban dissidents, he paid a price for challenging the oppressors.

Slave-owners tried to kill him 14 times, and constantly slandered him, spreading all sorts of false rumors.

In the long run, however, he ended up serving as personal confessor to the queen of Spain, who just happened to be the chief oppressor of the day.

The lives of saints are often full of painful paradoxes and contradictions: painful for them, painful for us.

Read on…. and the next time you deal with your bank account keep in mind that he is the patron saint of savings. (When he was archbishop of Santiago he  established a system of parish savings banks that offered loans at very low interest rates,  in order to stimulate the poor economy and improve living standards.  In other words, he was a genuine capitalist liberation theologian).

Footnote: Oral tradition has it that the Virgin of Charity appeared to Saint Anthony and predicted the rise of a bearded dictator who would rule Cuba for over forty years and ruin it.

Go HERE (in Spanish) for that story.

From “Saint of the Day”:

The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop, and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris, and to the First Vatican Council.

In his spare time as weaver and designer in the textile mills of Barcelona, he learned Latin and printing: The future priest and publisher was preparing. Ordained at 28, he was prevented by ill health from entering religious life as a Carthusian or as a Jesuit, but went on to become one of Spain’s most popular preachers.

Anthony spent 10 years giving popular missions and retreats, always placing great emphasis on the Eucharist and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. His rosary, it was said, was never out of his hand. At 42, beginning with five young priests, he founded a religious institute of missionaries, known today as the Claretians.

He was appointed to head the much-neglected archdiocese of Santiago in Cuba. He began its reform by almost ceaseless preaching and hearing of confessions, and suffered bitter opposition mainly for opposing concubinage and giving instruction to black slaves. A hired assassin (whose release from prison Anthony had obtained) slashed open his face and wrist. Anthony succeeded in getting the would-be assassin’s death sentence commuted to a prison term. His solution for the misery of Cubans was family-owned farms producing a variety of foods for the family’s own needs and for the market. This invited the enmity of the vested interests who wanted everyone to work on a single cash crop—sugar. Besides all his religious writings are two books he wrote in Cuba:Reflections on Agriculture and Country Delights.

He was recalled to Spain for a job he did not relish—being chaplain for the queen. He went on three conditions: He would reside away from the palace, he would come only to hear the queen’s confession and instruct the children, and he would be exempt from court functions. In the revolution of 1868, he fled with the queen’s party to Paris, where he preached to the Spanish colony.

All his life Anthony was interested in the Catholic press. He founded the Religious Publishing House, a major Catholic publishing venture in Spain, and wrote or published 200 books and pamphlets.

At Vatican I, where he was a staunch defender of the doctrine of infallibility, he won the admiration of his fellow bishops. Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore remarked of him, “There goes a true saint.” At the age of 63, he died in exile near the border of Spain.

He is the patron saint of savings and weavers.


Jesus foretold that those who are truly his representatives would suffer the same persecution as he did. Besides 14 attempts on his life, Anthony had to undergo such a barrage of the ugliest slander that the very name Claret became a byword for humiliation and misfortune. The powers of evil do not easily give up their prey. No one needs to go looking for persecution. All we need to do is be sure we suffer because of our genuine faith in Christ, not for our own whims and lack of prudence.

Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) releases statement on WikiLeaks Podesta email regarding Oswaldo Paya


Via the website of the Movimiento Cristiano Liberacion:

MCL Declaration on email of John Podesta, campaign manager for Hillary Clinton

“The truth will set them in solidarity with our freedom”


In a July 2015 email disseminated by wikileaks, John Podesta, campaign manager for Hillary Clinton says the phrase “Yes. Oswaldo Payá. The Cuban government forced him off the road and killed him almost certainly.”

That a very important person, also linked to the administration of President Obama and now the Democratic candidate, to make such a statement indicates that in the upper echelons of power in the United States they have evidence or details that allow them to make that statement.

The Christian Liberation Movement from the outset spread this message “Angel says that a vehicle forced us off the road” sent by Aron Modig, who traveled with Angel Carromero as a passenger in the vehicle that suffered the attack.

Since then we have been divulging all the details that we have known about this tragedy and called for an independent investigation to clarify what happened. Not only the United States, governments such as the Spanish, the Swedish and many foreign ministries have information about what occurred on July 22, 2012 on the road from Bayamo.

We hope that whoever wins the election demand and directly support this independent investigation into the death of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero and to support our demand, “One Cuban, one vote” for the freedom that Oswaldo and Harold Cuba lived and died for reach the hand of the sovereign decision of the people. This is the way for the democracies to have a relationship of total solidarity with Cuba that is also all of us Cubans who do not have rights.


Chile and Allende on this day in 1970

On this day in 1970, my father and a couple of Chilean friends were following the presidential election on short wave radio.    I am talking the days when we didn’t have internet or cheap long distance calls.   My father was listening to the Spanish version of The Voice of America.

In the end, Salvador Allende was elected president in a 3-way contest:

Allende’s election in 1970 was his third attempt at the presidency.
In 1958, and again in 1964, Allende had run on a socialist/communist platform. In both elections, the United States government (as well as U.S. businesses such as International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT), which had significant investments in Chile) worked to defeat Allende by sending millions of dollars of assistance to his political opponents.
In 1970, the United States again worked for Allende’s defeat, but he finished first out of the four candidates. However, since he had garnered less than 40 percent of the popular vote, the final decision had to be made by the Chilean congress.
The United States worked feverishly to derail Allende’s selection but the election was upheld on October 24, 1970.
Allende immediately confirmed the worst fears of U.S. officials when he extended diplomatic recognition to North Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba, and also began to take action to nationalize the holdings of U.S. corporations in Chile, notably ITT and Kennecott Copper.

Allende’s presidency was controversial from the start.   Chile went into political crisis that eventually led to General Pinochet overthrowing President Allende in 1973.    (I wrote about Chile’s 9-11 here)

Chile is doing quite well today, as we discussed with Carlos A Roncal in 2014.

In fact, the right had a big day in regional elections yesterday.

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Caracastan update: Congress sets stage for epic battle against Castro puppet Maduro, but thugs win first skirmish


Chaos in Caracastan

Last week,  Castronoid forces took total control of Venezuela in an artful coup staged through the country’s supreme court.

The Castronoid judges blocked the referendum that would have surely brought an end to Maduro and his Cuban overlords.

Well…. that may have turned out to be chapter one in a lengthy tragic tale rather than the final chapter on a brief and hopeful one.

Venezuela’s congress — which is led by anti-Bolivarians — is now threatening to wage war against Maduro and Castro, Inc. by bringing Maduro to trial.

The opening skirmish was anything but pretty:  Castronoid goons burst into the congressional assembly and brought the legislators’ proceedings to a halt with Castro-style tactics of intimidation.

The Venenozuelan Castronoid rapid response brigades won this first round.  Let’s see what happens next.

Anyone familiar with Castronoid tactics knows that unarmed mobs are only step one.

Steps two, three, etc.. involve armed thugs, and plenty of vehicles with which to transport opponents to prison.

Castronoid mob storms congress

From Granma Lite (Associated Press):

Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber.

Opposition lawmakers vowed to put Maduro on trial after a court friendly to his socialist administration on Thursday suspended their campaign to collect signatures to hold a referendum on removing the deeply-unpopular president.

Lawmaker Julio Borges said the opposition-led congress is now in open rebellion after a majority of its members voted that the decision constituted a coup with government participation.

“We will bring a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro to get to the bottom of his role in the break with democracy and human rights here,” Borges said.

A day of fiery speeches was briefly thrown into chaos when dozens of red-shirted protesters who had been heckling opposition lawmakers outside the capitol burst onto the floor. Lawmakers ran out of the path of protesters who chanted: “Congress will fall!”

It was not immediately clear how the protesters entered the heavily guarded building, which has been under the opposition’s control since it won legislative elections in a landslide in December. The protesters began to file out of the building after Socialist party leader Jorge Rodriguez called on them to leave, leading the opposition to charge that Rodriguez was directing the protest.

Opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba said the protest on the floor was a perfect illustration of the opposition’s complaint that democracy has been suspended in the oil country.

“The fact that lawmakers elected by 7.5 million people were silenced by 300 thugs sums up the situation better than any speech could,” he said

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