Talk about bringing coals to Newcastle!
Other nations are now selling oil to Venezuela, the one nation on earth with the largest oil reserves.
The reason for this is that Venezuela is not able to produce enough light oil to mix with its very thick crude reserves.
This is a most unnerving sign for Emperor Raul Castro, who depends on his Venezuelan colony for a constant supply of oil and financial support.
Maduro's government claims this is merely a cost-saving move, and that importing lighter oil is cheaper than producing it.
The real story is that Venezuela's oil industry is now mirroring every industry in Castrogonia, its imperial overlord.
Total inefficiency and severe shortages are the ultimate result of 21st century socialism.
The Castro brothers have known this for over half a century, but have fooled most of the world into thinking that whatever has gone wrong in their kingdom has always been due to the nefarious so-called blockade imposed by the evil Americans.
They've also known that they would eventually suck all the blood out of their Venezuelan colony. But it seems that the draining process has moved much faster than they anticipated.
No worries. Sean Penn can always come to the rescue. He knows how to win votes for pro-Castro liberal politicians in U.S. elections.
Oye! Todo lo tuyo es mio!
From WLRN News
Venenozuela is now importing oil
Venezuela’s economic woes just won’t quit. Its currency recently hit an all-time low with black market traders. Now the South American country has to ration food – and, believe it or not, import oil.
Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves. But it produces mostly thick, heavy crude that has to be mixed with lighter oil to make it usable. Problem is, Venezuela’s seriously mismanaged state-run oil industry isn’t pumping enough light crude. So this weekend the country will receive its first ever shipment of foreign oil: two million barrels from Algeria.
“It’s a sad commentary,” says Russell Dallen, head of the Venezuela-based securities firm Caracas Capital Markets. “You’ve got a country that has more oil than Saudi Arabia. And Saudi Arabia can easily produce 11 million barrels a day. Venezuela can’t even produce 3 million barrels a day."
That’s also bad news for Venezuela’s economic crisis. The country relies heavily on oil revenues. As global oil prices drop, shortages of basic goods are getting worse – and this week Venezuela even started a food-rationing program more reminiscent of Cuba. Possible debt default is another concern.
“At a hundred dollars a barrel, Venezuela couldn’t pay all its bills," says Dallen. "Now we’ve fallen to $80 a barrel, and the situation is deteriorating for the country.”
Some relief did come this week when China agreed to restructure a portion of Venezuela’s debt.
The next patron?
By Jeovany Jimenez Vega in Translating Cuba:
What Happens If Ebola Comes To Cuba?
The Ebola outbreak on the world epidemiological scene will obviously involve a huge challenge for every country that is reached by the current epidemic, already registered as the greatest in history and that in recent days has reached about 9000 confirmed cases — although experts say that figure is an undercount. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that the epidemic is not being confronted will all the political rigor that the moment demands on the part of the international community and also warned that if the situation is not brought under control in time, by 2015 it predicts an incidence of about a million and a half cases.
It is easy to conclude that arriving at this state of things the danger would only grow exponentially. We are confronting an extremely contagious illness of non-vectoral transmission, that can be spread person to person through the most subtle contact with any bodily fluid of an infected person — and that may be transmitted sexually to boot, given that the virus is isolated in semen until 90 days after recovery.
Although a first clinical trial for a vaccination has just been implemented, the reality is that for now the medical treatment protocols are in their infancy in the face of a disease that in previous outbreaks has reached a lethality of between 90% and 100% of cases and in the face of which one can only commit to treatments of its severe complications and to practice the usual measures for life support.
Today is raised before man a threat by one of the bad boys of virology, which demands the implementation of the most extreme biological containment measures, as well as the use of the most specialized and scrupulously trained personnel for its handling.
Such a scene places before us the most elemental question: what if Ebola breaks out in Cuba? This is not negligible, and it stopped being a remote possibility after the departure of a detachment of hundreds of Cuban professionals destined for the African countries flogged by the epidemic. Let’s remember the possibility that it was that route used by cholera to reappear in our country, imported from Haiti after an absence of 120 years, and not to mention the everlasting dengue fever.
The eruption of this most dangerous illness in Cuba could simply take on shades of tragedy. Beyond how dissipated may become the customs of the inhabitants of the alligator, I am inclined to fear by the experience of one who has seen too often the systematic use of recyclable material, the usual practice in Cuba, even when long ago the world definitively committed to the exclusive use of disposable material: the idea of treatment centers for these patients winding up recycling suits, gloves or other materials because it occurs to some pig-headed guy from the “higher level” that this would “guarantee” safety under such circumstances is terrifying.
In a country where too many times a doctor does not have in his office something as basic as running water and soap in order to wash his hands, it will be understood what the demand for costly minimal material demanded for handling patients with Ebola would involve, and if besides we take into account that the almost generality of our hospital infrastructure is not designed or prepared objectively for the containment of this kind of scourge, now we will be able to raise a prayer to the Virgin to save us from the trance.
On the other hand, let’s not forget how reticent the Cuban authorities have shown themselves to be about publicly reporting on the incidence of epidemics when one considers that this might risk the affluence of tourists or the successful conclusion of some relevant international event — the Cuban dengue fever mega-epidemic of 2006 is still an excellent example in that regard.
Continue reading Reports from Cuba: What happens if Ebola comes to Cuba?
Important news from Cuba you won't read about in the NYT's, or hear from the so-called "Cuba experts".
Via the Twitter accounts of John Suarez and Yris Perez Aguilera, we learn that Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Iván Fernández Depestre, who was arrested during a peaceful march in July 2013, and currently serving a three-year sentence solely for exercising his freedom of expression, has been brutally beaten.
Read more about Iván Fernández Depestre at Marc Masferrer's blog, Uncommon Sense.
Garrincha in Martí Noticias:
"Jeez, you people are always politicizing everything!"
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in Translating Cuba:
Down With the Embargo, Long Live the Embargo
Graphics by El Sexto
The New York Times is not in favor or against the American embargo of the Cuban government. The New York Times is simply in favor of what in every circumstance is most convenient to the Castro regime.
So it was that the New York Times just published this recycled editorial where they ask for an end to the embargo for the 1959th time, even going beyond American law (they are like frogs in the Fidelista fable, demanding of the White Heron that governs at coups of presidential resolution.
So, in addition, the New York Times in a second act to its distracting editorial, opened its plural debate pages to the one thousand and 959 Cubanologists: and so dissolved all the attention to not speak of what is most important now (and has been for two years), Olympianically omitting the presence in the United States of the witness to a double State murder on the part of the Raul and Fidel regime.
In effect, Angel Carromero is in American territory. However, the last reference on the New York Times to this criminal case of the Castro regime was from last year. The complaint of the Payá-Acevedo family, the complicity of the Spanish judiciary and executive with this announced assassination, the violations and mockery of those uniformed in olive-green on the little Island of the Infamous: none of this is Newyorktimesable. They love only the embargo because they know it works like an engine of little lies.
And because of this I don’t have one ounce of respect for the great media. They are killing machines in exchange for majestic salaries. I prefer the tiny voices of the nobodies. The almost anonymous biographies of the redeemers and their blogs with zero commentaries in every post.
So they killed Harold Cepero and Oswaldo Payá, martyrs to a perverse country where a perpetual power stones you and manipulates you to death with impunity. The Cuban Interior Ministry killed them both on Sunday, 22 July 2012, like two nobodies who are now barely doubtful statistics for the Ph.D.-holding experts of the New York Times. In this Manhattan edifice, so chilling in its supposed transparency, I say: Fuck you, New York Times.
But, of course, the debate of our exile, historic or recently arrived, follows the rhyme of the New York Times. Some say: lift it… Other say: keep it… and the arguments in both cases were conceived decades ago by the genocidal hierarchs from Havana.
What is laughable about this debate between dinosaurs is that it keeps the commanderesque mummy of Fidel alive and kicking: the dictator makes us dance the motherfuckers’ conga every time his cadaverous cojones come out.
Hoooo weeeee! Hot diggetty dawg, what the blazes is goin' on over there in the Old World? Or as some of 'em might say: Was ist los?
Europeans are incensed over the marketing of coffee cream packets that contain an image of Adolf Hitler!
It's a "sick joke...absolutely evil and outrageous," said one German.
It's a "bizarre and outrageous piece of marketing," said one Swiss businessman.
The offensive cream packets were produced for a Swiss dairy company and distributed by Switzerland's largest supermarket chain.
There are so many levels of sick humor in this story that it is hard to list them all.
Let's just limit ourselves to the top two items: First, the fact that the Swiss remained neutral during World War II and gladly handled much of Hitler's loot; Second, the fact that none of these outraged Europeans object to products that feature images of Che Guevara.
Never mind the fact that Europeans love their apartheid vacations in Castrogonia, as well as the young cheap Cuban whores.
And let's gloss over the fact that the same dairy company issued a Mussolini creamer that evoked no response whatsoever. (Well, you know, those olive-skinned "Latins" love strong men as rulers and deserve them).
The double standard has just doubled down on itself. Time to stock up on those Che bongs, Europotheads!
"Dude, wo ist mein Che Wasserpfeife?" "Und wo ist meine schwarze kubanische Hure?" (Dude, where is my Che water pipe? And where is my black Cuban whore?)
Check out a small sampling of the Che products available everywhere throughout Europe, including Switzerland: (Or check out this online store)
From the undisputed king of tabloid journalism, The Daily Mail:
Bad taste? Outrage as Swiss coffee company uses picture of Hitler’s face on novelty milk lids
* Lids showing the faces of dictators were spotted in Graubunden and Aargau
* They were distributed by Switzerland's largest supermarket chain Migros
* Outside company had commissioned lids featuring vintage cigar labels
A Swiss coffee company has been forced to withdraw novelty milk lids featuring the image of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler after they were spotted by German businessmen in a city centre cafe.
Lids showing the faces of Hitler and Mussolini were spotted by a group Germans while having a coffee break in a cafe in the city of Coire, in the eastern Swiss region of Graubunden.
The plastic take-away packaging showing the fascist dictators' portraits inside a gold frame were distributed by Switzerland's largest supermarket chain Migros.
Christian Shuster, 47, from Germany, who was on a business trip in Switzerland said: 'Our Swiss colleagues took us down to the coffee shop and when the waitress brought them over we saw the face of Hitler staring up at us from one of the cream containers.
'I couldn't believe it and at first thought it was some sort of sick joke being played by my colleagues.
'But then we saw the other containers also had the face of Hitler on and some had Mussolini.
'This is just absolutely evil and outrageous.'
The cream lids were also found at a takeaway food kiosk in Switzerland's northern Aargau region.
Shocked customers complained in droves after being handed them with their takeaway coffees.
Kiosk owner Albert Erni, 33, said: 'To be honest, I hadn't even looked at them so when people started complaining I wasn't sure what they were talking about.
'But then I looked and, yes, was pretty shocked too.
'It seems like a very bizarre and distasteful piece of marketing.'
Continue reading this absolutely hilarious story HERE.
Just another among the many pesky facts that contradict the apartheid Castro dictatorship's propaganda narrative as disseminated by its American "Cuba Experts" and their all too willing media accomplices. So tell me again how sending millions of U.S. tourists to vacation in Cuba in one of the Castro mafia's hotels or resorts helps the enslaved Cuban people.
Via Capitol Hill Cubans:
Castro Mafia, Inc. CEO and President, Raul Castro.
Hotels Magazine: Cuban Military is Latin America's Largest Conglomerate
Hotels Magazine, a leading industry publication, has released its compilation of the world's 325 largest hotel companies and consortia.
The list is topped by the likes of the U.K's InterContinental Group (#1), the U.S.'s Hilton (#2) and Marriott (#3), and France's Accor (#6).
Meanwhile, the largest Latin America-based hotel conglomerate is Cuba's Grupo Turismo Gaviota (#55).
Think about this: Gaviota -- on its own -- is larger than any Mexican, Brazilian, Chilean, Argentinian, etc., hotel company.
Of course, Gaviota is owned by the Cuban military ("MINFAR"), through a conglomerate called GAESA (headed by Raul Castro's son-in-law, General Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas).
Also appearing independently on the list are Cuba's Grupo Cubanacan (#171), Hoteles Islazul (#231), Grupo Hotelero Gran Caribe (#287).
These are all also owned by Cuba's MINFAR, through GAESA.
Thus, if calculated together, GAESA would be the 34th largest hotel company in the world -- ahead of the Walt Disney Company.
And that's just hotels. It doesn't include all of the other business sectors (retail, transportation, arms trafficking, etc.) under GAESA's direct control.
This is the sad legacy that millions of Canadian and European tourists have left Cuba over the last two decades.
Has it brought freedom to the Cuban people? Or prosperity? Quite the contrary.
Meanwhile, the Castro regime, along with its apologists, operatives and cohorts, lobby tirelessly for the U.S. to add millions of its tourists to this calculation.
That would surely place GAESA in the Top 10.
Despite repeated cries by some Cuban-Americans and Americans that it’s time to lift the U.S. embargo against Cuba that has been around since 1962, the answer still remains that it would be advantageous for the United States to keep the embargo in place.
To those who claim that the embargo is a figment of someone’s imagination, Cuban officials stated in September 2014 that U.S. economic sanctions had cost the island $3.9 billion in foreign trade over the past year, helping to raise the estimate of economic damage to $116.8 billion over the last 55 years. When factoring in the depreciation of the dollar against the international price of gold, the figure rises to $1.11 trillion.
But is Cuba being sincere by extending an olive branch lately to the U.S. Government and insinuating that it’s about time that they become “amigos” again? Or, is Cuba trying to manipulate U.S. public opinion for its own benefit?
To answer these questions, one must connect the dots that the U.S. media outlets don’t report on.
First, there will be a vote at the United Nations on October 28th on the U.S. embargo. In the past, very few countries have joined the United States in favoring its maintenance. Israel is one of the few countries that has joined the United States, as Cuba’s support of Palestinian terrorism and efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state through virulent anti-Semitic propaganda goes back to the 1960s. While the U.N. vote is merely symbolic, the Cuban officials will use it to put pressure on the current White House.
Next, with the price of a barrel of oil being at an all-time low, the Venezuelan economy is in shambles. Raul fears that Maduro will be forced to cut off the amount of oil that it ships to Cuba. For the last decade, Venezuela's oil has helped fuel Cuba's economy, providing 60 percent of the island's demands. Therefore, Cuban Government officials are looking to the lifting of the U.S. embargo as the saving-grace tool that will allow them to stay afloat after the Venezuelan oil subsidy dries up.
Moreover, Cuba is banking that if Republicans gain control of the U.S. Senate after the upcoming midterm elections, President Obama will want to lift the U.S. embargo to embellish his legacy.
The game is on is to get as many U.S. politicians on board. At the gubernatorial debate on October 21, 2014, Democratic challenger Charlie Crist offered his support for lifting the embargo if he’s elected Florida Governor in the November 4th midterm election. He offered as justification that it would be good for the Florida’s economy—a dubious claim, considering that Cuba defaulted on its debt to Western banks in 1986 and lacks access to the international credit system in order to get foreign currency.
And, finally, to get on the good graces of U.S. officials, Cuba has sent a huge contingent of health workers and physicians to the Ebola-stricken nations in West Africa. Former leader Fidel Castro said in an article published on October 18, 2014, that Cuba was ready to work with the U.S., and Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned Cuba on October 17, 2014, as a country stepping up on the frontlines. To demonstrate that Raul is pushing his own agenda, one has only to look at the health care provided to the average Cuban population. Pharmacies continue to be poorly stocked, patients have to bring their own sheets when they are hospitalized, and about 10 percent of Cubans have access to drinking water.
So, Cuban Government officials are banking that this is the right time to get the U.S. embargo lifted, or their revolution is doomed. Next few months will decide who will get the upper hand.
To see related article, click on http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/10/22/cuba-emerges-as-committed-ally-against-ebola-yet-cant-treat-illnesses-at-home/
The murderer's photo posted on ISIS Twitter account
*&^%$#@! Can't print what I'd like to say, even though I could use my brain injury as an excuse........
Here we go again. The monster who shot dead a Canadian soldier in Ottowa today has been identified by Reuters as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam.
A Twitter account linked to ISIS apparently tweeted a photo this afternoon of a man whom they claimed is Zehaf-Bibeau, holding a gun with a middle eastern bandana covering his mouth.
The same ISIS account was used by Martin Couture-Rouleau, the recently-converted Canadian muslim who ran down two soldiers two days ago, killing one of them.
The American network CBS reports that today's shooter sometimes used the name Abdul Zehaf-Bibeau.
The victim has been identified as 24-year old Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who leaves behind a very young son.
Let's see how the spinning goes from this point forward. Workplace violence? Not likely. But some other way of ignoring the obvious will surely be found.
The victim Nathan Cirillo
(These missiles are) "nothing but refugee rumors. Nothing in Cuba presents a threat to the United States. There's no likelihood that the Soviets or Cubans would try and install an offensive capability in Cuba." (a sneering National Security Advisor, McGeorge Bundy, on ABC's Issues and Answers, October 14, 1962.)
"There's fifty-odd-thousand Cuban refugees in this country, all living for the day when we go to war with Cuba. They're the ones putting out this kind of stuff (about missiles.)"( a sneering President John F. Kennedy, Oct. 15th 1962.)
"In Washington, as throughout his life, he was noted for his brisk intellect and self-assurance. Journalists at the time overworked adjectives like "brilliant" and "aggressive." (New York Times on Mc George Bundy upon his death in 1996.)
For months prior to Bundy and Kennedy’s scoffing against the Cuban missile-mongers, dozens of Cuban exiles had been risking their lives by infiltrating Cuba and bringing out eyewitness reports of what remains the biggest military threat to the U.S. in its history. In the process, some of these Cuban boys were also dying by firing squad and torture at the hands of Castro and Che Guevara's KGB-tutored secret police.
Exactly 24 hours after President Kennedy’s sneer against these Cuban exiles, U-2 photos sat on his desk showing those "refugee rumors," pointed directly at Bundy, JFK, and their entire staff of Ivy League wizards.