Imitate Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, and blame your country’s failures on the business people.
Oh, wait…. In Cuba there are no business people. Everyone works for the military junta that owns the entire country and runs its economy. And you are a top dog in that junta….
… Well… what the hell… blame those shopkeepers anyway. Contemptible proto-bourgeois scum.
General Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, known as “El Comandante de la Revolución,” gave “commerce functionaries” quite a tongue lashing.
The General’s official title is “Vicepresidente de los consejos de Estado y de Ministros.”
“You abuse the people,” he said to shopkeepers. “You serve the people, they don’t serve you….You make people wait outside your stores in the hot sun and only allow two or three at a time to come in…No, that’s not right.”
General Valdés, a spry young hero of the Revolution, age 84, went even further, and called for “a study of the issue of long lines, for the benefit of citizens who are on their feet all the time.”
Yes, sir. Jawohl, mein Kommandant.
Franz Kafka, eat your heart out. Whole story HERE in Spanish.
Coco Fariñas is not the only Cuban hunger striking dissident in peril.
The health of several other hunger strikers is deteriorating rapidly, and one of the doctors involved in caring for some of them is growing concerned.
“They have lost a lot of weight, and their blood pressure is very low,” said Dr. Roberto Serrano.
One of these imperiled hunger strikers is the young dissident Carlos Amel Oliva, who began his 16th day on hunger strike yesterday. He is protesting the confiscation of some of his property and vows to keep striking until the items arbitrarily stolen by the Castro regime are returned.
Another hunger striker who worries Dr. Serrano is Lázaro Díaz Curbelo.
“These hunger strikers should all have been hospitalized by now, given their symptoms.”
Good luck finding this piece of news in the news media of the free world.
Read the whole story HERE in Spanish and also –if you are interested in this developing disaster — click on the linkd above , or simply go HERE
American hotel giant Starwood has taken over a very ugly hotel in my old neighborhood of Miramar in Havana that was formerly managed by a Spanish firm.
The hotel has been renamed Four Points by Sheraton Havana. Take a look at its web site HERE.The pricey hotel is three blocks away from the seacoast. Room rates vary from $190 to $600 per night.
As is the case with all hotels in Castrogonia, the real owner is the Cuban military junta. Starwood is hired to manage it for the generals for a share in the profits.
The employees are hired by Gaviota, a phony “corporation” owned by Castro, Inc. Starwood has to pay them wages close to the American minimum wage, but definitely below it.
Castro, Inc. taxes that income at 92%.
So, Starwood gets relatively cheap labor (compared to workers in the U.S.) and Castro Inc. gets an exorbitant cut of their pay.
Starwood also gets to charge guests American hotel rates in dollars. Castro, Inc. gets the lion’s share of that –and of everything else the hotel provides — and Starwood gets the scraps.
Apparently, the scraps are enough to satisfy foreign firms like Starwood, Barcelo, Meilia, etc. who run all of Castro, Inc.’s hotels.
So, what do you get for a $250 per night room at Starwood’s hotel?
Michael Weissenstein, a travel writer, went to check it out. To say he wasn’t impressed would be an understatement worthy of the BBC.
He also seems to be unaware of the fact that his $250 per night room would cost a Cuban worker an entire year’s salary or that a $600 room would cost an entire two and a half years of income.
Here are a few snippets from his report:
Starwood Now Manages a Cuban hotel, but Not Everything is Perfect Yet
Those expecting international standards from the first U.S.-run hotel in Cuba in more than 50 years may go home disappointed….
… Our experience was pretty unpleasant. The hotel had been rebranded with great fanfare a month earlier, including promised amenities like Starwood’s comfortable “signature beds.” But our mattress was saggy, with a stained decorative cover and flat sheet tucked over the sort of squeaky rubber pad used for bed-wetting children. When I investigated why a bedside lamp wasn’t working (due to a missing bulb), I realized that the entire wall-mounted light was loose and balanced in the sole position that kept it from collapsing.
The hallways carpets looked new and the paint looked fresh, and our room did have a new-looking hairdryer, showerhead and bathroom tiles. But the walls were scuffed and dirty. Tables looked like someone had scraped stickers off them with a piece of sharp plastic. The minibar door hung loose on its hinge, with drinks inside in a pool of room-temperature water.
The coffee maker came with two packs of coffee, a teabag and a sign: “Coffe-Te NOT INCLUDED.” In-room internet was $5 an hour.
Dispirited, my fiancée and I headed to the pool. The front desk clerk said it was open ’til 7 p.m. but added graciously, “You can swim until 9 or 10.”
We arrived at 6:30 p.m. It was closed. A worker treating it with chemicals from a plastic bucket told us to come back after two hours….
… The menu dated to around the hotel’s opening in 2010, when it was run by the Spanish hotel chain Barcelo. How do I know? Because someone had taped a little piece of paper with the “Four Points by Sheraton” logo on the front. When I pulled it back, it said “Barcelo.”
Unwilling to try our luck with entrees, we fled for an excellent privately run restaurant nearby, then stopped in the lobby for a nightcap.
I asked for an Absolut vodka, soda water and lime. I don’t know what came, but it wasn’t Absolut. It tasted of paint thinner and curdled my mouth.
When I complained to the bartender, she tasted and agreed it wasn’t Absolut but showed me the bottle and insisted no one at the hotel had filled it with a cheaper brand or adulterated liquor. She opened a fresh bottle of Finlandia and poured me a drink that tasted as advertised.
I headed to the men’s room but fled the moment I opened the door, driven back by the smell of raw sewage. We headed for our room.
Our stay ended the next morning on its lowest note.
The complimentary buffet looked inedible and was: a series of warming pans containing two-toned scrambled eggs, greasy sausages and swollen boiled hot dogs floating in tepid water. To accompany the spread, a mix of stale and fresh bread rolls and puckered chunks of guayaba, papaya and watermelon.
I tried a grayish sausage patty and spit it out. It was colder than room temperature. I washed it down with coffee that was thin and bitter with a chemical aftertaste.
He has put his life on the line far too many times, and now it seems he might have gone to far.
Coco Fariñas has lost over twenty pounds in this latest hunger strike of his. He has lost consciousness, his blood pressure has dropped precipitously, and he has gone into shock.
His previous hunger strikes have seriously compromised his health.
Does the Castro regime care about his health? Of course not. His death will make the Castronoids very, very happy, and they will gladly ensure that outcome, as happened with hunger striking dissidents Pedro Luis Boitel and Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
And since all hospitals are run by the Castro regime, it is also highly likely that he will suffer the same fate as other dissidents who have died shortly after being taken to Castronoid hospitals, such as Oswaldo Payá, Harold Cepero, and Laura Pollán.
Pray for Coco.
Some Cuban exiles in Miami have been trying to call attention to this impending murder.
Cuban dissident hospitalized after eight days on hunger strike
Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, leader of the Antitotalitario Front (Fantu), was taken Thursday to Arnaldo Milian Castro Hospital in the city of Santa Clara after growing extremely weak from a hunger strike that has stretched for eight days.
Cuban activist Jorge Luis Artiles said that shortly after noon, Fariñas lost consciousness and went into a state of shock, fainting and not responding. Fariñas was treated in an observation room at the hospital, where he got an electrocardiogram and had his vital signs checked.
In just over a week, Fariñas has lost about 26 pounds and his blood pressure has dropped significantly. Outside the hospital, where he is now with his mother Alicia Hernández Cabezas, a group of Fantu activists is monitoring the situation.
Fariñas, who is recipient of the European Parliament 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is protesting the repression, raids and confiscations endured by Cuba’s “non-violent” dissident groups and he is calling for a commitment by the Cuban government to stop those acts.
On Wednesday, the coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), José Daniel Ferrer, said in Miami that about 280 activists throughout the island had mobilized to support Fariñas and 20 other human rights activists currently on hunger strike in Cuba, incluing Carlos Amel Oliva, youth leader of the UNPACU, who has been on a hunger strike for two weeks. He also reported that during the day about 80 activists were detained but “continued fasting in the police stations.”
Ferrer and other Cuban personalities like Ivan Hernández Carrillo gathered in Miami on Wednesday to support the Cuban strikers. The protesters —about 60 people— rallied and fasted outside the Versailles restaurant in Miami demanding an end to the dictatorship in Cuba.
Apparently, Donald Trump has been checking out business opportunities in Castrogonia for a few years, even before the Normalization Circus rolled into town.
The information comes from Bloomberg Businessweek, so its source is not exactly impartial.
Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg hates Trump and gave a fiery anti-Trump speech at the Democratic Convention a couple of days ago.
This article is not about Trump being immoral for considering business deals with a murderous regime, however, but rather about Trump being hypocritical and doing something quasi-illegal.
Its aim is to make Trump seem even more fiendish to those who already hate him and –possibly– to change the minds of some Cuban-American voters in South Florida.
Yet, there is no denying the fact that Trump is always looking for “opportunities” that will increase his profits.
Chances are that he might indeed build apartheid golf courses in Castrogonia, and casinos too.
Aaaah….casinos! The missing link!
Reviving the gambling industry in Castrogonia would be the perfect frosting on the cake of Castronoid hypocrisy.
Thus far Cuba is now known around the world for its tourism apartheid, prostitution, poverty, corruption, and repression.
All it needs to revert to the full stereotype of the Batista years invented by the Castro regime is to add casinos and mobsters to the list.
Trump as the new Meyer Lansky. Imagine that. Godfather IV, instant box office smash, Oscar contender! New chapter in the history of Cuba for non-Cuban audiences.
Did Donald Trump’s Executives Violate the Cuban Embargo?
Golfing with the enemy.
On an afternoon late last year, the golfers teeing off included a group of U.S. executives from the Trump Organization, who have the enviable job of flying around the world to identify golf-related opportunities. The company operates 18 courses in four countries, including Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. It would like to add Cuba. Asked on CNN in March if he’d be interested in opening a hotel there, Donald Trump said yes: “I would, I would—at the right time, when we’re allowed to do it. Right now, we’re not.” On July 26 he told Miami’s CBS affiliate, WFOR-TV, that “Cuba would be a good opportunity [but] I think the timing is not right.”
That, however, hasn’t stopped some of his closest aides from traveling to Cuba for years and scouting potential sites and investments. The U.S. trade embargo, first established in 1962, prohibits U.S. citizens from traveling to the island. But over the years, the U.S. has carved out allowances for family visits, journalism, and other social causes. Most commercial activity is still forbidden, though, with a few exceptions, such as selling medical supplies or food. Golf isn’t on that list.
Trump Organization executives and advisers traveled to Havana in late 2012 or early 2013, according to two people familiar with the discussions that took place in Cuba and who spoke on condition of anonymity. Among the company’s more important visitors to Cuba have been Larry Glick, Trump’s executive vice president for strategic development, who oversees golf, and Edward Russo, Trump’s environmental consultant for golf. On later trips, they were joined by Jason Greenblatt, the Trump Organization’s chief legal officer, and Ron Lieberman, another Trump golf executive. Glick, Greenblatt, and Lieberman didn’t respond to requests for interviews. Melissa Nathan, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, declined to answer a list of detailed questions.
In a series of telephone interviews, Russo confirmed he’s traveled to Cuba about a dozen times since 2011. Although he’s spearheading the company’s Cuban golf efforts, according to three people familiar with his role, Russo says these trips haven’t been on behalf of the Trump Organization. He says he’s taken at least one with Glick to go bird-watching and “check out some habitats”—activities that could conceivably qualify for exemptions to the travel ban.
Despite saying his trips with Trump executives were unrelated to the Trump Organization, Russo referred questions about those trips to Eric Trump, the 32-year-old son of the Republican presidential nominee and the company’s executive vice president for development and acquisitions, including golf. “In the last 12 months, many major competitors have sought opportunities in Cuba,” Trump said in an e-mailed statement. “While we are not sure whether Cuba represents an opportunity for us, it is important for us to understand the dynamics of the markets that our competitors are exploring.”
So which was it: a little birding? Keeping an eye on the competition? Maybe neither. According to Antonio Zamora, a well-known Cuban-American lawyer, who says he’s advised the Trump Organization on Cuba for about a decade, he and Russo visited a prospective golf site east of Havana in an area called Bello Monte several years ago.
Based in Miami, Zamora took part in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion but is now an outspoken critic of the U.S. sanctions. “An embargo that has been in place by a world power like the United States for 50 years and has not accomplished anything substantial is a disgrace,” Zamora writes in his 2013 book, What I Learned About Cuba By Going To Cuba. “This is not what great powers do.” He advises U.S. investors throughout Latin America. He’s circulated conceptual drawings of a Trump tower in Havana beside refurbished versions of the Hotel Neptuno-Triton, a dilapidated pair of 1970s buildings in the city’s business district, according to a person who saw them. (Zamora denies this.)
Zamora does say that he discussed with the Trump Organization the possibility of teaming up with a foreign company to give Trump a minority position in a venture. He says the deal failed to materialize. Zamora dismisses any legal concerns about this, saying he’s been to Cuba dozens of times for conferences, and that the U.S. Department of the Treasury doesn’t bother with these kinds of trips. “It’s a nonissue,” he says.
Cuba and the American Bar Association
by Elliott Abrams
The motto of the American Bar Association (or ABA) is “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice.”
It should perhaps be revised to “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice, and Travel to Cuba.” Right now the ABA is sponsoring at least two trips to Cuba–but neither one has anything to do with liberty or justice.
One could dream of an ABA-sponsored trip that would try to visit political prisoners, or meet with the “Women in White” and other peaceful protesters for human rights. One could envision a confrontation between ABA members and officials of the Cuban regime’s “courts” or its “Ministry of Justice.”
But don’t hold your breath. The two tours advertised in the ABA Journal right now are “Cuba: People, Culture and Art” for next March and “Cuban Discovery” for next February. In the latter, one does not “discover” anything about Cuba’s dictatorship and its complete disrespect for law–theoretically of some concern to the ABA. “People, Culture, and Art” has nothing to do with those Cuban people who are trying desperately to gain a measure of freedom and live under a system of law.
The brochure describes the latter trip this way: “A uniquely designed itinerary provides opportunities to experience the Cuban culture, history and people in four destinations: Havana; Cienfuegos; Trinidad; and Pinar del Río. Discover the arts during visits to art, dance and music studios, and talk with artists, dancers and musicians about their craft and their lives in Cuba. Savor authentic flavors of Cuban cuisine at state restaurants and paladars, privately owned and operated restaurants. Learn about contemporary and historic Cuba during insightful discussions led by local experts.”
Want to bet how many of the “local experts” are dissidents or human rights activists, fighting for a state of law?
Representatives of the deeply pro-Castro Obama administration will be meeting this thursday and friday with representatives of the Castro regime in Washington D.C. to discuss “mutualcompensation issues.”
The U.S. and the Castro Kingdom will discuss two issues: American property stolen by the Castro regime and “damages” inflicted on the Castro Kingdom by the U.S. “blockade.”
According to the Castro regime the U.S. claims amount to 121.192 million dollars, whatever that means.
Who the hell writes millions with decimal points rather than commas?
If you know how to translate that figure into normal human numbering, please leave a comment. That decimal crap is something this blogger has never, ever seen before in his 65 years on earth.
Well, when all is said and done, the actual amount really doesn’t matter, for it is the disproportionate gap between the amount owed to Castrogonia and the amount owed to the U.S. that begs the question.
You see, the Castro regime is claiming that it is owed 833.755 million dollars, for “damages” inflicted on it by the U.S. “blockade.”
Yes, you’ve got that right: the Castro regime claims that it is owed roughly SEVEN times more than it owes the U.S.
Even with the goofy decimal point figures, it’s easy enough to do the math and to see that the Castro regime hopes to cash in BIG TIME on the “reparations” issue.
This is typical Castronoid behavior. We who lived there and fled from those psychopaths who run Cuba know that this is how they operate.
What is really, really frightening about these figures is that the Americans dealing with the representatives of the Cuban psychopaths are all Obamanoids.
What are the odds that the U.S. will come out on the winning side of these “discussions,” given the personnel involved?
It’s safe to assume that the odds in favor of the Castronoids are at the very least SEVEN TRILLION to one.
So, keep your eyes peeled for news stories about huge sums of money being deposited in Castro bank accounts and ZERO dollars being paid for Americans who had their property stolen.
Never mind what was stolen from Cubans. They don’t count at all in these negotiations. Damn uppity savages.
This is known as “smart diplomacy.”
And get ready for much, much more “smart diplomacy” after Hillary Clinton becomes president of the U.S.
Most Cubans know all this already, but most non-Cubans do not.
The article begins with a long quote from The Economist (different color font).
From The American Interest
Trouble in Havana The Real Reason for Obama’s Cuba Breakthrough
Failure of socialism in Venezuela is imperiling regime survival in Cuba. The Economist:
“For the past 15 years Venezuela has been shipping oil to Cuba, which in turn sends thousands of doctors and other professionals to Venezuela. The swap is lucrative for the communist-controlled island, which pays doctors a paltry few hundred dollars a month. It gets more oil than it needs, and sells the surplus. That makes Cuba perhaps the only importer that prefers high oil prices. Venezuelan support is thought to be worth 12-20% of Cuba’s GDP.
Recently, the arrangement has wobbled. Low prices have slashed Cuba’s profit from the resale of oil. Venezuela, whose oil-dependent economy is shrinking, is sending less of the stuff. Figures from PDVSA, Venezuela’s state oil company, suggest that it shipped 40% less crude oil to Cuba in the first quarter of 2016 than it did during the same period last year. Austerity, though less savage than in the 1990s, is back. Cuba’s cautious economic liberalisation may suffer.
On July 8th Marino Murillo, the economy minister, warned the legislature that Cuba would lower its energy consumption by 28% in the second half of this year and cut all imports by 15%. The government has ordered state institutions to reduce their energy consumption dramatically. Television producers have been told to film outdoors to save the expense of studio lighting. Foreign businesses, some of which have not been paid by their government customers since last November, are being asked to wait still longer, though the government is negotiating to restructure sovereign debt on which it had defaulted.
This, not White House diplomatic brilliance, is why the Castro brothers opened the door a crack to the U.S. In other words, the Castros need more Yankee tourists to drink Rum and Coca Cola.”
There was never any intention to accelerate political or economic change. The whole point of opening up was to avoid change. The Cubans gathered around the Castro brothers and their creaky (but powerful) socialist state fear the return of full-throated capitalism and democracy to Cuba, in part because the likely result would be that rich Cuban Americans would quickly rebuild their power in an impoverished modern Cuba. Basically, they would buy the island back.
With economic power will come political power, and the veterans of the Castro regime will have nothing left to show for sixty years of poverty and sacrifice. The ‘reform’ faction in Cuba hopes that an interim twilight period between total socialism and total capitalism will allow them to do what other ex-communists have done, and shift their political control in a socialist context into political control and economic power as Cuba changes. They hope for the kind of privatizations and investments that leave the current elite holding the sources of wealth.
The loss of Venezuelan gifts is not the only factor causing concern for King Raul and his nobles.
Brazil might also pull out of its very cozy relationship with the Castro Kingdom.
Dilma, Dilma, why did you have to get impeached? Your dear friend King Raul needs you.
And poor Dilma, she misses her beloved Raul and Fidel. So sad, so sad…..
Rousseff’s Ouster Will Have a Negative Impact On The Cuban Economy
The suspension of the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, is bad news for Cuba, which, despite detente with Washington, is feeling the effects of the recession affecting its allies in South America and Africa. Brazil will review its short-term policy toward the island, as revealed on Friday to Reuters, by a diplomat from that country who was stationed in Havana.
Over the past 13 years, the Government of Brazil provided Havana with at least 1.75 billion dollars in loans on favorable terms, resulting in criticism from the opposition, which is also angered by the “More Doctors” program, which sent some 11,400 Cuban doctors to work in Brazil.
These projects will be reexamined after the vote in the Brazilian Senate this Thursday and the ouster of president Rousseff for allegedly falsifying public accounts.
“There will be a short-term review of our policy toward Cuba because the money has run out. All this is not on hold,” said a Brazilian diplomat who asked to remain anonymous.
Some of the Brazilian loans were spent on the expansion of the Mariel Special Development zone, with repayment periods of 25 years at rates of between 4.4% and 6.9%, according to official data from Brazil. The detractors of this policy believe that the terms of the agreements have been extremely generous to a country like Cuba, with recognized solvency problems.
What will Cardinal Emeritus Jaime Ortega say? What will his socialist successor say?
A French Catholic priest assigned to Cuba is calling on the Catholic Church to bring Raul Castro to a round table discussion so he can be reprimanded and taught a lesson or two on the evils of socialism.
Father Juan Yvo Urvoy — an avid cyclist who started a cycling club for the youth of his parish –has been shepherding his rural flock in Placetas, Villa Clara for over ten years.
He says that he and his parishioners were very disappointed by Pope Francis because he held back and said nothing about the rotten situation in Castrogonia, but is always speaking very freely about what he thinks is wrong in other countries.
And he quotes Aristotle when arguing that it is the duty of Christians to concern themselves with politics.
Yeow…. stay tuned.
From Marti Noticias:
The Catholic Church “needs to raise its voice and to be an instrument for the transition that the people of Cuba need,” affirmed the French priest, Juan Yvo Urvoy, pastor of the church of San Atanasio in Placetas.
“The Church is ready to facilitate something like that: a real transition that can bring a new political system that will truly involve all Cubans. The Church has this role to play, to see and to speak very clearly at this moment,” said Father Yvo in an interview this Tuesday in 14yMedio with journalist Jorge Guillén…
…“This past Sunday I said at Mass that this is the moment for the Church to ask Raúl Castro to take part in a round table discussion so he can be told that if we are entering into another “special period” [like the one after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s] this is due to the fact that socialism is unsustainable and that we need to move on to something different.”
Wow… read the whole article HERE, in Spanish and check out the interview in the link to 14yMedio.
Most Poles alive today can remember the many decades their nation spent under socialist and communist rule.
They know the full horror of secularist leftism all too well, and can smell the stench of a leftist when they run into one.
Poles also have Saint John Paul II as a point of comparison with all other popes. He was one of their own, and so, so different from Papa Che.
No wonder, then, that Papa Che is not about to be welcomed with open arms in Poland.
Maybe Cardinal Emeritus Jaime Ortega should accompany him on this trip and bolster his spirits by whispering Castronoid revolutionary slogans in his ear while Poles give him the cold shoulder?
From Fox News:
On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment
Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor — is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation.
Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly reception.
“The Pope, an inconvenient guest,” was the headline on an article earlier this month in Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s largest circulation newspaper.
The event, held this year in the southern Poland city from July 27 through July 31, takes place every 2 or 3 years in a different city. In 2013, the host city was Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Polish bishops circulated a letter publicizing the event that was read in churches throughout the nation on July 3. The letter praised the late Pope John Paul II three times, yet made no mention of Pope Francis.
“Here in Poland – a papal country – we have a very unusual situation,” journalist Katarzyna Wisniewska wrote. “Nobody here is waiting for the pope.”
In a country of 38 million people, 92 percent of whom identify as Roman Catholic, Pope John Paul II, born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, and canonized in 2014, is among the most beloved figures in history.
Francis’ liberal social positions clash with the Polish church’s conservative orientation and alignment with the far-right Law and Justice Party government. Church support for Law and Justice was an important factor in the party’s landslide victory in the 2015 national elections.
The nationalist party is committed to defending the Catholic identity of a homogeneous Poland.
“Francis is seen as someone strange, alien, and Poles don’t relate to an Argentinian Pope,” journalist Adam Szostklewicz, who writes about the Church and international affairs for the weekly news magazine Polityka, told FoxNews.com…
…“Some Polish bishops actually are afraid of what Pope Francis will preach during the World Youth Day in Poland,” said Stanislaw Obirek, a professor of history at Warsaw University and a former Jesuit priest.
They keep coming in. Wave after wave after wave, fleeing the Normalization Circus.
And many of the lucky ones who don’t drown or become food for sharks are being intercepted before they can reach the U.S.
This story is always tucked away in small publications and obscure web sites, ignored by major news media outlets.
It’s a lot like hearing a very loud high-pitched buzz that no one else in the room seems to acknowledge.
From Cuba Headlines
US Coast Guard repatriates more than 100 Cuban migrants so far this month
The US Coast Guard has repatriated 151 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since July 14.
The Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore crew repatriated 60 Cuban migrants on Monday.
The Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans crew repatriated 45 Cuban migrants, and the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump repatriated 46 Cuban migrants on Thursday.
These repatriations are a result of ten separate migrant interdictions at sea in the South Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the US border and prevented these sea voyages from ending in tragedy….
… Since October 1, at least 5,485 Cubans attempted to migrate to the US via the maritime environment compared to 4,473 in fiscal year 2015. These statistics represent the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, the Caribbean and Atlantic.
Hope and change under the Normalization Circus tent:
“Just when we thought we were going forward, everything is slipping away again,”– says Havana retiree Miriam Calabasa. “I am worried people are going to decide enough is enough: then what?”
“Nothing will get better any time soon; it can only get worse,” worries Ignacio Perez, a mechanic. “The roads won’t be paved, schools painted, the rubbish picked up, public transportation improved, and on and on.”
From a Financial Times article of the effects of Venezuela’s collapse on the Castro Kingdom.