Castro regime blocks U.S. from inspecting security at its airports

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul

Here’s the latest “bofetada” (face-slap) from the Castro regime.

As the Normalization Circus keeps the dollars flowing into the coffers of the Castro Dynasty, and as the concessions from the U.S. keep piling up, the Castro regime has refused entry to four congressmen and one congresswoman on the House Homeland Security Committee who want to inspect Cuban airports.

Their inspection tour is directly connected to the concessions made by the Obama administration concerning direct flights by U.S. airlines to Castrogonia.

With hundreds and hundreds of new flights planned between U.S. and Cuban airports, this congressional committee simply wants to make sure that security at Cuban airports meets U.S. standards.

Will this delay or stop those hundreds and hundreds of airplanes that are going to fly back and forth across the Florida Straits?

Are you kidding?  Geddouttaheeah.  The Normalization Circus can’t be stopped by anything or anyone, much less a visa denial to four Republicans and one measly Democrat.

This latest insult from the Castro regime means nothing, absolutely nothing to the current lame-duck occupant of the White House or to the sniveling cretins who work for him.

Security be damned.  Why care about that?  There’s a legacy to preserve, after all, and a “historic” one at that.

No inspections…no concessions… God is on our side….

From The Hill

House lawmakers blocked from visiting Cuba

Several House lawmakers claim they were blocked by the Cuban government from traveling to the country, where they planned to assess aviation security and passenger screening at airports.

The delegation, led by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), planned to visit the island this weekend to evaluate the potential national security risks associated with resuming commercial air service to Cuba.

The Obama administration earlier this year announced an agreement to re-establish scheduled air service between the U.S. and Cuba as part of an effort to normalize relations with the former Cold War enemy. Six commercial U.S. airlines will begin flying to Cuba this fall, the Department of Transportation announced this month.

Travel to Cuba is permitted under limited circumstances, including for official U.S. government business.

But members of the Homeland Security Committee said their visas were not approved for their planned trip.

Adding fuel to the fire is an announcement on Friday that National Basketball Association hall-of-famer Shaquille O’Neal will serve as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy to Cuba from June 25 to 28.

“At a time when the Obama Administration is rolling out the red carpet for Havana, the Cuban government refuses to be open and transparent with the peoples’ Representatives,” McCaul said in a statement on Friday. “Sadly, it appears to be easier for Cubans to come to the United States than for Members of the House Homeland Security Committee to get to Cuba.”

Other lawmakers who were planning to visit Cuba include Reps. John Katko (R-N.Y.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

Continue reading HERE

Cuban yo-yo “exiles” pumped $ 6,634,900,000 (six billion, 634 million, 900 thousand) into Castro regime’s pockets in 2015

 

Yo-Yo’s bearing gifts –and fashion sense — to Castrogonia

The figures are in for 2015, and they’re astounding.

Cuban exiles and yo-yo’s have become the Castro regime’s single largest source of income.

And… in 2015, over half a million Cuban yo-yo’s travelled to Castrogonia (538,433, to be exact).

According to Marti Noticias,  the income from remittances and yo-yo visits surpasses that derived from sugar, tobacco, nickel, tourism, and overseas medical missions combined. 

And… take a look at the pink bars in the graph below.  The total dollar amount pumped into Castrogonia by “exiles” through cash remittances and goods/gifts is $  6,634,900,000 (six billion, 634 million, 900 thousand). 

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The math is simple enough: Cubans in “exile” are now keeping the Castro regime afloat.

The worst aspect of  this charade is the fact that this is does not appear to be a temporary situation.  Now that this is in place, and now that the survival of the Castro regime is backed by the U.S., this is how it will continue to be for years to come.

Absolutely horrific and stupefying.   Le requeteronca al mango

Read it and weep.  Read it and rage.

Thank you very much, yo-yo’s.  Senkiu beri mosh.  Mil gracias,  ..Ñangarones….*&^%$#*&%!!!

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From The Havana Consulting Group

Cuba: The Fastest Growing Remittances Market in Latin America

For close to half a century, the Cuban remittances market was buffeted by U.S. embargo legislation and restrictions from Cuban socialism. No other remittances market in Latin America suffered so many limitations. Today, the situation is quite different: sending remittances to the island is one of the sectors that has been most favorably affected by the rapprochement policies pursued by President Obama’s Administration since his arrival at the White House in 2008.  In 2015, remittances sent to the island reached a record level of 3,354,1 million dollars. [ $ 3,354,100,000]

From 2008 to 2015, Cuban remittances grew by an astronomical 1,907.1 million dollars [$ 1,907,100,000], for an average annual increase of 238.3 million dollars [ $ 283,300,000], an unprecedented growth performance since the receipt of remittances became legal in 1993.

The third factor has been the tremendous growth in travel to the island by Cuban-Americans. Under the policies of the Presidency of George W. Bush, Cuban-Americans were permitted to travel to the island only once every three years, which limited contacts and the flow of remittances to the island.  Since Barack Obama took over the White House, this restriction has been eliminated and therefore Cuban-Americans are free to travel to the island as many times per year as they wish.  Lifting this restriction increased substantially travel by Cuban-Americans to the island. It is important to keep in mind that Cuban-Americans traveling to Cuba carry with them, on average, $3,200 – $3,500 in cash, according to several studies conducted by The Havana Consulting Group.

In 2015, the number of Cuban-Americans who traveled to the island and of Cubans residing in the island who traveled to the U.S. and returned to Cuba added up to 538,433 passengers. The number of such passengers in 2015 was 3.27 times larger than in 2007.

Continue reading HERE… much more information, more charts & graphs

Cubans waiting for their $$$ from U.S.

Evo says: Happy Andean New Year 5,524, let’s abolish the Gregorian calendar!

happy new Andean year

Castrogonia has its Normalization Circus, but Latrine America has all other kinds of circuses.

In Bolivia, ringmaster Evo Morales has once again initiated a new act in his Andean Circus.

From the stiff upper lips at the BBC:

Bolivia leader Morales wants to ditch Gregorian calendar

Bolivian President Evo Morales has proposed that the Andean country switch back from the Gregorian calendar to the calendar previously used by its indigenous people.

During celebrations for the Aymara New Year, Mr Morales said that he found the Gregorian calendar “untidy”.

He suggested that Bolivia “reclaim its ancestral calendar as part of the rebuilding of our identity”.

Mr Morales is from the Aymara indigenous group.

It is not the first time the Bolivian government has suggested changes to the way time is measured.

Two years ago, the clock on the facade of the Congress in La Paz was reversed so that its hands turned left and the numbers were inverted to go from one to 12 anti-clockwise.

Clock of the South

The government dubbed it “clock of the south”.

On Tuesday, Mr Morals said the indigenous calendar, in which a year has 13 months of 28 days each, was much “tidier” than the Gregorian one, in which the length of the months can vary between 28 and 31 days.

The 21 of June, the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, is considered “day zero” in the indigenous calendar and marks the beginning of the new year.

Six dozen Cuban “migrants” sent back to Castrogonia

The exodus continues, largely unnoticed.

It’s a sideshow in the Normalization Circus.  Very few people seem to be asking how long this charade will continue.

If the U.S. has full diplomatic relations with the Castro regime and deals with it as if it were just like any other nation in the “free” world, why should Cubans who come to the U.S. be considered “refugees”?

Yet, Cubans are fleeing in droves via the Florida Straits or through Mexico and the southern U.S. border, hoping to become refugees.

This week, some of these “migrants” intercepted at sea were shipped back to their hellish homeland.

So, six dozen potential yo-yo “refugees” were deflected.  No welfare checks for them, no food stamps, and no remittances, no gifts from the U.S. for their families.

From 13abc.com:

Coast Guard repatriates 73 Cuban migrants

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton repatriated 73 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Tuesday.

These repatriations are a result of four separate migrant interdictions at sea within the last week in the south Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the U.S. border and prevented these perilous sea voyages from ending in tragedy.

“Safety of life at sea continues to be the Coast Guard’s primary concern,” said Capt. Mark Gordon, chief of enforcement for the Coast Guard 7th District. “Illegal migrants aboard overloaded and unseaworthy vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk of injury and death. The Coast Guard with our partner agencies will continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea.”

Since Oct. 1, at least 4,643 Cubans have attempted to illegally migrate to the U.S. 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.

The Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported out of Key West, Florida.

These repatriations did not include the group of Cuban migrants interdicted at the American Shoal Light on May 20, 2016.

Whole story HERE

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Lady in White forced to choose between her daughter and her principles

Ada María López Canino & daughters

Here’s a Kafkaesque tale with an Orwellian spin and a touch of Latrine magical realism.

Sadly, it’s not fiction.  It’s a slice of life in the Castronoid dystopia.

Such is the bizarre nature of  the Castro Kingdom: it’s an alternative moral universe, where circumstances can seem more fictive than the most imaginative fiction.

From Diario de Cuba via Translating Cuba

State Security seeks to bribe a “Lady in White” with special care for her sick daughter
by Boris Gonzalez Arenas

Ada María López Canino is Lady in White (Dama de Blanco), the national coordinator of the Network of Independent Libraries, author of the blog Mamá en casa, and the mother of five children.

For participating in the female opposition group’s activities she has suffered beatings that have left her unconscious and ailing for days. She has also received death threats, and the regime’s agents have tried to intimidate her with the “possible disappearance” of her twin daughters, Lliliany and Eliany Díaz López, just ten years old.

But when Lliliany fell ill a few weeks ago and was admitted to William Soler Children’s Hospital, State Security forces saw an opportunity to bribe Ada María.

“It’s like my two daughters are connected: when one comes down with something, she’s gives it to the other,” said the activist.

She says that in late May the family doctor, Rangel Guerra, decided to have tests run on both to rule out dengue. The first tests were negative, but there were problems when Lliliany’s analyses were checked, so the doctor recommended an X-ray.

The test showed a “stopper,” as they call it, the size of an orange in the girl’s left lung, the mother explained.

Additional X-rays at the polyclinic in Capdevila showed the same thing. The family doctor decided that the child should be admitted, and sent her to William Soler where, after an ultrasound, the doctor on duty prescribed a treatment of intravenous crystalline penicillin every six hours.

The girl was hospitalized on June 4. “The next day, on Sunday, 5 June, a Security agent showed up, sent by Luisito, explaining that he was interested in my daughter’s case.”

Who is Luisito?

Luisito is the Security agent charged with hounding the Ladies in White. He is said to be the head of all these operations.

With what name did the agent identify himself?

He didn´t. I’m familiar with him, from the Sunday harassment. I don’t want to get it wrong, but I think his name is Jonathan.

– What happened then?

I was upset when I saw him there. He said: “Ada María, don’t get flustered. Think about your daughter’s health.” It was incredible.

Continue reading HERE

Add him to the list: Bon Jovi plans concert in Cuba

 

The list keeps growing and growing.

The growth reminds me of the 1950’s film “The Blob” in which a meteor that lands somewhere in Ohio turns into some kind of killer gelatin and keeps growing with every human it ingests.

I saw “The Blob” for the first time at the Arenal theater in Havana in 1959, when American films were still allowed in Castrogonia.  It scared the living daylights out of me, especially the scene where the Blob sneaks into a movie theater through the air conditioning vents.

Anyway…. pardon the digression… rockers, actors, models, singers, and the glitterati are all suddenly flocking to the island slave plantation.  It’s now required, if you think of yourself as famous. No Cuba visit, you go directly to the ZZZZZ list.

And the latest jerk to join the other ethical lemmings is rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

Apparently, having to do commercials for direct TV — and making it one of the most annoying commercials ever — is not enough for this famous guy.

He has to go to Castrogonia too. Yeah.

My suggestion forJersy boy Bon Jovi: why not hold a concert at Auschwitz too?

My suggestion for any Cubans who might want to attend Bon Jovi’s concert:  Préstenle atención al perro, coño… (Damn it, pay attention to the dog)

From Asbury Park Press:

Bon Jovi in Cuba: We will rock you

Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothrea Bongiovi visited Cuba over the weekend and he wants to return with his band.

The rocker said he’s interested in playing Cuba as part of a 2017 tour in support of the upcoming album, “This House Is Not For Sale,” according to Granma, the media outlet of the Cuban communist party.

He’s also disappointed the “Rolling Stones got here ahead of me,” said  Bon Jovi, in reference to the Stones’ March 25 show  at the Ciudad Deportiva in Havana.

While in Cuba, Bon Jovi visited the  Cuban Art Factory in Havana and met with fans and artists there, including film producer Inti Herrera, David and Ernesto Blanco and Alfonso X, a hip-hop performer who played with Audoslave during a 2005  show in Havana.

read the whole story HERE

Bon Jovi’s Havana fan club

Caracastan update: Maduro recall petition takes first big step

recall signature line

Venezuelans are coming to their senses…well, at least some Venezuelans… and they’re standing in long lines to ensure that their Castronoid dictator is removed from office by legal means.

Oh, if only Cubans had a chance to do a recall referendum, despite the fact that no one ever voted for the Castro dynasty.

And, oh, if only Cubans could have a chance to bring the Castro dynasty and all their henchmen to justice for all their crimes.

Anyway, back to Caracastan: the good news is that the recall is being set in motion.  The bad news is that for the recall referendum to be successful, almost 7.6 million people will have to vote to oust Maduro.

Any voting under the control of Castronoid “advisors” is not bound to be free of “irregularities,” to put it mildly.  And everyone knows that Venezuela is full of these ‘advisors” in key positions —

From the masters of understatement at the BBC:

Venezuela starts validating recall referendum signatures

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles has said that more than 70,000 people who endorsed a petition for a referendum to oust President Nicolas Maduro had their signatures validated on Monday.

Just under 200,000 valid signatures are needed for the process to go ahead.

Mr Maduro was elected in April 2013 and his term runs until 2019.

The opposition blames his socialist policies for rampant inflation and the shortage of food and basic goods.

Mr Capriles said the massive presence of voters on the first day of the validation process was a clear sign that Venezuelans wanted a change of government.

“What we saw today were queues across the country,” said Mr Capriles. “That’s a warning for Maduro.”

Those who endorsed the petition will have until Friday to have their identity cards and fingerprints checked in posts set up by the National Electoral Council (CNE).

The petition had almost two million signatures but election officials said 600,000 of those were fraudulent.

Only 1% of the electorate, or 194,729 voters, however, need to endorse the referendum on this first phase.

According to Mr Capriles, quoting official CNE figures, 71,557 signatures were authenticated on Monday.

Continue reading HERE

Aqui no creemos en ricols, y ni siquiera permitimos esos caramelos suizos de  Ricola!

 

 

Update on Papa Che’s loopy logic and questionable ethics

Plenary indulgence

If you’ve been stunned by the behavior of Papa Che (Pope Francis) and by some of his statements, you are not alone.

It’s becoming increasingly evident to many — Catholic and non-Catholic alike — that this pope is the most troublesome one to come along in a very long time.

His fervent support of Latrine dictators such as Raul Castro and Evo Morales is but a symptom of a deeper problem: a disturbing disregard for orthodoxy and for logic.

Plenary indulgence

In the history of the Catholic Church, most of the men and women who have been declared to be heretics have formulated cogent theological arguments.  In most cases, the arguments have been logical, but deemed irreconcilable with Catholic teachings.  In many cases, actually, the theological arguments of big-time heretics who have caused the most trouble — such as Arius, Nestorius, Pelagius, Jan Hus, and Martin Luther — have been deemed too logical and therefore irreconcilable with the unfathomable mystery and otherness of God.

The main problem with Pope Che seems to be that his arguments and his actions are consistently illogical.  The essay below focuses on the latest papal gaffe regarding Catholic marriages.

Unfortunately, the faulty logic, the heterodox statements, and the un-Catholic ethics of Pope Che are welcomed by all the usual suspects responsible for leading the world in the wrong direction.

Plenary indulgence

From The Week:

Forgive Pope Francis for his sins against reason

by Michael Brendan Dougherty

Pope Francis has a problem. He believes he heads a religious organization so inept and impotent, it cannot even marry its own members reliably.

While participating in a conference for the diocese of Rome last week, Pope Francis unburdened himself of the opinion that the sacrament of marriage within the Catholic Church is now defective. Because the West is afflicted with a “culture of the provisional,” the pope said that the “great majority of our sacramental marriages are null.” In Catholic-speak “null” means that the marriage never happened.

He followed up this astonishing observation about the Church being capable only, in the vast majority of cases, of placebo unions, with another doozy. “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage,” the pontiff said. “They have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity.”

Previously, the pope’s thoughts on this matter were matters of hearsay. Now they can’t be denied. And it turns out that the pope isn’t just unguarded and especially candid; he’s juvenile and irresponsible. Maybe even a little stupid.

“What if Catholic marriages are mostly shams, and the sham marriages are mostly Catholic?” is a sophomoric, dorm-room level effusion. And it would be good for a laugh, save for the fact that this was the freaking pope expressing his Olympian contempt for his co-religionists. In effect, he told millions of Catholics that they are not just unmarried, but were incapable of being married, because the modern world has corrupted them and because the Church failed to “catechize” them. This is a view of such sour pessimism, it is hard not to spit.

It’s doubly hard to take from a pontiff who rails against high-handed clericalism. What else is this, but the highest cleric telling everyone that most of his billion co-religionists are semi-Christians, at best. Pope Francis’ pessimism about marriage would be a mere curio of his very curious papacy, if it weren’t the basis for his annulment reforms and the novel parts of his recent document on Christian family life.

continue reading HERE.

Ay… esta gente de Babalu son unos malcriados…

Vile neocolonialist enemies of the Cuban people to hold conference in Miami

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  —  Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Lists can be boring.  But lists can also be very useful and enlightening.

As Sun Tzu said many centuries ago.  It pays to know your enemy.

Here is a current list of some of the worst and most dangerous enemies of the Cuban people: influential individuals who want to exploit Cuban slave labor and provide the Castro regime with more income.

This vile neocolonialist pro-slavery, pro-Castro event is being co-sponsored by the slick lobby Engage Cuba Coalition and by the rabidly Castronoid Cuba Journal

Ted Henken, speaker

 

From Nasdaq Globe News Wire:

Annual Conference on Trade with Cuba Announces Speaker Roster

Now in its second year, the Trade with Cuba Conference is jointly sponsored by Datamyne, a leading source of global trade data, and NEXCO, provider of international trade seminars.

Launched following the renewal of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, the Trade with Cuba Conference brings together top experts in law, trade regulation, market research, international business and logistics to share practical advice on commercial opportunities for US companies in Cuba.

Dave Seleski, president and CEO of Stonegate Bank, first US bank correspondent with the Central Bank of Cuba, and first US bank to issue a credit card for use in Cuba, will be the keynote speaker at the second Annual Conference on Preparing for Trade with Cuba, this year in Miami on October 13.

Dave Seleski, keynote speaker

In addition to Stonegate Bank’s Dave Seleski, the Cuba trade conference speaker roster includes:

Saul Berenthal, co-founder, Cleber LLC, Alabama-based venture to manufacture tractors in Cuba
Devry Boughner Vorwerk, senior policy advisor at Akin Gump LLP and chair of the US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba
Lee Ann Evans, senior policy advisor at the Engage Cuba Coalition
Ralph Gazitua, president and CEO of Miami-based WTDC (Foreign Trade Zone #281-4), full-service logistics providers
Ted Henken, professor, Baruch College, author of Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape
John Kavulich, president of US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council
Judy Kruger, president of Kruger International, LLC, consultants/partners in Cuban market-entry ventures

 Peter Quinter, shareholder in Florida law firm GrayRobinson and chair of its Customs & International Trade Law Group, will moderate the conference.

Continue reading HERE.

Or go directly to the event web site HERE

Lee Ann Evans, Engage Cuba Coalition

Going down in Rio, down, down, down… Olympic games may cause total financial collapse

Olympic Stadium

Brazil has been preparing for the Rio Olympics of 2016 for the past eight years, under leftist/socialist governments.

Socialist inefficiency and corruption of the sort that is currently on display in Venezuela and Cuba have created some very serious problems.

Running out of money before the games start is perhaps the most serious of all of the problems created by the regimes of Castro-loivng presidents Rouseff and Lula

Impeaching president Dilma Rouseff on the eve of the games and getting hit hard by the Zika virus have compounded fears that the games will be a total disaster.

Let’s see what happens…

In the meantime, rowers and sailors have been warned not to fall into the water….

Olympic water sports venue

 

From The Guardian (UK)

Rio de Janeiro governor declares state of financial emergency ahead of Olympics
* Emergency measures needed to avoid ‘a total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management’

Forty-nine days before the opening of the Olympics, the governor of Rio de Janeiro has declared a state of financial emergency and begged for federal support to avoid a “total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management”.

The plea for funds is an embarrassment for the host of South America’s first Games and adds to a long list of woes that includes the impeachment of the president, the deepest recession in decades, the biggest corruption scandal in memory, the Zika epidemic and a wave of strikes and occupations of government buildings.

Rouseff and her mentor

Brazil’s economy is expected to shrink by about 4% this year as a result of weak commodity prices, low demand from China, political paralysis and the Lava Jato (Car Wash) corruption investigation, which forced the suspension of many construction contracts and led to the arrest of dozens of senior executives. Rio is particularly hard hit because it is the headquarters of the state-run oil company Petrobras, which is at the centre of the investigation.

Faced by falling tax revenues, the state government has slashed health, police and education budgets. Teachers and doctors have faced lengthy delays in receiving their salaries, prompting strikes and occupations of schools and hospitals.

The acting governor, Francisco Dornelles, classified the situation in the Official Gazette as a “financial calamity” that could prevent “the fulfilment of the obligations as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016”.

Continue reading HERE

Lula and his financial advisor

Caracastan death spiral update: teachers and students not showing up for school

Bolivarian success story

If you have to spend the whole day looking for food to eat how can you also show up for work, or for school?

And if the teachers and students spend their days looking for food and the water and electricity at schools is turned off repeatedly, how can your schools function?

Aaaah.  This seems to be something that the Bolivarian geniuses in Caracas didn’t foresee.

Of course not, how could they have predicted this implosion of their Castro-style, Cuban-led “Revolution”?

Yeah, no one warned them.  No one at all (except for those totally untrustworthy Cuban exiles — and you know how evil “those people” are).

Bolivarian social justice

From Granma Euro- Lite (Reuters):

Kids, teachers ditch school as crisis engulfs Venezuela

Mariangel Caceres’ teachers, whose salaries do not buy enough food to live on, stopped showing up for classes early this year.

The state school in the verdant Andean state of Tachira in Venezuela also had to cut back on providing meals due to nationwide food shortages.

So when the leftist government in April decreed Friday school closings to save electricity, it was the last straw.

“I left school a week after Easter,” said Caceres, a sports-loving 13-year-old who now spends her days traveling to neighboring Colombia with her mother to buy flour, rice or sugar they can no longer find or afford at home.

While Caceres hopes to enroll again in the next school year, she may find the oil-rich nation’s economic crisis makes that difficult.

Education is no longer a priority for many poor and middle-class Venezuelans who are swept up in the all-consuming quest for food amid a wave of looting and riots.

Between 30 percent and 40 percent of Venezuelan teachers fail to show up at school each day, mainly because they are standing in lines for food or medicine, their biggest union estimates.

Bolivarian full time occupation

Pupils’ attendance is also dropping because children have not eaten, know there will be no food at school, or must line up and help their parents shop, according to the union.

Frequent power and water cuts are disrupting classes, and schools have been closed on Fridays for about the last two months.

“A year interrupted like this cannot be recovered,” said Tulio Ramirez, an education expert at Venezuela’s Central University. “These kids are growing up with an educational deficit.”

Ramirez himself cannot afford new shoes on a salary worth about $50 a month at the black market currency rate.

Supporters of the government accuse opponents of exaggerating social problems as part of a campaign to undermine socialism in Venezuela.

Continue reading HERE.

 

Rejoice, Cubans, Rejoice! Hark, Hark! Dolce & Gabbana coming soon to the historic center of Old Havana!

Dolce & Gabbana Medium Sicily Mix Bag in Leather: $ 1,895.00

Wonderful news!   This will surely delight all Cubans, black, white, mulatto, or Asian — especially the 99% of them who earn 20 dollars a month!

The visit of some senior executives from Dolce & Gabbana to Havana has set the hearts of some of Havana’s elites racing, in anticipation of the dollars and euros that will flow into their coffers from an exclusive and very expensive luxury boutique clothing store where only about one percent of the Cuban people will be able to shop.

Tourists will provide Castro, Inc. with a great deal of revenue at this store, for sure, since the kleptocratic Castro monopoly demands a huge share of the profits from any foreign investment.

Rumor has it that the elites who control the real estate in the renovated tourist-friendly center of Old Havana have already selected a prime location in a charming antique building with 100 square meters of floor space.

The trend-setting Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna, who are based in Milan, have stores that cater to the rich and famous throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia.

A spokesperson for Havanatur who is hosting the fashionistas from Milan had this to say to Marti Noticias:  “We expect to negotiate a very good deal, because the island [Cuba] is now fashionable and we don’t want to miss out on that.  Nonetheless, we don’t expect any surprises in a socialist Cuba where the people have been living in a dark austerity for over fifty years and haven’t been provided with a convenient market.”

What was that?  Granmaspeak, comrade.  Castrobabble, Compañero.  Translation: ” We expect to make a lot of money from tourists, not from Cubans.”

Learn more about this wonderful piece of news at Marti Noticias (in Spanish)

Also: If you don’t have access to one of these fabulous D& G fashion meccas, check out all the bargains at the Dolce and Gabbana online store.  See for yourself how affordable their merchandise is.  Here are some sample tropical Cuba-inspired items for ladies:

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Check it out, Mildred! They’re practically giving their stuff away!  This simple –yet elegant — ensemble costs only a total of $5,985.  Yes, that’s right, not an error: only five thousand nine hundred and eighty-five dollars.

Cuban women will love this store, for sure.  It will ONLY take the average Cuban woman 22 and a half years, more or less, to buy that ensemble, given that Cubans earn a whopping 22 dollars a month!  (Of course, it would mean saving every penny and not spending it on anything else for 22 and a half years, a small sacrifice for any noble savage to make).

Do the math, Mildred…. $22 times 12 months equals a yearly income of $264.  Divide $5,985 by $264 and the result is 22.67… Wow!

And for the gentleman…consider this silk suit, which  is on sale, greatly reduced from $ 4,895 to $ 2,937…. well under $3,000 — just a little over 11 years of one’s annual salary –for the Don Johnson Miami Vice look…  Imagine how the ladies would flock to any Cuban man dressed in such a suit!

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Or, this cotton polo shirt, a bargain at $ 425….. a mere one and a half years of a Cuban man’s yearly earnings!  Such a deal!

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Afro-Americans encounter racism in Castro Kingdom

 

The Castro Kingdom claims it eliminated racism in 1959.

Many fools around the world believe that lie.

In Baltimore, a  journalism professor leads tours to Cuba once a year, to expose Afro-Americans to the blatant racism that still exists on the island slave plantation.

The conclusion easily and quickly reached by those who go on these tours is that Cuba is a lot like the pre-civil rights era southern states of the U.S.

The article below echoes much of what liberal columnist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post discovered in Cuba.  His book Last Dance in Havana, which exposes Castronoid racism, was largely ignored.

It’s so rare to find reports such as this, even in lesser-known news outlets.

 

From Afro:

Baltimore Tourist Says Racism Exists in Cuba

Myra Queen, who knows what discrimination looks like having grown up in  a segregated section of Baltimore during the 1950s and ‘60s, said she saw subtle patterns of racism play out during a recent trip to Cuba.

Queen, 66, said she noticed during her weeklong trip that most of the staff waiting on her in restaurants were White. So were the people behind the counter at her hotel, despite the island’s large Black population.

Jeffrey Smith of California who was also on the trip, observed that Afro Cubans are almost invisible on the island, saying they are seen, but not necessarily heard.

“It just harkens back to the ‘60s when we were cooking and cleaning in hotels and not given management positions,” Smith, 55, said.

Queen and Smith were part of a 23-member group that was in Cuba from June 4-11, thanks to a cultural exchange through Morgan State University. DeWayne Wickham, founding dean of the university’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, takes Black journalists, students and professionals to the island twice a year to learn about Afro Cubans and their connection to Black Americans.

Wickham, formerly a USA Today syndicated columnist, has arranged the trips through his Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies since 2000. He said the mainstream media wasn’t covering Afro Cubans and their issues to his satisfaction, so he took matters into his own hands.

“It’s important to take Black journalists to Cuba because the stories we find are the stories that too often seem to be ignored [and] overlooked by White journalists when they get there,” Wickham said. “It’s not mean spirited, it’s that their life experiences don’t drive them toward those stories.”

Several members of the delegation talked about racism on the island with Esteban Morales Domínguez, a leading Afro-Cuban intellectual and Nancy Morejón, an Afro-Cuban poet, essayist and critic.

Domínguez, author of “Race in Cuba: Essays of the Revolution and Racial Equality,” called racism a cultural problem that many people deny exists.

He said he is trying to push the Cuban government to compile and release a list of employees in the island’s lucrative tourism industry by race and by job. Domínguez compiled a 2008 report for the Cuban government that showed between 62 percent and 72 percent of the island’s 11 million population was Black. But his report also revealed that the overwhelming majority of scientists, civic and public leaders and professors at the University of Havana were White.

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King Raul names one of the “Cuban Five” to top post in his murderous kleptocracy

Give the spy a medal… and a top post in the kleptocracy

From Cafe Fuerte:

Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, one of the “Cuban Five” spies freed by the current occupant of the White House in exchange for Alan Gross has been placed in charge of one of the most important branches of the Castro Mafia business monopoly. 

Guerrero,  a callow youth of only 57 years of age — a mere baby in the Castronoid oligarchy — will now enjoy being addressed as  “vicepresidente de la Organización Superior de Dirección Empre­sarial (OSDE) de Diseño e Ingeniería de la Construcción.”

Wow.  Quite a mouthful.  God only knows what the title really means, what he’ll really be doing, and how rich he will become in this new post if he manages to keep the cash flowing in the right direction to all the right people.

Aaaaah.  The wonders of the Revolution.  Socialism or death.  Yeah.

That’s what it’s all about, really…. income equality, share and share alike, no mine or thine…. pure egalitarian utopianism.

Never mind the new kleptocrat’s role in that incident years ago in which four innocent Cubans were gleefully killed by King Raul’s Mig jets.

Read the full report HERE, in Spanish

Victims of the “Cuban Five”
How I love happy endings!

Latrine socialist dysfunction update: Former Kirchner official caught smuggling millions into convent

Jose Lopez arrested, protected from assassination attempt

You can’t make up this stuff.

Not even the most imaginative or most delusional Latrine novelist could make up a story such as this one.

A corrupt official of the Kirchner regime drops his ill-gotten fortune into a convent, and when he’s arrested the police have to cover him in kevlar gear to prevent his assassination.

Nuns.  Old nuns. Cloistered nuns.  Socialist corruption.  So many millions of dollars, the amount is described as “obscene.”

Unfortunately, this is what magical realism is really all about  in the former Spanish empire.

Some of Lopez’s socialist loot

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters)

Former Argentine official arrested after throwing cash over monastery walls

A top public works official in Argentina’s previous government was arrested on Tuesday while throwing what police called “an obscene amount of cash” over the walls of a monastery, intensifying questions about possible past corruption.

Officers responded to a pre-dawn 911 call reporting a man tossing bag after bag into the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic monastery in the Buenos Aires suburb of General Rodriguez.

Within minutes, officials said, former Deputy Public Works Minister Jose Lopez was in custody, where he remained on suspicion of money laundering.

“He has to explain,” Cabinet chief Marcos Pena told reporters. “Lopez managed everything that had to do with public works under the previous government. This confirms there were enormous problems with transparency, at least, and at most, serious corruption.”

Lopez at one point told nuns at the scene that he had planned to donate the cash to the monastery, officials said.

Reuters was unable to contact his lawyers.

The case is the latest to focus on figures linked to Cristina Fernandez, whose second term as president ended in December. Prosecutors have questioned Fernandez as part of a probe into possible corruption in her administration. She was succeeded by former Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri.

Local media reported that $8 million to $10 million worth of various currencies was recovered. But as of late Tuesday afternoon, Buenos Aires provincial security chief Cristian Ritondo said the money was still being counted.

“We found an obscene amount of cash at the convent, where neighbors and even the nuns living there told us that a lot of officials from the previous government had visited,” he said.

21st century socialist loot

“It was in four different currencies. Most of it was in dollars. The rest was in euros, yen and a currency from Qatar, of which we are still not sure of the value,” he added.

“He was caught red-handed,” Ritondo said, adding Lopez had a rifle with him when he was arrested. “He tried to bribe one of the officers, and the bribe was rejected.”

Officers confiscated six upper-end wrist watches from Lopez, brands including Rolex, Omega and Tommy Hilfiger.

Asked by a reporter what kind of condition Lopez was in, Ritondo said: “He’s depressed.”

don’t cry for me, Argentina