Obama in Viet Nam: Normalization Circus number 2

No more arms embargo for you!

The current occupant of the White House visits a repressive communist regime, grants it many unilateral concessions, and his hosts respond by arresting dissidents, banning journalists, and stifling all expressions of discontent.

Sound familiar?

You betcha.  It’s almost an exact replay of Obama’s visit to Castrogonia.

This time, the circus is in Viet nam.

Wait.  The show must go on.  Now that he has opened Normalization Circus number 2, he must visit North Korea and Iran, to open numbers 3 and 4.

P.T. Barnum, go ahead and spin in your grave.   Obama has claimed your spot as the top circus promoter of all time!

From Amnesty International:

Viet Nam: Shameful wave of arrests of activists as Obama visits

Vietnamese authorities must end their crackdown on peaceful protesters and release all prisoners of conscience, Amnesty International said today.

As Viet Nam hosts US President Barack Obama on a three-day visit, the authorities have pressed ahead with their assault on the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly by arresting six peaceful activists and orchestrating a campaign of intimidation and harassment against dozens more.

“Even as it faces the glare of global attention with the US President’s visit, the Vietnamese authorities, shamefully, are carrying out their repressive business as usual,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

The six peaceful activists who have been arrested in recent days are: Nancy Nguyen, Nguyen Viet Dung, Pham Doan Trang, Vu Huy Hoàng, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quinh, and Nguyen Bá Vinh.

“Before leaving Vietnam, President Obama must insist on the release of all prisoners of conscience and a commitment that peaceful protests will be allowed,” said T. Kumar, International Advocacy Director for Amnesty International. “Human rights cannot be sacrificed for security and trade deals.”

In addition to the arrests, dozens of activists have complained on social media that they are being prevented from leaving their homes by uniformed and plain-clothes police stationed outside.

Amnesty International has spoken to several activists in different cities around the country who are subjected surveillance and intimidation. Several activists have been physically attacked in the last week and Amnesty International is unaware of the arrests of any alleged perpetrators.

The authorities’ crackdown has included the banning of BBC journalists, and the blocking of social media sites including Facebook and Instagram.

Continue reading HERE.

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” – P. T. Barnum

Castro regime ready to lock up & silence Berta Soler

 

Berta “resisting” arrest

Alarming news from  Pan Am Post

Berta Soler  has been officially charged with the crime of “resisting arrest”and will now be tried in court.

Given the nature of the Castronoid court system, her conviction and long-term imprisonment are inevitable.

Normally, the Castro regime arrests dissidents willy-nilly, charges them with some crime later, and tries them after they’ve been in prison for a while.

It seems Berta is now too well-known and her “trial” is being staged a bit more carefully than usual.

Let’s hope that some outside forces come to her rescue, including those elites outside of Cuba who have met with her.

President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. From lower left corner are, Dagoberto Valdes, Berta Soler, Laritza Diversent, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo 'Coco Farinas', Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

….see photos below….

Castro Regime Prosecutes Leading Female Activist for Resisting Arrest

Leader of the Cuban organization Damas de Blanco (Women in White) Berta Soler will be going to trial for allegedly resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Soler was arrested this past Sunday, May 22 on her way the inauguration of a new archbishop at a cathedral in Havana. She could spend between three months and five years in prison.

Soler, who is not allowed to leave the country while under trial, said she is “prepared to go to prison,” and added that she will not be seeking a lawyer to defend her.

Soler said she has no objection to the restriction on travel.

“At the moment I don’t have any plans to travel,” she said. “The closest thing was an idea to go to Geneva, but it still hasn’t been solidified. If at anytime I need to leave the country for some event, they will have to stop me at the airport.”

Soler said she is accused of having assaulted a police officer, but said there are videos that show the opposite — one reason she for which she is not afraid to go to prison. She went so far to say that she hopes they have “a room reserved for her.”

Sources: 14 y Medio; Cubanet.

 

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Oscar Elias Biscet in Europe, headed for U.S.

Biscet in Madrid, with a copy of the 1940 Cuban constitution

Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet held a press conference in Madrid yesterday.  This is the first time he has traveled outside of Cuba since he was freed from prison in 2011.

He also visited Hungary, where he spoke with prime minister Viktor Orban, and is scheduled to visit Washington D.C. , where former president George W. Bush will present him with the Medal of Freedom he was awarded in 2007, while still in prison.

The leader of The Lawton Foundation for Human Rights –who spent eleven years in prison, where he was repeatedly tortured — had much to say about the Normalization Circus, which he exposed as a total charade.

Here are some of his observations:

 “The benefits created by this opening of relations between two governments are out of reach for the Cuban people; all they will ever get is a few economic crumbs, not any freedom.”

“This is just a deal between two governments that are eager to make their administrations look good… [in Cuba] the government-run monopolies are benefiting from it, and some people have been able to buy cell phones and property…but there has been no improvement whatsoever in the civic and political sphere. ”

“The only thing that has changed for Cubans is that they no longer need to fear being beaten up when they wave American flags.”

«I have to return to Cuba.  It’s a matter of conscience;  I need to struggle for freedom alongside my fellow Cubans.”

For more details, go HERE (ABC Spain, in Spanish)

Circus

 

Meanwhile back in Caracastan: Venezuelapocalypse

21st century socialism

As the Normalization Circus continues to gain strength,  the Castronoid colony of Caracastan is going into an ever steeper death spiral.

It seems that  the final unfolding of the Bolivarian Revolution has arrived.

It’s dreadful, as dreadful as dreadful ever gets…. as dreadful as it was in the island nation formerly known as Cuba some fifty-odd years ago.

In that Cuba of long ago it only took about two years to reach the implosion now being experienced by Venezuela.

And in that long-dead Cuba — now known as the Castro Kingdom — the implosion has been going on for over half a century.

Can Venezuela find a way out?  Perhaps.  But only if King Raul’s storm troopers are sent back home immediately

Oh, the wonders of 21st century socialism!

But don’t expect to find many journalists blaming the Venezuelapocalypse on socialism.

No.  All of these calamities are due to falling oil prices, “mismanagement,” and political turmoil caused by those selfish bastards who can’t appreciate socialism.

Venezuela has nothing

 

From the BBC:

Sugar shortage cuts Coca-Cola production in Venezuela

A sugar shortage has forced Coca-Cola to stop producing soft drinks in Venezuela amid an escalating food and energy shortage.

Coke said that suppliers in Venezuela will “temporarily cease operations due to a lack of raw materials”.

The announcement comes after the country’s biggest brewer, Empresas Polar, closed plants due to a barley shortage.

Continue reading HERE.

We are dying of hunger

From Granma Lite (AP) via the Winnipeg Free Press:

Bridgestone abandons crisis-wracked Venezuela after 62 years

Tire maker Bridgestone is selling its business in Venezuela after six decades in the country, the latest blue chip company to abandon the country as a result of runaway inflation and strict currency controls.

Bridgestone Americas says in a statement Monday that it is selling its Venezuela assets to Grupo Corimon, a local industrialist. It says the company will be called Alice Neumaticos de Venezuela. Bridgestone says the sale will have no financial impact because it already has written off its investments in the crisis-wracked country.

The Nashville-based company joins other foreign multinationals including Halliburton, Ford Motor and Procter & Gamble who have either slowed or abandoned their investments in Venezuela.

 

From Granma Middlebrow (Time Magazine):

Venezuela’s Murder Epidemic Rages on Amid State of Emergency

There is fierce debate about exactly how many people are murdered in Venezuela, but all sources find sky-high rates.

The government says there were almost 18,000 murders in this South American nation last year, giving it a rate of 58 homicides per 100,000 – compared to 4 in the United States.

The independent Venezuelan Violence Observatory claims there were really almost 28,000 murders.

An annual comparative survey classified Caracas as the most homicidal city outside a declared warzone in 2015, with 119 homicides per 100,000.

Against this backdrop, opposition leaders are attempting to bring to an end 17 years of rule by the socialist party of the late Hugo Chavez. This month, opposition leaders, who now control the congress, presented almost two million signatures for a referendum on Maduro’s rule. A survey found more than 60 percent of Venezuelans said they would vote him out, and only 28 percent would vote for him to continue.

Read the whole story HERE.

From Town Hall:

Thanks To Venezuelan Socialism, A Burger Costs $170

How bad is inflation in Venezuela? The country’s disastrous dalliance with lefty-economic theories has not only led to hospitals lacking basic medical supplies, like soap, food, and electricity, but burgers that now cost $170. Need a place to stay in Venezuela (though I don’t know why you would visit in the first place)? No problem—it’ll only cost you $6,900 a night (via AFP):

If a visitor to Venezuela is unfortunate enough to pay for anything with a foreign credit card, the eye-watering cost might suggest they were in a city pricier than Tokyo or Zurich.

A hamburger sold for 1,700 Venezuelan bolivares is $170, or a 69,000-bolivar hotel room is $6,900 a night, based on the official rate of 10 bolivares for $1.

But of course no merchant is pricing at the official rate imposed under currency controls. It’s the black market rate of 1,000 bolivares per dollar that’s applied.

But for Venezuelans paid in hyperinflation-hit bolivares, and living in an economy relying on mostly imported goods or raw materials, conditions are unthinkably expensive.

Even for the middle class, most of it sliding into poverty, hamburgers and hotels are out-of-reach excesses.

“Everybody is knocked low,” Michael Leal, a 34-year-old manager of an eyewear store in Caracas, told AFP. “We can’t breathe.”

Continue reading HERE

From ABC News (U.S.):

Mob Burns Venezuelan Man Alive Over $5 as Justice Fails

The mob didn’t know at first what Roberto Bernal had done, but he was running and that was enough.

Dozens of men loitering on the sidewalk next to a supermarket kicked and punched the 42-year-old until he was bloodied and semi-conscious. After all, they had been robbed of cell phones, wallets and motorcycles over the years, and thought Bernal had a criminal’s face.

Then a stooped, white-haired man trailing behind told them he’d been mugged.

The mob went through Bernal’s pockets and handed a wad of bills to the old man: The equivalent of $5. They doused Bernal’s head and chest in gasoline and flicked a lighter. And they stood back as he burned alive.

“We wanted to teach this man a lesson,” said Eduardo Mijares, 29. “We’re tired of being robbed every time we go into the street, and the police do nothing.”

Vigilante violence against people accused of stealing has become commonplace in this crime-ridden country of 30 million, once one of the richest and safest in Latin America. The revenge attacks underscore how far Venezuela has fallen, with the lights flickering out daily, and food shortages fueling supermarket lines that snake around for blocks.

The ebbing price of oil has laid bare years of mismanagement. The economy is unraveling, and with it, the social fabric.

Continue reading HERE.

Have a good socialist day!
Prosperity, Castro-style: get ready for this, Venezuela

Evo Morales meets with Fidel to discuss Latrinapocalypse

You want my advice? Really?

Call it Latrinapocalypse.  Call it Castrodämmerung.  Call it whatever you want.  Any name will do, and any name would be joyous, for the phenomenon being named is the collapse of the Castronoid alliance in Latrine America.

First Argentina, now Brazil, tomorrow Venezuela…maybe…. The dominoes are falling one by one.  Latin American socialist/communist governments seem to be facing extinction.

Evo Morales, elected dictator of Bolivia, recently lost his bid for a fourth term in office.  He’s getting nervous, of course, so he went to visit Fidel in his lair, and the two spent many hours devising strategies to stem the democratic tide in Latrine America.

Evo has never hidden his love for the Castro brothers.  Rumor has it that he has an illegitimate child named “Fidel.”  Evo’s stupidity and moral turpitude knows no bounds.  Imagine going to Fidel for advice on anything at all.  The man has proven over and over again that he has the opposite of the Midas Touch.  Nothing he touches turns to gold.  Instead, everything he touches turns to mierda.

Call it the Mierda Touch.  Call it le don de merde, or the scheisslich Hand, or whatever you want.  Any way you look at it, Fidel’s touch is guaranteed to bring nothing but ruin.

Los tres chiflados / The three stooges

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters):

President of Bolivia discusses “imperialist” aggression with Fidel Castro in Cuba

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales discussed “imperialist efforts” to undo leftist progress in Latin America during Morales’ two-day visit to the Communist-ruled island, Cuban state television reported on Saturday.

Two major powers in the region have moved to the right in recent months. Argentina’s Peronists were voted out of office late last year while in Brazil, Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party was suspended as president earlier this month due to impeachment.

Leftist countries such as Cuba have called Rousseff’s suspension a “coup” while the president of El Salvador went as far as to say he would not recognize the centrist interim government.

Morales and Castro spoke “of the events happening in Latin America and the imperialist efforts to revert the political and social movement in our region,” state television reported. No images of the encounter were shown.

Continue reading HERE.

Twilight of the Latrines?

Speculators betting on huge Castro debt again: $1.2 billion

Last year Russia, Spain, and France forgave billions and billions of dollars in debt owed by Castro, Inc.

A substantial amount of debt was also restructured, to be paid back over a long period of time for cents on the dollar.

As it turns out, however, the colossal amount forgiven and restructured was only part of what Castro, Inc. owes other creditors.

And as the Normalization Circus continues, some capitalists are now trying to claim some of the money still owed by the largest crime syndicate in the Western hemisphere.

Of course, the article below makes no mention of the additional debt Castro, Inc. would begin to incur if the so-called U.S. embargo is lifted.

Expect a Castronoid shopping spree — and credit debt — the likes of which the world has never seen.

The genius writers at the Simpsons seem to be among the very few who understand the way Castro, Inc. does business.  See video above (from “The Trouble With Trillions”).

 

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters) via The Daily Mail:

Creditors holding $1.2 billion of Cuban debt are talking to Havana

A creditor group formed to negotiate with Cuba over defaulted debt has already started talks with Havana, its newly appointed coordinator told Reuters, warning of a need to speed up the process.

The ad hoc committee holds obligations representing $1.2 billion worth of Cuban debt and includes three funds – Stancroft Trust, Adelante Exotic Debt Fund and CRFI Ltd – according to Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, a law professor at London’s Queen Mary University.

Their holdings amount to about 40 percent of Cuba’s private-sector debt, plus interest, according to Olivares-Caminal, a sovereign-debt restructuring expert who was appointed to the committee earlier this month.

“We are opening the process now … aiming at starting meaningful discussions,” Olivares-Caminal said. He has been in touch with the stakeholders and the Cuban government, he said.

The debt mainly pertains to development loans taken out from private, non-U.S. banks in the 1970s and 1980s, before a 1986 default by the island’s Communist government.

Stancroft and funds like it bought the paper for as little as 1.5 cents on the dollar. Stancroft has held the paper for more than a decade, Reuters has reported.

Investors have been buying up Cuban’s defaulted debt since last year’s breakthrough in U.S.-Cuba relations. Brokers say is now quoted at 30-odd cents on the dollar for high-quality, hard-currency-denominated loans, albeit in an illiquid market. The debt traded at 25 to 30 cents a year ago.

Olivares-Caminal declined to comment on potential recovery values. He said he was collating data on how much debt is out there and hopes to enrol more creditors on the committee.

He said he was in touch with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Paris Club of sovereign creditors and the Institute of InternationaL Finance, a global financial industry body.

Cuba has already reached agreements with Russia, France and Spain on debt forgiveness. In December creditor nations from the Paris Club agreed to forgive $8.5 billion of debt. In total, Havana is estimated to have restructured some $50 billion in old debt in the past few years.

Continue reading HERE.

On the feast of St. Rita: Ladies in White brace for more abuse

As we all prepare to hear once again about the arrests and beatings that will take place in Cuba this sunday, especially at the church of St. Rita in Havana, a word or two about St. Rita.

Today is the feast day of St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457), an Italian nun who was canonized in 1900, over 400 years after her death.

St. Rita married at the age of 18 and gave birth to two sons.  Her husband — a violent man — was killed in a fight.  Her two sons died young.  Widowed and childless, she became a nun and dedicated herself to a life of prayer and acts of mercy.  Her care for the sick was exemplary.  She also counseled lay people who sought her advice.

St. Rita was a miracle-worker who is now venerated as the patroness of hopeless causes.

It’s no accident that the parish church of St. Rita in the Miramar suburb of Havana is where the Ladies in White attend Mass every sunday.  Calling for an end to oppression in Cuba certainly seems a hopeless cause.  Their presence there — an affront to the Castro regime — has lent St. Rita Church an aura of righteous defiance and of hope for a better future.

The church was built in 1945, in the Art Deco style.  It was designed by architect Víctor Morales, who also oversaw its construction.

Ironically, the image of St. Rita venerated at this church was scultpted by Cuban artist Rita Longo,  a long-term Castronoid who ended up with a high post in the Castro Ministry of Culture.  You can visit the parish web site HERE.

Personal note: that image of St. Rita used to terrify me as a child, so much so that I would beg my parents not to go to Mass at that church, even though it was only four blocks from our house.

I prefer to think that it was the Castronoid malevolence harbored in the artist’s heart that made the image seem so frightening rather than any other natural or supernatural factor.

May St. Rita, patroness of the hopeless, intercede for all Cubans at the Heavenly Court, especially those who risk life and limb every Sunday at the church named in her honor.

St. Rita by Rita Alongo (1943)

 

Update: Yo-yo Cuban “refugee” flood intensifies in Texas

Cuban “refugees” arriving at the Texas border

The “let’s- pretend- we’re- refugees” act of the Normalization Circus may be its biggest hit right now.

The yo-yo’s keep coming, like a rising tide.

Does the U.S. need more of these Cuban “refugees”?  No, but King Raul certainly does.  They are his main source of foreign aid.

It’s well-known that many — or most — of these “refugees” become “guelferianos” (welfare leeches) who send taxpayer money to their relatives in Cuba and travel back and forth to the land they fled like no other “refugees” on earth.

This is not about political repression. It’s about “me” (yo), it’s about “solving problems” and not caring about political repression, it’s about claiming to be a refugee but aiding the Castro regime instead.

Nice refrain for an old fashioned Cuban song: “Yo soy lo unico que me importa, yo y yo y el ir y volver como un yo-yo”  (I only care about me, me,me, and my back-and-forth as a yo-yo).

Welcome to the top act in the Normalization Circus.

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Cuban “refugees” six months after arrival in U.S.

From KTRH news, Houston:

Cubans putting more stress on U.S./Mexico border

Shelters and churches along the southern border are bracing for an influx of cuban immigrants flooding into the U.S.

Some estimates say more than 24,000 Cubans have arrived in Texas since last October, with up to 350 expected each day.  Jorge Ferragut with Casa Cuba Houston says they’re met by various agencies lending support and services.

“Catholic Charities, YMCA, with the resources of the government, they pay three or four months on an apartment, handle all the papers with immigration, food stamps and etecetera,” says Ferragut.

Its those benefits, according to Ira Mehlman at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which are draining our resources.  He points to an expose conducted in South Florida last year.

“After a year they qualify for all the means tested benefits, and in many cases people were returning to Cuba and living off the benefits they were collecting from American taxpayers,” says Mehlman.

Mehlman says the recent influx is driven mainly by the fear the U.S. will do away with the Cuban Adjustment Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.

“This has become, in many cases, a scam, and the American public is paying for it,” he says.  “Its all the result of a 50-year-old policy that should have been done away with a long, long time ago.”

Continue reading HERE.

Proud ringmasters of the Circus

 

Lawlessness of Castro regime condoned by White House

Many of the acts in the multi-ring Normalization Circus are troubling, but some stick out like a sore thumb.

It’s not just the role of the U.S. government that is troubling in some of these cases, but also that of the international news media, which — as always — tries to hide or downplay any news item that makes the Castro regime look less than holy.

The case of cold-blooded racist murderer Joanne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur, is only the frost on the tip of a huge iceberg.

Catrogonia harbors many nefarious characters who should stand for trial in U.S. courts.

But, below that relatively thin –yet awful— layer of frost, Castrogonia also harbors many, many more nefarious characters who should stand trial for crimes against humanity.

These criminals aren’t American fugitives.  They’re Cubans.

Oh, but those criminals have friends in high places.  Sorry, Mildred — momentary lapse of reason — so sorry.  How could one ever forget King Raul’s chief enabler?

Plenary indulgence: no sins on the tyrant’s soul…

 

From Elliott Abrams at the Council on Foreign Relations:

Cuba: the “Law Enforcement Dialogue” and the Cop Murderer

The United States and Cuba are about to enter a series of “dialogues” including one about law enforcement. Here is what Reuters reported:

“Cuba and the United States aim to reach new agreements on cooperation in law enforcement, health and agriculture over the coming months, a senior Cuban official said on Monday, as part of the former Cold War foes’ drive to normalize ties….

A bilateral commission met on Monday in Havana to establish a roadmap for talks over the rest of this year, which would include more high-ranking official visits, said Josefina Vidal, head of the Cuban delegation….

The United States looks forward to holding these meetings in the near future,” the [United States] embassy said. “Tomorrow (we) will discuss specific steps related to bilateral security during the law enforcement dialogue.”

How do you have a law enforcement dialogue with a regime that is giving sanctuary to, and protecting, American fugitives who include murderers?

Classic image of “smart” diplomacy

The most famous case is that of Joanne Chesimard, but she is not alone. Here is what NBC reported in March:

White House officials would not tell NBC News whether President Obama will raise the issue of 70 fugitives from U.S. justice — including convicted cop-killer JoAnne Chesimard — who are hiding in Cuba when he meets Cuban leaders during his visit to the island.

A White House official did say, however, that the “United States continued to seek the return from Cuba of fugitives from U.S. justice and has repeatedly raised those cases with the Cuban government.”

Chesimard, who fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979, was convicted of the 1973 execution-style murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted International Terrorists list, and is the most notorious of a group of criminals and violent radicals who have sought refuge in Cuba since Fidel Castro took power.

If the “law enforcement dialogue” is aimed at getting back such fugitives, we can only hope it succeeds. If it does not have that objective, it is another in a series of give-aways and disgraces that have marked recent U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Joanne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur, free as a bird,  livin’ the revolutionary high life in Castrogonia

 

Castro regime declares war on U.S., Europe, no one seems to notice

 

Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party — and virtually the only newspaper on the island — has just published a bombastic, incendiary essay that is attracting very little attention.

The essay, authored by a professional propagandist named Rafael Cruz Ramos, argues in no uncertain terms that Castroism is in an eternal state of war against capitalism.   Because this war is eternal, says Cruz Ramos, there can be no dialogue at all with anyone who disagrees with Castroism, and no reconciliation.

(Ironically, if one does a Google search for photos of the author of this article, all one can find are photos of Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael).

This is as sharp and clear a denial of “normalization” as anyone could ever proclaim.  Consequently, it is the strongest possible rebuke of Obama’s Cuba policy, voiced by those who have been given innumerable unilateral concessions by the current occupant of the White House.

Eternal war

Good luck finding an editorial on this Granma essay in any major American, Canadian, or European newspaper.

Ah… but you can find a brilliant assessment of it below.  It’s a response to the essay by exiled Cuban dissident Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.

Rather than offer you a link to the Granma essay, we offer you this perceptive take on it by Orlando Luis. (Somewhat loosely translated)

Rules for a debacle, or a case of despotism
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Castro’s Cuba always promises more space for participation to each new generation of artists, activists, writers and journalists,. Now, with the increased relations between the Castro regime and the US and Europe – and its search for financial loans, investments, and an image of legitimacy for the oldest dictatorship in the world – the regime has promised the Cuban people a democratization of the debate, so that every citizen finally you can participate in the destiny of our nation.

These massive debates, coordinated by the “grassroots”, have been virtually mandatory, and almost always occur before or after the congresses of the only legal party in Cuba. And that’s how it will be in 2016.

Very soon after the April meeting of the 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba , the Granma newspaper, official organ of the party – all the Cuban press that is not run by the state is illegall – has announced the “rules for discussion or matter of principle” in an article by Rafael Cruz Ramos

More than an editorial, this is a kind of despotic edict, which the international press has echoed, but the average Cuban doesn’t pay much attention to, because we know in advance what it is: another horrific totalitarian ruse, a tongue-twister to buy time, and guarantee in 2018 a dynastic succession to the second and third generation of the Castro clan.

The text speaks for itself. It proclaims “a war for power” that pits the principles “of socialism against capitalism”.

The unquestionable character of the single-party system in Cuba, with all the burden of intellectual censorship and civic exclusion it entails, must be imposed on the island by force in perpetuity. And the same applies to exiled Cubans, who continue to be the victims of an atrocious migratory apartheid, unable to reside permanently in their homeland, or exercise their basic rights there.

Moreover, the cynicism of the journalist hired by Granma contains two jewels. The Communist elite defines two “rules for discussion” that are incontestable.

The first rule for discussion: As General Raul Castro said during the congress of the Cuban Communist Party, no one is allowed to question “the irrevocable nature of the political and social system endorsed in the current Constitution, which includes the leading role of the Communist Party of Cuba in our society”.

Cruz Ramos dictates that anyone who is wondering “Why not capitalism?” is either “innocent or cunning”. Nothing and nobody can “destroy the socialist system under construction, and replace it with the archaic and outworn capitalist system.” What Ramos Cruz fails to consider is that the Cuban people might prefer to deconstruct the outworn decaying socialist system and create an efficient free market model that guarantees their fundamental freedoms.

The second rule for discussion: There can be no dialogue “with anyone who is funded, backed, supported by the terrorist anti – Cuban money from Miami or any other nation, including Old Europe” because that would be “the same as killing Che every morning, blowing up the shipLa Coubre, killing teachers and literacy activists, and bringing down the plane in Barbados. [All of these “crimes” attributed to anti-Castro Cubans]. It does not matter that we are accused of intolerance, or of being entrenched in the past, or any such compliment. There is too much spilled blood, too many tears, too much pain, to forget. ”

In other words, the past is the future. And today is still not yet, by the Castros and for the Castros until the end of eternity. Goodbye to any attempt at reconciliation.

With a touch of apocalypse -apocubalipsis-, Cruz Ramos describes the debacle of his violent vision: “old people without social protection, indebted students, unemployed teachers, newborns dying like flies, social benefits wiped out, riot police training in torture, political parties taking turns in power to carry out more of the same, youth gangs killing each other, senators enjoying accounts in tax havens, drug traffickers being paid out of the state budget, society ladies, society, commercial propaganda, dances in high schools. ”

In short, democracy Cuba has no choice but to become another piece of Latin American carrion: nothing but broken idols and rotting indians. If we Cubans become free, then we will lose the revolutionary aura that makes us an exceptional, unique race, uncontaminated by world history or, much less, by continental American history: Facism made in Fidel. If Cubans were free, Cruz Ramos’s monologue would be unthinkable and Granma would publish letters to the editor that criticized him.

But that’s too much to ask. A people who have been made 100% literate by the State should not wait for that State to allow them the luxury of reading freely.

Eternal! Eternal, I tell you! Don’t forget. Eternal!

Mystery of the day: Is this Cuban exile in Greece a thief or not?

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The Castro regime says a Cuban exile in Greeece is a thief, responsible for stealing museum art worth 575 million dollars .

He claims to be a CIA double agent who is being falsely accused and begged the Greek courts not to send him back.

Who’s telling the truth?  As in all such stories from the Castro Kingdom, it’s hard to tell.

This story involves “stolen art” that has yet to be found –some or all of it probably stolen from its original owners by the Castro regime– espionage claims, migration issues, Interpol red alerts, international legal tangles, etc…

To top it off,  one of the buildings housing the museum in question is the former Centro Asturiano, built by Spanish immigrants from Asturias and stolen from them by the Castro mafia.

When thieves steal from thieves who steal from thieves is any real theft taking place?

Great mystery.  And the truth is that this is probably a far more complex story than most of us can imagine.

A former owner of the current museum building

Cuban accused of major art theft to be sent back to Cuba from Greece

A Cuban man arrested near Athens last November is to be extradited to his homeland after a Greek appeals court rejected his claim that the charges of art theft against him were unfounded and that he was being sought by authorities in Havana because of his political connections.

Julio Cesar Serrano Barreiro, 37, was arrested in Koropi, eastern Attica, on suspicion of stealing 71 pieces from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana.

At the time, Barreiro was working at the warehouse of a bakery chain and living with his sister.

The 71 items in question were stolen from the museum’s storage area between August and November 2013. The paintings have been valued at a total of 575 million dollars.

Barreiro denied stealing the artworks, which have not been found in Greece, and claimed that he had worked in Cuba as a double agent on behalf of the CIA.

He claimed that his life would be put in danger if he is sent back to Havana but the Greek judges rejected this claim.

NYT exposes Venezuela’s hellish plight, blames oil prices rather than socialism

Best health care in the world

Well, what did you expect?

What else could the NYT do with this unavoidable bit of bad news?

Venenozuela’s Cuba-style health care system is imploding — along with everything else in the country — and Venezuelans are suffering and dying in record numbers.

The author of the article may have had some things to say about the ultimate cause of the Venezulapocalypse, but could the NYT compromise its commitment to leftism?

Dream on.

No mention is made of the Castro connection or of the fact that Venezuela became a colony of the Castro Kingdom — except for a predictable quote from dictator Nicolas Maduro that praises the Cuban health care system.

Instead, this NYT article lays the blame on falling oil prices and the anti-socialist dissidents who have paralyzed the country by creating a “political feud.”

Any way you look at this story, however, the bottom line remains the same: this is a totally unnecessary tragedy.  Given its vast oil reserves, Venezuela could be one of the wealthiest, most prosperous countries in the world.

Aaah.  But it’s now one of the worst places on earth.  Anyone who has lived in Cuba knows the real reason.  And most Venezuelans — including some who voted for Chavez and Maduro — can’t help but wake up to the cold hard truth.

Twenty-first century socialism is no different from that of the twentieth century.  It’s a doorway to hell.

Free health care for everyone

Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals

The economic crisis in this country has exploded into a public health emergency, claiming the lives of untold numbers of Venezuelans. It is just part of a larger unraveling here that has become so severe it has prompted President Nicolás Maduro to impose a state of emergency and has raised fears of a government collapse.

Hospital wards have become crucibles where the forces tearing Venezuela apart have converged. Gloves and soap have vanished from some hospitals. Often, cancer medicines are found only on the black market. There is so little electricity that the government works only two days a week to save what energy is left.

At the University of the Andes Hospital in the mountain city of Mérida, there was not enough water to wash blood from the operating table. Doctors preparing for surgery cleaned their hands with bottles of seltzer water.

“It is like something from the 19th century,” said Dr. Christian Pino, a surgeon at the hospital.

As good as it gets…

The figures are devastating. The rate of death among babies under a month old increased more than a hundredfold in public hospitals run by the Health Ministry, to just over 2 percent in 2015 from 0.02 percent in 2012, according to a government report provided by lawmakers.

The rate of death among new mothers in those hospitals increased by almost five times in the same period, according to the report….

…This nation has the largest oil reserves in the world, yet the government saved little money for hard times when oil prices were high. Now that prices have collapsed — they are around a third what they were in 2014 the consequences are casting a destructive shadow across the country. Lines for food, long a feature of life in Venezuela, now erupt into looting. The bolívar, the country’s currency, is nearly worthless.

Superb health care, Castro-style

The crisis is aggravated by a political feud between Venezuela’s leftists, who control the presidency, and their rivals in congress. The president’s opponents declared a humanitarian crisis in January, and this month passed a law that would allow Venezuela to accept international aid to prop up the health care system.

“This is criminal that we can sit in a country with this much oil, and people are dying for lack of antibiotics,” says Oneida Guaipe, a lawmaker and former hospital union leader.

But Mr. Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chávez, went on television and rejected the effort, describing the move as a bid to undermine him and privatize the hospital system.

“I doubt that anywhere in the world, except in Cuba, there exists a better health system than this one,” Mr. Maduro said.

Read the whole story HERE.

Socialism is killing us: wake up call, a bit late

Truly revolutionary: supermodel Tony Castro Jr. yearns for “normal” life

Just a normal boy who likes rock music

It took the UK tabloid press a few days to notice that a grandson of European superhero Fidel Castro has embarked on a modeling career.

But, as one might expect, once they caught on to the potential value of this story, they spun it in typical Eurofashion, with no hint of irony or sarcasm.

Fidel’s grandson wants “to be a model and have a normal life.”   Awwww.

Such a nice boy.  So what if millions of other Cubans never got to have a “normal” life thanks to his grandfather ?

So what if some animals are more equal than others?  That’s what socialism and communism are all about: replacing one bunch of elites with a new bunch of elites.

Who cares anyway? Those people are all savages who need strong leaders.  Waiting on tourists is what’s “normal” for them.

So disgusting, this lack of perspective.  It’s beyond belief.  Le rrrrrrronca!

Abuelito Fidel

From The Daily Mail:

Selfie-obsessed grandson of Communist revolutionary leader Fidel poses for ‘cheap thrills’ in thoroughly capitalist modelling shoot

So who is Tony Castro? And why was he at the fashion show?

The Mail online has discovered that the 19-year-old student is a student at Havana University and an aspiring model, loves baseball and Western music and enjoys taking selfies…

… His first – and so far only – fashion shoot was for photographer Brian Canelles who posted the pictures on his Facebook page Art is Easy under the hashtag #Cheap Thrills.

He and model Miguel Leyva, who is a respected fashion blogger on the island, did the shoot in the Parque Fe Del Valle, near the university. One fan posted: “This is talent!!!!! I love it!!!! #Respect4tony.

Canelles told the Mail online: ‘It was his first shoot. It was a beautiful hot day and we were in the park near the university where he studies. He turned up with his friend Miguel – I had not met him before – and he looked good so we decided to take some pictures.

‘I work for a magazine but this was a personal shoot, for fun. It was a joke – something special for us. We did it really fast and then I put it on the Internet. He was amazing – I explained what I wanted him to do and he was very receptive. He was good to work with.

‘He even made a little joke about his family name. Miguel introduced me to him and I said to him: “I recognise that surname.” He told me: “I’m Tony Castro as from the family of Castro,” so that’s how I introduced him to the other models.

‘Everybody had fun. He is a really nice guy. He just wants to be a model and have a normal life. We didn’t talk about his family – I didn’t want to make him feel uncomfortable. We mainly talked about music. He loves English music and we talked about the Top 40 in the UK.’

Read the whole story HERE

Daddy: Tony Castro, Sr.