Ay! Maduro says his love for Iran is boundless

Zarif and Maduro: Anti-American laugh fest

Ever- jovial Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif is in Caracastan, to strengthen ties with the Maduro dictatorship.

Having just visited Maduro’s colonial masters in Havana, Zarif is ready to have more good laughs with the Bolivarian Revolutionaries of Caracas.

Those involved in this affair say that the visit is mostly about oil prices.  Yeah. Sure.

Yes, this is how we hope to snap the U.S. in two, crack!

From Fox News Lateeeeeeeeeen-oh

High-profile meeting between Venezuela and Iran should set off alarm bells, experts say

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro made room in his high-pressure agenda to receive Iran’s foreign minister over the weekend, and he made sure the meeting was broadcast on national TV.

Maduro gave Mohammad Javad Zarif a warm welcome in the Presidential Palace of Miraflores. They shook hands as they announced an alliance to stabilize oil prices.

“We continue to build common ground and a new consensus on stabilizing oil markets, strengthening industries, strengthening OPEC, to strengthen the closeness and alliance with the production countries of OPEC,” said Maduro as he greeted Zarif, the highest-ranking Iranian official that has visited Venezuela since 2013.

Political analysts here say the encounter was a political show aimed in part at irritating the United States, repeatedly pointed at by the socialist government as conspirator to overturn the regime. A partnership between the two countries is sure to infuriate Washington because it shows Iran’s influence in Latin America, the U.S.’ neighbor, is growing.

“I’ve visited Iran more than 20 times, I deeply know the good nature, the good, deep spirit of the Iranian people and I love it. I love Iran as much as I love our Commander Chavez,” Maduro said during the visit. He then announced the appointment of a new ambassador to the Islamic nation, Gen. Jesus Gonzalez Gonzalez, and proclaimed the start of a “new stage” in the countries’ relationship.

“We are going to create a new dynamism in Venezuela-Iran relations,” he said, announcing the creation of a special commission to follow up on their bilateral deals.

Continue reading HERE

Yes, my visit to Venezuela is about oil, yes, yes, yes…

Castro regime condemned by international human rights organization

The World Organization Against Torture has issued a detailed report on human right abuses in Cuba.

Its recent Cuba briefing seeks to lay bare “the pattern of repression against social protest that has been unfolding since April 2016, especially against the Ladies in White movement and the pro-human rights defenders associated with the #TodosMarchamos campaign.”

The report is long, and in Spanish, and should be distributed to everyone boarding a plane or cruise ship on the way to Cuba.

Of course, only about one out of a thousand people handed this document would read it.  So it goes

You can find it HERE.

U.S. blamed for creating Cuban “migrant” crisis

Cuban migrants in Panama

Ay!  Some Latrine nations are not very happy about the flood of Cuban migrants that they’ve had to handle since the opening of the  Normalization Circus.

Of course, the nations complaining about this migration crisis blame the U.S. rather than the Castro regime.

Never mind the repression and poverty caused by the Castro dynasty.  It’s the “Cold War” policies of the U.S. that are causing this problem.

To some extent, these nine nations are partly correct: the “wet foot/dry foot” policy is out of step with the Normalization Circus.

But to lay all the blame for the crisis on the U.S. is to ignore the most obvious root cause of the problem.

Naturally, none of the Lateeeeeeen-oh nations who blame the U.S. would dare to blame the Castro dynasty for anything.

root cause

From Global Research

Nine Latin American Countries Slam US for Creating Migrant Crisis

The United States’ “wet-foot, dry-foot” rule is prompting a humanitarian crisis, foreign ministers from Ecuador and elsewhere say.

Nine Latin America foreign ministers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday accusing the United States of fomenting a migration crisis in the region through its Cold War-era immigration policies for Cuban migrants, arguing that President Barack Obama’s failure to change the law despite the recent thaw in relations with his counterpart Raul Castro has adversely impacted the region.

In the letter, the ministers argue that the 1966 U.S. immigration policy toward Cubans known as the Cuban Adjustment Act has “encouraged a disorderly, irregular and unsafe flow of Cubans” through various countries of Latin America on route to the United States and has contributed to a migration and humanitarian crisis in the region.

“Cuban citizens risk their lives, on a daily basis, seeking to reach the United States,” the letter continues. “These people, often facing situations of extreme vulnerability, fall victim to mafias dedicated to people trafficking, sexual exploitation and violence.”

Ecuador and Colombia initially spearheaded the letter, which was signed by seven other countries from South and Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.

“The fact that nine foreign ministers have signed this letter shows the strength of the sentiment in Latin America that United States policy is creating a migration crisis in our region,” said Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Guillaume Long in a press conference in Quito Monday. “It’s time for the U.S. to change its outdated immigration policies toward Cubans, because they are undermining regular and safe migration in our continent.”

Continue reading HERE

Cuban migrants in Costa Rica

Cuba apartheid story of the week: rental boats for tourists only

boats for tourists

The Castro regime has denied Cubans any access to boats for over five decades.

Only those Cubans with very special status are allowed on boats.

So, how about this new act in the apartheid tent of the Normalization Circus: the Castro regime will allow tourists to rent boats in Cuba.

Ironic: Cubans in record numbers are fleeing from oppressive Castrogonia on flimsy vessels –often homemade — but tourists will soon be flocking there for some boating.

“boat” for Cubans

Some business in Florida is handling this latest apartheid enterprise.  Its chief marketing officer has a Lateeeeeen-oh name.  Could he be a Cuban?  Sure, why not.  He wouldn’t be the first Cuban to profit from the oppression of his own people.

Of course, Castro, Inc., will be pocketing its lion’s share of the profits.

Will Yo-Yo “refugee” Cubans who return to Cuba be allowed to rent boats too?

Time will tell.

From Boatsetter:

Boatsetter will be providing boat rentals and on-the-water experiences for researchers, government officials and vacationers wanting to visit Cuba. The team of experts from the boat rental community includes boat owners and captains who know the Southern waterways, Cuban hotspots and what needs to be done before setting sail.

Boatsetter is offering to walk customers through the process of filling out the right paperwork to finding the right yacht. Boating enthusiasts who are looking for Cuba boat rentals for education, professional research, religious activities, journalism, official U.S. business or have family on the island, have many boat rental options available in Miami and Key West.

“Boatsetter provides a way to connect travelers to destinations and experiences through boat-sharing and rentals where people can taste the life of luxury without having to own a boat capable of traveling from Miami or Key West to Cuba,” said Pablo Vidal Arean, CMO of Boatsetter.com. “Boatsetter’s industry leading boat rental service provides vacationers and locals interested in enjoying the boating lifestyle with easy and affordable access to the water.”

Boatsetter Cuba services include assistance with obtaining visas and adhering to the strict list of guidelines for eligible travel. Boatsetter recommends reserving boat rentals with a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and before getting underway, to have all boaters file a float plan with a family member or friend, have all of the proper and required safety equipment, wear their life jackets and never operate a vessel under the influence of alcohol or another substance.

Hunger strikes in Castro’s Cuba: A half century of valiant, fruitless protest

No news on Guillermo Fariñas this morning.

In case you’ve been wondering why anyone would undertake such a horrific form of self-immolation, knowing that it will most probably be fruitless, consider this: political prisoners in Cuba have been carrying out hunger strikes since the 1960’s, and many of them have died.

If you would like to know more about this topic, José Antonio Albertini has published a book ,Cuba y castrismo: Huelgas de hambre en el presidio político, that traces the history of hunger-striking political prisoners in Cuba.

To make a long and very sad story short: Sometimes the hunger strikes bring small changes in the Castro prison system, but, for the most part, those changes are pitifully small.

Even worse, the hunger strikers attract very little or no attention at all outside of the Cuban community.

Here is a list of some of the best-known hunger strikers who have died as a result of their fasting:

From Marti Noticias:

Roberto López Chávez, age 25, died on 12/11/1966 at Isla de Pinos prison.  He was jailed in 1961, at the age of 20.  Began his hunger strike after being savagely beaten by a guard.  Denied water by the guards as punishment for his hunger strike, he died in his cell without medical attention after a guard urinated in his mouth.

Luis Álvarez Ríos, age 31 años, died on 8/9/1967 at Castillo del Príncipe prison in Havana.  He was serving a 20-year sentence for “counterrevolutionary” activities. He and other political prisoners began a hunger strike to protest their incarceration alongside criminal inmates.  After eleven days, prison authorities agreed to negotiate and he and the others ceased their hunger strike, but after eating his first meal he died without medical attention.

Francisco Aguirre Vidarrueta, died in September 1967 at Castillo del Príncipe prison in Havana.  He was protesting the use of the same color uniform for political prisoners and common criminals.

Carmelo Cuadra Hernández, died on 7/29/1969 in a Havana prison while on hunger strike, without medical attention.

Pedro Luis Boitel,  age 34 años, died on  5/25/1972 at Castillo del Príncipe prison in Havana. His ten year sentence repeatedly extended because of his protests against the cruelty of the Castro prison system, he was tortured and abused by guards during his hunger strike and died on the 53rd day without medical assistance.  His agonizing death is described in detail by Armando Valladares in Against All Hope.

Boitel

 

Olegario Charlot Spileta, died on 1/15/1973 at Boniato prison in  Santiago de Cuba, while on hunger strike, without medical attention.

Enrique García Cuevas, died on 5/23/1973 at the provincial prison of  Pretensado, Las Villas. Began his hunger strike to protest forced labor and the inhumane treatment of prisoners.  Died on the 25th day of his hunger strike without medical attention.

Reinaldo Cordero Izquierdo, died on 5/21/1975 at a prison in Pinar del Río.  Began his hunger strike to protest the arbitrary extension of his ten year sentence.  He died without medical attention.

José Barrios Pedré, died on 9/22/1977 at Las Pretensado prison, Las Villas.

Santiago Roche Valle, died on  9/8/1985 at Kilo 7 prison, Camagüey.

Nicolás González Regueiro, died 9/16/1992 at Manacas prison, Las Villas.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, age 42 años, died on 2/23/2010, on the 82nd day of his hunger strike, which he began to protest the beatings and torture to which he had been subjected.  He was denied water for the final 18 days and died without medical attention.

Wilman Villar Mendoza, age 31, died on 1/13/2012 at Juan Bruno Zayas hospital, Santiago de Cuba, after a 50-day hunger strike.

In addition, here is a partial list of well-known political prisoners who have survived prolonged hunger strikes:

Huber Matos Benítez, Roberto Martín Pérez, Amado Jesús Rodríguez Fernández, José Antonio (Tony) Lamas de la Torre, Reinaldo Aquit Manrique, Ernesto Díaz Rodríguez, Mario Chanes de Armas, Ángel De Fana Serrano, Eddie Artze Molina, Rigoberto Acosta Díaz, María Amalia Fernández del Cueto, Olga Morgan y Maritza Lugo Fernández.

Marti Noticias has more details, HERE, in Spanish.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo

China to increase its investment in Castro Kingdom

Castronoid minister signs away another slice of Cuban sovereignty

Once upon a time, in a land known as Cuba, Chinese immigrants built a network of very successful businesses.

The Chinese began to arrive in Cuba by the tens of thousands in the mid-19th century.  In the twentieth century, Chinese who had tried living in California began migrating to Cuba, because it offered more opportunities and less discrimination than the United States.

By 1958, Cuba had the largest Chinese community in all of Latin America.

The capital city, Havana, had a thriving Chinatown, centered on Calle Zanja, where impressionable Cuban children were overawed by fireckrackers wrapped in red paper and by statues of the Buddha.

Havana even had a Chinese cemetery.

Then along came a Maximum Leader named Fidel and a psychopath nicknamed Che who stole all those businesses from the Chinese.

And most of the Chinese fled that land, which ceased to be Cuba and became the Castro Kingdom and offered absolutely no one any kind of opportunity other than slavery.

Fast forward nearly sixty years: in a land devoid of Chinese residents, China seeks to create a colony of sorts, and to secure a foothold a mere ninety miles from the shores of the country it wants to displace as the most powerful in the world.

So, along with Iran and Russia — who have similar designs on the Castro Kingdom — China is now increasing its presence.

Worried?  Why?  Never mind.  All is well.  Go find your bong, or your stash of whatever soothes your nerves…. all is well.

Havana's Chinatown, B.C.
Havana’s Chinatown, B.C.

From Xinhua:

Cuba and China on Friday signed new agreements aimed at deepening bilateral cooperation in a number of fields.

Zhang Xiangchen, deputy international trade representative with China’s Ministry of Commerce, and Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, signed the conclusive documents for joint projects in the sectors of telecommunications, industry and water resources.

“We have reviewed the advances made in our relations and planned out our economic collaboration for the next year,” Zhang told reporters after the signing.

Malmierca said the agreements prelude an expansion of bilateral economic cooperation.

“Chinese investments in Cuba are starting to blossom and we have a joint strategic vision of the future,” he said.

China is Cuba’ s second largest trading partner. Chinese enterprises have participated in many joint projects contributing to Cuba’s economic and social development.

Chinese Cuban businessmen, B.C.

Breaking News: Guillermo Fariñas taken to hospital again

Email sent by Martha Beatriz Roque at 3 pm Eastern Time:

Me acaba de comunicar Wendy la esposa de Fariñas que hace unos diez minutos lo tuvieron que trasladar para el hospital Arnaldo Milián Castro en Santa Clara, pues se desmayó,

(I just heard from Wendy, the wife of Fariñas, that about ten minutes ago they had to take him to Arnaldo Milián Castro hospital in Santa Clara because he had lost consciousness.)

Iranian press gloats over Iran’s new Latrine sphere of influence

Best Anti-American Friends Forever

No need to comment.

The article below speaks for itself, especially because it’s full of tired old slogans common to all dictatorships.

Iran understands the weaknesses of the U.S. intimately, from recent experience, and it also knows that Latrine America is ripe for picking.

And –given the nature and character of the two candidates for the presidency of the U.S. — Iran knows that American weakness is bound to increase over the next four years, or maybe even eight years.

We’re screwed.  The world is screwed.  Thanks Obama. Thanks Hillary.  Thanks Donald.

Could we see another Missile Crisis involving Castrogonia and Iranian nuclear missiles rather than Soviet missiles?

You betcha.

Would you care to speculate on what the U.S. will give away in exchange for safety from those Iranian/Castronoid missiles?

Too much, way too much, for sure.

Super-smart diplomacy

From Mehr News Agency (Iran):

New chapter of ties between Iran-Latin America

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes in a balanced approach to all countries and geographical regions and in addition to fostering ties with neighboring and Muslim countries, which has always been among the priorities of the country’s foreign policy, the reinforcement of all-out ties with Latin American has always been on the agenda of Tehran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also believes that reinforcement of relations with Latin American countries is among the Islamic Republic’s principled policies, stressing that no obstacle can hinder the expansion of mutual ties.

Due to political, cultural commonalities and congruity at international organizations and circles, particularly at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Latin American countries are vital for Iran and the Islamic Republic intends to establish balance and moderation in relations with Latin American nations.

The implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) clinched between Iran and the six countries of the P5+1 over Tehran’s nuclear program, has led to progress of Iran’s global situation, elimination of Western sanctions and reopening of economic development routes have driven the country’s foreign policy to boost mutual ties – evident in Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif periodic trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

On Aug 21, Zarif, heading a group comprised of 120 merchants, businessmen and financial executives in government and private sectors embarked on a six-nation tour of Latin America including Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela respectively.

Just wait ’till we aim missiles at both coasts of the U.S.!

Whiteout doubt, the visits signify an opening of an era of mutual ties between Iran and Latin American countries that are mulling to expand commercial cooperation through the channel of private sector activists.

The visit is made following the President Rouhani repeated emphasis on reinforcement of ties with all members of the international community within framework of mutual respect, non-intervention in internal affairs, and securing mutual interests.

By the time of writing this article, Zarif has attended several meeting and held separate talks with several high-ranking Latin American officials including his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, President Raúl Castro , Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas Ruíz and his Nicaraguan counterpart Samuel Santos.

continue reading HERE

It only takes one missile to wipe out the White House!
Zarif’s reaction to the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Is Cubazuela creating another Alan Gross hostage situation?

Alan Gross 2.0?

Nicolas Maduro is not known for having a mind of his own.

His slavish compliance with all the directives given to him by King Raul of Castrogonia and his surrogates in Caracastan is utterly predictable.

King Raul says “jump” and Maduro asks “how high?” and “which pages in your playbook should I follow?”

A young American Mormon is now being held hostage in Caracastan.

Which deal will the current occupant of the White House and his lackeys strike to obtain his release?

Lift sanctions?  Return Venezuelan Chavista elites involved in drug trafficking?  Deliver planeloads of cash, Iran-style?

All of the above?

Take your pick.  King Raul is an expert at this game, and trading Alan Gross for the “Cuban Five” was one of his greatest triumphs.

And he is pulling the strings in this case too, for sure.

From Hot Air: 

Joshua Holt is a Mormon who fell in love with a Venezuelan woman he met online. Holt eventually traveled to the Dominican Republican where the couple were engaged. A couple months ago they were married and spent their honeymoon on an island off the coast of Venezuela. Their plan was to remain in Venezuela until Holt’s bride could secure a visa to leave the country. But a few days after returning to Caracas from their honeymoon, things took an unexpected turn. From Fox News Latino:

“Venezuelan police showed up at their apartment, went through their stuff and claimed to find an assault rifle and a grenade.

[Joshua’s mother] Laurie Holt says the police asked for $10,000 from the couple to avoid legal trouble. She also says there are five people who say they saw the police bring the weapons into the apartment. “Only three of the witnesses are willing to testify on behalf of Josh and Thamara,” Laurie told FNL…

Josh sent a letter to his parents, through Thamara’s mother, in which he claims his health is suffering and that the weapons found in his apartment were planted.

“He had two strikes against him. He’s American and Mormon, and the police hate both,” Laurie Holt told FNL.”

 

hostage

In addition to the weapons charges, Holt is also being held on suspicion of being an American spy.

On Thursday, 33 members of congress sent a letter to Secretary Kerry and Treasury Secretary Lew asking them to intercede in Joshua’s case. The letter reads in part:

“Since February, the government has imprisoned over 4,000 people for political purposes, including American citizens Francisco Marquez and Joshua Holt. There are almost 100 political prisoners in Venezuela, and only a few weeks ago, more than 47 people were detained just for protesting for food. These continued arbitrary detentions show Maduro’s utter disregard for basic democratic principles.”

Francisco Marquez was arrested in June while gathering signatures for a referendum that, if passed, would remove President Maduro from power.

The World Justice Project, an initiative of the American Bar Association, judged Venezuela the worst of 102 countries it looked at when it comes to rule of law. That was in 2015 but there’s little hope things have improved since then.

Holt’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the expenses of Joshua’s legal expenses. Fox News reports they have “hired a team of lawyers” to try to secure his release.

Psssst… what you need is an Alan Gross….
The Profitable Alan Gross

Havana hotels now among most expensive in the world

Hotel Nacional: Havana for tourist$$$$$$$$$$$

Ka-ching!

The Castro regime is cashing in big-time on the Normalization Circus.

Havana hotel prices have skyrocketed.  Does this have anything to do with capitalist free market supply-and-demand issues?

Dream on.  This is all about the Castro regime doing what it does best: taking advantage of its total control of the tourist industry and of the unprincipled foolishness of foreigners who think Castrogonia is “cool.”

Will these higher hotel prices lead to higher salaries for the Cubans employed by Castro, Inc.?

Will all of this extra income from tourism lead to improvements in the lives of all Cubans?

Yeah.  Sure….. Yeah…. Gitouttahere…youse nuts or sompthin?….

 

From KPLU.com

We Knew Cuba Would Get More Expensive, But Not Like This

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley can list expensive destinations, none of which might surprise you.

“New York, London, Paris, any large city in Scandinavia,” he said, “Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, and Seattle hotels in the summertime.”

Ha.

But lately there have been some surprises – places Brumley has known for years that have seen spikes in how much it costs to visit. That includes Havana, Cuba.

“Hotels that were $250 a night … are now charging over $550 a night,” he said.

The crown jewel of Havana, the Hotel Nacional, is even charging money just to enter and have a drink in the bar. Maybe that’s not a surprise in Cuba, where renewed relations with the United States have opened up the economy to more commerce than at any point in the last 60 years. But Brumley says it’s gone beyond any expectations.

“It’s being totally mismanaged,” he said. “They’ve shot prices up past New York, London and Sydney.”

He also says the crowds are already there – so if you were hoping to see it before the big crush, you’re too late. That said, Brumley expects Cuba’s prices to moderate. The mystique of visiting the formerly off-limits island will wear off, and people will start going elsewhere.

Continue reading HERE

Havana for Cubans

Day 35: Fariñas visited by two low-level European diplomats

Tragic impasse

On the 35th day of his hunger strike, Guillermo Fariñas was visited by representatives of the European Union and the German embassy.

These two low-level functionaries spent an hour with Fariñas, trying to convince him to give up his hunger strike.

Fariñas told his visitors that he will keep fasting until the Castro regime stops abusing Cuban dissidents.

The visitors claim that they have expressed their concerns about Fariñas’s health to the Castro regime.

Whether or not they have asked the Castro regime to agree to Fariñas’s demands remains unknown.

Given the long-term behavior patterns of the Spanish government and the European Union toward the Castro regime, the chance that they have finally asked King Raul to free his slaves is very slim.

Exceedingly slim, slimmer even than Fariñas’s body will be when this hunger strike ends his life.

For more details go HERE (in Spanish)

Quote of the day: The shamelessness of Cuban “refugee” Yo-Yo’s

Cola de Yo-Yos

A former presidential candidate comments on the scandalous Cuban “refugee” Yo-Yo phenomenon.

“Although we continue to see many Cubans fleeing to the U.S. because they fear for their lives, we also see many more who should be regarded as economic migrants instead of political refugees. Present conditions have led many Cubans to migrate to the U.S.and  to collect benefits as refugees, but they return repeatedly to Cuba, to the very same country from which they have supposedly fled.  This type of abuse wasted more than $680 million dollars in 2014, a figure that has undoubtedly increased since then.”

—- Senator Marco Rubio, quoted in Marti Noticias 

Yo-Yo lifestyle

“Reformer” King Raul warns Cuban artists and intellectuals not to disagree with him

Never, ever stray from the Party line

Information from Marti Noticias:

King Raul of Castrogonia sent a “congratulatory” five-paragraph letter to the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists, (Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba –UNEAC) on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of that organization.

The octogenarian monarch briefly praised the Union for being in “the service of culture for more than five decades” and reminded them that his older brother King Emeritus Fidel considered the organization “the sword and shield of the nation.”

Ah, but there was scolding, too.  King Raul warned that his kingdom’s communist system is currently imperiled by nefarious forces, both internal and external.

“Today we are doubly threatened in the cultural field by subversive projects that aim to divide us and by a wave of global colonization.”

King Raul reminded UNEAC and its ever-subservient president Miguel Barnet that the organization “must continue to face these complex challenges with courage, intelligence, and revolutionary dedication.”

Miguel Barnet: the greatest of all Cuban intellectuals, ever

Jawohl, mein Führer.

The king’s letter provided no specifics on the nature of these “threats” and “challenges,’ but indicated that dissent of any sort was totally unacceptable.

King Raul’s five-paragraph letter was read to UNEAC members by its director Miguel Barnet, and it was also published in all of the news outlets of Castrogonia’s Ministry of Truth.

Read more HERE, in Spanish.

Super-genius Barnet and his master

 

Uh, oh: Iranian Foreign Minister Begins Triumphal Tour of Latrine America

Sinister Ministers: Zarif and Rodriguez in Havana

Babalú alerted its readers last week about this new disturbing development.

Others are now paying attention to it.

Not good at all, this story.  And still not of much interest to the usual suspects in the news media.

Minister Zarif: “I can’t hear your complaints”

From The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expanding Terror Network in Latin America

Iran is solidifying its foothold in Latin America, sparking concerns among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic will enlist these regional allies in its push to launch terror attacks on U.S. soil, according to conversations with congressional sources.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been on a diplomatic tour through key Latin American countries known for hostility towards the United States, including Cuba, Venezuela, and a host of other countries believed to be providing shelter to Iranian terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah.

As Iranian-ally Russia boosts its spy operation in the region, sources have raised concerns about the rogue nations working together to foster anti-U.S. unrest.

Zarif’s trip through the region has raised red flags among some senior congressional sources familiar with the region. For example, Zarif took aim at the United States and touted the regime’s desire to align with anti-American countries during his stay in Cuba.

One senior congressional source who works on the issue said to the Washington Free Beacon that Iran is seeking to recruit “potential terrorists who want to cause the U.S. harm.”

Increased ties between Iran and these Latin American nations are setting the stage for terrorists to penetrate close to U.S. soil with little detection.

These individuals “can travel easily to Venezuela, and once there, they can get to Nicaragua or Cuba without passports or visas, which poses a national security risk for our nation,” the source explained.

Iran has also reopened its embassy in Chile, a move that has only added fuel to speculation among U.S. officials that the Islamic Republic is making moves to position its global terror network on America’s doorstep.

“The threat to U.S. national security interests and our allies should be setting off alarm bells,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chair of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement about Zarif’s Latin American tour.

Continue reading HERE

Best Friends of Obama Forever

Daughter of Guillermo Fariñas asks great question

From Capitol Hill Cubans

Tweet of the Day: From Daughter of Dying Cuban Democracy Leader
at 8:45 AM Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Tweet from the daughter of Cuban democracy leader, Guillermo Fariñas, who is on the 32nd day of his hunger strike:

I don’t understand. Where is the humanity of Pope Francis when in Cuba Guillermo Fariñas is slowly dying for the sake of human rights?


Plenary Indulgence