Deadbeat update: Iran gives King Raul a break in debt payments


What’s a little debt forgiveness in exchange for missile bases?

Yet another nation owed money by the Castro Kingdom has agreed to “restructure” that deadbeat nation’s debt.

That debt amounts to 50 million euros (roughly 56 million dollars).

This is but one of the many items sorted out when Iranian despot Hassan Rouhanni and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Castrogonia recently.

Add this one to a very, very long list of similar “restructuring” deals offered to King Raul and his merry men.

And also add this to the list of enemies of the U.S.A. that are tightening their relationship with King Raul in response to the Normalization Circus.

Yes, yes, this is the size of the nuclear warheads we’ll deliver to King Raul….

From Global Trade Review:

Iran and Cuba have signed an agreement to restructure Cuba’s debt to Iran.

The agreement was signed on September 20 by Iran’s export credit agency Export Guarantee Fund of Iran (EGFI), the Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI) and Banco Exterior de Cuba.

According to EGFI’s deputy CEO Arash Shahraini, Banco Exterior de Cuba will start repaying the outstanding loan next month, and has with the agreement committed to settle the full loan by 2019.

“The debt relates to a credit line extended to Cuba 10 years ago to import goods and services from Iran,” he tells GTR.

The credit, he says, was given to public entities in Cuba, mainly in the agriculture, equipment and medicine sectors. The loan was backed by the Cuban government’s sovereign guarantee and EGFI covered the repayment.

EGFI would not reveal the amount of Cuba’s debt to Iran, but according to the Iranian news site the Financial Tribune, Cuba has a remaining debt of about €43mn to Iran, €50mn with interest.

The agreement to restructure Cuba’s loan forms part of a wider strategy to strengthen ties between the two countries. Last week Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made an official visit to Havana, where he met with Cuba’s President Raul Castro and former president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

continue reading HERE

say “adios” to your shekels, Rouhani, and hello to your missile bases….

Surprise! CNN reports bad news from Venenozuela

Socialist utopia

Aaaah.  The wonders of socialism.

Venezuelans are now feeling the same pinch Cubans began to feel 57 years ago.

Who’s to blame for this awful pinch, otherwise known as the collapse of civilization?

Easy question to answer.

You can blame Castro-style redistributionist anti-free market economic policies, the aim of which is to create a total government monopoly and to keep the people searching for basics all day long, every day of their lives.

In other words, socialism/communism, known here in the United States as “progressive” liberalism, or sometimes as “social justice.”


From the Castro News Network (CNN)

Venezuela crisis: I flew to U.S. to buy toilet paper

Carmen Mendoza came to New York to visit her daughter Anabella — and also to buy toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, beans, corn flour, tuna fish, mayonnaise and aspirin.

Mendoza, 66, can’t find these basic goods in her home country: Venezuela.

Venezuela’s deep economic recession has spiraled into a humanitarian crisis. Venezuelans are suffering through severe food and medical shortages while crime skyrockets and massive protests call for President Nicolas Maduro to resign.

in New York with her daughter and realizes she’s lost a sense of what normalcy means. In Venezuela, she lived without toilet paper for a month in July, using paper napkins instead.

Just half a block away from her daughter’s Brooklyn apartment, a new Whole Foods (WFM) recently opened and Anabella told her mom check it out. Mendoza fought back tears when she saw fully stocked food shelves and lush vegetables and fruits, a rare sight in Venezuela today.

“My eyes got wet,” Mendoza says, becoming emotional recounting the Whole Foods visit. In Venezuela, “You are so happy when you find something as basic as milk.”

Related: Venezuela food crisis deepens as shipments plummet

She isn’t alone. About half a million Venezuelans visited the United States last year. Increasingly, Venezuelans living in the U.S. say their friends and family who can afford it are coming to America to buy basics.

Continue reading HERE

Vamos bien!

Shocking! Yuuuge! Trumpinator has business ties to Castro Kingdom!

No surprise for Babalu readers.  No shock. We’ve been covering this story for a while.

We’ve even predicted that if he wins the presidential election, the Trumpinator will probably open  a chain of hotels and casinos in Castrogonia.

But now that the Clintonoids have suddenly seen the potential damage this story could inflict on the Trumpinator, the story is about to get a lot more attention.

It seems that the Trumpinator might speak with a forked tongue.

Oh, my!

From Newsmax:

Newsweek plans to release a story Thursday morning that Donald Trump did business illegally with Fidel Castro’s Cuba even while calling on the embargo on U.S. trade with the island nation to continue as he sought the Reform Party’s 2000 presidential nomination, MSNBC reports.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported what she said were exclusive paragraphs from the story, and writer Kurt Eichenwald backed up the veracity of her claims on Twitter.

According to MSNBC, Eichenwald will report:

“A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal. That’s according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.”

Eichenwald writes that documents reveal Trump’s company spent at least $68,000 in 1998 for company executives to visit Cuba at a time when spending “even a penny in Cuba was prohibited without government approval.”

The company, with Trump’s knowledge, ran the money through consulting firm Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corporation, according to the story.

“Once the business consultants traveled to Cuba and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers in Trump’s company, then called Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, on how to make the venture appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort,” according to Newsweek.
The payment was made just before Trump – now the GOP nominee for president – made his first run at the White House by seeking the Reform Party nomination.


“On his first day of that campaign, he traveled to Miami where he spoke to a group of Cuban Americans, a critical voting bloc in the swing state of Florida,” Newsweek reports.

“Trump vowed to maintain the embargo and never spend his or his companies’ money in Cuba until Fidel Castro was removed from power. He did not disclose that seven months earlier Trump Hotels already had spent money sending consultants on the secret trip to conduct business in Havana.”

MSNBC uncovered CSPAN footage of that speech, in which Trump told the group:

“As you know, and the people in this room know better than anyone, putting money and investing money in Cuba right now doesn’t go to the people of Cuba; it goes into the pockets of Fidel Castro. He’s a murderer, he’s a killer, he’s a bad guy in every respect, and frankly, the embargo against Cuba must stand if for no other reason than if it does stand he will come down.”


Twenty Cuban “migrants” die at sea

One act in the Normalization Circus has ended tragically.

Twenty Cubans who dared to flee from the Castro Kingdom have lost their lives at sea.

Maybe Diana Nyad should have donned her rubber mask and joined the fruitless search for their corpses.

From United Press International:

Coast Guard ends search for 20 missing Cuban migrants
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for 20 Cuban migrants reported missing after their boat capsized last week.

Three people, found on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys, reported they were among 23 people aboard a boat that left Cuba on Sept. 20 and overturned the following day while traveling to the United States. The bodies of three of the remaining 20 people aboard were located in Islamorada, in the upper Florida Keys, and another body was found on Big Munson Island. Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies recovered another body from Ramrod Key, in the lower Florida Keys, and an investigation is underway to determine if the person was part of the group.

The Coast Guard search, which covered over 9,306 square miles, employed aircraft and several ships. It was suspended late Tuesday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aided the rescue effort.

Latrine crisis update: Kerry and Maduro hold fruitless meeting in Colombia

Maduro and Kerry

Yes, the U.S. Secretary of State met with Venenozuela’s Castro-controlled despot yesterday.

And — as any idiot could predict — nothing happened, other than the voicing of meaningless concerns and phony grievances.

Secretary Kerry, a.k.a. Herman Munster, expressed his vague Obamaesque objections to the way in which Maduro is handling Venenozuela and giving socialism a bad reputation.

Despot Maduro, a.k.a. Gomez Addams, complained that capitalist imperialists are preventing him from creating a socialist utopia.

You’ve got to admit that the resemblance between Maduro and Gomez is undeniable, as is that between Kerry and Herman…

Only a blind person could fail to see that…. Just add a few pounds to Gomez and turn Herman’s hair from black to gray.

Kerry and Maduro doppelgängers

So, this meeting of these two 1960’s television ghoulish star doppelgängers yielded little to report on, without a laugh track, and without the presence of Grandpa and Uncle Fester or Colombian middle-aged bombshell Sofia Vergara, who vaguely resembles both Morticia Addams and Lilly Munster.

Meanwhile the real monsters, King Raul and older brother Nosferatu, continue to rake in the money, and the papal blessings, and to strike anti-American deals with visiting foreign despots.

Sympathy for Nosferatu

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, the first formal encounter between the two since Kerry became the top U.S. diplomat.

The two sat down together after a ceremony in the Colombian city of Cartagena to mark the signing of a peace agreement to end that country’s civil war.

“(Kerry) spoke of our concern about the economic and political challenges that have affected millions of Venezuelans, and he urged President Maduro to work constructively with opposition leaders to address these challenges,” said State Department Spokesman John Kirby.

Kerry and Maduro also agreed to continue bilateral discussions that began in recent months, Kirby said.

Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the meeting.

Continue reading HERE

Fidel’s hairless doppelgänger
Colombian inexplicably excluded from Kerry-Maduro meeting
Vague resemblance

New Russia-Castro deal: $ 4 billion gift, plus nuclear power

An update on the latest deal struck by Grand Putinia and Castrogonia.

It looks as if Czar Vlad the New Impaler is willing to invest some rubles in a potential new colony.

Czar Vlad has already forgiven billions owed to him by King Raul.

But Czar Vlad is no philanthropist or ideologue.

He knows King Raul is a deadbeat.  Obviously, Vlad thinks this “investment” will benefit Russia in some way.

From Russia Behind the Headlines:

Russia has offered Cuba 55 bilateral cooperation projects with a total value of about $4 billion, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economics Nikolai Podguzov told TASS on Monday.

“Cuba was offered 55 projects to be implemented in 2016-2020, totaling almost $4 bln,” the Russian deputy minister said after a meeting of the working group for trade and economic cooperation and priority projects of the Russian-Cuban Intergovernmental commission for trade and economic, scientific and technical cooperation, which was held in Cuba’s capital of Havana.

“Given the change in the commodity market climate, we need to find new drivers for economic growth and reduce our dependence on commodities exports,” the Russian deputy minister stated. Taking into consideration “the establishment of a new economic agenda in Russia” he believes that Russian and Cuban economics complement each other.

“We are offering Cuba indispensable industrial equipment, infrastructure development options that can build a good foundation for economic growth on the island state,” Podguzov noted. He added that “these are important projects for the development of Russia’s economy as well.” That is why, in his words, “both sides have been taking a pragmatic approach towards these projects that can help Russian-Cuban relations reach a new level.”…

…Podguzov said projects in the energy, railway infrastructure, information technology, aircraft industries are those taking priority, saying that “substantive efforts were being made” concerning their implementation. Meanwhile, all these projects involve exporting Russian goods to Cuba. In particular, the investment company Sinara Group is going to export locomotives and deliveries are likely to begin in 2017. The transport machine-building company, Transmashholding, will export passenger railcars, the energy corporation Inter RAO plans to partake in constructing the Maximo Gomez and East Havana thermal power plants’ power units and also to upgrade the operating power units of Cuban thermal power plants…

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And that’s not all.

Grand Putinia has also agreed to help King Raul develop nuclear capabilities.

Just what the world needs: a Caribbean Chernobyl, and nuclear missiles aimed at the U.S., again…

… and all this in the hands of Castrogonia’s chief nuclear expert, Fidelito Castro, son of Nosferatu, who was in charge of building Cuba’s failed nuclear power plant.

From Russia Beyond the Headlines:

Russia and Cuba have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of atomic energy for peaceful purposes on the sidelines of the 60th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Sept. 27, TASS correspondent reported from the signing ceremony.

The document signed by the deputy head of Russia’s Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy Nikolai Spassky and Cuba’s Deputy Science Minister Jose Fidel Santana lays a legal foundation for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, including such areas as radioisotope production and their use in industry, medicine, agriculture, security and environmental research.

Fidelito Castro, chief nuclear expert in Castrogonia

King Raul strikes deals for freebies from China, Russia

Raul: “Oye, Li, antes teniamos muchos chinitos, pero ahora solo nos quedan negritos.”

King Raul has been very busy lately, posing for photos and signing trade deals with other despots.

This week’s visiting despot was Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

The king must be so, so happy.

So many trade deals, so many loans, so many freebies, just because he hates the United States.

It pays to have the right enemies.

And it pays big time to always default on one’s loans….

Raul: “Como me encantan estos comemierdas.”


From Xinhua:

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has wrapped up his trip to Cuba aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation.

Li’s trip to Havana, the first official visit to Cuba by a Chinese premier since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1960, has attracted attention from the world’s influential media.

Reuters underlined the business deals Li and Cuban President Raul Castro signed when Li visited the island country following President Xi Jinping’s visit in 2014.

“The two leaders oversaw the signing of around 30 agreements on economic cooperation in various sectors,” the British news agency quoted the Cuban state media as saying.

Raul: “Quiza si me porto bien, Vlad se quita la camisa”

Aaaah!  But that’s not all.  King Raul gets a bonus this week.

A Russian trade delegation is in Havana to strike up deals.

The Russians are ready to build power plants and sell airplanes to King Raul and his merry men.

More freebies!

From Pravda:

Russia has proposed to build small power plants in Cuba and purchase long-haul aircraft at the meeting on trade and economic cooperation, the Russian trade representative in Havana Aleksandr Bogatyr reported.

Meeting of the Russia-Cuba working group of intergovernmental commission is to take place on 26 September.

‘The Russian company Rusgidro will offer to build small power plants in Cuba. There are no big rivers in Cuba, but it’s possible to produce small hydropower,’ Bogatyr said.

Aleksandr Bogatyr: “You will pay back loans, correct? Not like last time.”

According to him, Russia will also propose to consider purchase of the Russian MS-21 aircraft. As Bogatyr noted, the project has been just launched, and its presentation will be held in Cuba.

The Cubans plan to discuss production of citrus fruit and cooperation in this field. The case may be about supplies of equipment and fertilizers from Russia. ‘The Cubans consider to restore former volumes in order to export them to Russia as well then,’ Bogatyr pointed out. Now, the Cubans keep delivering sea foods to Russia.

As Pravda.Ru reported, Cuba is still one of the main Russia’s partners in the Western hemisphere.

Ah! The good old days!


Photos of the day: Welcome to Venenozuela, young ones!

Aaaah… the utopian joys of Bolivarian Castronoid socialism.

Newborn babies in cardboard boxes.

If this is life at birth in such a place, imagine what wonders lie ahead for these human beings.

Call it Venezuela, or Cubazuela, or Venenozuela, or Caracastan, it makes no difference.

This Castro colony is quickly becoming Hell on earth.

But at least they haven’t run out of cardboard boxes yet.

Read all about it HERE in Spanish (ABC Spain) or a longer story in English HERE (Fox Lateeeeen-oh).

King Raul’s newest subjects



Surprise! European Union ready to lift its lame sanctions on Castro Kingdom

What a shocker!

We bet you didn’t see this one coming…

And we bet that you didn’t even know the EU had put any kind of squeeze on Castrogonia.

After all, only a mere two million Europeans vacation in Castrogonia’s apartheid resorts every year.

Federica Mogherini, architect of EU’s new Cuba policy

From the Manila Times:

The European Commission on Thursday submitted for approval an accord to normalize ties with Cuba, long strained by the EU’s backing of human rights activists in one of the world’s last communist states.

The European Union and Cuba settled their differences in March as US President Barack Obama brought Havana back in from the cold after nearly 60 estranged years with the West.

The Commission said it had presented a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) with Cuba to the 28 EU member states for signing.

The PDCA “opens new avenues to support Cuba’s process of economic and social modernization, to foster sustainable development, democracy and human rights, as well as to seek common solutions to global challenges,” a statement said.

At the same time, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini submitted a proposal to repeal what is known as the EU’s 1996 “Common Position” on Cuba which made improving human rights a condition for better ties.

Havana rejected the policy as interference in its domestic affairs and pressed hard for its removal during the normalization talks.

Mogherini said the agreement with Cuba “marks a turning point in our relations.”

Cuba was previously the only Latin American country without an international cooperation deal with the EU.

In 2003, the EU imposed sanctions on Cuba and suspended cooperation over a crackdown on journalists and activists and it took until 2008 to get talks going again.

Both Commission proposals will now be reviewed by the member states, with final adoption expected in the coming months, the statement said. AFP

Peru’s President Presses for Solution to Venezuelan Crisis

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Several Latin American leaders have begun to exert pressure Venezuelan despot Nicolas Maduro as his country spirals downward into chaos and destitution.

Maduro — backed by King Raul of Castrogonia — refuses to back away from his disastrous Castro-style policies and turns a deaf ear to all offers of assistance and all appeals to reason.

Abandoning his status as a Castro puppet seems unthinkable to Maduro.  Instead of backing away from his colonial masters, he hangs on ever more tightly to them, and to the other cretins who attended his Despot Summit last week.

Among those calling for change in Venenozuela, one who seems to be attracting the most attention for now is Peru’s president.

Maduro and Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe

From Bloomberg:

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski called on South American peers to both help and pressure his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, who faces a simmering political standoff with the opposition and widespread shortages of food and medicine.

“The prescription is simple but hard to implement,” Kuczynski said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “Help them out. There are no medicines in Venezuela. People are starving. We can do a club of countries — Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru. We have pharmaceutical industries. We have food. We can help out. Now, Maduro doesn’t want that, because he says everything is perfect in Venezuela. But that’s not true. Everybody knows that.”

The comments from Kuczynski, a 77-year-old Wall Street veteran and former finance minister, followed harsh rebukes in recent weeks from Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Maduro, who has jailed political opponents and opposition activists as they seek to hold a recall referendum on his rule, has come under increasing international pressure over the past year. He also faced an underwhelming turnout last week at a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement hosted on Margarita Island that only drew a small group of leaders, including Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani.

 Kuczynski is on his first official visit to the U.S., where he will speak before the United Nations General Assembly and meet with fellow Latin American leaders. Triple-digit inflation and a third year of recession have sunk Maduro’s approval rating to near 20 percent, fueling the opposition’s drive to trigger a referendum despite the president’s refusal.
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Maduro and Iranian despot Rouhani

Quotes of the day: Iran and the Castro Kingdom, blood brothers

How do you say “Death to America” in Spanish?

Aaaah… nothing binds despots more effectively — or lovingly — than a common loathing of all things true, good, and beautiful.

And nothing seals a pact between despots more fittingly than documents signed in the blood of dissidents and innocent victims.

“I am happy that my first trip to Latin America has started from Cuba which is the symbol of fight and resistance against imperialism in this continent.”

“Cuba has always been a close friend to Iran in the international community and this friendship and unity benefit the two nations and this should continue on international issues.”

— Iranian Despot Hassan Rouhani, in Havana, 19 September 2016

Hey, make sure the pens are filled with the blood of dissidents….

Nosferatu and little brother King Raul meet with Iranian despot Rouhani

Mutual admiration: how sweet it is!

Aaah.  Nothing beats the meeting of great despots.

All that malice in the same room. All that repressive energy. All that invisible spilled blood flooding the same space.

All the ghosts of their victims watching in silence.

Aaah… and all the plans being hatched for further exploits.

Sweet babbling brook of horrors, what a bonus: so many thrills, six weeks before Halloween!

Yes, death to America, of course…

From Global Times:

Cuban leader Fidel Castro and visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked about bilateral cooperation and challenges on Monday, according to a government statement.

“In a fraternal exchange, the distinguished visitor expressed satisfaction with his visit to Cuba and made clear his admiration for the struggle, achievements and assistance of the island to other nations,” said the statement.

The two leaders also discussed the “complexity” of the international situation.

Yes, how funny it would be to nuke Manhattan!

“Fidel and Rouhani agreed on the analysis of food production in a world threatened by climate change, the relentless growth of the world population and dangers that threaten the preservation of peace,” it said.

The pair concluded the friendly meeting with a sincere wish for collaboration between Iranian and Cuban people, it added.

Rouhani met with Castro at the latter’s residence in western Havana prior to a meeting with his brother and President, Raul Castro.

Whole story HERE.

Yes, we have many black soldiers, but our generals are white


Another Sunday, another brutal crackdown on dissidents

From ICLEP (Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresion y Prensa)

Yesterday was no different than the previous 70 Sundays in Castrogonia.

On Sunday 19 September 27 Ladies in White and other human rights activists were arrested in Havana by  police agents of the Castro regime.

These Sunday round-ups were the very first act in the Normalization Circus.  And the act continues to be staged, sunday after sunday.

Former prisoner Angel Moya reports that the Havana headquarters of the Ladies in White was completely surrounded by police on friday 17 September, and that this encirclement stayed in place continuously until the arrests were carried out on sunday morning.

Moya did not know if any of those arrested were injured, but was able to testify that the arrests were carried out with the usual dose of brutality.

Moya himself was also arrested, along with Berta Soler, the leader of the Ladies in White, as soon as they walked out the door from the Ladies in White headquarters.  Both were released later in the afternoon, along with other dissidents.

This is the 71st sunday in a row that such arrests have been carried out.

Other dissidents were also arrested throughout the island, but the exact number of dissidents arrested is not known.

Photos above taken by Angel Moya.



Photo of the day: Miss Socialism 2016

Prosperity for all !!!!

Here is the winner of the 2016 Miss Socialism pageant!

Notice, please, the contrast between the present and the past.

This wretched “entrepreneur,” who looks to be about as old as the so-called Revolution, is the “new woman ” promised by the Castro regime.

Miss Socialism –the new woman– is no different from a panhandler (pordiosera) selling crappy goods for pennies.

(And what is she selling, anyway? Hard to tell).

She is standing amidst the ruins of the past: the crumbling and garishly painted remains of what her country used to be able to produce.

The buildings along this avenue, the Paseo del Prado in Havana, are among the very few that the so-called  Revolution maintains in half-decent shape with requisite doses of bad taste.

Try to find anything comparable built by the Castro regime.  All you will find is the Che Guevara mausoleum in Santa Clara, anda handful of crumbling Soviet-era housing developments.

The past was obviously better than the present and the future under the communism/socialism of the so-called Revolution so idolized throughout Latrine America, the Third Word, and European and North American institutions of higher learning.

Miss Socialism summed up her hopes for the future as follows:

“I would like to have a house with a garden and a patio with many trees — even a small house will do, but with a garden, I’m not greedy.”

So it goes….  Change you can believe in.  Pray that this change stays away from your present and your future.