Just out: “Che Guevara Energy Drink!”–Targeting the very people Che Guevara tortured, murdered and jailed en masse: rebellious youths–And promoted in the very place Che Guevara craved to incinerate! –New York’s Times Square! (WARNING: This is not a Monty Python skit!)


“The very spirit of rebellion is reprehensible!…Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates! Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service. Youth should learn to think and act as a mass!” (Che Guevara, 1961.)

“If the (nuclear) missiles had remained in Cuba, we would have fired them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York City. The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.”  (‘Che Guevara, November 1962.)


“My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood!…Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!…I’d like to confess, papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing.” (Che Guevara 1955-57.)

From the Che Guevara energy drink website (that we certainly encourage all to contact!):

REBELSPIRIT is a young, dynamic company located in the South of Spain….By adding Alberto Korda’s famous photograph of Che Guevara with his signature beret to the REBELSPIRIT cans by means of our worldwide exclusive license, our product is instantly recognisable with a product image that is different and extremely iconic and powerful, allowing consumers to immediately identify the message Che Guevara REBELSPIRIT Energy Drink brings them.


REBELSPIRIT is extremely proud to be able to associate such an important image to its drinks, and as such only produces products that correspond to the Che image, the highest quality ingredients and a touch of rebellion to set it apart from the competition, both in terms quality, taste and image.


“In his latest book my American warrior blood-brother Humberto Fontova once again performs the ultimate we the people duty of spotlighting cockroaches for a better America!” (Ted Nugent)


“Humberto Fontova’s book teaches us truths about Castro’s island that are very discomfiting for many intellectuals.” Ana Botella (Spain’s former First Lady while giving a book reading in Madrid, upon “Fidel; HFT” release in Spain)


Humberto Fontova has performed a great service for the cause of decency and human freedom. Every American should read this book. (David Horowitz on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant)

“Reading this book caused my heart to race and bile to rise. Here in Bulgaria most the items disclosed by Humberto Fontova were completely unknown.” — (Professor Todor Tanev, former Rector, Univ. of Sofia and until recently Bulgaria’s Minister of Education.)

“Even here in Poland many people were duped into believing the myth of Che Guevara. After reading Fontova’s excellent book, they will have have no excuse.” (Tomaz Pompowski, Polska Times,–division of The London Times– Warsaw, Poland)

“Demystifies the image of one of the most controversial icons of the century. Using an entertaining polemical style, Humberto Fontova gives us a totally unknown face of Che Guevara,” — (Livro e Tudo, Sao Paolo, Brazil. )chebooklevin

“I read Humberto Fontova’s book in two sittings. I couldn’t put it down!” ( Mark Levin on Exposing the Real Che Guevara.)

(H/T our treasured friend Nelson Taylor Sol.)


Shocking! Castro Kingdom denounces “hostile” U.S. “interference”

Bofetada Castronoide (Castronoid face slap)

Awwww.  Poor King Raul.

The evil U.S. government is still trying to put a very, very slight dent in his repressive machinery.

These are lame attempts, mind you, but for King Raul, any such attempt, no matter how lame, is an act of “hostility”….

This latest denouncement of U.S. “interventionist” policies could very well force Raul to claim at least another twenty billion dollars in reparations.

And, by the way, keep your eyes peeled for a massive Iran-style money delivery to Castrogonia some time between now and the day that the current occupant of the White House has to vacate the premises for Queen Hillary.

Aaah, the wonders of the Normalization Circus….

How dare you! This will cost another 20 billion in reparations!

From McClatchy D.C.:

Cuba lashes out against U.S. funding for ‘subversive’ projects

A day before the fourth round of bilateral diplomatic talks is scheduled to take place in Washington, the state-controlled Cuban media lambasted some U.S.-funded programs to organizations with ties to the island.

The official media website Cubadebate reproduced a list — originally published by Along the Malecón blog — of organizations that receive funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Washington-based private, nonprofit foundation with a global mission to advance democracy.

Cubadebate referred to the NED as a “governmental organization” financing “subversive” programs totaling almost $4 million. Most of the projects are aimed at Cuban youth, human rights activists, independent media and others in the communities across the island, the article states.

“The programs not only run covertly in Cuba, where these operations are illegal, but includes the recruitment of staff in third countries,” Cubadebate reported.
Cuba is in the midst of a media campaign against the scholarship program of World Learning, a summer initiative for young Cubans, which ended in August and included a four-week exchange program in the United States. Scholarship recipients were able to travel with all their expenses covered, including airfare, lodging, meals and educational materials.
The official Cuban press has listed the program as “hostile” and “interventionist,” and Communist youth organizations on the island also have expressed their rejection to the program.
Continue reading HERE
Cara dura (chutzpah)

Reports from Cuba: Laritza Diversent devastated by police operation against Cubalex

Ivan Garcia in Translating Cuba:

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex


After passing the crossing of La Palma, two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a multitude of dogs without owners.

At the end of a narrow alley the Cubalex Center of Legal Information headquarters is located, a two-story house constructed from private resources, that also serves as the waiting room for the public on the lower floor and housing on the upper floor.

There, in the summer of 2011, the lawyer, Laritza Diversent Cambara, 36 years old, founded a law office to give legal advice to citizens without charging anything nor caring about the person’s ideological position.

“The last year we dealt with more than 170 cases. Most of the people were poor and without resources, and they felt helpless because of the State’s judicial machinery. We advised on homicides, cases of violence against women, drugs, prostitution and also for any dissident who needed it,” indicated Laritza, seated on a small roofed patio at the back of her house.

The judicial illiteracy in Cuba is lamentable. Very few know the Fundamental Law of the Republic or the proceedings that the police force must fulfill during arrests, confiscations or when they give a simple citation.

Since 2009, lawyers like Laritza Diversent has given lectures to bloggers, independent journalists and the opposition, so they would know how to act at the moment of an arrest.

But the laws in Cuba are an abstraction. They are a set of legal regulations that supposedly should be respected by the authorities. But the repressive forces are the first to violate them.

What occurred on Friday, September 23 is an example. Lartiza says that “several neighbors had warned us about an operation that State Security was preparing. About 20 uniformed agents presented themselves in the office, some with pistols in their belts, as officials of several State institutions. They brought a search warrant that didn’t comply with the requirements established by law. When we let them know it, they resorted to force and invaded the entrance of the Cubalex headquarters, which at the same time is my home.”

They destroyed the door to the patio and came into the living quarters after forcing the kitchen door. Now inside, they took away five computers, seven cell phones, a server, six security cameras, three printers, digital media, archives and money.

“They acted with total impunity and arrogance. The authorities assume they are above the law. They filmed everything. Then they stripped us one by one and body-searched us in a degrading way. It was really humiliating,” said Lartiza.

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Cuba, Venezuela, and the 5 C’s of a crippled country

Centralized government, Corruption, Collectivism, Corrosion, and Censorship have done wonders for Cuba and Venezuela.

Ana Gabriela Delgado in Dissident:

The Five C’s of a Crippled Country


Venezuela and Cuba share the joys of a Carribean climate, the Spanish language, delicious food, and great music. But they also share the five C’s of a crippled country: centralized government, corrupt elections, collectivist economies, corroded society, and censorship. Hugo Chávez’s and Fidel Castro’s political ideologies, carried on by their successors Nicolás Maduro and Raúl Castro, have ravaged Venezuela and Cuba for decades. Socialist chavismo and communist Castroism are ideas that no one wants to share.

Centralized Government

In name, Venezuela is a federal republic. In reality, it is headed by an authoritarian socialist regime. Technically, there are two major blocs of political parties: the incumbent United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the democratic opposition bloc—but government propaganda makes the opposition look like stale kale chips next to a filet mignon. Government entities repress dissent and promote the PSUV’s chavista policies. The judiciary branch is a puppet of the executive branch, and the CNE—Venezuela’s version of the US Electoral College—openly promotes socialist propaganda despite being responsible for administering “fair” elections.

Cuba is a single-party dictatorship headed by the Castro family. All power is consolidated under the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the first communist state in the Western hemisphere. Cuba’s 1976 Constitution dubbed the PCC  “the highest leading force of society and the State.” Since then, it has been revised to be called the “organized vanguard of the Cuban nation.” That essentially means the same thing today as it did sixty years ago. The PCC controls law and society at every level, and party membership is an essential qualification for professional and personal advancement. Talk about selling your soul.

Corrupt Elections

The 2013 Presidential election that brought Nicolás Maduro to power is one of the reasons Venezuelans don’t have toilet paper, food, or medicine today. The week before election day, polls and rallies throughout the country indicated that opposition candidate Henrique Capriles would win. When he lost (by a 1.53% margin)—and evidence of chavista motorcycle gangs intimidating voters surfaced—chaos erupted. National Guard troops silenced student protesters with tear gas and plastic bullets. Capriles requested an audit with detailed examination of fingerprint and signature records, which the CNE denied. And Maduro stayed.

Castro doesn’t have to bother with election fraud. He simply handpicks the members of the Politburo, the executive committee that heads the PCC. This group then vets candidates for all “elected” offices. Every 5 years, Cubans are allowed to elect delegates to the National Assembly, but there are no contests for any of the 600 seats. Only one candidate, a PCC member, is on the ballot for each position.

Collectivist Economies

Venezuela’s economic crisis reeks of failed socialist policies—and not only because factories can’t produce toilet paper anymore. Supermarkets are without food, hospitals without medicine and homes without electricity. Keep in mind that this nearly bankrupt country has some of the largest oil reserves in the world. People should be able to bathe in Evian and keep exotic animals for pets. But that’s what happens when oil companies become state-owned and operated by ill-equipped loyalists. Luis Salas, Maduro’s former economic minister, doesn’t even believe in inflation. He once wrote, “Inflation is only a theory that does not exist in real life.” The International Monetary Fund estimates Venezuela’s inflation rate will reach 1600 percent in 2017, but at least the socialist government has an enterprising solution: slavery. Maduro now allows the labor ministry to force workers to join government drives aimed at increasing food production.

Venezuela’s economic crisis is bad news for Cuba, which has relied on heavily subsidized imports to prop up its planned economy. Pew Research estimates that state-run enterprises dominate over three quarters of Cuba’s economic activity. Six PCC monopolies control all major sectors of the Cuban economy, which means the majority of the profits go to political and military elites, while the average Cuban takes home approximately $20 a month. These PCC monopolies encourage cronyism and bureaucratic inefficiency and stifle initiative and entrepreneurship, with deleterious results for the economy. Despite the expansion of some non-state sectors, red tape and corruption prevent any real free market structure from forming.

Continue reading HERE.

Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship steps up campaign of oppression on independent journalists on the island

The more “Hope and Change” Obama gives Cuba’s apartheid Castro regime, the less hope for Cubans there is that there will ever be any change.

Nora Gamez Torres via In Cuba Today:

Cuban government steps up campaign against independent media


The recent dismissal of two young Cuban journalists and a call to expel a foreign correspondent from the island are fueling a debate about censorship and freedom of expression in Cuba, as the state’s media monopoly for the first time faces competition from independent digital outlets.

When news broke on the death of the Miami Marlins’ Cuban-born star pitcher José Fernández, for example, several independent media outlets prominently displayed reports on the boating accident. The official media, however, remained largely silent — its typical treatment of sports figures it brands as “deserters.”

The scant coverage by the official news media — Cubadebate and at least one radio sportscaster reported the death — was all the more conspicuous precisely because of the recent expansion of access to the internet, which allows Cubans to read and view foreign news reports and independent media based in Cuba.

In fact, a recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists said the island’s independent press is emerging despite a constitutional requirement that media be controlled by the one-party communist state.

Opinion writers, bloggers, filmmakers and others communicators have been creating new digital spaces for free expression and entrepreneurial journalism, even as they are still hindered by the threat of arbitrary detention and limited internet access, the report stated.

While it is true that the government has tolerated but not legally recognized independent media, that tolerance may be coming to an end.

Last month, José Ramírez Pantoja, a journalist with Radio Holguín, was fired after he posted on his personal blog the remarks of a deputy director of the Granma newspaper about possible street protests if the island’s economic troubles continue. Earlier this month, Maykel González Vivero, an LGBT activist, was fired from Radio Sagua for collaborating with the independent web sites OnCuba and Diario de Cuba.

And in August, Aixa Hevia, deputy director of the labor union that represents Cuban journalists, also called for the expulsion of Fernando Ravsberg, a Uruguayan journalist and former BBC correspondent who has posted several columns about the media’s problems on his blog, Cartas desde Cuba.

“I don’t believe it’s something personal. For years, the hardliners have been trying to halt the development of this new journalism that is just starting, even within the official media,” Ravsberg wrote in Spanish. “They blocked La Joven Cuba, accuse OnCuba and Progreso Semanal of ‘doing the enemy’s work’ and lash out at the blogs of local and foreign journalists, forcing them out of Cuban platforms, dismissing them from their jobs or asking that they be expelled from the country.”

Cuba’s mass media is a state monopoly controlled by the Ideology Department of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party. La Joven Cuba is an independent blog by university students in the city of Matanzas. OnCuba is a Havana-based magazine that says it seeks “to foster communication between Cuba and the U.S.” Progreso Semanal is a Miami-based web page that posts many reports supporting the Cuban government.

Many journalists have long criticized the Communist Party’s censorship and demanded a new media law that does not question the island’s political model but allows them some independence and decision powers. Their demands have fallen on deaf ears.

But the population’s slowly growing access to the internet has opened the door to more blogs and digital media with a broad range of editorial stands and income from outside the Cuban government — from foreign fellowships and governments or private donors. One of the new media outlets, Periodismo de Barrio, recently published an editorial questioning the value of journalism controlled by the Communist Party.

Continue reading HERE.

The chances of Obama’s ambassador pick to apartheid Cuba being confirmed: 0%

Not a surprise to the White House, but the nomination was nonetheless a necessity for a lame duck president who wants to cement his legacy as the only American leader to embrace and support Cuba’s murderously repressive and corrupt apartheid dictatorship.

Via The Guardian:

Obama’s pick as ambassador to Cuba has ‘0% chance’ of approval, union says


Barack Obama has a “0%” chance of getting his nomination for ambassador to Cuba approved by Congress, according to the union representing US diplomats.

The president this week announced Jeffrey DeLaurentis as his choice to become the first American ambassador to Cuba in more than half a century, aiming to put the seal on his detente with the communist island nation.

But while Havana welcomed the move, Republican senators including Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas have pledged to block any ambassador nomination, citing a lack of progress in democracy and human rights.

Asked to rate the chances of DeLaurentis being approved, Ásgeir Sigfússon, spokesman for the American Foreign Service Association, said: “I would say 0%. With Marco Rubio on the Senate foreign relations committee, it’s never going to happen.”

Rubio and Cruz are both sons of Cuban immigrants. “They have sworn to do anything they can against the normalisation of relations,” Sigfússon added. “He might not even get a hearing.”

It is therefore a seemingly futile gesture on Obama’s part, Sigfússon said. “The president is exercising his right to be a late lame duck president trying to do everything he can. It’s symbolic. He drove through the normalisation of relations and gets to claim he’s the one who did it.”

Continue reading HERE.

CPJ issues report on internet access and journalism in Cuba

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Committee to Protect Journalists issues report on internet access and journalism in Cuba

“The restrictions also mean that despite the rise of independent journalism and blogging in Cuba, there are often more readers outside the country than on the island.”- Committee to Protect Journalists


The Castro regime appears to be changing tactics in their control and censorship of the internet. The Committee to Protect Journalists have published an important and detailed report by Alexandra Ellerbeck titled: Connecting Cuba: Staying connected in an offline world  that is too long to reproduce here but is available online.

However the Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations, although brief, shed light on the lack of freedoms on the ground in Cuba:

To the Cuban government

  1. Implement constitutional and legal reforms to ensure full respect for freedom of expression and to allow journalists to work freely without fear of reprisal.
  2. Amend the restrictive legal framework that bans privately owned media ownership and ensure freedom of speech and the press in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Cuba is a signatory.
  3. Allow the creation of press cooperatives or privately owned media so that journalists are not forced to operate in a legal limbo.
  4. Foster an environment that encourages the state press to operate independently and report critically.
  5. End the practice of summonses, brief detentions, and harassment of independent journalists.
  6. Make internet access more affordable and extend connectivity to the internet without restrictions.
  7. Accept the 2015 request by David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, for an invitation to visit Cuba as part of his mandate.

Continue reading HERE.

Reports from Cuba: Opposition observers forbidden from traveling to Colombia because Raul Castro ‘is visiting there’

14yMedio reports via Translating Cuba:

Cuba Forbids Opposition Observers from Traveling to Columbia Because President Raul Castro “Is Visiting There”

Ada Lopez, a Cuban opposition activist and member of Otro18, and also a member of the independent library movement.
Ada Lopez, a Cuban opposition activist and member of Otro18, and also a member of the independent library movement.

The reason put forth by the Cuban authorities to block travel to Colombia by opposition members called to be observers in the plebiscite on the that country’s agreement with the FARC, is “national security,” because “the president is already there on a visit.”

This is what a security agent, who identified himself as Ronald, told the activist Agustin Lopez, brother of Ada Lopez. The opponent described his arrest to 14ymedio, after he was detained at three in the afternoon on Monday when asking the police surrounding his house why they were there. He was released at 6:40 PM on Tuesday.

His sister, the activist Ada Lopez, had denounced a police operation around her house in Havana from the early hours of Tuesday, to keep her from going to the airport. She was due to travel to Colombia that afternoon to also participate as an observer in the plebiscite for peace that is to be held on Sunday, 2 October, but she was arrested when she left for the airport.

Ada Lopez, who is also a member of the independent library movement, received an invitation to visit Colombia as a part of the Otro18 project (Another 2018) an initiative focused on promoting new laws regarding elections, free association and political parties in Cuba.

“I was leaving my house with a suitcase to try to get to the airport,” explained Lopez, adding that the independent journalist Arturo Rojas Rodriguez, who was scheduled to travel with her, “was arrested yesterday, taken to a police station in the Capri neighborhood and subsequently transferred to a station in Cotorro, to prevent him from traveling.”

Hours later, Ada Lopez’s husband, Osmany Díaz Cristo, reported that she had been arrested the moment she left her house headed to the José Martí Airport’s Terminal Three in Havana. “The suitcase she was traveling with was thrown to the ground and she was dragged to the police car. Right now she is at the police station in Regla,” across the bay from Old Havana, he added.

Both activists were invited to participate in the plebiscite by the Election Observation Mission of Colombia (MOE), as confirmed by 14ymedio through the opponent Manuel Cuesta Morua, one of the main promoters of Otro18.

Last Sunday, Cuban President Raul Castro traveled to the city of Cartagena de Indias for the signing ceremony of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP.

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!

Newsweek uncovers Trump’s secret attempts to strike business deals with Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro


Documents uncovered by Newsweek reveal that back in 1998, Donald Trump violated U.S. law by spending $68,000 to fly consultants down to Cuba to meet with officials of the Castro dictatorship in an apparent effort to lay the groundwork for future business deals with the apartheid regime. Perhaps as startling as this revelation is that a mere 10 months later, Trump launched his 2000 presidential election campaign at the Cuban American National Foundation in Miami where in his speech, he swore he would never do business on the island or spend any money in Cuba until Fidel Castro was toppled from power. Naturally, Trump made no mention or disclosure at that time that just a few months earlier, he had a team of his people in Havana trying to make business deals with the Castro regime.

This revelation can be bad news for the Trump campaign since it will not sit well with conservative Republican Cuban-American voters who staunchly support sanctions against Cuba’s dictatorship. It also comes on the heels of a Bloomberg report this past July that revealed Trump was sending employees to Cuba to scout golf course locations and business opportunities just last year. Furthermore, this latest news will likely enforce the perception amongst his detractors in the Republican party that the GOP nominee for president continually and consistently flips his position on major issues to serve his needs at that particular moment.

The only positive aspect for the cause of a free Cuba this bombshell revelation offers is that for the next news cycle (or perhaps even longer if Trump and his surrogates respond by digging themselves deeper into the hole as they usually do), the Clinton campaign and Democrats will be anti-Castro and staunch supporters of the embargo against Cuba’s repressive apartheid dictatorship.

By Kurt Eichenwald in Newsweek:

Donald Trump’s company violated the U.S. embargo against Cuba

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, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corporation. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after-the-fact to a charitable effort.

The payment by Trump Hotels came just before the New York business mogul launched his first bid for the White House, seeking the nomination of the Reform Party. On his first day of the campaign, he traveled to Miami where he spoke to a group of Cuban-Americans, a critical voting bloc in the swing state. 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 reimbursed its consultants for the money they spent on their secret business trip to Havana.


Prior to the Cuban trip, several European companies reached out to Trump about potentially investing together on the island through Trump Hotels, according to the former Trump executive. At the time, a bipartisan group of senators, three former Secretaries of State and other former officials were urging then-President Bill Clinton to review America’s Cuba policy, in hopes of eventually ending the decades-long embargo.

The goal of the Cuba trip, the former Trump executive said, was to give Trump’s company a foothold should Washington loosen or lift the trade restrictions. While in Cuba, the Trump representatives met with government officials, bankers and other business leaders to explore possible opportunities for the casino company. The former executive said Trump had participated in discussions about the Cuba trip and knew it had taken place.

The fact that Seven Arrows spent the money and then received reimbursement from Trump Hotels does not mitigate any potential corporate liability for violating the Cuban embargo. “The money that the Trump company paid to the consultant is money that a Cuban national has an interest in and was spent on an understanding it would be reimbursed,’’ Richard Matheny, chair of Goodwin’s national security and foreign trade regulation group said, based on a description of the events by Newsweek. “That would be illegal. If OFAC discovered this and found there was evidence of willful misconduct, they could have made a referral to the Department of Justice.”

Read all about this sordid affair HERE.

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.”