Why Socialism has failed and will always fail

Mark Perry in the Foundation for Economic Education:

Why Socialism Failed

Collectivism Is Based on Faulty Principles

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Socialism is the Big Lie of the twentieth century. While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery.

In the same way that a Ponzi scheme or chain letter initially succeeds but eventually collapses, socialism may show early signs of success. But any accomplishments quickly fade as the fundamental deficiencies of central planning emerge. It is the initial illusion of success that gives government intervention its pernicious, seductive appeal. In the long run, socialism has always proven to be a formula for tyranny and misery.

A pyramid scheme is ultimately unsustainable because it is based on faulty principles. Likewise, collectivism is unsustainable in the long run because it is a flawed theory. Socialism does not work because it is not consistent with fundamental principles of human behavior. The failure of socialism in countries around the world can be traced to one critical defect: it is a system that ignores incentives.

In a capitalist economy, incentives are of the utmost importance. Market prices, the profit-and-loss system of accounting, and private property rights provide an efficient, interrelated system of incentives to guide and direct economic behavior. Capitalism is based on the theory that incentives matter!

Under socialism, incentives either play a minimal role or are ignored totally. A centrally planned economy without market prices or profits, where property is owned by the state, is a system without an effective incentive mechanism to direct economic activity. By failing to emphasize incentives, socialism is a theory inconsistent with human nature and is therefore doomed to fail. Socialism is based on the theory that incentives don’t matter!

In a radio debate several months ago with a Marxist professor from the University of Minnesota, I pointed out the obvious failures of socialism around the world in Cuba, Eastern Europe, and China. At the time of our debate, Haitian refugees were risking their lives trying to get to Florida in homemade boats. Why was it, I asked him, that people were fleeing Haiti and traveling almost 500 miles by ocean to get to the “evil capitalist empire” when they were only 50 miles from the “workers’ paradise” of Cuba?

The Marxist admitted that many “socialist” countries around the world were failing. However, according to him, the reason for failure is not that socialism is deficient, but that the socialist economies are not practicing “pure” socialism. The perfect version of socialism would work; it is just the imperfect socialism that doesn’t work. Marxists like to compare a theoretically perfect version of socialism with practical, imperfect capitalism which allows them to claim that socialism is superior to capitalism.

If perfection really were an available option, the choice of economic and political systems would be irrelevant. In a world with perfect beings and infinite abundance, any economic or political system–socialism, capitalism, fascism, or communism–would work perfectly.

However, the choice of economic and political institutions is crucial in an imperfect universe with imperfect beings and limited resources. In a world of scarcity it is essential for an economic system to be based on a clear incentive structure to promote economic efficiency. The real choice we face is between imperfect capitalism and imperfect socialism. Given that choice, the evidence of history overwhelmingly favors capitalism as the greatest wealth-producing economic system available.

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Reports from Cuba: In search of the owner of the city

By Pedro Armando Junco in Translating Cuba:

In Search Of The Owner Of The City

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Camagüey is one of Cuba’s largest cities and is more than 500 years old

14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Camagüey, 21 May 2016 — Every city rests on the man who safeguards it. He can be called mayor, administrator or public official; ultimately the label is the least important. This is his charge, like the steward of the millionaire’s mansion. His obligation lies in the zeal with which he is able to optimize the performance of the city’s people. For this he counts on public economic resources and the necessary personnel.

He is, almost always—as he always should be—the ideal citizen. He is the man everyone knows, who knows everyone’s name and where they live, because, among his reasons for being, his priority is to be ready to hear the needs of the last inhabitant of the village at any time.

However, in Camagüey this citizen never shows his face, no one knows his name, or where he resides; and worse, when we assume who he is and where he is, it is impossible to address him and we can not establish a dialogue with him even through the press.

The certainty of not having been democratically elected lies in that nobody knows him. Despite his phantasmagoric existence, when he takes measures in search of “perfecting” the city, they are arbitrary and counterproductive. I have given this man the name: “The Owner of the City.”

Camagüey, despite its narrow winding streets due to its five hundred years of existence, was a city where it was easy to circulate. Dozens of traffic lights ordered the path of the cars, police officers took care of traffic violations, to the point that the least of its alleys was accessible to traffic, and both the sidewalks and the pavement were kept clean and in perfect state of repair. It is said that Camagüey once qualified as one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Above all, at any hour of the night or in the earliest hours of the morning, the citizenry enjoyed a high level of security.

The Camagüey of today is far from what it once was. The Owner of the City is pleased to close streets for the slightest reason. Martí Street, an important artery through the historic center and the main route to the east for the fire brigade, has been permanently blocked in front of Agramonte Park. An outdoor café has been placed in the street to serve international tourism, as the snacks sold there are priced in hard currency not attainable by ordinary Cubans.

Also to attract tourists, they have unearthed the rails that were sleeping under El Gallo Plazoleta, so that the visitors can see that there were once trams in the city, although the result has been too turn this into the most inconvenient and dangerous crossing—over those sharp steel strips—and on occasion bicycles and motorcycles come to grief there.

The parking lot at Merced Plaza—now called Workers Plaza—was dismantled and vintage benches have been placed around the central ceiba tree, so that those who visit us will have the most beautiful image of the place, although cars in the business center of the province now have to park on another street, under permanent guard. It seems, that the Owner of the City wants to convert Camagüey into a showcase for tourism, to the detriment of its permanent residents.

The most important streets in the center—Cisneros, Independencia and San Esteban—have been closed for many months under the pretext of repairing the abutting buildings, and Republica Street has been modified into a boulevard for pedestrians only, while San Martin Street is in such a state of disrepair that it is very difficult to travel on it, without anyone showing any interest in its restoration.

Everyone who knows this city could intuit that these being the exclusive thoroughfares of the historic center, its viability is reduced by nearly half and thus its potential, while intersecting streets are overburdened by traffic.

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Why do Hispanic voters prefer big government?

Dr. Jose Azel in PanAm Post:

Why Do Hispanic Voters Prefer Big Government?

Eligible Hispanic Voters Will Reach a Record 27 Million This Election Cycle

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Cuban voters are surprisingly split almost 50-50 on their approval of big government.

Recent surveys by the Pew Research Center reveal that eligible Hispanic voters will reach a record 27.3 million this election cycle, an increase of over 19 percent since the 2012 election.

As a “category,” the Hispanic electorate will make up a record 11.9 percent of all US-eligible voters, nearly the same as black voters, who make up 12.4 of the electorate. Youth is a bigger defining characteristic of Hispanic-eligible voters than for any other group.

And though specific interest-group issues such as US immigration policy are often offered as the main drivers for the Hispanic vote, there is a more fundamental sociopolitical factor at play.

For the Hispanic population, the post-colonial experience of Latin America has created a vastly different understanding of the role of government than the one embraced by the US founding fathers.

According to the Pew Research Survey, “When it comes to the size of government, Hispanics are more likely than the general public to say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services than a smaller government with fewer services.”

But the difference is not small. Overall, 75 percent of Hispanics prefer bigger government, compared with only 41 percent of the general US public. Interestingly, Hispanic support for large government declines after more time immersed in American values.

For 81 percent of first-generation Hispanic immigrants, a bigger government is more desirable. For the second generation, the preference drops to 72 percent. By the third generation, only 58 percent prefer bigger government.

Hispanic preference for bigger government prevails regardless of party affiliation, and Hispanic Catholics are particularly supportive of a larger government. Overall, 56 percent of U.S. Hispanics either identify with the Democratic Party or are independent but lean democratic, while 21 percent identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. Parenthetically, Cubans are somewhat of a political anomaly. Cubans who are registered to vote are closely split in party affiliation: 47 percent identify with the GOP, while 44 percent tilt toward the Democrats.

Clearly, the political philosophies of classical liberalism that limit the role of government are not nearly as ingrained in Hispanic heritage as they are in the American sociopolitical historical discourse. Classical liberalism does not come naturally to Hispanics. To some degree, the Hispanic sociopolitical heritage undermines the pluralistic participation of Hispanics in the civil institutions of free societies.

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Evo Morales meets with Fidel to discuss Latrinapocalypse

You want my advice? Really?

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

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

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

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

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

Los tres chiflados / The three stooges

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters):

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

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

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

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

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

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Twilight of the Latrines?

EU strikes deal with Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship behind closed doors, refuses to make agreement public

There is no need to wonder what the EU is hiding. We know exactly what they are hiding: their complicity and support of a murderously repressive apartheid dictatorship.

Via Diario de Cuba:

The EU opposes publishing its agreement with Havana because it could ‘undermine’ its process of dialogue with the regime

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EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Federica Mogherini shakes hands with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez

The European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic division, has refused to disclose to the “general public” the contents of the bilateral treaty signed on March 11 with the regime since, as indicated in a letter – to which DIARIO DE CUBA has had access – publishing it now “could undermine the process” and “harm relations between the EU and Cuba.”

The missive, dated 27 April, bears the signature of the head of the Parliamentary Affairs division of the EEAS, Gabriele Visentin, and is the answer to a request by Erik Jennische, Director of Latin American programs for Civil Rights Defenders, after he had requested access to the document publicly signed in Havana on March 11.

The document in question, “Political dialogue and cooperation agreement between Cuba and the European Union concluded on 11 March, 2016” is, according to Visentin, “provisional in nature and part of a negotiation that is still in progress.”

Invoking European regulations, the diplomat insists that the content of the text may not be published, either partially or totally.

The document was signed by the EEAS’s Secretary-General for Economic and Global Affairs, Christian Leffler, and Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno.

The document was signed in the presence of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

Erik Jennische told DIARIO DE CUBA that he believed that denying access to the agreement constitutes a violation of the EU’s “principle of transparency.” The activist also observed that it is a contradiction to state that the document is provisional when its negotiating teams signed it “in the public spotlight.”

Jennische expressed regret about the exception that the EU has granted the regime in Havana, and reported that he has already appealed this decision. “If the EU signed a similar agreement in a democratic country in Latin America, there would be no problems publishing the document.”

In this case, the activist believes that the regime in Havana is calling the shots. “Cuba says that it cannot be published, which means that the Cuban government is deciding what the EU and cannot do, excluding its own citizens from the debate.”

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Cuba’s Ladies in White suffer another Sunday of repression by U.S.-backed apartheid dictatorship

Another Sunday of repression against the peaceful Ladies in White took place in Cuba yesterday as State Security agents and mobs organized by the U.S.-backed Castro dictatorship carried out a violent “act of repudiation” against the human rights activists. The regime and its mob were successful in preventing the women from attending church services at the Santa Rita church. In order to attract the largest mob possible to surround the headquarters of the Ladies in White, the Castro dictatorship brought bands and clowns to make the violent attack look like a party.

Martí Noticias has the report (my translation):

Garish act of repudiation prevents the Ladies in White from marching

Members of the Rapid Response Brigades and police agents surrounded the group’s headquarters since the early morning hours of Sunday, preventing the activists from attending the first church service of the new Archbishop of Havana.

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Cuban authorities prevented 31 Ladies in White from leaving the opposition movement’s headquarters in the Lawton neighborhood this Sunday. They were planning on attending the first service of Havana’s new Archbishop, Monsignor Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez.

Berta Soler told Martí Noticias that dozens of Rapid Response Brigade members, accompanied by police and State Security agents, surrounded the house in the early morning hours of Sunday to stop them from taking to the streets and marching.

“They are carrying out an act of repudiation. They have put on music, there is a band and clowns, and people are attacking us, throwing rocks into the house,” she said.

“Only three Ladies in White were able to make it to the cathedral,” she added.

Angel Moya, a former prisoners of conscience and husband of Berta Soler published photographs on Twitter documenting what happened in front of the opposition movement’s headquarters early that morning.

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American tourism dollars will do nothing to help the people of Cuba

Contrary to what President Obama, the pro-Castro/pro-apartheid lobbyists here in the U.S., and the media would like to you believe, pumping millions or billions of U.S. dollars into the coffers of Cuba’s murderous apartheid dictatorship will do nothing to help the Cuban people.

Todd Moss via Medium:

Why Your Tourism Dollars Aren’t Helping Ordinary Cubans

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The news out of Cuba lately is all glamor and glitz. Usher made a visit. A Carnival Cruise ship arrived packed with excitable tourists. French luxury goods maker Chanel turned a Havana boulevard into a fashion show runway featuring sparkling cocktail dresses and sequined black berets.

Next up: The Kardashians are filming their reality television show in Cuba. On the heels of President Obama’s historic visit last March, it might be easy to get the impression that this explosion of American attention is all part of Cuba’s speedy march toward modernization.

Let’s not fool ourselves. It’s one thing to reopen our embassy and allow limited tourism and investment. It’s quite another to expect these steps to quickly lead to transformation of what’s still, lest we forget, a one-party communist dictatorship 90 miles from Florida. Diplomatic normalization plus a celebrity patina does not equal real reform.

America’s true goals in Cuba are to restore democracy and bring the island back into the global economy. We aim to bury half a century of enmity and to seek resolution for thousands of people who lost their homes, their businesses and in many cases, their loved ones. Cruise ships and fashion shows are, at best, irrelevant.

It may seem exciting for American tourists to finally be able to ride a floating shopping mall right into Havana harbor. And many Americans yearn for throwback experiences like the Copacabana nightclub. But it’s a delusion to believe that throngs of tourists will in any way help to promote political freedom. Visiting Cuba may seem suddenly adventurous to Americans, but the island already received 3.5 million tourists last year, mainly from Europe and Canada.

For some, it may appear romantic or avant-garde to hold radical chic fashion shows among the crumbling buildings of Havana. But these spectacles will make no difference to the lives of the average Cuban. Chanel’s goods are not sold in Cuba and, even if they were, 70 percent of the population works for the government on an average salary of $25 per month.

The pop stars, fashionistas, and mass tourism could even be counterproductive by providing the regime with the false appearance of normalcy and a financial lifeline for a bankrupt system. Without the usual donations from Venezuela, the Cuban economy is today deeply reliant on tourism. This is happening just as some of the modest economic improvements are actually being reversed.

At a secretive Communist Party congress last month, the government backtracked on market reforms in food distribution and pricing. The state still owns nearly 80 percent of arable land and is forced to import most of the nation’s food. Inflation is reportedly getting worse, but no one really knows since basic data collection is not allowed. That’s precisely because the Cuban government hopes a normal relationship with the United States will boost their sagging economy, without touching its closed political system.

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Speculators betting on huge Castro debt again: $1.2 billion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reports from Cuba: Capitalism from afar

By Ivan Garcia in Translating Cuba:

Cuba: Capitalism From Afar

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Eight months haven’t been enough for the state-owned employer in the tourism sector to hire Yasmani, 23, a black guy nearly six feet talk who is perfecting his English in a private academy in Havana and who has wasted time and money learning the secrets of golf at a club south of the city.

Almost a year ago, on a night of drinking and reggaeton, Yasmani, with a degree in tourism, met a British businessman who wants to do business in Cuba in high class tourism.

“Do you know golf?” the man asked me. “I told him a remembered reading somewhere about Tiger Woods, little more. He said to try to learn the sport, with my command of English and the education I have, maybe I could get a job as a caddy,” said Yasmani, speaking from the doorway of his house.

The olive-green regime buried golf, labeling it aristocratic. One morning in 1961 Fidel Castro and Ernesto Guevara planned a round of golf at the old Havana Biltmore Country Club, with the intention of staging a parody of the golf parties in the United States were Eisenhower and Nixon played.

Five and a half decades later, Raul Castro, hand-picked by his brother, has among his master strategies the development of golf courses in the country in exclusive luxury resorts for tourists with checkbook balances ended in six zeros.

In Cuba, there aren’t even a hundred a people who play gold. The majority are the children of the Communist bourgeoisie officials bewitched by haute couture, the bon vivant, and consumer luxuries. While their fathers speak through tight lips about the proletariat, they pull out all the stops living like magnates from Wall Street.

But this doesn’t matter to Yasmini. “Some friends have told me that in one day working as a caddy you can stuff your pockets,”boasts the young man, still hopeful of being hired by the state company.

The criolla autocracy pays no attention to the voices of citizens who warn of the environmental risks and the ecological strategies of maintaining land that wastes a ton of water.

In 2013, the British company Esencia Hotels and Resorts and the Cuban company Palmares agreed to the creation of a joint venture, Havana Resort, for the development of golf courses. The Carbonera Club, with 18 holes, about 15 kilometers from Varadero and worth about 350 million dollars, was presented as the first initiative of this association, while similar projects are being negotiation with investments from China, Spain, Vietnam and Russia.

Guy Chartier, President of Wilton Properties, confirmed in February that the company plans to start a mega project with an investment of 1.4 billion dollars, in Jibacoa 60 kilometers east of Havana, to build buildings and a luxury hotel, surrounded by seven beaches, golf courses and tennis courts, an equestrian center and a ’village’ for artists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Rita by Rita Alongo (1943)

 

The West Nile Virus, Cuba’s history of bio-terrorism, and the weaponizing of the Zika virus

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A report by Humberto Corzo:

West Nile Virus utilized as Biological Weapon

The Castro regime started its biological program in 1982, and since then has done extensive research and development in the field of bioterrorism for military purposes. Since the early nineties the Castro regime has spent $3.5 billion in the development of facilities to be used in the “Bacteriological Warfare.” This research is conducted, among others, in the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), the most important one, created in 1986, Avenue 31, Cubanacán, Havana, at a cost of $150 million; the Finlay Institute, remodeled in 1994 at a cost of $10 million; the National Center of Bio-preparations (BIOCEN), inaugurated in February 1992, with a cost of  $15 million; Center of Molecular Immunology (CIM) open in December of 1994, with a cost of  $10 million; Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí (IPK), relocated in 1992 at a cost of $ 12 million.

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Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB)

The CIA suspects these facilities are used for developing biological weapons. Cuba has been classified by the State Department as a terrorist nation. The Castro regime hatred and hostility to the United States represents, without any doubt, a very serious threat due to the proximity of Cuba, just 90 miles from Key West.

In areas near the facilities of these centers have taken place epidemics of viral hepatitis, hemorrhagic conjunctivitis and hemorrhagic dengue. The biotechnological research centers are used as a smoke screen for the elaboration of biological weapons.

Fidel Castro, on January 28, 1998, in a threat of potential use of germ warfare against the U.S. said: “This lamb can never be devoured -not with planes nor smart bombs- because this lamb is smarter than you, and in its blood there is, and always will be, poison for you.”

Dr. Luis Roberto Hernandez, a Cuban entomologist who defected in 1995, in an interview to El Nuevo Herald on October 18, 1999, asserted that he worked in the Institute of Zoology where the laboratories for the Biological Front were established and that “those were laboratories to identify and produce mosquitoviruses to be used in birds as ‘hosts’ for their dissemination.” According to Dr. Hernandez, the project continued at a farm outside Havana, where a vast nesting program had been established to study the routes and habits of migratory birds. In the article “Castro Weaponizes West Nile Virus,” published in Insight Magazine on September 16, 2002, Dr. Hernandez said: “We were instructed to look into viruses such as encephalitis which are highly resistant to insecticides. Military-intelligence officers running the labs ordered us to trap birds with migratory routes to the United States with the idea of releasing contaminated flocks which would be bitten by mosquitoes which, in turn, infect humans.”

These viruses are suitable for inoculating migratory birds that fly to the U.S. in the spring. Obviously it is possible to introduce biological agents like the West Nile Virus (WNV) into the U.S. by way of migratory birds that will transmit it to mosquitoes, and they will spread it to people, horses, and other mammals.

More than 60 mosquito species have been infected with West Nile virus

According to Carlos Wotzkow, former researcher and ornithologist at the Cuban Institute of Zoology, in exile in Switzerland since 1992, the migratory birds project was proposed by Castro himself and led to the creation of what was called the Biological Front: “An idea to undertake biological warfare against the United States territory through the introduction of viruses of infectious diseases inoculated in migratory birds.” Wotzkow mention that the Smithsonian Institution, along with the University of Pennsylvania, collaborated with Castro by providing funds and technology for the study of migratory birds.1

In 1988, the CIA released a report that warned of the dangers of a biological terrorist attack on the U.S. The report explained that such an assault, if launched by a country with sophisticated means, could go undetected and be erroneously attributed to natural causes. The report listed Cuba among a dozen of small countries suspected of possessing biological weapons.

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Retired Cardinal Jaime Ortega to stay put and active in Cuba, gives ‘special thanks’ to murderous dictator Raul Castro

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You would expect nothing less from a corrupt and morally bankrupt prelate who knowingly and willingly fed the sheep entrusted to him to the wolves.

Victor Gaetan in the National Catholic Register:

Havana’s Cardinal Ortega: Stepping Down and Staying Put

NEWS ANALYSIS: Cuba’s long-time archbishop resigns, but like the Castro brothers, is staying in the public eye.

WASHINGTON — In his final homily as archbishop of Havana on May 8 Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino assured a packed cathedral that bishops never retire.

“Cardinal Jaime Ortega … will continue to serve the Church in Cuba and our people … because the bishop is a priest in fullness and serves until death,” he declared, using the third person. Ortega turns 80 in October.

He will move to a former seminary, now a cultural center, directly behind the Havana cathedral.

The Vatican announced on April 26 acceptance of the cardinal’s required letter of resignation at age 75— four years after he offered it — and the appointment of Archbishop Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriquez, 67 to lead Cuba’s most populous city.

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Thanks to the Government

Pivotal to Cardinal Ortega’s 35-year tenure have been relationships developed with President Fidel Castro, then his brother, Raul, who took power in 2006.

On May 8, the cardinal thanked the government for “advancing without setback, through critical periods and difficult times, a path of dialogue not understood by many.”

He offered “special thanks” to President Raul Castro for giving “decisive impetus” to dialogue, highlighting U.S.-Cuba normalization talks in 2014, when Cardinal Ortega served as a personal messenger between Pope Francis and the heads of state.

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Ortega’s critics claim he became too close to the regime, refusing to confront it over an abysmal human rights record, the routine harassment and detention of political opponents, and a dysfunctional economy that has impoverished the population for decades.

“The Church has the same talking points as the Castro regime,” Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, told Reuters last fall. The Ladies in White meet every Sunday at St. Rita Church in Havana, and march after Mass to protest the incarceration of political prisoners — whose existence Cardinal Ortega denied in an interview with Spanish radio last year.

Although he successfully negotiated the release of 126 political prisoners in 2010-2011, he compelled them to accept exile in Spain, which was the government’s position.

“In exchange for concessions for his Church, he ingratiated himself with the Castro regime to such a degree that he ended up being perceived as one more component of it,” declared a May 1 editorial in Diario de Cuba, a popular news site representing views of the Cuban exile.

One thing the Castro regime proves: An aging elite retains power on the island.

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Independence Day in Cuba 2016: Reflecting on the first 467 years

By John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuba Independence Day 2016: A reflection on the first 467 years

Before the arrival of the totalitarian darkness

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Independence Day in Havana, Cuba on May 20, 1902

One hundred and fourteen years ago today at noon the flag of the United States was brought down and the Cuban flag raised over Havana as Cuba became an independent republic. However, when looking at Cuba one should look back over the past 500 years and where it is situated today to gain greater understanding of the unfolding tragedy.

Cuba is just 90 miles south of the United States with a population of approximately 11 million people. It is 780 miles long and has a land area of 40,369 square miles and is the largest island in the Caribbean and 17th-largest island in the world by land area.

Columbus’s second stop in the New World was on October 28, 1492 when he landed in Cuba. (The first place he landed on October 12 was the Bahamas). Cuba was a Spanish colony from Columbus’s landing in 1492 until 1898 when Spain lost Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

Cubans engaged in two protracted wars of independence. The first was the 10 Years War that took place between 1868 and 1878 and the second took place between 1895 and 1898 ending with U.S. intervention and a 4-year occupation that ended on May 20, 1902. Cuba’s first president was a Cuban exile named Tomas Estrada de Palma.

There are many important figures that emerge in the 19th century but for the sake of brevity will mention Father Felix Varela, Jose Marti, Antonio Maceo, Maximo Gomez and the Bacardi family.
Father Varela was a catholic priest who is said to “have taught the Cubans how to think” and entertained ideas of independence that led to his exile to the United States. Antonio Maceo and Maximo Gomez were Cuban generals that played important roles in both wars of independence. Antonio Maceo was of a mixed racial background: part Spanish and part African.

Jose Marti was a journalist, poet and revolutionary who organized and advocated for the 1895 war of independence and spent most of his adult life exiled in the United States in New York City.
Maximo Gomez, was an experienced military man of Dominican origin who oversaw the overall military campaign in the second war of independence and of the three previously mentioned was the only one who survived the war to see the arrival of the Republic.

The Bacardi family, began their world famous Rum business in Santiago de Cuba in 1862. Don Facundo Bacardí Massó founded Bacardi Limited on February 4, 1862. The family would also play an important role in civic life in Cuba, especially Santiago over the next century, and were constant opponents of dictatorship, political corruption and remained ardent Cuban nationalists over several generations. Forced into exile by the Castro regime the Bacardi family has maintained the traditions of the Cuban Republic celebrating independence day, carrying on the family business and continuing the fight for a free Cuba.

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