Those who run Castrogonia and the Castro health care system know that they can't really deal with Ebola, despite the fact that they've sent scores of Cubans to deal with the plague in Africa.
Proof of this surfaced today.
A Cuban doctor infected by the Ebola virus is NOT being flown back to Castrogonia for treatment, but rather to Geneva, Switzerland.
The rescue is NOT being carried out by his own nation, but by an airline from the United States and the World Health Organization. The Castro regime has made it very clear that no Cuban infected with Ebola can return to his native land for treatment.
How about that?
Don't expect any major news agency to focus on this aspect of the story. No. Instead, this will be covered as yet another example of Castronoid altruism.
From Rebel Youth Lite (Reuters):
Ebola-infected Cuban doctor to be flown to Geneva for treatment
A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to Switzerland in the next 48 hours for treatment in a Geneva hospital, Swiss health authorities said on Wednesday.
The doctor, identified by Cuban officials as Felix Baez, is one of 165 Cuban doctors and nurses treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He is the first of the group, deployed since early October, known to be infected by the virus that has killed more than 5,400 people.
Baez is being evacuated from the West African country by a private American carrier, with the help of the World Health Organization, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health said in a statement. The WHO said it had no comment on the case.
"The University Hospital of Geneva, where he will be brought, is ready to admit him in accordance with long-established procedures that will ensure the security of all staff and patients," the Swiss statement said.
A Geneva doctor specializing in infectious diseases is organizing his care in a special hospital room separate from other wards and outpatient clinics at the downtown hospital, it said. "The Swiss population is not at any risk."
Hospital staff have been trained and rehearsed procedures to put on and remove protective gear, the Swiss statement said.
Go HERE for more in-depth coverage of the wonderful way in which the Castro regime is dealing with Ebola in Africa.
A refresher on the Castro regime's drug trafficking history from John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:
Not prudent to exchange intelligence on drug trafficking with Cuban dictatorship
Chutzpah Alert May 31, 2010: Fidel Castro says U.S. must deal with Drug Problem / Latin American Herald Tribune
Manuel Noriega and Fidel Castro
Seeing General Barry McCaffrey at the Congressional hearing on Cuba last week was a blast from the past. On August 28, 2001 I attended a presentation by General McCaffrey at Georgetown University and heard his concerns about a possible relationship between Castro and Colombia's drug-trafficking guerrillas. Despite this admission, prompted by a number of questions I raised with him at the same time he argued for sharing drug intelligence with the Cuban government.
General McCaffrey and others who advocate sharing drug intelligence with Cuba seem unaware of several federal indictments and two investigative TV reports, one broadcast in July 2001, linking Cuban officials, including Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl, to drug cartels:
-In 1989, a federal grand jury indicted Robert Vesco for arranging safe passage for drug planes over Cuban airspace after obtaining approval from Cuban authorities.
-According to the 1989 indictment, Reinaldo Ruiz was allowed to land planes in Cuba to refuel after dropping drug cargo off the Cuban coast. Drug-smuggling motorboats would come from Florida to pick up the cargo, and Cuban Coast Guard radar monitored U.S. Coast Guard cutters to help the smugglers evade them. The indictments demonstrated the foolishness of sharing intelligence on drug operations with Havana.
-According to the U.S. indictment of Panama's Manuel Noriega, he traveled to Cuba in 1984 after Castro offered to mediate a disagreement between the drug cartel and Noriega.
-In a 1991 Frontline documentary, Cuba and Cocaine, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Jeff Karonis, stated, "We would observe in the middle of the day an air drop going on inside Cuban waters. The scenario would be for a small twin-engine airplane with maybe 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of cocaine to fly over Cuba, drop the drugs to a predesignated rendezvous point to several boats. Then it would exit back down off Cuba, and many times a Cuban military vessel would be in the immediate vicinity, right on scene with them.''
-In 1996, Jorge Cabrera was charged with importing 6,000 pounds of cocaine. At the time of his arrest, The Herald reported that Cabrera was carrying a photo of himself with Fidel Castro. Cabrera made a $20,000 donation to the 1996 Democratic presidential campaign after being approached in Havana in 1995 by anti-embargo activist Vivian Mannerud.
-In July 2001, Madrid's TV Channel 5 broadcast Cuba and Drug Trafficking. Spanish journalists filmed (with hidden cameras) their dealings with drug dealers in Cuba. "As to security, forget it. I pay here for the security; I answer only to one, the government,'' the drug dealer said.
Noriega, still in prison for his role in drug trafficking, once received six commendations from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration while turning in competing drug cartels. So it's not surprising that Castro allows U.S. Navy ships to enter Cuban waters in pursuit of or to return Cuban refugees, but the ships aren't allowed in Cuban waters in pursuit of narco-traffickers.
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the following days Ana Belen Montes, a high ranking official in the Defense Intelligence Agency, the go to person for the Pentagon and various other agencies on Cuba was arrested and revealed to be a Cuban government agent. She was the author of the last threat assesment of the Cuban government in May of 1998 that reported there was no threat. At the time the Secretary of Defense added his own concerns in a separate letter contradicting the Castro agent's report. She is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence after cooperating with the authorities.
Manuel Noriega, The Castro Brothers and the Ochoa Trial
At the top of the page is a photo of Fidel Castro and Manuel Noriega. The indictment and of Noriega on February 4, 1988 for being a drug facilitator of the Medellin Cartel would have a profound impact in Cuba, and plunge it into a serious crisis. One year and four months later the Castro brothers began a purge of military and intelligence officers on June 17, 1989. One week later the Cuban government revealed that Fidel Castro's closest aides were involved in smuggling drugs to the United States. Why are the two connected? Because Fidel Castro had been mentioned in the Noriega indictment. National Security Council member Jacqueline Tillman followed Cuba for the Council from 1984 to 1988 said:
''The evidence of Cuban involvement in narcotics trafficking was becoming so abundant that the regime moved to protect Fidel Castro by dissociating him from those activities.''
Less than a month later on July 13, 1989 all the officials that could directly tie Fidel Castro to the Medellin Cartel and Manuel Noriega were executed by firing squad. Eleven top officials of the Ministry of the Interior were found guilty of drug trafficking and four were executed. The closest and most powerful of these aides was Colonel Tony de la Guardia. His twin Patricio de la Guardia was not executed but imprisoned. Also among the imprisoned Jose Abrantes, another longtime aide, died of a heart attack behind bars in January of 1991. In addition to protecting the Castro brothers from possible prosecution this also served to consolidate the military's dominance over the Cuban intelligence service and with it the head of the military Raul Castro. In addition a popular general with victories under his belt in Angola and Ethiopia popular with the troops and flirting with ideas of perestroika, Arnaldo T. Ochoa Sanchez was also executed.
The indictment and capture of Manuel Noriega and his subsequent trial exposed an international narcotrafficking network with high ranking Cuban officials. The Castro regime responded by eliminating possible witnesses that would implicate the brothers in a show trial followed by speedy public execution by firing squad. Cuba is a totalitarian state with one man, one party rule and on that basis along with grand jury testimony implicating the dictator what are the odds that Fidel and Raul Castro are not deeply involved?
The persons advocating sharing intelligence with the Cuban government no doubt mean well as did those who advocated sharing intelligence with Manuel Noriega. We all would like to see more cooperation against drug trafficking. But given the historical record, it would be appropriate to respectfully remind them that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
More, including videos at Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter.
Never mind the human rights abuses, the political prisoners, or the Castro dictatorship's links to both PSUV in Venezuela, drug traffickers, and PRD in Mexico, Count on AP to publish a completely meaningless sham of a Cuba story while ignoring the crimes of the terrorist Castro regime.
This one about domesticating rodents.
BAINOA, Cuba – Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets.
But in Cuba, where a larger, more exotic rodent runs wild, Ana Pedraza and her husband prefer the huitia.
With a rope-like tail and long front teeth, the huitia looks like a giant rat, only cuter, some would say. They live in Cuba and other Caribbean islands where they are sometimes hunted for food.
But Pedraza and her husband Rafael Lopez say they only want to want to protect and take care of the animals, which measure nearly a foot long (about 30 centimeters), with the largest ones weighing in bigger than a small dog.
The couple began collecting huitias about five years ago when they found one languishing on a roadside and named her Congui. They found her a mate and now have more than a half-dozen huitias in their home about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the capital, Havana.
Congui and her brood like to drink sweetened coffee and munch on crackers and vegetables. Her son Pancho enjoys an occasional nip of rum.
Do they taste like chicken? Just wondering...
By Jeovany Jimenez Vega in Translating Cuba:
Who is really blockading us?
The brand name of this company selling chicken portions in Havana tells you its origin: these products arrive here from the other side of the iron curtain, from the enemy’s shore. This “Product of USA” reminds us that more than ten years ago the US Congress approved licences for selling food products to the Cuban government, on a cash-only basis, but with the result that also for years the chain stores selling in CUC (Cuban convertible pesos, i.e. hard currency) on the island have insisted in selling these chicken portions at up to 4.50 CUC (about $5). If we bear in mind that historically this has been one of the cheapest meats on the world market, we can easily see that food for the people is not exactly treated as a special case by our government when it comes to turning a profit.
But to this type of profit in CUC we have to add its analog in CUP (Cuban pesos). Also years ago the state-run Food and Business Companies joined in the party: many administrators immediately “saw the light” and proceeded to start selling a pound of raw chicken on the black market for 25 pesos, that’s to say, the price of the prepared product, like fried chicken, and so they keep hold of the surplus oil, and you can guess where that ends up.
In the end, Liborio, [a cartoon character representing the typical poor Cuban peasant] poor man, caught in the cross-fire, doesn’t receive his monthly bag of chicken, oil — and lots of the other things, speaking of Lindoro, [incompetent Lindoro is an archetypal useless boss of an unproductive Cuban company] – that the people in headquarters get: poor Lindoro, who, in reality is the only loser. And the main culprit in all this continues to be the Cuban government, because of its obstinate and half-assed economic focuses, and also because of its unscrupulous pricing policy — the same one which fixes the price of a USED Geely auto at $38,000, which doesn’t cost $5,000 new, or which tries to sell us a shitty Suzuki moped for over $12,000 which cost a little more than $300.
Here everything comes down to the same thing; simply and straightforwardly our government is always pursuing one goal: blocking the well-being of the people by every means possible. And so, we should ask, who is it that is really blockading us? Lets see what the “Yankee Blockade” theorists have to say about that.
Translated by GH
Garrincha in Martí Noticias:
More than 6,000 head of cattle have disappeared in Villa Clara
(After ruling out escape by raft, MLB recruiting, alien abductions, or the visa lottery, some theories still remain regarding the disappearance.
Pedro Mendez, State Official: "Under the guidance of Fidel, our government is promoting the healthy practice of vegetarianism."
Ernesto Londoño, The New York Times: "The American government kidnapped them because they are the best cows in the world."
Fiorella McKenzie, San Francisco hipster: "We demand the immediate liberation of the cows and the Cuban 5!"
"If you ask me, it's hunger."
Via Capitol Hill Cubans:
Senator Tom Udall: Trade With Dictatorship, Not Democracies
Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) returned from Havana advocating "business ties" with Castro's monopolies.
Ironically, in the two-years that he served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Udall held only one hearing on the region -- in June 2013 on U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation.
Meanwhile, Udall's trip to Cuba was the first (and last) official trip he's taken to the region as Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Chairman.
During this three-day trip to Cuba, Udall (to his credit) spent two-hours meeting with Castro's American hostage, Alan Gross.
Kudos for that.
However, the remaining 70 hours of the trip were spent visiting Castro regime officials. And, of course, he completely disregarded Cuba's courageous democracy movement.
Upon his return, Udall stated in a press release:
"New Mexicans are anxious to meet and work with Cubans, and the time is right to rebuild business and cultural ties between the United States and Cuba."
Of course, he "forgot" to mention that all foreign trade with Cuba must be conducted through Castro's monopolies.
So why didn't Udall explore -- on behalf of "anxious New Mexicans" -- business ties with Chile, Colombia, Peru, Panama or any of the other 33 democracies in the region, during his tenure as Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Chairman?
A look at Udall's voting record provides some clues.
NO on trade with Peru.
NO on trade with Central America.
NO on trade with the Dominican Republic.
NO on trade with Chile.
NO on trade with Colombia.
NO on trade with Panama.
YES on trade with Cuba.
That pretty much sums it up.
Cubanization of U.S. exposed
Need to laugh and cry at the same time?
Take a look at this brilliant two-minute video montage by American Commitment.
The video is a smash cut of various videos of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber interspered with clips of Democratic lawmakers spewing praise for him or denying knowledge of his existence.
Go HERE and try to control yourself as you watch this video on YouTube.
By John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:
The New York Times: A Propaganda Rag?
Some of the news that they refused to print.
Until now this blog has not addressed the eruption of New York Times editorials regarding Cuba and U.S. policy out of sheer weariness over treading once again over well trodden ground on the sanctions debate, but two items have necessitated a response. The call by The New York Times to release Cuban spies imprisoned for their crimes including the murder of U.S. citizens.
The ten members of the Cuban "WASP" spy network arrested in 1998 used coded material on computer disks to communicate with other members of the spy network of which the FBI was able to obtain 1,300 pages taken from those diskettes translated and used during the spy trial. The documents demonstrate the criminal nature of the Cuban regime's operation in South Florida including their primary objective of penetrating and obtaining information on a U.S. naval station. Furthermore intelligence operatives communicated about burning down a warehouse and sabotaging Brothers to the Rescue equipment. The Cuban government requested that the spies attempt to identify who would be flying at certain times. What is left out of The New York Times reporting is that in the documents the operatives discuss plans to prepare a "book bomb" that evades post office security while at the same time phoning death threats to a man they describe as a CIA agent in order to terrorize him and then killing him with the mail bomb. The seriousness of these planned action items would be confirmed by the February 24, 1996 shoot down where two MiGs hunted Brothers to the Rescue planes in international airspace and used air to air missiles to destroy two of the planes killing two pilots and two passengers based on intelligence supplied by the WASP network.
The second item was the publication of the full letter sent to Martin Luther King Jr. on November 11, 1964 to provoke his suicide and/or silence in The New York Times Magazine article by Barbara Gage titled "What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals" pointing to the FBI as the guilty party. However, at no time does the article mention that the KGB also had a campaign of active measures in place to destroy Martin Luther King Jr. that is well documented.
Continue reading HERE.
What a mystery! Some of Jonathan Gruber's videos are vanishing.
The MIT professor/Obamacare architect who has given at least a half dozen speeches in which he revealed the deception behind Obamacare and his own disdain for the "stupidity" of most Americans has become something of an embarrassment for the current occupant of the White House.
Now, in an Orwellian move worthy of the Ministry of Truth, evidence of an "incorrect" past is being erased.
Cubans are used to this. The "wrong" people erased from photos and film. Evidence and documents destroyed. The past rewritten to fit Big Brother's take on history.
Americans have little experience with such things. But back in the 1970's when the occupant of the White House was named Nixon, Orwellian hijinks of this sort cost him the presidency.
Don't hold your breath for any of this being reported by the so-called mainstream media. They are avoiding all mention of this story. As far as they're concerned, nothing has happened.
From National Review
Universities Are Now Taking Down Their Jonathan Gruber Videos
Universities that hosted Jonathan Gruber are now removing videos of the MIT professor from their websites after a series of candid admissions from the Obamacare architect ignited a firestorm against the health-care law.
Videos from college conferences and Washington think tanks over the last few years show Gruber bragging about the law’s deliberate complexity and belittling American voters’ intelligence.
Now at least two colleges who hosted the professor have tried to scrub Gruber from the internet. The University of Pennsylvania removed Gruber’s October 2013 panel appearance — in which he laughed about “the stupidity of the American voter” — on November 10, but quickly reposted the video after withering criticism.
On Monday the University of Rhode Island took a page out of Penn’s book, removing a 2012 discussion where Gruber explains how the law was passed to “exploit” the American voters’ “lack of economic understanding.” URI offered no explanation on its webpage as to why the video was pulled.
Dave LaVallee, assistant communications director at URI, told National Review Online that the university is currently investigating why the video was pulled.
The Associated Press (Granma Lite) reports that a Cuban doctor sent to West Africa has come down with Ebola.
One member of the medical team already died in late October, allegedly from a lethal strain of Malaria.
This is to be expected. These men and women sent on this dangerous errand as slaves, solely for the sake of profit and propaganda, stand little chance of surviving unscathed.
Worst of all, the Castro regime has made it clear that any Cuban who catches Ebola in Africa will not be flown home or anywhere else. On top of that, they have to serve for six months rather than the six week limit observed by other foreign doctors and nurses.
Good luck finding any of these facts in the AP article. Instead, you will find plenty of attention to the praise "deserved" and received by the Castro regime for this cruel exploitative charade, and plenty of dodging on the issue of abuse, which is only mentioned as an accusation rather than as a fact.
Unfortunately, many more of those Cuban slave doctors and nurses are likely to die from Ebola, and their own government won't do anything to rescue them. Why? Because the agreement they made with the World Health Organization guarantees that every Cuban health worker in Africa will get paid a full salary for six months even if they die. And, as all Cubans know, every Cuban is expendable, except for those in the military junta and their relatives.
Absolutely shameful, disgraceful, nauseating. But good luck finding any news on that part of the story.
Cuban Doctor Stricken by Ebola
A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, state media reported Tuesday.
Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being treated by British doctors in Africa but he will be transferred to a special unit in Geneva at the recommendation of the World Health Organization, state media said, citing the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.
Cuba won global praise for sending at least 256 medical workers to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to help treat Ebola patients. State officials have emphasized the medics' high state of readiness for the mission, saying the doctors, nurses and support staff received weeks of instruction in protective measures and equipment.
Once in Africa, the Cubans got two to three weeks of additional training before heading into the field. They were to be quarantined in Africa for weeks at the end of their six-month mission before returning to Cuba.
State media said that Baez, an internal medicine specialist, came down with a fever of more than 100 degrees on Sunday and was diagnosed with Ebola the following day.
Continue reading HERE
To lay eyes on the Berlin Wall provoked shame and horror in everyone. Here was stark and perfect proof of what divided the world at the time. No amount of paint or plaster to pretty it up could disguise what it was doing. President Reagan saw it and outspokenly called it out. Diplomatic pecksniffs be damned
And two years later, Mr Gorbachev complied, to much acclaim worldwide, though his compliance may have been unwitting.
Down in Cuba at this very time, Raul Castro was warning, “If any Gorbachev raises his head around here—we’ll promptly chop it off! We would rather see Cuba sink into the ocean, like Atlantis-- before seeing the corrupting forces of capitalism prevail!”Raul Castro charming boasts came from safely behind a Communist barrier that murdered (by using the lowest estimate) --over TWENTY TIMES the number of innocents as the one Gorbachev was petitioned worldwide to tear down.
The Mojito does down smoothly, the Cohiba smoke curls languidly through the air, the salsa music pulses in the background, the mulatta prostitutes beckon. Unlike in Berlin, on a Cuban vacation nothing in sight hints at anything like the barbed wire and machine gunners of the murderous Wall in Berlin, portions of which remain for the very purpose of reminding tourists of the recent horror.
Very few visitors to Cuba conjure how those gorgeous emerald, then blue, then cobalt waters reaped the name of “the cemetery without crosses.” It’s a Cuban thing, apparently. "I Hate The Sea" is the title of a gut-gripping underground essay by Cuban dissident Rafael Contreras. It's about some young men Rafael met on the beach west of Havana. Some were building a raft while another stood off by himself on the edge of the waves and stared out to sea. "It incarcerates us," fumed the loner while cursing and spitting into a receding wave along the shoreline, "worse than jail bars."
Yet mankind has always been drawn to the sea. For most of us the sea soothes, attracts, infatuates. The most expensive real estate always faces the sea. "Water is everywhere a protection," writes anthropologist Lionel Tiger, trying to explain the lure, "like a moat. As a species we love it."
Yet Cubans now hate it. Che Guevara was right. The Cuban Revolution indeed created a "New Man" – but one more psychologically crippled than even Che imagined. In Cuba, Castro and Che's totalitarian dream gave rise to a psychic cripple beyond the imagination of even Orwell or Huxley: the first specimens in the history of the species to actually hate the sea.
Our friends at Townhall help disseminate a few items of utter unconcern outside the tiny Cuban-American informational ghetto.
From Martha Beatriz Roque: images of Hell on earth.
This building in Havana, one block from the seaside boulevard known as El Malecón, is home for several families.
The total number of people crammed into this building is 36, ranging in age from elders in their 70's and 80's to children as young as 3. One young woman is pregnant and expecting to give birth within the next few weeks.
Some of the residents live on the roof, in hand-made wooden shacks.
No maintenance or repairs have taken place in over forty years, despite constant complaints from those who live there.
Of course, the residents themselves have no means of repairing anything. Worse than that, they are not allowed to engage in such activities. The building belongs to "the people" (the state) and only a government agency can take care of maintenance and repairs.
These 36 Cubans (soon to be 37) are being evicted because a government inspector has finally tagged their building as dangerous and irreparable. They have all been ordered to move to an equally delapidated building without electricity or running water in another neighborhood, Guanabacoa.
The only difference between their present residence and the one offered to them by the state is this: their crumbling present residence has been deemed "irreparable" while the other one has not. Both are equally delapidated and unsafe. But whatever the government says cannot be challenged or defied, no matter how wrong it is.
Ironically, the condemned building is on the corner of San Lazaro (patron saint of the downtrodden) and Perserverancia (perseverence).
God help them. God help us all. This was once a prosperous country, with statistics that rivaled those of many European countries. And this total disaster is praised by many around the world as a successful experiment in social engineering. On top of that, it draws three million tourists per year. Even worse, this could be our future here in the United States.
Viva la Revolucion. Vamos bien. Requetebien.
By Orlando Palma in Translating Cuba:
Some Seven Thousand Cows ‘Disappear” in Villa Clara Province
14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Villa Clara, 15 November 2014 – Around 7,000 head of beef cattle were presumed disappeared in the space of a year during a count carried out in ten cattle ranches in the province of Villa Clara, according to a report by the newspaper Juventud Rebelde.
The inspection, carried out by the province’s Department of Livestock Registration and revealed by the official newspaper, was carried out in a group of agricultural production cooperatives where 51 animals were found missing, whereas the State sector counted around 6,900 “not found,” which means the loss of practically the total inventory of these ranches.
Among the explanations the ranchers offered their inspectors are: deaths that could not be reported for lack of a veterinarian to issue the relevant certificate; statistical errors; and – not ruling out! – the possibility that the disappeared cows were victims of theft and illegal slaughter.
To add a touch of science fiction to the matter, as if it had to do with some kind of abduction carried out by extra-terrestrials, the possibility was mentioned that some of the vanished cattle might reappear, maybe because it will be less dangerous to get them from their hiding places without much explanation than to face up and confess where the innocent animals were kept.
Most of the missing heads of cattle were from the townships of Manicaragua, Encrucijada and Sagua La Grande.
Translator’s note: Cows in Cuba belong to the State and it is against the law to kill and eat them. This post from Miguel Iturria Medina – Is Killing a Cow Worse Than Murder – discusses the relative penalties for murder of a human being versus slaughter of a cow. This post from Yoani Sanchez — Male Heifers and Cow Suicide — discusses a creative ways to get around the law.
Translated by MLK