"It was devastating because that was someone I was with for a few years. I don't think I'll ever be able to fully trust any man again after that."
(Paris Hilton reacting to the release of her famous sex video-- now available in home video!--after her attempted blackmailing. (Interview with the Daily Telegraph, July, 2014.)
So this week Paris Hilton is visiting the fiefdom of thoroughly trustworthy men (the Castro brothers!) And cavorting with a fully trustworthy man (Fidel Castro's son!)
"You ougtha be in pictures, baby!" Fidelito Castro to an apparently charmed Paris Hilton in Havana last night. (Amigos, if any of ya'll detect any mistrust in Paris's eyes, you're much more perceptive than I am.)
Question: In the world today what's the most likely place for a celebrity to be secretly filmed expressly for an attempted blackmailing? "HAVANA, BABY!"..... Oh well, at least she'll be filmed by the absolute best in the business. No more of that cheesy, grainy amateur stuff.
"My job was to bug their hotel rooms," says high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Delfin Fernandez. "With both cameras and listening devices. Most people have no idea they are being watched while they are in Cuba. But their personal activities are filmed under orders from Castro himself."
"When the celebrity visitors arrived at the hotels Nacional, Meliá Habana and Meliá Cohiba," says Fernandez, "we already had their rooms completely bugged with sophisticated taping equipment, . "But not just the rooms, we'd also follow the visitors around, sometimes we covered them 24 hours a day. They had no idea we were tailing them."
Famous Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar was a special target for this bugging but nothing of value came of it for Castro. "Everybody already knows I'm a maricon!" Almodovar laughed at Castro's blackmailers. "So go right ahead! Knock yourselves out!"
"Fidel Castro is a special connoisseur of these tapings and videos." Fernandez says. "Especially of the really famous. And not even his closest "friends" are safe from this bugging. The best example is his longtime Castro "friend" Nobel prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In what appeared as a touching act of generosity and friendship, Castro gave his friend "Gabo" his very own (stolen) mansion in Havana "We had remodeled it right before, " remembers the Intelligence honcho, Fernandez "and we installed more cables for bugging devices than for the normal electrical appliances. We taped EVERYTHING! Fidel doesn't trust ANYONE."
Castro's top intelligence people would gather for the screenings of these tapes almost like Hollywood types for an upcoming movie. "Hummmm, these scenes are more scandalous than anything in any of her movies!" Fernandez recalls a top intelligence officer chortling while watching the nighttime cavortings of a famous Spanish actress. "Now, it really seems to me, companeros," the Castro intimate chortled as he looked around the room, "that this senora should be making more respectful comments about our regime, right?"
"But famous Americans are the priority objectives of Castro's intelligence." says Fernandez. "When word came down that models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss were coming to Cuba the order was a routine one: 24 hour a day vigilance. Then we got a PRIORITY alert, " recalls Fernandez, "because there was a rumor that they would be sharing a room with Leonardo Di Caprio. The rumor set off a flurry of activity and we set up the most sophisticated devices we had."
"The American actor Jack Nicholson was another celebrity who was bugged and taped THROUGHLY during his stay in the hotel Meliá Cohiba," states Fernandez, the man in charge of the bugging.
Fifty-plus years of US diplomatic stalemate and economic sanctions have failed to bring freedom to the Cuban people because they were not designed to bring freedom to the Cuban people, but to penalize a regime that started by sequestering Cuban sovereignty by violent and anti-democratic procedures (reestablishment of death penalty, radical hatred speech, citizen apartheid), by the illegalization of civil society and all forms of property (both private and public, including the press), and by tyrannizing every institutional power into a despotic State, plus the militarization of the nation to the point of demanding a nuclear attack against the United States from Cuban territory.
The 50-plus years to come of US diplomatic relations and capitalist engagement with Cuba can neither guarantee the advance of fundamental freedoms in my country, nor our liberation from the successive Castro generations, because a market economy is not a redemptive formula and it has already been implemented by authoritarian systems as a tool for tyrannical control of all basic rights. And this is a wicked word that President Obama, Pope Francis and General Castro have secretly agreed to postpone: the rights of the Cuban people.
As the pro-democracy leader Oswaldo Payá stated many times until he was extrajudicially executed in Cuba on July 22nd 2012: Why not the recognition of all our rights now? What is good for Americans since the 18th century is still not good enough for Cubans in the 21st century?
Is this about US interference, as in the hegemonic past times when the capitol of DC was the capital of the continent? Or this is only about insulting the intellectual capacity of my people, wise enough to escape in a pedestrian’s plebiscite in search for a real “normalization” of their lives far from an abnormal socialism?
Democracies seem guilty of their duty to foster democracy worldwide, but Castroism has been more than proud to Castrify democratic countries (Venezuela is the most tragic example today), as the recently liberated 5 Cuban spies in US have declared when ordered as National Heroes back on the Island: we are ready to commit our crimes again if we are ordered to do so. Sic semper tyrannis.
Why not the effective solidarity and the pressure of the international community, so that the legal claims that have already mobilized tens of thousands of Cubans be respected by our non-elected authorities? Why not take advantage of these US-Cuba negotiations to seat in the same table the historical gerontocracy with the alternative civil leaders, after we have risked so much to conquer freedom of speech and to raise awareness on human rights violations and the anthropological damage in Cuba?
In moral terms, the unpopularity of US policies given the popularity of the Cuban Revolution worldwide should be less important than the unpopularity of the retrograde regime within the Island, if a true transition is to take place in Cuba today. Unless, of course, advancing American interests in the Western Hemisphere now means advancing American interests in Western Union.
Venezuela bans 'terrorists' Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Miami Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have been banned from traveling to Venezuela.
President Nicolás Maduroannounced Saturday that his government has created an "anti-terrorist list headed by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, ex-CIA chief George Tenet, ultra right-wing Congressman Bob Menendez, by Marco Rubio, by the she-wolf Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, by Mario Diaz-Balart."
"The won't be able to come to Venezuela for being terrorists!" Maduro told raucous supporters in a speech. "Out of here, terrorists!"
All will be unable to obtain travel visas to the country. Maduro also unveiled the visa program for U.S. citizens Saturday, along with restrictions on U.S. diplomats. Menendez is a Democratic senator from New Jersey.
Nicaragua, a Venezuelan ally, said in December that it would ban Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen, both Republicans, from the Central American country to protest U.S. sanctions on members of the Venezuelan government. Rubio took to the Senate floor Friday to push for full implementation of the law, signed by President Obama in December.
Diaz-Balart, who is also a Republican, and Ros-Lehtinen took to Twitter on Saturday to characterize Venezuela's decision as an honor.
Amigos! Welcome to the premier of Babalu's spanking new "Week-End Update!" Even at its prime (and with all that cocaine) the crackerjack Saturday Night Night writing team never brainstormed anything half as hilarious as what the Babalu team finds in the news about Cuba almost daily.
But all too often we laugh alone! So to let our many, many friends outside the Cuban-American informational ghetto in on our jokes this feature will always include a (very) brief footnote so we can all laugh together!
This week we'll start with Conan O'Brien, who cannot get over (!!!) how "completely alone" (utterly free from from surveilance, apparently) he was left while filming his tourism infomercial for the Castro regime last week! (all quotes are genuine.)
"I was shocked," said O'Brien, "by how much we were left completely alone!"
Footnote: "My job was to bug their hotel rooms," revealed high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Delfin Fernandez. "Famous Americans are the priority objectives of Castro's intelligence. When the celebrity visitors arrived at the hotels we already had their rooms completely bugged with sophisticated taping equipment."
Now we move on to Paris Hilton partying hearty with Fidel Castro's son in Havana this week-end:
"Cuba BABY!...Loving Havana!..There's some beautiful architecture here in Cuba!"
Along with an estimated 637,000 people from the U.S. recently, Paris Hilton and Conan O’Brien somehow squeaked through the cracks of the diabolical U.S. “blockade” of Cuba for a visit to Havana. (Btw, in the 1950’ws when Cuba was a “U.S. tourist playground!” an average 200,000 Americans visited Cuba annually.)
From the Associated Press this week:
“Having seen a long-ago tape of (Jack Paar's) historic visit just months into the regime of Fidel Castro, (Conan) O'Brien said, "We've got to go - right away!"
"It wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be," said "Conan" executive producer Jeff Ross, who reached a production liaison in Havana. "He said, 'Just come. We'll get you an invitation from the Cuban government. You'll have the run of the place.'"
The 10-member troupe went in mid-February and spent several days in the Cuban capital.
"I was shocked," said O'Brien, "by how much we were left completely alone."
Oh! To be a fly on the wall of Castro’s secret police headquarters—with ear-protection of course, otherwise the roar of laughter and snorting, the cackling and gasping, the convulsed midriffs could easily be distracting.
“My job was to bug their hotel rooms," revealed high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Delfin Fernandez. "With both cameras and listening devices. Most people have no idea they are being watched while they are in Cuba. But their personal activities are filmed under orders from Castro himself….famous Americans are the priority objectives of Castro's intelligence."...."When the celebrity visitors arrived at the hotels Nacional, Meliá Habana and Meliá Cohiba," continues Fernandez, "we already had their rooms completely bugged with sophisticated taping equipment. But not just the rooms, we'd also follow the visitors around, sometimes we covered them 24 hours a day. They had no idea we were tailing them."
“Cuba Baby!...Loving old Havana!” Paris Hilton posted on Social media this week.
While the government exports thousands of doctors, old diseases are coming back, such as dengue fever, tuberculosis, whooping cough, chikungunya, and cholera, and new exotic diseases are appearing that had never before been seen on the Island.
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 February 2015 – For a few days, Maritza thought that her four-year-old son’s persistent cough was due to a combination of a cold and his chronic allergies. The crisis had started with a fever and a few episodes of hacking cough, and had escalated over the next couple of days, even though he was no longer running a fever. The pediatrician’s diagnosis confirmed Maritza’s suspicions: Alain was suffering from a viral infection, so they would follow the normal treatment in cases like his: they would watch him, give him plenty of liquids, expectorants and antihistamines
But after two weeks, his coughing got so much stronger and frequent that Maritza ended up having to go to Pediatric Hospital at Centro Habana so that her son – already cyanotic and having respiratory spasms — could be treated with oxygen. Almost by happenstance, an experienced doctor who heard the child cough took an interest in the case, and, after a more detailed examination, made her diagnosis as whooping cough, a disease Maritza had never heard of and against which – at least in theory — all Cuban children are protected, thanks to subsidized national health system vaccination programs. Furthermore, according to official statistical records, whooping cough (pertussis) was eradicated from Cuba many years ago.
Thanks to that doctor’s providential presence, Alain was treated with the appropriate antibiotics and, following the advice of the doctor, Maritza asked a relative who resides abroad for an emergency shipment of a medication that does not exist in Cuba, pertussis suppositories, used in the treatment to lessen the child’s coughing crisis.
Alain is recovering now, but his convalescence may take up to three months or more. Maritza has overcome her anxiety, but wonders how many children will be in the same predicament, considering that this highly infectious disease is circulating around the Island, and health authorities have not sounded the alarm. In fact, she recently found out that in the past several years the incidence of whooping cough has been on the rise, not only among children, but also among adults.
The lack of information in the official media results in the population not having a clear perception of the risk, and turns Article 50 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba into meaningless babble. The article establishes the right of all Cubans to medical care and health protection, and points to the State as guarantor of that right.
Turning back the clock
Dengue fever, tuberculosis, whooping cough, chikungunya*, cholera … With the reappearance of old diseases, the introduction of others that did not exist on the Island and the lack of effective drugs, it would seem that Cuba has regressed to the nineteenth century. However, the Cuban national health system remains a prestigious benchmark for international agencies, particularly since lending Cuban medical services abroad has become the most important source of the government’s capital income and a powerful political tool, given that it allows displaying as example of solidarity and altruism what is actually a poorly disguised form of modern slavery.
So, while the government exports the service of tens of thousands of medical professionals at the expense of a loss of attention to Cubans, and the exposure of the Cuban population to multiple imported diseases, the institutional bureaucracy of international organizations congratulates itself on being able to count on a whole army of doctors mobilized by the regime to deal with epidemics and other pathologies. The government of any moderately democratic nation would never be able to recruit doctors as if they were mercenaries.
The truth is that Cuba currently has two opposing systems: one of “health”, which only exists in theory and today is a sad imitation of what it once was; and the other of “unhealth”, much more efficient, endorsed in a completely dismal hospital and services infrastructure, and in the continuing incursion of exotic diseases, imported by our doctors from the most infected corners of the globe, since, upon their return home to Cuba, the practice of a rigorous quarantine plan and infection risk control is not followed.
All this in a nation that, in the late 50s of the last century, stood out among the top in terms of health care at the regional and global levels, with a respectable hospital network in addition to membership clinics, emergency clinics, maternity hospitals and other health services, both free and private.
At this rate, it is likely that, when the Castro regime finally ends, we may have to request emergency services from the World Health Organization itself and from the International Red Cross in order to address Cubans’ health crisis, as occurred during the US occupation after the 1898 War of Independence, which created the basis for what would become, during the Republic, one of the most enviable health systems of its time.
*A viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes.
"There are those whose only concern is that the slaves in Cuba are well fed and interesting to look at; forget about liberty or rights. Their only goal is to ensure the shackles are comfortable on the slaves. Their struggle is to make certain the slaves are healthy and stylishly dressed."
For the benefit of our many, many friends outside the Cuban-American informational ghetto: Those "onerous terms" simply stipulate that Castro PAY for the billions in agricultural products he gets from the U.S.
Same as with you and me, amigos, if our credit rating sucks big-time, our vendors demand we pay CASH for their merchandise. Well, since Castro's Cuba is (per-capitawise) the world's most notorious deadbeat--the U.S. government (thanks to legislation promoted by the much-reviled Cuban-American lobby) imposes those "onerous terms" when that deadbeat, chiseler and thief wishes to buy agricultural products from us.
"Shouldn't YOU guys ("libertarians? A CATO Inst. fellow? Champions of the U.S. taxpayer?")--of ALL people!-- be wary of the farm lobby?!! Why on earth are you in bed with them on this issue?!"
So what the farm lobby is in in effect saying is that if we didn't demand that Castro actually...you know--pay us, we could actually "sell" him a lot more!
Well guess what? If Cabelas, Academy and Bass Pro Shops changed their terms (didn't require that I actually, you know--pay them--(though I do manage to pay them on credit)-- they could "sell" ME a lot more stuff!
(Pero que tipo mas DESCARA'O! y PESA'O(!!!)--que BOFE!--este Fontova! Hace un post como si fuera algo IMPORTANTISSIMO del "embargo"! Y resulta que es solamente para colocar sus fotos come El: GRAN CAZADOR!--GRAN PESCADOR!...
It is obvious that President Obama's policy of Hope and Change in Cuba has been a boon for the apartheid regime of the Castro brothers. For the island's dissidents and human rights activists, not so much.
Cuban police attack UNPACU activists in Palma Soriano; as many as 30 arrested
On the eve of the second round of negotiations between American and Cuban diplomats, Cuban police Thursday attacked activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, the largest opposition group in the country, gathered in a home in the town of Palma Soriano. As many as 30 activists were beaten and detained, according to reports via Twitter.
GUEST: Dr Ilena Johnson Paugh, author & economist....she has written a new book called "Communism 2.0", a look at communism in Romania 25 years later.....why is communism (or socialism) popular again with young people? what are the lessons for the US? how are Europe's economic problems, such as the financial crisis in Greece or unemployment in Spain, driving some people to the slogans of socialism? we will also look at the Keystone Pipeline veto and recent enrollment figures for Obama Care....click to listen:
Remittances Used to Launder Medicare Fraud Money to Cuba -- And It's Going to Get Worse
at 11:24 PM Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Obama Administration's recent policy changes now allow remittances to be sent through a general license, including to non-family members (even to complete strangers).
In other words, there will be no specific scrutiny or accountability.
Thus, it dramatically increases the avenues for the Castro regime and its criminal cohorts to bilk American taxpayers -- and use Cuba's murky banking sector to hide it.
From The Miami Herald:
Miami brother of accused Cuban money-launderer gets 3 1/2 years in prison
The younger brother of a fugitive money man accused of laundering $238 million in dirty Medicare dollars from Florida into Cuba’s banking system was sentenced Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison.
Eduardo Perez de Morales, 27, of Miami, got a slight break from U.S. District Judge William Zloch because he was barely an adult when his brother recruited him into the alleged international laundering scheme nearly a decade ago.
Perez helped his 50-year-old brother, Jorge Emilio Perez de Morales, wash the Medicare millions by using a Caribbean-based remittance company to pay off Medicare fraud offenders in the United States in exchange for transferring their tainted healthcare profits to Cuba, according to an indictment.
The “massive money laundering operation,” as described by a federal prosecutor, was unprecedented because it marked the first U.S. case connecting South Florida's Medicare rackets to Cuba’s national bank.
Jorge Perez, a half-brother, is accused of directing the money-laundering operation through his Cuba-licensed remittance company, Caribbean Transfers, from 2005 to 2011. He owns a seaside home in Havana but could be in Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Spain, according to the FBI. Davidson called Jorge Perez’s remittance company, which closed after his indictment in 2012, an offshore Western Union.
Caribbean Transfers provided clean cash — amassed from Cuban exiles sending money to relatives on the island — to corrupt healthcare operators in Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and New York, according to the indictment.
Jorge Perez’s role was uncovered after a convicted Naples check-cashing store owner, Oscar L. Sanchez, fingered him as the man who bankrolled his Florida business and other remittance agencies. The prosecutor said those stateside businesses cashed checks or wired money for Medicare-fraud offenders — then transferred their dirty dollars through Jorge Perez’s shell companies in Canada via Trinidad to Cuba.
At first, investigators estimated that Sanchez laundered more than $30 million on behalf of 70 corrupt Medicare-licensed businesses through December 2006. But the estimated total grew almost eightfold, as they discovered that Caribbean Transfers later financed other check-cashing and remittance businesses involved in the alleged money-laundering scheme.
The Medicare money could have been disbursed as remittances to Cuban families or to others living on the island. “The location of hundreds of millions of dollars is unknown, and a vast fortune is likely sitting in a Communist country,” [the prosecutor] wrote in court papers.
She was was presented with American Humane Association's prestigious award, the National Humanitarian Medal, for her support of a wide range of worthy causes and organizations benefiting the most vulnerable. Apparently her concerns are for the most vulnerable animals, and not humans. At least not the 11 million Cubans enslaved in Cuba right in front her tourist eyes, as I can find no mention of her interacting with Cuban people ready and waiting to benefit from her tourist fairy dust and dollars.
“I’m an animal activist. Many people say that I’m a hypocrite, because I eat burgers and stuff like that but I won’t wear fur. But I’m not a hypocrite. I just only wear fake fur. ” - Paris Hilton
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