With Algeria’s dictator gone, Cuba’s Castro dictatorship loses another sugar daddy

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro with Algerian dictator Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the Palais du Peuple in Algiers May 6, 2001 – Photo: Africa News

Since its rise to power, Cuba’s communist Castro dictatorship has been a parasite feeding off any host it can find. Unable to produce enough to survive, the socialist Cuban regime has relied on “Sugar Daddies” to pay their bills and maintain them.

Throughout history, socialism has clearly shown itself to be unsustainable. It is solely dependent on others, as Cuba’s socialist dictatorship has shown for more than six decades. Nevertheless, there was a time when the Castro dictatorship had a stable of Sugar Daddies taking care of them. Lately, however, that stable has dwindled drastically.

After losing the Soviet Union, Brazil, and on the verge of possibly losing Venezuela, the Cuban dictatorship may be losing another Sugar Daddy: Algeria.

Monica Showalter in American Thinker:

Algeria ousts its dictator, Cuba experiences a sugar-daddy shortage

Bouteflika was one of their longtime candymen, sending funds to prop up the otherwise unsustainable regime through his employment of the Castroite Cuban doctors program, which brought the regime big cash.

Here’s a Reuters report that ran just a few days before Bouteflika got his boot:

HAVANA (Reuters) — Cuba faces yet another threat to its exports of health services in exchange for oil and money as social unrest roils old friend Algeria, even as a new deal to mitigate declining support from crisis-racked Venezuela kicks in.


The North African country is a major oil and gas producer and has been a friend of Cuba ever since former leader Fidel Castro sent doctors and troops there in the early 1960s as it threw off the yoke of rule by Paris.

Communist-run Cuba has seen its foreign exchange revenues and fuel imports on preferential terms from socialist ally and economic partner Venezuela steadily fall since 2014, leading to stagnation, austerity measures, scattered shortages and late payments to foreign partners.

Turns out Algeria under Bouteflika was a very, very important cash source for Cuba, trading its medical mercenaries (who, the New York Times notes, serve a dual-role as “free health care” — and regime propper-uppers at election time).  They’re useful tools to any busy dictatorship.

It’s quite likely that the replacement regime in Algeria is going to want to continue with them.  Why prop up an overseas dictatorship that helped the last Algerian dictatorship?  There’s a distinct chance the Cubans will be sent packing.  Brazil threw its Cubans out when Jair Bolsonaro was elected president.  These new Algerians may do the same.

This puts the Castro dictatorship in a quandary. 

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