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The drug bust in Panama and the socialist Cuban dictatorship’s long history of drug trafficking - John Suarez reports in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter: Cuba’s Revolutionary Cocaine HabitThe Castro regime’s decades long affair with cocaine traffickingAndrea Torres of Local 10 News reported today that “Panama seized a shipment of cocaine valued at $90 million. It was inside of a container that was in a ship that was coming from Cuba, authorities said. Panamanian authorities intercepted the cargo Saturday at the Puerto de Cristóbal. There were 1,517 wide bricks of cocaine hidden inside of 46 large black duffle bags with wheels.” This means that the cocaine was seized on May 18, 2019.  According to shipping documents these items were supposedly bags of coal.This was not the first time, three years ago in April of 2016 Panamanian police seized more than 400 kilograms of cocaine in a Cuban ship on its way to Belgium. However Panama is not the only channel.Agence France-Presse reported on July 12, 2017 that…
Venezuela’s dictator plans to send armed troops with oil tankers to ensure cargo reaches his colonial masters in Cuba - Venezuela’s dictator and Cuban dictatorship puppet Nicolas Maduro thinks he can circumvent the U.S. blockade on oil shipments to Cuba’s Castro dictatorship by manning his oil tankers with armed troops. Boy is he and the Cuban dictatorship in for a surprise. Sabrina Martin reports in PanAm Post: Maduro Is Turning Oil Tankers into Warships to Evade US BlockadeThe Venezuelan dictatorship has ordered military personnel and weapons of war to guard Venezuelan oil tankers to ensure that the cargo reaches its destinations, including Cuba.Nicolás Maduro has launched a new plan to convert oil tankers into warships, guarding them with active personnel of the Venezuelan Armed Forces (FANB), faced with the possibility that the United States may try to block the shipment of crude oil to Cuba.“PDVSA ships under the control of the Maduro regime will now be ‘accompanied’ by active personnel of the Venezuelan Armed Forces. This notification was made through…
Cuban American family names Spain’s Melia in lawsuit filed in Miami over stolen hotel in Cuba - San Carlos Hotel in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Lady Justice has just called out the name of Melia Hotels, a Spanish hotel chain that has numerous business partnerships in Cuba with the criminal Castro dictatorship. After trafficking in stolen property on the island with impunity for decades, Melia may finally have to answer for its unscrupulous business practices in Cuba in a court of law. The Cuban American Mata family, who reside in South Florida, filed a lawsuit in Miami against the Cuban government for their grandfather’s hotel in Cienfuegos, Cuba. The San Carlos Hotel was stolen from the family at gunpoint by the Castro dictatorship in the early 1960s. Melia runs the hotel for the Cuban regime and was also named in the lawsuit. Hank Tester reports in Miami’s CBS4 Local News: A groundbreaking class action lawsuit has been filed against the Cuban government.A South Florida family says decades of generational…
Another May 20th to remember my abuela’s stories - On this day in 1902, Cuba became an independent country.   On this histroric day, I recall my grandmother telling me stories of celebrations, parties, Cuban flags hanging from windows and a general sense of happiness around the island. She was born in 1892 when Cuba was still a Spanish colony.Of course, independence did not fix Cuba’s problems.  The island went through several ups and downs, government changes and the communist takeover of 1959.Cuba did enjoy a lot of success in the first half of  the 20th century.   The island nation achieved macro-economic success, from per capita income to literacy.   Unfortunately, Cuba’s political problems made it difficult for country to enjoy a stable political climate. Maybe Cuba will eventually celebrate another independence day as a democratic country.  We hope so!  P.S.  You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.
Reports from Cuba: 500th anniversary of the city of Havana - Rebeca Monzo reports from Havana via Translating Cuba: 500th Anniversary of the City of Havana Fountain of the Indian Woman, a symbol of Havana As its 500th anniversary approaches, the City of St. Christopher of Havana has been named a “wonder city.”* Unfortunately, to date, very few reconstruction projects are being carried out to mark the anniversary. Over the past sixty years the city has not been adequately maintained or cleaned. As a result, many architecturally significant buildings have been lost while others are in a total state of decrepitude. Waste and refuse continue to pile up in every neighborhood of the city despite the fact that Japan recently donated a hundred garbage trucks to Cuba. So far, more than twenty of them have been received, with the rest scheduled to arrive sometime this year. But they are barely visible because, apparently, they have been idled and garbage collection has…
Cruises brought nearly one million tourists to Cuba in 2018 - Ship of fools From our Bureau of Distressing Statistics That Prove the Existence of Original Sin 2018 was a record-breaking year for the tourism industry of Castro, Inc. Nearly five million slumming apartheid tourists flocked to the communist hell-hole in 2018 (actual number 4.750,000), about a million of which came in cruise ships (actual number 800,000). Words fail. What can one say about such moral turpitude, other than to observe that the Christian doctrine of original sin is arguably the most astute empirical observation ever made about the human race. In other words, humans are born with an irresistible urge for selfishness and self-gratification. Need proof of this? Talk to the 4,750,000 selfish wretches who visited Cuba last year. And if you don’t have time to talk to that many dolts, just concentrate on the 800,000 who got there on a cruise ship. Long live apartheid and slavery !!! From…
After 60 years of socialism in Cuba, the once majestic Havana is ruined - Few places in the world can illustrate the sinister and destructive powers of socialism as Havana, Cuba. Once a majestic city, it is now in ruins after 60 years of socialism. Ike Brannan in The Washington Times: Havana ruined, impoverished by 60 years of statismI would like to suggest a thought experiment. What if every single person in a community had collectively decided to completely abandon their town in the 1960s without taking a thing with them, and for the ensuing 60 years no one set foot anywhere near there. Then, one year ago, the descendents of that diaspora returned to the community with little but the clothes on their backs and tried to make a life there without any of the modern conveniences of today.Besides sounding like the premise for a promising reality TV series, that’s also the best way to conceptualize the current state of Havana, Cuba.Since President…
Raul Castro makes JACKASSES (or worse!) out of Obama and John Brennan who gifted Cuba our drug-enforcement intelligence after Castro “promised!” that Cuba had given up drug-smuggling! (BREAKING!–“Ship bound from Cuban port found loaded with $90 million in illegal drugs.”) - “Panamanian authorities on Saturday (May, 18, 2019) intercepted 46 suitcases containing an estimated $90 million in illegal drugs on a cargo ship that arrived from a Cuban port and was en route to Istanbul, Turkey. The suitcases contained 1,517 packages of drugs hidden in a container declared as containing charcoal.” Needless to add: no mainstream U.S. media portal (not even FOX!) has reported on this BLOCKBUSTER embarrassment to the Obama team.) Not content with merely hailing and embracing The Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate (habitually mislabeled as “Cuba” by the Fake News Media) as noble partners in our war against drug-smuggling!–Obama (presumably with Brennan’s sign-off) gave Castro’s KGB-trained apparatchiks an intimate tour of the U.S. Southern Command’s Command Center against Drugs! Cuban security officials toured Key West drug-war center— “A delegation of Cuban government national security officials recently toured the Pentagon’s counter-drug center in Key West — a first, signaling a nascent effort in…
May 20th – 20 de Mayo: Cuba’s Independence Day - On this date in history in 1902, the largest island in the Caribbean gave birth to a free and democratic republic. But only a few short decades later, the cancer of socialism struck the archipelago and that tyrannous cancer still infects Cuba today. 117 years after gaining independence, the Cuban people find themselves as enslaved today as they were under the rule of Spain. Even worse, the tyranny they suffered under Spain over a century ago pales in comparison to the tyranny they suffer today under the socialist Castro dictatorship. Nevertheless, this May 20th we celebrate the birth of a free nation and of a free people. We refuse to neither lose the hope nor the aspiration to see our beloved island free once again. On May 2nd, 1902, the promise of liberty was paid for with the blood and sacrifice of Cuba’s valiant patriots. One day, that promise will…
In supporting murderous socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Nicaragua, Bernie Sanders admits ‘I did my best’ - After numerous videos of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders praising and defending murderous socialist dictatorships in the 1980s emerged, the Democratic Party 2020 presidential candidate admits he did his best at that time to foil U.S. policy. Via Fox News: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Friday defended his support of left-wing regimes and his antiwar activism in the 1980s, saying, “I did my best” to stop American foreign policy during the administration of former President Ronald Reagan.“As a mayor, I did my best to stop American foreign policy, which for years was overthrowing governments in Latin America and installing puppet regimes,” the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful said in an interview with The New York Times. “I did everything that I could as a mayor of a small city to stop the United States from getting involved in another war in Central America trying to overthrow a government.”[…]The Times reports that Sanders pushed a…
Reports from Cuba: Cenesex and the political police coordinate to block LGBTI march - 14yMedio report from Havana via Translating Cuba: Cenesex and the Political Police Coordinate to Block the LGBTI March Members of the Metropolitan Community Church parade in La Conga against homophobia and transphobia. A few hours after the National Center for Sexual Education (Cenesex), led by National Assembly deputy Mariela Castro, denounced that the independent march called for this Saturday in the Central Park of Havana had been organized from Miami, some activists have suffered harassment of the Political Police to prevent them from attending the march. “A few minutes ago a [State] security agent called my phone without identifying himself, and in an aggressive voice repeated several times that I would be imprisoned if I continued with the call to march for LGBTI rights on May 11. He told me that I was being watched,” wrote Zekie Fuentes, an LGBTI rights activist and collaborator of Cubanet and Cibercuba, on his Facebook page. “Once again,…
Panamanian authorities intercept $90-million drug shipment on ship coming from Cuba en route to Turkey - Panamanian authorities on Saturday intercepted 46 suitcases containing an estimated $90 million in illegal drugs on a cargo ship that arrived from a Cuban port and was en route to Istanbul, Turkey. The suitcases contained 1,517 packages of drugs hidden in a container declared as containing charcoal. Authorities are still investigating and no arrests have been made. There has been no confirmation the drugs originated in Cuba, but the Turkish government has close ties to the Castro dictatorship. Moreover, the Castro dictatorship has a long history of drug trafficking in partnerships with drug cartels and the Colombian narco-terrorist organization, FARC. You can read more (in Spanish) at CiberCuba.
The ‘revolutionary gays’ of Cuba’s Mariela Castro: Thank Goodness for small favors - It turns out the grotesquely surreal person in a Che beret (at far right in the photo), evidently one of Mariela Castro’s properly “revolutionary” LGBT entourage, actually styles himself as el Che de los gays, or the gay Che, and runs around doing things like putting lipstick and rainbow scarves on busts of José Martí (apparently with impunity). He also condemned the recent unofficial LGBT march in Cuba which was suppressed by force and similarly condemned by the Queen of CENESEX. However outrageously inappropriate though such a creature is (to put it kindly), he is thankfully NOT Cuban but Chilean. No doubt there’s more back story here, but it hardly matters — I’m just grateful we don’t have to endure yet another screaming embarrassment. It may not be much, but if there’s one thing we don’t need, it’s one more deeply disgraceful Cubanoid. 
The Bernie Sanders Tapes: A love affair with socialism and a honeymoon in communist Russia - For those of us old enough to have lived through the 80s, we all did some stupid things in that era. But some of us did more stupider things than others. Among them stands Bernie Sanders, whose passionate love affair with socialism led him to honeymoon in communist Russia in 1988. And while others learned form their mistakes from 30 years ago, Bernie Sanders continues to make those same mistakes. After a century of socialism’s miserable failures and the deaths of over 100-million innocent people, he continues to embrace the deadly ideology. Bernie Sanders says the same things today he said 30 years ago. And that’s all you need to know about him. Via Politico: It’s 1988 and newlywed Bernie Sanders is in the Soviet Union with his wife, Jane, handing out gifts to the mayor of a midsized city they’ve befriended. The mood is festive as the two bestow…
Reports from Cuba: Cuba’s failed economic model - Dimas Castellanos writes from Havana in Diario de Cuba: Cuba’s Failed Economic Model The fact The historical unfeasibility of a centralised economy has been confirmed once again by the manifest incapacity of the Cuban model. Soviet subsidies – 65 billion dollars over 30 years, three times more than what Latin America received from the Alliance for Progress, and the millions lent by the Paris Club and other capitalist countries – all came to nought. The evidence 1- Monetary duality has been slated. In 2011 it was incorporated into the Guidelines of the Communist Party, and in 2014 a ministerial resolution was issued for its execution. However, the inefficacy of the model and the fear of its impact on retail prices and the salaries of Cubans have prevented unification. 2- Sugar, after the fiasco of 1970, hit nadirs in 2010 and 2018, when it came to just over one million tons, an amount reached at the end…
New York Times calls attention to devastating economic crisis in Venezuela, but fails to mention ‘socialism’ - Unemployed workers scavenging for recyclable plastic to sell From our Bureau of Inexcusable and Unforgivable Colossal Omissions No surprise, really. El Niuyortain publishes a detailed report on the magnitude of the suffering now being endured by the Venezuelan people, calling it “the worst outside of war in decades,” but never once uses the term “socialism” in its analysis of the country’s monumental economic collapse. Inflation in Venezuela for this year is estimated to reach 10 million percent. Oh, but none of this is due to the socialist/communist economic and political policies imported from Cuba. Unrefrigerated offal for sale in Maracaibo No, it’s all due to the “poor governance, corruption and misguided policies of President Nicolás Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez.” And… oh, let’s not forget those cruel sanctions imposed by the evil Trumpinator…. Never mind the fact that a leading economist at Harvard says that this disaster “will be a…
Castro regime expels and banishes from Cuba dissident who ran through Havana May Day parade with U.S. flag - Daniel Llorente Miranda, the Cuban dissident who in 2017 was beaten and arrested by State Security when he ran through a May Day parade in Havana with an American flag, has been expelled and banished from Cuba by the Castro dictatorship. Martí Noticias has the report (my translation): Cuban dissident Daniel Llorente Miranda told Radio Martí on Friday that State Security agents forced him to leave Cuba.In his conversation with the radio station, he said he was taken from his home in the early morning hours and taken by car to the Jose Martí International Airport in Havana. He was initially taken to Terminal 2, where flights to the U.S. depart, but then he was taken to the Aruba Airlines counter to coordinate his flight to Guyana. Before putting him on the plane, Llorente said the guards warned him he must never return to Cuba because “we will make you…
Former Nazi official turned Soviet socialist operative helped broker arms deals for Cuba’s Fidel Castro - Nazi Soviet operative Otto-Ernst Remer and Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro American socialists spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into distancing themselves from the German Nazi party. Although the term Nazi actually stands for the Nationalist Socialist Party, which espoused many socialist policies, American socialists say it was a far-right movement and has nothing to do with them. History tells a much different story, but we all know the very tenuous relationship the left and socialists have with history. For some former officials of the Nazi party, however, the leap from Nazi to socialist did not seem all that great. In fact, it looked like nothing more than a name change. As John Suarez writes in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter, one former Nazi official turned into a Soviet operative in Germany and helped Cuba’s communist dictator Fidel Castro buy arms: However, what remains…
Pittsburgh school board hires investigator to probe superintendent’s unauthorized trip to socialist Cuba - Pittsburgh Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet faces questions form the press regarding his unauthorized trip to socialist Cuba. The Pittsburgh school board has hired an independent investigator to review an unauthorized trip made by the schools superintendent and other administrators to socialist Cuba. Superintendent Anthony Hamlet and four other school administrators traveled to the communist island in April representing the school district, but failed to receive the required authorization from the school board. Via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools has hired an independent investigator to review a trip to Cuba taken last month by the superintendent and other school district administrators. District Solicitor Ira Weiss said he referred the review Thursday to Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge, a former solicitor for the City of Pittsburgh and an attorney with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. Mr. Weiss said he will meet with Ms. Sanchez-Ridge on Monday to discuss the timeline of the investigation, as well…
Twitter arbitrarily bans Babalú Blog website, but Cuban dictatorship propaganda websites are still welcome - Today marks ten days since Twitter, without warning or explanation, arbitrarily banned any links to Babalú Blog on its platform. On May 8th, Twitter began rejecting tweets containing a link to Babalú and continues doing so to this moment. When I tried to tweet an article from Babalú on May 8th, I got a message the tweet did not go through. No reasons were given for blocking the tweet, leaving me wondering what was going on. So I checked the @babalubloggers profile to try and retweet the article from there. That is when I discovered the article tweets that auto-post from our website to the Babalú Twitter account had stopped posting It was then when I clicked on the link of the last tweet that made it through and discovered Twitter had blocked Babalú Blog. It seems Twitter, for no justifiable reason, just went ahead and decided Babalú Blog is…
Reports from Cuba: ‘For that price nobody here is going anywhere’ - Marcelo Hernandez reports in 14yMedio from Havana via Translating Cuba: “For That Price Nobody Here is Going Anywhere” The majority of the vehicles of the state-owned company Cuba Taxi must use the meter, but their drivers hardly ever turn it on. The rear-view mirror is too long and hides the meter that marks the price that the customer must pay at the end of the trip. Confused and disoriented, the tourist, recently arrived in Cuba, will attempt to look for those universal red numerals that increase as the vehicle goes forward, but he will not succeed. “It’s 10 CUC,” the driver will tell him tersely before he gets out. In recent years the practice of agreeing on a price for the section traveled and not using the meter has been extended among the taxis of the Cuban state-owned sector. Unlike privately managed cars that traditionally do not have those measuring…
Cuban American father of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos celebrates escaping socialist Cuba to live the American Dream - Mike Bezos escaped socialist Cuba to America when he was only 16 years old. He came without his parents and all by himself with nothing but a coat his mother made for him. Now his son, Jeff Bezos, is one of the richest men in the world. It is an inspiring story that has repeated itself (except for the billions) countless times in the Cuban exile community. My dad’s journey to the U.S. shows how people come together to help each other. We got a chance to celebrate him last night for the opening of the Statue of Liberty’s new museum. This is his story. https://t.co/VdOtlPY953 pic.twitter.com/E4C1KPho2u— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) May 16, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Via CNBC: Today, Mike Bezos is the father of the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. But in 1962, Mike Bezos came to America from Cuba wearing a jacket his mother had hand-stitched from cleaning…
Cuba’s Castro dictatorship to again begin enforcing Law 88, the ‘Gag Law,’ to silence and jail dissidents - Cuba’s Law 88, the “Gag Law,” is a statute in socialist Cuba that criminalizes any form of expression advocating for freedom, democracy, or in support of the United States. The law was used in 2003 during Cuba’s Black Spring, where 75 independent journalists and librarians all over the island were rounded up by the Castro dictatorship and imprisoned. Some of them were given sentences of up to 20 years simply for distributing the UN Declaration of Human Rights. For the most part, the Castro dictatorship shelved Law 88 after the Black Spring when international criticism for their repression became too strong. But after watching what is happening in Venezuela and the Helms-Burton law bearing down on them, the Castro dictatorship is ready to dust off Law 88 and begin an operation of island-wide repression to imprison hundreds of dissidents. Via Martí Noticias (my translation): Cuba’s Popular Supreme Court emphasized this…