— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) December 1, 2016
The opposition walked out,
But the rebels refused to budge on a key opposition demand: a ban on rebel leaders allegedly responsible for human rights abuses running for office until after they’ve served time.
Santos will receive his Nobel Peace Prize on December 9.
Many questions on the aftermath of Monday’s crash of the LaMia airlines charter flight carrying the flight crew, about 20 journalists, and the Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, a Brazilian soccer team traveling to the finals of the Copa Sudamericana.
Authorities suggested a fuel shortage may have caused the crash as questions emerged about the use of a relatively short-range aircraft to make the transcontinental trip between Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Medellín, Colombia.
The distance between the two cities, according to Google Earth, is about 1,845 miles. The Avro RJ85’s maximum range with a full tank of fuel is 1,842 miles, according to a fact sheet on Airliners.net.
Sabrina Martín at Panampost: Chavismo and Corruption? The Dark Past of LAMIA Airlines
According to reports from international media, the pilot of the downed plane, also appears to be the owner of the airline. It is highly unusual that the owner of an airline would also be piloting one of its aircraft.
Marca is also confirming this report, also suggesting that the downed plane was the only one of the company’s three that could fly, as the other two aircraft were being repaired at the time.
With all the mystery swirling around LAMIA many questions remain: Where was all that money going? Where were these supposed 12 aircraft that were already assembled and in the stage of certification and were obtained through the China-Venezuela agreement?
— Pipe Sierra (@PipeS_27) November 30, 2016
The Communist regime issued guidelines for the official mourning period:
1. Cubans are forbidden from saying “Good morning” (“Buenos días”) to each other.
2. No alcohol is allowed.
3. Nightlife, the lifeblood of tourism, is shut down.
4. No loud music.
5. The neighborhood watchmen, Comités de la Revolución, are keeping track of any violations to the above rules. They also keep track who shows up (or doesn’t) to sign the book of condolences at the 1,000 designated locations across the island prison after standing in line for hours under the hot sun.
6. Mourners are also compelled to sign a statement of commitment to the Revolución.
Read the rest here.
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro allegedly financed and supported the costliest cash robbery in U.S. history, the 1983 theft of $7 million from a Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford.
Edmund Mahony reports,
Castro Had Secret Role In Infamous Wells Fargo Robbery
Weeks before the robbery, Masetti said, he delivered $50,000 to the Macheteros on orders from his superiors in Castro’s Department of the Americas, the Cuban agency created to support revolutionary movements. The money was for the motor homes the Macheteros used to smuggle [Víctor] Gerena and the $7 million into Mexico. Masetti said he was waiting at the border and helped disguise Gerena, gave him a Cuban passport and arranged his flight from Mexico City to Havana.
Masetti said the Cuban government also provided the Macheteros with radio equipment and advice about narcotics that could be used to incapacitate guards. Afterward, Cuba kept about half the stolen money, according to conversations the FBI later intercepted among members of Los Macheteros.
Fidel had fostered the Puerto Rican Macheteros,
In the period leading up to the Wells Fargo robbery, the Macheteros, or machete wielders, were one of two groups making up the violent wing of the independence movement. The other was the Armed Forces of National Liberation, know by the Spanish acronym FALN.
. . .
The man credited with organizing both groups was Filiberto Ojeda Rios, a Puerto Rican Independentista who moved with his family to Cuba two years after Castro took power and who became an officer in the Cuban intelligence service.
Ojeda was implicated in a rocket attack on the federal courthouse in San Juan which was carried out with weapons abandoned by the U.S. in Vietnam and shipped through Cuba to the Macheteros. He died in 2005 during a shootout with the FBI in Puerto Rico.
Víctor Gerena, the Wells Fargo thief, is believed to still be in Cuba, along with William Morales, a convicted bomb-maker for the FALN on the Fraunces Tavern explosion.
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.
Good news for Mexico:
Unemployment in Mexico fell to its lowest level in nine years in October amid strong private-sector job growth that has supported consumption and helped keep the economy expanding.
. . .
The jobs numbers and an apparent stabilization of the balance of payments suggest the economy may not be performing as far below capacity as generally perceived, although an expected economic slowdown and uncertainty following the election of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could begin to undermine a so-far resilient labor market, he added.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Teresa May, Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau, and Michelle Bachelet are not attending the bloody dictator’s funeral.
There’s a ban on alcohol, music and nightlife.
— Nic Robertson (@NicRobertsonCNN) November 29, 2016
You can be sure the Comités de la Revolución are keeping track of who goes.
So what really was Fidel’s Cuba? A huge tick – sucking blood for sixty years. First, during the years of the Soviet Union, turning the country into a client state of that defunct system for a few billion dollars a year; enough to keep people fed, well mostly. Then the USSR fell and the tick crawled elsewhere in the desperate search of lifeblood – and those were terrible years, called the “Periodo Especial” in Cuban nomenclature (google it). Rickets, nutritional-deficiency-induced blindness. Starvation. Then along came Hugo – a product of the temper tantrum that paid huge dividends, and the tick latched on. Until Venezuela dried up – this article is the most poignant I’ve ready for a while. But I also wrote one that went viral, “The Suicide of Venezuela” that could have as easily been called a homicide, perpetuated by warden Fidel.
I’ll be on Silvio Canto’s podcast tonight at 8pm Eastern. Will add the link later today.
Linked to by Doug Ross. Thank you!