If you decide to join the jerks who visit cool countries and travel to the island-prison, there are a couple of things you may want to keep in mind.
Number three is a doozy. Read my post, Cuba: Before you Airbnb.
Mary O’Grady writes about A Soviet Cleansing in Cuba.The Russians used their experience at home to annihilate dissident peasants.
Most Americans have never heard of the anti-Castro uprising in Cuba’s Escambray Mountains, which began in 1959 and took Fidel and the Soviet Union six years to put down. At the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the episode is worth revisiting. If not for 400 Soviets sent to Cuba under the command of the Red Army and the KGB in 1961, it is unlikely that Castro would have prevailed.
What happened in the Escambray pokes a giant hole in Castro’s narrative that his revolution was a justified power grab supported by working-class and rural Cubans. The fact is that when Cubans began to understand that Fidel planned to replace Fulgencio Batista as the next dictator and to impose communism, many rebelled. None fought harder than central Cuba’s guajiros—small land owners and tenant farmers.
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Castro understood the importance of controlling the press, foreign as well as domestic. He used that control to popularize his version of events. He framed the resistance—those who rejected his communist takeover—as a white, urban aristocracy unhappy because it was losing its privilege under his new justice. Meanwhile, he wiped out whole farming communities with Stalinesque ruthlessness, and he did it with guidance from the Kremlin, which exported its experience in intelligence gathering and repression.
Read the whole thing.
Carlos Eire reports that Castro, Inc. profits from hurricane Irma by offering loans to its victims
Time for a slight correction: Castro, Inc. has not totally ignored ordinary Cubans.
No, not at all.
It has offered them loans. Yes, loans.
In other words, it is profiting from this natural disaster and the suffering it has caused the Cuban people.
Since insurance doesn’t exist in a totalitarian regime such as Castrogonia, there is no way for anyone to repair damage caused by hurricanes or any other disasters.
This means that Cubans — all of whom earn no more than $30 per month — have no way of fixing their damaged homes.
So, along comes Castro, Inc. with a diabolical solution: loans. Yes, loans! Unbelievable, but true.
It’s even more obscene when you realize that there are no property rights in Cuba.
Carlos Eire, who lived near the mansion that Che appropriated for himself, has a theory on Che’s Irish Postage Stamp and the New, Improved, Postcolonial White Folk’s Burden
In sum, anyone from the affluent world who thinks that the repressive, soul-crushing, collectivist nightmare that calls itself the Cuban Revolution is good for Cubans but not for themselves is implicitly admitting that they are superior to Cubans in some way, be it morally, economically, intellectually, culturally or racially. It makes no difference how the differences are parsed; anyone who says that Che was a virtuous hero or that the repressive Castro regime he served is good for Cubans but not for themselves necessarily implies that Cubans are somehow different and that they are undeserving or incapable of enjoying the same political, social, and economic rights, either because they are in some way inferior or less developed, or because they are construed as simpler, purer, abnormal or uncivilized in some essential way, much like Rousseau’s noble savage. And no one can dispute the fact that most of those who tend to hold such views or who invest capital in Cuba’s tourism industry, or go there as tourists happen to be Europeans and North Americans of European stock who think of themselves as white and of Cubans as “people of colour.” Ironically, then, Rudyard Kipling, the ultimate poster boy of old-style colonialism, turns out to be the intellectual and spiritual forebear of today’s leftist ideologues, and of anyone who defends the so-called accomplishments of Che, and the so-called Cuban Revolution. It may come as a surprise and a great shock to anyone who venerates Che to hear that they are similar in outlook and attitude to Rudyard Kipling, a dead white male who embodies so much political incorrectness. But the obscene, undeniable truth is that there is virtually no difference between anyone alive today who says that Fidel and Che did great things for Cubans and anyone in days of yore who argued that European imperialism was a blessing to all those benighted “new-caught, sullen peoples,” that Kipling called “half-devil and half-child.”
The bigotry and racism of these postcolonial neocolonialists may not lead them to conquer non-white folk, but it does cause them to think that there are still “sullen peoples” who are actually happier when subjected to all sorts of repression at the hands of their own “enlightened” or “visionary” despots.
Read the whole thing.
I wonder what the Venn diagram would look like if you join the Che worshippers, the people who think Mao’s revolution made women’s lives much better, and those believing on the superiority of communist women’s orgasms.
2017: Fifty years after he left being in charge of Cuba’s firing squads and heading to Bolivia, where he was killed while still wearing his Rolex, communist Che Guevara was honored in India and Cuba this week.
Ireland issued a commemorative stamp.
They should have gone with this instead,
Four years ago, in 2013: The murderous racist was honored by UNESCO
Cuba held a ceremony on Friday to celebrate UNESCO’s despicable decision to include “The Life and Works of Ernesto Che Guevara” among 54 new additions to the Memory of the World Register, approved on June 18 by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.
Spanish news agency EFE has the most information on the ceremony, with quotes from Che’s family members who attended the event. Here is the official UNESCO page documenting the inclusion of 431 manuscripts by Che and 567 documents about Che or related to him
Would they find this quote?,
“The Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent… We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the Cuban revolution. By which I mean: nothing!”
Returning to this week’s news,
Anyone at all still questioning today’s decision to leave UNESCO? https://t.co/g9MgVaLN5t
— Mike Gonzalez (@Gundisalvus) October 12, 2017
Sabrina Martín at Panampost writes,
Venezuela’s Medicine Shortages Overwhelming Border Cities in Guyana, Colombia, Brazil. The ongoing problem is getting worse,
Venezuela’s political crisis has bled into widespread food and medical shortages for some time now, causing families to travel to neighboring countries such as Colombia in search of basic healthcare and vaccines for children.
If you were wondering about the thousands of Cuban doctors sent to Venezuela under the Barrio Adentro oil-for-doctors program, last January the Miami Herald reported, Dumping medicine, faking patients: Cuban doctors describe a system that breeds fraud
“I worked for three and a half years as a dentist in Venezuela, and it was horrible dealing with the statistics,” said Rodríguez, who defected from the program late last year and is in Colombia awaiting a U.S. visa. “I might see five patients a day, but I had to say I’d seen 18, and then throw all that medicine away, because we simply had to.”
Trashing medicine in a country where it’s desperately needed was painful, doctors said. But if they were caught giving it away — or even worse, selling it — they would be kicked out of the mission and sent back to Cuba. And regular audits of their supplies meant they needed them to match their patient count.
There’s a lot of money involved (emphasis added),
“You have to understand that Venezuela pays Cuba based on statistics, not based on what’s really happening in the clinics,” he explained.
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Dentists are particularly under the gun because Venezuela pays for their services in cash, as opposed to crude, workers said.
Communism does not work.
In other news,
this is why the U.N. has lost respect. https://t.co/9YRGXxWX9q
— MaryAnastasiaO'Grady (@MaryAnastasiaOG) September 5, 2017