Castro instruye a Chávez pic.twitter.com/356baDduSF
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) June 5, 2017
Recommended reading, in English:
You can become a Certified Latin American Idiot: Not just any idiot, but an honest-to-goodness Idiot With A Certificate™.
All you need is money to travel to Argentina, room, board, and presto! You are an Idiot With A Certificate™.
And you are readily recognized as a communist agitator.
What’s not to love?
Carlos Eire reports:
This new seminar was established by the communist assembly ALBA (Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas), according to the Castro regime web site “Cubadebate” and the Argentine communist web site “Marcha.”
The seminar will meet four times between April and July in Córdoba, at the Clínica Che Guevara, and in Buenos Aires, at the Anfiteatro Eva Perón, and will feature speakers from the Castro Kingdom and elsewhere.
Those who attend the seminar will be awarded diplomas.
The intended audience is described as “militantes de organizaciones populares y sociales” (militants from social and popular organizations). In other words: communist agitators.
The seminar is open to the general public, nonetheless, and will charge no fees whatsoever.
I checked and, indeed, Telesur and the other websites mentioned above did report it.
One question,, though: ALBA used to be sponsored by Venezuelan oil, so who’s paying for the seminars? If this is, what about the Venezuelans who are dumpster-diving?
But I digress.
Those of you who already are Perfect Latin American Idiots, here’s your chance to evolve into an Idiot With A Certificate™.
Trending at BadBlue.
From the brilliant Michael Ramirez,
The dead idol of a broken system, in an island where the military run the businesses,
Fidel Castro’s ashes carried by broken car being pushed by the military:
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.
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!
Lastly, for all of Castro’s ranting about the exploitive nature of capitalism, it takes a truly mercenary mind to come up with the schemes his regime employed to garner hard currency — from drug-running, to assassinations to, well, vampiric behavior. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported in 1966 that 166 Cuban prisoners were executed on a single day in May of that year. But before they were killed, they were forced to undergo the forced extraction of an average of seven pints of blood from their bodies. This blood was sold to Communist Vietnam at a rate of $50 per pint. Those who underwent the bloodletting suffered cerebral anemia and a state of unconsciousness and paralysis. But that didn’t stop the executions; the victims were carried on a stretcher to the killing field where they were then shot.
On second thought, Dante may have found it a suitable punishment for Fidel.
Officials did not say where they talked, but photos appeared to show them inside Castro’s home. A government statement said the two leaders discussed the importance of food production and threats to world peace.
Yeahm “the importance of food production and threats to world peace”; that, and the billions of freshly-laundered cash that Obama so kindly shipped to the mullahs. Rouhani praised Cuba’s “economic resilience.”
Carlos Eire has the perfect headline:
Nosferatu and little brother King Raul meet with Iranian despot Rouhani
They’re Two of a Kind,
This time I found a keeper, I made up my mind
Lord the perfect combination is her heart and mine
The sky’s the limit, no hill is too steep
We’re playin’ for fun, but we’re playin’ for keeps