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FIDEL CASTRO’S COMMUNIST UTOPIA

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Fidel Castro’s Communist Utopia

He turned a developing Cuba into an impoverished prison.

Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, pictured in 2003, has died at age 90. PHOTO:ZUMA PRESS
November 28, 2016

Fidel Castro’s legacy of 57 years in power is best understood by the fates of two groups of his countrymen—those who remained in Cuba and suffered impoverishment and dictatorship, and those who were lucky or brave enough to flee to America to make their way in freedom. No progressive nostalgia after his death Friday at age 90 should disguise this murderous and tragic record.

Castro took power on New Year’s Day in 1959 serenaded by the Western media for toppling dictator Fulgencio Batista and promising democracy. He soon revealed that his goal was to impose Communist rule. He exiled clergy, took over Catholic schools and expropriated businesses. Firing squads and dungeons eliminated rivals and dissenters.

The terror produced a mass exodus. An April 1961 attempt by the CIA and a small force of expatriate Cubans to overthrow Castro was crushed at the Bay of Pigs in a fiasco for the Kennedy Administration. Castro aligned himself with the Soviet Union, and their 1962 attempt to establish a Soviet missile base on Cuba nearly led to nuclear war. The crisis was averted after President Kennedy sent warships to intercept the missiles, but the Soviets extracted a U.S. promise not to invade Cuba again.

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VIDEO -OBAMA ENCOURAGES ILLEGALS TO NOT FEAR BEING IDENTIFIED WHEN THEY VOTE

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

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THE CLINTON FOUNDATION LEFT A TOXIC LEGACY IN COLOMBIA

Monday, October 17th, 2016

 

The Clinton Foundation left a

toxic legacy in Colombia

October 13, 2016
By Ken Silverstein andThe American Media Institute   Ken Silverstein is a Washington-based investigative reporter and editor of the site WashingtonBabylon.com. He has written for Harpers, the New York Observer, and VICE.

Hillary Clinton has long said she is “very proud” of the Clinton Foundation’s work, but many of its beneficiaries in Colombia wonder why.

Since Bill Clinton established the foundation in the late 1990s, with help over the years from Hillary and daughter Chelsea, the nonprofit “global philanthropic empire” has raised roughly $2 billion from foreign governments and various wealthy donors to tackle global development and health problems. While intense media scrutiny has focused on the foundation’s donations and its use of that money – partly because of the wealth of available information on its vast financial intake – little sustained attention has been dedicated to its accomplishments on the ground.

“They are doing nothing for workers,” one Colombian union official told us, with disgust. “I don’t even know what they are doing in this country other than exploiting poverty and extracting money.”

Colombia should be the Clinton Foundation’s best case study. Ground zero for the drug wars of the 1980s and 90s, racked by uneven development and low-intensity conflict for half a century, Colombia has received more foundation money and attention than any other nation outside the United States. Bill and Hillary Clinton have visited the country often and enjoy close relationships with members of Colombia’s ruling party. Colombia has also been home to the vast oil and natural gas holdings of the man who is reportedly the Clinton Foundation’s largest individual donor, Canadian financier Frank Giustra. In short, conditions were right for Colombia to be the shining example of what the Clinton Foundation’s philanthropy can accomplish in the world, and what makes Hillary so proud of its efforts.

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SURGED IN AUGUST

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

 

llegal immigration surged in August, illegal families set for worst year on record

 – The Washington Times – Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Border Patrol agents are getting “hammered” by a new surge of illegal immigration into Texas, the agency’s chief told Congress on Tuesday as new numbers showed a massive influx in August, defying the usual pattern of a late-summer slowdown.

The worst of the new surge is coming in the form of families traveling together — usually mothers and children fleeing violence and poverty in Central America and trying to reunite with relatives already living in the U.S., often illegally. Nearly 10,000 people were nabbed by agents traveling as families in August alone, marking a 24 percent spike over the previous month.

All told, more than 68,000 “family units,” as the Border Patrol calls them, have been caught so far in fiscal year 2016, and with a month still to go it’s almost certain the previous record, set in 2014, will be shattered.

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VIDEO – BORDER PATROL WEBSITE LISTS SAFE ZONES FOR ILLEGALS

Friday, August 5th, 2016

FOX BUSINESS INTERVIEW OF PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA, SHERIFF PAUL BABEU

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15 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LA RAZA – MICHELLE MALKIN

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

2008 – Michelle Malkin

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WHAT’S SOCIALISM, DAD ?

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

 

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What’s Socialism, Dad?

Venezuela provides a lesson to anyone tempted to feel the Bern.

The Big Brothers are watching in Caracas, Venezuela.ENLARGE
The Big Brothers are watching in Caracas, Venezuela. PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Noah, my 10-year-old son, was reading over my shoulder a powerfulstory about the state of medicine in Venezuela by Nick Casey in Sunday’s New York Times. We scrolled through images of filthy operating rooms, broken incubators and desperate patients lying in pools of blood, dying for lack of such basics as antibiotics.

“Dad, why are the hospitals like this?”

“Socialism.”

“What’s socialism?”

I told him it’s an economic system in which the government seizes and runs industries, sets prices for goods, and otherwise dictates what you can and cannot do with your money, and therefore your life. He received my answer with the abstracted interest you’d expect if I had been describing atmospheric conditions on Uranus.

Here’s what I wish I had said: Socialism is a mental poison that leads to human misery of the sort you see in these wrenching pictures.

The lesson seems all the more necessary when discredited ideologies are finding new champions in high places. When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died in 2013, an obscure U.K. parliamentarian tweeted, “Thanks Hugo Chavez for showing that the poor matter and wealth can be shared. He made massive contributions to Venezuela & a very wide world.”

The parliamentarian was Jeremy Corbyn, now leader of the Labour Party.

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THE POPE AND THE HAMMER AND SICKLE

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

 

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July 14, 2015

The Pope and the Hammer and Sickle

Dennis Prager

7/14/2015 12:01:00 AM – Dennis Prager

Last week the Marxist quasi-dictator of Bolivia, Evo Morales, presented Pope Francis with a gift: a carved wooden hammer and sickle cross on which the figure of Christ is crucified.

The Vatican announced that the pope had not been informed in advance about the gift. And some commentators said photos of the pope and Morales show that the pope was actually offended. That was a false — probably wishful — interpretation. The pope himself later announced that he was keeping the hammer and sickle crucifix and taking it home, saying, “I understand this work. For me it wasn’t an offense.”

And as reported by The Guardian, “Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said he personally wasn’t offended by Morales’ gift.”

The pope’s acceptance of Morales’ gift — along with his attacks on capitalism during his Latin American tour — further confirms one of the most troubling moral developments of our time: The Roman Catholic Church is currently led by a man whose social, political and economic views have been shaped by Leftism more than by any other religious or moral system.

It also reconfirms what is probably the single most important development one needs to understand in order to make sense of the contemporary world: The most dynamic religion of the past hundred years has been Leftism — not Christianity or Islam or any other traditional religion. Indeed, regarding traditional religions, Leftism has influenced them — particularly Christianity and Judaism — far more than they have influenced the Left. Mainstream Protestant Christianity, much of Catholicism (especially in Latin America, where Pope Francis lived his whole life before becoming pope), and most of non-Orthodox Judaism have become essentially liberal/Left movements with religious (and in the case of Judaism, ethnic) identities. (more…)

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THE CASTRO BROTHERS AND OBAMA

Monday, April 13th, 2015

 

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Obama Rehabilitates the Castro Brothers

The Organization of American States is now open to dictatorships.

Castro brothers Fidel and Raul in 2004.
By
Mary Anastasia O’Grady

EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  Being outcasts made Raúl and Fidel Castro feel disrespected. So they pressured much of the rest of the region to say that if Cuba were again left out, they would boycott the event. In December Mr. Obama folded.

It was a sign of how bad things are in the Americas. Authoritarian governments now rule in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia. All employ, to varying degrees, at least some elements of the Cuban model in which the executive consolidates power, civil society is suppressed, and due process is passe.

Elections are rigged. Rulers expropriate at will. Media outlets that dare to differ from the party line face legal burdens that can wipe them out.

Democratic institutions in Brazil and Chile remain intact, but the socialist leaders in both countries are great admirers of the Castros and wouldn’t dream of offending their hard-left constituencies. Colombia is compromised by its peace talks in Havana with FARC narco-terrorists.

When President Obama travels to Panama for the 7th Summit of the Americas later this week, expect to be inundated with platitudes about the blossoming of democracy in the region. Don’t believe it. Repression is on the march in the Americas, and U.S. ambivalence is part of the problem.

In the White House’s lack of moral clarity, the region’s bullies smell weakness. One result is that a Caribbean backwater run by gangster brothers now has the upper hand in setting the regional agenda. (more…)

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WAR CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON? VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

Friday, December 5th, 2014

 

         
December 4, 2014 
War Clouds on the Horizon?
A large war is looming absent preventive American vigilance.
By Victor Davis Hanson

The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous — in a way we’ve seen before.

 

In the decade before World War I, the near-hundred-year European peace that had followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914. Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon — and were ignored.

The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading. Imperial Germany was rising. Czarist Russia was beset with revolutionary rebellion. As power shifted, decline for some nations seemed like opportunity for others.

The same was true in 1939. The tragedy of the Versailles Treaty of 1919 was not that it had been too harsh. In fact, it was far milder than the terms Germany had imposed on a defeated Russia in 1918 or the requirements it had planned for France in 1914.

Instead, Versailles combined the worst of both worlds: harsh language without any means of enforcement.

The subsequent appeasement of Britain and France, the isolationism of the United States, and the collaboration of the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany green-lighted Hitler’s aggression — and another world war.

We are entering a similarly dangerous interlude. Collapsing oil prices — a good thing for most of the world — will make troublemakers like oil-exporting Iran and Russia take even more risks.

Terrorist groups such as the Islamic State feel that conventional military power has no effect on their agendas. The West is seen as a tired culture of Black Friday shoppers and maxed-out credit-card holders.

NATO is underfunded and without strong American leadership. It can only hope that Vladimir Putin does not invade a NATO country such as Estonia, rather than prepare for the likelihood that he will, and soon. (more…)

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