Castro hit with a stroke?

Well, that’s what the Miami Herald reported yesterday:

“He suffered an embolic stroke and recognizes absolutely no one,” said José Marquina, a respected doctor who in the past has claimed to have direct information about the illness affecting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

Every day, closer and closer…


Watch Cold Case: Stealing Home on CBS tonight

Tonight, CBS will air a special episode of their police drama series Cold Case. The episode, titled “Stealing Home,” is about the murder of a baseball player who defected from Cuba. It airs at 9PM eastern, please watch it.

I’ve been told by a good friend that this episode will show the truth about Cuba, as opposed to the whitewashed tropical paradise the mainstream media would have you believe Cuba is under the Castros. That’s why it’s imperative for as many of us to watch it.

One of the stars of the show–Danny Pino–is a Cuban-American and I understand he helped write the script for tonight’s episode. I also understand Steven Bauer, another Cuban-American actor, will be on the show.

In case you’ve never seen it, Cold Case is about a fictional unit in the Philadelphia Police Department that, as the show’s name suggests, focuses on solving cold cases. The show is one of the few TV shows I watch and enjoy, and that’s before I knew Danny Pino’s background or that this episode would be shown at all.


Cuban baseball slavery

Babalu Blog has a blogburst today about the World Baseball Classic and Cuba’s sadly enslaved baseball team. The post is pegged to the top of the page and it includes a song parody of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” a special graphic and this:

Cuba is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits its citizens from leaving without government permission, a violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Because Cuba’s athletic teams compete internationally the participants are constantly shadowed by members of Cuba’s state security apparatus. The primary objective of Cuban state security is to prevent defections which embarrass the Castro regime and deplete the country of athletic talent. In Democratic countries like the United States this presents a perverse situation where Cuban athletes are basically deprived of their rights to move freely.

As Babalu Blog notes, the MSM could care less about this. Pretty ironic about how the left and the Castro regime whines loudly about a US prison–Guantanamo–on Cuban soil while nobody seems to give a rat’s behind about a Cuban prison that travels the world.


A Country Without Liberty

Argentina’s Canal 5 Noticias (Channel 5 News) has done an excellent series of reports on the lack of freedom in Castro’s Cuba. They interviewed a variety of dissidents, including Dr. Hilda Molina–whose son lives in Argentina and the reporter was warned specifically not to go visit by Cuban authorities, despite having been promised by the same that she’d have “complete freedom of movement”–Yoani Sánchez, the famous and brave Cuban blogger; Las Damas de Blanco, or Ladies in White; Vladimiro Roca; Martha Beatriz Roque; and others.

The first video includes a segment where Cuba’s police harasses the reporter, as well as an interview of Dr. Molina. That video is below; links to the seven remaining videos (the series was broken into eight pieces) are further below. Sorry, all the videos are in Spanish. But you can still see what goes on, including the reporter getting harassed by Castro’s thugs. Too bad you’ll never see video like this on BBC or CNN.

A Country Without Liberty (part 2)
A Country Without Liberty (part 3)
A Country Without Liberty (part 4)
A Country Without Liberty (part 5)
A Country Without Liberty (part 6)
A Country Without Liberty (part 7)
A Country Without Liberty (part 8 )

Hat tip to Enrique Artalejo.


All’s quiet on the North Korean front

Yesterday, we posted that a Japanese newspaper was reporting that North Korea was set to make an “important announcement” today, which the scuttlebutt had that it could possibly be Kim Jong Il’s death or a coup d’etat.

Well, today, South Korea is reporting that everything in North Korea appears to be (ab)normal, as usual:

There was no unusual activity in North Korea on Monday, South Korean officials said, despite reports that Pyongyang was poised to make an announcement amid speculation about the health of its leader, Kim Jong Il.


On Sunday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency published typical propaganda dispatches praising Kim’s regime and criticizing the South Korean government. There were no articles indicating any imminent government announcement.

“Propaganda dispatches praising Kim’s regime and criticizing the South Korean government.” Yep, that sounds like what passes for normal in North Korea on any given day.


Kim Jong Il dead?

Is Castro’s North Korean buddy Kim Jong (Mentally) Il dead? Or is something else going on in North Korea?

Either way, the police state and Castro ally is set to make some sort of “important announcement” tomorrow, according to Sky News’ website:

The Sankei newspaper said there was speculation within Japan that the announcement could be about Kim’s death or a change in government brought about by a coup.

The 66-year-old Kim disappeared from public view in mid-August and failed appear on two important national holidays, leading to speculation that he was seriously ill.

United States and South Korean officials said he had suffered a stroke and had undergone brain surgery, but North Korea has denied that he is unwell.

Quoting unidentified sources at Japan’s defence ministry, the Sankei said Tokyo had information that “there will be an important announcement on (October) 20th”.

Very, very interesting.


Ho hum, in other obvious news,

night follows day, the sun rises in the east, water is wet and Cuba’s leader tells another whopper:

As a practical matter, it is impossible for this or any other newspaper to set the record straight every time the Cuban government tells a whopper. Orchestrating lies is the specialty of police states. Anyone who has ever listened to Radio Havana or watched a Cuban TV ”news” program knows that Cuban leaders lie to their own people and lie to the outside world. They even lie to each other. But sometimes the lie is so blatant, so malign, so far removed from the painful reality of life in Cuba that it must be refuted, for the sake of common decency if nothing else.

That’s the case with Raúl Castro’s recent claim that there has not been ”one sole case of torture” in Cuba. Even by Cuba’s standards, this is an astonishing falsehood, a lie of such outsized proportions that even Raúl Castro should have been ashamed to utter it.