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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Rafters’ death toll is extremely high. The estimate number of the victims was derived by Dr. Armando Lago econometric research from data in studies by the Oceanographic Institute of the University of Miami and the University of Havana, and reports by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    The estimate number of Cuban rafters attempting to escape from 1959 to 2016 surpass 240,000. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that only one in four rafters who have attempted to escape from the island, mostly by sea in small boats and makeshift rafts keep afloat by using inner tubes and disregards tires as floating devises, has been successful, about 60,000; another 35% have been captured, over 84,000, and most of them send back. Another 40%, more than 96,000, have died at sea attempting to escape. This is a staggering figure that is never mention by the mainstream media. “When one dies, it is a tragedy. When a million die, it is a statistic.”

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Fact # 6. He claimed all property for himself and his henchmen, strangled food production and impoverished the vast majority of his people.

    Forbes magazine on May 5, 2006 in the article “Fortunes of Kings, Queens and Dictators” Fortunes Of Kings, Queens And Dictators, estimates Fidel Castro personal fortune at $900 million. “For another controversial dictator, Fidel Castro, we assume he has economic control over a web of state-owned companies, including El Palacio de Convenciones, a convention center near Havana; Cimex, retail conglomerate; and Medicuba, which sells vaccines and other pharmaceuticals produced in Cuba…. To be conservative, we don’t try to estimate any past profits he may have pocketed, though we have heard rumors of large stashes in Swiss bank accounts. Castro, for the record disagrees, insisting his personal net worth is zero.

    On May 16, 2006, Castro, on a TV program refuting Forbes story about his personal fortune, claims his net worth is zilch and that he earns a salary of just 900 Cuban pesos a month (equivalent to $36).

    Defectors who were close to Castro’s inner circle say that the figure used by Forbes was not even close to the Castro family real fortune. Due to the fact that the Castroit tyrannical regime has total control, everything related to Castro and his family are state secret, and it is very difficult to estimate the actual figure.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Excerpts of the excellent research paper of 20 pages by Maria C. Werlau “FIDEL CASTRO, INC.: A GLOBAL CONGLOMERATE” (https://ascecuba.org/c/wp-content/up...v15-werlau.pdf)

    In Fidel Castro’s Holdings, she says “Arguably, Fidel Castro “owns” most of Cuba. As supreme ruler of one of the world’s most tightly-held and closed economies, the level of usurpation of a country’s resources by one person that he has managed to carry out seems comparable in modern times only to that of present North Korea under the Kim Jong Il and his father, the late Kim Il Sung, before him. For nearly five decades, Fidel Castro has arbitrarily controlled and had at his sole disposal practically all of Cuba’s financial and economic resources.”

    In The Comandante’s Reserves she writes “What insiders commonly refer to as “the Comandante’s reserves,” consists of an integrated system of overseas bank accounts as well as the national reserve of fleets of automobiles and trucks, fuel, and stores of food and consumer and luxury goods for the elite.10 A large and complex web of enterprises inside and outside Cuba funnels funds and goods to these reserves and are commanded by high-ranking members of the nomenklatura and the Armed Forces, both in active service and retired.” And in The Corporate Conglomerate says “Corporations created both inside and outside of Cuba to engage in international business are said to be a primary source of revenues for Castro. As a former Cuban government official explains, “these were enterprises created to generate funds outside the planning system, as if they were the private property of certain government officials.”12 Many of these businesses are involved in joint venture arrangements or other business relationships with foreign interests. The companies are not subject to audits or any type of disclosure, so it is impossible to assess the extent of their activities and revenues. Revenues from many of these corporations are said to go directly, often in full, to the Comandante’s Reserves.13”

    In WHAT DOES THE COMANDANTE DO WITH HIS RESERVES? She says “there seems to be no limit to the resources available to Fidel Castro, whether for his pet projects or his personal security and enjoyment. Although top members of the nomenklatura enjoy privileges unavailable to the population,96 the lifestyle of Fidel and Raul’s families and their access to all sorts of goods and services not available to the Cuban population is unrivaled. Yet, they together with the highest members of the government elite have strict orders to avoid appearing ostentatious and to stay out of the limelight.97”

    In Drug Trafficking, Criminal Activities and Money Laundering, she writes “The money-laundering question was recently fueled by a May 2004 US $100 million fine imposed by the New York FederaDrug Trafficking, Criminal Activil Reserve Bank on UBS (Union of Banques Suisses) Investment Bank of Switzerland…. UBS had been caught buying and selling U.S. dollars to countries under U.S. sanctions—Iran, Libya, Yugoslavia, and Cuba—and filing fraudulent reports to conceal this activity.84 The transactions with Cuba, totaling US$3.9 billion over a period of seven years, were by the largest by far. In essence, UBS had knowingly been accepting old dollar bills from Cuba and, instead of exchanging them for new bills, as required, had been crediting accounts held by Cuba or unnamed sources from Cuba and filing phony reports. Importantly, UBS has refused to publicly reveal in whose name are the accounts controlled by Cuba, alleging “client confidentiality.”85 This is strange, as the obvious holders of such accounts would be official entities of the Cuban government, the Cuban Central Bank the most logical one.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Fidel Castro claimed that he lived a life of exemplary revolutionary frugality on a salary of merely $36 per month. Lieutenant Cornel Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, who was a personal bodyguard of Fidel Castro for 17 years from 1977 to 1994, as well as intelligence officer from the Ministry of the Interior, wrote a book of memoirs, “The Double Live of Fidel Castro”, where he describe Fidel secret live, dismiss his claimed of frugality, “He always claims he lives frugally. Lies. He lives in a luxury that most Cubans can’t even imagine.”

    Castro’s immense personal fortune, including about 20 luxury homes, a getaway island named Cayo Piedra (Stone Cay), located south of the Bay of Pigs, with a huge pool, a heliport, a dolphinarium, a turtle lagoon, an 88 foot luxury yacht and several fishing vessels, and appropriation of public money. He said Castro had his own hospital boat. Only special friends were allow in the cay. Guests were looked after by attractive young women.

    Sanchez said he went deep sea fishing, scuba-diving or spear-fishing with the Cuban leader “hundreds of times” watching him wash down his own freshly caught lobster with his favourite scotch, 12-year-old Chivas Regal.


    Fidel Castro mansion in Stone Key

    Sanchez writes, “Castro was like a God to me. I had always been prepared to die for him. But after hearing a 1988 conversation involving Castro and Colombian drug dealers, it was as if the sky had fallen in on me.” He alleged that Castro approved a drug-smuggling operation that led to the execution of Cuban army Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa in 1989.

    Others defectors have confirmed Sanchez story, like Eliseo Reyes Rodriguez, an intelligence officer from the Ministry of the Interior, who spent many years as one of Castro bodyguards, the last 5 in his innermost ring of bodyguards.

    In his book Sanchez says “Castro, now 87, controlled several numbered bank accounts abroad and the finances of several state enterprises — including a small gold mine on the Isle of Youth.”

    None of the bank accounts or enterprises were in Castro’s name, but they didn’t have to be, the bodyguard said. “He didn’t have to report to anyone. He had sole control” over economic activity that Sánchez estimated at “hundreds of millions of dollars” over 10 years.

    Manuel de Beunza, a defector who used to handle the finances for the Ministry of the Interior when he was a top officer in Cuba’s intelligence services, said that Castro has the Havin Bank LTD in the UK that is completely controlled by him. He also said that the regime has created 270 corporations around the world that report directly to Castro.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Fact # 7. He outlawed private enterprise and labor unions, wiped out Cuba’s large middle class and turned Cubans into slaves of the state.

    On January 15, 1960, Castro begun the purge, persecution and jail of more than 50% of the labor leaders, most of them members of the 26th of July Movement, who had been democratically elected in the 10th Congress of the CTC on November 1959, thus destroying the rights attained by the workers and the labor movement as a whole.

    On October 13, 1960, the Castro regime expropriated without compensation most of the private property, including all banks owned by Cubans and 375 large companies, which include sugar mills, commercial industries, transport, construction and railways companies, textile mills, dairy products, distilleries, breweries, soap and perfumes factories among others, most of them owned by Cubans.

    In September 1961, the Castro regime confiscated all private schools and universities, including all the assets such as facilities, buildings, bank accounts, etc., without any compensation to their rightful owners. The regime intention was to implement its socialist ideas. From early age, children are indoctrinated in their schools with the regime political beliefs of communism.

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    On March 12, 1962, the Castro regime decreed by law the rationing of supplies. This was the beginning of the ration book, supposedly for only a year, but after 60 years still is in effect. The creation of the Office for Consumer Control Supply and Distribution (OFICODA), instituted to assure the “equitable” distribution of food products, would also serve as an apparatus for citizen control, under pretense of controlling food distribution.

    On March 13, 1968, Castro announced the implementation of the “Revolutionary Offensive”, aimed to take full control of the economy and total control over the population. In a few days more than 55,600 small businesses were nationalized. About 33% of the businesses were closed, and all that remained were around 150,000 small farmers that owned 30% of the land and produced about 70% of the food. The so call “offensive” exacerbated the shortage of consumer goods. The regime took control of about 90% of the economy and crippled it.

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    Fact #8. He persecuted gay people and tried to eradicate religion.

    The Castroit regime draconian anti-homosexual policies are coherent with their enslavement of the Cuban people. These policies share a totalitarian underpinning that bars basic human choice, like where you can live, whom you can love, etc. A regime that reduces human beings to personal property is hardly willing to allow manifestation of particular affection.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Pre-criminal danger to society is a legal charge under Cuban regime law which allows the authorities to detain people whom they think they are likely to commit crimes in the future. Under Cuba's penal code, the charge covers behaviors contrary “to the standards of communist morality.” The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison. By using this law the regime imprisons people without justification. Many LGBT people through the years have been jailed under those charges.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    Pre-criminal danger to society is a legal charge under Cuban regime law which allows the authorities to detain people whom they think they are likely to commit crimes in the future. Under Cuba's penal code, the charge covers behaviors contrary “to the standards of communist morality.” The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison. By using this law the regime imprisons people without justification. Many LGBT people through the years have been jailed under those charges.
    The implementation of this controversial law replaced the first labor camp established by Che Guevara in the Guanahacabibes region in western Cuba in 1960, to confine people who had committed no crime punishable by law. This camp was the precursor of the concentration camps established in Camagüey province from 1965 to 1968 called Military Units to Aid Production (UMAP), to confined dissidents, homosexuals, Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, Afro-Cuban priests, and other such “scum.” In those camps homosexuals were often beaten, and occasionally raped, by criminal gangs in the camps. Some gays were killed; others committed suicide. The western left didn't care of what was going on, and did nothing in defense of those confined in the concentration camps. Their imprisonments take place based on the law of pre-criminal dangerousness, which according to its own text, include “therapeutic,” “re-education” and “vigilant” measures by the “organs of the National Revolutionary Police.” . The western left didn't care of what was going on, and did nothing in defense of those confined in the concentration camps.

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