Cuba’s revolution leader wasn’t as modest as he led on. A decade ago, Forbes estimated Fidel Castro’s personal net worth at $900 million. That's a lot of socialist rationing for one person. Luxurious living arrangements were especially appealing to Castro.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of The Communist Manifesto, would be appalled by the misery endured by Cuba’s ordinary citizens and shocked by the relatively luxurious lifestyles of those who keep the poor down by force. -Michael J. Totten
Hypocrisy, Degeneracy, Financial, Narrative, Oops, Greed, Communism
As millions of North Koreans starve, the despot’s guests – members of the nation’s political elite – dine on the finest imported food like lobsters, scallops and French cheeses and wash it down with bottles of champagne, fine wines, whisky and brandy.
Hypocrisy, Greed, Communism, Murder
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.
Hypocrisy, Character, Oops, Greed, Communism
The richest person in Venezuela isn’t a billionaire industrialist, but the daughter of dead socialist President Hugo Chavez, according to Venezuelan media reports. María Gabriela, Chavez’s favourite daughter, is reported to be worth a staggering $4.2 billion. Gabriela’s father was a notorious opponent of capitalism and Venezuela’s entrepreneurial class. When he was alive he went so far to say “capitalism leads us straight to hell.”... According to the Criminal Justice International Associates, the Chavez family amassed a vast fortune at the height of Venezuela’s oil boom.
The thing about Communism, at least to the uninitiated, is that it appears to be identical in all respects to a hereditary aristocracy. If one didn’t know better it would seem that the more Communist a country, such as North Korea, the more it resembles a monarchy. In China the children of the Polituburo members are actually called princesses and princes and they gad about in a style that make the current European royalty look like a bunch of low-rent grifters. -Richard Fernandez
Hypocrisy, Character, Oops, Greed, Communism
Ri Sol-Ju, the wife of leader Kim Jong-Un, was pictured accompanying him on a “field guidance trip” to an army unit. Ri is wearing a white dress with black top and next to her is a small handbag, with the luxury brand’s “D” metal tag... The bag is on sale in Seoul, South Korea’s capital for 1.8 million won (£1,022), a cost that is equivalent to the average annual income in North Korea.
Hypocrisy, Character, Oops, Greed, Lie, Communism
A new book on the hidden life of Fidel Castro claims the Cuban leader lived in luxury on his own private island, which included a turtle farm... However, in the new book La Vie Cachée de Fidel Castro (Fidel Castro's Hidden Life), a former bodyguard says Castro never renounced 'capitalist comforts'... Juan Reinaldo Sánchez, who worked for the leader for 17 years and now lives in America, says that the vast majority of his countrymen weren't aware of their leader's lavish lifestyle, which is in stark comparison to normal Cubans.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, AntiAmerican, Greed, Communism
Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and his wife Gwendolyn, 71, served as clandestine agents, shuffling secrets to their Cuban handlers, claiming they lived in fear. The couple who professed a deep love for Fidel Castro and the country's system of government ultimately planned to retire and sail to the island country in the Caribbean to live a life of luxury on their yacht.
Hypocrisy, Character, Greed, Communism, Theft
Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA), a risk assessment and global analysis firm in Miami, estimated in a recent report that the Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has “amassed a fortune” similar to that of the Castro brothers in Cuba. According to Jerry Brewer, president of CJIA, “the personal fortune of the Castro brothers has been estimated at a combined value of around $2 billion.” “The Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has amassed a fortune of a similar scale since the arrival of Chávez to the presidency in 1999,” said Brewer in an analysis published in their website.