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“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,” Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”
Its agriculture in shambles from decades of shifting policies, Cuba now depends on imports for 80% of its food. Fifty-eight years into its revolution Cuba is still rationing basics, and worse, rations have been cut, no longer providing minimal levels of nutrition. People can’t subsist on six pounds of rice per month, 20 ounces of beans, one cup of cooking oil, and 12 eggs. -Barry D. Wood
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.
A 1980s Soviet Grocery Store
Stalin explained to Wells that planned economies increase output in those “branches of the industry which produce goods that the masses of the people need particularly.” -Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
Communist Family Values
The heir of deceased tyrant Kim Jong Il, smiling brightly, is surrounded by multiple generations of stern, sad, and spooked faces. -Breitbart News
Violence, Character, Oops, Communism
Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was taken into custody earlier this year on the orders of Kim Jong-un, who assumed the leadership after the death of his father in December. On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave "no trace of him behind, down to his hair," according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and "obliterated."
My family suffered tremendously, it was very traumatic; especially for my mom, Blanca Rojas, who was pregnant when my grandfather was murdered. Imagine seeing your dad being murdered on national television! She immediately went into labor. By then, Che’s goons had surrounded our family house, and didn’t allow my mother to go to a hospital. A midwife had to be called to assist her with the labor. My brother, Silvio Gonzalez, was born on the same bed that belonged to my granddad. What is a person supposed to do? Rejoice for the birth of her son, or weep for the murder of her father?
Cuban Firing Squad
"The world needs people like Fidel who have the ability to teach people to dream and to make their dreams reality." -Alexis Leyva Machado
Prisoner Tried, Condemned & Executed in Cuba
Shot by Firing Squad Without a Trial
#Cuba I'm with my uncle, shot by a firing squad w/o a trial by #FidelCasto #tyranny #FreedomforCuba pic.twitter.com/YoYHkLZHbw— Yvonne M. Conde (@YvonneMConde) November 26, 2016
"Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!" -Jill Stein, Useful Idiot