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Cuba prepares for Venezuela energy disruptions | StratRisks

Cuba prepares for Venezuela energy disruptions | StratRisks.

Source: Miami Herald
Cuba prepares for Venezuela disruptions

As political violence in Venezuela rolls on, Cubans say they are hearing reports that Havana is making energy or military preparations for a possible disruption of its tight alliance with the South American nation.

Cuba’s stagnant economy depends overwhelmingly on Venezuelan subsidies estimated at well over $6 billion a year — even more than the former Soviet Union once provided to the Caribbean island.

“If something ugly happens in Venezuela, we are fried like in the Special Period,” said Havana teacher Yadiel Ramirez.

The end of Soviet subsidies in 1991 plunged Cuba into a brutal crisis, shrinking the economy by 33 percent and sparking widespread hunger.

Former top Cuban government economist Jesús “Marzo” Fernandez said close Cuban friends working in Venezuela for that country’s state-owned PDVSA oil company have told him Havana has prepared for a sudden stop in Venezuelan oil imports.

The friends said all oil storage facilities on the island, including those set aside for military, government and strategic reserves, were full to the top as of March 4, Fernandez said. Caracas sends Cuba abour 115,000 barrels per day, two-thirds of its consumption.

“They are preparing? No. They are prepared,” added Fernandez, who now lives in Miami. “They won’t be surprised. The Cubans work with a long-distance view.”

Most analysts remain skeptical of claims by the Venezuelan opposition of Cuban troops arriving in the country in recent weeks to defend President Nicolas Maduro and quell the anti-government protests that have left 25 dead and more than 300 injured.

Opposition activists have published long-distance photos of unidentified soldiers landing in a military airport, and reports of people with Cuban accents beating up anti-Maduro protesters.

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Cuba prepares for Venezuela energy disruptions | StratRisks

Cuba prepares for Venezuela energy disruptions | StratRisks.

Source: Miami Herald
Cuba prepares for Venezuela disruptions

As political violence in Venezuela rolls on, Cubans say they are hearing reports that Havana is making energy or military preparations for a possible disruption of its tight alliance with the South American nation.

Cuba’s stagnant economy depends overwhelmingly on Venezuelan subsidies estimated at well over $6 billion a year — even more than the former Soviet Union once provided to the Caribbean island.

“If something ugly happens in Venezuela, we are fried like in the Special Period,” said Havana teacher Yadiel Ramirez.

The end of Soviet subsidies in 1991 plunged Cuba into a brutal crisis, shrinking the economy by 33 percent and sparking widespread hunger.

Former top Cuban government economist Jesús “Marzo” Fernandez said close Cuban friends working in Venezuela for that country’s state-owned PDVSA oil company have told him Havana has prepared for a sudden stop in Venezuelan oil imports.

The friends said all oil storage facilities on the island, including those set aside for military, government and strategic reserves, were full to the top as of March 4, Fernandez said. Caracas sends Cuba abour 115,000 barrels per day, two-thirds of its consumption.

“They are preparing? No. They are prepared,” added Fernandez, who now lives in Miami. “They won’t be surprised. The Cubans work with a long-distance view.”

Most analysts remain skeptical of claims by the Venezuelan opposition of Cuban troops arriving in the country in recent weeks to defend President Nicolas Maduro and quell the anti-government protests that have left 25 dead and more than 300 injured.

Opposition activists have published long-distance photos of unidentified soldiers landing in a military airport, and reports of people with Cuban accents beating up anti-Maduro protesters.

Read More @ Source

Don’t Feed the Libertarian Trolls – Rebutted!

Don’t Feed the Libertarian Trolls – Rebutted!.

The following video was produced by Stefan Molyneux

In the following video, Libertarian activist Stefan Molyneux thoroughly dismantles a leftist propaganda article attacking our movement, which has grown exponentially in the past several years.  I highly recommend watching his entire rebuttal, primarily because the leftist arguments presented are the most common out-of-hand dismissals of the Liberty Movement and Libertarianism today.

A decade ago, when I was a registered Democrat, I became utterly disgusted with the Alinsky-style debate tactics used by the leftists around me.  To me, the dishonesty and the distraction felt unnecessary.  Why couldn’t Democrats simply argue based on the core facts and truths inherent in the discussion?  Why did they need to put on such grandiose theatrics, veiling thin social insight with layer upon layer of pomp and pretension?  Isn’t that the kind of behavior they were always accusing conservatives of?

What I realized was that “neo-libs”, some of whom were my associates and friends, were just as afraid of a fair fight as the “neo-cons” they despised.  The two political orientations were far similar than anyone wanted to admit, and indeed, at the top of the pyramid Democrats and Republicans were essentially identical in their motivations and goals.  At the bottom of the pyramid where the common leftist resides, there is no examination of state power.  They aren’t concerned about the system itself, they are only concerned about the system ending up in the hands of conservatives.  They believe that only THEY have the wisdom and benevolence to utilize the government machine to its best purposes.  What they do not seem to have the reason or intelligence to grasp, however, is that you do not use the state, the state always uses YOU.  Perhaps if Democrats finally understood this they would stop supporting the evil and unconstitutional policies promoted by the Obama Administration; the same policies they used to protest back when Bush was in office.

My former party and its acolytes are drowning in a sea of their own hypocrisy.  Is it any wonder why I became a Libertarian?

Brandon Smith, Founder Of Alt-Market.com

 

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