Monthly Archives: April 2012

Red Dawn Alert: Reality catches up with Cold War action flick: Russian airborne troops to hold first-ever joint “anti-terror” drill with US counterparts in Colorado in May, train at Fort Carson (i.e., near NORAD’s former underground HQ)

In the post-Cold War era, where your “average Joe” believes communism is dead, reality is actually catching up with fiction. In the opening scene of the 1984 movie Red Dawn, Soviet paratroopers unexpectedly show up in smalltown Colorado as part of a larger Communist Bloc invasion of the USA. Later, troops from Cuba and Nicaragua land on America’s shores.

The action really begins when patriotic high school students take to the hills, organizing a guerrilla army called the Wolverines. Of course, the good guys wins, routing the commies.

On April 20, China’s communist-controlled media, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, reported that airborne troops from Russia and the USA will hold joint “anti-terror” drills in Colorado between May 24 and 31. According to Colonel Alexander Kucherenko, “it will be the first time that the Russian airborne forces have held exercises with the U.S. airborne forces on the U.S. territory.” No kidding, Comrade Kucherenko.

 “According to the exercise scenario, soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including the reconnaissance of imaginary terrorists’ camp and a raid,” Kucherenko said. “After the operation, a helicopter will evacuate the soldiers,” he said, adding that the Russian soldiers will also exercise with the US special service weapons at Fort Carson. Maybe their US hosts will give the Russians a guided tour of the Cheyenne Mountain Directorate, formerly the underground home of NORAD HQ, which is near Fort Carson.

As if to make the US government’s bold treachery palatable to patriotic citizens, Colonel Kucherenko informs us that the “Russian group will arrive a week ahead of the drills and attend a baseball game in the city of Colorado Springs.” That’s nice. While America slumbers, Russian soldiers take in a ball game and essentially practice how to invade the USA.

Looks like socialist president Barack Hussein Obama has effectively given the keys to the White House to the Russians. Something stinks in the Pentagon too. US military leaders are blind to the Soviet strategic deception.

Incidentally, sometime in 2012 MGM intends to release the much-delayed remake of Red Dawn. The retooled Cold War classic depicts a North Korean invasion of the USA, a highly incredible plot since the Stalinist state can barely feed its own army. The original premise entailed a Red Chinese invasion but, hey, you don’t want to offend one of your largest trading partners, now do you?

Hat tip to “Dov” for spotting this one.

EU File: Russian Communist Party boss hails Socialist victory in first round of French presidential election, predicts “closer ties” between Moscow and Paris; amidst Eurozone debt crisis, 1 in 3 French voters supports extremist candidates: neo-fascist National Front leader attracts historic high of 18%, communist scoops up 11%

Last Sunday, French voters, troubled by the Eurozone’s three-year-old debt crisis that threatens to cripple their economy and large Muslim minority that threatens to submerge their proud culture, trooped to the polls in record numbers. With a strong 80.2 percent turnout, they awarded 28.6 percent of their support to Socialist leader Francois Hollande, 27.1 percent to France’s incumbent center-right president, Nicolas Sarkozy, an all-time high of 18 percent to neo-fascist National Front leader Marine Le Pen, 11 percent to communist Jean-Luc Melenchon, and 9 percent to centrist Francois Bayrou.

Pictured above: President Sarkozy appears in a video grab from the France 2 TV program “Des Paroles et Des Actes,” on April 26, 2012.

The Socialist Party, in concert with the Communist Party, last controlled the French parliament between 1997 and 2002, even though center-rightist Jacques Chirac held the post of president at this time. More ominously, in this weekend’s election nearly one in three French voters cast their ballot for two extremist candidates, Le Pen and Melenchon. Marine Le Pen is the daughter of National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has retired from the day-to-day administration of his anti-immigrant Eurosceptic party. Just like the Great Depression era, the French in particular and Europeans in general are again looking for stability in the promises of far left and far right leaders.

With two weeks until the May 6 run-off vote, President Sarkozy has been forced into a position where he must attract a large number of neo-fascist and centrists voters in order to whip Hollande and retain his office in Elysee Palace. “Today, I return to the campaign trail,” Sarkozy said in a statement. “I will continue to uphold our values and commitments: respect for our borders, the fight against factories moving abroad, controlling immigration, the security of our families.”

On Sunday, opinion polls showed Hollande, who has vowed to “temper” austerity measures with “greater social justice,” would likely win the second round of voting with between 53 and 56 percent. Parliamentary elections slated for June could also change France’s political landscape, ousting Sarkozy’s ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). “After five years of leading the world’s fifth largest economy, a nuclear power, and activist UN. Security Council member,” opines Canada’s National Post, “Sarkozy could go the way of 10 other euro zone leaders swept from office since the start of the crisis in late 2009.”

In the 2007 presidential election, which propelled him into the political limelight, Sarkozy trounced Hollande’s “domestic partner,” Ségolène Royal, who was the Socialist candidate at that time.

According to the French media, Le Pen’s strong showing offers Sarkozy an “unexpected ray of hope.” “The breakthrough by Marine Le Pen throws the second round wide open,” ran the headline in right-leaning Le Figaro newspaper, while left-of-center Liberation blared: “Hollande in front. Le Pen the killjoy.” Polls taken on Sunday by three institutes suggest that between 48 and 60 percent of Le Pen voters plan to swing their support to the French president, while Bayrou’s backers split almost evenly between the two finalists, with one third undecided.

“Nothing will be the same again,” Le Pen, 43, told cheering supporters on Sunday. Marine, who wants France to abandon the euro currency, wrote off Sarkozy as a “departing president that would leave his party in ruins,” and championed the National Front as the only party capable of uniting right-wing voters. On Monday, FN Vice-President Louis Alliot stated that Le Pen would endorse neither Sarkozy nor Hollande. “Based on the ideas in our program, neither one defends or develops them, so it seems unlikely,” he said.

Financial market analysts predict that whoever wins the French presidential election will have to impose tougher austerity measures than either candidate has admitted during the campaign, cutting public spending as well as raising taxes to cut the budget deficit. This prognostication does not bode well for France. Over the past five years, when President Sarkozy attempted to impose his anti-statist views upon his countrymen, leftists reacted violently and took to the streets in protest.

“We’ve got a vote that is much more uncertain than we thought it would be,” said Dominique Barbet, economist at BNP Paribas. “There’s going to be some pretty hard campaigning, and the markets aren’t going to like that. It’s not going to be a very pro-European campaign.”

Sarkozy has challenged Hollande to three television debates over the next two weeks instead of the traditional one. Hollande, who has no ministerial experience and is a “less accomplished television performer” than Sarkozy, had indicated that he will accept only one prime-time live debate before May 6. “The game is getting very difficult for Nicolas Sarkozy,” Jerome Saint-Marie of CSA polling agency told i>TELE. “There’s a genuine demand for social justice, precisely because times are hard and voters see sacrifices will have to be made … What they want is that this pain is fairly shared.”

Communist leader Melenchon, whose fiery calls for a “citizens’ revolution” drew tens of thousands to open-air rallies, urged his followers to turn out massively on May 6 to defeat Sarkozy, but he did not specifically mention Hollande, suggesting that the Left is still divided. For her part, Green candidate Eva Joly endorsed Hollande, who can also count on the modest votes of two Trotskyist parties.

If Hollande wins, joining a small minority of left-wing governments in the European Union, he has vowed to renegotiate the EU’s budget discipline treaty signed by Sarkozy. This promise could portend tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who made the pact a condition for further assistance to troubled Eurozone states.

If Hollande wins, moreover, he will enjoy the endorsement of Russian Communist Party boss Gennady Zyuganov, who hailed Hollande’s first-round election win as a sign that French voters were once again embracing the Left. “France is tired of Sarkozy and the first round vividly demonstrated that most voters want a turn to the left, which is being increasingly embraced the world over,” Interfax quoted Zyuganov as saying.

Chairman Zyuganov also predicted “closer ties” between Russia and France under Hollande. “This would be mutually beneficial and useful for both our countries,” said Zyuganov, who has headed the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) since 1993. The CPRF is the legal successor of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Zyuganov, 67, has mounted four unsuccessful presidential campaigns (1996, 2000, 2008, 2012), but has never seen his party win more than a quarter of the vote in any State Duma ballot. This past March, Zyuganov officially won 17 percent of the vote in Russia’s presidential election, at which time “ex”-communist Prime Minister Vladimir Putin secured his return to a third presidential term.

With the exception of the communist policy of implementing an extensive Soviet-style social safety net, the CPRF and potemkin ruling party United Russia have a similar appreciation for Russia’s Soviet legacy and the country’s destiny as a Eurasian superpower. Under Putin, a form of fascism—characterized by belligerent nationalism, state capitalism (soft socialism), intimidation of the public by the state security apparatus (KGB/FSB), and significant societal regimentation, especially in the form of Kremlin-sponsored youth movements (e.g., Nashi)—has prevailed in Russia since 1999.

Unlike the CPRF platform, however, industrial nationalization in “post”-Soviet Russia has not taken place “in the name of the people” or the world workers’ movement. Thus, full-blown communism has yet to resurrect in Russia.

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian, Red Chinese navies hold joint maneuver in Yellow Sea, “Maritime Cooperation 2012” designed to counter US-South Korean Foal Eagle drill, Washington’s “return to Asia” policy; SCO to hold Peace Mission 2012 war game in June

In his famous expose of Soviet deception strategy, New Lies for Old: The Communist Strategy of Deception and Disinformation (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1984), KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn predicted that the Communist Party of the Soviet Union would deceptively dismantle the East Bloc and mend relations with Red China (page 343, 345-346).

Pictured above: Russian Navy’s Varyag missile cruiser.

After NATO lost all rationale for its existence, Golitsyn warned, Moscow and Beijing would reorganize and revitalize the Communist Bloc, Warsaw Pact, and COMECON under new names (page 341, 346-347). In so doing, the Moscow-Beijing Axis would create “one clenched fist” that the world communist movement would use to crush the bourgeois nations at an opportune time. Since 2005, the Moscow-Beijing Axis’ “one clenched fist” has taken the form of regular joint war games, dubbed “Peace Mission,” that would have been unthinkable during the Cold War, when Soviet and Red Chinese troops engaged in occasional border skirmishes.

As with all of Golitsyn’s other detailed predictions, this has come to pass. A new federation of Eurasian states, led by open and “ex”-communists, exists in the form of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Collective Security Treaty OrganizationCustoms Union of Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, and proposed Eurasian Union, which would essentially resurrect the old Soviet Union.

Since his defection nearly 50 years ago, Golitsyn has remained in hiding, possibly in the USA, where he holds citizenship. If alive today, he would be 86 years old. In 1995, Golitsyn published a “I told you so” sequel called The Perestroika Deception. Tragically, after James Jesus Angleton, director of counter-intelligence, was ousted from the US Central Intelligence Agency in 1975, Golitsyn lost his most influential advocate in the US intelligence community. From this point, Western governments were blind to the Soviet deception strategy.

Ahead of this year’s Peace Mission drill, the Russian Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will hold joint maneuvres in the Yellow Sea between April 22 and 29, called Maritime Cooperation 2012. The Russian and Red Chinese navies plan to deploy at least 10 warships each including, in Russia’s case, a large anti-submarine vessel, missile cruiser, destroyer, and escort vessel and, in Red China’s case, a missile destroyer, escort vessel, submarine, and aerial forces from the North (Yellow) Sea Fleet.

Seoul’s Dong-A Ilbo, citing the Shanghai media, reports the following “order of battle” for Maritime Cooperation 2012: “Russian vessels will depart from Vladivostok and join Chinese naval vessels off the Shandong Peninsula via the East Sea and the Korea Strait. Beijing and Moscow will also conduct an operation to seize regional air superiority as well as anti-submarine and air defense drills.” The same source acknowledges that “the drill will put the US and Japan on alert.” Dong-A Ilbo candidly admits:

The Sino-Russian naval exercise is timed with the South Korea-U.S. Foal Eagle drill, but the timing is interpreted as China and Russia`s clarification that they will not be overtaken by the U.S in maritime dominancy in Northeast Asia. Chinese media say the exercise is aimed at sending a clear message to the U.S. via muscle flexing as the U.S. strategy toward Asia threatens the interests of China and Russia.

The PLAN’s troop commitment for Maritime Cooperation 2012, reports Dong-A Ilbo, is “unprecedented.” For their part, the US and South Korean militaries are in the midst of Foal Eagle, the allies’ largest military exercise of the year, which runs from March 1 to April 30. Foal Eagle, which involves 200,000 South Korean troops and 11,000 US forces, is designed to prepare the Republic of Korea for an invasion from the Communist North. Russia and Red China are two of North Korea’s few supporters. The well-established US-South Korean alliance forms part of Washington’s “return to Asia policy,” which will include marines in Australia, naval ships in Singapore, and increased military cooperation with the Philippines and Communist Vietnam.

Last year, the PLAN commissioned its first aircraft carrier, initially built in 1988 for the Soviet Navy and named Varyag but never deployed. Reportedly renamed after the 17th-century Chinese general Shi Lang, the PLAN carrier belongs to the same class of warship as the Russian Navy’s flagship, Admiral Kuznetsov. Military analysts widely believe that at some time Communist China intends to build a deep-water navy to challenge the powerful US Pacific Fleet and so remove one of the largest obstacles in the defense of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Maritime Cooperation 2012 follows by only days a massive drill by the Russian Air Force involving 40 strategic bombers near Japanese airspace. Soviet troops seized Japan’s South Kuril Islands at the end of the Second World War, preventing the signing of a peace treaty between Moscow and Tokyo. Technically, Russia and Japan are still at war 67 years later.

This June, the SCO, which embraces Russia, Red China, and the Central Asian republics, will hold the Peace Mission 2012 war game.

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Air Force to hold massive exercise near Japanese airspace, 40 strategic bombers to carry out five-day drill; Moscow and Tokyo technically in state of war since 1945

Like the US Air Force’s B-52, Russia’s strategic bombers are Cold War relics, but they can still pack a punch with their air-launched cruise missiles. Russia has not hesitated to flex its muscles around the disputed South Kuril Islands, which Soviet troops wrested from Japan at the end of the Second World War. The Kremlin media reports that earlier today the Russian Air Force began a massive five-day drill near Japan:

About 40 strategic bombers will participate in five-day drills in Russia’s Maritime Territory near the Japanese border, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said on Monday. The long-range aviation exercise, which started earlier in the day, includes aerial bombing and launches of airborne cruise missiles at the Litovka test range, he said. Other training missions will include aerial patrol and midair refueling. About 30 crews of Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers, some 10 crews of Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers and two Il-78 aerial tankers will participate.

Moscow and Tokyo did not sign a peace treaty in 1945 and, thus, are still technically in a state of war. Last year, President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russia will beef up its military presence in the South Kurils.

Latin America File: Sandinista founder Borge in poor health after surgery; Ortega, Funes, Lobo snub anti-drug pow-wow in Guatemala, ink trilateral security pact; Chavez returns from Cuba after latest chemo, vows electoral victory in Oct.; Calderon in Havana to mend Mexican-Cuban relations, joins Obama at Summit of the Americas

Last November, the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front secured a resounding but dubious re-election victory that will enable President Daniel Ortega, his political powerfully wife Rosario Murillo, and their cronies to continue the “Nicaraguan Revolution,” which was interrupted by 16 years of pro-Washington government in Managua. Ortega can rely on Nicaragua’s surging economy and FSLN control over the Supreme Court, top electoral council, military, and national police to guarantee that he is never again ousted from power, as he was in the 1990 democratic election.

While many dissidents, like the Sandinista Renovation Movement, contend that Ortega has betrayed the party’s original socialist principles, “Comandante” still walks and talks like a communist. Following his return to power in 2007, he revitalized Nicaragua’s links with Russia and international pariah states like North Korea, Iran, and Cuba; denounced NATO intervention against his old friend Muammar al-Qaddafi; referred to Colombia’s Marxist guerrillas as ideological “brothers”; accepted drug money from Hugo Chavez’s narco-state in Caracas; and closed ranks with new leftist regimes in Bolivia, Ecuador, and El Salvador.

Apparently, though, Ortega will no longer be able to rely on the comradely support of Tomas Borge Martinez, the only surviving founder of the FSLN and Nicaragua’s dreaded interior minister during the civil war years. Following surgery, the 82-year-old Maoist has been placed in the intensive care unit at Managua’s military hospital. According to a government spokesman, Ortega is receiving twice hourly reports on Borge’s medical condition.

“Commander of the Revolution” Borge was one of the leading figures of the Soviet/Cuban-backed insurrection that toppled the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in 1979, inspiring an entire generation of US baby boomer leftists such as musician Jackson Browne, and globalists like CNN mogul Ted Turner. In the 1980s, Ortega and Borge permitted Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar to set up trafficking operations in Nicaragua, prompting an angry response from US President Ronald Reagan. In 2007, Ortega appointed Borge as Nicaragua’s ambassador to Peru.

On March 30, Ortega and the presidents of El Salvador and Honduras, Mauricio Funes and Porfirio Lobo, converged in San Salvador to retool a trilateral accord, first inked in 2007, that would transform their common border area in the Gulf of Fonseca into a “zone of peace, sustainable development, and security.” Referring to the Central American Integration System (SICA), the three presidents expressed their objective “of deepening and expanding relations of brotherhood, understanding and cooperation, in the framework of a Central American process of integration, and to increase unity.” Cuba’s Prensa Latina reports: “Taking into account historical disputes that have even led to the loss of human lives, the dignitaries expressed the ‘commitment of favoring dialogue and negotiation to solve any conflict and to never use a military solution.’”

For his part, Ortega is a veteran KGB asset and pro-Moscow communist who repackaged himself as a “devout son” of the Roman Catholic Church in 2006 in order to slide into the presidency again. Although he did not take up arms during the Salvadoran Civil War, social democrat Funes is the moderate face of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. However, Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a “doctrinaire Leninist,” former FMLN battlefield commander and assassination mastermind, is widely perceived as El Salvador’s real ruler. In Honduras, center-right president Porfirio Lobo Sosa plays the role of agricultural landowner even as he skirts the issues of his past communist party membership and attendance at the KGB’s terrorist training institute, Patrice Lumumba University. In 1992, PLU was renamed as the People’s Friendship University of Russia.

Regional integration is the cause celebre of the post-Cold War Latin American Left, which controls the majority of governments in the Western Hemisphere. Venezuela’s self-avowed communist dictator Chavez is a prime mover in this field, but should he succumb to the cancer that has plagued him since at least last year or fail to run in or clinch October’s presidential election, Latin America’s Red Spread could falter.

The Ortega-Funes-Lobo tete-a-tete on regional security is curious in light of the fact that the same leaders bailed out of a March 24 summit in Guatemala that would have brought together six Central American presidents to tackle the issue of illegal drugs transiting through the region. Attendees at the previous meeting included Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla, Panama’s Ricardo Martinelli, and Guatemala’s Otto Perez Molina, a former general and veteran of the country’s Cold War-era counter-insurgency campaign. Perez was elected last year on a platform that promised to get tough on the drug cartels.

Interestingly, from the point of view of the Soviet strategic deception, both regional counter-narcotics summits follow Viktor Ivanov’s February tour of the region. Career Chekist Ivanov is the Kremlin’s “drug czar.” His tour included pit stops in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, Panama, and Mexico. In his 1990 treatment of the subject, Red Cocaine, terrorism and security expert Joseph Douglass contends that in the early 1960s the Soviets and Red Chinese—with the subsequent help of the Cuban Communists, Sandinistas, and Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega—hatched a scheme to drown the USA in illicit drugs. The plot seems to have worked with amazing success. The “War against Drugs,” launched by President Richard Nixon 40 years ago, is a massively expensive failure.

In a related story, last July Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral was gunned down in Guatemala as Nicaraguan businessman Henry Farinas drove the 74-year-old musician to the airport. Two weeks ago, Nicaraguan authorities revealed that the actual target of the gunmen was Farinas, who survived and now faces drug trafficking charges.

Police allege that Farinas worked for a Mexico-linked cartel known as Los Charros, which was recently busted in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. He also allegedly collaborated with a Colombian drug gang called Los Fresas. Police specifically accuse Farinas of shipping drugs from Costa Rica to Nicaragua for Los Charros. He may have kept some of the drugs or drug money, leading to the botched attack that killed Cabral.

In mid-March, Colombian authorities arrested a Costa Rican man, who may be working for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, on charges of carrying out the fatal ambush in Guatemala. Fernando Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez was extradited to Guatemala but has since declared his innocence. Colombian police, citing information gathered by Costa Rican security agencies, posit that Jimenez could be a link between the Sinaloa cartel, which is headed by drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and suspected Colombian traffickers.

Cabral was shot to death on July 9, 2011, after performing a concert in Quetzaltenango, a city 120 miles west of Guatemala City.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s center-right government, which faces a general election this July, is endeavouring to mend relations with Cuba that “went south” after the National Action Party (PAN, Panistas) won the presidential election in 2000. This political breakthrough followed 70 years of uninterrupted rule, under several different names, by the centrist/ social democratic Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, Pristas).

Earlier this week Mexican President Felipe Calderon put in an appearance in Havana, where he met with Cuban counterpart Raul Castro (pictured above). President Castro, who succeeded older brother Fidel in 2008, has introduced market reforms into Cuba’s struggling Soviet-style command economy. According to Mexican press reports, the two presidents will discuss Cuba’s debt of more than US$400 million to Mexico, the possibility of joint oil ventures in the Gulf of Mexico, and business opportunities for Mexican companies.

Unlike the hegemonic PRI, Vicente Fox took a dim view toward the communist island state’s human rights record, a position that did not sit well with then-dictator Fidel. The rancor spilled over in 2002 when Fox ordered Fidel to leave a Mexican-hosted summit before US President George W. Bush arrived. Fidel, now 85, taped and later publicized the conversation, which generated an embarrassing controversy for Fox. Tensions between Mexico and Cuba continued under Fox’s fellow Panista Calderon, who in 2009 cancelled a scheduled visit to the island when Cuba suspended flights between the two countries at the height of the swine flu scare.

After conferring with Cuba’s communist dictator, Calderon headed for Haiti on Thursday, and then attended the Summit of the Americas in Colombia on Friday. In Cartagena, he will no doubt rub elbows with Barack Hussein Obama. The US president, predicts Bloomberg, “will be under fire from Latin American leaders frustrated with the U.S-led war on drugs and attempts to isolate Cuba when he arrives this week in Colombia for a regional summit.”

Since most public opinion polls suggest that Prista candidate Enrique Pena Nieto will win Mexico’s presidential election in July, it is very likely that the historically friendly relations between Mexico City and Havana will be fully restored. During the Cold War, Mexico was unwaveringly supportive of Cuba. This does not appear to have changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. For example, Humberto Moreira, PRI boss until his resignation amid corruption allegations last December, led a cultural delegation to Cuba in 2007, while he was governor of the state of Coahuila.

The infiltration of Mexican politics by Cuban (and Soviet) intelligence, of course, took place decades ago. According to José Antonio Pérez Stuart, a Mexican investigative reporter, Cuban agents have more recently penetrated the Mexican drug cartels with the intent of infiltrating communists and/or communist sympathizers into the political system.

In 2010, for example, Gregorio “Greg” Sánchez Martínez, former Cancun mayor and Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) candidate for the Quintana Roo state governorship, was arrested for money laundering and trafficking in illegal immigrants. Sánchez Martínez’s wife, Niurka Alba Sáliva Benítez, was also involved in infiltrating Cuban, Russian, and Chinese illegals into the USA via Mexico. Niurka is none other than the daughter of Cuban Interior Minister Colonel José Ángel Sáliva Pino, who has always been close to Fidel and Raul.

Sánchez Martínez’s advisor Boris “El Boris” del Valle Alonso was not only linked to the criminal organization Los Zetas, but also worked with Niurka by keeping tabs on the income generated from undocumented aliens. El Boris was the Cancun mayor’s advisor because of the former’s experience as a Cuban soldier in the Angolan Civil War. El Boris is also the son of ex-Cuban Interior Minister Sergio del Valle, who in turn is the brother-in-law of Sánchez Martínez because Sergio is Niurka’s half-brother. El Boris is also related to Fidel Castro’s wife, Dalia Soto del Valle.

PRD leader and past/present presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is outspoken in his admiration of Fidel Castro.

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