Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Headed to Cuba, Venezuela to Hang With Chavez, Castro

Categories: La Habana
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In a few short weeks, the world's eyes will turn to Havana as a powerful but highly controversial leader with millions of devout followers lands to shake hands with Fidel Castro. No, no, not the pope -- he's not coming until sometime this spring. We're talking about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the dour Iranian leader who announced this morning that he's taking a break from designing "Islamic" women's fashions to pay a visit to Cuba and Venezuela in January.

We can only imagine the fun Fidel, Hugo and Mahmoud will have while kicking around the American oligarchy and comparing notes on living under international sanctions.

Ahmadinejad will actually make a four-nation tour of left-leaning Latin countries in the second week of January, his office says.

He'll start in Caracas to powwow with Chavez, one of his few enthusiastic supporters in the Hemisphere, and then head to Nicaragua for the swearing-in ceremony of former Sandinista Daniel Ortega, who recently won reelection.

Ahmadinejad then jets to Havana for cafecitos with Fidel and co., before ending the trip in Ecuador.

Iran and Venezuela have grown close in recent years as both fall farther from favor in the U.S.; this past spring, the Islamic republic made headlines by announcing plans to help Chavez build rocket-launching bases on a northern Venezuelan peninsula.

Ahmadinejad doesn't have quite as tight ties with Cuba, but you can bet he and Castro will have plenty to commiserate about.

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Jon Bon
Jon Bon

And what's the problem here? A world leader visiting another world leader, something President Obama does every other week? Oh that's right, we've been at war with Iran since the 50's, and our close "allied" "friends" of Venezuela don't care for us very much. You know, maybe instead of stirring up more disputes in the Middle East, how bout we clear some room up with our neighbors like Cuba, VENEZUELA etc. 

Quinterius
Quinterius

So, what is the point of this article with its sarcastic barbs at the victims of US machinations. The US Empire has tried to strangle all countries that try to pursue an independent path. It is perfectly natural for these countries to join together, trade together and meet in an effort to defeat the US aggression and repression. So, what has over 50 years of sanctions accomplished in Cuba other than bring misery to the Cuban people. Obama and the rest of Washington lackeys of Israel are now trying to do the same to Iran. Well, no such luck. 

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