On Fidel Castro
Still seems very popular with the Left and many Liberals. However the hypocrisy in ignoring the following is awful- none of these again are conservative sources.
You may want to check this movie on the suppression of gay rights in Cuba
Castro on homosexuality:
[H]omosexuals should not be allowed in positions where they are able to exert influence upon young people. In the conditions under which we live, because of the problems which our country is facing, we must inculcate your youth with the spirit of discipline, of struggle, of work... [W]e would never come to believe that a homosexual could embody the conditions and requirements of conduct that would enable us to consider him a true Revolutionary, a true Communist militant. A deviation of that nature clashes with the concept we have of what a militant Communist must be
Source: Lockwood, Lee (1967), Castro's Cuba, Cuba's Fidel. p.124. Revised edition (October 1990) ISBN 0-8133-1086-5
On Hugo Chavez
Seems to be the new darling of the left but his Human Rights abuses should make ‘progressives’ think otherwise.
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2004/venezuela0604/ - Rigging the law in Venezuela
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2003/venezuela/ - more damnation of freedom of expression
http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=6832058 - Crimes and misdemeanours
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2038827.stm - links to militia
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/09/AR2006050901803.html - Caracas crime capital
Foreign Policy Magazine says that Chávez has "updated tyranny for today" and "is practicing a new style of authoritarianism". Foreign Policy (Jan 1st 2006)
Thankfully many grassroot organizations have started seeing through him
The Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom ranked Venezuela 152 out of 157 countries, among the 12 economies of the world labelled "repressed
At the end of may 2007 Asdrubal Chavez, Hugo Chavez's cousin has been chosen as public company Petroleos de Venezuela's vice president. His elder brother Adrian has been appointed education minister and his father Hugo de los Reyes Chavez is governor of the state of Barinas. Barinas' secretary of state is another brother of Hugo Chavez. Furthermore Anibal Chavez is mayor of Sabaneta de Barinas and Narciso Chavez candidate for the mayorship in Bolivar.
From Le Monde
In addition he has tied himself closely with Iran and North Korea.
- Iran expresses support for Chavez