“Cuba has… been condemned for not allowing its people to flee the island. That so many want to leave Cuba is treated as proof that Cuban socialism is a harshly repressive system, rather than that the U.S. embargo has made life difficult in Cuba. That so many millions more want to leave capitalist countries like Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, El Salvador, Philippines, South Korea, Macedonia, and others too numerous to list is never treated as grounds for questioning the free-market system that inflicts such misery on the Third World.”
In a largely symbolic move, for the 20th year in a row, the UN General Assembly has voted to condemn the US embargo against Havana. The tally was 186-2 on Tuesday evening, the Associated Press said. The US was only supported by its ally, Israel, while the small Pacific nations of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained, closely mirroring the voting result last year. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said that the sanctions had caused direct economic damage of close to one trillion US dollars to the Cuban people over nearly half a century. He noted the US has not eased the embargo under Barack Obama’s presidency.
The U.S. government (our government) ha been stepping on it’s own dick for half a century pissing it’s pants over socialism in Cuba. Get the fuck over it already! Drop the embargo and leave the fine folks down there on the island to do their thing in peace. And we don’t want to hear anymore of that bullshit line about how the revolution stole your fucking property fifty odd years ago. That shit is old news and people been getting their shit took for worse reasons for centuries. Don’t believe it, Go ask an American Indian or a Black man. Quit you’re damn whining ya bitches!
While Americans are always the first to step up and throw money at disasters around the world, such as the recent tragic events in Japan, we are responsible for one of the longest running man-made disasters of the past fifty years – the trade embargo against Cuba.
Here in the US we are led by our corporate controlled media and our capitalist owned government to believe that Cuba is a Stalinist police state, a place where democracy is denied and human rights constantly abused, but that is a lie.
Tony Itis posted this over four years ago at Green Left Daily,
The only thing resembling a gulag in Cuba is in the US’s illegally-held enclave at Guantanamo Bay where the Bush administration has built its notorious concentration camp. Continue reading
On this day in 1959 Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba. He officially stepped down two years ago. My interest in Cuba began several years ago when I heard about a documentary called, “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.” It took several years before I finally managed to view the film, but it was worth the wait. You might be able to catch it sometime on LinkTV if you’re interested. What I learned from the film and other sources since then have changed my understanding of the small island nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida.
Fidel Castro gets a bad rap from our government and our corporate controlled media. The continued US economic blockade of the Republic of Cuba is an outrage that must end. Our biggest trading partner today is the People’s Republic of China, another so-called communist dictatorship. The only difference I am able to discern is that China embraced certain elements of capitalism a few decades ago, while Cuba has remained true to the spirit of it’s revolution. In other words, China made a few minor changes that benefited American capital and in return our government is willing to look the other way with regard to their human rights abuses. Continue reading
I figured out a long time ago that the mainstream media in my country is little more than a tool of the powerful oligarchy that owns our government. It doesn’t matter if you watch FoxNews or spend your days listening to NPR and soaking up MSNBC the outcome is the same: you only get the news our rulers want us to get and only from the point(s) of view they want us to consider.
For years we’ve all heard about that terrible dictator Fidel Castro down in Cuba, and how he rules with an iron fist. We’ve been instructed to view democratically elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a ruthless tyrant on par with Hitler or Mussolini. And we’re told that elections in far off, little known places like Belarus are corrupt, but none of these things are even mostly true! In fact, with a little bit of effort one finds that those opinions are blatant lies.
A few months ago I decided to start finding out what sources outside the officially recognized, corporate sponsored news and opinion outlets have to say about these and many other issues. I expected to find a fair amount of evidence of misleading information coming from our media, but not to the degree I found. When they tell the truth, most of the time it’s only because they can’t find any other way around it, and even then we rarely get both sides unadulterated. Continue reading
I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why it’s perfectly fine for the United States to do business with China, where tyranny and oppression still very much carry the day, and where free speech is still a death penalty offense (depending on the content of said speech), yet we still can’t visit or trade with that other, much closer communist nation to our south, Cuba. To my knowledge, the Cuban government has a zero tolerance policy on open dissent just like that of China, so what’s the difference?
Perhaps the following tidbit from China Daily can help shed some light on the subject.
“A total of 64 people from the Chinese mainland made the Forbes magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires, moving up to take second place for the first time.
The US led the list, released Wednesday, with 403 billionaires. The Chinese mainland was followed by Russia with 62 billionaires. Of the world’s 97 new billionaires, 62 were from Asia.
Among the super-rich from the Chinese mainland, 27 made the list for the first time. Continue reading