Monday, December 14, 2009

The Matryoskas had arrived

When I was in high school, I remember a funny story surrounding a historic event concerning the japanization of Korea. Probably you are not too bookish about history, and I guess it is a little tricky to talk here about Korea, especially when my blog is actually about Cuba. But the funny thing is we were in high school studying that period of time where Japan colonized Korea.The Matryoshkas had arrived

Under the Japanese colonial administration the use of written Korean in education and publication was banned by the Japanese government (it didn’t help to improve Japanese in Korea anyway, I guess because after one hundred years Koreans are still speaking Korean). We were in that point where our teacher was explaining that historical event, when a friend of mine, seated behind me turned back and in a whisper turned into a loudly comment told to one of our common friend at the end of the classroom: “Peter, you will see we’ll finish here talking in Russian”.

Of course, it was really funny. We were just teenagers, and don’t even have any idea about the scope and the double meanings someone could make of that silly comment. But it really was. That day, my friend ended in the school director’s office and his face when he came back from there was distorted. After that event, he never made any other joke about Russians.

I am recalling this story, because in the last few years it looks like we are having a venezuelization in Cuba. I know the term doesn’t exist in any English dictionary, but I recall my fellows Koreans for help. If in the 70’s and 80’s Cuba was under the influence of the Soviet Union, and we had matryoshkas even in our soups. Now we are having Venezuela in every single aspect of our life.

The last chapter is a new common currency under the ALBA’s treaties and, of course, Cuba is going to be the first to use the new Sucre (that’s the name of the brand new currency: Venezuelan money, Venezuelan name).

Really. There is nothing wrong that our countries agree to join effort to develop local policies to help each other. In fact, there are many regions in the world where those unions exist. The point here is, what is Cuba doing there?

Another point: why doesn’t Cuba try first to be part of the existing organisms like OAS (Organization of American States)?

From the influence of the Soviets to the influence of Hugo Chavez, Cuba is showing that there is not a clear plan in the current government in the island. There never was a plan.

Yesterday, there was the Soviet Union. Today, it is Venezuela. Who will be tomorrow?