Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cuba: an illogical country

Cuba an ilogical country

I know it is hard, but it is the only way you have to look at it.

Cuba’s government lambasted US army in Pakistan for targeting civilians in its strikes against terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Castro's officials not only failed to condemn the targeting of civilians in Syria during the funeral of the last unrest in that country, they didn’t even mention it: not a picture, not a small line in their newspapers and media, not even a tweet within any of the Castro’s official twitter accounts.

24/7 those accounts are tweeting, repeating the same news and the same links. Neither of them had mentioned the civilians dead in Syria nor in Libya. Those countries only exist in Raul Castro’s government through the eyes of their rulers. A blindside eye that only target their rulers point of view, but never the other side.

Meanwhile, the “brand” news about Cuba are that Castro's land is “ready”, as their officials say, to another compulsory march supported by the official Trade Unions, the one and only allowed in Cuba. What are they going to celebrate?

It could be the million of people fired. It could be the increase of taxes and Raul Castro's “soft” repression. The acts of repudiation that everyday is facing the civil society in Cuba. Yesterday a blogger was assaulted by paramilitary thugs in Havana. Neither Cuban media nor western journalists reported. Is that the way journalists work in such a country? How is possible western media has been reporting all the bloodshed in Syria and Libya and still silent about Castro’s abuses? The illogical Cuba comes to our aid.

But here you are: Cuba is going to “celebrate” May the First with another compulsory march. It is important, though, to remember that Cuba’s law does not allow workers to form and join unions of their choice. The one and only legal labour union in the country is Cuba National Trade Union, whose leaders are chosen by the Communist Party and their loyalty goes as far as to support the firing of those million workers. The illogical logic of Cuba, and it is not a tongue-twister.

Cuba official National Trade Union's principal responsibility is to ensure that government production goals are met and never bargain collectively, promote worker rights or protect the right to strike. They are only human screws in Castro’s political monarchy. And it is truly a monarchy.

Grandson of Raul Castro Today, Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Raul Castro’ son-in-law is who controls the group of military Companies in Cuba and is who supervises his father-in-law investments. 

On the other hand, we could have a peak of Raul Castro's grandson, Raul Rodriguez Castro, helping his grandfather to have a seat in the recently Congress of the Communist Party in Cuba, as you can see in the picture on the left. Coincidence?

Nothing is a coincidence in Cuba.

Throughout Cuba’s officials and its presence in Twitter you can feel how they are monitoring and testing the idea of Mariela Castro as a future “President of Cuba”, Raul Castro’s daughter. Coincidence?

Not so much. Cuba’s official rulers are empty-handed of loyalists to their legacy. They are looking for continuity in power, and they are desperate to find a way to preserve their line of blue-blood in Cuba.

Anyway, I always remember myself and others that quote about monarchy, written by Edward Gibbon, the English historian and member of the British Parliament, when he said:

“Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, a hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule.”

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