Saturday, December 21, 2019

Cuba Has New Prime Minister

Prime Minister Manuel Marrero of Cuba!!
     Cuba today -- Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 -- got it's first Prime Minister in 40 years, or since Fidel Castro transitioned from Prime Minister to President four decades ago. Manuel Marrero is the island's new Prime Minister, being promoted from his job as Tourism Minister.
     At 11:37 A. M. today President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced that Manuel Marrero was named Cuba's Prime Minister.
     Since April 19, 2018, 59-year-old former Education Minister Miguel Diaz-Canel has been President of Cuba. He suggested the position of Prime Minister, which will largely be in charge of Cuba's economy "particularly in the areas of food and energy security." That makes the Prime Minister Manuel Marrero almost as important as Diaz-Canel.
    With tourism so vital to Revolutionary Cuba's economic survival, the island's new Prime Minister Manuel Marrero earned the promotion because of his stellar reputation as Minister of Tourism. In 2018 Cuba set records for tourism on the heels of U. S. President Barack Obama's historic normalization of relations with Cuba but the transition to President Donald Trump in January of 2017 began to erase all of Obama's detente and has replaced it with stifling and even genocidal economic restrictions on Cuba's economic existence, including U. S. efforts to block tourism and all other efforts to harm the island's ability to make money. So 2019 has shown a drastic dip in tourism for Cuba, drastically hurting the private entrepreneurial class that had thrived briefly because of Obama. Now as Prime Minister Manuel Marrero's expertise in the area of promoting tourism in the Age of Trump is perhaps more needed now than it has ever been during the six decades that the U. S. embargo against Cuba has existed.
      As Cuba's Minister of Tourism, new Prime Minister Manuel Marrero has expertly championed the Caribbean's largest and arguably its most beautiful island as the best choice and bargain for tourists. It is likely that Cuba would be dominating tourism in the Caribbean except for the fact that Cuba remains, decade after decade, the nation that faced history's cruelest and longest economic blockade/embargo ever imposed by a powerful nation against a much weaker nation. For over six decades, or since the Cuban Revolution in 1959 overthrew the brutal U.S.-backed Batista-Mafia dictatorship, sovereign Cuba has somehow held off the drastic efforts of the United States, the Batistianos, and the Mafiosi to regain control of the island. All the while Cuba's pugnacity and mystique, instead of thriving as a prosperous jewel as a tourism magnet coupled with its other assets, since 1959 has been forced to defend itself against the U.S.-backed Batistiano-Mafia exiles who once dictated Cuba but now dictate the nefarious U. S. policies against Cuba.
      In the last six decades, only President Barack Obama has had the guts, decency, and intelligence to strike back at the above definitive worldwide image of the United States regarding its unconscious red-eyed greed and black-clawed avarice against the nearby island that, since evicting the U. S. and the Batistianos in 1959, has been an independent country. As the post-Obama presidency of Donald Trump proves, the USA's relations with Cuba, dating back to the Spanish-American War fought on Cuban soil in 1898, have done more to tarnish the United States democracy than anything else in America's history. And during Trump's three years as President, Cuba has proven more than ever that the renowned United States democracy is simply not strong enough to deal with the image evoked above.

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