Monday, November 30, 2020

Little Havana STILL WANTS Cuba!!

 During the Lame Duck Trump Presidency!!

     This week -- Nov. 30th, 2020 -- the Wall Street Journal used this photo to headline an article entitled: "CUBAN LEADERSHIP CONFRONTS A RARE DISSIDENT MOVEMENT." The U. S. media, of course, never prints a positive story about Cuba, only the negative ones. The caption for this article said: "Cuban poet Katherine Bisquet reads the activists' manufesto by the light of cellphones outside of the ministry of Culture early on Saturday." The day before, back on Friday, a crowd of about 200 artists and dissidents had descended on the Minister of Culture in Havana and demanded "freedom of expression" rights...making sure the international media was on hand to report it.
     Quickly this demonstration Friday {Nov. 27th} in front of the gates of Cuba's Ministry of Culture got international attention, especially in the United States. And then the next day, Saturday, there was a anti-Cuba demonstration along Calle Ocho {8th Street} in Little Havana in the heart of Miami.
     Expensive cars paraded along Calle Ocho in Little Havana and the anti-Cuba protesters on Saturday were obviously tuned to the Friday protest in Havana. Cuba, of course, claims that Little Havana corroborates with dissidents in Havana on such things, and that the Cuban dissidents are "well-funded" with United States dollars.
      Brave U. S. journalists and Cuban experts such as Tracey Eaton are well aware of the tax dollars -- before but especially during the Bush and Trump presidencies, which now total four -- shockingly reveal that Cuban piggybank, brimming with tons of tax dollars to destroy Revolutionary Cuba and enrich selected U.S. Counter Revolutionaries. Eaton was the Dallas Morning News correspondent in Cuba for five years and his work has been reported for many years by most major U. S. media outlets from NBC to USA Today, etc. He is now a beloved Journalism professor at Flagler College in Florida and his must-read blogs Along the Malecon and Cuba Money Project remain the best sources for pertinent, unbiased news regarding Cuba and U.S-Cuba relations.
If you are not familiar with Tracey Eaton's CUBA MONEY PROJECT blog, you will not have any concept of the vast amounts of tax money routinely meted out to, apparently, anyone who raises his/her hand and promises to help overthrow the Cuban government. Via USAID, NED, and other State Department inspired agencies, regular notices are parceled out giving the details about how to get such money...and it doesn't appear all that difficult...either on the island or otherwise. Tracey Eaton gets his data from the Freedom of Information Act and he names people and companies who end up getting the money...and he provides the money down to the pennies in precise numbers. He also prints each word from the long U. S. government solicitations. As a tax-payer and Democracy-lover, I cringe or cry when I read such articles on Tracey Eaton's CUBA MONEY PROJECT blog...and I assume you would too if you are brave enough or care enough to read and decipher any of the many articles, the articles THAT PRECISELY DETAIL THE EXTREME AMOUNTS OF TAX MONEY THAT ARE GIVEN OUT TO HELP DECREDIT OR OVERTHROW THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND ENRICH CERTAIN ANTI-CUBAN EXTREMISTS.
    In the U. S. media, the opinions of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the former Education Minister who was born after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, are not allowed. But he has voiced strong opinions about the anti-Cuban demonstrations in Havana that took place Friday and in Little Havana Saturday. President Diaz-Canel said, "I proudly lead Cuba as President because I speak for the vast number of Cubans who support our hard-earned sovereignty and independence. The tremendous amount of Counter Revolutionary money and tactics from the United States buy many Counter Revolutionary people in the U. S. and some, of course, in Cuba. This activity has been accelerated during the Trump regime in Washington. With Trump now as a lame-duck President after the November 3rd election, he still is in power until January 20th. Till then Little Havana hopes to recapture Havana before January 20th, 2021. That's what the protests this past weekend tried to portend. Speaking for the people of Cuba, I assure Miami and Washington that the resolve of the Cubans on the island are the same today as it was in April of 1961 during what history calls the Bay of Pigs military attack." President Diaz-Canel is not quoted by the U. S. media but he often takes to the streets and at public meetings to speak to the Cuban people, and he often uses the Cuban radio & television media and Social Media to converse with Cubans.
      On his ubiquitous Twitter account, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has just posted the two Tweets depicted above. He said, "Our people take to the streets to defend their Revolution" and "I trust the people: we will not only resist, we will also triumph."
      Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel also posted on Twitter photos like the one shown above that shows the President, wearing the blue cap and the "CUBA" shirt, joining a raucous PRO-CUBAN demonstration in the streets of Havana to answer the highly publicized ANTI-CUBAN protests, especially the one in Little Havana on November 28th. Diaz-Canel used his appearances on the streets of Havana like this as well on television, radio, and Social Media to deliver the same message: "The enemies in Havana and in Little Havana and  in Washington who want to destroy your REVOLUTION are extremely well-funded. That is especially true during the Age of Trump and the exalted political power of Little Havana. But we have put our lives on the line to resist it for over six decades AND WE MUST RESIST IT WITH THE SAME RESOLVE TODAY OR TOMORROW OR WHENEVER ELSE IT BECOMES NECESSARY. Viva Cuba!!! Viva Fidel!!! Viva our Revolution!!!"
       This photo of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in the middle of a crowd of Cubans in Havana was used today by Granma in both its online and print editions. It said: "The people are shown here in the streets defending the Revolution. The arrival of the President to an event called by Havana youth in Trillo Park to condemn the most recent U. S. attempt to discredit our country surprised the crowd, and his emphatic words further raised their spirits." Whether he is in the streets, at public meetings, on radio or television, and on Social Media, President Diaz-Canel always emphasizes that "The United States government based in Washington is controlled in its Cuban policies by extremists who hail from the Calle 8 {8th Street} area of the Little Havana center of Miami. And with total control of Washington's Cuban policies, gradually the Calle 8 extremists are also getting an iron grip on the overall U. S. government."
   Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said, "The American people in 1952 supported their democracy teaming with the Mafia to support the murderous Batista rulers in Cuba, so a few rich Americans could get richer. After the victory of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 Little Havana counter revolutionaries started out rich because of Cuban gains and gradually got richer in Miami and obtained massive political power. With Republican leaders like Trump, they control the terrorisms and military wherewithal they think will reconquer Cuba. But Cuba's Revolution shocked the world and Cuba has also shocked the world by its survival since 1959...especially as Little Havana has gotten such a powerful grip on the U. S. democracy. We know that, but the American people either don't know it or they are not brave enough to defend their democracy government. In that environment, we in Cuba are left to defend Cuba, meaning the Revolution. The Trump era in the U. S. will end but Little Havana's political power will grow."

     When Donald Trump began his 4-year presidency in January of 2017, Cuba was still basking in the only Cuba-friendly U. S. presidency, Barack Obama's. Almost all of the 11.2 million Cubans on the island were dismayed that another Republican, Trump, became the USA's Commander-in-Chief in 2017. All Republican presidents since the 1950s had hugely supported first the brutal Batista-Mafia dictatorship in Cuba from 1952-1959 and then hugely supported the Batisitanos in Miami, Newark, and Washington from 1959 to this very day in 2020. The three most brutal U. S. presidencies since 1959 were the three Bush administrations {4 years of former CIA director George H. W. Bush and 8 years of his son George W. Bush). But starting from Day One in 2017 Trump has been more brutal against Cubans on the island than even the Bush dynasty. As shown above, President Trump quickly went to Little Havana in Miami and, standing before the Bay of Pigs Assault Banner 2506, told surviving Bay of Pigs veterans that he would soon destroy Revolutionary Cuba and recapture the Caribbean's largest island FOR THEM. Of course, the air-land-sea Bay of Pigs attack on Cuba was way back in April of 1961 and, of course, it was a humiliating DEFEAT for the U. S. and the Batistianos, and a historically brilliant and overwhelming VICTORY for Fidel Castro and his Cuban Revolution. In the six decades since then, the U. S. -- especially since the Bush dynasty began sending Havana-born Counter Revolutionary zealots from Little Havana to the U. S. Congress such as Havana-born Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in 1989, when Jeb Bush was her Campaign Manager. Ros-Lehtinen was followed soon by a litany of others such as Havana-born Lincoln Diaz-Balart and his brother Mario, whose father Rafael was a key Minister in the Batista dictatorship. With only people such as the Diaz-Balarts making its Cuban policies, the Superpower U. S. government has brutally tried to starve, deprive, and make miserable the Cubans on the island to appease a handful of rich and politically powerful Little Havana Cubans.
     Since the 1990s the infamous Helms-Burton Act has had two purposes: {1} To make Counter Revolutionary U. S. Cubans rich; and {2} to recapture Cuba for the Little Havana elites. The first purpose of Helms-Burton has been {and continues to be} successfully applied but the second purpose is still ongoing. The U. S. economic blockade against Cuba began in 1962 and remains in place till to this day, but it was in the 1990s that Helms-Burton attached {see above} the genocidal Skull-X to it.
     The Helms-Burton Act includes a provision called Title III. It is so extremely genocidal against the masses of everyday Cuban families on the island that even the Little Havana-aligned George W. Bush presidency refused to activate it from 2001 to 2009 during his two terms in office. But President Trump, as a trade-off for Florida's 29 Electoral Votes in the Nov. 3rd-2020 election, did activate TITLE III and it remains in effect to this day because neither the U. S. citizens, the U. S. Congress, nor even the mainstream anti-Trump U. S. media have either the guts or the intelligence to do anything about it. So, since 1962 the U. S. Embargo against Cuba has been both the longest and cruelest economic embargo ever imposed on a smaller nation by a much larger nation. But it has been the Trump administration that has been responsible for expanding history's cruelest and longest embargo into a GENOCIDAL BLOCKADE against Cuban families on the island, even EXCEEDING the cruelty exacted by the Bush dynasty.
    In the United States it is called "genocide" but in Cuba, as shown above, it is called "genocidio." Americans sanctimoniously are real quick to vilify China or Russia for any signs of committing genocide against masses of innocent people in smaller nations but the same Americans simply seem not to have either the guts or the intelligence to define their own genocide against generations of Cubans on the nearby island, a sovereign country Cubans were bequeathed in 1959 when the Cuban Revolution defeated the brutal/thieving U.S.-backed and Mafia-backed Batista dictatorship.
     The great Brazilian Editorial Cartoonist Carlos Latuff has best publicized the Cruel U. S. EMBARGO and now the Genocidal U. S. BLOCKADE against the Cubans on the island. Of course, appeasing and enriching the Cubans in Little Havana is now embedded on U. S. soil in the bowels and fabrics of the U. S. democracy. In 2020 Latuff brilliantly sent the image directly above all around the world, adding to his other myriad depictions of the USA's intransigence against Cuba's pugnacious desire to rule ITS SELFThis 2020 image explains that the U. S. this year has taken advantage of both Title III and the Covid 19 pandemic to further punish Cuban families on the island. Propagandized or intimidated Americans, of course, are not supposed to be ashamed of the two famous Carlos Latuff depictions of America shown above. But I ask you to gaze at them and even to study them.
       Cubans in Cuba actually have many very decent family members and friends in the Miami area. But the area around Calle 8 {8th Street} in Little Havana in Miami is dominated totally by extremist Counter Revolutionary Cubans whose tentacles have now begun to take over the United States government in Washington, and not just Washington's Cuban policies. In my opinion, neither 11.2 million Cubans on the Caribbean's largest island nor the U. S. democracy deserve that.

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