Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Cuba in the Winter of 2021-22

 

    This interesting photo this week, courtesy of Sulema LG, shows Cuba, Florida, and much of the United States FROM  SPACE at nighttime. The much-smaller but better-lit country in the lower-right below Cuba is Jamaica. Cuba, of course, is the largest nation in the Caribbean, and arguably its most beautiful and, potentially, its richest. But its close proximity to Florida, and especially to Little Havana in Miami, precludes Cuba from realizing its vast potential. The U. S. captured control of the always coveted Cuba from Spain after the 1898 Spanish-American War. By 1952 the U. S. thought it was a wonderful idea to share the luscious island with the Mafia during the second dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Extreme brutality and thievery by Batista, the Mafia, and powerful U. S. businessmen spawned the Cuban Revolution that on Jan. 1-1959 stunned Batista, the Mafia, the U. S. AND the world with its Guerrilla War VICTORY. Since 1959 the U. S. and Little Havana/Miami have staunchly tried to regain control of Cuba...to no avail. Among other things, that effort included terror attacks to dissuade tourism to Cuba. Revolutionary Cuba also stunned the world again in April-1961 by defeating the U.S.-Little Havana military attack at the Bay of Pigs...and since 1962 the U. S., the strongest nation in the world, has imposed history's all-time longest and cruelest Embargo/Blockade of Cuba that any much-stronger nation has ever imposed against any much-smaller nation. So...study this nighttime view this week of Cuba from space; it still is not as well lit as Jamaica, Florida, etc., but it still holds firm to its revolutionary fervor. Meanwhile, Cuba remains, on the eve of 2022, the only nation having to try to curb a historic Pandemic as well as history's longest and cruelest Embargo/Blockade.
     Above are top U. S. headlines about Cuba heading into 2022. As usual the Miami/Little Havana media dominate the U. S. headlines, all of it...with rare exceptions...damning Revolutionary Cuba while always implying that what preceded it -- the U.S.-backed Batista-Mafia dictators -- was the best and kindest government in the Caribbean.
  Like the Miami Herald, the rest of the mainstream U. S. media are also socially, politically, and otherwise obliged to defame Revolutionary Cuba. But a vast plethora of vicious anti-Cuba outlets have emerged since 1959, led by Radio-TV-Marti in Little Havana/Miami. For over three decades, U. S. tax dollars have lavishly funded Radio-TV Marti.
    And for over three decades Radio-TV Marti in Miami has, in the eyes and ears of many, engaged in tax-paid propaganda against Revolutionary Cuba.
    As you can see via the Google search above, even the Miami Herald has called Radio-TV Marti purely a dispenser of "bad journalism" and "ineffective propaganda." Yet...for over three decades tons of tax dollars have been regularly pipelined from Washington to Miami to fund Radio-TV Marti. Not only it is "bad journalism" and "ineffective propaganda," it is well known that the prime purpose of Radio-TV Marti is to provide a Cash Cow for politically correct Cubans in Little Havana-Miami.
    The great journalist and renowned Cuban expert Tracey Eaton has two blogs that regularly report on the pros & cons of Cuba, including the renowned and lavishly funded Cuban propaganda organ Radio-TV Marti. Now a beloved Professor at Flagler College in Florida, Eaton was back in Cuba this last week of 2021. His two blogs -- Along the Malecon and Cuba Money Project, as shown above, typically detail minutely how many tax-dollars daily fund Radio-TV Marti, and he gets the vast numbers and the names via the Freedom of Information U. S. Law. The figures and names are stunning...yet they have continued daily for the past 31 years and they continue into 2022 because no one can end it.
    For sure, Jeffrey Kofman is one of the USA's all-time greatest investigative journalists, including at the CBS and ABC television networks. At ABC his report entitled "Newscast to Nowhere" remains the definitive depiction of what Radio-TV Marti is.
    As shown above, the seminal "Broadcast to Nowhere" report by Jeffrey Kofman explains that the real purpose of Radio-TV Marti was not just Cuban propaganda but that the real purpose was/is to provide bundles of tax dollars to politically favored Cubans in Little Havana/Miami. Kofman points out, as you can see above, that Cubans on the island...the supposed prime target...don't hear or see it nor would it be effective if they did. But, of course, for the past 3+ decades the tax-dollars still flow unimpeded...even though for the past three decades powerful members of Congress...such as "Jeff Flake" as quoted above...have been trying without any success to save U. S. taxpayers and the U. S. Democracy such a humiliating ripoff.
         And meanwhile, only occasionally in the USA will the mainstream U. S. media report either positively or fairly about Cuba. BUT GUESS WHAT? One of the world's greatest Travel Writers, Laurie Werner, has just returned from crisscrossing Cuba and she has penned a huge, long article about Cuba that is fantastically positive and fair about Cuba this last week of 2021. And moreover, one of America's most powerful mainstream media sources, Forbes, was brave enough to not only publish Laurie Werner's revelations about Cuba but Forbes widely publicized it.

 World-renowned Travel Writer Laurie Werner strongly suggests that Americans and other tourists visit Cuba, saying they would savor the "warmth of the island and its people."

       As shown above, the Forbes article lavishly lauded Cuba's "medical structure" that has developed successful homegrown vaccines against COVID-19. And the Forbes article this week says Cuba is "well positioned to welcome travelers back just as winter sets in...and the warmth of the weather would be matched by the warmth of the people, expressed in a palpable joy to see American travelers visit as they did in the first wave in 2015." In 2015 Barack Obama became the only U. S. President to ease the U.S. Embargo/Blockade that began in 1962 and intends to destroy Revolutionary Cuba by, among other things, trying to block Tourism to the island. But in 2016 Obama was replaced by President Trump who quickly expanded the Embargo/blockade more genocidal than ever, and starting in 2020 the current President Biden has continued Trump's genocide against Cubans on the island to appease a handful of rich and powerful Cubans in Little Havana/Miami.

     And as shown above, this week the Forbes article was brave enough to point out that the "veritable avalanche" of tourism to Cuba in 2015 thanks to President Obama contradicted Little Havana's plan to starve Cubans in Cuba into submission, so starting in 2016 both Presidents Trump & Biden have cowardly and politically resumed the dictates of Little Havana's dictates...with another generation of cowardly Americans too afraid to do anything to ease a shame that shames America & Democracy more than it shames Cuba.
    Beyond question, except for Florida's dictation of the USA's Cuban policies, Cuba would be...per capita...one of the region's richest nations, and that would also benefit many Americans. Cuba's beauty and strategic location exceeds Florida's, and Cuban beaches are more beautiful than Florida's.
    Due south of Florida, Cuba's Varadero Beach has been listed as the #One Beach In The World and in 2021 TripAdvisor, a key worldwide tourist advisor, lists Cuba's Cayo Santa Maria as the Second Best Beach in the Whole World.
   This week the great journalist and Florida professor Tracey Eaton visited Cuba and posted dozens of Havana photos on Facebook, such as the one above. This photo shows a big building going up and it provoked surprise as well as discussions on Facebook. It seems that many people can't believe Cuba is involved in such things during the tightened U. S. Blockade and COVID-19, the twin perils that were supposed to have doomed Cuba.
   Indeed, many of Tracey Eaton's Facebook photos from Havana this week showed many decaying buildings but across the city many residential and government buildings have been sharply renovated, and that work is continuing despite the Blockade & the Pandemic. This Eaton photo this week shows a snapshot of Havana tourism as it begins to revive; an entrepreneur taxi driver has stepped out of his vintage 1950s convertible to snap a photo of his two paying tourists. Revolutionary Havana is not as rich as Havana was in the 1950s when the U. S. and the Mafia supported Batista, but heading into 2022 Havana still has the unique charm and allure that Cuba's capital city is famed for.
      Meanwhile, the endless 6-decade-old U.S./Little Havana Embargo of Cuba remains firm heading into 2022!!! Its demise, apparently, will be postponed as long as Little Havana wants it to exist.
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