Countercurrents | July 12, 2021
Imperialist media and its followers are over-active in circulating the news: Protests and loot in Cuba. Then, they draw conclusion: The people in Cuba are rejecting socialism.
The MSM circulated news on Cuba said:
- Large anti-government protests broke out in Cuba’s major cities. Thousands of protesters marched on Sunday in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and other locales, decrying food, medicine and vaccine shortages.
- It’s a display of “pro-freedom” sentiment. The protesters were demanding an end to the present communist rule. Numerous videos posted on social media showed crowds marching and chanting such slogans as “Liberty”. In areas, protesters flipped cars and threw rocks at police in Havana and in other places. Some videos showed people vandalizing and looting shops.
Thus, the media-masters cheer and draw conclusion while they show their ignorance in drawing demarcation line between socialism and communism, as the two systems are far-far different.
Nothing to hide: There’re protests in Cuba.
Nothing to hide: There’s incident of loot.
The issue for consideration is what goods were looted. Do food-hungry people loot TV and electronics goods? The masters of the mainstream media obviously have an answer. The looters weren’t food-hungry if TV, etc. were looted. Or, there’s little scope for going hungry if stores were stashed with food products.
The fact-manipulation-efficient-masters have made a mistake in their fabrication of “facts” of protests. The fact that comes out from this inconsistency is there’s something fishy, smelling rotten.
Were not there reports of loot of food products and clothes in cities in the Empire months ago while a section of the populace was raging in protests demanding justice? Those people were at least a bit hungry, at least a bit deprived of clothes. The stories of unemployment and homelessness are another issue for another story. And, there’re reports on members of an important organization of the state machine in the Empire, who were facing hunger, were facing difficulty in procuring food due to salary-shortage.
The Empire is resource-rich. This richness goes for hundreds of years. This richness comes from accumulation of wealth from all corners of the world. The Empire has never, till now, faced any economic embargo.
On the contrary, Cuba, immediately since its emergence as a dignified nation, began facing embargo of all sorts. It’s continuing. It’s not at war in any country, with any country. It has not invaded any country. It has not devastated any country with invasion and war. Yet, an all choking embargo is imposed on Cuba! It’s unprecedented in human history.
How many reports the MSM have produced and circulated on the issues? Which of the MSM can claim that that has circulated reports on the way Cuba’s procurement of raw materials for producing Coronavirus-fighting vaccines was stalled, and who the actors were behind this stalling of a nation’s fight against pandemic? How many reports on Cuba’s unprecedented help to countries including a member of the powerful G-7 in fighting the pandemic the MSM have carried? How many reports on Cuba’s research and successful production of vaccines to fight the coronavirus the MSM have circulated? How many reports on the Cuba’s fight against the pandemic – despite the Empire-imposed embargo, Cuba is the first country in Latin America that has successfully developed and produced two coronavirus-vaccines, and has vaccinated over a quarter of its population with at least one dose while suffering a severe shortage of syringes due to the Empire-imposed embargo –has the MSM produced and circulated? Has a comparison between Cuba and countries with a fat foreign exchange reserve and well-developed infrastructures been made ever? The countries to be compared are not only in Europe. They are in South Asia and South-East Asia also; and a few of these countries have nuclear arsenals, and they regularly tests missiles that can carry nuclear arms and can travel hundreds of miles. “Success”, it’s “success”, “success” with play with vehicles of death! How many stories by the MSM are there?
And, the defeat and loss of face of the Empire in the UN General Assembly, which has turned into an annual event now? That was on withdrawal of the embargo on Cuba. Only 2-3-4 countries including the Empire oppose the resolution while rest of the countries stand for the withdrawal of the decades-long illogical embargo imposed on Cuba. Silence there’s! It’s the MSM-silence!
Isn’t it hypocrisy when reports of protest are partially presented and other basic facts that expose the reality, a major part of which has been created by the Empire, is circulated with electronic speed?
What happened when one of the countries claiming to be the “biggest democracy” abruptly and suddenly imposed joblessness and homelessness on millions of migrant workers? They’re not looting food stores. The helpless walked miles, many of them walked hundreds of miles with wife and children as they frantically tried “fleeing” away from hunger and the pandemic to reach their rural homes. That hundreds of miles-journey was unimaginable!
Now, there in Cuba, the mighty MSM spews facts: “Food-hungry” people, cell phone waving well clothed healthy and young, indeed “food-hungry”, have the physical strength to turn over police cars. Food-hungry people “have” that physical power.
This subcontinent, during its colonized days, faced famines that took millions of lives. In Kolkata, how many cars of the colonial rulers were turned over, how many stores were looted?
Today, it’s well-known that the geographically small country is plagued with shortages of basic necessities – a result of the Empire’s never-ending embargo. The embargo is the Empire’s position on “human” rights – a trade with humanity!
Who denies the pandemic situation – food situation deteriorated by the pandemic? Aren’t countries, from India to the Empire, facing the situation?
The Cuba-“protest”-story has a soul, deep inside, which has been exposed by none, but the mainstream, politicians and the MSM. A certain type of politicians bent to demolish Cuba’s present political system helped the MSM in exposing the “protest”-story.
These politicians jumped into the MSM bandwagon – bring to notice the “protest”, praise the “protest”, extend support to the “protest”.
Marco Rubio, US Senator (R-Florida) well-known for his diehard anti-Cuban Revolution stand, pleaded with US president Joe Biden and secretary of state Antony Blinken to urgently “call on Cuban military forces to not fire on their own people.”
Julie Chung, acting assistant secretary for the US state department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs said: “Peaceful protests are growing in Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising Covid cases, deaths and medicine shortages.”
US Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York) said: “I hope and pray for a free Cuba for my relatives and all suffering under its unbearable communist rule.” [“Communist” rule is “unbearable”, and capitalist rule – capital’s yoke on billions making billions hungry, making millions cannon-fodder is “bearable”. The statement exposes the character of the pray – for capitalism, for exploitation.] Nicole Malliotakis felt encouraged as the “protesters” were demanding end to their “misery”.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Twitter: “Florida supports the people of Cuba as they take to the streets against the tyrannical regime in Havana. The Cuban dictatorship has repressed the people of Cuba for decades and is now trying to silence those who have the courage to speak out against its disastrous policies.”
These actors are enough to expose the character of the “protest”, of the “protesters” – siblings of the now well-known organizations from the Empire funding “democracy” projects in countries considered not the Empire’s camp.
These actors keep silence when people in other countries oppose Empire-imposed regimes and get killed. These actors keep silence when the Empire creates conditions for shortage of medical and research equipment. These actors keep silence when carelessness for life of ordinary citizens create conditions that find collapse of the health care system and rows of dead bodies waiting to be cremated as that happened in a South Asian country. The number of dead was so staggering that people had to urge the capital city authorities to allow cutting down trees in the city parks so that dead bodies could be cremated. These actors keep silence when the rightist regime in Brazil causes deaths of hundreds of thousands of people by brushing out the medical facts related to the coronavirus. These actors keep silence when thousands of people march in Brazil demanding the country’s rightist regime’s trial for its cruel handling of the pandemic.
These actors are politicians telling “facts”, standing for “freedom”; and these actors’ acts and utterances – political position – are enough to take away all the credibility of the Cuba-story they’re telling.
They don’t tell the fact – funding of subversive activities to topple the revolutionary system in Cuba. They don’t tell the amount already spent for “democracy” propaganda in Cuba.
These actors’ loss of credibility makes the claim Miguel Diaz-Canel, the president of Cuba, has made credible: External forces have incited and expanded the protest, Empire’s media campaign is manipulating sincere protest. In a broadcast to the people of Cuba, Diaz-Canel said:
“We are calling all the revolutionaries in the country, all the Communists, to hit the streets wherever there is an effort to produce these provocations.”
The Cuban leader Twitted:
“The revolution is defended by the revolutionaries. And among the revolutionaries, the Communists are going to the forefront – never as elite, but as a conscious and committed force.”
The Cuba-“protest-story is not a single incident. Similar foreign interference happened in other countries. The Cuba-protest-incident is not going to be last attempt by the Empire. In countries in regions including the South Asia, the Empire is organizing its “democracy” campaigns. There’re its “democracy”-mongering organizations funding and training organizations, groups and individuals for carrying out the Empire’s design.
Farooque Chowdhury writes from Dhaka, Bangladesh.