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    Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

    Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism?
    Javier Garcia-Bengochea
    Guest Columnist

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    It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you
    know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige
    paraphrasing Mark Twain.

    It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative
    regarding its revolution. A receptive media have dutifully perpetuated
    this lie and Americans remarkably suspend all critical thinking
    regarding Cuba, accepting this deception categorically.

    What Americans think they know about Cuba just ain’t so. Here’s the
    #FakeNews:

    Cuba is a socialist country. Wrong. Cuba is a totalitarian white male
    military dictatorship that insulates itself from accountability to the
    Cuban people through the enormous bureaucracy of the Cuban government.

    The Cuban government “owns” Cuba’s industries. No, the military owns
    these, particularly the tourist industry run by Raul Castro’s son-in-law
    (a general). Virtually every aspect of licensed travel by the U.S.
    Treasury to Cuba is controlled by the military (who are white). Tourism
    funds the repression.

    There is social justice in Cuba. Nope. The dictatorship has
    institutionalized an apartheid between foreigners and Communist Party
    elites — Cuba’s 1 percent — and “ordinary” Cubans. How? Through two
    currencies, a valuable one for the former and a worthless one for the
    latter, who are mostly black and brown.

    Tourists use one currency (CUCs) pegged to the U.S. dollar. Cubans are
    paid (by law) in the second worthless currency. The latter can pocket
    tips in CUCs. Consequently, neurosurgeons rush through brain surgeries
    to park cars, drive taxis and bus tables for tips. Most doctors,
    lawyers, teachers and engineers leave their professions altogether. This
    slavery few Americans even notice. It’s disgraceful.

    There is no racism in Cuba. Ha! As one white regime official put it on
    page 119 of UCLA professor Mark Sawyer’s book, “Racial Politics in
    Post-Revolutionary Cuba,” “It is simply a sociological fact that blacks
    are more violent and criminal than whites. They also do not work as hard
    and cannot be trusted.” This was 2003; enough said.

    Free health care and education for all. Sorry. University professors and
    managers in tourism are overwhelmingly white and connected to the
    generals. Most university students must join the communist party.

    There are hospitals for foreigners and Communist Party elites and those
    for everyone else. The former are for medical tourism with Cuba’s best
    doctors. The latter have no sheets, soap, toilet paper, electricity,
    medicines or even Cuban doctors — they are imported from Africa.

    Where are Cuba’s doctors? Those not driving cabs are “rented” to foreign
    countries for $10,000 monthly. The chattel slave doctors are paid a few
    hundred CUCs while their families are held in Cuba. Ditto for thousands
    of Cuban nurses, social workers and teachers. Human trafficking is the
    dictatorship’s largest source of hard currency — by far.

    Opening Cuba represents a tremendous business opportunity. Really? Cuba
    is bankrupt. Moreover, everything in Cuba is stolen: land, homes, rum,
    cigars, even old American jalopies — in many cases from Americans. Every
    enterprise in Cuba will involve trafficking in stolen property. This
    isn’t a business opportunity; it’s criminal and immoral behavior.

    The intent of U.S. law is to protect, not disenfranchise claimants as
    President Obama has done by allowing select companies to “do business”
    and traffic in stolen property. Sustaining this requires protection by
    the dictatorship and a U.S. administration that disregards property
    rights and the rule of law. It’s politically sanctioned organized crime.

    History is replete with examples that economic engagement will not bring
    political liberalization or change (e.g., China). See Cuba before 1959,
    when American cronyism brought corruption and three dictators — Batista
    and the Castro brothers. Why would U.S. businesses “invested” in Cuba
    property want change? A democratic government will return property to
    the legitimate owners and these “investments” will be lost. Investment
    seeks certainty.

    The embargo is “failed” policy. The teeth of the embargo, the ability to
    prosecute traffickers in stolen property, has been waived since its
    inception to “expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba,” a
    justification that is conclusively false.

    It’s the definition of insanity: capitulating with another dictatorship
    and perpetually violating existing sanctions while expecting change.

    Here’s a novel approach to Cuba policy: Enforce the law.

    Javier Garcia-Bengochea, a Jacksonville neurosurgeon, is a certified
    U.S. Claimant for The Port of Santiago de Cuba.

    Source: Social justice in Cuba? No racism? #FakeNewsCuba – Orlando
    Sentinel –
    www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-cuba-fake-news-20170424-story.html

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