Above: Prime Minister Owen Arthur holds hands with a ruthless dictator and friend
Barbados Nation news organisation today reported the current Cuban election without any context or reference to the dictatorship of the Communist Party, or to the increasing Cuban government sponsored terrorism against dissidents and their families. The Nation did not mention that hundreds if not thousands of opposition activists have been arrested, beaten and imprisoned in the last few years or that the Cuban military controls over 60% of Cuba’s economy and actively backs a group of ‘official’ candidates. The Nation did not mention that Cuba jails more journalists per captia than any country outside of China. (Then again, North Korea doesn’t have any journalists to jail.)
But hey… what’s a few details like truth and accuracy mean to The Nation when ‘first world’ Barbados is still begging Cuba for medical care handouts?
Cuba: One big island plantation
…Make no bones about it: Cuba is an island of slaves. What else does one call a place where the people eat what one man feeds them; work at what one man decides that they work on; march when one man tells them to march; say what one man tells them to say and think only what one man tells them to think. What else do you call a place where the people are kept from progressing as individuals, where the people are kept away from information, where people are isolated from the rest of the world?
Cuba is just one big island plantation.
… Val Prieto
Yes, I know that Cuba was raped in the first half of the 20th century by American corporations. Yes, I know that the American blockade has been a terrible burden for the ordinary Cuban and that the USA has a double standard with other Communist regimes vs Cuba, especially Red China. And that it is all unjust and Cuba’s history is a prime example of the worst in American hegemony and the politics of starvation. I know all about the plight of the ordinary Cuban.
None of that excuses the Cuban Communist thugs. None of that excuses The Nation Newspaper when it ignores the murders, torture and abuse of ordinary Cubans who want true democracy and individual rights and freedoms.
Here’s the news of the Cuban election according to The Nation. You should read it at The Nation here, but we have to reprint the whole thing because The Nation often changes or deletes articles…
Cubans go to the polls
HAVANA Cuba,Oct. 21, CMC – Cubans go to the polls on Sunday in the first of several votes leading up to the expected re-election of President Raúl Castro in February next year.
More than 90 percent of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island’s 8 million voters are expected to choose in Sunday’s poll from the 30,000 candidates for the 168 municipal councils.
Officials said some of the winners will be selected to run later for provincial Legislatures and for the National Assembly of People’s Power most likely in a final round of balloting in February. The Assembly then selects the Councils of State and Ministers, the standing bodies of the Legislature, and their president, the country’s highest office. Castro was elected to those posts in 2008 and is widely expected to be chosen for a second five-year term.
The Cuban President,proposed during a Communist Party gathering in 2011 that all top offices be limited to two five-year terms. But it is not totally clear whether his 2008 term would count, or even whether the proposal was put into effect. Analysts say while official candidates usually win more than 90 percent of the vote, they have noticed an increasing number of blank or null ballots in recent elections.
Dissidents have also reported some small incidents surrounding preparations for Sunday’s balloting.