Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Teresa May, Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau, and Michelle Bachelet are not attending the bloody dictator’s funeral.
There’s a ban on alcohol, music and nightlife.
The carefully orchestrated public manifestations of grief are on.
#Cuba – doors close 90 min for #Castro #memorial at #revolution square #Havana – lines long – 1,000’s pay respects pic.twitter.com/uvHUUMxU7z
— Nic Robertson (@NicRobertsonCNN) November 29, 2016
You can be sure the Comités de la Revolución are keeping track of who goes.
So what really was Fidel’s Cuba? A huge tick – sucking blood for sixty years. First, during the years of the Soviet Union, turning the country into a client state of that defunct system for a few billion dollars a year; enough to keep people fed, well mostly. Then the USSR fell and the tick crawled elsewhere in the desperate search of lifeblood – and those were terrible years, called the “Periodo Especial” in Cuban nomenclature (google it). Rickets, nutritional-deficiency-induced blindness. Starvation. Then along came Hugo – a product of the temper tantrum that paid huge dividends, and the tick latched on. Until Venezuela dried up – this article is the most poignant I’ve ready for a while. But I also wrote one that went viral, “The Suicide of Venezuela” that could have as easily been called a homicide, perpetuated by warden Fidel.
I’ll be on Silvio Canto’s podcast tonight at 8pm Eastern. Will add the link later today.
Linked to by Doug Ross. Thank you!
Rick Lee says
They probably took crying lessons from the North Koreans.
That’s very likely; they have plenty to cry about.