[July 12, 2021] Cuba has one of the most repressive governments in the world. Its Communist dictatorship has an iron grip that manages to keep everyone in poverty, except those in the highest echelons of government (and they live richly). Yesterday, demonstrations for freedom broke out on the island. The New York Times (behind a paywall) acknowledges the reality of this movement.
Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years.
The NYT is an apologist for Castro’s tyranny. That should come as no surprise for those who read the newspaper. Shouting “Freedom,” in the annals of corporate, anti-Americanism of the NYT, does appear as an anti-government slogan.
Cuba is in the throes of its worst economic contraction over three decades, as chronic inefficiencies and paralyzing bureaucracy have gradually eroded the country’s production capacity, including the essential food and agriculture sectors.
Cuba decided to make its own COVID-19 vaccine and didn’t seek to buy shots from other countries. But plans to immunize the population with a homegrown vaccine have been plagued by delays.
One of their biggest problems in Cuba is the lack of syringes to administer the vaccine. Whether the vaccine is effective is yet to be determined, but that does not stop the NYT from showcasing the vaccine as another outstanding achievement of Communism. Cuban leadership decided not to buy proven vaccines on the open market. The shortage of vaccines is a problem in this Communist nation, like their toilet paper shortage and other such essentials.
Like all socialist/Communist nations that are in trouble, it is all America’s fault. We should be asking the most obvious question if Communism is such a superior system, why does it depend upon the capitalist U.S. to survive?
Cuba is an international example of a nation where the vast majority of its people live at the poverty level, and the ruling elite lives in luxury. Will the people of Cuba finally overthrow the burden of Communism and rejoin the West? We can only hope as much.