Cultural Exchange and a usual suspect

“The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly.”  – Adolph Hitler 

Fidel Castro, a practiced student of der Führer, learned that lesson well. With Obama’s relaxation of Cuba restrictions, the regimes agents of influence wasted no time in bringing their planned grand Castro propaganda show to the U.S. audience.  The shows, given the cover of legitimacy by respected cultural institutions such as Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, dutifully enhanced by glowing write ups in the New York Times, promoted by the Hollywood establishment, well, what a fait accompli for the dictatorship!  The American masses, unindoctrinated no longer as they view carefully chosen photos depicting life in Cuba before and after the revolution,  thrill to the beat of Cuban music and dance. Yes Cuba!

From the LA Times:  “For the final performance of its first North American tour since 2003, Ballet Nacional de Cuba danced a thrilling, go-for-broke “Don Quixote” on Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.”   The reviewer goes on to describe the performances as  incandescent, sparkling, and unforgettable.  What drivel.

This Machiavellian tour is brought to our shores by the Si Cuba Festival, partnered with the following organizations: (Please, follow the links and check out their board members)

  Los Angeles
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Getty
The Int’l Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and SPARC
LA Phil
Los Angeles Film Festival
Museum of Latin American Art
Music Center
Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Missing  from the Si Cuba Festival’s display of everything Cuban  from traditional Son to the delights of Cuban Cuisine (at $75 per person in the Getty Center’s private dining room), is the simultaneous hunger, terror, and repression inflicted on non-elite Cubans back home on the island.

Who’s behind this disgusting deceitful collaboration with the dictatorship? Among others, a well-known suspected Castro agent of influence.  

Julia Sweig is an Honoray Committee member of Sí Cuba Festival; a “go to Cuba Expert” and member of the “non-partisan” Council for Foreign Relations.   The Castro’s can surely count on their good friend Julia to promote the interests of the Castro dictatorship

Here is a list of her fellow Honoray Committee members, also from Sí Cuba Festival’s website. Note however, that this list is from the Si Cuba’s New York Festival page and unavailable on the SoCal page, an interesting omission.

Alicia Alonso
Director, National Ballet of Cuba

Jody Gottfried Arnhold
Chair, Board of Trustees, Ballet Hispanico

Margaret C. Ayers
President, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Beth Rudin DeWoody
President, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation

Howard Farber
Founder, Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde

Damian Fernandez
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science, SUNY-Purchase

Mauricio Font
Director, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, City University of New York

Allen Greenberg
Director, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Ramiro Guerra
Director, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba

The Trustees of the Harkness Foundation for Dance

Stephen Heintz
President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Tania Leon
Composer, Conductor, Distinguished Professor, CUNY

Lourdes Lopez
Co-founder and Director, Morphoses

William H. Luers

Richard Lukins
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, The Joyce Theater

Alberto Magnan
Co-Owner, Magnan Metz Gallery

Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas
Chair, Cuban Artists Fund & Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Alex Rosenberg
American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba

Carole Rosenberg
President, American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba

Jane Gregory Rubin
Secretary, The Reed Foundation

Donald Rubin
Co-Chair, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, The Rubin Museum of Art

Julia Sweig
Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Luis A. Ubiñas


Who cares?  Not the MSM bent on promoting their favorite revolutionary hero, and keeping their desks in Havana… the devastation of the Cuban people be damned.




One thought on “Cultural Exchange and a usual suspect

  1. Ziva,

    Thank you for that thorough expose on what’s behind the “Cuba, Si” propaganda fest. I don’t know most of those names, but I do know Mauricio Font. He’s a professor at CUNY [City College of New York] and he heads the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. This institution serves as a front-line propaganda mill for the castro tyranny. Prof. Font has never had one balanced panel among the countless discussions that he has organized throw out the many years on Cuba. He constantly has panels that either discuss fluff issues like baseball and music, or he has one-sided pro-castro panels that discuss Cuba-US relations from a decidedly pro-castro bend. It’s outrageous that this is tax paid.

    As for as Julia Sweig is concerned, she gives the infamous Cassandra Levinson [character from Reinaldo Arenas’s Doorman who is based on real person] a run for her money.

    Alicia Alonso, well, we all know who she is.

    Why the US government allows this to go on has one or two explanations:

    A] The US government knows exactly what is going on and they permit this because they want to throw a lifeline to the regime.


    B] They are totally indifferent to Cuba, are uninformed and actually believe that this type of engagement is beneficial.

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