Reports from Cuba: Sunday Digression

By Fernando Damaso in Translating Cuba:

Sunday Digression anniversary of the Cuban Republic passed on May 20, and if something was written or said in the official media it was, once again, to criticize and make a big deal out of it, charging it with every possible evil and a few impossible ones. addition to calling it a pseudo-republic, media-created and neocolonial, the highlight was classifying it as not independent because of the existence of the Platt Amendment for more than three decades, until it was abolished in the ’30s through an agreement between the governments of Cuba and the United States.

This ideologically manipulated history is well-known. According to it, Cuba was only truly independent starting in January 1959.

However, the assertion is not completely true: it ignores the “Brezhnev Amendment,” which for more than thirty years as well (until the disappearance of the USSR), held Cuba under the aegis of the Soviet Union, followed by the “Chavez Amendment” which extends to this day.

During the first, Cuba was not independent, as its actions and policy responded, first, to Soviet interests, including an article of submission in the 1976 Constitution [from 1959-1976 the Castro regime governed without any constitution at all]; nor was it independent during the “Chavez Amendment,” as it responded to the interests of “Chavism,” a mixture of populism and anti-Americanism.

In other words, if earlier, according to government propaganda, Cuba was not independent, then after, it has not been either. It’s as simple as that.



3 thoughts on “Reports from Cuba: Sunday Digression

  1. The toothy smile on the right of the photo belongs to Jose Pardo Llada, a Castro propagandist until he fled to Colombia in 1961. Weeks before the fall of Batista, Pardo Llada showed up in the Sierra Maestra to join the rebels. Fidel Castro humiliated this johnny-come-lately by assigning him to kitchen duty peeling potatoes. Thus, his detractors labelled him “Jose Pela Papas” in addition to “Pargo Llaga.” A few years before his death, Pardo Llada begged permission from Fidel Castro to visit Cuba and later wrote glowing accounts of the revolution.

  2. Jose Pardo Llada was a client of El Carmelo Restaurant in Havana and was famous there for being a “mala paga” that had to be chased constantly to pay his late bills.

  3. Pardo Llada was a media celebrity in pre-Castro Cuba, apparently a rather shallow and very opportunistic one. Evidently, he was too much of a fool or a tool to leave well enough alone after he’d fled the “revolution,” and wound up thoroughly disgracing himself near the end of his life, presumably to recapture something of his former “glory.” I believe he was the father of a Miami Spanish TV news “personality,” Bernadette Pardo.

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