US Concern for Cuba, Latin America Is Really Spin for Intervention

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    • #435664
      Passionate Progressive
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      The U.S. government says it is going to help Central America fight corruption, will combat the “root causes” of migration in Mexico and Central America, and it wants to help the Cuban people with freedom too.

      But the U.S. domestic and foreign track record demonstrates that Washington isn’t qualified to teach anyone about democracy, combating poverty, ending corruption or anything related to human rights. Instead, its recent discourse regarding Latin American countries is aimed at dressing itself, the bully, as the savior.

      By manufacturing problems (i.e. by directly causing hunger and medicine shortages), as well as by magnifying or distorting existing problems and combining those with real hardships, the U.S. has been framing its intervention and dominance in certain countries as help that no one can reasonably oppose. The help discourse makes it hard for many people to perceive the real agenda and political interests of the U.S. and makes it very easy for the mainstream media to cover up the U.S. desire to increase its exploitation of Latin America.

      In U.S. help speak, financial support for anti-government (read pro-U.S. agenda) groups is spun as aid, particularly through USAID. Bringing a pro-U.S. leader to power is framed as toppling a cruel dictator. Building towns where U.S. corporations and manufacturing plants can do whatever they want (i.e. the ZEDES, or zones for employment and economic development, in Honduras; or industrial parks in Mexico) and imposing privatization policies on poor countries is called “freedom,” “democracy,” “investment” or “economic support.”


      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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    • #435719
      Utopian Leftist
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      concern trolling. When someone pretends to care, just to ferret out info about where to stick the knife in, the deepest.

      Of course, we could call it what it really is: covert, genocidal interference in foreign affairs.

      But it’s also concern trolling . . . on a very large scale.

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    • #435764
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      –why don’t they just end the fucking blockade?

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      NBC News waited until the last of 24 paragraphs to note that “the Cuban government attributes the economic crisis to US embargo against Cuba and sanctions, which former President Donald Trump intensified.” The story had previously claimed that Cuba was effectively choking itself by refusing to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

      The Wall Street Journal did the same thing, only mentioning the sanctions in the final paragraph, and only in the mouth of President Miguel Díaz-Canel, the head of an “authoritarian regime,” a media codeword reserved for governments the US does not like. None of these articles went into any detail about the sanctions or their demonstrable effects.

      Washington Post’s editorial board made it explicit, claiming that Díaz-Canel was reacting with “predictable thuggishness,” conveniently “blaming everything on the United States and the US trade embargo,” when, in fact, it was largely the fault of the “aging dictatorship” itself.

      Fox News did not mention the sanctions at all, putting the blame for Cuba’s economic malaise on the Communist Party entirely. It even gave time to Miami Mayor Frances Suarez to call for the US to bomb Cuba.

      As one Miami resident insisted to NBC News, “The whole country is in the streets.” Video evidence seems to suggest otherwise, and that the counter-demonstrations were at least as well-attended.

      CNN used a photo of an impressively attended rally in Miami to promote an article headlined “Cubans Take to Streets in Rare Anti-Government Protest Over Lack of Freedoms, Worsening Economy.” (The post has since been deleted.)

      National Geographic pulled a similar trick, although they at least included a caption informing eagle-eyed readers that the image was taken in Florida.

      From FAIR:

      The Boston Globe, like numerous other outlets, published a photo of a pro-government rally to illustrate the size of anti-government protests. Flag reading July 26 in photo signifies the 26th of July Movement and later a political party led by Fidel Castro. The movement’s name commemorates its July 26, 1953 attack overthrowing of Batista.


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