1959, the year Barbie was born. Cars were beautiful, long tailed sculptures of fine metal. And, oh yeah, Castro took power in Cuba. Of course, who remembers? The truth is that there are very few people left who remember that year. Yet those who still do can be easily divided into two groups. Those who hate Fidel, and those who love him. But the question I would like to deal with today is; how relevant is all is in today’s world? And unfortunately, the answer has to be that unless you are looking for a bit of entertainment, reading reports coming out of Cuba and now Venezuela is becoming akin to reading the Sunday Times comics section while toking some weed.\
Chavez is allegedly suffering from cancer. Something that even without reason, I can barely tolerate to listen to, much less see him as I did the other day a fat, head shaven”cancer patient”. Same day, I get a call from a friend telling me that Raul Castro has declared that he will be holding elections and that no political office will be able to be held for more than ten years. This of course, after Chavez has been in power for more than that, and Castro, well, let’s just say he makes Chavez look like an idiot.
So what is my take on all the news coming from the Caribbean and Venezuela? Did you hear about Occupy Wall Street? Not only is the Muslin world facing politically world rocking protests, but the great democracies of the world are staring down the very long rifle of their doom. People are tired, people are not complete idiots all of the time. And though they are being laughed at for not particularly knowing what their protests are about, not having a specific grievance other than the very general “we’re tired of all the bullshit” stance, they have managed to propagate these protests to other countries where the ignorant are beginning to see that something is not working right.
Yes, I am aware this post looks like it is traveling two roads, and I swear I’ll tie it up for you neatly.
To get closer to the point, the people in Cuba have been pretty much unable to protest because of the very tight and repressive system in place for the last… forever. People in the US and other fine, democratic countries like England, Greece, and Italy to name just a few, have been living under the impression that they have a right to protest and be heard. Obviously, what we have witnessed recently tells a different story. An ugly one. And it blurs the lines between what we have been advocating for many years, against systems like the one in Cuba, only to be side wiped by the now very familiar tactics of repressive governments in our until recently thought to be “free” countries.
I am now going to assume that the two lines have just crossed. Am I the only one seeing this? Am I the only one that can easily spot the similarities here?
We have protests in Greece demanding that their government refuse to sell out to the IMF.But I will not go into into the IMF’s historical role of plundering and rape, yes, in spite of Chile’s alleged success, still plundering and rape.
Have a look at the two images below: