venerdì, gennaio 27, 2006

No Photos Allowed

No Photos Allowed: "There are long standing arguments about traveling to Cuba. I'm not talking about Cubans visiting their homeland, but about the useful idiots who travel there and then come back and extol the virtues of castro's revolution.

They talk about how great the healthcare system is, how wonderful and happy the people are, the quaint charm of the island locked in a time capsule of the 1950's.You try telling them that they only saw what castro allowed them to see. 'Oh no' they insist, it's a lie, that's just those Cuban mafia types in Miami, Cuba's great.

In Cuba, castro controls information. This past week he's been having fits over that sign on the US interests section displaying a ticker of uncensored information. Cubans are denied access to the internet, TV and radio broadcasts are controlled by the state. Sports teams and other Cubans allowed to travel are surrounded by security agents who control their movement. Information from outside Cuba that deviates from the strict party line is diligently suppressed.

But it's not only information coming into Cuba that castro worries about. There's a reason why tourist resorts are segregated from the real Cuba. There's a reason why visitors are taken on tours of sites that are carefully fabricated to propagandize his revolution.

For 47 years he's been lying"