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‘SOS CUBA’: What’s the Real Story…?

SOS Cuba

Anyone who’s been paying attention to international news will have noticed that there is serious unrest and chaos presently unfolding in several countries.

In South Africa, where people and mobs have recently been running riot, with mass violence and looting. In Haiti, where the president has just been assassinated and law and order in the streets has long since been lost. In Cuba, where an *apparent* popular uprising against the government is going on. There are other countries that could be on that list too, including Tunisia and Lebanon.

The causes or reasons for unrest might be different in each case: although government corruption and/or incompetence, economic hardship and even the effects of the COVID pandemic and lockdowns, all seem to be common themes.

But certainly the way the Cuba situation has been presented raises some alarms – and has obvious similarities to regime change propaganda in Venezuela, for example, or echoes of the co-opted ‘Arab Spring’ in Libya too.

Clearly elements in the US are, if not behind the Cuban unrest necessarily, certainly trying to steer it. The US has been involved in Cuba – and trying to bring down the Cuban regime – for generations: nothing that happens in Cuba can be looked at entirely in a vacuum or as necessarily a purely internal Cuban affair.

For one thing, at the most basic level, the economic hardships fuelling the Cuban protests are clearly as much a result of decades of US sanctions as they are of Cuban government mismanagement.

And elements of Western media are already up to tried-and-tested tricks: for example, some media were showing images of a pro-government rally in Cuba and presenting it as an anti-government rally.

 


 

It’s also worth saying that a lot of the images of Cuban protesters are not from inside Cuba: some of them are, obviously, a but a lot of them were or are happening in Miami, Florida, where there is a big population of Cuban exiles (and Latino Republican supporters).

US media has been filled with apparent ‘calls for intervention in Cuba’: some coming from protesters and some – in the case of Marco Rubio, for example – from actual political figures.

Rubio has warned of a ‘bloodbath’ in Cuba. He also seems to be claiming ‘thousands’ of Russian special forces are arriving in the Caribbean island.

Texas’s joke Senator Ted Cruz has also zealously called for US intervention.

There is a longstanding perception in some quarters, by the way, that both Cruz and Rubio have exaggerated or overly embellished their personal stories of their families escaping from Castro’s Cuba and making a life for themselves in the Land of the Free. But we’ll sidestep that for now.

Meanwhile, ‘Miami exile leaders’ have apparently called on the US to send troops to Cuba: for humanitarian purposes, of course. Note that some Haitian officials, in the wake of the recent assassination of Haiti’s president (explored here), were also openly calling for US military intervention in *that* nearby country: although this request was refused by the Biden administration.


It’s curious too that both the Haiti assassination (and its spiralling web of conspiracy), which took place amid massive protests against the government, and the sparking off of these mass protests in Cuba, pretty much happened at the same time in July.


We’ll come back to that.

We’ll also come back to the Miami thing, because – as we explored in the Haiti article – this is very significant.

The protests in Cuba seem to driven by general dissatisfaction with the regime: with low living standards, supply shortages and power blackouts, among other grievances. Essentially it seems to be the same scenario as the goings-on in Venezuela in recent years. Which, given US policy towards both countries, as well as the economic conditions, makes sense.

Some claims in US and Western media seem to suggest a lack of COVID vaccines is also fuelling the protests: but this might not be true, as Cuba reportedly developed its own vaccines (which were not experimental mRNA vaccines). As ever with information warfare, it’s hard to know precisely what’s true and what isn’t.

 

Cuba protests in Miami, 2021
Cuba protests in Miami, July 2021

 


Meanwhile, ‘SOS CUBA’ has been trending as a meme and a hashtag: and conveniently timed memes and hashtags are always a red flag, as is ready-made merchandising. You can buy your SOS CUBA merchandise here, by the way, or here on Amazon.


Let’s remember, by the way, that Barack Obama had tried to develop a softening of US-Cuba relations – much to the outrage of Republicans. Obama’s historic movement towards rapprochement and a lessening of sanctions was reversed completely of course by the Trump administration. And so far, strangely, the Biden administration appears to be continuing the Trump era policy rather than moving back towards the Obama era policy.

And this being in spite of a number of countries, especially in Latin America, calling for an end to the US embargoes on Cuba: a United Nations resolution last month also called for an end to the sanctions (for the twenty-ninth time), but was ignored by the US.

So while Obama was clearly trying to move forward, the Biden administration appears to be stranded in Trump territory in regard to Cuba. There’s a whole section of American media and politics that also appears stranded in the 1960s: but I guess that’s Conservatism in a nutshell. Bay of Pigs, anyone? Even Kennedy all the way back then knew it wasn’t a good idea.

So is Biden being pressured into a hard-line position regarding Cuba? Or does he actually agree more with Trump than with Obama? This actually would make some sense, despite surface logic: Biden is a far more Conservative school of Democrat than Obama was. Obama, by comparison, was a progressive: in fact, it’s generally thought that Obama brought Biden into his camp specifically to make his administration more palatable to conservatives who might’ve worried about some of Obama’s less-than-conservative ideas.

The math seems simple: surely ending the sanctions on Cuba will solve most of the island’s economic problems, thus diminishing the cause of any protests and unrest? At the very least, ending the sanctions would mean we could get a truer reading of the situation: in other words, if post-sanctions protests continue then we can at least be more clear that government repression or corruption is the main problem – and not externally-generated hardships.

But, arguably, part of the point of the embargoes all along was to diminish quality-of-life for the population, causing eventual resentment of the government.

And if that’s what’s happening right now – assuming that US meddling isn’t directly behind the protests themselves – then there’s no way the US would back off at this point, after decades of trying to get things to this stage.

The sanctions policy is a tried-and-tested strategy too: it was done in Iraq and in Libya.

In Libya’s case, it diminished the Gaddafi era’s economic progress and created dissatisfaction in pockets of the population; and in Iraq’s case, the sanctions are thought to have led to some over a million deaths, including a staggering number of child deaths.

In both those cases, the countries were then later military attacked by the US and its allies – and were so weakened by the years of sanctions that they could barely put up a fight.

While I doubt direct military intervention will happen in Cuba, the sanctions model itself has proven effective.

 

Muammar Gaddafi meets Fidel Castro
Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
 

This strategy also has the desired effect of casting doubt on certain socio-political ideologies or models of government. For example, Cuban Communism – whether you’re pro or anti it – can be said to have been a failure, on account of the economic problems and the present public dissatisfaction. However, we can never know what Cuban Communism would’ve worked out like *without* the decades of sanctions. The same is true of Gaddafi’s brand of Arab Socialism in Libya – a monumental economic success story in its first couple of decades, the imposition of international sanctions created conditions in which we now can’t say whether that success story would’ve continued or whether it would’ve diminished.

It’s worth noting, for example, that – even during and after the sanctions – Libya remained the most economically successful country in Africa: and was ranked No.1 on the UN’s International Development Index (just prior to the French/American/British-led NATO war on the country: and all of which was covered in ‘The Libya Conspiracy‘).

So imagine Libya *without* the sanctions.

And imagine Cuba without the decades of embargoes.

And none of this is meant necessarily as a defense of the Cuban state or government. If they’ve been violently repressing or attacking protesters or journalists (as is widely claimed), then obviously that’s not defensible. However, let’s remember that the same accusations were circulated about Gaddafi’s government in Libya in 2011: and it has never been entirely clear how true those accusations were or to what extent.

The Cuban government, needless to say, is arguing that the US is behind the protests – essentially calling it a Color Revolution aimed at regime change.

A government on the back-foot would say that, of course, whether it was true or not. But then of course the US has form in this department. It’s also worth noting the number of instances in which the US has backed oppressive regimes – especially in Latin America – that were violently oppressing their own people: and even directly assisted such regimes in their repression tactics. This includes Haiti, Chile, Honduras, and several others.

So if the Cuban government violently suppressing protesters is the ideological basis for a US intervention, it’s not a good one.

Which, again, is not a defense of the Cuban state necessarily: which, I don’t doubt, probably has been suppressing protesters and activists violently. But this is isn’t an either/or dynamic: both things can be (and probably are) true – the Cuban government could be oppressing protesters violently and the US could, at the same time, be involved in a destabilisation programme.

Claims that the US is directly involved with the protesters and activists in Cuba could also be true: though it’s just as likely that these are genuinely just Cubans fed up with their government and with the vastly diminishing quality of life at present.

Again, I doubt military intervention in Cuba is on the cards: but there are certainly groups pushing for regime change right now.

For example, as NBCMiami.com tells us, ‘At another gathering in Miami… the leader of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance also asked for the U.S. to act… “They’re still demanding freedom. They’re still in the streets. We need decisive force on behalf of the Cuban people,” Dr. Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat said…’

The Miami Mayor has also apparently called for US intervention.

As we covered in the article on Haiti, Miami is generally the staging point of destabilisation operations in the Caribbean or Latin America: it’s where all the Cuban exiles and ex-pats live (as well as Venezuelans and Haitians, for example). These are generally Republican supporting anti-Socialists and anti-Communists.

As we explored in regard to the unrest in Haiti, Miami is where plots are hatched. Key elements of the Haitian assassination plot last month were traced to Miami. And, in general, anti Cuban operations are often traced to Miami.

So while it’s obvious why all these ‘SOS Cuba’ protests are happening in Miami specifically – because there are so many Cubans there – there is also a possibility that more hostile or overt moves could be formulated in Miami as well, just as seemed to have recently happened in Haiti.

As I said earlier, it’s also interesting that the Cuban protests and the Haiti assassination and fall-out happened at the same time: both Caribbean nations, both of which have long been subject to US interference and both of which were key elements in the Cold War era.

The fact, as explored in the Haiti piece, that the CIA Director was in Colombia for an undisclosed reason, that Colombian mercenaries have been a big part of the equation, that there were links to Miami in regard to the Haitian assassination and that Miami happens to be where the US military’s regional counter-insurgency specialists are located (Fort Lauderdale and the Southern Command)… well, it’s all reason to be watchful.

Any plots coming out of Miami or Florida and targeting the Cuban state wouldn’t even necessarily have explicit US government sanction: as discussed in the piece on the Haiti conspiracy, the CIA could act independently (which,ย  again, would echo back to Bay of Pigs and the botched anti-Castro op that eventually led to the Kennedy assassination), or at the very least there could be rogue actors, private contractors and shady networks taking things into their own hands.

There was, forย example, the botched coup attempt in Venezuela in May 2020, which was linked to private contractors in Miami/Florida. The operation, aimed at overthrowing the Venezuelan government, โ€˜involved two fiberglass motorboats owned by Silvercorp which launched from eastern Colombia toward the Caribbean coast of Venezuela north of Caracas. The boats were carrying approximately 60 Venezuelan dissidents and two American former Green Berets employed as mercenaries by Silvercorp. Eight Venezuelan dissidents were killed and seventeen invaders were captured, including the two American security contractors, whose interrogations were broadcast on state television in the hours following the event.โ€™

As explored previously, the way this event in Venezuela was generally presented is as a sort of rogue operation: the CIA denies involvement, as does the US government โ€“ and, in fairness, that might explain why it was such a botched operation. Itโ€™s entirely possible that rogue actors carried out the plot without official approval: or itโ€™s also possible that the US government simply looked the other way and the CIA engaged in plausible deniability.

Given the prevalence of anti-Communist Cubans in Florida, special ops assets in the area, and the apparent availability of Colombian mercenaries and the like – and given what just happened in nearby Haiti, as well as the botched Venezuelan plot from last year –ย  one imagines that the Cuban government must be watching closely.

 


More: ‘Venezuela: Starving a Nation into Submission?‘, ‘Fidel Castro’s Letter to Roosevelt‘, ‘The Life & Death of Gaddafi’s Libya‘, ‘From Rousseff to Bolsonaro: A Demonstration of How the Old Elites Win’, ‘Migrant Caravans, Bloody Coups & Co-Opted Conspiracies‘…


S. Awan

Independent journalist. Pariah. Believer in human rights, human dignity and liberty. Musician. Substandard Jedi. All-round failure. And future ghost.

5 Comments

  1. Good and unbiased article, thank you! To clear some question marks, Cuba’s fight against Covid-19. On 10.08.2021, Cuban scientists gave Biden a “failed state” reply by letter. There is news about it at the link here.
    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cuban-Scientists-Assure-Biden-That-Cuba-Is-Not-a-Failed-State-20210810-0010.html
    You can read the entire letter here.
    https://www.cienciacubana.cu/es

    Besides my friend, for me, the sanctions against Cuba are not an embargo, they are a blockade. With the dictionary definition of embargo, “an official ban on trade or other commercial activity with a particular country”. The subtext is actually followings. “It is a way of confiscating the assets of countries in order to fulfill the obligations of a legal contract.” In other words, it is a way of saying to the embargoed country, “You will pay my debt first, you cannot make foreign debt with other countries, for this I prevent your means of production from going to other countries and trading”. While doing this, behind a country’s debt obligations in commercial terms, there must be court decisions.

    In reality, Cuba does not owe the United States in commercial means. It has not and does not pose any threat to the national security of the US. It has not committed any crime against the US that could justify the liquidation of its assets.

    In other words, even the fact that these sanctions are an embargo in the most softened state is invalid.

    While there was actually a single and clear blockade concept, a concept called Pacific Blockade, which has no legal basis, was put forward by the US. This concept, which cannot be put into a legitimate mechanism, has no meaning in the language of international laws.

    And the blockade, which is a single and clear action, is actually a cause of war. For decades, American governments have been committing crimes against the norms of international laws, just like the embargoes they impose on other countries, as you mentioned in your article. In fact, I want to take this one step further. The US authorities, who attribute themselves the absolute power that can cut everything down to a country’s internet connection, are actually committing the crime of genocide. Cuba draws a very strong profile here in this sense. If it did not have a progressive structure, especially in the field of health and education, it would really mean that more than fifty percent of the people in the country would die.

  2. ‘Proofs sold under the coat’

    (I think it is said like that lol )

    ‘He would bargain’ with them to disappear into a place to rest …

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  3. Good question S. Awan

    They leave these puppets in power because they served for the dictatorship over their so-called people.

    Sometimes more or less.

    Then when they switch to another plan. The heads are replaceable.

    In this region for years they played the necessary dualistic role.

    Then the people over there sometimes put up with it so as not to have worse because they say to themselves it’s better and they could place us worse.

    Perhaps time will provide solutions.

    They are also people who avoid mass deaths (they know the consequences of the past).

    They were also coming out of years of colonization and had to rebuild.

    (the former colonized never gave up and before leaving they placed their pawns and replaced).

    You know a basic, classic person of the people (who knows) of this region.

    If we ask them about their governor.

    You would be amazed.

    They say normal, this one was placed by America, that one by France and there are intelligence agents from such and such a country torturing our young people here (especially after this alleged war on terrorism. were often the complete opposite of terrorists).

    And, sometimes it is the local police who torture in front of foreign agents etc. (there is trafficking in things, corrupt people promoted from the outside to create disorder).

    Then there are proofs sold under the mint, forbidden for sale which reveals many things.

    Then other things that we can witness.

    Just that I traveled.

    For Kadhafi I don’t think he was stupid but he likes the theater. Maybe a little too much.

    But there were those who said he had lookalikes. And there is one who was known as an actor, according to reports.

    Seriously, sometimes I believe it. Look at her before and after photos with his botox face (or whatever).

    There are some in the region who must have laughed.

    Then, after Nacer died, Saddam … He was good friends with them. He should have thought I might be next on the list.

    Two solutions were available:

    They were fighting

    or

    They bargained with them to disappear into a place to rest.

    Lots of strange things.

    And even afterwards with his children, their reactions and their situation.

    see you soon

    Tk y

  4. I learned about Cuba.

    But I have a point that tickles my brain.

    The CIA put Nasser in power in Egypt and put Saddam in power in Iraq and put the Ayatollahs in power in Iran.

    Gaddafi too, Fidel Castro too

    Colonel Gaddafi in one of his speeches called for a Fatimid caliphate return. They were promoting it.

    The Fatimid Caliphate returns Ismaili Shia caliphate

    But how would he have done this with a majority of Muslims in the Region who are Sunnis?

    Of course, propaganda news sites relayed the information to say that it was the solution that Gaddafi provided to resolve the Islamic problem or to establish a United States of Africa.

    But Shiism has been and is a problem for Muslims.

    Finally, especially if they have to practice some of their rites (inspired by the kabbalistic oral route, talmud)

    They will have a hard time teaching their children to flog themselves, to take imamates as infallible, or even to believe in the return of the twelfth imam … then if they practice the precepts of the sect well at the level of the Shiites’ rafidi ‘… maybe they will agree to sell their wives and daughters to contract a marriage of pleasure of 2, 5 10 min … with a little luck 6 months, or a few years (a form of prostitution legalized that the sect of the twelfth imam likes to legalize, well especially in Iran).

    I don’t think the people in this region must have liked the proposal especially if in the past it did not give a superb pleasant atmosphere (Fatimid dynasty which command a predominantly Sunni population)

    If we take into account that Muslims fought over time to try to regain their freedom and by pushing back or falling sects with political decision-making power.

    Why would they suddenly want to follow Gaddafi into a sectarian union affiliated with Shiism?

    Many also knew how Gaddafi was placed and by whom.

    Really, in this region the populace surely wanted to live in peace and in good conditions. And, if Gaddafi fell, it wasn’t really the big problem. (this applies to neighboring countries)

    But that’s what they were going to finally be free to run their country as they felt and without yet the manipulation of the British, Americans or others (heads who play for the same goal and for a system that even Americans, British people or others seek to free themselves from it).

    Gaddafi is known for strange ideas even in Libya or neighboring countries.
    Some will say of him a puppet who makes his show like other heads in neighboring countries.

    Why does nobody ask the opinion of the people who live in these areas? And the big media write and fantasize about their case.

    While the reality can be so different.

    They do not succeed or have difficulty in making them fit into their pre-established dualistic pattern?

    Uhm

    Tk y S. Awan

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    • Gaddafi had some strange ideas in his time. And some of his ideas and thoughts came and went very quickly. I don’t think he was a great intellect: he was a desert Bedouin born to illiterate parents. But I don’t believe he was a foreign or Globalist asset or that he was placed in his position. It just doesn’t fit the facts. Why place him there and then spend the next decades trying to get rid of him? They already had a puppet ruler/monarchy *before* Gaddafi.

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