Cultural Exchange and a usual suspect
"The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly." - Adolph Hitler
Fidel Castro, a practiced student of der Führer, learned that lesson well. With Obama's relaxation of Cuba restrictions, the regimes agents of influence wasted no time in bringing their planned grand Castro propaganda show to the U.S. audience. The shows, given the cover of legitimacy by respected cultural institutions such as Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, dutifully enhanced by glowing write ups in the New York Times, promoted by the Hollywood establishment, well, what a fait accompli for the dictatorship! The American masses, unindoctrinated no longer as they view carefully chosen photos depicting life in Cuba before and after the revolution, thrill to the beat of Cuban music and dance. Yes Cuba!
From the LA Times: "For the final performance of its first North American tour since 2003, Ballet Nacional de Cuba danced a thrilling, go-for-broke “Don Quixote” on Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion." The reviewer goes on to describe the performances as incandescent, sparkling, and unforgettable. What drivel.
This Machiavellian tour is brought to our shores by the Si Cuba Festival, partnered with the following organizations: (Please, follow the links and check out their board members)
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Int'l Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and SPARC
Los Angeles Film Festival
Museum of Latin American Art
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Missing from the Si Cuba Festival's display of everything Cuban from traditional Son to the delights of Cuban Cuisine (at $75 per person in the Getty Center's private dining room), is the simultaneous hunger, terror, and repression inflicted on non-elite Cubans back home on the island.
Who's behind this disgusting deceitful collaboration with the dictatorship? Among others, a well-known suspected Castro agent of influence.
Julia Sweig is an Honoray Committee member of Sí Cuba Festival; a "go to Cuba Expert" and member of the "non-partisan" Council for Foreign Relations. The Castro's can surely count on their good friend Julia to promote the interests of the Castro dictatorship.
Here is a list of her fellow Honoray Committee members, also from Sí Cuba Festival's website. Note however, that this list is from the Si Cuba's New York Festival page and unavailable on the SoCal page, an interesting omission.
Director, National Ballet of Cuba
Jody Gottfried Arnhold
Chair, Board of Trustees, Ballet Hispanico
Margaret C. Ayers
President, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Beth Rudin DeWoody
President, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
Founder, Fundación Cuba Avant-Garde
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science, SUNY-Purchase
Director, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, City University of New York
Director, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Ramiro Guerra
Director, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba
The Trustees of the Harkness Foundation for Dance
President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Composer, Conductor, Distinguished Professor, CUNY
Co-founder and Director, Morphoses
William H. Luers
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, The Joyce Theater
Co-Owner, Magnan Metz Gallery
Chair, Cuban Artists Fund & Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
President, American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
Jane Gregory Rubin
Secretary, The Reed Foundation
Co-Chair, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, The Rubin Museum of Art
Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Luis A. Ubiñas
Who cares? Not the MSM bent on promoting their favorite revolutionary hero, and keeping their desks in Havana... the devastation of the Cuban people be damned.