One success of the Cuban dictatorship: Propaganda
Despite all the Cuban dictatorship's miserable failures over its fifty-plus year bloody history (and there are a multitude of them), they have been very successful at one specific thing: Propaganda. This success was illustrated over the weekend when free, democratic nations in Latin America and Europe applauded the installment of a brutal and repressive dictator who viciously violates human rights and chokes the free market as the pro tempore president of their organization that supposedly exists to promote democracy, human rights, and the free market.
Raúl Castro takes over CELAC presidency amid criticism
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Cuban leader Raúl Castro was sworn is as president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States on Monday even though his regime is clearly at odds with the organization’s stated aims — the promotion of democracy, free trade and free speech.
The irony of Castro’s appointment was not lost on human rights campaigners, who say his government has suppressed its people for decades.
“I think it’s a disaster, a very serious mistake and a setback for the region,” said José Miguel Vivanco, director of the New York-based Americas Division of Human Rights Watch, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization.
“It sends a message from the governments of the region that they couldn’t care less about the poor human rights record and the lack of fundamental freedoms in Cuba,” he told The Miami Herald.
Castro assumed the CELAC presidency at a brief ceremony in the during its summit where Latin American and European leaders have been meeting over the past three days.
“It’s a great honour for me,” the 81-year-old said. “We accept it [the presidency] with a commitment to work for peace, justice, and understanding between all our peoples. We will act in full compliance with international law and the United Nations’ charter.”
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