So it’s a propaganda deal after all, huhn? Prof. Ted Henken?
For years the intransigent community in general and Babalu blog in particular have stressed that "academic, cultural exchanges" blah, blah, blah with Cuba serve the regime's propaganda purposes. In brief: if you're getting in and out of Cuba easily and repeatedly you're a propagandist for the regime--perhaps unwittingly, perhaps in a low-key and sly manner--but one nonetheless.
Lo and behold, Professor Ted Henken, who also serves as president of ASCE (Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy) is now complaining that the regime hasn't responded favorably to his latest request to visit Cuba.
Henken often visited Cuba on Academic junkets but after interviewing several Cuban bloggers, several of which were critical of the regime, Security stopped him on his way home and said: "This is your last visit."
But Henken had been visiting Cuba regularly since 1997 and publishing books and papers on Cuba the whole time all of which promote cultural and educational exchanges with Cuba (and denounce the U.S. "embargo.") In other words, to infer from his own recent observation and declaration: for fifteen years he served essentially as a Castro-regime propagandist. Now his usefulness to the Stalinist regime is over....happens often Prof Henken: