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realclearworld

So it’s a propaganda deal after all, huhn? Prof. Ted Henken?

aaawedthejerk"So it's PROFIT DEAL!"

ted
"So academic exchanges with Cuba are a PROPAGANDA DEAL!!!"

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:

Just ask these guys.

1 comment to So it’s a propaganda deal after all, huhn? Prof. Ted Henken?

  • asombra

    Henken is quite expendable. There's no shortage of others ready to do what he's been doing for the regime, regardless of what they may think they're about. If any of them ever becomes "iffy," he or she will get the heave-ho and be promptly replaced. The supply of useful idiots (or worse) is virtually endless.