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Brazil’s Odebrecht tries to gloss over its blood-money ties to Cuba’s Castro dictatorship

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Odebrecht Distracts Miami, While Deepening Castro Ties

Earlier this week, Odebrecht's public relations team placed a story in The Miami Herald seeking to clean up its image.

The article gushes about how Odebrecht supposedly "cares" about Miami-Dade County (by partnering with the Cuban dictatorship that has tortured, imprisoned, executed and/or exiled its constituents and their families).

Aren't they considerate?

Now -- to add insult to insensitivity and injury -- it's clear that this story was just a timely distraction, as Odebrecht's executives are currently huddled in Havana in a two-day meeting with Cuban regime officials over how to develop the Castro's sugar and renewable energy sector.

Odebrecht did such efficient work for the Castro regime on its new $900 million Port of Mariel container facility, that it has since been granted (decreed) projects in Cuba's airport and sugar sectors.

Today, they are the Castro regime's single-most reliable foreign business partner.

And yet, Odebrecht still feels it deserves the gratitude (and money) of the Cuban-American community, from which it has extracted billions in taxpayer funds, all while exploiting our friends and families on the island.

4 comments to Brazil’s Odebrecht tries to gloss over its blood-money ties to Cuba’s Castro dictatorship

  • asombra

    We all know what SHOULD happen, but when there's this much money and influence peddling involved, well, don't hold your breath. Miami has a lousy track record with this sort of thing, as the Performing Arts Center and the new Marlins stadium illustrate. Those ventures didn't have a glaring Cuba component, but there's no shortage of Cubans who put material gain before dignity, and for whom what's best for Cuba is not an overriding concern. If that's true among Cuban-Americans, one can hardly expect non-Cubans to be any better.

  • asombra

    The problem is that screwing Cuba over is SO "normal" that it only ever riles up "those people," while everyone else simply sees it as customary and, in a sense, appropriate.

  • Rayarena

    It's shocking to me that for all of the power that Cubans supposedly have in Miami, this is happening. Yes, sir, we are the people who are constantly villainized by the mainstream media for holding American foreign policy on Cuba captive!

    Seriously, we are so ineffectual, it's inffuriating.

  • asombra

    To be fair, in this case Cuban-Americans need the support of non-Cubans in the area, since it could always be put forth, accurately or not, that the Odebrecht deal benefits Miami and that this is about Miami's needs, not Cuba. Needless to say, there won't be such support to any significant degree, and there may well be the opposite. Also, as I've already said, there's no shortage of Cuban-Americans who are much more about material gain than about dignity and doing right by Cuba.