The Ginarte Scandal: Cuban Courage or Uncivilized Hypocrisy?
As the Cuban government puts a powerful ranch owner under house arrest, citizens write their disagreement.
A powerful ranch owner, who has provided his services to Cuban television and film for decades, was apparently accused of “corruption” and placed under house arrest on October 9th.Who is this powerful man? Miguel Ginarte, age seventy-five, was born in the westernmost province of the island—the cradle of the Castroist Revolution. A laborer renowned for his skill in training animals, Ginarte is a veteran of the Rebel Army (of the 1950s) and the Cuban military intervention in Ethiopia (in the 1970s).
President Raúl Castro’s so-called reforms have seen more than a few arrests of both foreign and Cuban entrepreneurs, as well as the near total replacement of the entire bureaucratic system of elites. Though loyal to his brother, former Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro, these elites are not to be trusted with what some analysts and dissidents have described as State Capitalism: The Putin model.
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