Sending money to Cuba?

Cuida’o con eso…

I’d heard a few rumors last week that groups of fidel castro’s minions – “social workers” – were going home to home under the pretext of a “census” and then noting the contents and items found in each house. If some folks had a refrigerator and its contents. How much food they had in their kitchens. Whether they had a new TV. What books were found. Any new clothing. What kind of sundries were found. Basically, it’s a ploy to see what kind of resources certain people have.

Apparently, these Cubans that have the wherewithall to acquire certain things, be that through some kind of business activity within the island or with money from abroad, have, according to fidel castro, too much. They are “the new rich.” And, in following the communist doctrine of everyone being equal by the least common denominator, ie. take away from those that have as opposed to helping those that dont have acquire more, castro has begun yet another crackdown:

Castro enlists Cuba’s young in war on corruption

By Marc Frank

Fidel Castro is mobilising tens of thousands of young people and threatening a Cultural Revolution-style humiliation of corrupt officials in what the Cuban leader characterises as a do-or-die struggle against graft, pilfering and the”new rich”.

Graft and pilfering. Isnt that what someone who has no means of self-suffiency, no legal way of earning, does?

The first target of the campaign – dubbed “Operation July 26” after Mr Castro’s movement in the late 1950s that outflanked the Communist party and brought him to power – has been the country’s fuel distribution system.

Thousands of student-age youths have taken over petrol stations and started working in refineries and riding in fuel trucks to monitor an industry where up to half of this precious resource was being stolen, according to receipts since the take-over began a month ago.

People stealing gas in Cuba? Why, that certainly cant be! The revolution provides for all!!!

Just imagine a bunch of young kids running gas stations and such. How long before either something goes totally wrong, or they themselves start skimming off the top?

The Communist party launched an assault two years ago on “corruption and illegalities” within its ranks and the state administration as it recentralised economic activity and control over hard currency after what it characterised as “liberal errors” in the 1990s.

Bureaucratic corruption and a booming black market are nothing new in state-run economies like Cuba’s, but Mr Castro said recently that market-oriented reforms such as decentralisation, authorisation of small private initiatives and circulation of the dollar alongside the peso, among other emergency measures taken after European communism’s collapse, “increased these ills to the point where they have taken on a certain massive character . . . and inequality has grown”.

Mr Castro said he was mobilising 26,000 young social workers to fight fora purer society and would mobilise more than 100,000 social workers and university students if needed, threatening to drag corrupt officials out in public.

Oscar Espinosa, an economist recently released from prison after serving time for dissident activities, said the current campaign would simply create more hardship and more illegal activity. “What we need here is market reform, like in China or Vietnam. By returning to command economics and repression, they are simply throwing gas on the fire,” he said.

Market reforms? In Cuba?

Raul Castro, the defence minister and second in the Cuban hierarchy after his older brother Fidel, is reported to have told party officials 18 months ago: “Corruption will always be with us, but we must keep it at our ankles and never allow it to rise to our necks.”

But the drive apparently made little progress, and the military was forced to take over operations at the port of Havana in September to handle increased imports and stop theft by port workers and truckers.

“In this battle againstvice, nobody will be spared,” Fidel Castro said in a recent speech, apparently taking over the campaign from his brother. “Either we defeat all these deviations and make our revolution strong, or the revolution dies.”

Taking the responsibility away from the successor? No puede ser!

(castro) blamed the “new rich” for Cuba’s social ills, without defining who they were, except that they had access to hard currency.

The Cuban leader said social workers were organising cells in neighbourhoods to fight corruption and illegalities, much as his movement did in the 1950s during the revolution.

Key phrase: access to hard currency.

Young people have also fanned out to bakeries, checking how many rolls are needed to meet a neighbourhood quota, then adjusting wheat and other deliveries accordingly. Neighbourhood pharmacies, dollar shops and eating places are rumoured to be next on the list.

Busloads of young people, armed with clipboards and energy-saving light bulbs, have appeared in some neighbourhoods as part of an energy-saving drive that includes stiff increases in prices. They hand out the bulbs while taking a census of the electrical appliances in each home, which they then characterise as well off, normal or poor – raising fears in the former that they are being classified as the “new rich”.

Yes, fidel. The energy-saving light bulbs will solve all the problems. Along with those rice cookers.

This latest drive is nothing more and nothing less than another crack of the whip. Another display of who has the power in Cuba and who is, essentially, fucked.

5 thoughts on “Sending money to Cuba?”

  1. Shades of the Cultural Revolution…is it a wonder people are so desperate to get out of there? It is coming to the point where it’s not even about ideology. It is about getting out of a surreal, irrational, inconsistent, insecure lunatic camp-an island-wide Mazorra-the infamous “insane asylum” in Havana province.

  2. Evidently, el “comemierda en jefe” considers that he can heal all of the country’s troubles applying these silly “curitas” (band-aids).
    Reality will soon smack him and his minions.
    Maybe some members of “la nueva clase” –or that famed “el nuevo hombre” (that should be fully grown up after close to three generations) will start to realize –and admit openly– that the current system simply doesn’t work.
    If after close to 47 years the system still can barely feed, clothe and house its people, it’s time for change. Thoroughly cleansing change. Simple as that.
    Pueblo de Cuba, ya no m’as!!!

  3. “The current system simply doesn’t work.” This is the heart of Cuba’s problem. For anyone who still harbors utopian thoughts about the wonders of marxism/socialism and/or totalitarianism in general, go here:

    It can’t be said any better than that.

  4. Everyone has a breaking point. Where you just can’t take it any more, surely Cuba must be getting to that point. Alberto- Why doesn’t Marxism work? That last Yakovlev quote says it all. “It does not adapt to human nature.”

  5. Indeed. And on top of denying people any hope on earth, marxists and their ilk deny God and the hope of a better life in another existence – no rocket science needed here…remove all hope for a better life, here or elsewhere, for the fulfillment of our natural human desires, and everything collapses. That people still carry on in these societies, in spite of everything, is a testament to the endurance and toughness of the human spirit-and perhaps proof of the existence of a Higher Power.

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