Every once in a while I get an email from a reader that has possibly never contacted me before but felt the need as they have found something they deem either important or painful or ironic or infuriating regarding Cuba. Sometimes clicking the links results in stomach turning anger. I received one of those this morning.
The title of this post is an acronym for Organización de Solidaridad con los Paises de Africa, Asia y América Latina (the Organization for the Solidarity with African, Asian and Latin American Countries). This organization was founded in Havana in 1966 by leftist leaders and radicals along with the Cuban Government, and its mission was to fight against globalization and imperialism. The claim to fame of this organization was the use of graphic images for propaganda purposes.
Ive seen the OSPAAAL poster many times before, primarily on leftist and socialist organization’s websites, many of which use the sale of these posters – in typical capitalist manner – to fund their organizations. Here are a few examples (click the thumbnails for larger images):
Notice how fidel castro’s government, here through the OSPAAAL proxy, has historially supported terrorist states such as North Korea, Syria, Palestine, etc…
But what really turned my stomach this morning wasnt the poster or the images therein. Ive seen propaganda and recognize it for what it is. What sickened me was that these posters – original silk screens from Cuba – are being sold by a guy – whom I have to presume is Cuban given the overtly OSPAAAL supportive comments accompanying the items – on Ebay. From Sanibel, Florida, no less.
The incredible irony does not go unnoticed.