The Military Mafia

If you need any further proof that change in Cuba is not going to come easily, or originate from the Havan Dons, read this article. Ostensibly about the suspension of the business licenses of some foreign firms, for corruption, no less, it is enlightening about the state of affairs in the country. Lookee here:
The Cuban army’s GAESA, or Grupo de Administracion Empresarial S.A. (Entrepreneurial Administration Group), is the corporate umbrella that covers a dozen national businesses. Since February it has been led by Major Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, the son-in-law of Raúl Castro. He is known for his career in Cuban finance.
“Entrepreneurial Administration Group”? “Corporate Umbrella”? Are we talking army here or more like Generals Electric? It was perhaps raul’s masterstroke to put the only lucrative swaths of the economy, i.e. tourism, under the control of the generals. Which one is going to be the first to voluntarily give up his meal ticket, I ask you?
If you look at countries which have successfully tossed off the yoke of oppression in recent decades, in each instance the armed forces exhibited at least forbearance. Tianamen Square only happened because the army was willing to fire on their own. And China remains in political chains. Doubtless, someday, when discontent reaches a fever pitch, the generals may be tempted to allow change, on the Russian model, of course, the one where they get to keep their ill-gotten gain.

5 thoughts on “The Military Mafia”

  1. HA HA HA HA – The Cuban “government” is accusing OTHERS of corruption? That’s rich – I’m laughing so hard I can’t breath right now.
    Next stop – Neverland.
    Do these guys actually take themselves seriously?

  2. The pot calling the kettle black!
    Follow the money trail… Chances are the Cuban government “suspended the business licenses of these 14 firms” as a form of punishment, and is using the “alleged illegal activities only as an excuse. It’s much deeper than mere shady relationships and corruption. This is another smokescreen just like the Ochoa and de La Guardia trials.

  3. What perked my interest in this article is the fact that they dealt in electronics and computers, and were accused of trafficking in stolen goods. Couple that with the fact Cuban’s are now “allowed” to purchase electronics and computers, and toss in the mention from an official (I can’t remember which one) that the Cuban penal code will be amended to sanction “inappropriate” use of computers, as well as the fact that there are supposedly thousands of “illegal, i.e. black market” electronics/computers in the hands of Cuban youth–I think that there’s a lot more here than what’s in the Herald story.

  4. Ziva, I’m with you and Firefly. Something is definitely afoot. What it is, I don’t know. Is it a power thing like with Ochoa, or does it have to do with the electronics? In any case, it is beyond me to do other than pick up a whiff of something in the air.

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