How the Mob Owned Cuba!

The book is being hailed to high heavens throughout the MSM. “Havana Nocturne; How the Mob Owned Cuba and Lost it to the Revolution.”

Several facts get in the way of the books title and thesis. To wit: Cuba’s Gross Domestic product in 1957 was about $2.7 billion. Cuba’s foreign receipts in 1957 were about $750 million–of which tourism made up only $60 million. Gambling was a small fraction of this $60 million. Now– HOW IN THE NAME OF SAM HILL(!!) could the beneficiaries of that tiny fraction of Cuba’s income OWN the entire ‘freakin country??!!

And nary a mention of how “the Revolution” has made multiple times that $60 million in cahoots with Colombia’s cocaine cowboys.

But then everyone on this site knows better than to attempt to apply logic or facts to anything that appears in the MSM regarding Cuba. GEEEEEESH!!!

5 thoughts on “How the Mob Owned Cuba!”

  1. Humberto,

    Those are amazing statistics that completely blow away the premise of the “Mob-owned-Cuba” contention. Not that this matters, because when did the truth ever get in the way of demystifying Cuba? I read about this book last week in the Wall Street Journal [they had a hugh review] and the author [GET THIS!] went to Cuba to research the book!! Now how reliable is a book that is researched in Cuba?? The author–T.J. English– does nothing more than repeat the official lies of the castroite tyranny. Here is a small part of what he says in an article that came out in the Wall St. Journal 7/25/08:

    “The financial largesse that flooded Cuba could have been used to address the country’s festering social problems. Hunger, illiteracy, subhuman housing, a high infant mortality rate, and the dispossession of small farmers had been facts of life in Cuba throughout the island’s turbulent history. It is true that Havana had one of the highest standards of living in all of Latin America, but this prosperity was not spread evenly throughout the nation. And as the decade wore on, the gulf between the haves and the have-nots continued to widen.” http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121691915607981583
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    Now, all that the author had to do was go to the United Nation’s Statistical Yearbooks for the 1950’s and he could have seen that everything that he is saying is complete and utter claptrap but instead he went to Cuba to research his book!

    Another book that has come out at around the same time–and which has received a lot of attention– is the ridiculous “Telex from Cuba.”

    The author ‘s premise is that the United Fruit Company owned Cuba and the middle management Americans who used to run the company [that employed Jamaicans–by the way–not Cubans] were the elite of Cuba [a preposterous and delusionally arrogant notion]. In fact, there is a study put out by Cuban Banker Jose Antonio Mestre [whom I believe is Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg’s father] based on figures from the World Bank [and it is all documented] that states that over 90% of Cuba in the 1950’s was in the hands of Cubans, not foreigners and much less Americans. In fact, the Netherlands has a higher percentage of ownership of Americans interests in the USA than Americans had in Cuba, but of course, this doesn’t stop the author from repeating the premise of American colonial ownership of Cuba.

    What’s more, its preposterous beyond belief that she should imply and write that the middle class managers of the United Fruit Company were Cuba’s elite. Perhaps this was their delusion because they lived in a small town in Orientes far from the circles of Cuba’s aristocratic elite, that is to say, far from the Capitol Cities where Cuba’s old and powerful oligarchical families lived, where they had their own inner circles and where they associated with each other. This American’s delusion is the same as if the Cubans of Miami [affluent and politically powerful as they are] deluded themselves into believing that they own the USA, because they run a middle-sized city and some counties in South Florida. Obviously, there are circles of enormous power in this country–in the penthouses of the Park Avenue, in the board rooms of Wall Street and in the mansions of New England, California, Texas and Washington, D.C. where the real powerbrokers live. Not in Miami.

    Alas, I have not read the book, but I have strong reservations on it based the reviews that I have read. Whatever merits it may have [from a literary point of view] unfortunately, from a historical point of view, it seems to support the odious ill-conceived notion that Castro used to justify his “revolution.”

  2. Give it up, Humberto, the rationale behind opinions like the ones being espoused in this book are quite simple:

    Them there dumb natives didn’t have the ability to build that successful economy on their own, hell, their just a bunch o’ good ol’ brown an’ black skins with nary a synapse firing in their heads. Must o’ been the American mafia that built Cuba into what it was – had to have been. Lansky was photographed a couple of times at the Riviera so he MUST have owned the whole island!

    Absolute bigots if you ask me.

  3. Cubawatch,

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. It’s bigotry, pure and simple. The ironic thing is that the same bigoted revision of history that was imposed on the Cubans of the 1950’s, is now being imposed on us right here before our very noses! You know that the popular notion–in academia and the mainstream media–is that the Cuban exiles are not really successful, because whatever success we have had is because we were the recepients of massive government aid in the form of resettlement money, outright welfare, scholarships, money to start up businesses, etc….while other hispanics–so the contention goes–received nothing, absolutedly NADA. In other words, if it weren’t for all of that money we got, we would be nothing more than East L.A. gangbangers. Now, I don’t know where all of this money came from, because all that my family received when we came him was old clothing from the Salvation Army and some powdered milk.

  4. This is the same kind of vile, malicious, abominable lie as the one that implies, more or less, that before Castro prostitution was rampant and a significant proportion of Cuban women made their living as whores.

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