Cubans and the media frozen in time

I am not surprised that Christiane Amanpour has more faith in the “reforms” of Cuba’s dictator Raul Castro than actual Cubans do. To them, the fantastical portrayal of Cuba as a paradise that she and other members of the media have been peddling for years is preferable to the miserable reality that is life under the Castro tyranny. Even after speaking with several Cubans and documenting their fear and despair, she still finds a way to hold out hope for Raul’s reforms.

It is amazing that journalists such as Amanpour look at Cuba and see a country frozen in time, all the while not realizing that their coverage of Cuba is itself frozen in time as well.

Via ABC News:

Cubans, Frozen in Time, Yearn for Freedom

Havana is a place of fading beauty that somehow maintains its magnetic allure.

Look past the grand colonial-style buildings with their crumbling columns and peeling plaster, and you’ll find the city’s beating heart. We found rum, rhythms and romance, but Cuba is also about all that you can’t see. This is a place with no Internet, no Facebook, no tools of the modern world.

Cuba stands as one of the world’s last bastions of communism and it feels as if it’s locked in a time warp. Only a tiny fraction of the population has ever been online and most of the motorists drive cars not seen on American roads since the 1950s.

We were officially here for Pope Benedicts XVI’s visit, an occasion of great pomp and circumstance, but in between the masses and the meetings, we set out to find the real Cuba.


“This is not life,” she said. “I’m 54 and when I look back, what have I done, what have I seen?”

When asked why there was no “Cuban Spring,” no uprising for democracy, as there had been in the Arab world, Ana replied, “They say we have democracy but it’s a lie. People here are afraid of losing their jobs. Of talking like this and getting imprisoned. Of getting hurt. So they keep quiet.”

We saw that fear again and again. A few university students who were making a video for one of their classes refused to be interviewed once they found out we were journalists from the U.S.


But many have taken advantage of the small but important changes that have taken root in the last few years. When Fidel Castro handed the presidency to his brother Raul Castro in 2008, the brother started experimenting with free enterprise and allowed Cubans to have their own private businesses. Shops and cafes dot the sidewalks of Havana now, and for the first time since the revolution, Cubans can buy and sell properties.

Read the entire article HERE.

2 thoughts on “Cubans and the media frozen in time”

  1. but where something different if almost every kubishe ask for money and “peace”. it’s sad but there is what there is

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