Check out this new ad from Western Union, advertising money transfer services to Cuba. All advertising shows some idealized version of the world that people actually live in but this is unbelievable. It’s as if the castro regime itself had created the ads to highlight the beauty of the worker’s paradise. Note how leisurely life is in the Potemkin village. It makes the totalitarian dictatorship that abuses women who oppose it look positively quaint! You see, all smiling faces, no repression!
Colorado-based Western Union, which operates in every province and municipality in Cuba, has provided money transfers from the U.S. to Cuba since 1995 and began making payouts in the country’s local currency in 2011. U.S. remittances to the once closed-off island currently reach 62% of Cuban households, according to analysis by the Havana Consulting Group for Western Union. Western Union said the average value of a money transfer to Cuba from the U.S. is $150.
It’s true that we have seen the enemy, and it is us. Cubans outside of the island are subsidizing the regime and enriching companies that enable that subsidy.