From our Bureau of Smoke and Mirrors:
The Castro regime’s Ministry of Truth is an old hand at creating smokescreens, broadcasting misinformation, and legitimizing its brutality through fictive humanitarianism.
The latest attempt to intensify its fooling of the world even further — having already fooled it very successfully through claims about its “free” education and health care — is to propose the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Will the trick work? You betcha. Those bastards at the Ministry of Truth are Orwellian geniuses.
And most of the world loves to be fooled by them.
If you doubt that, simply consider the acclaim constantly received by Booger Princess Mariela Castro, sexologist extraordinaire.
And also consider the photo below, where the Booger Princess leads a gay pride parade that features an icon of virulent homophobe Che Guevara, who crammed gays into concentration camps.
Fortunately, however, some smart people do see the ugly truth behind her facade and the “pinkwashing” constantly employed by her father’s Ministry of Truth.
The article below explains what this “pinkwashing” entails….
From The Conversation:
Cuba will revise its constitution in 2019 – and one of the biggest topics under debate is Article 68, which proposes legalising same-sex marriage. By legalising same-sex marriage, and not just civil partnerships, Cuba would follow a broader trend in Latin America – and this is to be celebrated. But is the Caribbean nation’s promotion of this change really evidence of a genuine progressive socialist revolution, or another case of international pinkwashing?
The term “pinkwashing” was coined by scholar Jasbir Puar to refer to the promotion of LGBT rights in order to present a nation as modern and exemplary. It is often foregrounded as a triumph of democracy, in order to mask other human rights oppressions. Puar’s original reference was to Israel, which promotes itself as gay-friendly, partly to attract high-income gay tourism from Europe, and partly, Puar claims, as a weapon to bat away accusations of deep injustices and cruelty against Palestinians.
In recent times, acceptance of LGBT rights has been used as a marker par excellence of the neoliberal international world order. Take, for example, former UK prime minister David Cameron’s suggestion that he would withhold international aid from Uganda unless the country moved towards LGBT acceptance. Or the LGBT rights conditions for accession into the EU. The contemporary conflation of LGBT rights with broader democratic progress allows LGBT-friendly states to claim a place at the top table of international politics. But this might blind observers to other, less progressive and democratic activities.
Cuba has shown a commitment to LGBT rights over the last two decades. This is undoubtedly good news. But does it use this to obscure or minimise focus on its other transgressions? It is certainly true that the Cuban state remains heavy handed with freedom of speech in certain areas, and citizens who protest against the state are routinely watched, harassed and imprisoned.
Indeed, the intense current debate in Cuba around gay marriage is somewhat obscuring a concurrent constitutional change (Article 349), which aims to censor independent art and will result in increased restrictions on freedom of expression. Article 68 could also be, in part, a diversion to cover the lack of change in the rest of the constitution, which does not address other, equally important issues, such as the economy, wages, one-party rule and political freedoms.
El Nuevo Herald, a newspaper in Miami, for example, quoted José Daniel Ferrer, the leader of the dissident group Unión Patriótica de Cuba:
“Article 68 is a smokescreen for people to discuss what the government wants and not talk about the most important issues: a dignified salary, an end to corruption, individual and political liberties.”
There is also no doubt that if the constitutional changes pass, Cuba will trumpet them internationally. Since 2008, Cuba has voted at the United Nations in favour of LGBT rights, or statements against violations of rights on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This history of visibly supporting LGBT rights suggests that Cuba is keen, as a state, to be seen as a progressive, modern actor on the world stage.
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