This is the seventh installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11):
“The word is not to conceal the truth, but to say it” – José Martí.
Why this topic is called One Hundred Lies told by Fidel Castro? Because he affirms the opposite of what is in his mind, he disguises his thinking by making his pronouncements look like another thing. Because the fake promises he made breaking his word. Of him we can say that “He lies more than he speaks the truth.”
In order to understand Fidel Castro’s actions, it is necessary to understand him as he really is, not as people want him to be. He is a man with two faces, one is the face of a revolutionary who promise prosperity, democracy and the restoration of Cuba’s 1940 constitution. The other is the face of a consummate liar who says and promises anything in order to stay in power for life.
The following infamous lies were used by Fidel Castro to coax the Cuban people, to later betray the true principles of the revolution by turning the island into a satellite of the Soviet Union.
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50. “Suffice it to say that tens of thousands of women suffering from hunger and misery were forced to live off prostitution. Our country was full of brothels and casinos, it was a drug center, and here came the “people” to amuse themselves.” Speech, November 24, 1971, Chile. “Who will be able to forget that in our country the Yankees imposed prostitution on 100,000 women?” Speech, July 26, 1972. “The prostitution in this country with a little more than 6 million people had 100,000 prostitutes.” Speech, September 28, 1977.
A survey carried out in 1957 by the National Economic Council, published in the “Symposium of Natural Resources of Cuba”, Havana, February 1958, with the participation of international technicians, estimated at 11,500 the number of prostitutes on the island. On February 14, 1958, the newspaper El Mundo ran a feature addressing the social problem of prostitution, estimating in 11,000 the number of people engaged in this type of activity. This number was confirmed by the official publication “En el último añode aquella República,” Ramiro J. Abreu, Editorial Ciencias Sociales, La Habana, 1984, p. 49. Castro, out of thin air, increased that number to a 100,000. This demonstrate that Castro has made a habit of lying.
In 1958 about 300,800 tourists visited Cuba, and in 2014 the number of tourists surpassed the three million mark (ONE), a tenfold increased. In 2014, with a population of 11.2 million, there are enough tourist and 1.89 million women between the ages of 15 to 39, for the number of people making a living from prostitution to be around 100,000. Castro, the Pimp in Chief, turned the island into the brothel of the Caribbean.
The Castro regime just brought to Cuba’s society more poverty, more deficits of food, clothing, increased repression, abuses, and finally, destroyed the hope of all Cubans to live with dignity and freedom.
51. “And our country experienced such things as seeing girls 14 and 15 years old in the brothels, corrupted by the reactionaries, the oligarchs, simply so that the Yankee tourists and sailors could amuse themselves.” Speech, November 24, 1971, Rancagua, Chile
The ECPAT research report “Child Prostitution and Sex Tourism: Cuba,” 1996, reported the existence of child prostitution and traffic of minors in Cuba, and that many of the prostitutes are as young as 14 years of aged. The report state that “In Cuba, the link between tourism and prostitution is perhaps more direct than in any other country that hosts sex tourists.” Tourism has created thousands of jobs in the sex trade. Nowadays a higher ratio of tourists travel to Cuba to engage in prostitution instead of enjoying the culture, climate and beaches of the country.
The video “La Prostitución de Menores en Cuba” (Child Prostitution in Cuba), filmed in Havana by journalists from the Spanish television Tele 5 using a hidden camera in January 2008, shows the corruption of professors and police, whom with their approval promote prostitution and facilitate Cuban girls 14 to 16 years old to foreign tourists. Video link, part 1 of 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjMeZrT3Mrg&feature=related
The newspaper The Brampton Guardian, June15, 2013, published the article “Toronto man, 78, guilty of sex crimes against children in Cuba.”
The article states that “After a Crown lawyer finished reciting the list of grotesque sexual offences James McTurk committed against Cuban girls as young as 3, the 78-year-old man was handcuffed and taken back to jail where he could spend the rest of his life.” As may be inferred from the article some of the children this old man molested were prostituted by their own family, caused by the degradation of the Cuban society bring about by the Castro regime socioeconomic system.
Child prostitution in Cuba during the Republican era was extremely rare. The number of children sexually exploited, particularly below the age of 14, has steadily increased under the tutelage of the Castro regime. Some of them began to prostitute themselves at the tender age of 12 years.
It is disgusting that the regime, because its economic problems and the revenue sex trade generates, allow it to attract more tourists. The island has become a magnet for sex tourists and pedophiles. Children are victimized in sexual exploitation linked to the state-run tourism industry. For a regime that prides itself on protecting and educating the children, the existence of child prostitution is an indictment of the existing system.
52. “Tourists here, playing roulette? Tourists here in brothels,? Tourists to corrupt? No, no difficulty, no economic benefit could compensate morally for what Yankee tourism would mean in this country. It could almost be said that as long as socialism does not exist in the United States and there is not a radical change in mentality and customs, this country could not assimilate the ordinary and regular U.S. tourist.” Speech, 26 July, 1972, during the commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the Moncada barracks attack.
Despite what was said by Fidel in 1972, already in 1974 there is a reopening of international tourism, which reaches around 40,000 tourists in 1975. In 1976 the National Institute of Tourism was created with the aim of increasing tourism from the capitalist countries. Around 200,000 tourists from the United States were “assimilated” by the regime in 1999. Tourism became one of the regime’s main sources of income.
Tourism is one of the regime most important source of revenue, generating $3.07 billion in 2016. Tourism has created thousands of jobs in the sex trade. A higher ratio of tourists, mostly from Canada, Spain and Italy, goes to Cuba nowadays in search of sexual pleasures, instead of the beaches and climate, than any other country in the world.
53. “With the solidity of the Revolution, the development of our relations with the entire world, with our solid links with the CAME and the Soviet Union, guaranteeing in this country fuel, wheat, foodstuffs, equipment, industrial investments, with what are the imperialists going to threaten us?” Speech, First Congress of the Cuban Communist Party,December 22, 1975.
From 1960 to 1990 Cuba received about four billion dollars a year in subsidies from the Soviet Union. With the disappearance of the socialist camp and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early nineties, the Cuban economy suffered a severe blow giving origin to the establishment of the Special Period.
At the beginning of the revolution Cuba was among the three most prosperous countries in Latin America. Currently, the most prosperous country in Latin America is Chile, and the penultimate place of poverty is occupied by Cuba, only surpassing Haiti. Cuba and Chile in 1958 were similar in terms of population, the racial composition of it, the economic factors and education. The gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in 1958 was $ 356 in Cuba and $ 360 in Chile, while in 2005 (last year that Cuba was included) the World Bank estimated it at $1,970 for Cuba and $12,000 for Chile. The difference between these results is attributable to the adverse effects of the Castroist regime on the Cuban economy.
54. “At the outset they annoyed enough with their cancellations, when all the equipment, all the factories, all the transportation system were Yankees, and they canceled the sale of spare parts to us; but when already luckily -luckily! – we don’t depend on them for anything, neither in trade, nor in supplies or anything, if we are already victorious, now, after the victory, with what can they threaten us? With cancelling what thing that they have not already unnecessarily cancelled before?” Speech, First Congress of the Cuban Communist Party,December 22, 1975.
Since 2002 United States has been Cuba’s main supplier of food and agricultural products. The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council determine that since the beginning of the transactions in December 2001 until December 2016, the Castro regime has made transactions for $ 5.48 billion. Cuba’s National Statistics Office (ONE) placed the United States as Cuba’s fifth business partner.
55. “The bankruptcy of the capitalist economy has confirmed the inexorable of the predictions of Karl Marx, and contrasts with the growing and vigorous progress of the economies of the countries that, grouped in the CMEA socialist community, have in the solid development of the Soviet Union their fundamental point of support.” Speech, First Congress of the Cuban Communist Party,December 22, 1975.
In the year 2014 the Castro regime external debt amounted to $ 35 billion with the Paris Club, $ 35 billion with Russia, $ 10 billion with China, $ 25 billion with Venezuela, $ 3.5 billion with Japan and another $ 8.5 billion with other countries, for an amazing total debt of 117 billion. Since 1992, the regime did not pay the external debt and therefore had not been able to obtain more credits from those countries. Cuba is the only country in Latin America where economic indexes have not experienced any growth in the last 55 years.
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Humberto Corzo was born in Matanzas, Cuba. In 1962 he graduated from University of Havana with a degree in Civil Engineering. Since coming to the United States in 1969, he established his residence in Los Angeles, California, where in 1972 he obtained the registration as a Professional Engineer. He has over forty five years of experience in the field of Structural Engineering. He is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers.