Fact-checking a Cuban diplomat’s lies to The Hill

The communist Castro dictatorship is a perpetual source of lies and propaganda and for the most part, the international media happily laps it up and regurgitates them, but they’re still lies. In an interview with The Hill, Cuban diplomat Johana Tablada spewed a string of lies, some of which we debunked earlier this week. But the lies are so plentiful and blatant, they deserve a thorough fact checking.

Via the Center for a FREE Cuba:

Fact check on Cuba diplomat interview in The Hill ‘Cuba seeks to thaw Biden administration’s cold shoulder’

Fact check on Cuba diplomat interviewed in The Hill in the October 15, 2023 article “Cuba seeks to thaw Biden administration’s cold shoulder”

1. CLAIM: Johana Tablada, deputy director for U.S. affairs at Cuba’s Foreign Ministry blames the U.S. for Cuba’s mass emigration.

FACT CHECK: The disproportional flow of migrants to the US was triggered by Havana fully weaponizing migration in Nov 2021.

This exodus benefits the communist dictatorship financially and politically. Nicaragua is a client state of Havana, and it is coordinating with Cuba to weaponize migration to gain concessions from the U.S. Managua lifted visa requirements for Cubans visiting Nicaragua on Nov. 22, 2021. This new route for Cuban migrants to the United States has exacerbated the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The mass exodus of disgruntled Cubans has strengthened the dictatorship’s grip on the island. Meanwhile, travel agencies affiliated with the communist regime are selling $4,000 plane tickets to Managua, thereby enriching regime oligarchs. In comparison, a slightly longer flight from Miami to Managua costs less than $400. [ This was back in January 2023]

2. CLAIM: Tablada claims the inclusion of Cuba on the state sponsor of terrorism list is “fraudulent.”

FACT CHECK: Cuba remains a state sponsor of terror.

Cuba was first added to the list of state sponsors of terrorism on March 1, 1982. The U.S. Department of State had confirmed Havana was using a narcotics ring to funnel both arms and cash to the Colombian M19 terrorist group, which was fighting to destabilize Colombia’s democracy. Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from this list [in 2015] was a political decision, responding to Havana’s conditions for normalization. Cuba was returned to the list on Jan 11, 2021 for having refused Colombia’s requests to extradite 10 ELN leaders living in Havana after the group claimed responsibility for the Jan 2019 bombing of a Bogota police academy that killed 22 people and injured more than 87 others. Secondly, “the Cuban intelligence and security apparatus has infiltrated Venezuela’s security and military forces, assisting Nicholas Maduro to maintain his stranglehold over his people while allowing terrorist organizations to operate. The Cuban government’s support for FARC dissidents and the ELN continues beyond Cuba’s borders as well, and the regime’s support of Maduro has created a permissive environment for international terrorists to live and thrive within Venezuela. Now, Havana is supporting Moscow’s illegal war in Ukraine. Cuban soldiers are fighting in the Russian military on the front lines.”

3. CLAIM: Tablada says Havana is cooperating with Washington on law enforcement & terrorism.

FACT CHECK: Cuba is a state terror sponsor. Sharing intelligence ignores the Castro regime’s nature, placing lives at risk.

The phrase ‘law-enforcement dialogue’ is inaccurate. In Cuba, there is no rule of law. To keep power, there is a dictatorship and a repressive security apparatus. There is no such thing as ‘law enforcement. The Biden administration’s Cuba policy—a return to that of the Obama administration, based on a misreading of history & misinformation spread by agents of influence in D.C.—does not bode well for U.S. interests. The reality is that Cuba’s dictatorship is a criminal enterprise that has spent more than six decades destabilizing democracies in the Americas & succeeded in ending them in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia.”

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