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Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 79 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

The Journalism of Terror Regarding Cuba

September 26, 2016 | Print Print |

Elio Delgado Legon

Photo: Ernesto Gonzalez

Photo: Ernesto Gonzalez

HAVANA TIMES — Enemies of the Cuban Revolution, who have no other name other than “counter-revolutionaries”, don’t seem to stop their attack, which is what the Empire orders them to do. Every time a measure is taken in Cuba, however insignificant it is, they decorate it with lies or twist it, so that those who are not well-informed, form a negative picture of the revolutionary government.

This is nothing more than psychological warfare which, as Fabian Escalante points out in a recent article “is set out to confuse, manipulate and cheat, and it doesn’t only hope to win over consciences, but to also discredit, defame and confuse, behind the farce of being naive and neutral. It aims to turn the collective or individual mindset along a desired line.”

Thus, for example, it was enough for the need to reduce oil and electricity consumption in the second semester of this year to be communicated, for opinions to then sky-rocket about Cuba entering a new Special Period.

Anybody who has some functioning neurons in their brain knows that the crisis we suffered in the ‘90s last century, won’t happen again, because Cuba currently has relations with and can trade with other countries, except for the US; and if they did lift the blockade, we could also have a booming trade with the US, because Cuba has a lot of products that the US market is interested in, whose production could be increased in order to satisfy this trade, as well as being able to import a wide range of goods, especially food and medicine.

We could also add to the aforementioned, an increasing number of tourists, which didn’t exist when the conditions arose that led us to the so-called Special Period. Therefore, scaremongers, ill-intentioned or not, can go and put away their predictions back in their box.

However, this isn’t the only case of twisting the truth and lying to discredit the Cuban Revolution. The implementation of taxing personal incomes of those who work for companies and make over 500 pesos (around 20 USD) a month, was recently published and widely analyzed in the media. However, I must repeat that these are company employees, many of whom make over 1,000 pesos and some even more than 2,000 pesos. It does NOT apply to public sector employees.

However, I have recently seen the following statement published: “The Cuban government has just put into effect two classic capitalist economic measures: Imposing taxes on public sector worker salaries and freezing teacher salaries. However, it hasn’t just taken these measures; it has also made cuts to the social security, health and education budgets.”

If this isn’t maliciousness against the Revolution, then somebody please tell me what name I should give this behavior, because everything said in the above paragraph is a complete and utter lie.

With regard to freezing teachers’ salaries, in Cuba, salaries have never been frozen and it’s been reported that public employees will receive pay rises, according to what the national economic situation is, while the non-budgeted sector, that is to say, those at state businesses, has complete freedom to pay salaries according to their productivity, and every worker earns according to his/her results.

It is also a huge lie that cuts have been made to social security, healthcare and education. This didn’t even happen in the most difficult years of the so-called Special Period. The majority of Cuba’s national budget is precisely destined for social security, healthcare and education, as other State expenses have already been cut considerably.

Pope Francisco has just called this kind of journalism based on rumors “terrorism”. What would journalism based on lies with the deliberate aim to discredit the revolutionary government be called? There’s no name for this.


What's your opinion?

  • Carlyle MacDuff

    Poor Elio still living an Alice in Wonderland existence:
    “Cuba has a lot of products that the US market is interested in, whose production could be increased”
    So, there’s rum, there are cigars, there is ????????

    • Terry Downey

      Carlyle, while I also agree that Cuba doesn’t presently have a great portfolio of manufactured products, raw materials, and/or services for export to the US at the moment, I DO however firmly believe that with the end of the economic embargo, in combination with much more foreign investment (American investment – post embargo), Cuba would indeed then be able to prosper through a multitude of various exports to the US. The trickle-down effect benefit to the Cuban people would no doubt happen as well through far greater opportunities for employment, and American investors would also no doubt show a profit. Of course the Cuban government would take their cut too, much of it to be reinvested back into their economy by repairing Cuba’s crumbling infrastructure and social services… once again, to benefit of the Cuban people.

      • Runs With Scissors

        I’ll just leave this here for Elio…….
        How about those little vintage cars made out of empty Cristal and/or Bucanero cans? I’m sure they’d go over like gangbusters! Why the Cuban government isn’t making billions exporting those to the world is beyond my comprehension. Get on it buddy!

  • Moses Patterson

    Elio writes, ” if they did lift the blockade, we could also have a booming trade with the US, because Cuba has a lot of products that the US market is interested in, whose production could be increased in order to satisfy this trade, as well as being able to import a wide range of goods, especially food and medicine.” What are those products that Eliot believes would establish a “booming trade”? Do they exist today? If so, why isn’t anyone else buying them? Long exempted from the embargo is food and medicine. The Castros can buy all the food and medicine they can afford from the US even now. Finally, who is this “Empire” that Eliot is referring to? How do they order anyone to do anything?

    • George

      Moses, if I may say this without being condescending, you are not African, you are American. With regards to modern day slavery or even wage slavery you should know the law. It is permitted to take slaves. I take slaves every day, for a second, a minute, or even an hour. Afterwards I release them and they have made a profit. It is called the economy and can be found in the Quran.

      • Moses Patterson

        Nice try and not at all condescending. An employee has a choice. Sometimes not a good choice but a choice. A slave has no choice. Big difference

      • Informed Consent

        Slave? Really? Very poor analogy. A slave is a “person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.” I have worked for many people throughout my life. In each instance, I decided to take employment and decided when to leave. I’ve even been laid off a couple of times. Never once have I been a “slave”. I’ve always had a choice

    • Ben Weaver

      A well written and concise article, Elio. Journalism, based on lies, with the deliberate aim to discredit the revolutionary government, is on full display here. They never tier of spreading their venom. Its a sickness without a cure.

      • Moses Patterson

        Are you reading the same article that I’m reading? Elio is completely off base.

        • Ben Weaver

          As President Reagan so famously said during a debate. “There you go again”.

  • N.J. Marti

    Words will not alter the reality we all see. The depth of the special period are unlikely given a more diverse economy. But the Venezuela crisis is having a very real impact. With friendly socialist regimes falling out of favor with citizens under served by them, Cuba needs to become more productive. Living off other countries generosity has it’s practical limits.

  • Eden Wong

    Elio, you seem like a genuinely nice guy and I’d love to buy you a few beers sometime, but you’re delightfully out to lunch.

    All the best to you, sir.

    • bjmack

      Make sure you pick up the tab Eden! Actually I agree with you. Sad he’s stuck in the past. I wonder if he saw SpaceEx, Elon Musk’s YouTube of humans going to Mars? That’s capitalism for ya.