Sunday, December 21, 2014

Corporate Cuban Takeover


I like Cuban people. I love their music and their food. You know who else will like Cuba? Corporations that are just like people. It's going to be a Corporate Takeover. Wonder how they'll like Walmart? When I heard about this whole Pope Francis brokering detente between Cuba and the U.S. all I could do was wonder what kind of profit was going to be made? Cuba should run from anything the U.S. is suggesting.
President Raul Castro says America must respect Cuba's communist system, America has no respect for any system. Good luck, Raul.
"Obama has said his government will push Cuba on issues of human and political rights"
Yeah, about that. We just had a "torture report" that seems to have  fallen by the wayside. So I am not sure where we get off having anything to say about human rights. Since we no longer even have a democracy, not sure what kind of political rights the U.S. will be pedaling. 
What we will be pedaling is some way of extracting profit from Cuba. 
"the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, also traveled to the forbidden island and met with entrepreneurs and called for greater economic reform in Cuba."
"The letter also called for greater opportunities for telecommunications connections with the famously isolated island."
 U.S. to let telecoms set up shop in Cuba
I hope they get more of a choice than the monopoly Comcast has on us here in the U.S.
There's supposed to be an Anti-Castro Lobby in this country made up of the usual GOP suspects and it's extra scary because it's made up of Marco Rubio (R-FL) who's of Cuban heritage and Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Bob Menedez, (D-NJ) also of Cuban ancestry. So furiously googling where the Cuba lobby is coming from and what the angle is, here we go, 
US-Cuba Democracy PAC Summary | OpenSecrets  
The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce has been lobbying "the federal government to ease the embargo in recent years. Cuba is a rare case which puts some establishment Republicans at odds with the Chamber."
I also had the idea that with the way things are going for Putin, this would be just the thing since in August  "Putin agreed to write off $32 billion in Russian debt to Cuba, leaving just over $3 billion left to pay over the next 10 years" Why Russia and Cuba Are Partying Like It's 1962
"Moscow is also now exploring for oil and gas in Cuban waters, right in the U.S.’s backyard."
Interesting right? I thought this was interesting too, Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow | World news | The Guardian
Now what would Cuba have in common with say North Korea? After decades of sanctions against them too, we now have this hacking situation. Sony will lose millions. It looks like "The Interview" may be a bad investment and with information from the Daily Beast that " leaked emails from the Sony hack which show that the United States government was involved at high levels with the content development of The Interview, especially its controversial ending depicting the assassination of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un."
I was never interested in going to see "The Interview" anyway. But one thing that really interested me about opening up relations with Cuba and the Sony hack by North Korea was how tied to corporations our government is “Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview.’” The emails also reveal that a RAND corporation senior defense analyst who consulted on the film went beyond “blessing” and outright influenced the end of the film," The RAND Corporation. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who was thinking this film was some weird propaganda tool to disappear the"Dear Leader". Aftrer all the Rand Corporation was so successful with the Vietnam War.
RAND in Southeast Asia: A History of the Vietnam War Era - Mai Elliott - Google Books
After the  'Anti-Propaganda' Ban Repealed, Freeing State Dept. To Direct Its Broadcasting Arm At American Citizens | Techdirt
It should be no surprise that movies, television, news, whatever, will be controlled by our corporation owned government and now we've set our sights on Cuba.

4 comments:

  1. Whatever's behind ending it, the embargo was always a rather odd thing.

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  2. How about if we begin this new era in our relationship with Cuba by honoring our treaty commitments in the original Guantanamo agreement, which specifically laid out the uses allowed for Guantanamo, and which certainly did not include a prison?

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    1. My question is, when did the U.S. ever honor it's treaties?

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    2. Well, you've got a point there.

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