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    Raul Castro in Search of Money or of Moneyed Men

    Raul Castro in Search of Money or of Moneyed Men / Juan Juan Almeida
    Posted on February 16, 2014

    It was only some years ago, when the visible financial crisis infected
    sectors of the national economy, and Cuban industry verged on the almost
    invisible boundary that marks the action and the omission that hastens
    the death of a hopeless patient; General Raul Castro, with that
    impressive way of showing his pathetic talent, sold us the fraudulent
    idea that the Armed Forces had been converted into an example for “The

    In papers, because delving into the demonstrated earnings, the island’s
    military enterprise system worked much more than the lawyer of singer
    Justin Bieber works these days; of course, being propelled by slave
    labor (to be more exact, recruits), there was no way of measuring the
    calculable cost of a product or its labor efficiency.

    Absurd, yes, but through repetition, it managed to attract the attention
    of those who move opinion, and many began to believe in that rigged
    sequence of decisions that today make up what appears the destiny of
    Cuba and what some still call “Raul’s reforms.”

    That group of measures, or non-structural opinions, which pay no
    attention to productivity or change the nature of the system at all and
    are basically aimed at legalizing or facilitating what until yesterday
    was tolerated, prohibited or complicated; and bring symptoms of anemia
    to the practically defunct capacity of monetary investments of that
    labor force that biting a biased and naive scheme, believed the story of
    “we are all an enterprising population,” and jumped from the state
    sector to the private, and today, earning more, counts on less.

    Evidently, not all state workers took the streets convinced and
    believing in Tía Tata*; but at this point in the story, “modernizing the
    economic model” is simply a gross verbal diarrhea that served to
    disguise a perpetrated crime that should be judged, obviously respecting
    the due process that every accused must have, because only a defrauded
    person can be induced to believe that after 20 years working in an
    office, a person, by magic, without supporting aptitudes, will be
    transformed into a shoemaker, locksmith, farmer, barber, drummer, trash
    man or watch maker.

    The strategy of General Raul Castro and his penitent entourage has only
    served to simulate changes and forge flexibility; to increase poverty;
    to abandon the retired people in an aging population; to invest less
    state money in services like health and education and above all to try
    to play down the stay in power of a single and inefficient governing
    pack of hounds.

    It is not accidental, it is all well planned and coldly calculated. It
    was at the end of the ’90’s when Raul, after his recurrent hormonal
    disorder, made fashionable the sentence, “Let’s exchange cannons for
    beans.” By then, few could understand that he was not referring to the
    food, but to the need of, without renouncing the least power, his new
    strategy consisted of going in search of money or men with money who
    with their presence in Havana would help demonstrate that security that
    only solvency offers, or to count on solvent friends.

    *Translator’s note: Tía Tata’s Stories was a radio program and later a
    TV program with puppets.

    Translated by mlk.

    13 February 2014

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