Monday, August 07, 2006


There's been some discussion in the mainstream media about what effect Castro's illness will have on prospects for political reform in Cuba. Most has been fatuous, focusing on the "us vs. them" stories the corporate media loves to tell: US and democracy (and Bush) = good guys, Cuba and dictatorship (and Castro) = bad guys. I think we should be used to that by now.

What's interesting, though, is how little talk there has been about this: Cuba is ramping up the repression in order to ensure that the Communist government can't be brought down. I understand why this has been ignored, as it doesn't fit the storyline, but since it actually contradicts it, shouldn't it at least be discussed?

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