HAVANA TIMES — These days the official Cuban press is “delighted,” since it is successfully carrying out one of its usual disinformation actions.
It turns out that one of the biggest scandals in China since “the Tiananmen Square protest” of June 1989 has been in the news for several months, yet from the ineffable Cuban press — just like when Tiananmen happened — not a word.
I found this out by chance through a copy of the Spanish newspaper El Pais that was given to me. It turned out that the wife of Bo Xilai (the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in the municipality Chongqing), premeditatedly poisoned an English entrepreneur who was living in that city, and with whom the couple apparently had shady business dealings.
If we add to this the fact that Bo Xilai was a favored candidate to obtain a position on that nation’s Politburo (historically composed of nine men), then we have a real political thriller that will have a lot of weight on the decisions in the upcoming Chinese Communist Party congress set to be held this November.
No matter what the truth really is, I feel just like when the events of Tiananmen Square occurred: uninformed. As much as I search, I can’t find any news about it.
To what extent is this dismissal of Bo Xilai benefiting or hurting the Cuban government?
Bo Xilai was known as a neo-Maoist, and it follows then that the Chinese Communist Party had many people interested in him not reaching the Politburo, in that the methods of Chongqing (torture and execution, including of one’s enemies) does not extend to the rest of China.
How much about this murder is simply fiction? How much of this story will change China as it approaches a restructuring of its party? Where are things actually going in China?
Cubans today have once again been left out of a debate that is generating rivers of ink in newspapers around the world. Is misinformation our karma?
In any case, as singer Silvio Rodriguez would say: if anyone knows anything, I beg them for more information.