More on Trump and the Cuban-Venezuelan-Nicaraguan Triad

Lynn Cruz

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HAVANA TIMES – The Trump administration has the following as part of its political agenda: “End Communist dictatorships in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.” The latter two only appear as priorities amidst the fiasco with the Venezuelan opposition, and their attempt to end Chavista totalitarianism headed by Nicolas Maduro.

The Nicaraguan people are also bleeding dry trying to bring an end to Daniel Ortega’s government, another one of today’s leaders of the so-called Latin American Left. Fidel Castro, the patron saint of anti-Imperialism, exported this rebellious seed. However, in spite of all the suffering, of extreme violence, the US government hasn’t seemed too bothered by events in Nicaragua.

The real crisis is happening in Venezuela. Maybe the Venezuelan opposition has got a little further in its struggle, and remained in the fight, and this as well as the fact that Venezuela is a large country with resources that wealthy countries do care about, encouraged Trump’s anti-autocratic crusade in this triad of countries he believes to be Communist.

Speaking about these governments and establishing how to do away with these three powers, Cuba-Nicaragua-Venezuela, the US government is abusing and ignoring facts which is only creating more political and social instability in these countries where human beings live, including children and the elderly.

This is a fascist measure, which transforms these countries into reconcentration camps, as they were already suffering sanctions and living an economic war before because they didn’t stand by the White House’s political discourse.

Meanwhile, the Cuban government will continue to blame the US for its own shortcomings and the international community will agree. An economic attack like the one the US has waged right now, as the leader of the world’s superpowers, has put the island and its inhabitants in a very vulnerable position.

Personally-speaking, I had to reach rock bottom, enter the abyss in order to understand that the Cuban government has taken advantage of this imbalance of power in a brilliant way to uphold its discourse, although I know that’s a tough truth to swallow for people like me who dream of a different Cuba.

If the Cuban Revolution, famous for being one of the most radical in the world, hasn’t brought independence, as its weak economy proves, then the fight for freedom will always be put on hold.

The transition towards State capitalism is the most obvious way power in Cuba has mutated. Cubans in exile with economic and political power refuse to accept this reality that excludes them.

Most Cubans living on the island come from the emerging, popular classes, who don’t identify with those who lost their properties and were also responsible for power falling into the hands of a single man when they left the country, as they left the island without a political opposition.

Of course, they are also victims of the terror that Fidel Castro put into practice, but they don’t have any empathy for Cubans living in this country, as they label us all Communists. So, while the past is debated in government offices, projecting the future from a present in ruins, and without a dialogue with Cuba’s reality, in terms of the Cuban conflict, there’s not much else for me to say but the popular expression: “There is no splinter worse than one from the same stick.”

Lynn Cruz

It's not art that imitates life, its life that imitates art," said Oscar Wilde. And art always goes a step further. I am an actress and writer. For me, art, especially writing, is a way of exorcising demons. It is something intimate. However, I decided to write journalism because I realized that I did not exist. In Cuba, only the people authorized by the government have the right to express themselves publicly. Havana Times is an example of coexistence within a democracy and since I consider myself a democrat, my dream is to integrate this publication’s philosophy into the reality of my country.

14 thoughts on “More on Trump and the Cuban-Venezuelan-Nicaraguan Triad

  • Thanks Tony. my position is similar, our home is in my wife’s name.
    You perhaps underestimate the number of Cubans who would like to travel to the US at half a million. Canada too has quite a lot of them. Many have worked in the tourism sector, married Canadian women and following moving to Canada, later obtained a divorce. Although it is easy to criticize such actions, it demonstrates the extremes that Cubans will pursue to get out from under the communist heel.
    As for the Canadian Embassy, its services have almost reduced to zero.

  • Hi Carlyle, I thinks you misunderstand my statement of me buying the house but NOT OWNING the house. I PAID for the property but the owner is my Cuban friend…you must trust this person..
    However, if a foreigner marries a Cuban they can also become an owner of the property as well….Joint ownership ..You should consult a Cuban attorney as well as discuss this option with the Canadian Embassy in Cuba in Miramar.
    The US Embassy is the largest foreign embassy in Cuba ,a large 10 story building on the Malecon..The US has over 60 properties throughout Cuba primarily in Havana. The 300 employees are primarily Cubans with security clearance who work at the embassy keeping track of over 1 million Cubans who now live in the US primarily Florida. Another half million would like to get a visa to travel to the US.
    My primary home is El Paso,TX border with Juarez,Mexico …. 10 days ago over 800 Cubans crossed the border in a single day…..enough said !!

  • Victor, you make a good point and you make it well.
    You suggest that Liar-in Chief-trump and Warmonger-in-Chief-bolton care about elections but do not care about democracy.
    This is a subtle distinction and an ingenious way of describing one of the biggest problems we currently face in this modern era. This era of nationalistic, nativist, cut-throat, right wing capitalists trying to pass themselves off as ‘democratic’.
    Here in the UK we also have a problem regarding right-wing opportunists with the same disturbing stripes.

  • I am very interested Tony in how you as a US citizen was able to purchase a home in Miramar? Although married to a Cuban citizen I am not permitted to purchase a house. How exactly did you proceed?
    The so-called sonic waves were not confined to the US Embassy employees, but also affected Canadian Embassy staff and families. In 2018, the families of Canadian staff were in consequence returned to Canada and then in 2019, staff were halved resulting in the Embassy no longer issuing TRVs. (Temporary Resident Visas) to Cubans. But the figure you give of 300 employees at the US Embassy is incredible – compared with 14 Canadian staff. Does that reflect the US doing a lot of business or sheer incompetency?

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