Cuba and the World Watch with Angst

By Circles Robinson*

I have a lot of things regarding Cuba that I want to write about, but the US elections on Tuesday have overshadowed my thoughts. I’m not alone. A lot of people on the island are wondering what’s going to happen, as is a good chunk of the world.

Up until the explosion of the current financial crisis, I firmly believed that John McCain was going to be the next president, the same way that I thought George W. Bush would win reelection in 2004.

The race and terror cards and preference for the old but known seemed to me more powerful than anything the Obama campaign could come up with.

I still fear that McCain has a shot to win, but I’m no longer so sure of my predictions for the US electorate.

I haven’t lived in the US for 26 years and totally agree with another ex-pat living in Spain who wrote me yesterday: “This is an interesting election, no? It’s a good read on what kind of country it really is.”

Likewise, a letter today from a friend who lives in a small town in Arizona, McCain’s state, and who rarely writes me on politics, made me conclude that what appeared against all odds could actually happen – that Obama and a large Democratic Party majority in Congress may be coming in January.

“In America all is in a state of flux and readjustment, with the “ECONOMY” close to vanishing, as are retirement dreams and budgets of those who weren’t ready for such a swift demise. To me, the horizon looks bleak; imagining that what has occurred will simply be the first wave of something deeper and more upsetting to the status quo here.

“Many of the stories are the same as those of old, but the size and scope of what is occurring is completely new and unprecedented.

“Those powers-that-be are going to steal whatever they can, before the political change that should occur next Tuesday will be voted in and then sworn into office in January. That is, unless another election is stolen.

“Folks can no longer deny what is occurring, and I hope that there will be positive repercussions in how we live and use resources, how we spend our money, and our levels of compassion for all people in this global world,” concluded my friend.

There’s a lot of responsibility on the backs of US voters on Tuesday. Cubans like the rest of the world will be watching with angst.

*Circles Robinson’s reports and commentaries from Havana can also be read at

One thought on “Cuba and the World Watch with Angst

  • Dear Circles, I am writing the day before the elections with a few observations:
    1. Corporate America has chosen Obama. The endorsements by Colin Powell, the New York Times etc are evidence that the rulers are scared of Bush. Like the German corporate class of 1932, they created a monster that they could not control.They don’t give a damn about gay marriage or evolution but for a moment it was a political necessity for them, now a danger and an embarrassment.. Now they recognize a need for a change of course. Therefore there will not be a judicial coup this time.
    2. Millions of progressives at home and around the world have projected their hopes on Obama. The upwelling is awesome. But it will lead to disappointment: Obama supports an increased military, aggression against Pakistan and by implication the willingness to disregard international law, continuation of the blockade (but with easier travel), unwarranted wire tapping, recapturing American “leadership”. He is a Kennedy type– intelligent, imaginative, well educated, even flexible. He gave us(half-heartedly) Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoose, the Green berets, the Peace Corps, Alliance for Progress. But he also recognized when Jim Crow had become an intolerable burden for the empire and drew back from WW III during the missile crisis..It will take the world some months to place Obama in perspective.
    3. Regardless of Obama’s own commitments, he has unleashed enormous energy, a demand for a more humane America, that is bound to revitalize progressive movements and to allow balky European allies to fall back in line.
    I expect to celebrate an Obama victory tomorrow night but then to sober up and to be on guard.

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