Lessons on Corruption from Cuba’s Mariela Castro

By Martin Guevara

Mariela Castro.  Photo: radiorebelde.cu
Mariela Castro. Photo: radiorebelde.cu

HAVANA TIMES — In 1966, the renowned Beat Generation activist and intellectual Allen Ginsberg was invited to Cuba’s Casa de las Americas cultural center by Haydee Santamaria. Shortly afterwards, he was unceremoniously expelled from the country for criticizing the repression of homosexuals ordered by the uncle and father of Mariela “Rainbow” Castromasov – and perhaps he was also kicked out of the country for being a homosexual himself.

I wonder: are there no people, people with greater moral authority, to lead any type of change in Cuba other than the members of that family?

Is there not a single gay man or lesbian more knowledgeable of the needs of their community, and more entitled to lead their movement, than this woman? Is she the only one who can do this?

Today, Mariela shows us a well-developed aspect of her personality, concealing her wish to remain in power less and less, referring to those who oppose her parent’s feudal rule as a handful of ignorant sell-outs.

It seems both pathetic and incredible that a well-meaning person who once sympathized with that distant revolution should, after considerable effort, establish some type of link between that bearded revolt and this wasted ruin, managing to feel the same sympathy for this heap of nonsense.

In the imperfect but up to a certain point free world, we permit ourselves to refer to the most backward sectors as “intolerant” – some even call them “fascists” – because they merely content themselves with free national, municipal and autonomous elections every four years, in contrast to the exemplary “angry protesters,” who demand permanent democracy. That is enough for us to consider them cavemen.

I can’t imagine any politician in any civilized country, not even the most conservative out there, who would dare boast of having outlawed all opposition to the government for over fifty years, much less publicly refer to this opposition as a “handful of ignorant and corrupt people,” thus dismissing those who, despite the difficulties and risks, peacefully struggle for changes and greater participation in the nation’s politics.

Mrs. Rainbow Castromasov feels she can lecture us about corruption.

Could there be a clearer example of corruption than clinging to power for more than half a century while crushing any semblance of opposition?

50 thoughts on “Lessons on Corruption from Cuba’s Mariela Castro

  • July 27, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Who knows more about corruption in Cuba than a member of the Castro family?

  • July 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Where Queen Elizabeth II is significant Rayarena is when comparing her knowledge of world leaders with that of Fidel Castro. Castro posed as a uniquely knowledgeable sage on the back two pages of Granma for many years – his reflections! Much of it was bogus.
    For Castro unlike Queen Elizabeth, never knew Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, De Gaulle, Von Ribbentrop, Chaing Kai-shek, Ghandi, and a myriad of other world leaders and influential figures. The memoirs of a succession of UK Prime Ministers record the advantages of being able at weekly discussions with Queen Elizabeth to receive commentary about the thinking of such people. The lady is more than a figurehead!

  • July 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    It is possible to have elections in a one party system that produce fairer & more meaningful results than a multi-party system. Is anyone who is commenting on here claiming that the electoral system in their country is fair ? It certainly isn’t in mine.

  • July 27, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Nothing much has changed. Prostitution is rampant on the island. And it will continue to be is as long as prostitutes make more money than doctors in Cuba.
    That will only change when the Cuban economic model changes

  • July 27, 2015 at 8:20 am

    The story is that Alan GIngsburg was literally booted out of Cuba when at a reception of literary figures, the drunk & smitten American Beat poet made a pass at Che Guevara. The Argentine revolutionary, notorious for his violent homophobia, kicked and shouted insults at Ginsburg, who fled the party in tears and boarded the next plane home.

    It seems his leftist utopian fantasy didn’t quite measure up to reality.

    Mariela Castro is a central member of the ruling clique. Her job is to present a smiling, progressive face to the regime. Her “pink washing” goes over well with American lefties who are eager to have their cherished illusions confirmed by the most Mariela’s Pink Potemkin Gay Village.

    In addition to Mariela, the Castro regime will live on under the control of Raul’s son Alejandro Castro Espin and his son-in-law Col. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Callejas. Fidel has some 10 or 11 children, including Antonio Castro who heads the Cuban national Baseball organization.

  • July 27, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Good Lord Mr. Goodrich, you are a regime hack! Talking about elections in a country like Cuba where there are no opposing powers and where people like Oswaldo Paya who got thousands of signatures asking for change was vilified, persecuted and finally assassinated. You should be ashamed of yourself Mr. Goodrich.

  • July 27, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Dear Mr. MacDuff, thank you for the clarification. I am aware that the Windsors have been in power longer than the castros, but I didn’t think that it was a fit comparison, because the Windsors are figure heads who head Great Britain nominally, while the castros are totalitarian rulers with absolute and terrible power. Now that I am starting to read your posts, I do see that you are knowledgeable and fair in your assessment of the situation in Cuba and I commend you for that.

  • July 27, 2015 at 2:40 am

    What are you babbling about? For the record, I wholeheartedly support free enterprise and Cuba does not nor does it need anyone to “inflict” free-enterprise on them. Spare us the bigoted paternalism. Cubans are not lost babes in the woods, they are not innocents depending on some wise outsider to correct things for them. It is a country run by a tyrannical regime that is painfully aware of what it is doing. They will never accept free enterprise [other than a corrupted facade of true free enterprise], because they are aware that if they were to give the Cuban masses true economic power, that would empower them and they might be swept away from power.

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