Saturday, April 19, 2014

Changes Come, Although the General May Not Want Them To

Cuba: Changes Come, Although the General May Not Want Them To / Juan
Juan Almeida
Posted on April 19, 2014

For more than half a century, the Cuban Revolution developed exclusively
inspired by the powerful and omnipresent archetype Fidel Castro. An
image that no longer exists or is hidden is the dressing rooms of the
current political-economic-social theater. That is why when someone asks
me if there exist in Cuba objective and subjective conditions for
forging change, I always begin by saying: It depends on what we
understand and want to assume by "Change."

It is clear that the so extended process called the Cuban Revolution did
not lead to a more just or prosperous or inclusive society, but to a
strange and irrational collapse that still endures. The seizure of all
powers, judicial and executive, did away with the legal protection of
the citizen, and imposed apathy and fear; like that singular combination
that exists between a cup of coffee with milk and a piece of bread with

The old Asian theory that speaks of two elements is the basis of the
idea that all phenomena of the universe are the result of the movement
and mutation of various categories. The good and the bad, the beautiful
and the ugly, the yin and the yang.

The presence of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the chief of the
political department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party,
and the misguided intervention of the President of the Republic of Cuba
in the closing event of the recently held Eighth Congress of UNEAC was a
terrible implementation of this old theory, and a disastrous strategy
for showing the authority of the Government and the State, and at the
same time it tried to reconquer the intelligentsia that as we all now
know appears because of obstinacy, compromise, inertia or boredom, but
that for some time, due to these same reasons, distanced itself from the

The island's government, upon the prompt and unstoppable disappearance
if its leader-guide-priest and example, manages to entertain by talking
of transformation while it intimidates us, leaving very clear the place
of each in its chain of command.Many times we have seen dissident voices
that issue from within the island repressed using mental patients with
disorders like bi-polar and schizophrenia that without adequate
medication exhibit extremely violent behaviors. Outrageous.

I ask myself what the representatives of international organizations do,
or what those sensitive and passionate people who decided to defend
vehemently and peevishly the Hippocratic oath say, on learning that the
mentally ill are used as deadly weapons.

On April 14, 1912, the Titanic, at that time the safest boat in the
world, crashed into an iceberg, and while it was sinking, the orchestra
played. In all ways, whether the general wants it or not, change is
coming, although I have to admit that since 2008, the man has exerted
himself in confusing us with an imaginary and mythological climate of
national improvements and radical reforms; on one hand he shows several
political prisoners, and on the other he hides political prisoners from
us (here the order of the factors does alter the product).

According to the Marxist bible, the Communist Manifesto, a
transformation of the structure of the classes demands a change in the
social order and a political revolution.

La Habana decided to wind up its old and rusted clock because it had
turned into quite the brake.

Translated by mlk.

14 April 2014

Source: Cuba: Changes Come, Although the General May Not Want Them To /
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