Friday, July 18, 2014

There Is None So Blind As He Who Refuses to See

There Is None So Blind As He Who Refuses to See / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on July 17, 2014

For several days now I have not published a post, despite my desires to
do so and the nagging thought that it wasn't getting done.

It is true that the World Cup robbed part of my attention, but that was
not what impeded my writing. Rather, it was all the tasks that were
piling up in relation to an upcoming exhibition of my works. Preparing
for this event takes a lot of effort and dedication, as does the
negotiating required to obtain adequate materials.

Even so, with all due respect, I would be remiss if I didn't comment on
the recent visit of Dr. Margaret Chan, General Director of the World
Health Organization, and the statements she delivered in the University
of Havana's Grand Hall, during the unsuitably named magisterial
conference. Dr. Chan expressed that, thanks to the Cuban government, our
people do not eat junk food. She also praised the work of our public health.

I really do not comprehend how these people, who occupy such relevant
posts in the United Nations (UN), take at face value the reports
provided by totalitarian regimes, without taking the trouble to check
the facts through other means and compare other data.

Most of us know that these people are hosted in our country by
high-level officials, and that they are taken over and over to the same
places, which obviously are set up for such purposes, e.g.: a certain
floor of Almejeiras Hospital, the Biotechnology department, and the La
Castellana special school for differentiated teaching, among others. In
addition, the visitors are customarily taken down 5th Avenue in Miramar,
and they never stop at locations that aren't set up for these political

How is it possible that the supreme body that oversees all of these
organizations — the UN — has yet to take the trouble to look into these
matters more deeply?

Translated By: Alicia Barraqué Ellison

15 July 2014

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