A card-carrying member of the Left calling for democratic change in Cuba?
About bloody time, I hear you say …
So, I recommend this article in the Australian left-leaning webzine New Matilda by Antony Loewenstein, a Sydney-based author and blogger who is not what you’d call a great supporter of current US policy.
Loewenstein has recently visited Fidel Castro’s island paradise and it seems he has returned home feeling a little disappointed. To say the least.
True, he still repeats those old lines about the great health care system and “free” education - and he refers to the US trade and commercial embargo as “immoral”, etc.
But his conclusions can’t be faulted.
“Cuba is a police State,” Loewenstein reports.
“After spending time in Cuba, it is clear that revolutionary fervour is virtually non-existent among the younger generation; and that the genuine successes of the country … are compromised by the Castro regime’s repression of its citizens and its isolating them from information that is freely available in the West.”
And when it comes to the international Left’s silence on what's really going in Cuba, his messages are equally clear.
“If the international Left wants to do itself any favours … they should be calling for reform of the Cuban system,” he concludes.
“A truly open media, unfettered freedom of speech, and freedom of association are not merely Western indulgences. They are essential for any country to join the ranks of respectable nations.”
Buy the man a beer, I say.