Here comes the UN. Again.
No sooner do these supposedly battle-hardened bureaucrats land at Havana’s international airport that they seem to lose all sense of proportion – and the ability to think for themselves.
Within hours, we have them happily parroting entire paragraphs from Granma.
Perhaps it’s the balmy climate?
Only the other day, the head of the UN Habitat program, Anna Tibaijuka, spent much of her visit to the island praising the great “achievements” of the regime in health and education.
An example to the rest of the world, Ms Tibaijuka concluded, to the visible delight of her Communist hosts, of course.
Now, we have the head of the UN Environment program, Achim Steiner, visiting Cuba to have a look at how the Castro brothers handle environmental issues.
According to this AP report, Mr Steiner is most impressed.
He is of the view that Cuba has managed to solve the crippling energy shortages that plagued the island for years (in fact, for decades), without in any way “sacrificing a long-term commitment to promoting environmentally friendly fuels”.
"In terms of a short term response, it is quite remarkable how Cuba, under its economic conditions, managed to solve that crisis," he said.
To be fair to Mr Steiner, he did point out one or two areas of concern.
He is worried about a gas reactor that throws a plume of dark smoke over much of Havana around the clock (oh, that reactor), and about the fact that most vehicles still use leaded gasoline and diesel.