The old man and the villa
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship current affairs program, The 7.30 Report, last night broadcast a report from its North American correspondent on the “political battle” over the restoration of the house and its historical contents.
And sure enough, guess who is to blame for the state of repairs of Finca Vigia …
No, no, not the Castro regime, which confiscated the property in 1961, neglected it for decades and only in the past few years decided to turn it into a (lucrative) major tourist attraction, as you can see here.
According to the ABC report, the Cubans want to restore and maintain the villa and the 9,000 or so books and manuscripts inside, if only they could get some financial help from the US.
But you know those nasty Americans … they are refusing to help “thanks to the trade embargo” and that silly George W Bush.
You can read the transcript here.