Thursday, September 18, 2008

In the dark. Again.

More than 10 days after hurricane Ike devastated Cuba, leaving an estimated 200,000 people homeless and what remains of the agricultural sector in tatters, Raul Castro has finally made his first public appearance.

In a carefully orchestrated visit to the Isla de la Juventud, the man who is supposed to be running things in paradise visited a local hospital to talk to “patients, carers and workers”, according to the official media.

No explanation so far as to why it took Castro II so long to get out of his Havana bunker.

In the meantime, the principal propaganda sheet of the regime, Granma, continues to publish stories about how things are getting back to normal across the island … thanks to the “revolution”, of course.

But even Granma cannot hide the magnitude of the problem.

Nearly three weeks after an earlier hurricane, Gustav, hit the province of Pinar del Rio, the paper reports that more than a quarter of residents still have no electricity.

In the province of Camaguey, half the residents are still in the dark.


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