Cuban Power and Blackouts
On a day that the Cubans declared a permanent end to summer power blackouts, the world's press is instead focused on the supposed purposeful cutting of electricity and water supplies to the US Interests Section in Havana
What is interesting is the prominence given the story by our Government. The State Dept. website featured the Cuba "story" first on its website and a statement was carefully crafted to link the "bullying" to the odd public harassment of so-called dissidents. The mainstream Spanish and English media were eager to parrot this crap all over even before today's Cuban response. "A deepening of the diplomatic crisis" related to the billboard affair, they pretend to know. Amazing shit.
Well, it turns out that it is all a big "shameless lie," according to the Cubans. The power outage was linked to the recent Tropical Storm. A front page Granma piece said: In fact there were a large number of power failures in the city of Havana and throughout the country; one of them occurred along the underground 13,000-volt circuit Vedado2, which directly feeds the Interests Section offices, and one of the two channels that supplies electric power to the Anti-Imperialist Tribune, due to the adverse weather conditions
The motives of the obvious US shenanigans such should be clear to those who've been paying attention. With Bush in office, we immediately worsened the few ties (family visits, cultural), then begin paying and organizing "dissidents," then started playing with Visa distribution, then formed a "Transition" planning group, then put up the giant electronic message board... Now this. At first I wasn't sure I believed the Cuban line - that the US wants to provoke a crisis - but now I do. The Bush's have a special place for Castro in their heart, and are looking towards regime change.
If you think I'm overstating things, check out the fascinating detail in the El Nuevo Herald report. They report: "the United States Interests Section in Havana had given instructions on Friday to its personnel to begin destroying all non-essential documents," and "The sources who offered this information to El Nuevo Herald consider the destruction of documents in the U.S. diplomatic offices in Havana to be the prelude to an evacuation, or as a minimum, a preparation for one if necessary."
It is really pathetic. The US Interests Section is sitting there with a perfectly fine generator, while thousands in Havana are also without power and it goes and complains to the world's press that it is being harassed and specifically targeted. It goes further and runs accusations about car alarms being set on purpose outside diplomat's homes, about not being able to import cars, as well as petty vandalism (graffiti) and stone throwing. The implication apparently is that these were Cuban Government acts.