Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cuban Capitalism On Track To Protect Next Elite

     Fabulous, headlined, Former Cuban officials get prison terms for corruption, By Marc Frank, Reuters reports three former vice ministers in Cuba’s Basic Industry Ministry plus nine nickel industry executives have been sentenced to long prison terms for corruption, Cuban state media said on Tuesday. The officials and a former head of negotiations for Cubaniquel, the state-run nickel company, received sentences ranging from six to 12 years for “crimes associated with corruption during the negotiation, contracting and execution of the expansion of the Pedro Soto Alba (nickel) plant,” in eastern Cuba, according to the Communist Party newspaper Granma. The plant, the largest of three nickel processing plants in Holguin province, is a joint venture between the government and Canadian mining company, Sherritt International Corporation.
     There was no mention of Sherritt in the report and company officials were not immediately available for comment. How convenient. Cubaniquel and Sherritt are also partners in a Canadian refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, where output from the Pedro Soto Alba plant is shipped for processing, then marketed by another joint venture between them.
     Meaning another set of books for the same business. Once again, on the surface no matter how corrupt the convicted are, they were trained to move finance around and, as happens in capitalist countries, could it possibly be someone with more Cuban financial pull wants their money too?
     The case, undertaken by President Raul Castro since he took over for his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, is one of a number of high level corruption probes, covering just about every sector of the Cuban economy. From street vendors to the already established elite, the capitalism that never was is being shaken and stirred for what benefit? Is the money that these newly minted convicts possibly stole going to filtrate through the economy now? Probably not. Capitalist Cuba always found a way to separate the elite from the population and will continue to play capitalists defending socialism, just as the world’s capitalists condemn that institution until as in the American Medical Insurance System, all the hands in the till have the doctors’ money.
     Several foreign companies doing business in Cuba have been shut down and their top executives detained or jailed in the campaign against corruption, which is so extensive on the island that Castro has termed it a threat to the socialist system. Entrepreneurial initiative will be judged corrupt until whose friends are in control? Well, at least Cuban power is learning the tricks of the game Cubans tried learning on their own without Big Brother’s help. And without the two party system in control bickering with each other enough that the general population can act on its’ own – when the people can get away with it.
     The Cuban nickel industry has been the subject of a number of investigations over the last few years as output declined, Reuters reports without diagnosing scapegoatism.
     Two years ago police dragged several officials involved in the scandal away in handcuffs from their offices in Havana, causing consternation among employees. Soon afterwards, police began arresting nickel executives in Moa, Holguin, heart of the nickel industry.
     The three vice ministers included Alfredo Rafael Zayas Lopez, who served in that capacity from 2004 to 2007, Ricardo Gonzalez Sanchez (2001-2004) and Antonio Orizon de Los Reyes Bermudez (1980-1999). Respectively, they received sentences of 12 years, 10 years and eight years. And judging by the years they reigned, whatever was going on was business as usual they now have to pay for while the judicial system no doubt has a few friends who could, maybe, quite possibly, start cleaning up from the scraps. What had always slipped through the cracks that government enforcement wants filled with – what? The next generation working at marginal rates decided by the government. Ha! No, the next guys will share and share alike for a time under sanctioned practices.
     Great Raul. Fine job once you get your commercialized prison system running well too, because no doubt that’s going to cost a bundle if you make the mistake of caring for the prisoners properly. But commercialized, the Americans might grow to love you as your rule becomes more like ours where the weak know their place. It’s all capitalism, Raul. All socialism. You know what your problem is? If the lawyers are paid well enough for all this law enforcement, you’re doomed. And the only thing that will work is the legal facade that was once called socialism, that face it, wasn’t really tried if doctors made close to nothing and you and your brother sat around smoking fat cigars which is how your legacy now reads no matter how much capitalist corruption is uncovered. Go get em Raul. Make the United States pay for defending mobsters’ right to exploit you. Teach the world what socialism never really was, capitalism as ran by two brothers sitting around comfortably smoking fat, smelly cigars. I’m being redundant? So are you.
     Because the Cubaniquel executive, Cristobal Saavedra Montero, was sentenced to six years in prison, when if the enterprise is under state direction why wasn’t it fixed before having to go through this. You’re not even running for office, Raul, and making scapegoats of an entire nation all over again. As the eight other executives received sentences of up to eight years, Granma said.
     That’ll teach them. What?
Cuban Capitalism On Track To Protect Next Elite
8/21/2012 concluded: Because the Cubaniquel executive, Cristobal Saavedra Montero, was sentenced to six years in prison, when if the enterprise is under state direction why wasn’t it fixed before having to go through this. You’re not even running for office, Raul, and making scapegoats of an entire nation all over again. As the eight other executives received sentences of up to eight years, Granma said.
     That’ll teach them. What?
Sept. 26 - Dec. 3, 2019
     It's somewhat surmise-able that however much system Cuba has, the leveraged decisions of personal relationships have control. The same difference between countries for the people and the autocratic ends that compromise the ideal of a thriving independence. How Cuba faces this, as usual, may, very well, depend upon whether the United States of America can. 
     Presently, racked by confusion, America's constant is its being overwhelmed by the political playbooks, from which analysis is chain-riddenly replicated, employing the tactic of exploiting facilitated ignorance, perhaps? Such that the claim to not play is the worst usage of all. 
     Imagine all the uses for which Public Relations is known, as vapid wastes of intellectual skill? When having a strategy is 99.9% of answering accusations. When admissions of truth are just parceled out numbed experiences. The best social manipulation money can buy can't possibly be the best of all possible world's reasoning? 

     Because! What if controlled public dialogue's only how discontent's steered away from violence? Especially when legitimate protest shouldn't resort to that particular brand of contesting the state. Usually provocateurs of all stripes are the instigators when violence ensues. Volunteering martyrdom is an idea, when the actual fact's usually not compulsion but compelled
     Imagery. Yes, so much about the world to see is real. While humanity's found space within all our minds to have shared existences loosely defined as culture. And the pretending to be on top of all our expanding heritages is what haunts all our lives.

     Capitalism's nothing without the oh so many aspects of life that are done for each other for free. Right down to accomplishments by those clearing millions an hour, minute, or day even. Perhaps seconds. Nor is capitalism not socialism's driving force. Because Economics is a much broader mechanism than politically portrayed. No one admitting it's convenience of thought that circumvents everyone from imagining anything's possible. There's no traction. Just the images of maintaining positions. When neither's absolutely true, everything's fabricated and hardly the method by which humanity faces the future by facing the past. 
     Juggernaut of rhetoric, no? 
Getting Away With It
     Despotic dalliances. Taunting denials. Theatrical political performance smudged across the, ongoing, current, political plain. Or, perhaps, as accurate to suggest, political plane. Because jet-set thought's substitution for substantiation on the playing fields of divided spoils seems just a foregone conclusion. The admit nothing Roy Cohn Code. Ba dump bump. 
     Heard a commentator, on that radical radio station, WBAI, (The Golden Age of Radio), mention the Kurds' territories had no significance to American interests when the president has no (at the moment) hotels in the vicinity.  If it looks like a skunk and any analogy is past use now. The public over-burdened by the political publicists pizzazz. 
     Stalin had Trotsky labelled "The Opportunist." I think however much either were, current contemporary history finds them both outdone. Unless, of course, as the plan seems to control historical thoughts imbalanced balance is the best we're going to get. I am not amused.  
Myopic world view for everybody. Good grief 
to conclude
Enjoyment of Spectacle  
     Spectacle more important than detail is what we're reduced to, or have been, for a very, very very, very long period of time.  
     So while riding over the bridge, to work, some minutes before the, above, picture, of the Bernie Sanders rally in Queensbridge Park, was taken by The New York Times photographer, I passed two huge humongous, exuberantly waved, flags from the lower level pedestrian/bike lane, in an immersively involved delirium. The radiating smile of the blonde flag holder bowled me over. Hence the title's lament that America's succumbed to spellbinding catastrophe. (Yeo, hope that's not how this ends.) Oh yeah, so you have to wonder what happened for the flag waivers to not appear in this picture. Strong arm convincing? Isn't there some type of free speech that's in violation? The sacredness of one's own martyrdom, perhaps? 
Still most upset about having to take a side. 

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