Happy new year! Something very difficult for me to celebrate in this paroxism of brutality . I just need to take a break from a discussion on Gaza that deeply sadded me. I was so hopeful of the possibility of a little light of reason to prevail on the murderous fury, that yesterday I had even announced a truce.... It was eventually refused by the contenders of the israeli elctoral campaign...I was wrong. Sorry. I forgot for a moment that Israel is the only Western style democracy in the Middle East as it is always reminded us... It is based on free elections and politicians need to campaign...
I will suspend the conversation on Gaza with a quote that, like that offered by Emanuele Ariano, hopefully throws some light on our discussion. David Halperin describes the marvelous efficiency with which prejudice relies on unstated “truths”: “If the message is already waiting at the receiver's end, it doesn't even need to be sent; it just needs to be activated.”. So much for those that intervene in the Plunder blog to accuse me of lying and then swollow all the official "truth" from the Middle East to Georgia....
 David M. Halperin, St. Foucault: Towards a Gay Hagiography 13 (1995).
Anyway let's move somewhere else, almost a wonderland at this point, where there are no elections the way we do them. Where there are no homeless people and nobody asks you the "insurance policy number" when admitted to a hospital. Where students do not get out of school enslaved by loans... Cuba, the victim of so much disinformation and propaganda, on top of the legal\illegal attention of the U.S. (Helms Burton Act, Torricelli Act etc.) that one does not know where to start from in trying to establish a different "truth".
Exactly 50 years ago a sadic and murderous dictator, Fulgencio Batista, that acting as a trustee for US imperialism had transformed the island into a casino and a brothel was forced to flee in Santo Domingo (with a huge loot). The revolucion has won. Heroes such as Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and Fidel Castro have given to the world the living proof that imperialism can be defeated and that there is hope for people that try to build a more just society. Problems in the last fifty years? a lot! Mistakes of Fidel? a lot! Possibilities to do better? perhaps not many. Anyway, as President Lula of Brazil has recently stated, the current transformations of Latin America and the final demise of the Monroe doctrine could not have happened in it was not for the incredible tenacy of the barbudos.
The Revolucion has survived, with terrible sacrifices, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall. Now it might be observing the fall of the other side of the Wall, that corporate capitalism whose structural logic explains plunder and war. How was it possible? it is a mistery. Scholars point at many factors. Theprestige of Fidel; the support of the campesinos liberated by the Revolucion; on the legal side the organization based on the "Committees of defence of the Revolution".
I like the explanation of Gianni Mina' one of the most learned observers of Latin America and of Alfonso Sastre the great Spanish author: Socialist Cuba has resisted, despite its many contraddictions, and despite the recent 140 million dollars invested by the U.S. in 2006 to favor "regime change", because it has been capable of creating among the people a collectivist and solidaristic consciousness.
This is exactly what we need to create NOW if we wish to save the world A global collective and solidaristic consciousness based on frugality and long term perspective.
Happy birthday revolution! As a present for your half century, I wish that President Obama will return you the now sad object of early twentieth century U.S. plunder: Guantanamo Bay!