Commentary by Agustin Blazquez:
For everyone who ignores what Cuba was before 1959 - thanks to the misrepresentation of the mainstream U.S. media and academia - take a look at this short documentary in English about Havana in the 1930s. Observe how the people look on the streets and how clean and well kept was the city. As a young republic with barely 30 years of independence from Spain, Cuba was progressing rapidly and did not have the aspect of a poverty-stricken underdeveloped country. If that's the way it was in the 1930s, by 1958 Cuba's development was even higher. The average living standard was third in the Americas.
The mainstream media and academia have told Castro's version of Cuba's past to deceive the American people and justify his regime. They have helped and abide a criminal totalitarian regime that killed thousands and sent about three million worldwide to exile. For example, how many Americans have been informed that since 1961, Castro's Cuba has been selling the blood of executed political prisoners?
The Organization of American States Human Rights Commission on April 7 1967 reported, "On May 27, 1966, from six in the morning to nightfall political prisoners were executed continuously by firing squad in Havana's La Cabana prison. One hundred and sixty-six men were executed that day and each had 5 pints of blood extracted prior to being shot.
"Extracting this amount of blood often produces cerebral anemia and unconsciousness so that many had to be carried to the execution wall on stretchers. The corpses were then transported by trucks to a mass grave in a cemetery outside the city of Marianao. On that day, the truck required seven trips to deliver all the corpses. On 13th Street in Havana's Vedado district Soviet medical personnel have established a blood bank where this blood is transported and stored. This blood is sold at fifty U.S. dollars per pint to the Republic of North Viet Nam."
This blood-for-profit operation was concocted by the brain of another benevolent icon of the mainstream media and academia in the U.S., Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
You can read this and more in Humberto Fontova's book - ignored of course by the mainstream media and academia - Exposing The Real Che Guevara And The Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him, 2007, in the section Cuban Blood for Sale, page 77.
The mainstream media and academia because of their silence, refusal to tell the truth and cooperation with the Castro regime should be held accountable for the pain and suffering inflicted upon the Cuban population.