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Rights or Wrongs
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Once again the
Bush administration speaking through a complacent media is launching
verbal bombs at a foreign country. This time its Cuba.
In this age
of media mega mergers and sole super power status, the media sometimes
is a safe signal of underlying public policy. In other words, word
wars sometimes become shooting wars. The media attack on Cuba is
just the latest of the corporate medias disservice to its
consumers. Therefore, while the media is most often used as a megaphone
to amplify andproject the voices of the wealthy and politically
powerful, rarely does this same media honestly inform Americans
of contemporary history.
Because of this,
millions of Americans lack the context through with to analyze and
understand the basis for confrontations between states. Theyre
conditioned by the press to look at complex political and social
issues through the lens of simplistic personalities. Therefore we
speak of Castros Cuba in the same breath as Saddams
Iraq. This is silliness. Conflicts between states are not
personal, theyre economic.
The US supported
a brutal Batista dictatorship there for almost a decade before Cuban
rebels drove the regime out. The US, which loves to boast about
its human rights campaign, has supported the most brutal
butchers and dictators in the world.
use their police and arm forces to oppress their own people, to
insure that the US had free reign of the nations natural resources.
Is there any other reason why the US would support butchers like
Batista? Did they give a damn about human rights then?
In Africa, the
first Bushadministration didnt support Nelson Mandela, it
was General Mobutu who named himself Zairian president for life,
whom papa Bush called, Our best friend in Africa. Human
rights? What is a human right? The right to an education? In the
United States over 20 million people are functioning illiterate.
Higher education is available for those who can afford it, but for
millions of people college is far too expensive.
In Cuba, the
right to an education is free from kindergarten to a doctoral degree.
Education for millions of children in American inner cities is scandal
as reported by Jonathan Kozel in his book, Amazing Grace. Building
are literally falling down. Windows are broken. Teachers are ill
paid and badly prepared.
of children in the wealthiest nation on earth, education is an unobtainable
illusion. What about the human right to health care? In the US,
you can obtain excellent health care if you can afford it. Cuba,
meanwhile, boasts the largest number of doctors per capita on earth.
They provide medical care to people all around the world. Indeed,
there are more Cuban doctors working in other countries than the
UNs World Heath Organization. Millions of men, women and children
in this country have no medical insurance
and no real prospect for decent medical care.
And what about
the human right of freedom?
When the racist
regime in South Africa was wagingterrorist attacks on the so-called
front line states in the region, Namibia suffered numerous incursions
and cross border attacks. Cuba sent her soldiers thousands of miles
to fight the South Africans and stop them at Quito Carnival (?).
proved a turning point, and paved the way for the demise of the
apartheid government, the unbanning of the ANC, and the freedom
of Dr. Nelson Mandela. Whom did the US support during this conflict?
The racist government in South Africa. Where was American concern
for the human rights of millions of Africans, both inside and outside
of South Africa.
That said, this
commentator opposes the use of the death penalty. It is barbaric
and oppressive. But there is a world of difference between how the
Americans have used it, as a legalized form of lynching, andhow
Cuba has had to resist US economic, political and media terrorism.
The US uses it to repress, Cuba uses it in self defense. The US
uses it to preserve white privilege, Cuba to survive as a state
against US aggression.
Mumia Abu Jamal
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