The U.S. has tried to crush Cuba in a campaign of terror for over 50 years and tortured detainees at Guantánamo.
Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died this week at age 90.
The former Cuban president – known to his countrymen as El Comandante – survived 10 U.S. presidential administrations — and also hundreds of assassination attempts by the CIA.After he helped establish the Republic of Cuba in a 1959 revolution against a U.S.-backed right-wing dictatorship many players in the U.S. government criticized the socialist leader and his new administration — and so it remained for decades.
Immediately after Castro’s death President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss Castro as a ‘brutal dictator’— days before he made the draconian proposal that Americans should lose their citizenship for burning the U.S. flag in protest (an activity protected by the Constitution).
In February when President Barack Obama eased some of the U.S. government’s harsh sanctions against Cuba after five decades he condemned the human rights record of the tiny island nation.
‘America will always stand for human rights around the world’ he insisted.
Not to mention that Obama leads a superpower that imprisons the most people in the world – forces refugees and migrants into privatized, for-profit internment camp-like detention centers and deports millions of them.
Plus the U.S. props up brutal dictatorships in the Gulf and beyond and unarmed black people are repeatedly killed by police and indigenous “water protectors” are brutalized.
Yet the hypocrisy of the U.S. criticizing Cuba over human rights is even harder to grasp when one considers that the part of Cuba with the worst human rights practices is the area controlled by the U.S.
At the Guantánamo Bay naval base the U.S. has imprisoned hundreds of people without trial – many have been tortured.
President Obama has pledged countless times to close it – he campaigned in 2008 on such a promise.
Yet it remains open — with many of its former prisoners released but still open nonetheless.