Of course, it was “business as usual” after George W Bush, the “hope” man who followed proved quite hopeless, there was a more refined hype, which disguised itself as hope, and the neo-conservative/neo-liberal agenda, the Washington Consensus continued much as before and the IMF and World Bank went into here, there, and everywhere at the behest of what Matt Kennard refers to as ‘The Racket’.
Structural Adjustment Programmes ensure that, in order to receive aid, countries cut back on things like health, development and education. In effect the World Bank and the IMF demand that poor nations lower the standard of living of the majority of its citizens while a native kleptomaniac elite is allowed line its pockets providing it dances to the dictates of the United States and international capital. Where a movement of people, or even a particular government, refuse to participate in this dance a boogeyman in the form of a nasty, nasty, dictator, who just has to go, or radical Islam will be called into play. Of course, when all else fails there is a simple CIA instigated coup, or even one of Washington’s wars.
Fidel Castro is dead and Donald Trump responds by saying “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights,” while forgetting to point out that 46 million Americans are living in poverty, that the United States has more people in prison than any other country on the planet, and that the death penalty is applied far more often in the USA than it is in Cuba, where the last recorded executions were on April 11, 2003. Still, nothing unusual in this hypocritical drivel.
However, we should worry when the President-elect then finishes by saying, that while “…the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.” “The journey toward prosperity and liberty” and, sounding like an advertising campaign for the IMF and the World Bank, the “business as usual” Trump has been unmasked. Indeed, with Cuba apparently repaying debts to Western creditors ahead of time , it might only be a matter of time before Havana turns to the IMF and the World Bank.
Nothing will change under Trump! The neo-liberal agenda will continue, the wars will continue and, of course, the hypocrisy and lies that accompany both will continue. For Cuba, however, it can only be hoped that the government in Havana does not turn to the IMF and World Bank. Should that happen Havana will indeed have embarked upon Trump’s “journey toward prosperity and liberty”. Prosperity for the Miami mafia and liberty for Western companies to return to Cuba and plunder it.