Tuesday, May 05, 2020
"5 de Mayo" and news about Coronavirus with Bruce Woodhull author 05/05 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:
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Have you spoken with anyone in Mexico lately? Well, I do often and they are talking “murders, murders and more murders.”
This is from Therese Margolis, a journalist and editor based in Mexico City:
While oil production, industrial output, remittances, tourism and agricultural activities may have slowed to a near standstill in Mexico in the last couple month as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there is one national industry that is still going strong: the murder industry.And, indeed, murder is México is industrialized, rolled out and refined to a macabre art, in figures seldom matched in other countries.According to the government’s own Public Security and Protection Secretariat (SSPC), March 2020 was the country’s bloodiest month since record-keeping began in 1997, with 2,585 murders — the equivalent of 83 per day — breaking the previous record of June 2019, when there were 2,543 murders.
From time to time, I check with Miss Margolis about the situation in Mexico. Her weekly posts are alarming about the crime wave sweeping our neighbor to the south.
My biggest concern is this: What happens when the economy comes to a standstill, and we are not far from that reality? What plans does the Andres Manuel Lopez-Obrador administration have to keep businesses from collapsing and putting millions in the streets? What happens to the Mexican peso when remittances and tourism dry up?
Nobody knows for sure but no one I know south of the border is optimistic about anything.
As most people know, the story of the U.S. embargo goes back several administrations. It was created to punish the Cuban government for stealing U.S. properties without compensating U.S. citizens who owned them. The embargo was later strengthened in 1996, when Cuban Migs shot down a plane carrying representatives of “Brothers to the Rescue,” a Miami-based organization identifying Cubans in rafts in the Florida Straits.
Under President Obama, there were talks to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, the talks did not get anywhere because Raúl Castro knew that President Obama would never walk away from the negotiation or crack the whip on the regime.
President Trump has taken the matter to a different level. He is using these claims as leverage to get Cuba out of Venezuela.
In fact, ExxonMobil is moving forward with a suit alleging that Cuba has been using and profiting off its property seized in 1960.
“Let’s roll” is all I can say.
My late uncle, or one my father’s two younger brothers, started his career in Cuba in the early 1950s. He worked for a U.S. manufacturing company in his hometown. The owner, and manager, was an American, or the man they called “el americano,” in that small town.
As my late uncle said, the man obeyed the law, paid his taxes, and was loved in the town. He never stole anything or worked for the CIA. In fact, my uncle does not recall that his boss was political at all.
My uncle passed away in 2010. A few minutes ago, I spoke with my mother to learn more of the story.
She recalls the man and how his wife supported many charities in the area. “Muy buena gente,” my mother said, or Cuban slang for nice people.
One day, the communists “nationalized” the factory, and “el americano” was forced to leave. Eventually, the plant was shut down because nobody knew how to run it. My uncle, and a couple of other managers, left, and that’s the story.
My hope is that his family will take advantage of filing a suit. He was a good man who did not deserve to be called a “CIA agent” or “Yanki imperialista.”
Like this story, there are hundreds of others. Not every U.S. investment was a Hilton or ExxonMobil.
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