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Cuba's internet cutoff: The go-to tactic for global despots

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY, FRANK BAJAK and TALI ARBEL

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The Last gasp of a dying dictatorship. The Russians, Venezuelians and Chinese cannot save you now, Castro-lites.

The Cuban people will at long last be free of oppression soon.

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The Cuban people will at long last be free of oppression soon.

Of U.S.-imposed oppression in the form of the longest economic blockade ever? I surely hope. "I am Fidel!"

https://twitter.com/KawsachunNews/status/1414382277363224578?s=20

Viva la revolución!

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Of U.S.-imposed oppression in the form of the longest economic blockade ever?

Yup, seems it’s finally paying off. Where’s Bernie? He’s awfully quiet about this.

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The Cuban people will at long last be free of oppression soon.

Communism brought the cuban people education and healthcare in an exceptionally short period of time. Cuban doctors are amongst the best in the continent. Given the relative costs of healthcare, you are probably safer getting sick in Cuba than in the states.

Capitalists brought them a crap economy deprived of trade.

The only oppression they are suffering from comes from outside the country. Imagine a Cuba that wasn't economically stifled for decades. It's the first page of the capitalist playbook, either stifle a developing country before it gets going or force them into an arms race they can't afford (Soviet Russia) and then point at it and go "see, planned economies can't work!".

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Biden has made a strong statement in support of the long suffering Cuban population, Canada's Trudeau has called for "inclusive dialogue."

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The despots' tool fifty years ago was to jam the radio frequencies that VOA and other democracies used. Thirty years ago they shut down the opposition TV stations. Now they shut down the internet. The playbook is always the same - keep their oppressed subjects from hearing concepts that might make them realize their tyrants are vulnerable, since the despots can never win the war of ideas.

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Communism brought the cuban people education and healthcare in an exceptionally short period of time. Cuban doctors are amongst the best in the continent. Given the relative costs of healthcare, you are probably safer getting sick in Cuba than in the states.

Capitalists brought them a crap economy deprived of trade.

People keep missing the real problem here. It's not about communism vs capitalism. It's about authoritarian regimes vs democratically elected governance. In Cuba, China, North Korea and Vietnam the STATE over-rides the will of the people to serve those IN POWER of the state.

Communism is supposed to support the well being of the people, but NOT by controlling the people which is what we see all of the "communist" governments are doing is to continuously attempt to control the will of the people. Every single "communist" country fell into the exact same issue... authoritarian regimes that thought they should CONTROL everything.

Democracy allows the PEOPLE to control who is in the government (and how it functions affecting their lives) and elect those whom the PEOPLE CHOOSE.

Authoritarians ALWAYS try to control what the people think, say, and do... Cuba is failing and the sanctions are there because of Cuba's UNELECTED "leadership" believing they should rule the people instead of letting the people live free and control their country with an ELECTED government of their choosing.

For Cuba the STATE believes it is ALWAYS right and should NEVER be challenged in their "decisions". Which is what leads to restriction of free speech, expression, and criticism of the states poor choices that harm the citizens of the country. And that's without mentioning the arrest of political prisoners that disagree with the governments choices.

Cuban Americans in the US are extremely bitter and angry with Cuban "leadership" and they've held a grudge against Castro's regime for over 50 years.

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Cuba's internet cutoff: The go-to tactic for global despots

Yep.... and internet speech control by Big Tech companies. Alas, the West is not so far behind the various unabashed despots.

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Biden has made a strong statement in support of the long suffering Cuban population,

Did he? On the video I saw, Biden*s press spokesperson (that woman who constantly "circles back" instead of answering questions) claimed the riots were because the population wanted Corona vaccines.

Maybe the handlers forgot to brief Biden.

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