[Ed. – NYT uncritically repeats the narrative that Castro “closed a prison,” when in fact he created something far worse than anything that existed under Batista. Fontova is right; there are hardly words for how grotesquely appalling this is. The Against all Hope memoir by Valladares is soul-searing reading, incidentally, if it hasn’t come your way.]
This week’s story from Cuba by The New York Times cranked up their historic transcription and parroting of Castroite lies to an entirely new and – for those actually conversant with Cuban history—disgusting level. … Here’s part of it (emphasis mine):
“A Cuban island that has played both paradise and prison; The Isle of youth which has been both a Utopian Communist getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a while—is a world apart …Within an hour of landing on La Isla de la Juventud, the Isle of Youth, (Cuba’s isle of Pines) I was clamoring through an underground tunnel in the Presidio Modelo, or Model Prison, Cuba’s most dreaded pre-revolutionary prison….The Presidio was closed a few years after Castro’s victory in 1959, and is now maintained as a shrine to the revolution’s early struggle… It’s a tribute to the resilience of the young rebels who — whatever their later faults once they took power — took on the brutal Batista dictatorship at great personal risk.”
In fact, amigos: On that very Isle of Pines the Castro regime created the biggest prison/torture and forced labor complex for political prisoners in the history of the Western Hemisphere!