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Happy to See Cuba Without Opposition?

This past Sunday, in Cuba, we had elections. Elections for the Parliament where 8.5 million Cubans voted in nearly 30,000 electoral centers. They chose 612 members and again the same number of candidates to be elected, including of course, the Castro brothers.

But there is a problem -- only one political party. The Communist Cuban political party. It seems that for more than five decades this "democracy" as they sell it to the world, was not able to generate not even opposition -- not even another socialist -- with a different idea or at least somehow a different party that may propose any other alternative.

What is interesting is that their Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez explained to the local TV that "Cuba is different, we have a different democracy." What kind of democracy? I am still thinking. He also added that Cuba "is the most democratic country he ever knew." It seems he did not have the chance to look much recently at other places.

It is expected that finally, after this "democracy party," Raul Castro will be again selected to manage Cuba for a new period of five years, although 10 is the limit fixed by their Constitution.

But really what generates my sour feelings is not only this repeated scenario. What really upsets me is that there are many Latin leaders, especially in Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador, Uruguay and surprisingly Brazil, whose leaders think that this kind of sick democracy is normal business.

Presidents of these countries are happy when they visit Cuba and they never ever mention that in the island there is any kind of opposition allowed in their voting scheme. Nothing. It seems that Cuba has to be always alleviated because is a "small island" that defends all the continent against the "supposed imperial United States." That is the kind of approach they use to gain their populist followers in their specific countries.

Lets not mention, or only mention a little, that also Chavez from Venezuela is in Cuba, and we do not know much about his situation, but it seems another normal business for all these South American administrations.

Recently Hillary Clinton mentioned that the Arab World is learning the complex path that is moving some old rulings to a democratic way of life. I will only add that in our continent, the Americas, we have examples of how these old and prehistoric problems continue to be very similar to those in the Arab World, and the "Cuban case" seems to be understandable and still accepted by many South neighbors that claim to be regional consolidated nations.

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