Monday, July 19, 2021

Protests in Cuba and Florida for National Daiquiri Day and Captive Nations Week 2021

Happy National Daiquiri Day! While I was thinking of exploring U.S.-Cuba relations, I have a more pressing story about the island nation's politics to share today. CBS News has the story in Cuban regime's crackdown raises questions over staying power of anti-government protests.

It's unclear how long mass anti-government protests in Cuba can survive now that the communist regime is cracking down on demonstrators. The Economist's Cuba correspondent Roseann Lake joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with more on what sparked the historic display of civil unrest and where things may go from here.
"Cuba is the only country in the world that fights wealth instead of poverty." That's a take I hadn't heard before, even though it's been around a while; Le Monde diplomatique used "Most countries fight poverty: Cuba fights wealth" as the subtitle of an article four years ago. Still, it exposes the flaw in the Cuban government's approach to the country's economic policy. I lean left, but I think that a well-regulated capitalism is still the best way to fight poverty and allowing some wealth accumulation is an unavoidable part of it. As I wrote last month, "I think Americans should celebrate success no matter which of our citizens achieves it."

Not only are Cubans on the island protesting, Cuban-Americans on the mainland are demonstrating in support. WJXT (News4JAX) reported Families Protesting Communist Cuba in Jacksonville, Florida.

Protests for freedom in Cuba have been going on here locally for nearly a week and the latest was at Riverfront Plaza. The protests are not only because of COVID but also because people are suffering under the communist regime.
As I wrote about retail, the pandemic has been accelerating trends, not causing them. This includes dissatisfaction with the Cuban government and its handling of the economy.

Follow over the jump for a celebration of National Daiquiri Day, which inspired me to cover this story as well as another observance I think is appropriate, Captive Nations Week.

While I think rum and coke, known as a Cuba Libre, would be a more appropriate drink for the occasion, I couldn't find a day for it at National Day Calendar, so I'm sharing 1 Drink, 3 Ways: How to Make a Daiquiri In Every Flavor- GQ Cocktails w/The Clover Club’s Tom Macy.

Daiquiris get around. They're easy to drink and even easier to modify with the swap of just a few ingredients. Find out how to make a traditional, strawberry, and pineapple daiquiri with The Clover Club's Tom Macy.
I wasn't feeling like Tipsy Bartender today, so GQ it is.

Next, the image and text of Captive Nations Week from National Day Calendar.

During the third week in July each year, we bring awareness to Captive Nations Week. This observance raises public awareness about oppression in communist nations across the world.

During the Cold War, a captive nation was any nation under communist domination, primarily Soviet rule. Even though the Soviet Empire no longer exists, there are still many oppressed nations around the world today. In fact, countries like China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba still rule with an iron fist. Unfortunately, those who live under communist regimes are not given the choice to leave. Because of this, it’s important to keep dialogue open, especially during the entire week.

Well-known anti-communist advocate Lev E Dobriansky (1918-2008) receives credit for creating the language for this week’s observance, respectively. As the son of Ukrainian immigrants, Dobriansky spent his life advocating freedom for people under communist rule. His extensive career consisted of U.S. ambassador, distinguished professor of economics, prolific writer, renowned lecturer, and a global strategist, respectively. On July 17, 1959, he created text that was later became Public Law 86-90. This law would eventually translated into Captive Nations Week.
The third week during July just ended, although this is the third full week of the month, so observing it might still be timely. Here's to toasting the end of Communist rule in Cuba with a rum and coke.

That's it for today's news and observances. Stay tuned for National Moon Day tomorrow.

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