Lies in the service of imperialism.
Although many of the U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal hidden facts about the inter-workings of U.S. foreign policy, some contain overt lies planted to advance imperialist interests. This is especially true with the cables released about Cuba.
A communication from the U.S. Interests Section in Havana incorrectly claimed that “Sicko”, filmmaker Michael Moore’s documentary on the sorry state of the healthcare system in the United States, was banned in Cuba because it would cause a “popular backlash” by highlighting “facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them [Cubans].”
However, this claim is a complete lie. “Sicko” was never banned in Cuba. Not only could people in Cuba watch “Sicko,” it was broadcast on national television and screenings were set up across the country, making it one of the most widely-viewed U.S. films in Cuban history.
Michel Moore called the cable “a stunning look at the Orwellian nature of how bureaucrats for the State spin their lies and try to recreate reality.”
The Cuban people have access to one of the best healthcare systems in the world, despite a crippling, blockade imposed by Washington. Unlike in the United States—where access to healthcare is based on how much money you have and nearly 50 million people have no health insurance at all—every single Cuban receives high quality healthcare, free of charge.
This is possible because Cuba’s socialist planning prioritizes human needs, not corporate profits. There are no HMOs or claim denials in Cuba. Any attempt to discredit Cuba’s vastly superior health care system is patently false.
Since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the U.S. government has spread false propaganda aimed at discrediting Cuba’s government and people. Washington wants to prevent working people in the United States from identifying with the Cuban Revolution and its tremendous gains. Everything the U.S. government does is to forward the goal of overthrowing the revolutionary government and replacing it with a subservient pro-capitalist regime.
Click here to read Michael Moore’s response to the leaked cable.