[Marxism] Cuban communist party expels intellectual for exposing corruption

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jul 3 07:03:22 MDT 2010


Cuban communist party expels intellectual for exposing corruption

     * Rory Carroll
     * guardian.co.uk, Friday 2 July 2010 20.28 BST

Cuba's communist party has reportedly expelled a prominent intellectual 
for blowing the whistle on high-level corruption.

Esteban Morales is said to have been "separated from the ranks" of the 
party over a bombshell article, which accused senior officials of 
looting the state before it crumbled.

The Playa Municipal branch of the party has stripped Morales of his 
membership and the historian, a frequent commentator on state 
television, has disappeared from public view, the Havana Times reported.

Morales broke taboos with an article in April that criticised unnamed, 
greedy apparatchiks. "It has become evident that there are people in 
government and state positions who are preparing a financial assault for 
when the revolution falls," he wrote on the website of the state 
National Artists and Writers Union of Cuba.

He claimed in the article that corruption from within threatened to 
destroy the 50-year-old communist state. "Others likely have everything 
ready to produce the transfer of state property into private hands, like 
what happened in the former Soviet Union."

The article 
quickly vanished from the site, but was copied and circulated among 
intellectuals and analysts.

"To publish an attack on high-level corruption on a state-controlled 
website was fairly amazing," said one European diplomat.

Rumours of a corruption scandal involving Havana airport have been 
circulating for months. Rogelio Acevedo, the civil aviation minister, 
and Jorge Luis Sierra Cruz, the transport minister, have been fired. In 
addition to this, dozens of airport employees have been arrested, amid 
claims that state aircraft were used for private gain.

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