Businesses have existed for a lifetime, and their intention is always to win. When it's between presidents of countries who govern as if their country were their own possession, something like an estate, they violate every agreement that protects human rights.
Luis Ignacio Lula Da Silva, president of Brazil, has once again been pointed out as a strong ally of far-left regimes in America, with accusations of having funded dictatorships like the Cuban one with slave labor.
This revealing information comes from the Prisoners Defenders organization, whose president, Javier Larrondo, shared the heart-wrenching details of this exploitation scheme from Madrid. In a lecture at the Inter-American Institute, Larrondo explained how the Cuban government sold groups of humans to work under a modern-day slavery scheme in Brazil during Lula da Silva's administration.
The Workers' Party (PT) of Brazil, of which Lula has been a central figure this century, established a program that ostensibly sought medical collaboration with Cuba. Documents from the Brazilian embassy in Cuba reveal a disguised agreement with medical objectives, but its real purpose was to transfer billions of dollars to the Cuban regime.
As a transcriber of this interview, I contribute with my own family experience and tangible evidence to corroborate that the same Cuban dictatorship that came to power through a coup in 1959, stole, snatched, and usurped all private resources from nationals and foreigners alike – sugar mills, lands, properties, vehicles, houses, organizations, institutions, factories, etc., without paying a cent in compensation. Although it called it nationalization and expropriation, it was a grotesque theft for its own gain and benefit, and for that reason, an international economic embargo was imposed, where no one was supposed to deal with this usurping regime.
According to the terms, Brazil would pay $4,276 monthly for each doctor. However, under the guise of being an international program, doctors from other countries like Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay were incorporated and received the full amount. Cuban doctors, in contrast, only received $400. 5% of the total amount went to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Brazil, which then transferred to the PAHO in New York, and the rest went directly to the Cuban government.
This scheme came to light when a Cuban doctor in Brazil discovered, upon talking to colleagues from other countries, the disparity in payments. As a result of this scandal, the PT, under the administration of Dilma Rousseff, decided to double the payment to Cuban doctors to $800, although the Cuban regime continued to receive the bulk.
The PAHO, which describes itself as a non-profit entity, greatly benefited from this agreement. It is estimated that they handled around $2.6 billion, netting about $130 million in profit. This organization now faces a trial in Washington, where four doctors claim the owed salaries.
This is not an isolated case. It has been revealed that in Saudi Arabia, the Cuban government arranges for doctors to receive about $7,000 a month, of which they must remit most to Cuba, keeping only $1,200.
Larrondo also pointed out the growth of Cuban presence in Middle Eastern countries like Qatar and Egypt. These actions by the Cuban government are described as a modern form of slavery, leaving Cuba without medical care and selling its professionals to the highest bidder.
The source of this complaint is an interview conducted by Mayor Tomás Regalado in Miami with Javier Larrondo, broadcast on August 19, 2023.
I also add that in recent news, countries such as Portugal and Italy are processing agreements with the Cuban dictatorship regarding the sending of Cuban doctors, probably disguised under the scheme that only a country without democracy like Cuba can provide.
And even sadder, if you ask a Cuban inside Cuba, they still see a great benefit in being used under this modern-day slavery scheme because being able to travel and return welcomed is a dream in a country that doesn't let you leave freely, and earning four hundred dollars is a lot of money for those who earn less than thirty dollars a month. This is what the dictatorship prevents its citizens from knowing with all its unchangeable and unbearable censorships because a doctor outside Cuba practicing freely can earn an average of twenty thousand dollars each month. Were it not for the Cuban dictatorship, many of its medical specialists, who are trained under conditions of widespread scarcity, would have had that opportunity without having to return their money or be grateful for being the product of a modern-day slavery scheme disguised as humanitarian management.
Doing business and being successful is not a crime; it's a blessing. However, monopoly modalities, Ponzi schemes, deception, prostitution, child trafficking, women trafficking, professional trafficking, organ trafficking, drug trafficking, fentanyl, oxycontin, narcoterrorism, kidnapping, humiliation, sexual abuse, child abuse, forced labor, organized crime, inhumane conditions imposed for survival, epidemics, among many others, and especially turning them into state policies, are practices of abominable crimes.
Only those who do not recognize the advantages of feeling free, providers, and proud of their existence can look one way or the other without flinching.
Never stop reflecting on these contents and always be an example to others. And what you wish for yourself, you'll wish for others.