How Yankee imperialism spoiled my arrival in Cuba

Virtually anyone who visits Cuba in 2015 has this in mind: getting a glance of the country before it becomes the playground of the United States again, as it was before the Castro-led Revolución of 1959. I am no exception.

But to my great frustration, the United States did arrive before me. Bad luck.

Friday 14th August, just as the direct from Paris where I was impatiently sitting was about to land on La Havana airport, our pilot was informed that he had to delay our landing.

Apparently mister John Kerry, after raising the U.S. flag and chanting the U.S. anthem all day, was occupying the airport and was given full priority over 335-passenger Boeing 787 aircrafts like ours.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves from the top of the stairs before boarding his aircraft for his departure at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
While el Señor John Kerry was waving from the top of the stairs before boarding his aircraft for his departure (photo borrowed from Reuters)…
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…my Air France plane was flying rounds in the air, waiting for the Yankee to literally take off.

It wasn’t quite what I expected from the country that has spent the past 55 years saying fuck to ‘yankee imperialism‘!

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