Propaganda language at its best (2): how Cuba views the US embargo

The blockade, the longest genocide of History.

I’ve already had the opportunity to mention a few examples where propaganda misuses the concept of genocide – in Bosnia and in Lithuania.

Look at this new case I’ve recently found in Cuba!

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The poster says “The blockade, the longest genocide of History”. Notice the hangman’s knot shape for the letter O! Oh poor Cuba.

Propaganda posters are one of the joys of travelling in not-so-democratic countries, because their language is often so farcical.

It is also important to be aware and understand them, since they say a lot about what the local population believes – for having hardly heard any other version in their life.

In western democracies, propaganda exists as well, however it is more subtle, even sneaky. You read the news thinking it’s an independent journalist, you visit a museum thinking it’s the historical truth – but sometimes it’s just the official propaganda you are faced with.

Dictatorships don’t do sneaky, they just shout loud and obvious propaganda. Right in your face. Everytime and everywhere. That is probably one of the only areas where dictatorships can be seen as the most honest regimes! 😉

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