The Powerful Ex-Son-in-Law of Raul Castro, Exiled / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on March 23, 2014
For a long time there have been countless comments within the circle of
Cuban power, where the name of the cunning and not-at-all innocent
Colonel Luis Alberto Rodrigues Lopez-Calleja persists, as the “Czar of
the Military Economy.” A fictional creation, a legend.
So today, February 24, instead of writing about this group of brave men
who in 1895 shouted “Independence of Death!” resuming the struggle for
Cuban independence; I prefer to comment on Luis Alberto; an arrogant
character, insensitive, calculating, abusive, with the last name of a
porn actress, lover of numbers that always add up in his favor, clever
with arithmetic and epics, who despite all his positions (CEO of the
Business Administration Group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and
member of the Communist Party Central Committee), trying to escape
himself and adulterate his destiny.
A difficult thing, he knows how to do business with the clam and wants
to enter “The Family” always bringing negative consequences. His many
year marriage to Deborah Castro went on, as we all know, with a long
history of abuse and infidelities which were always tolerated. But
suspicious, as usual, he understood that in this new economic transition
taking the country from paleolithic times to the middle ages, he was
losing power and tried, unsuccessfully, to use Deborah as a shield.
It’s clear that his ex, the oldest of the Castro Espins, is a huge
mistake that corrects its errors by committing others, worse; but the
always seductive Rodríguez López-Calleja, instead of snorting cocaine
smoked composure and put on the boxing gloves. He gave her a brutal
thrashing, Deborah ended up in the hospital with serious contusions.
A coward, like any batterer, he doesn’t need an Aladdin’s lamp to
understand that, in a country like Cuba, where low class is very low,
the average is not high, and the high lacks class, his old superiority
became a cage. He knew very well that it went against him, and wanting
to revenge the sadness of his father-in-law-leader, is a completely
obedient army that, in frank restructuring, needs to hang medals.
To judge him wouldn’t be right, but in a case like this, quite
logically, to parents it seems to use that the job is not usually fair.
Raul’s government has skillfully navigated several crises, and doesn’t
want to do this, a news scandal. So he ordered the criminal case
dismissed and will send, or already sent, the father of his
grandchildren to serve a mission in Angola, a dangerous land for a Cuban
But now, Luis Alberto, urgently, strategizing, is moving heaven and
earth to keep a grip, however little, on the armrest of the couch that
already has termites. We know very well that the underworld is
unforgiving, he knows that in any place protected from prying eyes, the
final bill will arrive.
Perhaps he won’t even get to step on African soil, perhaps he won’t
board the plane; or perhaps, because there is always a perhaps, when we
least expect it, we’ll have him over here.
25 February 2014
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