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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 THOUGHTS BY ABOUT THIS 8c THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso FULGENClO BATISTA (January 16, 1901, Banes, Cuba--August 6, 1973, Merbella, Spain): Meet the New Boss, Just Like the Old Boss Batista's early years. Today the main supporters of Fulgencio Batista are the millions of Cubans who escaped the island nation in the early years after Fidel Castro took over. I was one of the few Americans who visited Cuba since the em- bargo of 1962 and had the opportunity to see first-hand what the nation looked like nearly 55 years after the revolution. I also had the chance to talk too many of the locals who remained on the island, some old enough to remember it before the Castro years and some too young to have ever seen any- thing other than Castro's propaganda. My ultimate im- pression of Cuba and Cubans summed up after my 2013 visit: A once beautiful nation which is home to some of the nicest people I ever met, who deserved a much better future than the (Castro regime has given them. Make no mistake, ii~ Cuba, Castro controls the media, what Cubans watch, what they read, and what they can say. But where did this come from and, most importantly, what is it a change from? Revolutions are costly and bloody and, the reality that is seldom mentioned, they often don't work. The case of the Cuban Revolution, which put Castro in power in 1959, is unique, however, in that after all the violence and bloodshed, practically noth- ing changed, except one thing. Cuba, Havana espe- cially, went from a land full of life and lights to a waste- land of crumbling infrastruc- ture and rampant poverty. It's important to note that the government of Cuba's golden years was not a great one and dissenters were dealt with quickly and harshly. Even the Cubans disgusted with Castro will not deny that Fulgencio Batista was a man prone to violent retribution against his enemies and hardly the model of democracy. But at least Cuba thrived economi- cally, and even spiritually during, his two terms as president (1940-44 and then 1952-59). Did his benefits outweigh his sins? Perhaps not, but here's what gets me. Virtually everything that was criticized about Ful- gencio Batista, the Castro regime has done and worse. Starting from the coup that granted him his second presidency in 1952 after overthrowing President Carlos Prio Socarras, Batista and Castro had many strik- ing similarities. Batista came from poor upbringing and found early work in the sugar cane fields. Castro was born to a father who made a Batista's close alliance with the United States made h/m a popular figure in thls country. small fortune in those same plantations. Both men were interested in politics from an early age and both rose to power through coups, Batista through two of them. Upon his second term, Batista found that his coun- try and its capital were an ideal landscape for foreign (especially American) inves- tors to create a tropical para- dise. The Mafia, too, found Cuba the perfect compro- mise. It was close enough to Miami, but out of the sights of J. Edgar Hoover and the IRS. Naturally, this opened the door to corruption. The very premise upon which Havana was transformed was as an escapist fantasy where laws could be forgotten. Of course, to indulge in the pleasures Batista in full uniform. of old Havana, one needed money to begin with. This, as it always does, developed into a very inequitable sys- tem. The closest the poor Cuban majority came to en- joying the luxuries afforded to foreign tourists was work- ing as waiters or watching on the sidelines (as best they could as the govern- ment tried to keep the poor out of the view of tourists, a habit that continued well into the Castro years) as their neighbors to the north soaked up the beauties of their land. But there can be no doubt that many Cubans made a fortune as well, al- beit it was mostly those that represented the upper-class from the start. In scenarios like this, revolts are inevitable. Cuba had one of the longest and bloodiest ones in Latin America, led by Fidel Castro, his brother Raul, and Che Guevara, the Argentinian rebel that rode on the coat- tails of people like Camillo Cienfuegos to become one of .the most explosive members of the revolution. Castro and the revolution- aries proclaimed to be for the people but, nearly 60 years after the revolution, poverty remains the norm in Cuba. There was always a poor majority, but under Castro the poor have stayed poor and the rich have vanished. The revolution was bloody and violent, which would have been worth it if it brought a real change and improved the quality of life for the majority. But the obvious secret few mention is that that the poor have remained as poor as ever and the rich, while they were once the minority, are now nonexistent, True, Batista was a bru- tal dictator and his draco- nian punishment for rebels and others that sought to bring down his government resulted in the death of between I0,000 and 20,000 Cubans. Awful? Yes, but worse than Castro? I argue no. From the moment he overthrew the government, Castro and his eronies (in- cluding the violent Che) ex- ecuted a number of Batista's officials without a due trial. (Continued on Page 14) All THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Airbrush Makeup Ciao Bella, Applying a good foundation can be difficult. But when applied properly, it should look completely natural. The only way to achieve that true look is professional air- brushing. It will make you camera-ready. Airbrush make-up has been used for decades by the film industry. As" far back as Ben-Hur in the 1920s, this technique reigns supreme to cult status. In Demi Moore's 1992 cover shot on Vanity Fair, the actress was wearing nothing but a painted-on suit that a make-up artist created with airbrushing. It caused quite a stir and a trend was set. Today, airbrushing has gone mainstream. From countless celebrities that rely on this flawless look to the everyday woman. Traditional foundation can look and feel cakey or thick. But airbrush make-up leaves a light seamless veil of color on the skin by mist- ing it on for sheer, flawless coverage. It minimizes im- perfections, giving skin a natural-looking finish that looks radiant in real-life situations. What about all those newscasters? Their com- plexions always look so great. The answer is airbrush 'make-up: You can now find it at your favorite make-up counter. It truly gives a flaw- less finish! So for that special occa- sion, whether it's a big birth- day, a bride, or a prom queen, find a salon near you that does airbrush make-up, or LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P3465EA Estate of EDNA MAE SHORES Date of Death June 24, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above ,'aptioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Annette M. Shores of Herculaneum, MO. Annette M. Shores of Herculaneum, MO has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve with surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are ended to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date 9/25/15 For more information call 617-227-8929 do it yourself. Are you ready for your close-up? Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo- Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www. allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distribu- tor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be con- tacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P4483EA Estate of DWAYNE OLIVER SMITH Bate of Death August 20, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Rita J. Coston of Antioch CA. Rita J. Coston of Antioch CA has been in- formally appointed as the Personal Represen- tative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro. bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date 9/25/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P4341EA Estate of MARVIN TEMPLE Date of Death October 25, 2000 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner C, athedne Temple of Hattiesburg, MS. Catherine Temple of Hattiesburg, MS has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro. bate Code without supervision by the Court. inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sona] Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure, A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitbner. Run date 9/25,'15