Friday, March 23, 2007

Conflicting Messages

Washington- Earlier today on the website of the official Cuban government news agency, an announcement indicated that Acting President Raul Castro had ordered the mobilization of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, including the call up of reservists. The intention of this call up was resistance to American aggression. However, the announcement never went out over Cuban radio or television, and was deleted from the website minutes after appearing.

Cuban blogger Havana Hombre reports that several local journalist received calls to the effect that a mobilization was taking place from an official in the Interior Ministry. The mobilization was never announced through official media sources, however. Havana Hombre suggests that their are indications of a leadership struggle within the Cuban government. Popular confusion still seems to reign in Havana.

A recent announcement on the Cuba News Agency website indicates that the Revolutionary Armed Forces have been placed on alert, but makes no mention of a mobilization.


This is part of a foreign policy simulation for the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. The events depicted are not actually happening.