The Cuban Five and the Tricks Ahead - español
By Edmundo García
I’d like to begin this article by making something perfectly clear: If the Government of Cuba agrees to allow Alan Gross to travel to the United States, for whatever period of time or reason, I believe that not even the bones of the anti-terrorist fighter Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, who is currently serving a double life sentence plus fifteen years, will ever see the sun of Cuba again. That’s what I think, and now I’ll explain. Continue reading
Posted in Cuban Five, English translations, gerardo hernandez, Puerto Rico
Tagged Alan Gross, bill richardson, gerardo hernández nordelo, gesture for gesture, jimmy carter, Judy Gross, Lolita Lebrón, macheteros, Peter Kahn, rené gonzález sehrwerert
The Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas and the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize - español, français
English translation: David Brookbank
On October 21, 2010, the European Parliament announced the recipient of the 2010 Sakharov Prize “for freedom of thought”, and awarded it to the Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas Hernández. According to the European organization, Fariñas joins “a long line of dissidents and defenders of human rights and freedom of thought”. The president of the Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, pointed out that the opponent of the government in Havana “was prepared to risk his health and life to change things in Cuba”. This is the third time in nine years that a Cuban opposition figure has received this distinction, following the Ladies in White in 2005 and Oswaldo Payá en 2002.1
It is worth reviewing the personal journey of Guillermo Fariñas and his entrance into the world of dissidence in Cuba, before evoking the politicization of the Sakharov Prize. Continue reading
War Trophies - español
Santiago Alba Rico
Translation: David Brookbank, Machetera & Manuel Talens
(From the book “Crimes of War” published by the Committee in Solidarity with the Arab Cause, which includes the report written by brigade members about civilian victims.)
Sometimes things are so simple that one allows oneself to be carried away by discouragement; they are so simple and function with so few elements that there is no way to change them. The worst that can be said about relationships of domination – conjugal, economic or colonial – is that they enormously simplify the mental universe of those involved, reducing it to the two perfect pieces of evidence that have accompanied and legitimized forceful triumph for thousands of years: the superiority of the victor and the inferiority of the vanquished.
In part for reasons of pedantry and in part out of superstition – and with the hope of increasing the fragility of the scenario by exaggerating its complexity – I have searched over much time for more complex and elaborate similarities with more ramifications. But I give up. Everything is so simple that it will endure, so plain that it will not fall apart: every one of those gestures that we call “Western,” each and every one of its parliaments and chatter, its toys, its depressions, its newspapers, its shopping baskets, its values, each one of its Christmas decorations and each of its electro-domestics, presuppose and reinforce the most simple and virtuous contempt for everyone else; the most generous, friendly, genuine and proper minimization of the Other; the sweetest, most intelligent, and most moderate negation of our neighbor. Continue reading
Posted in English translations, Imperialism, Iraq, Terrorism
Tagged 9-11, Aznar, bush, committee in solidarity with the arab cause, crimes of war, humanitarianism, iraq diary, mario vargas llosa, morgana vargas llosa, Terrorism
The U.S. Ambassador in Quito, Heather Hodges, Knows All About Coups D’Etat as Well as Blockades – español
By Jean Guy Allard
The United States Ambassador in Quito is “distinguished” for her numerous links with USAID, the public face of U.S. intelligence which dedicates scores of millions of dollars annually to the attempt to destabilize progressive governments in Latin America. In her diplomatic career, she had the “privilege” of personal familiarity with the bloody dictatorship of the putschist Guatemalan Rio Montt and of conspiring as a high level official in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.
Heather Hodges is the former U.S. Ambassador to Moldova, a country that was part of the former USSR, where she dedicated herself to exacerbating the differences that Moldova had with Russia over the Trans-Dniestr region.
In Ecuador, it’s known that “Her Excellency” has not lost any opportunities to foment the sordid work of her intelligence personnel and exacerbate controversy in the debate about a separatist Guayaquil, promoted by certain rightwing elements. Continue reading
"Potbelly" Francisco Chávez Abarca is on the Interpol Most Wanted list for his involvement in various explosive attacks in Cuba in the 1990's
Francisco Chávez Abarca, Posada Carriles’ Right Hand Man, Captured in Venezuela - español
Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala
Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, reported today that the Salvadoran Francisco Chávez Abarca, accused of being Luis Posada Carriles’ right hand man, and the author of various explosive attacks in Cuba, was arrested in a nighttime intelligence operation on Thursday when he tried to enter Venezuela.
In an address from Miraflores Palace (the government headquarters), the Venezuelan leader explained that Abarca was arrested in the airport at Maiquetía (in the north) and was transferred to the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) for interrogation.
Nicknamed “Potbelly,” Chávez Abarca is on Interpol’s Most Wanted list due to his implication in various attacks with explosives in Cuba in the 1990’s. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, English translations, luis posada carriles, Terrorism, Venezuela
Tagged CIA, cubana flight 455, ernesto cruz león, extradition, fabio di celmo, francisco chávez abarca, hugo chávez, luis posada carriles, SEBIN
Myths and Stereotypes that Distance us From Equality - español
Translation: Machetera for Tlaxcala
One of the most deeply rooted pillars of inequality between men and women in societies throughout the world is that of the sexual division of labor. Proponents of gender inequality, that is, social constructs based on genital differences as the element that grants greater or lesser hierarchical privileges to a particular sex, usually choose one of two easy paths to explain and legitimize different treatment granted men and women.
The first consists of trying to make inequality a natural phenomenon by validating it with supposed biological arguments, such as that of the genitals being the definer of temperament and character, abilities or clumsiness, predilections or detachments, and even the affinity for particular occupations and pastimes, in addition to the sexual orientation of people who, according to such a scheme, are considered “normal.” Continue reading
For awhile there I lost track of Ernesto Hernández Busto, but it seems that I’m not the only one. After his appearance in Texas at the George W. Bush Institute, where apparently W mentioned his invited guests one by one but passed EHB over (worried perhaps about team loyalty?), the bleating from Barcelona suddenly ceased. Now we know why. EHB closed his blog, “until further notice.” Who is Machetera going to kick around now?
Zoé Valdés, the ex-Cuban-wannabe-Parisian with the penchant for posting quarter century old photos of herself (age is kinder to some than others) isn’t half as tempting a target. Also, the fact that she’s turned her blog into some kind of aggregator where she posts nonsense about 90 times a day means that it’s work to read it now, instead of Machetera’s guilty pleasure. Honestly, where do these people find the time? Oh, I forget, they’re paid.
Well, here’s a good piece on EHB’s disappearance anyway:
Ernesto Hernández Bushto and the General Strike – español
Ernesto Pérez Castillo
Ernesto Hernández Bushto is a rascal, but a willing one. For mysterious and unexplained reasons he closed his blog –www.penultimosdias.com – some days ago and in the meantime has gone about teasing El País, promising them lemonade while delivering water, in the form of a new article (The Limits of Cyber-Dissidence) which is nothing more than a self-referential link to his own speech some months back in the auditorium of the Bush Institute.
EHB is on the far left and that is not a wax figure in the middle
“The thing that would bring about a huge change in Cuba faster than anything else would be the lifting of the blockade.” Continue reading