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Silvio Rodríguez on the U.S. led blockade, Cuban dissidents, music and the media

Silvio Rodríguez: “They’re the same shameless ones who’ve blockaded us for fifty years…” - español

By Karina Micheletto

Página 12, Argentina

Translation: Machetera

Silvio Rodríguez is in a not particularly comfortable position: while he carries a symbolic weight, and his name alone recalls an era and particular kind of song – made possible by that very era – the passage of time has presented the challenge of perfecting himself as a troubadour.  The way he has surmounted such a daunting challenge can be heard in Segunda cita [Second Date], the album he recently completed.  The album contains beautiful, powerful songs that are musically enriched by the acoustics of the jazz trio that Rodríguez chose as his accompaniment on this occasion.  “We can’t be eternal prisoners of our past, because we have more tomorrows than yesterdays awaiting us,” says Rodríguez Continue reading

U.S. State Department’s latest prefab Cuban “dissident:” Darsi Ferrer

This morning the U.S. State Department revealed its latest pawn in the overthrow game it’s playing with Cuba: Darsi Ferrer, a Cuban doctor currently under arrest in Cuba, to whom it granted Honorable Mention in its 2009 Freedom Defenders award sweepstakes.  A few questions come to mind.  Who won First Prize?  Second?  Third?  Is this sweepstakes the State Department’s best kept secret, only pulled out for public display when Washington worries that the media buzz is starting to dry up on its prefabricated Cuban dissidence campaign or the hunger strike recruitment is flagging?

The story put out by the anti-Cuba lobby on Ferrer is that he was arrested for possessing a couple of bags of stolen cement but that this is a cover for the real reason for his arrest, which has more to do with his “dissident” activities.  I have no idea what Ferrer was actually charged with but I’m guessing that dissidence isn’t a reason for arrest in Cuba either…treason is, however.  Atilio Boron explains:

Dissidents or Traitors?en español

Atilio A. Boron

Translation: Machetera

The “free press’ in Europe and the Americas – the one that lied shamelessly about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or described the putschist regime of Micheletti in Honduras as “interim” – has redoubled its ferocious campaign against Cuba. As a result, it’s important to distinguish between the true reason for it, and the pretext.  The first, which establishes the global framework for this campaign, is the imperial counter-offensive launched near the end of the Bush administration, and whose most resounding example was the reactivation and mobilization of the Fourth Fleet. Contrary to the predictions of certain gullible people, this policy, dictated by the military-industrial complex, was not merely continued but reinforced by the recent treaty signed by Obama and Colombia’s President Uribe, through which the United States is to be granted the use of at least seven military bases in Colombian territory, diplomatic immunity for all U.S. personnel affected by these operations, license to bring in or remove any kind of cargo without authorities in the host country being able to register what’s coming in or going out, and the right of U.S. expeditionary forces to enter or leave Colombia using any kind of i.d. card whatsoever attesting to their identity.  As if all that were not enough, Washington’s policy of recognizing the “legality and legitimacy” of the coup d’etat government in Honduras and the subsequent fraudulent elections is yet one more example of the perverse continuity that links policies implemented by the White House, regardless of the skin color of its principal occupant.  And in this general imperial counter-offensive, the attack and destabilization of Cuba plays an extremely important role. Continue reading