Disparates - (español)
I suppose the Latin American term for an apples and oranges comparison is peras y manzanas. [Pears and apples.] Somehow it doesn’t have quite the same ring. In Spain, the expressions are funnier. No hay que confundir el culo con las témporas. [No need to confuse the ass with the temporal bones]. No confundir churras con merinas. [Don't confuse the sheep that produces itchy wool with the sheep that makes merino].
But at the moment, thinking of Rene González and Alan Gross, I prefer the Spanish no mezclar la velocidad con el tocino [don't mix up speed and bacon], because it’s an expression that highlights the absurd, and nothing is more absurd than the comparisons that are being marketed by the mainstream U.S. press on behalf of the State Department about these two men. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, Cuban Five, media terrorism
Tagged BGANs, brothers to the rescue, Cindy Sheehan, Cuban Five, dai, fernando gonzález, gerardo hernandez, jay weaver, jose basulto, Judy Gross, maggie khuly, Peter Kahn, U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, USAID
Annals of Shame: How to fake an interview with the President of the United States of America and be sure nobody will notice
“The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.” – Joseph Goebbels
Some years ago I accompanied a Cuban friend who needed to sign a document in front of a U.S. consular official at the U.S. Interests Section (USIS) in Havana. Once past the waiting room where TV Martí plays to its small captive audience – the only one it can legitimately claim on the island – and back toward the section where such transactions take place, I noticed a couple of idle computer terminals. I asked if I might go ahead and check my email while we waited. The consular official narrowed his eyes at me. “No,” he snapped.
That’s the nature of things when you’re a lowly U.S. citizen inside Fortress USA on Havana’s Malecon. Continue reading
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean, USA / Canada
Tagged Alan Gross, CPJ, dai, freedom house, grupo prisa, larry press, manuel pereira, obama, robert guerra, ted henken, things go better with coke, USAID, usis, Wikileaks, yoani sanchez, zoé valdés
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
Behind the Coup in Ecuador – The Rightwing Attack on ALBA - español
By Eva Golinger
The latest coup attempt against one of the countries in the Bolivarian Alliance For The People of Our America (ALBA) is attempt to impede Latin American integration and the advance of revolutionary democratic processes. The rightwing is on the attack in Latin America. Its success in 2009 in Honduras against the government of Manuel Zelaya energized it and gave it the strength and confidence to strike again against the people and revolutionary governments in Latin America. Continue reading
Posted in Coups d'etat, Ecuador, Imperialism
Tagged color revolutions, Heather Hodges, Jean Guy Allard, Lucio Gutiérrez, ned, Pachakutik, Piedad Cordoba, PSUV, rafael correa, USAID
Ex-Cuban prisoners color coordinated for maximum photogenic value.
For whom are the [Cuban] prisoners useful? - español
Enrique Ubieta Gómez
So here’s the problem. The ex-prisoners arrive in Madrid. The press clings to them for a few days. If they’re lucky, they’ll begin to live from their labors and not from subversive activity that was quite well paid. Perhaps some will manage a post in cyberspace. But, as the Cubans say, no es fácil [it's not easy], in the midst of an economic crisis. I have no idea how much they’ll be paid for their commentary (the offensive or threatening diatribes they launch at revolutionary bloggers), but if we don’t publish them, they don’t get paid. Little by little, they’ll be forgotten. They’re no longer any use. In other words, they’re no longer any use for their former promoters, for U.S. imperialism. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, Cuban Five, Imperialism
Tagged CNN, guillermo fariñas, ladies in white, Partido Popular, PSOE, TVE, U.S. funded subversion in Cuba, USAID, yoani sanchez
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
Vicky Peláez was the only Spanish language journalist in New York worth a damn. So naturally something had to be done about her. She and her husband are the sore thumbs in this story and you have to wonder if the mighty U.S. Justice Department wasn’t running a twofer (or in this case a ten-fer) that swept Vicky off the press desk at El Diario/La Prensa so that even if she is ultimately exonerated, her career will be destroyed. Eva Golinger has the story.
BREAKING NEWS: United States Arrests Ten Supposed “Russian Spies,” a Journalist Among Them - español
English translation: Machetera
Caracas, June 28, 2010 – Last week, President Barack Obama shared a typical “American” meal with the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev. Between hamburgers and Coca-Colas, the two heads of state smiled and proclaimed their relationship “stable” and “better than ever.” Medvedev even sent photos via Twitter of his pleasant meal with his U.S. counterpart. He didn’t expect that just a few days later, the Cold War would be resuscitated. Continue reading
Posted in Europe, Latin America / Caribbean, USA / Canada
Tagged Alan Gross, Anna Chapman, barack obama, Christopher R. Metsos, CPJ, Cynthia Murphy, Development Alternatives Inc., Dmitri Medvedev, Donald Howard Heathfield, el diario, Evo Morales, FARA, freedom house, hugo chávez, IAPA, Juan Lázaro, la prensa, Michael Zottoli, Mikhail Semenko, money laundering, ned, Patricia Mills, Richard Murphy, RSF, russian federation, russian spies, SIP, Tracey Lee Ann Foley, USAID, vicky peláez