It’s a difficult job, but somebody’s got to do it.
And unlike Ernesto Hernández Busto, those of us who lack a check from Langley have to find other ways of putting food on the table. But now that Machetera’s bank account is stabilized again, she can turn her attention to things a little closer to her heart. Like reminding everyone (in case you missed it) that Twitter’s co-founder, Jack Dorsey, was in Baghdad a month ago courtesy of the U.S. State Department, for talks on how to reconstruct the Iraqi information network destroyed by Iraq’s occupiers, and (conveniently) promote Twitter into the bargain. Dorsey wasn’t alone – he had plenty of company from other willing State Department collaborators from Silicon Valley/Alley – but if you need more proof of the incestuous relationships between the U.S. Government, social media platforms, “cyber-dissidents” and the flagging mainstream media, which willingly transformed itself into a free Twitter publicity machine over the past week and a half, it’s hard to imagine what else you’re looking for.
In the meantime, while a handful of mercenary Cubans are finding it hard to curb their enthusiasm for their own 140 character chance to collaborate with the U.S. State Department, there are real problems in Haiti, where the U.N. occupiers couldn’t resist the overwhelming temptation to murder another Haitian, this time at the mind-blowingly inappropriate moment of Fr. Jean-Juste’s funeral. It’s not like there’s ever an appropriate moment for such a thing, and as Magbana correctly points out, Israelis shoot Palestinians at funerals too, but it is the wretched injustice of these international occupiers going about their dirty work with no reprieve in sight that is so appalling and infuriating. It’s not enough that they shoot to kill, but then they lie about it after the fact, claiming they were only shooting in the air, because after all, they were being pelted with rocks. Machetera needs to steal borrow the STFU award for a moment from Otto over at Inca Kola, because this week the hands down winner has to be U.N. Spokeswoman Sophie Boutaud de la Combe.
Drink up, Soph!
Actually Machetera needs to steal borrow several cups of STFU because every last one of the anti-Cuban bloggers who haven’t got the faintest blessed idea of what a real problem looks like are in desperate need of one. Every time she reads one of their sad little rants, she has the overwhelming urge to start a rafting company and haul them over to Port au Prince so they can see what real problems look like. And why stop there? Bagua, anyone? Pando?
Finally, while we’re on the subject of murderous and mendacious occupation forces, have a look at how Iraq’s occupiers were welcomed and opposition silenced, at last year’s Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. The video was produced by Saja and has been translated so far into Spanish and Italian, by who else but the fine people at Tlaxcala.
Ah, it’s good to be back!