Category Archives: propaganda

Defending the Cuban Revolution

Dialogue, Debate, Confrontation.  Toward a Delimitation of BoundariesEspañol

By Enrique Ubieta Gómez for La Isla Deconocida

Translation: Machetera

I believe in ideas, in revolutionary reason.  I support the Cuban Revolution from a reasoned perspective, from an argumentative perspective.  I am convinced that it is possible to discuss and analyze every success and every failure of these 50 years, and that on balance, the revolutionary process will always come out favorably. I don’t shirk from debate.

But I’ve also understood that the war against socialism, against the Revolution, is not a “scientific” or “academic” crusade for truth; that its adversaries are not theoreticians obsessed with proving that they are right (although some of them teach or are academic professionals), rather, they are individuals who for a variety of motives – personal history, ideological, or simply economic – desire its destruction.  I’ve proven that there is a network of transnational interests that play hard: they lie or mislead and they are betting that their (verisimilitude) version will come out the winner in the media “show;” that which takes over the mind of the spectators.  A network that chooses the exact words that should be used and repeats them in order to describe every subject and object, every event (regime rather than government, embargo rather than blockade, Castro rather than Fidel or Raúl, as the people refer to them).  That people manufacture them, plant them, and that the media can close the doors and windows on any argument that reveals the trap.  That dialogue is for the deaf, because the objective is not who’s right, but who will maintain or take power. Continue reading

The Cyber-Tragicomedy of Yoani Sánchez

Generation Y: The Cyber-Tragicomedy of Yoani SánchezEspañol

By Ana R. for CubAlMater

Translation: Machetera

Today my distinguished Communications College, located at G Street, between 21st and 23rd St., was witness to a singular event: the attempt by Reinaldo Escobar, Yoani Sánchez’s husband, to put on a show, and the response given him by the people who found him on that corner in the city center.

When I came out of classes, I saw a multitude of people.  Cameras, photographers, live entertainment by the University Students’ Federation, ordinary Cubans, revolutionary slogans, Reinaldo fleeing along G Street, helped by two young men: I saw it all.  What a shame I didn’t have a camera to take photos!  For this reason, I’m linking to the following pages in which some of the images have been published: Continue reading

Reinaldo Escobar’s insatiable hunger for attention

When Reinaldo Escobar made the announcement that he’d challenge Cuban state security to a weaponless duel to avenge the indignities he and his wife claimed (without the slightest proof) had been visited upon her, the announcement was dutifully broadcast by the foreign media in Havana.  It seemed to me to be a rather pitiful display and I imagined Reinaldo waiting alone at a street corner, attended by no-one else but the foreign reporters he had summoned.  But there were two things I failed to take into account: 1) Reinaldo’s not that smart, and 2) had I been in Havana I would have known that there was something off about his selection of time and location, since apparently the airwaves were full of announcements about the book fair being sponsored by the Young Communists Union for that same time, same location.  Of course this was not mentioned in a single one of the reports announcing the “duel.” Continue reading

Sharp wits in Spanish Congress set for debate on mercenary blogger, Yoani Sánchez

Tejero Molina addresses the Spanish Congress, 1981

Tejero Molina addresses the Spanish Congress, 1981

The U.S. Government and the World’s Great Media Empires Are Using “Mercenary Bloggers” in Their Offensive Against CubaEspañol

By J.P. for La República

Translation: Machetera

The world’s great media empires have undertaken a merciless offensive against the Cuban revolution, offering spectacular coverage to any kind of mercenary blogger movement such as that of Yoani Sánchez or her husband, who receive a spectacular amount of money for the articles they write against the Cuban government and against a supposed censorship that appears rather insignificant in the light of the wide coverage they obtain worldwide.

Last week it was Yoani who issued a denunciation for having been attacked by Cuban agents, but not only was she unable to show any kind of proof of the attack, the doctors who attended her, who were interviewed by La República, did not find any evidence of any kind of aggression.  Later, it would be her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, who would denounce being hit and attacked by a crowd who reacted to his attempted provocation, with shouts in favor of the Cuban revolution.  However, Escobar did not suffer even a scratch from this supposedly “uncontrolled mob.” Continue reading

Marketing war heats up among Cuba’s “dissidents”

Operation Marketing

Esteban N. Martínez for CubaDebate(Español): Operación Marketing

Translation: Machetera

The interview President Barack Obama granted the “blogger” Yoani Sánchez is the culmination of a project I feel like calling Operation Marketing; aimed as it is at the promotion and visibility of a new counter-revolutionary figure in Cuba, in the face of the worn out and battered “dissidence,” fighting like a pack of wolves with fangs bared in search of their prey…money.

The promotion of Yoani Sánchez began some time ago, when Grupo PRISA granted her the Ortega y Gasset prize and another publication put her on their list of the “World’s  (100) Most Influential People,” although in her country she was completely unknown. Continue reading

Yoani Sánchez and Barack Obama in the echo chamber

John William Waterhouse - Echo and Narcissus

Obama’s Best Response to Yoani Sánchez Español

M.H. Lagarde

Translation: Machetera

If anyone is still in doubt about the path of this media freak show that’s come to be known as Yoani Sánchez, the interview that President Barack Obama ended up granting the Cuban mercenary should dispel all suspicions.

It’s pretty surprising that the president of the world’s foremost power, who right now has a war going on two fronts, who faces the opposition of the most reactionary right-wing in the United States due to his proposal to reform the healthcare system, who’s incapable of reducing unemployment generated by the economic crisis, who’s barely said a word about the coup d’etat in Honduras and sows discord between Colombia and Venezuela through new U.S. military bases, should make a hole in his very busy schedule of touring and appearances to answer the questions of a Cuban mercenary blogger. Continue reading

Oh what a (not so) tangled web we weave

Carlos Alberto Montaner

Is Carlos Montaner Really a CIA Agent? Español

Analysis by Froilán Rodriguez

Translation: Machetera

In January of this year, the well-known writer and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner granted an interview to Edmundo García in Miami, for his program “Night Moves.”  It was an interesting exchange, in which both defended their positions, although the intellectual came out rather badly against the moves made by the communicator.  On that occasion, the leader of the Unión Liberal Cubana stated unequivocally that he had never in his life been linked to U.S. intelligence.

However, this summer, we saw a controversy arise between Montaner and an unknown Cuban academic living in Denver, named Arturo López.  This fact in itself would be of little interest were it not that for the first time, the prominent anti-Castro man (Montaner) clearly admitted his access to information that at the least was confidential, hinting at specialized services, probably those of the CIA.

Arturo López Levy with Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter

It all started when López dared to criticize Montaner’s positions in relation to Honduras, in an article that he sent to the editors of the online publication Encuentro en la Red.  The article was not well received, nor was it published, mainly due to the fact that it attacked Montaner directly at a time when he was also under attack by the daily newspaper Granma, the official publication of Cuba’s only party.

Therefore, the professor, who says he’d sent other work to Encuentro, was forced to approach an alternative: Cubanuestra, in faraway Sweden, where his article was published, and the aggrieved Montaner was immediately made aware of it, resulting in an unexpected response.  And that is when the act occurred. Continue reading