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Alan Gross’ Fasting Folly

By Max S. Cruz

Alan Gross’ fasting folly

healthshakeTwo weeks ago, Alan Gross, a USAID subcontractor arrested in Cuba in 2009 for activities aimed at overthrowing the Cuban government, desperately announced that he was beginning a fast in an attempt to get the attention of US President Obama, who has basically abandoned Mr. Gross:

“I am fasting to object to mistruths, deceptions, and inaction by both governments, not only regarding their shared responsibility for my arbitrary detention, but also because of the lack of any reasonable or valid effort to resolve this shameful ordeal.”

All major news sources rushed to tell the world that a man had gone on hunger strike.

“Fast” and “hunger strike” are not interchangeable terms. Continue reading

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Washington’s Cuban cannery

“…a genuine national political movement cannot be manufactured in the capital of the enemy.  Parties and movements are not exportable commodities, because a political party cannot be bought and sold as though it were a can of spam… That this kind of foreign production might have any kind of legitimacy in Cuba is a myth that is only believed by those who do not know Cuba and do not live there.”

The War Against Cuba: New Budgets, Same Premise español

José Pertierra

Translation: Machetera

Presidents in Washington come and go, but the end goal of U.S. foreign policy remains the same: derail the governments who dare to defend their national sovereignty and destroy any revolution that ventures toward a different world than that which is programmed for them.  The weapons that the United States has used in its offensive against Cuba have evolved over the last fifty years, but the war remains the same.

Cubanologists in Washington and Miami want to build a supposed socio-political movement in Cuba as a tool of subversion.  But a genuine national political movement cannot be manufactured in the capital of the enemy. Parties and movements are not exportable commodities, because a political party cannot be bought and sold as though it were a can of spam. Continue reading

It all starts with the taxi drivers

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When Machetera read that the prosecution in Gerardo Hernandez’s case repeatedly referred to Gerardo’s ratting out of a counter-revolutionary cabdriver during a visit to Havana as an example of his devotion to the Revolution (which in Miami is a capital offense all by itself), she raised her glass and sent a toast in Gerardo’s direction. Machetera knows justice when she sees it, even when it’s meted out in infinitesimally small amounts.

If you don’t already know, Gerardo is one of the five Cubans convicted in a Miami kangaroo court; of conspiracy (i.e; a thought crime) to commit espionage and the even more preposterous charge of somehow steering Jose Basulto’s unfortunate marks’ planes by remote mind control to a magical spot just outside of Cuban waters where they could be shot down, thereby deepening and perpetuating the U.S. blockade against Cuba. But that’s a topic for another day.

Today Machetera is talking about those bloody counter-revolutionary cabdrivers. Continue reading