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
By Machetera – A Yoani Sánchez se le aflojó un tornillo
Now en français! Cuba: Yoani Sánchez, La “Blogueuse Star” Cubaine: Une Folle Furieuse
Untreated mental illness is never a lovely thing to gaze upon, so in the case of Yoani Sánchez, the self-proclaimed “blocked” Cuban blogger, it’s hard to fathom the cruelty of a U.S. State Department which in lieu of quietly suggesting psychological help for its client blogger, amplifies and repeats her ravings for the simple reason that they are so very helpful to the propaganda war against Cuba going on fifty years now.
On Monday, November 9, the same State Department which remained stoically silent in the face of so many criminal assaults and murders carried out by its client putschists in Honduras over the past four months, moved itself to issue a statement in which it “strongly deplore[d] the assault on bloggers Yoani Sanchez, Orlando Luis Pardo, and Claudia Cadelo.” Taking the Cuban government over its knee once again, it delivered a lecture about repression and violence, freedom and reconciliation. There are multiple problems with the State Department’s touching level of concern, though. Continue reading
Posted in Cuba, internet freedom, propaganda
Tagged broadband, CIA, delusions of grandeur, ernesto hernandez busto, internet access, paranoia, reinaldo escobar, sideshows, yoani sanchez
Quick, pop quiz.
1. The young Iranian woman in this photo stolen from Ernesto Hernández Busto’s blog (where as you might guess, he’s drooling over the possibility of his own color revolution in Cuba) is:
a. working class
b. professional class
c. trust-fund class
Pop Quiz Part II
2. The potbellied thug in the green Ku Klux Klan hood behind her is
b. Something else Continue reading
Posted in Latin America / Caribbean, USA / Canada
Tagged ahmoud ahmedinejad, ali larijani, canadian embassy in Tehran, ernesto hernandez busto, imam khomeini, james petras, kourosh ziabari, lawrence cannon, luis posada carriles, mir-hossein mousavi, radio israel, twitter