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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


Double standards redux

If it Had Happened in Cuba, China or Venezuela

Pascual Serrano – Rebelión

Translation: Machetera

Although it’s said that comparisons are awful, in media analysis it’s a healthy exercise to think how the media might have treated news if it had taken place in a country different than where it actually happened.  What would the press have said if the border police for Cuba or China registered our laptops, even our notebooks, reports, or a crumpled piece of paper in our pockets?  What we see is that if such a thing happens in the United States, the Spanish press commentary is limited to: “In the difficult balance between security and the right to privacy after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, once more the latter has lost.” Continue reading