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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

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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