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Yoani Sánchez: Pentagon babe

xsRosa Miriam Elizalde has finally pointed out what never occurs to Time magazine or Grupo Prisa. Or maybe it has occurred to them – they just can’t bring themselves to admit it.  That blog by the blocked Cuban blogger/whiner ain’t no ordinary blog. Lots o’ cash behind it.

There are other translations of this floating around on the Internet.  Just not as good.

Cyber-command and Cyber-dissidents, More of the Same

Rosa Miriam Elizalde

English Translation: Machetera

Havana – The news has gone around the world.  The Obama administration is putting the final touches on a new cyberspace army.  First the Wall Street Journal and then the New York Times reported that the objective of this cyber-command is to guarantee the security of U.S. military computer networks threatened by the intrusion of hackers, particularly those linked to countries such as China and Russia.

Victims are being offered a single pill in which to swallow the fantasy of an external enemy and the details of the homicidal weapon used to kill it (a cyber-command that will keep watch over the planet and eventually enter into action).  As Tom Burghardt, of Global Research [1] put it, the United States is using the subterfuge of cyber-security as a pretext for cyber-war, a project forged by the North American hawks before September 11, 2001 and one that began to come together in 2003, when a secret document [2] signed by Donald Rumsfeld, the ex-Secretary of Defense, was leaked, in which the order was given to create this special Command. Continue reading


This is what the future looks like

What happened to November, December and January, you ask?

Well, although Machetera believes strongly in the maxim, never complain, never explain, she will at least say that her internet access over the past three months has been almost non-existent, thanks to the ex-Cubans in Miami who have spent all these years cutting off their noses to spite their faces, and blocking any undersea cable that might provide Cuba with a semi-normal level of bandwidth.  Although the blocked Cuban blogger doesn’t seem to mind hanging out in Havana hotels to upload her nastygrams, Machetera has far better uses for her time.

So, just a quick word to the ex-Cubans who made their fortunes in Miami’s telecom business (everyone knows who you are): Thanks!  By forcing Cuba to go through a slow, costly satellite feed, you’ve managed to ensure that bandwidth in Cuba is rationed first to those who really need it – real Cuban journalists, academics, and government officials – instead of being wasted on bloggers, or the intellectually challenged members of Machetera’s family who would undoubtedly use it for porn.  Second, you’ve laid the framework for the bandwidth monopoly to go to Venezuela, when it connects the undersea cable next year! No wonder you lost in 1959!