This morning the U.S. State Department revealed its latest pawn in the overthrow game it’s playing with Cuba: Darsi Ferrer, a Cuban doctor currently under arrest in Cuba, to whom it granted Honorable Mention in its 2009 Freedom Defenders award sweepstakes. A few questions come to mind. Who won First Prize? Second? Third? Is this sweepstakes the State Department’s best kept secret, only pulled out for public display when Washington worries that the media buzz is starting to dry up on its prefabricated Cuban dissidence campaign or the hunger strike recruitment is flagging?
The story put out by the anti-Cuba lobby on Ferrer is that he was arrested for possessing a couple of bags of stolen cement but that this is a cover for the real reason for his arrest, which has more to do with his “dissident” activities. I have no idea what Ferrer was actually charged with but I’m guessing that dissidence isn’t a reason for arrest in Cuba either…treason is, however. Atilio Boron explains:
Dissidents or Traitors? – en español
Atilio A. Boron
The “free press’ in Europe and the Americas – the one that lied shamelessly about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or described the putschist regime of Micheletti in Honduras as “interim” – has redoubled its ferocious campaign against Cuba. As a result, it’s important to distinguish between the true reason for it, and the pretext. The first, which establishes the global framework for this campaign, is the imperial counter-offensive launched near the end of the Bush administration, and whose most resounding example was the reactivation and mobilization of the Fourth Fleet. Contrary to the predictions of certain gullible people, this policy, dictated by the military-industrial complex, was not merely continued but reinforced by the recent treaty signed by Obama and Colombia’s President Uribe, through which the United States is to be granted the use of at least seven military bases in Colombian territory, diplomatic immunity for all U.S. personnel affected by these operations, license to bring in or remove any kind of cargo without authorities in the host country being able to register what’s coming in or going out, and the right of U.S. expeditionary forces to enter or leave Colombia using any kind of i.d. card whatsoever attesting to their identity. As if all that were not enough, Washington’s policy of recognizing the “legality and legitimacy” of the coup d’etat government in Honduras and the subsequent fraudulent elections is yet one more example of the perverse continuity that links policies implemented by the White House, regardless of the skin color of its principal occupant. And in this general imperial counter-offensive, the attack and destabilization of Cuba plays an extremely important role. Continue reading
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Otto Reich and the Honduran Coup D’Etat: The Provocateur, his Protégé and the Toppling of a President is now available in Spanish, here and here. Thank you Manuel Talens, Paloma Valverde and Atenea Acevedo, all members of the wonderful and amazing Tlaxcala translation collective.
Otto Reich and the Honduran Coup D’Etat: The Provocateur, his Protégé and the Toppling of a President is now available in German, here. Thank you Mein Parteibuch Blog.
Parts One and Two are listed in one fell swoop as well, in English, here.
Today’s New York Times has a sneak preview of the new Steven Soderbergh Che film, from Cannes, where its reporter, A.O. Scott got a peek. The film is presently 4-1/2 hours long, and split into two parts; the first, dealing with Che’s role in the Cuban Revolution and the second, the insurgency in Bolivia. A.O. Scott, evidently trained in the U.S. method of “objective” reporting, where you give mathematically equal space to both sides, even when one of the sides is an obvious lie buttressed by an eternity of disinformation, complains that Che’s “brutal role in turning a revolutionary movement into a dictatorship goes virtually unmentioned.”
Okay, well, that would be called fiction.
Soderbergh’s film is not a documentary, obviously, but must it include every anti-Cuban fantasy in order to get a decent review and a distribution deal? Probably. Ask Oliver Stone what happened to Comandante, which HBO canceled under pressure from Miami and Washington, and even now you can’t buy it except in a version that won’t play on an American or Canadian DVD player, without hacking it first.
So U.S. citizens, no worries. There’s no danger that you’ll see Che in the near or distant future, any more than you’ll ever see Dick!, the movie about Dick Cheney’s brutal role in turning the United States into a dictatorship.
Machetera has a feeling that the photo below is on its way, if not to you, then to someone you know. Here’s your free decoder ring. (Caty R., a member of the Tlaxcala collective translated the original article to Spanish; Machetera then translated it to English.)
Investigation of a Manipulated Photo
Michel Collon for http://www.michelcollon.info
Look carefully at this photo which surely you’ve already received, or will very soon: “Chinese Soldiers Disguised as Monks”
Said photo is circulating extensively on the Internet with the commentary: “London, March 20; Britain’s GCHQ, the government communications agency that electronically monitors half the world from space, has confirmed the claim by the Dalai Lama that agents of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the PLA, posing as monks, triggered the riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured.”
This photo is supposedly proof and therefore has caused the indignation of many people.
Now look carefully at the photo and play the game of 7 errors.
Okay maybe Machetera was a little rough on Yoani Sánchez yesterday. Yoani did have a tough time growing up, what with the Russian cartoons and all. Although to be perfectly frank, Machetera’s mother didn’t permit cartoons of any sort so perhaps she suffered more? Anyway it’s not really Yoani’s fault that reporters are so lazy. She’s figured out that all she has to do is gripe and Western reporters will fall all over themselves to broadcast the griping as some kind of special inside Cuban scoop. It’s a simple case of supply and demand, really.
So perhaps the real media whore is Anthony Boadle, the Reuters correspondent in Havana who distributed the story in the first place about the censored blog without bothering to check the facts, knowing that his editors wouldn’t check them either. Helluva gig there, Tony.
Still, there’s something about Yoani that’s a little off. It’s not that Cubans aren’t famous for complaining, and sometimes about the craziest things. It’s more that after a certain point, the complaining becomes whingeing and that’s when you have to start wondering about the person who’s doing it.
But don’t take Machetera’s word for it. Take Ivan Alonso’s.
The Relentless Persecution (of Yoani Sánchez and her censored blog)
Iván Alonso – Cubainformación
When I learned that Cuban authorities had censored a blog at the online magazine Consenso, where Yoani Sánchez, a 32 year old Cuban woman was writing against “the anonymous censors of cyberspace” so that, as she dramatically put it, she would not be “locked up at home, lights shut off and friends not allowed to enter,” I went there to check it out. Continue reading