Annals of Shame: How to fake an interview with the President of the United States of America and be sure nobody will notice
“The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.” – Joseph Goebbels
Some years ago I accompanied a Cuban friend who needed to sign a document in front of a U.S. consular official at the U.S. Interests Section (USIS) in Havana. Once past the waiting room where TV Martí plays to its small captive audience – the only one it can legitimately claim on the island – and back toward the section where such transactions take place, I noticed a couple of idle computer terminals. I asked if I might go ahead and check my email while we waited. The consular official narrowed his eyes at me. “No,” he snapped.
That’s the nature of things when you’re a lowly U.S. citizen inside Fortress USA on Havana’s Malecon. Continue reading
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Tagged Alan Gross, CPJ, dai, freedom house, grupo prisa, larry press, manuel pereira, obama, robert guerra, ted henken, things go better with coke, USAID, usis, Wikileaks, yoani sanchez, zoé valdés
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