Without pedigree

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Amongst the hundreds of messages that I get each week, there are certain questions and doubts that repeat themselves.  Many are curious: “Who do I work for?” “Who are my parents?” “Who pays me to do this?”  Without trying to convince anyone (because the business of exposing “my truth” is the closest thing to a mea culpa), I’d like to clarify a few things:

  • I was born in a tenement in Centro Havana.  In one of the corners of my street it said “Jesus Peregrino” and in the other “Jesus Pelegrino” (so since I was a child I have learned to live with the multiplicity of ways in which you can name the same thing).
  • I don’t have any family pedigree that certifies me for anything, except the skill to fasten bolts and repair electrical equipment, inherited from my father, a train machinist who, in the crisis of the nineties changed his blue and white uniform for a post as bicycle repairman.
  • Many of those who know me, think that in me “the elevator doesn’t go to the last floor,” or that I “have some screws loose” or that I’m “nuts.”  Everything I have done in this little life, (get in trouble, write a thesis about literature in the dictatorship in Latin America, join my life with a disgraced journalist, return to my country and post in this Blog), could well be seen by a specialist as manifestations of a mental disorder. Everything is possible…
  • For those who assert – under the impunity of a pseudonym – that I’m from the G2, I’d like to clarify that very few in Cuba still call it that.  Now we call them “security,” “the Apparatus,” “the machinery,” “Armageddon,” “the crusher,” “the boys” or simply, “Them.”  If someone asked a youth, “Hey, do you know what the G2 is?” maybe he’d answer that it’s a Rock group or a shoe brand.
  • I don’t intend to give any proof that denies these accusations of “infiltration.”  To those who are relieved and feel less guilty by thinking that “I dare because I’m protected” or because “I have been ordered to say this,” go ahead. Each one – at least in the small space of this Blog – can think and comment whatever he wants.
  • In relationship to money, the material base or salary, I’d like to quote my husband when he says that I have “the soul of a fakir.”  I dress with whatever is available, for years I’ve never had more than one pair of shoes, and I eat only once a day.   Only one obsession with “consumption”crosses my life now: to post.  The money I make translating from German, showing Havana to a couple of tourists or selling my old books at the university, I invest – when I can – in paying for half an hour on the Internet.  That’s why my appearances in “Generation Y” are jumpy and don’t have the frequency of a Log.
  • Why do I have a Blog, and others do not?   Because I am from a generation that has learned to move in a world of technology, including having to assemble my own PC with parts bought in the black market.  One of the contradictions happening in the Cuba of today, is that those who have interesting things to say, are, as a rule, information technology illiterates.  So, the habitual readers of the blogs have to be content with people like me, without pedigree, but for whom the mouse is an appendage of our own body.

Photo speech balloon:  For the G2 or for the CIA?  That alone seems to be the question.

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6 thoughts on “Without pedigree

  1. hy! i discovered your blog ’cause i saw an interview you did for the italian tv program “le iene”. they showed it last friday and i must say that i found it really interesting. i liked the way you were explaining your life in cuba, for this as soon as i arrived to my job today i looked for your blog! there are some really interesting things and gives a different glimpse on what is the life in cuba. i wish you all the best! continue like this!

  2. Cambio esta en progresso. Mantenga la fe.

    Mucho besos y carino de Miami.

    Danya

  3. Víctimas de Katrinsa desatendidas, critica ONU
    WASHINGTON, 17 de enero.–– Un funcionario de la ONU que recorrió zonas devastadas por el huracán Katrina criticó al gobierno de Estados Unidos por la falta de atención que sufren las víctimas del desastre, publica hoy el diario New Orleans Sun, citado por PL.

    El representante del Secretario General para los derechos humanos de personas internamente desplazadas, Walter Kalin, aseguró que los miles de afectados por la tragedia de agosto del 2005 se parecen a los pobres de otras partes del mundo azotadas por catástrofes naturales.

    Cuando los seres humanos pierden su hogar, requieren la ayuda de las autoridades para volver a tener una vida normal y los que he visto no han recibido tal apoyo, lamentó el delegado durante la inspección de áreas de Louisiana y Mississippi, particularmente dañadas por el meteoro.

    Kalin demandó urgencia en los trabajos de reconstrucción y explicó que la asistencia debe comenzar por los más necesitados.

    Las críticas de Naciones Unidas llegan a pocos días de que funcionarios estadounidenses admitieran la existencia de obstáculos burocráticos responsables de que el 75% de los fondos aprobados para la recuperación permanezcan sin utilizar.

    A pesar de los más de dos años transcurridos, miles de personas continúan sin hogar y, según la funcionaria federal Tara Wall, muchos seguirán así hasta marzo del año próximo.

  4. Critica ONU desatención a víctimas del Katrina
    WASHINGTON, 17 de enero.–– Un funcionario de la ONU que recorrió zonas devastadas por el huracán Katrina criticó al gobierno de Estados Unidos por la falta de atención que sufren las víctimas del desastre, publica hoy el diario New Orleans Sun, citado por PL.

    El representante del Secretario General para los derechos humanos de personas internamente desplazadas, Walter Kalin, aseguró que los miles de afectados por la tragedia de agosto del 2005 se parecen a los pobres de otras partes del mundo azotadas por catástrofes naturales.

    Cuando los seres humanos pierden su hogar, requieren la ayuda de las autoridades para volver a tener una vida normal y los que he visto no han recibido tal apoyo, lamentó el delegado durante la inspección de áreas de Louisiana y Mississippi, particularmente dañadas por el meteoro.

    Kalin demandó urgencia en los trabajos de reconstrucción y explicó que la asistencia debe comenzar por los más necesitados.

    Las críticas de Naciones Unidas llegan a pocos días de que funcionarios estadounidenses admitieran la existencia de obstáculos burocráticos responsables de que el 75% de los fondos aprobados para la recuperación permanezcan sin utilizar.

    A pesar de los más de dos años transcurridos, miles de personas continúan sin hogar y, según la funcionaria federal Tara Wall, muchos seguirán así hasta marzo del año próximo.

  5. Mi´ja con ese rostro que vos teneis no puedes ocultar las mentiras que estás “metiendo” en este sitio. Cualquier estudiante de psicología descubre en el gesto de esa fotografía tus mentiras, porque lo que tú cuentas, ni tú misma te lo crees.

    Prome

  6. Sounds plausible. I suppose people doubt you because they wonder how you get away with what you are doing. I think you get away with it because Raul has his plate full elsewhere and has not the resources to crack down on you. What do you think?

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