Tool Box

Several months ago a friend gave me this magnificent manual entitled “Toolbox for citizen control of corruption.” Accompanied by a CD with numerous practical examples, I have read it in search of answers to a scourge that hits us harder every day. Right now we are surrounded by calls to eliminate the diversion of resources and theft in State enterprises. Thus, I have immersed myself in the pages of this book to learn what we, as individuals, can do in the face of such occurrences. Not surprisingly, I discover a word repeated over and over throughout every chapter: transparency. An effective anti-corruption campaign must be tied to exposure and denunciations in the national media. For every misappropriation a news report must offer the details, each embezzlement must face the most intense public criticism.

The calls made by the General-President at the recent conference of the Cuban Communist Party to eliminate secrecy, however, do not seem directed to throw all the necessary light on acts of this nature. There is an obvious selection of what can be said and what cannot be said, a clear line between what is publicly permitted and what is not. For example, still today, they have given us no details in the national press about the corruption in the Institute of Civil Aeronautics, which led to the dismissal of its president, Rogelio Acevedo. Nor a single word yet about the latest scandal in the banking system which has led to the investigation of several of its employees, although it still hasn’t “touched” anyone in senior management. And what about the fiber optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela, which hasn’t brought us Internet but rather rumors about functionaries ousted for having stolen a part of its budget. And these are not just whispers: it’s enough to travel through the recently repaired Linea Street tunnel to see that a good share of the materials destined for its restoration didn’t end up being used in it. Why doesn’t television talk about ALL of that?

It falls back into the same mistake: verticality. The fight against corruption is not only the task of a State or of the Comptroller General of the Republic. We citizens must all become involved, with the certainty that anyone can be called out for putting their hands in the national till. If the impression that there are “untouchables” continues to rule, thieves no one can judge because of their political history or their ideological fealty, then we cannot move forward. The day when we see one of these untouchables criticized on TV for diverting goods, adulterating prices, or lying about production figures, then we will begin to believe we are on the way to eliminating such a widespread problem. Meanwhile, I look at the manual I now have in my hands and it seems like nothing more than a list of improbable actions, a reservoir of illusions impractical here.


60 thoughts on “Tool Box

  1. When my occasional spelling mistake is the only thing the anonimous losers can bark at, it says the volumes of their own failed ideology.

    And who’s winning the war, not just the battle.

    The time is up losers! Look at the you believers of cwap and shift.

    The truth is coming to bite your empty skulls off!!!
    Capitalism is the biggest failure EVER!!!!

    You owe so much money, your grandchildren will be working as housemaids to Cubans on the island.

    If they let the losers in, of course…

    Can’t see THAT happening though…

  2. Damir, when you call someone “stupid” make sure you have all of your spelling correct.

    It’s “succeeded” dummy.

  3. A tool has risen to share its’ stupidity.

    It succeded…

    Now there’s no doubt whatsoever that anonimous cowards are stupid tools. Must be hard to cope with such a fame…

  4. Now you must explain your dumb mistake each and every time. Claiming intentional sarcasm to cover up your stupidity. LOL.

  5. It’s good to see the panic among the support brigade pioneers under the fire from people who disagree with their stupidity and mental disorders.

    The fact that not one post by the delusional pioneers actually refers to the post of their team “yoani” tells tons.

    ANyone and everyone can see the emptiness in the posts by the team “yoani”. Even the brainless multitude of their support pioneers can see it. There’s nothing to discuss and defend in the posts by the team “yoani”.

    If you are one of their faithful, brainwashed zombie pioneers.

    So what do they do? Attack and insult the dissenters and the dissidents.

    Just like their idols Castros!!!

    H Y P O C R I T E S!!!!

    Come on the team “yoani”, show some courage and answer my little preguntitas (for the stupid ones – these being the mindless little pioneers of the internet “revolution – I am INTENTIONALLY writing together little and preguntitas. If you knew what sarcasm is, you would know why too.)

    Let us talk. You want M. Castro to answer some little preguntitas you have, yet you are cowardly hiding from Damir.

    Come out and face your own words, and answer questions based on these words you littered the internet with.

    Or, are you such a bunch of cowards?

    Who knew…?

  6. Eugenio #3 , UnSoricel is miserable in Leicester because she screwed up. She barely makes any money that is spend on rend and food. She can’t afford much in the her new brit home. That explains why she would love some commie brit governemt that would steal from the rich and give it to the poor.


    BOSTON GLOBE:Clinton: No concessions to free American in Cuba- February 29, 2012

    WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States has made no deal or concessions with Cuba to free imprisoned American Alan Gross.
    Clinton called the continued imprisonment of Gross “deplorable” and a violation of human rights. She told a House committee Wednesday that the United States raises the Gross case at every meeting. She said Gross “deserves to come home.”

    Gross, a Maryland native, is serving a 15-year jail term for spiriting satellite and other communications equipment into Cuba while on a USAID-funded democracy-building program. Cuba considers the program an attempt to destabilize its government, and Gross was convicted of crimes against the state, not espionage.

    Clinton said, in her words: “We’ve made no deals, we’ve offered no concessions and we don’t intend to do so.”

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