Days to Turn Off the TV

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Woman watching TV (14ymedio)Days

YOANI SÁNCHEZ , Havana, 29 July 2014 There are days when it’s better not to turn on the TV. Right now, just pushing a button can dump us in an avalanche of official propaganda for the birthdays of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. From July 28 to August 13, the boring national programming will be filled with the cult of personality, ideological kitsch and political sentimentality. Children’s choirs will sing to the “Eternal Commander,” people who barely saw them pass by on the street will share anecdotes, and endless biographical scenes will bombard us from all sides.

“Right now the news has no news,” complained a neighbor who wants to know what is happening in the world and can’t see anything but processions of red and olive green. I felt the same today with the first news of the day. An hour after it started I couldn’t extract the least national or international information, only praise for the “immortal warrior of the race of Bolivar,” and the “wise guerrilla who loved him like a son.” I tend to have little patience with this overdose of flattery, so I turned off the TV and began calling several friends so they could tell me what was going on here and there. At least we have “Lip Radio”!

The ruling party continues to confront the distribution of information, serials and movies in the so-called “combos” or “packets.” However, it makes no real changes in its television programming to attract young people. Instead, the small screen becomes a loudspeaker for slogans and boring material that viewers find annoying and reject. Thus, they can never regain the ground they have lost to illegal satellite dishes, content copied onto USB sticks, and hard disks full of documentaries. If they continue with the ideological excesses of recent days, official TV will, very soon, become a monologue that few listen to.

63 thoughts on “Days to Turn Off the TV

  1. Omar

    The trouble is your side is based on lies.

    That’s the moral low ground.

    Never been a blockade of Cuba.

    The USA the most murderous? Sounds like something Castro would say.

    You might want to look up Mao and Stalin and a few other Marxist and Islamic dictators if you’re curious.

  2. The ideological war between Cuba and the US sometimes resembles a real war: blockades, saboteurs, down commercial airliners, terrorist bombing, spies, assassination, incarceration, sabotage, blackmail you name it. Therefore, to claim that one side has a moral ground over the other is ridiculous. Unfortunately most people judge with their greed and whichever side satisfy that need is elevated to the high ground of morality. The fact that the United States has killed more people then anyone else in the 20th Century and support Right Wing dictatorships in Latin America for more than 100 years. Governments that exist with the support of death squads and keeping the majority of the population poor, uneducated without proper healthcare employed by foreign extractive industries forcing a large part of them to either migrate to the U.S. and be discriminated against or be gainfully employed in the drug trade to the U.S. somehow does not play a role in which side they choose to favor. I choose sovereignty for Cuba. The government of Cuba has successfully survive a 40% contraction in GDP. The Special Period in Cuba was worse then the Great Depression in the United States of the 1930’s. In the analysis, economic reasons was the real reason why there were demonstrations and acts of desperation in Cuba. The Reforms that are currently being rolled out were Reforms that were crafted democratically with the participation of the Cuban People. The economic situation is not were the majority of Cubans would like to see them, but, they are as good as they can be with the resources available in the island nation. Loans, foreign investments and greater demand for primary metals produce in the island is required. These things are hard to come by for any nation, like Cuba, who protects its sovereignty and does not want the economic apartheid system in the island without direction from the People through its government. This is the best way to temper human greed and fight inequality.

  3. ***
    Spy Ana Belen Montes should not be in jail. She should have been stood up at the wall and shot after being found guilty. She has the blood of our spies on her hands. Her crimes deserve death.
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    Espia Ana Belen Montes no debia estar en carcel. Debia de ser parado al pared y tirado despues que se encuentraban culpable. Tiene la sangre de nuestras espias en sus manos. Sus crimines merezcan la muerte.
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    John Bibb
    ***

  4. TODAY MARKS THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE “MALECONAZO”. ALMOST 80,000 BALSEROS HAVE DIED TRYING FLEE THE CASTROFACSISTS IN THE PAST 55 YEARS! THE LINK BELOW HAS PHOTOS AND VIDEO CLIPS OF THIS IMPORTANT EVENT! PEOPLE ASK WHY HAVE THE CUBAN PEOPLE NOT RISEN AGAINST THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA! WELL GUESS WHAT, THEY DID! ONLY TO BE CRUSHED AND GIVEN THE DOOR OUT VIA THE SEA!

    CUBAN EXILE QUARTER: Maleconazo 2013

    Nineteen years ago yesterday the word “liberty” was chanted through the streets of Havana, Cuba by thousands of Cubans spontaneously gathered in protest against the dictatorship and desiring freedom.
    Part of the reason that they were out there was the “13 de Marzo”tugboat massacre that had taken place less than three weeks earlier just six miles from the Malecon in Havana. Family members and survivors bravely spoke out and the news of what happened had gotten out.
    Thousands of Cubans beginning in the early hours of August 5, 1994 took to the streets shouting for freedom and continued throughout the day. The response by the regime was violent repression and police shooting at unarmed civilians and beating them down with night sticks. After things were under control the dictator Fidel Castro appeared on the scene and opened the borders. Before that announcement fleeing refugees had confronted snipers and grenades.
    The end result was another mass exodus of Cubans. Nineteen years later the regime, as it did in 1994, opened the gates to relieve dissatisfied Cubans and like then there is another exodus of 46,662 Cubans who migrated permanently in 2012. The report also shows that over the past five years immigrants leaving averaged over 39,000 per year. At the same time repression is on the rise and scores of Cubans have been arrested.
    http://cubanexilequarter.blogspot.com/2013/08/maleconazo-2013.html

  5. SERIES OF ARTICLES ABOUT THE THE ANA BELEN MONTES CASE CUBAN SPY CASE
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/montes-articles.pdf

    Ana Belén Montes[1] (born February 28, 1957) is a former senior analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency in the United States. On September 21, 2001, she was arrested and subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit espionage for the government of Cuba. Montes eventually pleaded guilty to spying and in October 2002, was sentenced to a 25-year prison term followed by five years probation.In their charging documents, federal prosecutors stated:[3]

    “Montes communicated with the Cuban Intelligence Service through encrypted messages and received her instructions through shortwave encrypted transmissions from Cuba. In addition, Montes communicated by coded numeric pager messages with the Cuban Intelligence Service by public telephones located in the District of Columbia and Maryland. The codes included ‘I received message’ or ‘danger.'”

    The prosecutors further stated that all of the information was on water-soluble paper that could be rapidly destroyed.

    During the course of the investigation against her, it was determined that Montes passed a considerable amount of classified information to the Intelligence Directorate, including the identities of four US spies. In 2007, DIA counterintelligence official Scott W. Carmichael publicly alleged that it was Ana Montes who told Cuban intelligence officers about a clandestine US Army camp in El Salvador. Carmichael alleged that Montes knew about the existence of the Special Forces camp because she visited it only a few weeks before the camp was attacked in 1987 by Cuban-supported guerrillas of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front.

    Carmichael, who had led DIA’s investigation of Montes, named Montes as being directly responsible for the death of Green Beret SGT Gregory A. Fronius who was killed at El Paraíso, El Salvador, on March 31, 1987 during the FMLN attack. Carmichael characterized the damage Montes caused to the DIA and other US intelligence agencies as “exceptionally grave,” and stated that she compromised a “special access program” that was kept even from him, the lead investigator on her case.[5]
    Encryption/decryption “cheat sheet” used by Montes

    In a May 6, 2002 interview with CBS News, former Undersecretary of State John Bolton stated that an official 1998 US government report with significant contributions by Montes concluded that Cuba did not represent a significant military threat to the United States or the region. Bolton alleged that it was not possible to exclude the possibility that the administration of President Bill Clinton may have overlooked Cuba as a potential threat because of Montes’ influence and the way she shaped reporting at DIA.[6]

    Carmichael further alleged that many in the US intelligence community believed that Montes’ penetration of the DIA was not the exception, but the rule, and that the Cuban intelligence services had numerous spies and moles within US intelligence agencies.[5]

    In 2004 a Federal indictment alleged that Montes had assistance from another Cuban agent, Marta Rita Velazquez, once a legal officer at the State Department’s Agency for International Development, who also was alleged to have recruited Montes into espionage. The Federal indictment was unsealed in April 2013. Velazquez has been outside the US since 2002, apparently in Sweden, which does not have an extradition treaty with the US for spy cases.[7]

  6. HEY Omar Fundora!! DONT YOU THINK THIS Fulton Armstrong WHO IS WORKING WITH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ON THESE “EXPLOSIVE” ARTICLES ABOUT USAID IS A BIT COMPROMISED? AFTER ALL HE WORKED WITH Ana Belen Montes THE INFAMOUS PUERTO RICAN SPY WHO WAS WORKING FOR THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA?

    CAPITOL HILLS CUBANS: AP Should Next Investigate How to Regain Its Objectivity – from original Spanish by Mauricio Claver-Carone
    This morning, the AP released the third chapter in its collaboration with former CIA analyst and Senate staffer, Fulton Armstrong, on how to smear USAID’s Cuba democracy programs.

    USAID’s democracy programs throughout the world, whether in Iran, Syria, Belarus or Cuba, are aimed at fostering and supporting independent civil society in closed societies. (Read USAID’s statement here.)

    The United States should never apologize for helping the victims of brutal dictatorships throughout the world. To the contrary, it’s emblematic of our nation’s finest moments in the 20th century — from World War II through the Cold War.

    Yet, for whatever reason, in the case of Cuba, support for independent civil society has long displeased Armstrong — and now the AP. Instead, he’s argued for the U.S. to collaborate with the Castro regime and to (absurdly) give it discretionary authority over USAID’s Cuba programs.

    Armstrong has a long history of internally working against U.S. policy towards Cuba. During his time at the CIA, Armstrong authored, together with his former colleague at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ana Belen Montes, an oft-cited 1998 report that argued that Cuba no longer posed a security threat to the United States. Ironically, just three years later (in 2001), Montes was identified as a Cuban spy, arrested, convicted and is now serving 25-years in a federal prison.

    As a Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer, he fervently opposed any endeavor that promoted freedom for the Cuban people, whether through USAID’s democracy programs, Radio and TV Marti, or a simple Senate resolution calling for the release of political prisoners. If the Castro regime dislikes it, so does Fulton Armstrong.

    His strategy (and now the AP’s) in the case of USAID’s democracy programs is simple — use little facts and regurgitate the terms “covert,” “regime change” and “sovereignty” over-and-over again.

    The first chapter in the AP’s collaboration with Armstrong sought to portray American development worker (and hostage of the Castro regime), Alan Gross, as some sort of “super-spy” who smuggled highly-sophisticated communications systems into Cuba.

    (After all, if Alan Gross is a “spy”, then he could be swapped for other spies. Get it?)

    Of course, the fact is that Alan Gross went to Cuba to help the Jewish community gain unhindered access to the Internet. Nothing more, nothing less. Moreover, he had declared all of the technology he was carrying with him to Cuban Customs.

    The second chapter in the AP-Armstrong collaboration sought to portray a popular program to provide Cubans undetected access to a Twitter-style social media platform (“Zunzuneo”), as a plot to overthrow the Castro regime.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2014/08/ap-should-next-investigate-how-to.html?m=1

  7. Omar,

    Why don’t you take your investment out of your capitalist bank if you don’t like capitalism?

    Seems odd to me that all the socialists of the world love profiting from their capitalist banks and never want to live under socialism.

  8. Omar,

    There are estimated to be more billionaires in China (over 600) than in the USA. Although officially China is in second place, it’s only because so many of their billionaires hide their wealth overseas.

    There are no free unions in China. Their health and education systems are much more privatized and profit-driven than in the USA. Political prisoners have been cut open alive to harvest their organs.

    You prefer that to the USA?

    China is an empire. Just ask the Vietnamese who they are now robbing and the Tibetans and the Indians. Ask the people of Taiwan who the biggest empire is.

    Iran is an empire. Saudi Arabia is an empire. The Taliban is an empire. Russia is an empire. Hamas is an empire. Cuba is an empire. There are dozens of empires in the world.

    These aren’t nice empires. These are empires run by gangsters, racists and mass murderers.

    The USA is what we hope will protect us from those empires.

  9. Humberto: the empire to the north has the people of the World living in a Plantation call Capitalism and they want to be the Masters of that Plantation at all cost. The empire is not satisfied with influencing the financial industry of the World and having 46 of its citizens part of the special Billionaires Club controlling or influencing 50% of the money in the World. Defending Sovereignty is the great struggle of the countries of the World against the Empire. Only when the World has one President and everyone gets to vote and pay taxes, then and only then, the countries of the World can stop worrying about sovereignty. Cuban dissidents walk a fine line. Reaching out to the Empire for help will cost dearly to the Cuban People if they manage to bring about regime change in Cuba. An understood Platt Amendment like stipulation and the creation of a Food Stamp culture can very easy be the outcome because the apartheid system capitalism is will leave out in the cold 65% of the Cuban population.

  10. WHY THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT CAN NEVER LET THEIR GUARD DOWN AND MUST NEVER TRUST ANY KIND OF TRADE OR RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES.

    WASHINGTON – An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail.
    Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The travelers worked undercover, often posing as tourists, and traveled around the island scouting for people they could turn into political activists
    In one case, the workers formed an HIV-prevention workshop that memos called “the perfect excuse” for the program’s political goals — a gambit that could undermine America’s efforts to improve health globally.
    But their efforts were fraught with incompetence and risk, an Associated Press investigation found: Cuban authorities questioned who was bankrolling the travelers. The young workers nearly blew their mission to “identify potential social-change actors.” One said he got a paltry, 30-minute seminar on how to evade Cuban intelligence, and there appeared to be no safety net for the inexperienced workers if they were caught.
    “Although there is never total certainty, trust that the authorities will not try to harm you physically, only frighten you,” read a memo obtained by the AP. “Remember that the Cuban government prefers to avoid negative media reports abroad, so a beaten foreigner is not convenient for them.”
    In all, nearly a dozen Latin Americans served in the program in Cuba, for pay as low as $5.41 an hour.

  11. THERE GOES Omar Fundora SINGING HIS FAVORITE TUNE “THAT BAD OLD USA”!!

    OBSERVATORY FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHT DEFENDERS- STARTING @ P. 198

    In 2010 and 2011, the human rights situation in Cuba continued to be worrying and precarious and the Cuban Government remained hostile to any criticism at the national or international level. Within Cuba, political opposition and more generally, freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly
    and association, continued to be strongly repressed using force, judicial harassment and arbitrary detention2. An international in situ visit on the human rights situation in the island was once again prevented from taking place. In this respect, Mr. Manfred Nowak, then United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, expressed his enormous disappointment that he could not agree on a date with the Cuban Government for his fact-finding mission before the end of his mandate, on October 30, 20103. Added to this, observation of the human rights situation in Cuban prisons continued to be prohibited and was viewed as an act of “treason” or an “attack on Cuban sovereignty”.

    The above is particularly alarming taking into account the difficult situation in Cuban prisons. Excessive and abusive imprisonment4 is one of the main reasons for the massive overcrowding which currently exists in around 200 prisons and labour camps on the island, added to ill-treatment, beatings, humiliation and inadequate nutrition to which prisoners are subjected5. Political dissidents, human rights defenders and common prisoners all found themselves in this situation without distinction, and the health of some prisoners was badly affected. This situation causes the death of a number of political prisoners every year in Cuba, due to ill-treatment, illnesses which were not treated and suicides6. The indifference with which prisoners’ protests or illnesses are treated, was demonstrated by the death, on February 23, 2010, of Mr. Orlando Zapata Tamayo,

    http://www.omct.org/files/2011/10/21443/obs_2011_uk_ameriques.pdf

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