Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cuba : Hemeroteca ( Daily News - New York)...


Obama budget tweaks TV, radio broadcasts to Cuba

Tuesday, May 12th 2009, 3:19 PM

MIAMI — President Barack Obama may be trying to reach out to Cuban leaders, but his 2010 budget suggests he isn't looking to cut the U.S. government's controversial broadcasts to the island anytime soon.

The president's budget proposal calls for about $32.5 million for the broadcasts, down only slightly from last year's budget of $34.8 million, though it does request some retooling: shorter, more frequent TV news segments and an all-news radio format.

That cuts down on the amount of commentary, which critics have said often fails to provide balanced perspectives and has been mismanaged.

The Miami-based Office of Cuba Broadcasting beams Radio and TV Marti intoCuba to help counter government-run media there. Along with the U.S. embargo, the broadcasts have long been a thorny issue between the two countries but are strongly supported by many in the politically powerful Cuban exile community.

OCB spokeswoman Letitia King said the adjustments reflect the agency's efforts "to enlarge our audience in Cuba, to streamline certain aspects of programming and to respond to feedback from the limited audience research we are able to do."

Still, the budget proposal suggests Obama is moving cautiously in upending the country's decades-old policies toward Cuba — despite his recent decision to lift restrictions on Americans seeking to visit family members on the island.

The budget request for the Cuba broadcasts comes several months after a congressional report found that based on third-country phone surveys, the Martistations had a limited audience among the island's 11 million residents. The Martis have received nearly half a billion dollars in recent decades.

The report was requested by Sen. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass, who has called for an end to the broadcasts.

Supporters of the broadcasts say such surveys fail to elicit honest responses from Cubans who fear speaking out against the government. They say the U.S. provides Cubans essential information about their country and about the U.S.

Dissidents in Cuba have repeatedly said TV Marti's signal is frequently jammed but have praised Radio Marti for its reach and influence.

The total budget request for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. overseas broadcasts, including the MartisVoice of America and Radio Free Europe, was $745.5 million, up about 4 percent from 2009.

The proposal adds money for Voice of America's broadcasts to Afghanistan andPakistan, and it establishes a Russian language Internet site for Central Asia, among other changes.

The Broadcasting Board is charged with promoting freedom and democracy and enhancing understanding through accurate, objective, and balanced news and other programming.

Cuba : VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: THE LUIS POSADA CARRILES CASE...


VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: THE LUIS POSADA CARRILES CASE

by Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton


While the liberal U.S. media constantly reports the violations of human rights of the terrorists at Guantanamo, they are silent about the violations of human rights on the case of Posada Carriles.

It is very sad for the people who believe in the precepts on which this republic was founded, that there are shameful violations of human rights by the United States on our own land. The case of Luis Posada Carriles is a prime example.

Posada Carriles is a 79-year-old man with cancer and heart problems. He is a broken man who has been languishing in solitary confinement at the Otero County Jail in New Mexico since January 2007. His elderly wife and daughter live in Miami.

Before being sent to the Otero County Jail he was in detention at El Paso Immigration Facility in Texas since May 2005, where he was awaiting his immigration trial. However, the judge said that unless the Justice Department advised him that Posada Carriles represented a danger for the society and the security of the United States by February 1, 2007, he would be released, in compliance with the Supreme Court directive that a person cannot be detained indefinitely without specific charge.

The Justice Department did not act upon the judge’s request. But, somehow, out of the blue, just before the deadline, criminal charges were filed. They charged him with lying on his application for citizenship – citizenship he is entitled to under the U.S. law that calls for citizenship for those who have served this country. And he did serve this country dearly.

Before being transferred to the Otero County Jail, while he was at El Paso Immigration Facility, Posada Carriles was treated well and his Mexican American guards treated him with great respect. He felt happy there. He was allowed visits and phone calls. Because of his artistic talent, he was allowed to paint. He used his art to support his family in Miami. His paintings were sold in exhibits in Miami and the money went to his elderly wife.

Posada Carriles’ legal situation is complicated and political. And difficult to sort out – purposefully, I’d say. He was made a “hot potato” by way of the accusations of a known agent of Fidel Castro, Gilberto Abascal. For example, Posada Carriles states that he entered the U.S. via Mexico. Abascal claims that he came via a boat, “Santrina.”

It is relevant to mention that the accusations of Castro’s agent Abascal are exactly the same accusations that Castro made on Cuban state television show “Mesa Redonda” (Round Table) in 2005, just before Abascal made the claims officially in the U.S.

Luis Posada Carriles is a patriot who served the United States honorably and with dedication. He served in View Nam as a Lieutenant. He was trained by and worked for the CIA. He is a man who, in spite of the way this country is paying him back for his service, he loves and honors this country and if he had the opportunity to serve the U.S. again, he would do it without hesitation. He is not a criminal to deserve this kind of punishment.

So, how did he end up in this situation?

In 2005, Castro, a pathological liar, and his copycat, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, declared Posada Carriles a terrorist. He is wanted by Chavez in Venezuela for a kangaroo trial, to declare him guilty, despite the fact that he was found not guilty in two separate trials in Venezuela. Both a criminal court and a military court have found him innocent, despite numerous appeals by both government bodies.

Apparently, the U.S. is bowing once more to the international blackmail of these two goons. Posada Carriles was arrested in the U.S. for illegal entry into the country – you have to have guts to do such a thing in a country constantly invaded by illegal aliens and hardly anything happens to them!

Actually the situation of Posada Carriles in the Otero County Jail is more reminiscent of a prisoner in Castro’s Cuba, than in the U.S. The other inmates refer to it as “the hole.” According to a source, there is a calculation that in the U.S., 1% of the penal population is sent to “the hole” as punishment for severe infractions such as being found with drugs in the urine, for fighting or when an inmate kills another.

But in the case of Posada Carriles, there is no such reason. According to a source that went through the same treatment, if you ask why, the standard reply would be, “for your own protection.”

He can appeal the decision, but according to the same source with experience in another federal facility, they all have the same system of “the hole.” There is no precedent for a successful appeal for someone in that situation.

The opinion that he is kept there in solitary confinement to keep him isolated from the outside world.

This is “the hole” in which Posada Carriles is kept on U.S. soil:

The lights are on 24-7 in his small punishment cell. Twenty-three hours of the day without seeing any other human – I omitted “being” on purpose. The food is given to him through an opening in the door of his cell. He is allowed to make phone calls every two weeks. They take him out of his cell to the phone with his feet and hands chained, so it wasn’t easy to make the call. Fortunately on February 24, they discontinued the chains to go to the phone. But he can only call collect. And if the person doesn’t happen to be in, bad luck. He is not allowed to call cell numbers.

He has limited access to two books a week and he cannot choose them. They take him out one hour a day to watch television. However Posada Carriles cannot hear very well and they don’t allow him to wear an earphone. His is not allowed to receive visits or packages in the mail.

I am not discounting the charges against Posada Carriles – but considering the sources (Castro-Chavez-Abascal); their veracity is questionable. What I am concern is with the treatment he has been receiving without a guilty verdict. His trial is scheduled for May 10. 2007.

And the reason for the harsh treatment in the jail in New Mexico for this elderly man with cancer and heart problems? You have to seriously consider the unthinkable – that the plan is to cause his death in jail so Castro and Chavez will be satisfied, or at least quiet. As of March 13, a source told me that he was extremely depressed and confused in a recent phone call. So don’t be surprised if in the not so distant future Posada Carriles dies while in jail.

Meanwhile in Miami, on February 24, where a group of about 500 Cuban Americans were participating in a quiet demonstration in favor of the freedom of Posada Carriles, two small planes flew overhead carrying banners saying “POSADA TERRORISTA,” my guess paid for by Castro-Chavez and his untouchable agents in the U.S.

If Posada Carriles wasn’t a member of the most openly hated and politically discriminated minority in the U.S. – the Cuban Americans – and even if he had been a real terrorist, he would be in a much better position. At the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, the terrorist inmates sleep at night with the lights off, are allowed to see the blue Cuban skies all day, are allowed to read all kinds of religious books of their choice, and are well dressed and well fed – all scrutinized by international organizations of human rights.

But a 79-year-old, sick and harmless Cuban American doesn’t deserve the same treatment as the Talibans in Guantanamo and that is perfectly OK, right here in the United States and no one cares.

I care.

Agustin Blazquez, producer/director of the documentaries
COVERING CUBA, premiered at the American Film Institute in 1995, CUBA: The Pearl of the Antilles, COVERING CUBA 2: The Next Generation, premiered in 2001 at the U.S. Capitol in and at the 2001 Miami International Book Fair COVERING CUBA 3: Elian presented at the 2003 Miami Latin Film Festival, the 2004 American Film Renaissance Film Festival in Dallas, Texas and the 2006 Palm Beach International Film Festival, COVERING CUBA 4: The Rats Below, premiered at the two Tower Theaters in Miami on January 2006 and the 2006 Palm Beach International Film Festival and the 2006 Barcelona International Film Festival for Human Rights and Peace, Dan Rather "60 Minutes," an inside view , RUMBERAS CUBANAS, Vol. 1 MARIA ANTONIETA PONS, COVERING CUBA 5: Act Of Repudiation premiered at the two Tower Theaters in Miami, January 2007, at the Hispanic Cuban Club in Madrid, Spain and will be at the 2007 Palm Beach International Film Festival.

ALL AVAILABLE AT: www.CubaCollectibles.com 
For previews visit: http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=Agustin+Blazquez


by Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton


While the liberal U.S. media constantly reports the violations of human rights of the terrorists at Guantanamo, they are silent about the violations of human rights on the case of Posada Carriles.

It is very sad for the people who believe in the precepts on which this republic was founded, that there are shameful violations of human rights by the United States on our own land. The case of Luis Posada Carriles is a prime example.

Posada Carriles is a 79-year-old man with cancer and heart problems. He is a broken man who has been languishing in solitary confinement at the Otero County Jail in New Mexico since January 2007. His elderly wife and daughter live in Miami.

Before being sent to the Otero County Jail he was in detention at El Paso Immigration Facility in Texas since May 2005, where he was awaiting his immigration trial. However, the judge said that unless the Justice Department advised him that Posada Carriles represented a danger for the society and the security of the United States by February 1, 2007, he would be released, in compliance with the Supreme Court directive that a person cannot be detained indefinitely without specific charge.

The Justice Department did not act upon the judge’s request. But, somehow, out of the blue, just before the deadline, criminal charges were filed. They charged him with lying on his application for citizenship – citizenship he is entitled to under the U.S. law that calls for citizenship for those who have served this country. And he did serve this country dearly.

Before being transferred to the Otero County Jail, while he was at El Paso Immigration Facility, Posada Carriles was treated well and his Mexican American guards treated him with great respect. He felt happy there. He was allowed visits and phone calls. Because of his artistic talent, he was allowed to paint. He used his art to support his family in Miami. His paintings were sold in exhibits in Miami and the money went to his elderly wife.

Posada Carriles’ legal situation is complicated and political. And difficult to sort out – purposefully, I’d say. He was made a “hot potato” by way of the accusations of a known agent of Fidel Castro, Gilberto Abascal. For example, Posada Carriles states that he entered the U.S. via Mexico. Abascal claims that he came via a boat, “Santrina.”

It is relevant to mention that the accusations of Castro’s agent Abascal are exactly the same accusations that Castro made on Cuban state television show “Mesa Redonda” (Round Table) in 2005, just before Abascal made the claims officially in the U.S.

Luis Posada Carriles is a patriot who served the United States honorably and with dedication. He served in View Nam as a Lieutenant. He was trained by and worked for the CIA. He is a man who, in spite of the way this country is paying him back for his service, he loves and honors this country and if he had the opportunity to serve the U.S. again, he would do it without hesitation. He is not a criminal to deserve this kind of punishment.

So, how did he end up in this situation?

In 2005, Castro, a pathological liar, and his copycat, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, declared Posada Carriles a terrorist. He is wanted by Chavez in Venezuela for a kangaroo trial, to declare him guilty, despite the fact that he was found not guilty in two separate trials in Venezuela. Both a criminal court and a military court have found him innocent, despite numerous appeals by both government bodies.

Apparently, the U.S. is bowing once more to the international blackmail of these two goons. Posada Carriles was arrested in the U.S. for illegal entry into the country – you have to have guts to do such a thing in a country constantly invaded by illegal aliens and hardly anything happens to them!

Actually the situation of Posada Carriles in the Otero County Jail is more reminiscent of a prisoner in Castro’s Cuba, than in the U.S. The other inmates refer to it as “the hole.” According to a source, there is a calculation that in the U.S., 1% of the penal population is sent to “the hole” as punishment for severe infractions such as being found with drugs in the urine, for fighting or when an inmate kills another.

But in the case of Posada Carriles, there is no such reason. According to a source that went through the same treatment, if you ask why, the standard reply would be, “for your own protection.”

He can appeal the decision, but according to the same source with experience in another federal facility, they all have the same system of “the hole.” There is no precedent for a successful appeal for someone in that situation.

The opinion that he is kept there in solitary confinement to keep him isolated from the outside world.

This is “the hole” in which Posada Carriles is kept on U.S. soil:

The lights are on 24-7 in his small punishment cell. Twenty-three hours of the day without seeing any other human – I omitted “being” on purpose. The food is given to him through an opening in the door of his cell. He is allowed to make phone calls every two weeks. They take him out of his cell to the phone with his feet and hands chained, so it wasn’t easy to make the call. Fortunately on February 24, they discontinued the chains to go to the phone. But he can only call collect. And if the person doesn’t happen to be in, bad luck. He is not allowed to call cell numbers.

He has limited access to two books a week and he cannot choose them. They take him out one hour a day to watch television. However Posada Carriles cannot hear very well and they don’t allow him to wear an earphone. His is not allowed to receive visits or packages in the mail.

I am not discounting the charges against Posada Carriles – but considering the sources (Castro-Chavez-Abascal); their veracity is questionable. What I am concern is with the treatment he has been receiving without a guilty verdict. His trial is scheduled for May 10. 2007.

And the reason for the harsh treatment in the jail in New Mexico for this elderly man with cancer and heart problems? You have to seriously consider the unthinkable – that the plan is to cause his death in jail so Castro and Chavez will be satisfied, or at least quiet. As of March 13, a source told me that he was extremely depressed and confused in a recent phone call. So don’t be surprised if in the not so distant future Posada Carriles dies while in jail.

Meanwhile in Miami, on February 24, where a group of about 500 Cuban Americans were participating in a quiet demonstration in favor of the freedom of Posada Carriles, two small planes flew overhead carrying banners saying “POSADA TERRORISTA,” my guess paid for by Castro-Chavez and his untouchable agents in the U.S.

If Posada Carriles wasn’t a member of the most openly hated and politically discriminated minority in the U.S. – the Cuban Americans – and even if he had been a real terrorist, he would be in a much better position. At the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, the terrorist inmates sleep at night with the lights off, are allowed to see the blue Cuban skies all day, are allowed to read all kinds of religious books of their choice, and are well dressed and well fed – all scrutinized by international organizations of human rights.

But a 79-year-old, sick and harmless Cuban American doesn’t deserve the same treatment as the Talibans in Guantanamo and that is perfectly OK, right here in the United States and no one cares.

I care.

Agustin Blazquez, producer/director of the documentaries
COVERING CUBA, premiered at the American Film Institute in 1995, CUBA: The Pearl of the Antilles, COVERING CUBA 2: The Next Generation, premiered in 2001 at the U.S. Capitol in and at the 2001 Miami International Book Fair COVERING CUBA 3: Elian presented at the 2003 Miami Latin Film Festival, the 2004 American Film Renaissance Film Festival in Dallas, Texas and the 2006 Palm Beach International Film Festival, COVERING CUBA 4: The Rats Below, premiered at the two Tower Theaters in Miami on January 2006 and the 2006 Palm Beach International Film Festival and the 2006 Barcelona International Film Festival for Human Rights and Peace, Dan Rather "60 Minutes," an inside view , RUMBERAS CUBANAS, Vol. 1 MARIA ANTONIETA PONS, COVERING CUBA 5: Act Of Repudiation premiered at the two Tower Theaters in Miami, January 2007, at the Hispanic Cuban Club in Madrid, Spain and will be at the 2007 Palm Beach International Film Festival.

ALL AVAILABLE AT: www.CubaCollectibles.com 
For previews visit: http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=Agustin+Blazquez


Fuente: Guaracabuya.org/ ilustra LPP

Cuba : Critica Havel a Consejo de Derechos Humanos de ONU por permitir gobiernos represivos como Cuba...

Critica Havel a Consejo de Derechos Humanos de ONU por permitir gobiernos represivos como Cuba
El intelectual y ex presidente de la República Checa, Václav Hável 

(Radio Martí) — El ex presidente de la República Checa, Václav Hável, criticó al Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU y el sistema de elecciones regional que permite la presencia de gobiernos represivos como los de Cuba, China y Arabia Saudita.

En un artículo publicado en el diario The New York Times, intitulado "Una mesa de tiranos," Hável señala que los países miembros del Consejo han olvidado los compromisos adoptados hace tres años para crear una entidad capaz de proteger a las víctimas y enfrentar los abusos donde fuera que ocurrieran.

Hável subraya que los principios han dado paso a lo expedito, ya que los gobiernos negocian votos, anteponiendo consideraciones políticas a los derechos humanos.

Pone de ejemplo los casos de Cuba, China, Rusia, Azerbaiyán y Arabia Saudita, y destaca que él, al igual que los ciudadanos de dichos países, sabe lo que es vivir con un discurso de control público, represión a la oposición y reducción severa de la libertad de expresión.

Václav Hável recuerda que activistas y periodistas en Azerbaiyán y Cuba apelaron a la comunidad internacional para que sus países no sean elegidos al Consejo de Derechos Humanos en la votación de este martes, y espera que la ONU no sea indiferente al pedido.

Fuente: Radio/TV Martí

Cuba : UE no logra convencer a Cuba de mejorar situación de los derechos humanos...

UE no logra convencer a Cuba de mejorar situación de los derechos humanos

 El comisionado de la Union Europea para Desarrollo y Ayuda Humanitaria Louis Michel, a la derecha, estrecha la mano del canciller de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, antes de una reunión en Bruselas el lunes 11 de mayo de 2009.
El comisionado de la Union Europea para Desarrollo y Ayuda Humanitaria Louis Michel, a la derecha, estrecha la mano del canciller de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, antes de una reunión en Bruselas el lunes 11 de mayo de 2009.
THIERRY CHARLIER / FOTO AP


La Unión Europea (UE) reveló el lunes que no logró avances en su intento de convencer a Cuba de mejorar la situación de los derechos humanos en la isla, un tema central en el debate entre los países de la UE sobre el fin de las sanciones diplomáticas al país caribeño.

"Nuestras perspectivas coincidieron en temas como el cambio climático y la reforma de las Naciones Unidas'', pero no sobre derechos humanos, indicó el ministro checo de Relaciones Exteriores, Jan Kohout, tras reunirse con su homólogo cubano, Bruno Rodríguez.

Ambas partes tuvieron un diálogo "franco'' sobre derechos humanos y "el tema de los prisioneros políticos'', aseguró Kohout, cuyo país está a cargo de la presidencia rotativa de la UE. "La respuesta que recibimos fue que en Cuba no hay prisioneros políticos'', agregó.

Rodríguez afirmó que "en Cuba hay presos, como en todas partes'' y garantizó que todos fueron juzgados "mediante el debido proceso'' y sancionados por "delitos tipificados en leyes previas''.

En el 2003, tras los arrestos de decenas de disidentes, la UE impuso a Cuba sanciones diplomáticas, entre ellas la prohibición de consultas políticas. Las sanciones fueron suspendidas en el 2005, pero no se han levantado y el estado de las relaciones sigue siendo delicado.

Los ministros de Relaciones Exteriores de la Unión deberán decidir en junio si Cuba merece mejores vínculos con Europa o la reimposición de las sanciones.

La UE ha revisado sus relaciones con el país caribeño y puso condiciones estrictas a La Habana para poder mejorarlas.

Entre ellas, incluyó la liberación de todos los prisioneros políticos, acceso irrestricto de los cubanos a la internet y el derecho de las delegaciones europeas a reunirse con figuras de la oposición en sus visitas a la isla.

Esta revisión coincide con señales del gobierno estadounidense, que podría estar dispuesto a reanudar su relación con Cuba desde cero.

La Casa Blanca autorizó recientemente viajes y transferencias de dinero ilimitadas a los estadounidenses que tienen familiares en Cuba. Al mismo tiempo, pidió que la isla respondiera con pequeños cambios políticos y sociales a su sistema de gobierno comunista de partido único.

Estados Unidos mantiene desde hace varias décadas un embargo económico sobre Cuba.

En abril, el gobernante Raúl Castro afirmó que Cuba estaba dispuesta a negociar mejores relaciones, pero su hermano, el ex gobernante Fidel Castro, dijo después que su país no debe hacer concesiones a cambio de ese acercamiento.

Los diplomáticos europeos han dicho que aunque existe la percepción de que hay cambios en Cuba, esas transformaciones que parecen enormes a los ojos de los cubanos son sólo pequeños pasos para los observadores externos.

Kohout indicó que aunque la UE y Cuba siguen en desacuerdo acerca de los derechos humanos, la reunión del lunes con Rodríguez "fue un diálogo real, no tan sólo dos monólogos''.

Por su parte, el comisario europeo de Desarrollo y Ayuda Humanitaria, Louis Michel, se mostró confiado en que el diálogo político, "en un momento dado, y yo espero que rápidamente'', pueda ‘‘poner término a la posición común o, en todo caso, modificarla'', informó la agencia EFE.

Michel indicó que, entre otros asuntos, en la reunión se abordaron los derechos humanos, y los europeos "preguntaron'' por los presos políticos en la isla.

Apuntó que los cubanos abordaron el embargo de Estados Unidos a la isla, la posición de la UE sobre los presos en Guantánamo, la situación de los inmigrantes cubanos y los vuelos de la CIA en Europa para trasladar a sospechosos de terrorismo entre el 2001 y el 2005.

Dentro de la UE, España siempre ha impulsado una mejoría en las relaciones con La Habana. Otros países, como Gran Bretaña, la República Checa, Polonia y Suecia, se han mostrado más cuidadosos e insisten en que la UE normalice su vínculo con la isla cuando garantice libertades políticas y civiles a todos sus ciudadanos.

Fuente: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cuba : Carta de un cura Venezolano al churroso y arrastrao de Silvio Rodriguez...

martes 5 de mayo de 2009
Al camarada Silvio Rodríguez, trovador de la revolución cubana


Camarada Silvio Rodríguez:

La música no tiene fronteras, las fronteras están hechas para las personas. Si bien es cierto que tu música trasciende las fronteras de la patria cubana tú no corres con la misma suerte, y por eso te negaron la visa norteamericana.

Quéjate…y duro! Grita para que todo el mundo te escuche! Acusa a la poderosa nación del Norte y diles lo que se merecen: “La realidad grita que cada vez deben ser menos estos brutos, pero de alguna forma esa minoría todavía impera y manda”, llena de tu monserga las páginas del Granma o de cualquier otro pasquín requeterevolucionario de esos que obligan a los cubanos de la isla a escuchar tus lamentos porque son los lamentos que le convienen a los Castro que se oigan en la isla. Al menos tú puedes gritar para denunciar al gobierno de Obama; otros no han tenido la misma suerte para denunciar la dinastía de Fidel y ahora de Raúl… y precisamente por negarles el permiso de salida de Cuba.

A quién le gritan todos los balseros que han perdido la vida en el trayecto marítimo hacia esa “minoría de brutos” como tú la llamas? Tú crees que en una nación con plenas libertades hace falta que la gente se lance al mar a sabiendas que sus vidas corren gravísimo peligro y no obstante decidan que el riesgo vale la pena? Y los presos políticos cuyo crimen es pensar diferente a lo que los Castro les han dicho que piensen… a quién le gritan?, y si gritan… quién les oye? En un país con plenas libertades son necesarias “Las Damas de Blanco”? Porqué crees que de las delegaciones cubanas que salen a representar al país siempre regresan menos de los que salieron? En un país con una economía sana es necesario cerrar “El Hurón Azul” o que las mujeres tengan que cortar fundas y sábanas para hacer compresas porque no hay toallas sanitarias? (gracias por los datos del blog de Yoani) o que cuando algún personaje empieza a tener alguna relevancia que pueda competir con la “popularidad” de los Castro, súbitamente desaparezca de la escena pública como Carlos Lage o la forzosa desaparición (desapareció frente a un pelotón de fusilamiento) del general Arnaldo Ochoa, con la sempiterna excusa de ser “traidores a la revolución”? Tú crees que un país digno y orgulloso como Cuba tenga que tragarse su dignidad y su orgullo y vivir como chulo de barrio viviendo a costillas del dinero venezolano, regalado descaradamente por el clon venezolano de Fidel, porque, si a ver vamos, de que otra manera hubiera sobrevivido Cuba en la “situación especial” en que se encuentra?

“Es preferible morir de pie a vivir de rodillas”, aquí le concedo toda la razón al Che pero, camarada Silvio, no te has dado cuenta que no estás precisamente de pie frente a Fidel y ahora a Raúl sino que te tienen, a ti y a todos los cubanos de la isla en “cuatro patas” (peor que de rodillas), y con el “unicornio azul” apuntando con el cuerno precisamente allí donde te imaginas (y ni preguntar por la vaselina o el petrolato, que no se consigue)?

No voy a negar que tu trova también encendió mi conciencia política en el paso por la universidad, allá por los 70, y en ese período de juventud rebelde por el cual todos pasamos, yo también leí “las venas abiertas de América Latina”, “para leer al Pato Donald”, “El manifiesto comunista” junto a otros títulos de una literatura que se puso de moda en Venezuela impulsada por el resultado de las aventuras de la Sierra Maestra y la imagen romántica de un Camilo Cienfuegos y de un Ernesto Guevara que como un “El Zorro” revolucionario peleaban contra la injusticia y la opresión (que por cierto, ahora es que vengo a conocer la diferente y cruda realidad que se esconde tras estos “paladines” y su incontrolable sed de sangre).

Camarada Silvio, porqué te quejas de que los Estados Unidos no te haya permitido viajar al homenaje de Pete Seeger si tú eres el “estandarte musical” de un régimen contrario a los Derechos Humanos Fundamentales (y no me vengas con el cuento de que Cuba ha firmado acuerdos de la ONU en esa materia, porque por cierto, su cumplimiento ha quedado condicionado al levantamiento del embargo, es decir que mientras no se elimine el embargo, pues no se cumplen!!! Tal vez una de las últimas “brillantes” tareas de Pérez Roque antes de ser acusado de traidor a la revolución y pasado al retiro forzoso).

Camarada Silvio, deberías sentirte orgulloso porque el símbolo de todo lo que has odiado y contra lo que ha cantado tu trova, Estados Unidos, te haya negado el permiso. Es mas, extraño es que hayas querido ir a los Estados Unidos… no será que también tienes ganas de usufructuar la política de los pies secos; que Pete Seeger es solo la excusa para convertirte en “beep” con todo y las orejitas de Mickey Mouse?, no, me imagino que no. Una persona fiel a la revolución castrista, que ha vivido mejor y distinto que el resto de los cubanos de la isla no puede abandonar ni morder la mano que le da de comer.

Yo seguiré oyendo tu trova, no te preocupes que no has perdido un “fan”. Pero seguiré prefiriendo y apoyando la anti-trova; la que no se oye; la de los gritos sordos de los presos políticos, la de las quejas de las amas de casa limitadas a las tarjetas de racionamiento, la de los balseros que llegaron y de los que quedaron en el trayecto, la de “Las damas de blanco”, la de una Cuba pluripensante, pluripartidista, la de una Cuba en libertad verdadera y no la de “en cuatro patas y con el unicornio azul detrás”.


El Padre Carlos
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Fuente: ProfessorLázaro R González Miño

Cuba : Disidentes dudan de voluntad de diálogo...


Disidentes dudan de voluntad de diálogo

Opositores cubanos pusieron en tela de juicio la voluntad política del gobierno de Raúl Castro en su diálogo con la Unión Europea (UE), cuya 'troika' se reunió este lunes con el canciller Bruno Rodríguez en Bruselas.

''Creo advertir una casi total falta de voluntad política de parte del Gobierno de Cuba para respetar normas universalmente aceptadas en materia de derechos'', manifestó el activista Elizardo Sánchez.

Sánchez, que preside la Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional, añadió que la táctica de La Habana es ``tratar de obtener lo más posible de la comunidad internacional y hacer el mínimo de concesiones, y si es posible

ninguna''.

Al informar de la reunión en Bruselas, el canciller checo Jan Kohout, cuyo país encabeza la troika de Exteriores comunitaria, consideró el encuentro ''abierto'' pero sin coincidencias en materia de derechos humanos; y el comisario europeo Louis Michel dijo tener ``la impresión de que los cubanos muestran una voluntad real de normalizar completamente sus relaciones con la UE''.

La UE ''parece creer en las promesas de las autoridades cubanas, que ni siquiera cumplen a nuestro pueblo, y en su disposición enunciada de abordar todos los temas, más bien de escuchar, tomar notas y posponer respuestas'', dijo la disidente Miriam Leiva, esposa del preso político excarcelado Oscar Espinosa.

El opositor Manuel Cuesta estimó que la reunión ''estabiliza el diálogo y el intercambio'', lo que es ''más importante para la democratización que reanimar la confrontación''. ``Se deben aprovechar todas las mesas que este diálogo puede establecer para avanzar en los temas de la democratización, un avance que por supuesto va a ser crítico porque el Gobierno cubano no acepta todo lo que supone la normalización de Cuba como Estado en la comunidad internacional''.

La UE analizará en junio si mantiene o deroga su Posición Común de 1996 sobre Cuba, que condiciona la colaboración a avances en materia de democratización y derechos humanos. La Habana ha planteado que la Posición Común es un escollo en las negociaciones.

Sánchez opinó que levantar la Posición ''sería algo injustificado'' pues su fin es ''buscar un mejoramiento en la situación de los derechos fundamentales'' de los cubanos, pero más bien ``sigue empeorando''.

Cuba y la UE restablecieron la cooperación y el diálogo político en junio del 2008, suspendidos desde el 2003, cuando el bloque impuso sanciones a la isla por el encarcelamiento de 75 opositores.

Fuente: Agencias/CLD