Sunday, November 22, 2009

The shadows of internet

It is remarkable the way people approach to our reality in Cuba and the fact that our country is politically out of sync. For western standards, Cuba is a curiosity out of this planet in his own system. For leftists groups, our country is a reference point, but it is not.internet shadow

There is no Socialism in Cuba, and there is no Revolution. The actual fact is the Cuban Revolution extinguished long time ago when Castro ripped off one and every one of his ideas in his own program “History will absolve me”. I guess He understood Democracy is opposed to Socialism in his particular point of view.

As soon He reached up there, He realized the presidential seat couldn’t be retained for too long if he didn’t abolish free elections, opinions and sources of information. Since then, dissidence is a crime and any existence it is overshadow with a doubt.

For too long, the world ignored Cuba at so many levels that dissidents had to find their refugee in America. When the US Interests Section in Havana was settled with Jimmy Carter, America brought support. The Deputy Chief of Mission met dissidents, offered information, resources and moral support.

That led to Castro overshadowed dissidents as spies and members of the “Cuban Mafia of Miami” in his rhetoric. That rhetoric approach is out there, worldwide, and every time you read a leftist website you are pretty much hitting your head, literally, with those appellatives.

When internet appeared the US Interests Section gave to Cuban dissidents the only opportunity to reach the network and appeal to the general public, which in other ways are almost too impossible for them.

Dissidents and civil society don’t have any opportunity to express their opinion freely in Cuba: there is no internet, no newspapers, no radio and TV station who are allowed to bring their opinions. It is the policy of silence that the Cuban government apply to any form of opposition.

My question is: is this new in this world? No, the American independence had the solidarity and support of France. Is it hard to remember?

Today, there is the blogger’s phenomenon in Cuba. They appeared in a more savvy and fresh layer of the Cuban society, a generation who grew up with the first appearances of internet, cell phones and computers. The most notorious bloggers tried to keep some distance from the well-known dissidents for reasons completely understandable but unfair.

As soon you declare you are a dissident, you have all the heavy machinery of Castro’s regime over you. Second, I think they tried to say they don’t have a political platform well defined; they are only citizen with opinions to share with world as everyday happened with the westerners and internet.

They are right, but at the same time they are wrong. As soon you express a different opinion you are a dissident in the eyes of the officials in Cuba. And they treat them in the same way. That is what it is happening now with the bloggers. They are suffering for first time what the dissidents have been suffering for years.

Meanwhile bloggers didn’t try to reach the Cuban opinion or make them know in Cuba, nothing would happen. It is the fine line Castro has been playing since he took power in 1959.

In the other hand, dissidents like Martha Beatriz or Osvaldo Paya belong to the old wave of opposition and they are completely isolated for the vigilant estate. I think there is a bit of salt here and there, and that is why some of them refuse to give any credit to the bloggers.

At the end, all of them are dissidents and sooner or later, they need to joint their effort to bring democracy. They have to acknowledge each other and move on. I would say it could be smart if the bloggers open the door voluntarily as a gesture with people who have been fighting a cruel and intolerant regime.

It is important, in the other hand, to be a little more open-minded and refuse the simplistic temptation to dangle an appellative or a doubt to anybody with no actual facts. The existence of Cuban blogs doesn’t mean they are suspicious of any support of the Cuban government, but at the same time I have to say it is possible.

It happened in the past. Well-known “free journalists” were agents of the Castro regime. The shadow of the doubt is dangling to everyone. It is the consequence of 50 years of Cuban Revolution: intolerance, espionage and control.