Friday, January 8, 2010

Between delusional and surreal... Cuba

As usual with Cuba, 2010 began with the long tale of blockade, espionage and war of words with the US Administration. After a few contentious encounters through 2009 mostly addressed by Fidel Castro, Cuba decided to join efforts with Venezuela in their line of fire against Obama. The point of inflexion was the Summit of ALBA held in Havana prior COP15 last December.Between delusional and surreal Cuba

Christmas passed, New Year is gone, Kings’ Day is behind us, almost three weeks have been passing by and news about Cuba is outstandingly nonexistent. It looks like our little island, literally, is floating in other orbit far away from our planet. However, the last few days we were rained and ruined with the last pictures in wheelchairs of Castro. As we can say: it never rains but it pours.

A country in which the economy is in an endless collapse, where you never know where reality ends and begins the reign of the surreal, thousands of news agencies, TV channels, 24 hours cable companies and countless radio stations didn’t find any other important headline to publish than a bunch of old pictures of Castro in wheelchairs with Daniel Ortega. What a joke!!!

In the other hand, for the first time in 51 years of that Frankenstein named Cuban Revolution, 2009 was gone, a new year begun and Cuban National Television ignored the never omitted message of our leaders. Sorry, I wanted to say: our leader.

Now, that is without any doubt an incredible omission and its meanings are endless. It could mean that there is no leader in our country, so there is no message. Or, possible at the level of the Cuban-Venezuelan relations, the leader is absent: he is in Miraflores Palace in Venezuela. Who said Cuba had two Presidents: Castro and Hugo Chavez? I think was the late Carlos Lage, so let’s not go there. Another possible lecture is, because our “small” leader Raul Castro said in our National Assembly that 2010 will be worst than 2009, there is nothing to celebrate, praise or boast. But in 50 years of Cuban Revolution we hadn’t found anything to praise or boast, and at the end of the year, when the late Castro was sound and save, in the very first minutes after the clock struck 12:00 we had had the long message of our dear leader praising the extraordinary achievements of our Revolution.

The last conclusion could be, and probably the most important and accurate, that the dear leader is dying and with him is dying our Revolution. So, no message, nothing to praise, nothing to remember because the end is dangerously too close.

Cuba is an estate of delusions where you can’t mention what it is unmentionable so you avoid it. It is like the slogans in Orwell’s master piece 1984: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

So, War is Peace. And we have our little Castro fingering in National Assembly to Obama: “The US government has not renounced its goal of destroying the revolution”. Or more recently Ricardo Alarcon, our Parliament leader, when he was addressing about the detention in Havana of one US contractor accused of espionage:

There is a new institution in the United States which is made up of agents, torturers and spies that are contracted as part of the privatization of war. This is a man who was contracted to do work for American intelligence services”

The poor gay only was helping our tightly civil society. Those are big words, the words that we always heard in Castro’s tongue with more flamed verbs. It is the resurrection of the war of words to tangle up US-Cuba relations. It is the endless Castro’s agenda: when the tensions between both countries are relaxed and on its way to reach a peaceful turning point, it is the moment when it has to be strained. We can’t reach the moment of peace with the imperialism because the Cuban Revolution, or what is left of it, could be dying. Don’t forget: Freedom is Slavery.

The last treat in this business was dropped today in a form of an article in the Newspaper of Cuban Youth: Cuban Expanding Telecommunication Services, praised the headline. Now, that is a master piece of our Cuba delusional and surreal. In the first lines of that crappy daily no-newspaper says:

“Cuba continues to focus on expanding the country’s telecommunication services to provide the society with more computer and communication services.”

What computer and communication services does Cuba provide to our society in this moment?

None. What it’s hilarious is what the article signed by Amaury del Valle added next:

“The US blockade forces the country to access internet through satellite connexions that slow down the transfer rates.”

Is this for real? Is this journalist living in planet Earth? Is this newspaper printed in 2010 or in 1962?

In a transcendental moment in the last 20 years, and for the first time since Jimmy Carter, an American Administration made steps forward to approach to Cuba: lifting the travel ban to Cuban-American, the remittances and even allowing American Telecommunication Companies to establish deal with Cuba to throw an optical cable between US and Cuba soil. And Cuba’s government answered to this good-will gesture closing the door claiming “security issues”.

So, where is the blockade with internet? The blockade, as we all Cubans knows, is inside our country toward our own people from our own administration. Cuba went on the deal with Venezuela which cost 70 million dollars when the cost between US and Cuba could be only 18 million. Where is the blockade?

This is the never-ending story of no-deal at any cost. Our economy is like a patient in comma: never die but he is in an eternal paralysed status. Any attempt to move a finger is blocked by doctors and family members: there are too many interests at stake and they need the patient alive but unconscious with no response possible.

Since 1959, Cuba is an estate of delusion near the surrealism painted by Garcia Marques in Hundred Years of Solitude, with the aggravating circumstance that in our case our victim, the people of Cuba, have victimizers inside and outside our country and the mastermind is sickening our dying country to bury it with him.


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