Thursday, February 4, 2010

Castro’s Henchman in Chief fencing Venezuela.

This week has been crowded with news from Venezuela, bad news overall. In another very significant similarity with his tutor in Chief Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez wasn’t shy to express one of his master hatred: internet, and especially Twitter. The social network had became a headache to Venezuela’s ruler after the shutting down of RCTV.Castro Henchman in Chief fencing Venezuela

In the other hand, Fidel Castro has send one of his closest allies in his fight against Cuba’s civil society: his Henchman in Chief Ramiro Valdez, who will go to Venezuela to bring “help” in its energy crisis. Hmm…

But, what does Castro’s Henchman in Chief know about energy system problems and solutions available to Venezuela?

By sure, what he does know is about repression, suppression of civil rights and the shutting down of internet in Cuba. Those are his areas of expertise. In those, Ramiro Valdes had put his fingerprints without any doubt.

Valdez was Cuba’s first Minister of Interior and the mastermind behind the creation and organization of Cuba’s repressive apparatchik G2. He is without a doubt a hardliner, a man who crushed Castro’s opposition in the 60’s and part of the seventies with an iron fist.

In the 80’s, when times were more tranquil, and Cuba society was definitely under total control, Castro moved his henchman out of sight from a department who made him very unpopular worldwide, and a face blank of many frequent critics in western societies. It was the moment Cuba was emerging to institutionalize its Socialism system in what it is today: a totalitarian monarchy.

In the 80’s, Valdes was the front runner in the electronic industry in Cuba, and made an empire from it. He was the one behind closed doors who established the Cuban rules in internet: out of reach from the common citizen, just a tool in the hands of the totalitarian regime under the siege of loyal lackeys.

The latest move made by Raul Castro to set him as head of the Ministry of Communications and IT was the perfect symbol of the times to come in the “new Cuba”. At the end of 2008, Ramiro Valdez made clear to the headquarters of the IT industry in the island that Cuba had to create its own operating system from Open Sources Software, in order to fence even more Cuba from internet.

As result at the end of 2009, Cuba launched its own system NOVA: the Henchman in Chief’ solution to close every single door to internet’s intrusion. Cuba is today, with China and a few countries, one of the internet’s “black holes” (go to Reporters without Borders website)

So, what does Ramiro Valdes do in Venezuela? He is not looking after any energy crisis solution in which he is neither an amateur nor an expert. It is more obvious after the very revealing Chavez’s distress about twitter and his remarkable words about twitter’s terrorism. It is sounding too familiar, too close to Cuba’s internet’s “black hole”.

Is Chavez trying to shut down internet in Venezuela? Today, another rumour has reached the news: Venezuela National Assembly is considering a law against internet. But, if all these facts were enough, you have to remember Cuba officially rejected US offer about a submarine cable to joint Cuba and America’ soil and preferred its association with Venezuela, which it is more costly. It sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

What it is coming is an internet’s besiege between the two countries and the visit paid by Ramiro Valdes is just the tip of the iceberg about the times to come to Venezuela.

It is necessary that Chavez’s opposition makes clear to Venezuela that what it is in stake is not a simple move, it is the future and the total fencing of that country in the hands of a ruler with a golden mine under his seat.

Time is coming very close to Venezuela to become another Cuba saga. We hope that siege will never happen.