Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What Barack Obama could do Now to Help Cubans fight Castro

I read a very interesting article in "The Heritage Foundation". I just including here the most important part of it. I would recommend to read the whole article to everyone.

What Should the U.S. Do?

The Obama Administration should:
  •  Increase support to Cuba’s opposition movement that seeks to break the Cuban government monopoly on information through the provision of easy-to-use technology—including smart phones and USB drives—expand text-messaging efforts, and explore the creation of a “cyberactivist defense fund” to provide financial support to activists.
  • Partner with technology firms and NGOs with expertise operating in Cuba to explore new ways to leverage technology to support citizen journalists, drawing on recent lessons learned from the “Arab Spring” in the Middle East.
  • Explore new “super wi-fi” options to remotely broadcast free-access wireless Internet signals to densely populated centers in Cuba. New technological developments have enabled such long-range wireless signal broadcasting.
  •  Expand the Internet access provided by the U.S. Interests Section in Havana to a greater number of Cuban users and encourage U.S. allies to do the same.
  • Support programs that generate greater international awareness of Internet censorship in Cuba as a means of generating additional support from private citizens and governments throughout the world.
  • Oppose efforts to grant the U.N. a strong governance role over the Internet through the ITU or another U.N. body where nations seeking to censor the medium can exert more influence than they currently 

 Power to the People
President Obama’s demands for greater liberty for the Cuban people should be accompanied by a more robust plan of action. The Administration believes it is opening doors to democratic change with travelers and remittances to Cuba. It is hesitant to apply more direct pressure or speak out forcefully in order to breech the wall of prohibitions, censorship, and restricted access to the Internet that the aging Castro brothers believe necessary to win “the battle of ideas.” In the long run, working to support the Cuban people’s fight for unfettered access to the modern technologies of freedom will advance the cause of liberty and human dignity and the capacity of the people, not unelected leaders, to freely determine Cuba’s future.