Che Guevara once said," I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves."
Unless you're the U.S. government.
It seems the U.S. is once again prepared to spend millions ($80 million!) to pay off "dissidents" in Cuba...towards the goal of a renewed war on Cuba. The long-anticipated end of the 45-year long divorce-that-went-bad between our government and Fidel Castro seems to be near...with Fidel's recent hospitalization and handing over of power to his brother, Raul.
Why does a democratic movement need for the U. S govt. to pay people to become dissidents? It's more about the U.S. gaining control over the island. This has been going on since 1898 since Cuba has long been a strategic military location in the Carribean.
I keep thinking about Hiltons and McDonalds along the Malecon. sigh. So much for the preservation of the incredible and unique culture, political struggle and resolve of Cuba. Tho' I have faith in the people of Cuba. Los Cubanos son muy fuerte!
George Bush and his administration are ready to move in on Cuba in the event of Fidel's demise. I find it unbelievable (tho' not surprising) that the US media is continuing to propagate the old lies about Cuba. I read reports this week that said there is "no freedom of religion" and "no elections at all" in Cuba or that "people can't say anything bad about Fidel in public". I have video footage exactly to the contrary of these lies spread by U.S. interests.
To read about my experiences in Cuba, check out my Web site here Colbert's hilarious video about this week's events
I collected some links and other folks' opinions below. Let me know what you think!
Hasta la victoria siempre!
In a statement released today, Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) said the following: “Should Fidel Castro ultimately be unable to continue to lead Cuba, we must leave the transition to the Cubans… The Cubans themselves must make decisions about their future, free of threats and intervention from abroad.”
--Conservative Peggy Noonan, former speech writer for Ronald Reagan, in the Wall Street Journal:
“Use the change of facts to announce a change of course. Declare the old way over. Declare a new U.S.-Cuban relationship, blow open the doors of commerce and human interaction, allow American investment and tourism, mix it up, reach out one by one and person by person to the people of Cuba.”
--Oswaldo Paya, a leading political dissident in Cuba, in an interview with Andres Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald:
“We're in a very complex, very tense situation. The U.S. message should be to ratify that there is no such thing as a U.S. threat on Cuba, that there is no intention to intervene. It should say, ‘Look, the Cuban process must be defined exclusively by the Cuban people.’”
--The Los Angeles Times editorial board:
“The administration should lift the travel ban (which is, regardless of what one thinks of Cuba, an unjustifiable restraint on the freedom of U.S. citizens). Restrictions on remittances back to the island also should be lifted, as should any limitations on agricultural trade.”
--Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) in the Boston Globe:
“The administration, while pretending to prepare for dealings with Cuba after Castro is gone, only confirms that this government does not have the contacts, the intelligence, or the relationships with key actors who will shape Cuba's immediate future… Those nations that have cultivated relationships across the Cuban spectrum will most likely play important roles in shaping a post-Castro society. The United States, unfortunately, with its transition-to-nowhere road map, is poised to remain on the sidelines.”
--Sarah Stephens, Freedom to Travel Campaign director, in the Huffington Post:
“Fifty years of regime change schemes and bullying has got us nowhere with Fidel’s Cuba. The Cuba that will emerge after Fidel deserves to see the better side of the US, and now is the time to show it.”
U.S. Links & Opinions on Cuba:Transition to Nowhere"
by US Representative Jim McGovern, Third District of MassachusettsCuba Central
--good source for updates about Cuba and lifting the travel ban "Real Life" in Cuba Web siteLatin American Working GroupCuba solidarityPastors for Peace
Official Cuban Sites:Granma, the official Cuban newspaperRadio Habana