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    Cuba, or the Car’s Fifth Wheel / Iván García

    Cuba, or the Car's Fifth Wheel / Iván García
    Iván García, Translator: J.E.L.

    It's now known that the Castro brothers' government defends itself by
    attacking. When an independent journalist or alternative blogger writes
    about the other face of Cuba that the official media ignores, they jump
    at your neck like a spring.

    They use all kinds of tactics. From offense, calumny, and discrediting
    to the hackneyed output of justifying the misdeeds that plague Cuban
    society with the comparative statements that this also happens in other
    places.

    And it's true. In other latitudes people jump the gate, and in the
    United States they enter undocumented. In many countries prostitution,
    drugs and social violence are rampant. But the brutal difference is that
    this is published in the press. It's not a secret. Not even the ugly
    face of the society is hidden.

    In Cuba, reporters who are employees of the regime try to color the
    national panorama with the laughter of happy children, hardworking
    farmers, humble athletes, honest police officers and, finally, they
    assert that the island is the best and most efficient democracy on the
    planet.

    They are the fifth wheel of the car. The way they defend a theory is to
    negate the other. They go over the easy track. Anyone who disagrees is a
    traitor, a mercenary bought by Yankee gold.

    Shamelessness isn't new. This kind of state misinformation was put into
    practice by the Bolsheviks first, and by Adolf Hitler later on.

    The advantages of having a controlled flow of information are
    undeniable. It's easier to govern when you control what is said,
    informed, and opined.

    Since journalism emerged outside of government control in the early 90s
    or the wave of independent bloggers starting in 2007, the regime
    viciously attacks those who disagree and sign their names in blogs,
    websites or foreign publications.

    It's undoubtable that the new technologies are a powerful enemy against
    the Cuban regime. From the mobile phone and its SMS (text messaging)
    service, through social networks like Twitter and Facebook and ending
    with different anti-Castro websites.

    The Castro brothers know that the force and state of opinion can
    generate the network of networks. Because of that they strive to clog
    the Internet with a troupe of hardworking clerks dedicated to defend
    them, tooth and nail. They are afraid that the people can access an
    Internet without locks.

    But you can't cover up the sun with one finger. Cuba has many realities.
    And nobody can include them. It's a reality that people who defend the
    Castros and their tropical socialism exits. Just like it's also a
    reality that there are many who oppose them.

    Whether or not you like the supporters of the regime, it's also true
    that there are prostitutes in Havana that scare people. That corruption
    is a style of life and civic values have plummeted. Living in
    illegalities, like gambling or emptying containers into the port, have
    become normal.

    According to my perception, the majority of Cubans are upset with the
    way the Castros govern. The number of probable immigrants is huge.

    The future doesn't locate talented youth in their country. Cuba is
    hurting. Even its most ardent supporters admit that they haven't done
    their homework well. Their cowardice lies in teh fact that they don't
    blame anybody for the disaster. And now there's someone to blame: Fidel
    Castro.

    Translated by: J.E.L.

    October 30 2011

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