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    Cuba-United States: Focusing on Transparency / Ivan Garcia
    Posted on May 7, 2014

    There are not always good arguments for trampling on the jurisdiction of
    a foreign nation. The Cold War mentality is still latent in the behavior
    of certain U.S. institutions.

    If a government believes in democracy and political freedom, it
    shouldn’t go around hiding its peaceful efforts to support the democrats
    in autocratic countries like Cuba.

    The performance of USAID in the case of the contractor Alan Gross,
    jailed for clandestinely introducing satellite internet connections, or
    of Zunzuneao, the so-called Cuban Twitter, have been burdened by a lack
    of transparency and professionalism.

    Freedom of expression, information and access to the internet are
    inalienable rights of any citizen. If the government of a country denies
    them, it is not a punishable crime to allow another person to inform
    them in some way.

    Authoritarian and vertical societies like Cuba possess a bunch of rules
    that allow them to manage the flow of information at will. This control
    allows them to govern without hiccups, manipulating adverse opinions or
    hiding them.

    The White House can implement policies that contribute to Cubans having
    diverse sources of information. But with transparency. And not designing
    strategies that could be interpreted as interference.

    It is positive that the United States Interest Section in Havana
    operates two free internet rooms, where anyone can go, dissidents or
    otherwise.

    Washington’s policy toward Cuba is generally public and transparent. On
    the internet it is not difficult to find help or money awarded to
    opposition groups on the island. A good way to bury this obsessive mania
    for espionage and mystery.

    It must be a goal of the United States that the Radio Martí programming
    is becoming more enjoyable, analytical and professional. Since the
    1960s, the Cuban regime used Radio Havana Cuba as an instrument to sell
    its doctrines to foreign countries.

    With the petrodollars of the late Hugo Chavez, Telesur was created,
    television dedicated to openly spreading and supporting the most rancid
    of the Latin American left. That’s their right.

    But each person should also be respected, according to his opinions,
    able to freely access the TV channel he desires, listen to the radio
    station he prefers, and read his favorite newspapers and digital sites.

    For the olive-green autocracy, the 21st century is an ideological
    struggle. And it has orchestrated a campaign called “the battle of
    ideas.” But on the national scene, opinions that diverge from the
    official line are not accepted.

    Cable antennas are illegal. Internet costs a price unattainable for most
    ordinary people. Foreign newspapers and books critical of the status quo
    are censored.

    All that’s left is to listen to shortwave. Or sit in the bar of a hotel,
    spend four dollars to drink a mojito and watch Spanish CNN. The
    censorship even goes beyond politics.

    Although it’s fair to recognize that Raul Castro has allowed Cubans to
    see NBA and MLB games, foreign games in which players from the island
    participate are still banned.

    It’s the same in the literary, intellectual and musical fields. The
    singing Willy Chirino, the composer Jorge Luis Piloto, the poet Raul
    Rivero, the columnist Carlos Albert Montaner, or the writer Zoe Valdez,
    are prohibited from visiting their homeland for being convinced
    anti-Castroites.

    The Castro brothers suffer from a rare mania: they consider themselves
    the legitimate owners of the nation. And know how to sell themselves as
    victims. And mor than a few times, U.S. and European institutions, with
    their Cold War mentality, give them ammunition.

    Iván García

    Photo: Flags of Cuba, United States, United Kingdom and the European
    Union, among others, waving on the balcony of the Hotel Saratoga, where
    in April 2013 Beyoncé and her husband , rapper Jay -Z stayed. The
    pretext for the couple to spend three days in Havana was celebrating
    their fifth wedding anniversary. It was speculated that behind the visit
    could be Barack Obama, friend of the artists. True or not, the journey
    was questioned in Cuba and in the United States. Taken from Cubanet .

    29 April 2014

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