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    The Dominant Interests

    The Dominant Interests / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
    Posted on November 11, 2014

    14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 November 2014 — I was tempted to
    title this text “The Good New York Times and Bad New York Times”, but
    since Yoani Sanchez had done the same with USAID it seemed repetitive.

    The truth is that lately, and in an unusual manner, the official organ
    of the Cuban Communist Party, the newspaper Granma, and its televised
    arm, The Roundtable show, haven’t stopped repeating the good reasons
    this newspaper has for criticizing the embargo, for demanding that Alan
    Gross be exchanged for Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior (MININT)
    prisoners held in the United States, or for criticizing U.S. policy with
    regards to the Cuban government. This is the good New York Times, a
    credible and influential American newspaper.

    But some have the healthy habit of saving paper and among these pearls
    appears, published in the Granma itself, an article which speaks very
    differently in relation to the famous newspaper .

    On April 24, 2003, the news was fresh of the imprisonment of 75 Cuban
    dissidents (originally there were 80 defendants) who were given
    sentences of 15, 20 and up to 28 years imprisonment. The New York Times
    addressed that process, later dubbed the Black Spring, and to the Cuban
    government this was unforgivable.

    Granma’s response, under the byline of Arsenio Rodríguez, was
    overwhelming and conclusive. “…their editorial decisions are neither
    serious nor liberal, but obediently follow orders in defense of the
    interests of the dominant powers in this nation.” And concluding with
    this succinct affirmation: “… the true role of the New York Times was,
    is and will be to represent the essence of the empire.”

    The question some of us in Cuba ask is if the newspaper has ceased to
    represent the imperial interests of the United States (if this was ever
    the case) or if now those interests are changing and something is moving
    under the table, behind the backs of the only protagonists in this
    drama: Cubans.

    I do not know if Arsenio Rodriguez has retired, how old he is, or if he
    prefers to “pass” on the subject, but I would love to read his opinion
    now. I would give anything to have the evidence that the editorial
    decisions of Granma dutifully obey orders in defense of the dominant

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