miércoles, 17 de diciembre de 2014


Cuban democracy has taken so long that now it seems we Cubans can wait a little longer. President Obama, with his historical Cuban speech, is indeed recognizing the future rights of a leftist dictatorship that, in turn, has never recognized the rights of Cuban citizens.

His Cuban counterpart, General Raul Castro, dressed in military uniform instead of his much more accustomed expensive suits, delivered a simultaneous speech so solemn that he sounded as if he were in a funeral. It was obvious that this was his fraternal farewell to Fidel Castro, who can no longer be part of the Cuban equation in the new era begun today. I dare say that Fidel Castro has died and that the apocalyptic announcement may take place on the 56th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, January 1st.

Next, we’ll see in Cuba the masquerade of new investments and markets and local licenses for business and more access to the internet and even an electoral reform, but private property will remain a myth. No fundamental freedoms are conceivable for Cubans while only one Communist Party continues to monopolize all of political life, with the State Security of the Ministry of the Interior serving as the real source of governance of a model based on secrecy and, of course, impunity to repression.

After decades of fostering terrorism, the Caribbean dictatorship is paving the path to a dynastic “dictatorcracy”, with second and third generation Castros perpetually positioned to lead this process without ever worrying about consulting the popular will. Thus, the Cuban self-transition from totalitarianism to State capitalism is underway with a new geopolitical ally: the United States of America. As such, Cuban democrats must re-schedule their expectations to live in a normal Cuba. This is the main consequence of the “normalization” of relations between the gerontocracy of the Revolution Square and a White House pushed both by the corporations and by the pro-Castro bias of the free press.

As for the Cuban exiles: thank you very much for what you’ve done for this great nation, yes, but your President Obama has just mentioned that, effectively, Cubans consist of only the 11 million still under Castro’s rule on the Island. So, our world-wide free diaspora will remain excluded from their own nationality, at most invited to collaborate by sending their billions of dollars every year in remittances. What’s more, the Cuban Adjustment Act from 1966 is likely to be ineffective soon, meaning that Cuban immigrants will lose their special status in the US. It’s conceivable that we will witness the first deportations of illegal Cuban newcomers as a means to stop the stampede.

Last but not least, Cuban “civil society”, as Obama stated, seems no longer interested in political opposition to the government and ultimately, in peacefully struggling to legally attain power. Reduced to the field of dissidence, their pro-democracy actions are now limited to a digital catharsis that is perfectly tolerable for the new status quo of post-Castroism.

So, welcome to the real thing. Cuban democracy, like heaven, can wait. Like hell.

5 comentarios:

Anónimo dijo...

Socio, pa´quien tu escribiste esto, porque si es pa´que lo lean cubanos, no veo donde está el punto de haberlo escrito en inglés. De acuerdo que aspires a ampliar tu campo de influencia, pero no debería faltar un versión en castellano.

Anónimo dijo...

Con la iglesia hemos topado Pancho. Día aciago. La dictadura se perpetúa como en China. Ex-Cuba.

Teresa Cruz

Anónimo dijo...

Si, de acuerdo con lo del idioma y otra cosa, que hace tu foto ahí?, eres la alternativa a la dictadura?, en ingles?. No se si entiendes que la oposición cubana la tiene mas difícil hoy que ayer. Salieron 4 gatos en Miami. Difícil bro, cuesta arriba esta lucha...

Joseph Carrion dijo...

I read it and I disagree with its decidedly bitter tone and yet it offers no solution to the problem. President Obama is recognizing not just the rights of the Cuban people, but their humanity. They should not have to endure continued embargos and change has to come from somewhere—that will almost certainly be from not just the millions of Cuban-Americans that live in the U.S., but the many millions of others that empathize with the dismal existence currently the norm in Cuba. I cannot speak for the masquerade that has been, and will continue to be part and parcel of the islands 11 million inhabitants, not will I address the certain flood of financial interests that will accompany the end to the embargo—these things are an integral part of our current society, but are beyond the scope of what I am responding to.

F. Castro has been dead for some time, his legacy, however continues to ulcerate every facet of daily life on the island nation and must be eliminated. To that end, Cubans themselves must be willing to induce an internal movement, very similar to vomiting or defecating--which ever suits your sensibilities, in order to energize an awakening of the people's desire for change. We as educated and liberal thinkers must be reminded that they (the people of Cuba) have been resigned to this oppression for so long they may not know, in fact, how even to move forward without a considerable external investment of ideology---from us. Its our move.

Lo leí y no estoy de acuerdo con su tono decididamente amarga y sin embargo, no ofrece una solución al problema. El presidente Obama está reconociendo no sólo los derechos del Cubano , pero también su humanidad. No deberían tener que soportar los embargos y el cambio continuos tiene que venir de alguna parte, que casi con toda seguridad vendra no solo de los millones de cubano-americanos que viven en los EE.UU. , pero de los muchos millones de personas que simpatizan con la existencia sombría actualmente la norma en Cuba. No puedo hablar en nombre de la mascarada que ha sido, y continuará a ser parte integrante de los 11 millones de habitantes de la isla. No voy a abordar el seguro de inundación de los intereses financieros que acompañará el fin del embargo , estas cosas son una parte integral de nuestra sociedad actual, pero están más allá del alcance de lo que estoy respondiendo.

F. Castro está muerto desde hace algún tiempo, su legado, sin embargo sigue ulcerando todas las facetas de la vida cotidiana en la isla y debe ser eliminado. A tal fin, los propios Cubanos deben estar dispuestos para inducir un movimiento interno, muy similar a los vómitos o defecar - cualquiera al que se te adapte a sus sensibilidades, con el fin de dinamizar el despertar del deseo de la gente por el cambio. Nosotros como educados y pensadores liberales debemos recordar que ellos (los que viven en Cuba) se han resignado a esta opresión durante tanto tiempo puede que no sepan, de hecho, ni cómo iniciar los pasos para avanzar sin un considerable inversión externa de la ideología --- de nosotros. Es nuestro turno para mover.


Anónimo dijo...

It's clear that Fidel Castro is dead. After being the winner in times of war against the CIA, he is now the winner in times of peace against the exile and the so-called internal opposition, who couldn't avoid that a U.S. President dares to recognized the Castro government. Fidel Castro dies with the fulfillment of his prophecy ¡Volverán! while his rivals have nothing more to say except nonsense like this post