THE FAKE POLITICAL PRISONER AND HIS BOGUS STRIKE

By Manuel E. Yepe

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

Whoever wants to find the reason for the time chosen to launch the recent propaganda manipulation on the death of a convict in Cuba, must consider the facts in the light of the growing difficulties the US extreme right is finding to justify its hostile policy against Cuba, given the present conditions on the island and the region as a whole.

The truth is that there has been a concurrence of promising circumstances that provide an exceptionally positive atmosphere for governability in the country.

Thus, the political moment in which Cuba is living after the formulation of the program of reforms passed in the latest Congreso del Partido Comunista [Congress of the Communist Party], some of which are already being implemented, has created in the population an optimistic feeling of trust in the capacity of the country to overcome the difficulties with the same determination it has demonstrated for more than half a century.

The economy is showing the impact of the accelerated growth of foreign tourism which has made the present season one of the best in a long time, and has even tested the capacity of Cuba to deal with such a demand.

“The hotels are full and Habana Vieja [Old Havana], the historical center of the capital city, is bursting with tourists from all over the world, who enjoy the warm winter sun in open air cafes or strolling along its narrow colonial streets,” as the British news agency Reuters correspondent in Cuba described.

On January 22nd, the New York Times ranked Cuba 10th, for its cultural and tourist options, in a list of the 45 most-recommended cities for US tourists in 2012. This is despite the prohibition against travel to Cuba imposed on United States citizens by the US blockade of the island.

The adversaries of Cuba are also frightened by the announcement of the visit Pope Benedict XVI will make to the Caribbean country this coming March 26th, considering how much the visit of John Paul II, in January 1998, contributed to the prestige of Cuban diplomacy.

In January 2012, platform Scarabeo 9, made in China and Singapore, arrived in the sea north of Havana to carry out drilling and prospecting work to determine gas and oil potentials in the Cuban economic exclusion zone in the Gulf of Mexico. This work, within an agreement between Cuban company Cupet and Spanish Repsol, is so significant for the economic future of the island that in the United States Congress, legislators of Cuban origin, who are fierce enemies of the Cuban Revolution, with the support of the American extreme right, launched a strong campaign against it.

These scenarios with a reserved forecast for the enemies of the Cuban Revolution alltogether with others in the hemisphere such as the progress and achievements of governments pro-independence, solidarity and Latin American unity, and the emergence of new regional organizations that exclude the United States all must have advised the launching of the “Goebbelsian” manipulation of the death of a supposed political prisoner who died on a hunger strike in Cuba, when in fact there had been neither the first nor the second.

It was easy to prove that the dead man was not a political prisoner, but just a common criminal. It all is even easier to demonstrate there had been no hunger strike, as the aim of a hunger strike is denunciation and the corporate press had no inkling of such, or reported on it, as it systematically does when the events take place in countries that do not enjoy the favor of the US. There was no need to explain that the inmate received all the required medical care, because Cuban prestige in this area rendered it unnecessary.

As Basque born Dominican poet, playwright, and brilliant journalist Koldo Campos Sagaseta, wrote in his column Cronopiando for El Nacional newspaper, the dead man was, “convicted of male chauvinistic violence who believed he could get away with his crime if he posed as a peaceful democrat unjustly incarcerated. With this posture he would receive the complicity of the big media and was made to believe his chances of avoiding jail time depended upon turning the infamous crime of abusing his wife into the civic right of demanding democracy.”

And so it was that the mercenary fanaticism against the Cuban Revolution added one more casualty to its long homicidal history. There were other victims: those who out of disinformation or for money joined the uncouth campaign against Cuba.

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