Monday, August 18, 2008

Gen Y's hubby

Yoani Sanchez is the author of the widely known Generacion Y blog. It's so popular that some of her postings register 3,000 or more comments. I didn't realize it until earlier today, but her husband Reinaldo Escobar also has a blog. Its new English version is here.

Reinaldo and Yoani are shown in these photos above taken from their web sites.


leftside said...

Reinaldo has been an anti-government activist for some time. He has a political party (Progressive Arc), a magazine, a cadre of writers/supporters and a few other blogs hosted on his site. He has managed to do what we are told is impossible in Cuba. His wife gets stories written about her in the US when she claims she is getting censored and is given some award, but we never got stories saying she is still able to post her blog and that her husband has had an opposition party and online magazine for years. The reason is that he refused to go down the road of "the 75" and has stayed free from foreign government contacts.

alongthemalecon said...

So do you feel government opposition is tolerated as long as the activists don't have foreign government ties?

leftside said...

Yup, that seems to be the red line to me - ties to hostile foreign governments or to organizations funded by these Governments (Radio Marti/Cubanet/CANF, etc).

I have read most of the case files for "the 75" (now 50-some) and that is the common denominator. It is right there in the Law 88 too, which most were charged under. This Law was passed after Helms-Burton and basically sought to prosecute Cubans who cooperated with the aims of that sinister and internationally condemned law.

The other technical finding of fact is that one's actions, in concert with foreign ties, had the effect of supporting and maintaining the embargo and sanctions on Cuba. That is much mroe broard, so the kicker seems to be foreign ties.

Now, I acknowledge that minor harassment and temportary detentions seems to occur even without these preconditions - and deserves to be condemned in many cases. But as long as the US has covert and overt programs with the aim of regime change, disallowing Cubans to cooperate in that venture seems fair to me. If the US wanted to put the onus on the Cubans to get rid of Law 88, it seems to me, we have the obligation to remove our regime change policies first. Then there would be no excuses.

alongthemalecon said...

Some Cubans I've talked to say Cuba would be less extreme in some of its positions if the U.S. weren't so intent on regime change

leftside said...

I don't think the psychological power the US holds over Cuba can be underestimated. The cynical part of me sometimes thinks the US places so much pressure on Cuba just in order to provoke the overreactions from Cubans (and others). The overreaction then makes international news, not the initial provocation or larger issue.