The Cuban people, neither hungry nor defeated

The Cuban people, neither hungry nor defeated, as honorable as ever
Hope of achieving on November 15 what enemies of the Revolution failed to accomplish in July didn’t last long

Author: Raúl Antonio Capote |
december 3, 2021 12:12:03

Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus
After the defeat of July 11 and subsequent attempts to keep the spark of “insurrection” alive, as one of its spokesmen called the pyrrhic attempt, the counterrevolution, its Miami overseers and masters in Washington desperately set out to save what they could from the shipwreck. The hope of achieving on November 15 what they had failed to accomplish in July didn’t last long. The plan was fallacious to begin with, a deception, another swindle.
Pentagon and CIA analysts knew it, government advisors and the Miami “businessmen” were aware, but it seems that, as hope is the last thing to be lost… It could happen, they believed, perhaps the “perfect storm” with the raging winds of a tightened blockade, subversion, the pandemic and a deepening world economic crisis, would weaken Cubans to the point that finally, exhausted by the hardship, they would explode and self-destruct.
It would be a kind of mass suicide which they would contemplate comfortably from their armchairs; just as they are willing to enjoy the self-inflicted death of a people broken by hunger, disease and slander.
It would be a kind of mass suicide that they would contemplate comfortably from their armchairs; just as they are prepared to enjoy the self-inflicted death of a people broken by hunger, disease and slander.
More than a few interested parties and shareholders in the business of hating Cuba prayed, in the privacy of their offices, to U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, Edward Lansdale and company, that the predictions they made in the 1960s would finally come true.
But neither prayers nor glasses of spiritual water, which we know, from reliable sources, some of the so-called Cuban-American politicians placed on their altars, saved them from defeat.
The implementation of the United States’ government policy toward Cuba by the Trump’s administration, enthusiastically continued by current President Joe Biden – who intends to destroy the Revolution following an extremely hostile strategy combined with unconventional warfare – was unraveling in the country’s streets and plazas.
Before the July 11 events, U.S. special services conducted a thorough study of the cultural stereotypes of different sectors of the Cuban population. A variety of social groups were the object of investigation and analysis with a view toward identifying their weak spots, to create a road map that would ensure the effectiveness of the CIA’s cultural warfare and political-ideological subversion.
Anti-Cuban influencers, cyber character assassinators and other species propagating in the digital environment, paid activists in the ideological war, based on the information provided by special service think tanks, worked tirelessly on exploiting weaknesses and shortcomings, identified conditioned responses, fears and stereotypes.
Millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars were spent to isolate Cuba and deprive the country of international solidarity through a ferocious campaign to discredit the Revolution, allowing the U.S. government to act with impunity and justify the barbarity they were planning.
A real fortune was squandered to buy consciences, pay mercenaries and hire criminals, the latter essential to assaults on institutions, looting, burning people alive, sowing terror and chaos, as they have attempted in other Latin American countries.
Like magicians, they pulled from their hats prefabricated leaders, made from molds already used in other countries, and bet on a replica of a pocket-sized Václav Havel, with more dramatic pretensions than courage.
Almost nothing could be saved from the 7-11 shipwreck. The teetering ship nevertheless remained afloat, despite taking on water, but then ran aground and sank in November, leaving a nauseating stench reminiscent of a long ago April.
The ridiculous ended up being grotesque: henchmen abandoned by their boss, who made a swift, undercover retreat, without even saying “Hold on, I’ll be back soon,” while a musician, if we can call him that, was awarded a Grammy in the U.S. dressed in a kind of royal cloak. A full blown demonstration of disrespect for our flag and unbridled machismo, with his partner tied to him by a strip of fabric, in an apparent act of submission.
No blood was shed on the country’s streets, as they had hoped. Cubans reacted with absolute decorum, neither hungry or defeated, naked or barefoot, honorable, as always, united and stronger in the face of aggression, unscathed by slander and lies.

Telemundo and Univision Bias Coverage of Cuban Solidarity Rally November 15, 2021

Dear Cuban solidarity friends,

I am inspired to write to you to recount an experience I had today. After participating in a rally in solidarity with Cuba, Im feeling indignant over the reporting of one side only on Telemundo and Univision. At first, I was pleased to see them. It’s not the first time Spanish news channels as well as all other major media channels have been invited to rallies on the topic of normalizing relations with Cuba but have never showed-up. Today, we at least got Channel 41 and 47! Perhaps today, our message would be heard.

photograph by Guillermo Barrientos

The outpour of support from Cuban solidarity organizations was impressive. We were well equipped with signs that expressed support of the removal of U.S. sanctions and interventions in Cuba. We advocate for the lifting of the U.S. imposed blockade, and want to see an end to the economic war on Cuba. We want to see normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba and restore and improve family relations between Cubans living on the island and Cubans who reside in the U.S.A. We feel our message has the best intentions for Americans and for the people of Cuba.

Aside: When I saw a reporter and a cameraman from Telemundo I crossed the street to where they were. I said, “ Im glad you’re here and hope your report of what’s happening here today will be reported fairly.” The reporter did not respond. The cameraman snapped and said, “Just let us do our job!” I then said, “ I’ll just stay here to hear what she’s going to say”. The cameraman then said to the reporter, “Let’s go over there (pointing to and area down the avenue). I then rejoined my group.

Our attendance was by far triple the amount as it compared to the group that supports the 62 year criminal and inhumane blockade on Cuba. The group that held their middle fingers at us and called us whores and prostitutes, and chanted, “Trump, Trump, Trump…,” called us dirty communists, and spat at us… they were the group that got the media spotlight. Telemundo and Univision only interviewed people from the smaller group that was angry and hateful and yelled vulgar obscenities at us. This group, is also the side that has President Biden’s ear. Politicians in Miami who also have access to President Biden have been very effective at relating the message to keep the pressure on Cuba.

Doesn’t every country have the right to their sovereignty? This country had a revolution and became independent from England. Cuba had a revolution and became independent from the United States. Why can’t Cuba carry out their constitution as we do? Furthermore, we were once at war with Vietnam. Thousands of American lives were lost in Vietnam (58,220), nonetheless; we are now friends! Also, practically everything we sell in the United States of America is made in China. Why can’t this country also have fair exchanges with Cuba?

Ironically, today I experienced in the United States of America a great injustice committed by american media that is supposed to report fairly and without bias. At the very least, why weren’t folks from the Cuban solidarity groups interviewed? Why didn’t the cameras capture us and mention that we were also there? Why didn’t any reporter from Univision or Telemundo make any mention of our message of peace and relations with Cuba? At the very least, why didn’t the cameraman from Telemundo and Univision swing the camera over our way and allow people to wonder why our numbers were so much greater? Why not give their television audience an opportunity to at least wonder why were there and what was our message?

I ask that you all please consider writing to President Biden to request that he keeps his promise to lift all sanctions and normalize relations with Cuba. You can email President Biden at Once you are at the home page, click on email us! It’s a very easy way to leave President Biden a message.

Thank you.
Nancy Cabrero

Dear Mr. Nogales,

I am writing with hope that you will be able to help remedy the way Telemundo and Univision repeatedly ignore our presence and suppress our opinions at rallies related to U.S. policies on Cuba. This was again the case at a rally that occurred on Monday, November 15, 2021, in NYC on 38th St. and Lexington Ave. We are fed up with Telemundo and Univision’s careless reporting and their lack of effort to seek and report accurately and fairly.

This was a rally in solidarity with Cuba that also attracted a group of mostly Cubans and Cuban Americans who support their own homeland being obliderated by the United States military if it resulted in ending a 63 year old people’s revolution. They do not want the U.S. to seek to normalize relations with Cuba and their aim is for any U.S. President in office to make life as miserable as possible for Cubans on the island by way of economic sanctions and the criminal and inhumane U.S. imposed embargo on Cuba.

While it is their right to express their point of view, we too have the right to be heard. We then trust that the journalists reporting to the Spanish speaking audience they serve will present the news with the full measure of trust we hold in them. We also expect them to be responsible, fair and accurate in their report of what is happening. The public deserves a presentation of the news that will allow them to form their own opinions as opposed to the biased and uneven presentation of news that Telemundo and Univision is promulgating.

Given the countless missed opportunities offered to Telemundo and Univision to follow a code of ethical and principled journalism as it relates to presenting the news without omission of facts when it is about Cuba, I am requesting a meeting to be scheduled immediately with the executives of Telemundo and Univision. This is a serious problem that many people who I represent would like to see rectified. Telemundo and Univision must be held accountable and given the opportunity to restore our trust in the news they deliver.

I thank you for your attention to this matter.

Nancy Cabrero

Cuidar la paz desde cada puesto de combate

Cuidar la paz desde cada puesto de combate

No es un día común y corriente para los jóvenes que cumplen el servicio militar en la Gran Unidad de Tanques de la Gloria Combativa Rescate de Sanguily, Orden Antonio Maceo. Prepararse para la guerra de todo el pueblo, implica que cada cubano debe tener un medio, una forma y un lugar para defender la Patria

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En los polígonos se realizan ejercicios prácticos de las unidades de tanques. Foto: Ismael Batista Ramírez

Maniobras en el polígono integral, ejercicios en el simulador de tiro de tanques, preparación de infantería, clases de preparación política, entrenamiento de las tropas regulares…

No es un día común y corriente para los jóvenes que cumplen el servicio militar en la Gran Unidad de Tanques de la Gloria Combativa Rescate de Sanguily, Orden Antonio Maceo. Prepararse para la guerra de todo el pueblo, implica que cada cubano debe tener un medio, una forma y un lugar para defender la Patria.

La concepción de la guerra de todo el pueblo fue creada por nuestro Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz y materializada por el General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz. Se ha mantenido durante todos estos años en las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR)  y en todo el país se sigue perfeccionando.

Como parte de esta preparación, los órganos de dirección y mando se activan durante los ejercicios.

El General de Cuerpo de Ejército y ministro de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, Álvaro López Miera, acompañado por jefes principales de las FAR, constató la formación que reciben los jóvenes soldados mediante actividades prácticas concebidas para aumentar la preparación del personal que allí se encuentra, los instó a seguir estudiando y reafirmó la unidad indisoluble de las FAR con el pueblo y su Revolución.

El Día Nacional de la Defensa incluye, además, la participación de los trabajadores civiles en tareas de preparación para la defensa. En este sentido –precisó el teniente coronel Rasiel Moncada Vázquez, jefe de Preparación Combativa de la División de Tanques–, «también van a cumplir un conjunto de actividades de entrenamiento de tiro y trabajo relacionado con la producción de alimentos para nuestras tropas en la División de Tanques». A esa unidad le corresponde realizar un ejercicio táctico de compañía reforzada, que tiene en cuenta los programas de estudio de los combatientes y ha sido concebido en tres etapas fundamentales de la preparación de la puesta en completa disposición combativa y la realización del combate.

Se incluye, igualmente, el entrenamiento de los estudiantes universitarios en el Bastión Estudiantil, de manera que se entrelaza la preparación de la población civil con las unidades permanentes de la División de Tanques. Para los oficiales y soldados, tiene una gran significación entrenarse para la defensa de la Patria, como parte de la concepción de la guerra de todo el pueblo, pues también ellos forman parte del pueblo uniformado.

El sargento de segunda Annier Gutiérrez Pérez, tanquista de 19 años, tiene la firme convicción del cumplimiento del deber: «Nos preparamos más cada día para demostrarle al imperialismo que estamos listos para cualquier misión», aseguró apenas concluida la maniobra.

El mismo espíritu de combate se desprende de las palabras del teniente coronel Dunieski Morales Terán y del mayor Uberlandis Palau Hechavarría. Ambos están «listos para rechazar cualquier agresión del Gobierno de Estados Unidos, si osara agredirnos».