Citizen Ambassador / Miguel Iturria Savon
Posted on April 23, 2013
The newspapers and TV news in Spain barely report on news from Cuba,
where not everything happens between the orders and the execution of the
orders, nor does the reality coincide with the political propaganda
designed by the Powers-That-Be, as is clearly demonstrated in these days
of the travels through America and Europe of the Island blogger Yoani
Sanchez, who sat on the El Pais jury that awarded the Ortega y Gasset
prize and responded to questions from the readers of that newspaper, for
whom she is the representative on the Caribbean island.
Yoani, that chronicler of reality unaligned with the classic political
definitions, has responded with wit, honesty and ingenuity to questions
that they are just formulating in Spain, a nation plunged into economic
crisis, unemployment and budget cuts in health and other social
services, generating protests, uncertainties and challenges from
citizens that echo in the media.
I am not going to summarize the questions and answers of the famous
creator of Generation Y and the Bloggers Academy of Cuba; those
interested can read it in the online edition of El Pais from Friday
April 19; but I do want to note Yoani behaves as a genuine citizen
ambassador, beyond her divergent views she offers a look from those
millions of voiceless Cubans who reject the endless discourse of
Communist rule and who do not see their country in the inexplicable
limbo of a utopia conceived in the former Soviet Union and spread to
Europe by the leftist parties complicit in the grotesque Cuban dictatorship.
For the situation in Spain is understood the tone of certain questions,
in which also gravitate the effects of Castro's propaganda and the
pursuit of social chimera elsewhere. Maybe that's why Yoani says that
"in Cuba we live under state capitalism, a family clan deeply
neoliberal"; she warns that "how to be free is learned by being free"
and that for her "life is not elsewhere, but in another Cuba" where "to
exercise independent journalism does cost one's freedom or a media
23 April 2013