news analyst, media critic, and philosopher
on Cuba, Latin America and the world
Since March 4, 2004
Unspinning Official Stories
With eyes shut
tight, as always,
6 April 2012:
Way back before George the First invented and decreed
embedded journalism, good reporters were not only at least reputed
to be smarter than their editors but were also supposedly bent on
getting the true story, whether their editors liked it or not. Maybe
then. Not now. Any
American can go to
American can go to
Using 20/20 Brain VisionThere's no such thing as "too idealistic." Ideal means just right. To expect this human race, with its propensity for denial and chaos, to achieve an ideal may be naive. But to reject the concept of an ideal, to fail to define it and use it as a yardstick by which to measure what you're settling for IS stupid.
My ideal world would be a one-world communist atheist state with a population of way less than 250 million people all speaking the same language and living in harmony with the eco-system in neatly defined civilized enclaves leaving most of the world in nature's domain.
Why? Because, being sensible, I like clean air, water, and soil; vast, unspoiled forests, deserts, grasslands, and granite slopes; a full and abundant array of healthy animal and vegetable life; beauty, adventure, peace and an assured future stability for a world like that. And I don't like the ugly alternative that...(continued, but not yet)
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CUBA: For a review and dismissal of just a few common misconceptions about Cuba, click HERE.
FEB. '10: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HAVANA TIMES - CLICK
JAN. '08: A FRIENDLY CRITIQUE OF PRESS FREEDOM IN CUBA - CLICK
ENERO '08: UNA CRITICA AMISTOSA SOBRE PRENSA LIBRE EN CUBA - CLICK
2007 UPDATES FROM CUBA: For a look at Cuba with Fidel on the bench posted from the island in January and February 2007, click HERE.
2005: BIRDS & BRUJAS IN ENCHANTED CATEMACO click HERE.
THREE APRIL '05 LETTERS FROM CUBA: Self-syndicated and offered
on the dates indicated to various U.S. media I knew wouldn't print them.
"Human Rights in Cuba, April 14 from Havana," click HERE.
"Viva y Habla Fidel!, April 22 from Cienfuegos," click HERE.
"Elections in Cuba, April 29 from Havana," click HERE.
2004: SOUTH AMERICA COMPARED TO CUBA: In the summer and fall of '04, the author toured eight South American countries to compare the "emerging western style free enterprise democracies" to Cuba, because, as members of the OAS and the UN, these countries are regularly armtwisted into censuring Cuba as the only country in the hemisphere still not "free." In three extensive documents listed below, the author confirms that, logically, it should be Cuba that censures the other countries, since only Cuba is free of a significant list of oppressive attributes found everywhere else, as these documents attest.
"From Maracaibo," click HERE.
"From the Andes," click HERE.
"From the Cone" (includes South America Summary), click HERE.
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