Elio Delgado Legon

Yoani Sánchez and Gordiano Lupi. Photo: http://site.adital.com.br –

HAVANA TIMES — “This is my livelihood, kid, this is my livelihood!” This phrase, spoken by renowned “dissident” Ricardo Boffil while being interrogated at Cuba’s State Security Department in Havana expressed the true essence of counterrevolutionary activity in Cuba: a business that allows one to live well without having to work, on the money of US taxpayers.

It is no secret for anyone that the organization of Cubans who fled to the United States because they had been involved or had complicity in Fulgencio Batista’s bloody dictatorship, as declassified documents show, was directed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with a view to destroying the Cuban revolution.

As early as March 17, 1960, at a meeting held to “define Cuba’s future,” President Eisenhower told everyone at the gathering that they ought to be prepared to swear they didn’t hear anything spoken at the meeting and that the “hand of the United States” should not be seen in any actions against Cuba. That is to say, the idea was to use Cuban exiles to carry out actions against the revolution directed by the CIA and, to achieve this, the United States was willing to spend large sums of money.

Since then, many enterprising Cubans have discovered a means of becoming rich in the United States without having to work: with the simple business of counterrevolution.

One of the declassified reports is by General Kirkpatrick. It literally calls for the “formation of an organization of exiles” and the “creation of an opposition within Cuba.” How could these two objectives be reached? Handing out a lot of money, for neither that organization of exiles or opposition existed in Cuba before the CIA started its “work.”

Every year, millions of dollars from the US government budget are destined to fostering subversion in Cuba. Over the last six years, nearly 7 thousand dollars were spent to pay journalists in other countries to write anti-Cuban propaganda aimed at turning public opinion against the island. That is to say, more than a hundred thousand dollars a year were destined to that little “task” alone.

More than once, it has been demonstrated that small dissident groups within Cuba receive salaries in dollars to maintain a fictitious opposition to the government.

The true “ideals” of renowned “dissident” blogger Yoani Sanchez were recently unmasked, when Italian journalist, writer and translator Gordiano Lupi, who translated Sanchez’ blog for the Italian newspaper La Stampa under contract, wrote her an open letter. I will quote only some parts of this letter in the interests of brevity:

“Yoani Sanchez has terminated her contract with La Stampa and has made me a free man, one who, till yesterday, was unable to say what he thought, for I was her translator (…) I have only myself to blame for having believed in Yoani Sanchez’ struggle (…) It has been my lot to find out – through more than one bitter deception – that Yoani Sanchez’ opposition is dead letter (…) I have realized that I have been dealing with a person who makes far from idealistic interests her top priority,” Lupi says in his letter, adding:

“I believed in an ideal struggle that does not exist. In fact, Yoani Sanchez’ aim has always been to become rich and famous. Now, she has reached her goal.”

“All she needs is for someone to finance her, to be read in Miami and a lot in Spain, that the Cuban community continue to set its hopes on an inexistent public figure.”

That is what Gordiano Lupi thinks about Yoani Sanchez, and he’s probably right, because he knows her well. The rest of those who call themselves dissidents aren’t that much different from Sanchez. All they want is to make a living out of counterrevolution.


Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

52 thoughts on “The Business of Counterrevolution in Cuba

  • In all of the countries mentioned, there exists a democracy where there was none prior to the US intervention. You may criticize the form or integrity of those democracies, but you can not argue with the fact that they exist because of US efforts. Chomsky complains about everything without offering a workable replacement. Don’t confuse eloquence with brilliance. His criticisms are time-worn and boring. He seems caught in some 1970’s generation protest march. Today’s body politic understands that income inequality and access to capital exists. True brilliance would develop a workable solution to resolving this issue without devolving our economy to a system that makes us end up becoming … well…Cuba. He spouts the same ole, same ole. This is a site about Cuba. Your position against the nuclear family disqualifies you from commenting on posts that embarrass.

  • Please cite your source for “bottom-up” organization as a requirement for socialism. I admit that I have only scanned the reference you mentioned but I still did not find the definition as you have unceasingly claimed exists. Chapter and page would be nice. You continually assume to know what I and other commenters know or have read. What makes you think we ignore what the wackos are saying or writing? Reading something does not require that you agree with it after you have read it. You claim to have read material with a conservative bias, yet you continue to spout an extremely leftist view. Chomsky, to me, is boring. He attacks capitalists institutions without a workable plan to replace them. No matter how eloquently he represents his position, in the end, all he does is complain. BORING!

  • There is no totalitarian regime in the US. There is a totalitarian regime in Cuba.

    The US has freedom of speech and the fact that people don’t publish or read the things you would like to see in papers doesn’t change that, John.

    People in the US and Europe can freely express themselves – as we do now (Circles permitting) – on the web. That web will be the primary carrier of information in the future replacing radio, TV and the written press. US citizens have access to that web. Cubans do not.

    It is ludicrous to claim US citizens have the same or even less freedom of speech than Cubans.

    The lies, censorship and repression in Cuba are not for the benefit of the “revolution”. The victory over Batista was stolen from the Cuban people long ago by Castro’s coup.

    All the repression in Cuba serves to protect the ruling Stalinist elite and goes against the interests of the people.
    You don’t end the fight against repression and human rights abuses to “wait and see”. That would be a crime to the Cuban people.

  • I agree with that definition although that definition , as short as it has to be , omits the democratic bottom-up nature of its organization absent which the definition is really unclear and unfinished.
    You can read Peter Kropotkin’s “Mutual Aid: A Factor Of Evolution” to understand that prior to the establishment of capitalism and the state , that OED definition of socialism fairly described most communities around the world.
    In order to believe as you do that socialism is unworkable, you have to believe that democracy itself is not workable because democracy is what is central to socialism ( and even more so to classic ( and not Soviet-style) communism. )
    I’m sorry you haven’t read any of the literature that explains this all in detail but I know that avoiding facts that contradict your thinking is a characteristic you share with most people on the right.
    It makes it difficult to communicate with that sort because I’ve read all the far right and know their positions chapter and verse while they can’t factually discuss things like socialism and democracy because they have only a far right view of these things and willfully and QUITE OPENLY ignore the opposing side of things.
    “Chomsky is boring” to quote someone on the ignoring side of things. .

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