Is it just me, or is the truth about Cuba getting more space in the media? It wasn´t that long ago that it was almost impossible to find an article about human rights violations or political prisoners in Cuba outside Gitmo. While the Cuban propaganda machine continues to crank out their daily mierda extolling the wonders of the "revolution," they now have some competition, real competition. Hardly a day goes by without the news feeds picking up some story contradicting the official Cuban party line. Accompanying the stories about the regime "allowing" cell phones and other electronics, and a supposed end to "tourist apartheid" among other so-called reforms, are articles relating the facts: the majority of Cubans cannot afford the electronics, or the stays in tourist hotels because the state allowing those "rights" also fixes the wages at levels inadequate to make ordinary ends meet, never mind luxuries, thereby maintaining the apartheid status quo while receiving good international PR for their ruse of reforms.
Why the change? There are several, not the least of which is Fidel's diminished presence, but I think much of the credit belongs to a lone blogger from Cuba, Yoani Sanchez. Just by the force of her brave talented pen, she has captured the imagination of the international media, their audience, and made dissidence in Cuba popular. Who wants to celebrate tired old men and their recycled lies when there is an inspiring young woman representing a new generation with more relevant ideas? Everyone is talking about change in Cuba.
Funny about expectations, the power of truth, and the right person making timely history.
We are all cheering for you Yoani, and for Cuba.