Radio TV Martí and the "New" Subversion Strategy against Cuba

The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) that supervises the international diffusion of information financed by taxpayers has just made public the results of an audit to the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) – that is Radio TV Martí.  

The audit, - carried out last February as a response to a last year program that presumably contained anti-Semitic comments on multimillionaire humanitarian, George Soros, and that triggered disciplinary measures against nine journalists -, confirms what everybody knows for a long time now: "the broadcasts from the United States toward Cuba are filled with bad journalism and ineffective propaganda", an elegant way to name the lie and manipulation.  

It’s not the first time this radio station has been the target of critics for its professional malpractices.  

The new audit, though, despite attaining a similar professional assessment, is confident on the survival of the Office of Cuban Broadcasting (OCB) if the aforementioned radio station continues to do certain changes in its broadcasts.  

The recommendations highlighted in the report Embarking on Reform of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), propose to achieve a new editorial approach and a clear format of production, to reach Cubans in the Island in a more neutral way.  

To this end, assure panelists, instead of using a an open form of opposition and hostility toward the entirety of the Cuban Revolution in all its social, political, cultural and economic features, it’s necessary to keep in mind that primordial rule of successful political messages and of modern marketing that says, to influence people, generally, the first thing to do should be to establish an empathy.  

“You should demonstrate that you understand their situation, that you sympathize with them that you appreciate both the good things and bad things in their lives and the problems they cope with."  

In that way, once Cubans are entertained with controversial issues, in neutral formats of television and radio, they will be able to absorb the news in a respectful way – assure auditors.  

As in the Island 40% of the population was born after the fall of the Soviet Union, the "programs of unilateral interviews with combative hosts" that focus their content in complaints about the time of the Cold War, should be substituted by more current topics.  

"In Cuba, there are many interesting things to show, and many ways of reaching the youths with current material, without speaking about the régime and the events of years ago. The news could be focused on events and current tendencies, to enrich both the message and the content."  

USAGM auditors also recommend that debate programs where experts participate should keep an unbiased critic, which would allow the introduction of divergent, fresher and more current points of views, capable of capturing and influencing a greater public.  

As it clarifies the report Embarking on Reform of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting: There is nothing new or revolutionary in these recommendations. They are the focus used by the Voice of America and other services of the United States Agency for Global Media. It’s the focus that worked to tear down the iron curtain in the former Soviet Union and moderate China in the days of Mao. It’s the same focus used to moderate the Muslim extremists in the Middle East and Africa."  

The proposal suggests that the lacks and deficiencies of the Cuban régime, and the difficulties of life in Cuba should not dominate the news, but to this purpose it’s not necessary to exclude all other topics, just as it happens nowadays where a constant and monotonous discussion prevails on Cuba.  

Treating Cuban matters, with Cold War fashion way as in the old radio stations of Miami, won't get the OCB mission to its fulfillment and, on the opinion of the authors of the report, an effort should be made, that: " will require a substantial reduction of the time and space dedicated to Cuban matters and a categorical change in the way in which Cuba is treated."  

The recommendations also include, developing new categories of content, in multiple and new formats that attract the current population of Cuba, especially the youths.  

The "implacable anti-Cuban defense" should seek as alternative other "types of news covering and even a promotion journalism that could be more effective, for example, to tell positive stories on you or the United States".  

"These tools then would allow the OCB to elaborate a strategy that intentional and methodically seek to "promote freedom and democracy offering to the people of Cuba an objective programming of news and information ".  

Any resemblance of the "new" strategy designed by Radio TV Martí with the editorial policy practice by some websites, presumably independent, that today are plentiful in internet, is not at all pure coincidence.  

Don’t be alarmed if tomorrow, the radio station whose name dirties for 34 years the memory of the apostle of Cuban independence is sold, according to the principles of the old marketing of lies, as a "revolutionary means of communication and in favor of Socialism."

Washington Allocates Funds for Subversion in Cuba

The fund includes $20 million USD for subversion against Cuba and $600 million for border security with Mexico

The omnibus spending bill approved by the United States Congress last week, to fund the government until mid-2018, includes $20 million USD for subversion against Cuba and $600 million for border security with Mexico, which President Donald Trump plans to use to build a wall.

The amount of money allocated to promote regime change in Cuba, camouflaged under the euphemistic term “democracy programs,” contrasts with the massive cuts to the State Department and United States foreign aid to developing countries.

The funds for subversion were cut by Trump in the 2017 fiscal year, although the real amount dedicated to attacks on Cuba is much greater and comes from varied sources other than Congress.

The controversial Helms-Burton Act of 1996 established the obligation to grant money to these destabilizing programs against the island. Each administration since then has varied the exact figure, which ranges on average between 10 and 20 million dollars.

Mercenary groups, scholarships to promote false leadership among young Cubans and the dirty war on the Internet are financed with part of the money from Congress, which also benefits Florida-based groups that profit from the attacks on Cuba.

Another of the budget items approved in the midst of controversy was related to border security. Trump announced on Twitter this weekend that he had ordered the immediate construction of the controversial border wall with Mexico.

While the $600 million approved for border issues must cover other expenses, the President believes that he can use those funds to begin to fulfill his campaign promise.

However, experts note that $600 million dollars is a fraction of the total cost of the project envisaged by Trump, which could cost several billion dollars.

The U.S. President’s focus on the issue of the wall contrasts with the priority of many U.S. citizens. This weekend around 800,000 young people mobilized in several cities to demand a solution to the country’s gun problem, an issue that Trump has tried to dodge.

The so-called “March for Our Lives,” the largest youth demonstration in decades, filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, where surviving students of the Parkland massacre last month were among speakers.

Emma González, one of the surviving Stoneman Douglas School students, was moved to tears as she read the names of the victims. Her speech lasted six minutes and 20 seconds, the same time that the attack on her school lasted, according to Reuters.

Television networks showed the young protesters filling the streets of the United States in cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minéapolis and New York.

The issue of gun control has forced many politicians up against the ropes, especially Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio, who maintains his support for the National Rifle Association, from which he receives millions of dollars, despite the massive support of his electorate for a change in legislation to make it more difficult to buy the guns with which such massacres are carried out.

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How one Cuba scoop led to another

While the so-called Cuban dissidents, like Yoani Sanchez make hundreds of thousands of dollars to repeat the editorial policy of the media campaigns from the U.S. government against Cuba, the AP staff of journalists who revealed the USAID’s conspiracy to send young people as missionaries of subversion to Cuba only earned a reward of 500 dollars.

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An Impregnable Shield against Subversion Statement by the Cuban Youth

We don’t blame those young people recruited. They are also victims in a world that the empire has made ever more unfair and selfish.We don’t blame those young people recruited. They are also victims in a world that the empire has made ever more unfair and selfish.

Recent revelations in the press have been giving details of the subversive actions that the U.S. Government arranged and paid for as part of their flagrant campaign to overthrow the Cuban Revolution, which has been undefeated for more than 56 years in spite of constant aggressions and plans which have always been condemned to fail.
Now, under the belief that Cuban youth could be handing over the inherited achievements without fighting, they secretly sent Latin-American young people who under the justification of carrying out health and civic programs came to Cuba to provoke political destabilization with the financial support of the USAID, which was specially aimed to promote actions by the young people against the revolutionary process.

They do not know the Cuban youth at all. We are a generation that acts with intelligence and analyses the reality of the world where we live, that in spite of the lack of resources and limitations, has been growing up sheltered by the Cuban State that is been doing everything possible to protect us, educate us, and inculcate the most honorable ideas and values to us, those young people who money could never buy.     

We don’t blame those young people recruited. They are also victims in a world that the empire has made ever more unfair and selfish. For sure that when they were walking along Cuban streets and universities and they were witnesses of the collective effort carries out by the Cuban youth to go ahead and overcome adversities without stopping being supportive and happy, they understood that they were mere mercenaries in a dirty war, whose only merit was to fill the pockets of those who became rich squandering the money that the richest country in the world should invest in many people in the world to reach the health and education rates that Cuba; a small country suffering a permanent blockade and forced to live in a tough and unequal war, has.

Cuban Youth rejects and condemns these maneuvers and raises, as an impregnable shield the strength of those who throughout history have been able to understand the need to be consistent, and thanks to whom we are here today.

They couldn’t defeat us. We know well the price of freedom, and we know perfectly well the evilness and hate of our enemies.

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