Washington: Another 20 Million Dollars to Fuel Subversion in Cuba

News from Cuba | Monday, 25 June 2012

The United States has allocated another 20 million dollars to encourage subversion in Cuba, Granma newspaper denounced on Monday. The figure will be managed by three US Department entities, according to an article published by the Miami-based Nuevo Herald newspaper.

The Herald revealed a letter sent by the US State Department to the US Congress, explaining that the Latin America and Caribbean regional office of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor (DRL), and the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau (WHA), will be in charge of using the funds during this fiscal year, which concludes September 30.

The US State Department's letter was released just two days after the countries with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA) decided to expulse USAID bureaus from their territories, for considering them a factor of disruption against the sovereignty and political stability in those nations, Granma newspaper points out.

The paper denounces that the objective of allocating such funds is not that of benefiting the Cuban people, but providing access to technologies for some individuals in Cuba, who back the 'regime-change' policy, and give network services and tools to persons already identified as collaborators to this aim.

The program will include providing Pcs, DVD equipment, USBs, cell phones, the Nuevo Herald said while citing a US Congress employee that knows about the case.

The Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau was allocated 2.53 million dollars to implement a 'distance training program on basic I.T. skills,' the Democracy Human Rights and Labor Bureau got 1.05 millions to provide equipment and software programs for individuals to collect information on alleged human rights violations, which are not double-checked by any other entity.

Meanwhile, the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office was given 2.9 million dollars for 'humanitarian support' to 'politically marginalized persons,' meaning the funding by a foreign government of individuals grouped in 'opposition factions,' which is something severely punished in the United States, Granma newspaper notes.

Under Obama and in an effort to destabilize Cuba, the US government has resorted to a combination of traditional and new subversive methods, since some 20 million dollars were destined to launch subversive programs through the USAID and the State Department, both in fiscal 2009 and 2010.

A feature marking this subversive policy are the new attempts to influence Cuban society, by prioritizing a modality of the so-called 'Track II,' in rhetoric based in less confrontation.

The potential of new technologies is used by the White House to keep imposing its agenda on the media and negatively influence the Cuban population, and fabricate alleged 'leaders.'

Evident examples of this phenomenon are the 'cyber-dissidents' and the so-called 'independent journalists,' who attend weekly teleconferences at the US Interest Section in Havana, and whose careers are promoted through big media campaigns or through the granting of significant international prizes, Granma newspaper denounces.

Political and ideological subversion has turned into a crucial instrument of the US anti-Cuba policy over the past years, as it seems to increase in importance, following the evident failure of the international political and diplomatic isolation strategy and the increasingly unsustainable economic blockade against the island, the Cuban Communist Party's newspaper concludes.

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