[News] The Ideologues of the Soft Coup: Open Society in Cuba and the Counter-Revolutionary Articulation

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Ideologues of the Soft Coup: Open Society in Cuba and the
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pieces about Venezuela Javier Gómez Sánchez – January 5, 2021

Javier Gómez Sánchez – January 5, 2021

The special broadcast of Cuban Television on November 28 marked a change in
terms of the public exposure by the media system of the Cuban State of the
US intentions to finance and organize a new counterrevolution to provoke a
soft coup in Cuba. .

It was followed by broadcasts from the Roundtable, segments on the NTV,
information programs, articles in Granma and Cubadebate, as well as a
follow-up in various institutional media. Never before has the operation of
this new counterrevolution, the intentional use of social networks and
digital media, as well as acts of terrorist vandalism and their links,
articulated for the destabilization of Cuban society, been exposed to the
people in this way.

The creation of a Cuban neo counterrevolution dates back to the early
2000s, specifically on May 14, 2004, at a meeting of CIA officers held at
the residence of one of the officials of the then Office of Interests of
the United States in Havana, when the idea of giving the traditional
counterrevolution until then financed and used in Cuba a secondary role was
raised for the first time, taking into account its notorious loss of
prestige, and creating a counterrevolution with a new face and discourse .

The content of that meeting and the plans of the Central Intelligence
Agency that were presented in it, are known thanks to the testimonies of
the writer and journalist Raúl Capote, present at the meeting, whom the CIA
recruited to promote the cultural war in Cuba , and that later he would
really reveal himself as an agent of the Cuban State Security.

This new counterrevolution had to find its human resources among people,
mainly young people, who had professional and social ties with the very
Cuban institutions that it is trying to overthrow, this would guarantee a
certain ¨prestige¨ and affinity with sectors, which, although they are
demographically minority within the Cuban population, exercise an important
social influence as generators of ideology: Journalists, academics and

In the same way, recruit, train and put various bloggers to work on their
objectives, who were identified in Cuba from a “cartography” of the Cuban
blogosphere, as the universe of personal or group web pages on the Internet
is called. an identification work carried out in 2011 by Ted Henken, ¨
scholar¨ of the Cuban digital issue sent from the United States, and which
of course did not include truly revolutionary bloggers, concentrating his
work on those whose ambiguity could make them prone to acceptance repeated
invitations to events in embassies and abroad – of increasingly evident
intention -, initially in Europe and then in the United States itself,
scholarships in European or American universities, such as Harvard and
Columbia,to create or maintain political and digital media projects in Cuba
from funds received as part of these.

At the same time, work was done on converting a small group of people who
responded to their interests from the academic and intellectual sectors
into media figures. These would be in charge of being ideologues for the
organization of a counterrevolution “of the left” in Cuba, -being really a
disguised right- with a social democratic, anti-communist and
anti-fidelista platform, but that initially did not act openly against
socialism or against the Revolution , neither against the State, nor the
Communist Party of Cuba and other political organizations.

What US President Barack Obama did years later in his speech for the
announcement of diplomatic relations with Cuba on December 17, 2014, was
simply to express what had already been assumed by the CIA itself at that
meeting in May 2004: The The use of a hard and aggressive line against Cuba
had failed, and it was necessary to seek the achievement of the objectives
by other methods.

This is once again explicit in the Presidential Directive signed some time
later by President Obama, in which the intention to work with Cuban civil
society is known. The use of the term, for the first time, by an American
president raises the question: With which civil society? Obviously it was
not about the existing public organizations and institutions in Cuba, but
about virtual civil society, understand the neo counterrevolution, which
had been promoted on the Internet and social networks, initially in
parallel with Cuban social organizations, and then already openly opposed
to these, as part of the strategy in place since 2004.

For this, the US plans, in addition to funding from the National Endowment
for Democracy (NED) and USAID, put Cuba on the list of countries in which
the international financial entity Open Society Foundations, created by
billionaire George Soros, operates. , which is dedicated to the
organization of group projects that use social and human rights causes to
work for the overthrow of governments and regime changes, under the
romantic name of “color revolutions”. With experience in Eastern European
countries such as Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus, and also used in
the so-called Arab Springs and against leftist processes in Latin
America. The Open Society does not act alone, but rather as part of the
United States’ international interference agenda.

They would also work with the Venezuelan counterrevolution, where they
created the PROVEA project, which the Bolivarian media lucidly denounced.

In the case of Cuba, in 2014 they organized the so-called ¨laboratory of
ideas¨ Cuba Posible, a website with funding from the Open Society and other
US entities, under the camouflage of the debate and the exercise of popular
criticism promoted by the Cuban Government itself as part of the drafting
and implementation of the Guidelines and the updating of the economic
model. Also taking advantage of the atmosphere of relaxation and
rapprochement at that time between the island and the United States,
organizing various events inside and outside of Cuba.

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Cuba Posible, structured through ¨programs¨ by thematic groups, such as the
so-called Ágora and Fraternidad, would be dedicated to attracting Cuban
intellectuals interested in historical, legislative, and diplomatic issues,
as well as people related to social causes such as racism. , feminism,
gender equality, sexual rights, and animal protection, with the intention
of generating a state of opinion in these sectors contrary to the PCC,
favorable to the multi-party system and convenient to the strategy of the
United States. One of the executives of Cuba Posible told Reuters that his
objectives were to promote “a transitional change to a multi-party Cuba.”

Its members, both in their personal ties and in their rhetoric, had to stay
away from the most aggressive counterrevolution, and at the same time
project a distancing from ¨oficialismo¨, from institutions and
organizations related to the ideology of the Revolution. Regarding this,
they would dedicate themselves to sowing the idea of the existence of
“Stalinist” and “conservative” sectors, which supposedly hinder the
transformations from within the leadership of the Party itself and the
Government, as well as the normalization of relations between Cuba and the
States. United. Reinforce the narrative about “a sector fearful of losing
power”, and mix this with the very criticism that in Cuba is legitimately
made against the bureaucracy, technocracy, and corruption. Link it in minds
to any ideological defense of the Revolution,

This would allow them to be promoted as the “third option”, an area of
ideological center, distanced both from the aggressive “extreme right” of
Miami, and from the fidelista thought of the Cuban Revolution which is
considered as an “extreme left”. The main international media – in addition
to Radio and TV Martí – would support them, as they did, calling them “new
political force” and supporting their development.

In this sense, the aggressiveness of the Donald Trump government period,
and the positioning of a discourse against the Revolution by media actors
with all repulsive intentions, have been part of the plans and not an
accident within them. Enhancing a counterrevolution that is presented as
irrational and disgusting, with respect to which the neo counterrevolution
could present itself as an alternative, so that it would be seen by Cubans
as something preferable. The plans outline that Cuba ends up accepting, in
the face of the other’s aggressiveness, that counterrevolution that speaks
of ¨dialogue¨ and ¨tolerance¨, and that they be given more space in front
of the institutions. It is not about two different strategies, it is about
a single strategy that uses one to make the other shine. The sponsors and
organizers are the same. US agencies function independently of the ups and
downs of electoral politics in that country. Rather, they take advantage of

President Díaz-Canel has affirmed it before the National Assembly: “The“
laboratory leaders ”appear to distance themselves from the violent ones,
they will disguise themselves as peaceful political negotiators and will
try to impose their agendas, betting on the social outbreak if their
demands are not met. . ”

To articulate the new counterrevolution, and give it media capacity on the
Internet, a system of digital media was organized, falsely presented as
“independent”, directed towards these sectors, taking advantage of the gaps
in the institutional media. In this way, this system of Cuban-American
digital publications (Cuban personnel – American financing) was able to
dominate and induce, through a systematic poisoning of audiences, on issues
such as the process to reach legality for independent cinema, or Decree 349
for Culture, objectives in which the almost non-existent institutional
public communication on these allowed them to be a media walk.

However, they could not do the same with the Constitutional Reform, which
was given strong coverage by the Cuban press and for which those digital
media would also have needed to be able to impact a large part of the
population. Faced with a dam that was too big for them, they limited
themselves to saying that there was apathy in the population, which was
proven false by the high rate of turnout and approval of the Constitution.

During this period, the work of the members of Cuba Posible included the
drafting and presentation on its website of a constitutional text that
eliminated the PCC and socialism. The referendum popular vote of 86 percent
swept away those intentions.

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>From the first moment, several Cuban revolutionary intellectuals warned
about the counterrevolutionary intention of ¨centrism¨ and the true
objectives of the new digital press dedicated to its cultivation, which
include US media with press accreditations in Cuba. But these same media
were quick to present the simple use of the term as a ¨paranoia¨,
demonizing the word and those who dared to use it were quickly attacked and
demonized through media lynch mobs. The objective of these lynchings, which
continue to occur and have been extended in recent days to journalists from
the Cuban Television Information System, continues to be that no one else
dares to denounce the imperialist strategy that supports the neo

In 2019, the members of the Cuba Posible project themselves announced their
disintegration, claiming that the environment of diplomatic retreat of the
Trump government made its operation very difficult. In reality, during the
years 2017 and 2018 the intentions of Cuba Posible never managed to attract
truly renowned Cuban intellectuals. They failed to create an environment
contrary to the Constitutional Reform, and their disguised right-wing
counterrevolutionary character was intensely denounced in the networks by
revolutionaries who were not intimidated by the lynchings.

Since 2017, several of its members separated from Cuba Posible – either by
personal initiative or by instructions not to “burn them” – when foreign
financing and intentions became increasingly evident. Americans learn very
quickly and draw lessons, so there is no doubt that they have decided to
deconcentrate the forces of the new counterrevolution to preserve the
¨ideological frameworks¨ that they had formed in a project that was already
beginning to have a growing public discredit as your link to Open Society
becomes apparent. After its formal dissolution, its members continued
working in a coordinated manner and today they are the ideologues and
articulators who try to keep active the soft coup attempt of last November.

If something has the Anglo-Saxon pragmatic mentality, it is a sense of
productivity over time. More when it comes to investments. At the
aforementioned meeting in 2004, the maturity period for this neo
counterrevolution to be functional was calculated at about 15 years. Right
at the moment we meet.

This maturity should translate into the fact that this new
counterrevolution, intensively cultivated in the form of isolated sectors
or bubbles in social networks, could begin to carry out convocation actions
outside the virtual space, that is, in the streets in the form of
demonstrations. That she was ready to take advantage of any situation that
could lead to them, and make them become part of these, unconsciously,
really honest people who do not share real intentions at all, driven by
sensitivity and dissatisfaction with issues such as censorship in art,
tolerance to a diverse thought, the rights of the LGBTIQ community, the
protection of animal welfare, gender violence.

The “independent” digital media would be equally ready to create the
conditions of accumulation and manipulation, magnify the calls, and promote
the events through the media.

To a large extent, the maturity to which the CIA officers gathered in the
distant meeting of 2004 aspired consists in the moment in which a
significant part of these sectors, even today without connection to one
another, can be mobilized, not towards events of their own theme, but
towards a common mass concentration. A situation particular enough to
mobilize them, but at the same time general and abstract enough so that it
can be promoted as a defense of the right to “think differently” or to
“freedom of thought”, tolerance, etc, and in this way to create an
initially peaceful, attractive and promotional environment in a mix between
festive and rebellious, which manages to add a greater number of diverse
people, no matter if they are oblivious to the true intentions.

The next objective would be the episodes of violence induced in the place
with all intention, between those summoned and the police authorities
present who could lose control of the situation, -Here are the videos,
promoted by the same digital media in charge of exacerbating the tension in
real time, with the voices of individuals in the Mincult, they instigated
to transfer the police at all costs with shouts of ¨! They have the
weapons, not us! ¨- the possible and tragic resulting episodes, which
fortunately did not achieve that were produced, they would serve to summon
subsequent mobilizations, not for the original reason, but “against the
repression” that occurred, and then another “against violence”, and
another, and another and so on, until the protesters themselves lose their
sense of original reason for their protest, and the authorities the clarity
of why they are manifesting – if it has not happened from the first moment
– in a process similar to that which occurred in the concentration It is
from Maidan Square in Ukraine. It is the script of the color revolutions.
The publication of the video by one of these digital media was undoubtedly
a slip of its editors, perhaps intoxicated by the atmosphere of the moment.

It has been thanks to the information offered by the official media, that
many people who initially shared some support for the claims of the
so-called “San Isidro Movement”, – whose function in the Cuban script is to
generate situations – under the idea that ¨ The one who complains is not a
counterrevolutionary “or” a dialogue is needed “, then they were shocked
when they saw who they pretended to be the beneficiaries. During the
popular concentration of the Tángana in the Trillo Park, as well as by
chat, I was able to talk with several of the good people who went to the
Ministry of Culture moved by those ideas, but really, in light of all the
information offered later, felt that their true place as conscientious and
critical people, It was by supporting the Revolution that was defended in
the Trillo and not the counterrevolution that was tried to legitimize
before Cuban society when the events of the Mincult began in support of
those who were on a false hunger strike in San Isidro, which has become
more than clear was a show hosted and encouraged by the United States
government and its embassy in Cuba. More than 10 publications on his
official Facebook and the videos presented confirm this.

Without information in the media, that awareness would not have been
possible. It has been that exposure of the truth on TV and in the Cuban
press, which has caused that only the incorrigibly counterrevolutionaries
remain defending the farce, but also the irredeemably shameless.

But the new counterrevolution had become used to the fact that the official
Cuban media never spoke of it.

That is why when information on the involvement and performance of
individuals, funded projects and counterrevolutionary digital media begins
to be broadcast, they went into great alarm. Especially those who have
worked for years to articulate this new counterrevolution. They claim and
present themselves as victims because the NTV exposed the true character,
already exposed without any camouflage, of a former university professor
proclaimed by it as his participant and legal adviser, and the Granma
newspaper published the photo of the smiling faces an event Cuba Posible at
the New York headquarters of the Open Society.

In recent days they have started a legal attempt, trying to use the very
Constitution against which they worked, to demand before the justice
institutions that Cuban Television and the NTV stop broadcasting
information, that the Granma newspaper and other press media, as well such
as the pages and video channels of Cuban institutions, remove from the
internet the articles, comments and programs where they are exposed. It is
to be imagined that they also include Telesur in the claim. They allege an
alleged violation of their personal dignity, and that the presentation of
documents and images produced by themselves that link them to events of the
counterrevolution is a “defamation”.

But what did they think? That the media of the Revolution were going to
stand idly by for the good of him and his American sponsors?

It is not the first time that they manifest their intention to annul the
communication capacity of the revolutionary media, already in 2018, in the
constitutional text that they wanted to present they spoke of prohibiting
Cuban political organizations from having public media. In other words, the
PCC would have to close Granma and the UJC cancel Juventud Rebelde, the CTC
the Trabajadores newspaper. In their ideal Cuba, the FMC, the AHS, the FEU,
would be prohibited from having publications. In short, it would not be
necessary, in his ideal Cuba those organizations would not exist.

Nor is it the first time that as part of the imported script that they try
to reproduce in Cuba, documents with apparent calls for justice are used to
attract signatures, even from people who may believe that they are acting
in good faith and not to maintain the soft coup strategy that as the
President said, “it is still active”. The intention of a legal claim and
the construction of an identity that we have seen in these days against the
Cuban media, recalls the so-called Letter 77, a document promoted by the
Czech anti-communists that demanded that the Communist Party of
Czechoslovakia ¨respect human rights¨ and give space to their activities
during the 1980s. According to an investigation by American journalist
Wayne Madsen, reproduced by Russia Today, George Soros, creator of Open
Society, financed the generating group of Letter 77, as a group with
intellectual coverage organized against the Czechoslovak government,
something similar to Cuba Posible. Later, the group became Fundación Carta
77 with the same funding from Open Society, along with funds from the NED
and other CIA covers. At the same time, the funds financed acts of
terrorism such as attacks against the headquarters of the Czech Communist
Party, a situation in which the members of Carta 77 had to present
themselves as the “preferable” alternative. Too similar to the script they
are trying to reproduce today in Cuba? At the same time, the funds financed
acts of terrorism such as attacks against the headquarters of the Czech
Communist Party, a situation in which the members of Carta 77 had to
present themselves as the “preferable” alternative. Too similar to the
script they are trying to reproduce today in Cuba? At the same time, the
funds financed acts of terrorism such as attacks against the headquarters
of the Czech Communist Party, a situation in which the members of Carta 77
had to present themselves as the “preferable” alternative. Too similar to
the script they are trying to reproduce today in Cuba?

The collection of signatures against the institutional media, could deceive
and make some person of good will believe that it really is a simple
request for the right to respect people’s image. Nothing could be further
from the truth, it is promoted by the same people who have kept silent,
when they have not been happy and participated, in the daily lynchings of
the Miami media machinery against Cuban intellectuals, artists and
journalists who do not share their ideas. In reality, it is the
continuation, in intellectual disguise, of the lynchings against
journalists from Cuban Television that we have seen in these days.

It is important that people know this so that they cannot be deceived or
manipulated. That is the joint and no other, that we have seen these
days. That of an old imported script with new actors, this time in a
tropical setting and against the Cuban Revolution, taking advantage of an
extremely difficult health and economic moment, with a staging that already
has the cast complete. What they are looking for now to defend and justify
their play, whose scenography is falling apart more and more, is a list of
extras and extras that cover up the real protagonists.

In Video, Round Table:

*Featured image: File Photo.*


Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

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