Thursday, February 4, 2010

Julia E. Sweig La Trepadora

Srta. Julia E. Sweig

Julia E. Sweig es una " experta"
de los asuntos de Cuba .
E. Sweig
disfruta las ventajas de
residir en Estados Unidos y a
la misma vez se beneficia de
las ventajas que adquieren
los simpatizantes del regimen
castristas o los llamados
" Expertos"

Algunos colegas recordaran el
libro de la portada de las pos-
talitas de los " Heroes de la
Revolucion" titulado
"Inside the Cuban Revolution"
donde sacan a la luz publica
los papeles expropiados por
Vilma Espin del capitan
Tara D. Naturalmente
que " Inside the Cuban Revo-
lution" no llega a la altura de
la obra de Roman Orozco
" Cuba Roja" por estar esta
escrita en español.

J E. Sweig de escritora ha escalado
ha conferencista
- can be used as a bridge...

The boom of information technology is becoming more evident every day, both in Cuba and beyond its coasts; it has become a window to undiscovered countries and societies. Nevertheless, it is a luxury we have come to take for granted, forgetting the good fortune of having so much of the world only a click away. Be it through underground musical expression or through the most recent blog, technology has revolutionized the world and its people, rallying us all in one common web.

With this conference we hope to further our understanding of how technology can be used as a bridge to overcome distance and strengthen the bonds between us and our friends and family on the island. By understanding the increasing role technology is playing in the lives of everyday Cubans, who are striving for better lives for themselves, we can help find ways to support their efforts and further inspire them to become authors of their own destinies. Join us as we explore ways to help our counterparts in Cuba take full advantage of their growing place in this interactive world.

Un articulo
para no olvidar

Fidel's Final Victory
Julia E. Sweig
January/February 2007


Summary: The smooth transfer of power from Fidel Castro to his successors is exposing the willful ignorance and wishful thinking of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The post-Fidel transition is already well under way, and change in Cuba will come only gradually from here on out. With or without Fidel, renewed U.S. efforts to topple the revolutionary regime in Havana can do no good -- and have the potential to do considerable harm.
Julia E. Sweig is Nelson and David Rockefeller
Senior Fellow and Director of Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
She is the author of Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground
and Friendly fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century.
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Ever since Fidel Castro gained power in 1959, Washington and the Cuban exile community have been eagerly awaiting the moment when he would lose it -- at which point, the thinking went, they would have carte blanche to remake Cuba in their own image. Without Fidel's iron fist to keep Cubans in their place, the island would erupt into a collective demand for rapid change. The long-oppressed population would overthrow Fidel's revolutionary cronies and clamor for capital, expertise, and leadership from the north to transform Cuba into a market democracy with strong ties to the United States.

But that moment has come and gone -- and none of what Washington and the exiles anticipated has come to pass. Even as Cuba-watchers speculate about how much longer the ailing Fidel will survive, the post-Fidel transition is already well under way. Power has been successfully transferred to a new set of leaders, whose priority is to preserve the system while permitting only very gradual reform. Cubans have not revolted, and their national identity remains tied to the defense of the homeland against U.S. attacks on its sovereignty. As the post-Fidel regime responds to pent-up demands for more democratic participation and economic opportunity, Cuba will undoubtedly change -- but the pace and nature of that change will be mostly imperceptible to the naked American eye.

Fidel's almost five decades in power came to a close last summer not with the expected bang, or even really a whimper, but in slow motion, with Fidel himself orchestrating the transition. The transfer of authority from Fidel to his younger brother, Raúl, and half a dozen loyalists -- who have been running the country under Fidel's watch for decades -- has been notably smooth and stable. Not one violent episode in Cuban streets. No massive exodus of refugees. And despite an initial wave of euphoria in Miami, not one boat leaving a Florida port for the 90-mile trip. Within Cuba, whether Fidel himself survives for weeks, months, or years is now in many ways beside the point.

Julia E. Sweig
Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies

Contact Info:
Phone: +1.202.509.8410

Washington, DC

Award-winning author of Inside the Cuban Revolution and director of numerous Council-sponsored Task Forces on Latin America. Her latest book Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know was released in June 2009.

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