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Chronicle of an (As Yet) Unannounced Libel

Chronicle of an (As Yet) Unannounced Libel / Regina Coyula

Antonio Rodiles, Estado de Sats / State of Sats, Regina Coyula,

Translator: Unstated

Antonio Rodiles, promoter of Estado de SATS and the citizen demand For

Another Cuba, has been brought up on charges. The charges are not

relevant, they could have been anything. As an emerging figure of civil

society who, in a very short time, has managed to structure two

outstanding citizen projects, Rodiles has become a very uncomfortable

element for the government.

In the Taino (government) Studios they will be preparing a Special

Program to air on the Roundtable program after the prime time news.

Thanks to the magic of cutting and editing, we will meet a new Rodiles

ready to board a transport to attend a meeting with U.S. politicians

visiting the country. Thanks to this same technological wizardry, we

will see him sitting next to an official from the United States

Interests Section at an Estado de SATS even about Cuban-U.S. cultural

relations. And thanks to the magic of controlling the media, and in

particular the internet, they will present these images as THE proof

that Rodiles follows a script written in Washington, and so, by the way,

they will also implicate civil society activists.

My neighbor Tomas, my beloved uncle Gerardo, the sister of my friend

Rebeca, and my close friend Josefa all belong to the group who will

believe the message of this libel. But they underestimate a population

whose educational level is around the 12th grade. There will be an

abundance of people who will logically ask themselves why Rodiles is

being judged for one of these offenses against authority, and not for

espionage, collaboration with the enemy, or some other shadowy charge;

and they will conclude as I do that it is because they would be too

much, because the suggested conspiracy does not exist.

The aim of the documentary will be met with some of the viewers; but

unlike other times, everyone has a relative, partner, or an acquaintance

at the gym who has on their flashdrive, along with the latest Batman

movie, the new season of Big Bang Theory or the final game of the World

Series, the recordings of Estado de SATS and objectives of citizen

demand for the signing of the UN Covenants.

I frequently remember the phrase of Lincoln (I quote from memory), that

you can fool some of the people all the time, and all the people all of

the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

November 16 2012 Tags: internet, transport

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