[Marxism] Cuba warns pirates of U.S. TV signals

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Feb 9 06:39:01 MST 2007

Almost no Cubans are permitted to visit the United States. Almost no
one from the United States of America is permitted by the United States
government to visit Cuba, but the same U.S. government which doesn't
permit its people to visit Cuba at the same time think's it has every
right to invade the island's airspace with subversive propaganda of
both a political and a cultural variety. Cuban customs keeps out
drugs, weapons, and other harmful stuff. And the Cuban government
isn't about to permit the United States government, or private entities
from the U.S. or inside Cuba to organize a counter-revolution against
Cuba's system using television, radio, the internet or whatever. 

Some who couldn't care less about the revolution seek their escape in
soap operas from Miami, which, in my opinion, are far more subversive
than political propaganda, which such people aren't interested in any-
way, with its images of a world divided between victims and predators,
and in which everyone can buy everything they want, provided that
they have the money. In Cuba, this is one of the arenas in which the
battle of ideas is being carried out every day of the week.

Walter Lippmann, CubaNews

New Radio and TV Attacks on Cuba:
Granma on satellite signal piracy last August:

Cuba warns pirates of U.S. TV signals
Illegal satellite dishes pick up Miami stations

By John Rice
The Associated Press
Posted February 9 2007


Havana . The U.S. government strives to stamp out intellectual
property theft all over the world, except for Cuba, where it tries to
broadcast anti-communist messages to anyone able to see U.S.
programming through illegal satellite dishes.

The Cuban government is striking back, warning TV signal pirates that
they face stiff fines and jail terms.

The Communist Party newspaper Granma dedicated a full page Thursday
to an account of the discovery and prosecution of four men who sold
or maintained the sort of jerry-built satellite TV systems thought to
be hidden on thousands of rooftops across Cuba.

It came three days after Cuba denounced a U.S. strategy that began in
December to use Florida TV stations to get around Cuban jamming of TV
Marti, a move that has made the U.S.-funded station, aimed at
undermining Fidel Castro's government, accessible to thousands of
Cubans who could not see it before. By law, TV Marti is barred from
broadcasting propaganda inside the United States, but Castro
opponents say they've found a loophole, and that the Florida stations
can be used to reach the island as long as any U.S. viewing is

Commercial U.S. signals provide an alternative to the programming on
Cuba's four state channels, whose offerings include courses in
mathematics, nightly 90-minute pro-government debates and local
baseball games.

Miami-based commercial Spanish-language stations are popular, and
their news and political programs -- many created by Cuban exiles --
are often as anti-Castro as TV Marti's programming.

Granma said Thursday that many of those U.S. channels, along with TV
Marti, transmit a message that "is destabilizing and interventionist
and forms part of the Bush administration plan aimed at destroying
the revolution and with it the Cuban nation."

Under the new U.S. plan, officials pay commercial stations in Florida
to carry TV Marti programs. The stations are included in satellite TV
packages picked up by the clandestine receivers in Cuba.

Granma's story reflected the grass-roots nature of satellite piracy
in Cuba, where private business is tightly restricted to promote
social and economic equality. Three culprits were caught in a small
bicycle tire repair shop in Havana where satellite dishes were made.
Also seized were materials to build 30 satellite dishes,
metal-cutting equipment, coaxial cable and paint.

Another man who allegedly reactivated satellite reception cards was
found with 14 satellite dishes and fined $44,390 -- a hefty figure in
a country where many official salaries are as low as $14 a month.

All face prison terms as well.

In 2004, U.S. officials estimated there were 10,000 satellite TV
dishes in Cuba. Many serve several homes at once.

But few Cubans talk openly about the dishes: They're banned for homes
and police raids periodically are staged to confiscate illegal
antennas hidden in water tanks, behind windows or in air conditioner

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