He spent a career writing for Cuban state media then left to join the opposition and to write as an independent journalist. Jailed in 2003, released in 2005, Manuel Vasquez Portal went into exile but his heart remains in
But how to do so from abroad?
He addresses that question in an article that says exile is at best “a personal truce” that brings relief from persecution but also “minimizes the impact of the opposition activist on his natural reality.”
Vasquez argues for the Cuban opposition, inside
But his main point is that anyone who wants to affect
Mr. Vasquez is so diplomatic that he gives no examples of “exporting tactics.” But by raising the issue of distance – political distance – he seemed to me to touch on the factor that dooms many outside approaches to
What might he have had in mind?
When the Pinar del Rio Catholic journal Vitral apparently closed, the Cuban American National Foundation offered to finance its operations so it would not have to close. The Foundation announced its offer to the media – a perfectly normal thing to do in the
The Directorio Democratic Cubano, an organization funded by the
By making aid to dissidents part of its “transition” plan – which sounds like a regime change plan to Cuban authorities – the U.S. government unnecessarily plays into the Cuban accusation that dissidents are nothing more than an extension of U.S. foreign policy.
Then there are other programs under that plan that are based on the naïve expectation that
I have no idea if Mr. Vasquez, based on his experience in