An old secret CIA document, now declassified, describes its Covert Operations in peacetime, including black propaganda, moral subversion, aid to underground movements and support for resistance movements, “ as a new active form of terrorism, against any country that is not to our political liking ”.
There is no country in this hemisphere that has been subjected to so much harassment by the CIA, as Cuba. Their dirty war for more than half a century seems to face a lack of creativity, because they often repeat their failed plans to try to destroy the Cuban Revolution.
A simple review of the history of the decade of the 80s of the 20th century, reminds us that its ideologues, under the leadership of the administration of Ronald Reagan, were determined to end European socialism, the USSR and Cuba, and for that They designed the so-called Santa Fe Document , with the idea of giving a negative turn to the policy of détente, something made manifest in June 1982, when Reagan presented his Democracy Project before the UK parliament .
Against Cuba, they structured several directions of work, among them the creation, in 1981, of the Cuban American National Foundation, CANF, with the purpose of having a lobby group favorable to more aggressive policies towards Cuba and to give the image that the problem was between Cubans and not from the United States.
In those years they manufactured and financed counterrevolutionary groups, to replace the exterminated espionage and terrorism networks of the CIA of the 1960s, with a direction towards political subversion.
At that time the Human Rights Committee and other similar ones emerged, and they tried to form some small groups among intellectuals and artists, such as the so-called “independent” journalists and opponents in the arts, among which were Arte Calle , Grupo Paideia , and the Castillo de la Fuerza Project , built in the late 1980s, together with the so-called Asociación Pro Arte Libre , (APAL), September 1988, with the desire to achieve dissent in the cultural sector.
The aggressiveness of that administration towards Cuba was remarkable, they included it in the list of countries that sponsor Terrorism and got the UN Human Rights Commission to carry out its first investigation into the alleged violations of these on the Island.
In their insistence on the cultural sector, which gave them good results in Eastern Europe, in 1991 they manufactured the counterrevolutionary group Criterio Alternativo , headed by the poet María Elena Cruz Varela, but they did not reach their goals either.
Despite their fiascos, they persisted on the subject and sent Antonio Enrique González Rodiles to Havana from Miami to start the State of SATS project in 2007 , as a supposed space for cultural debate, which was a total failure as it was not able to attract true artists.
In this difficult context, the ideologues of the CIA decide to return to the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, who had shown her counterrevolutionary position in 1986, when at the age of 18, she performed a performance based on the work of Ana Mendieta, who emigrated to the United States. , which consisted of dipping his arms in pig blood, passing them over a wall and crawling through it, forming a V to the ground.
Not for pleasure in 1997 the Yankees granted him a visa to reside in the city of Chicago, where he studied at the Art Institute, between 1999 and 2001.
Her artistic work focuses on political and social issues, according to her: “With the interest of transforming political and legal aspects of society, especially that of Cuba” ; but it never reflects the reality in capitalist countries, where social inequality, racism, police violence against young people, unemployment, hunger and illiteracy make up the social fabric.
That is the double standard of those who criticize Cuba, but remain silent in the face of the crimes that are committed daily in other parts of the world, for example the United States, where the police have a license to kill, or Colombia, where leaders are massacred. social practices are practiced with total impunity, without artists like Tania embodying it in their works.
The use of the figure of Tania Brugueras to try to unite young creators is not festive, it is well calculated because it has an internationally recognized work, especially since it attacks Cuban socialism.
That is why their awards and recognitions are, a method used when the Yankees seek to promote people of their interest, as they did with the blogger Yoani Sánchez, from 2009 to the present, to give them media visibility.
Tania, in 2002, following directions, created the Art of Conduct Chair in Havana ; in 2011 the Asociación de Arte Útil and in March 2016 the Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism (IRNSTA), with a collective reading of Arendt’s book: “ The Origins of Totalitarianism” .
These platforms are designed to bring together young people, in order to form a political opposition, as it tries to do with the 27N, when in November 2020, she was the intellectual author of the mobilization in front of the Ministry of Culture, to demand political changes in Cuba, under overlapping pretexts in art, an old stratagem of the United States.
After that action and before the complaint made by Cuban TV, the Yankee response and that of its allies did not wait:
At the proposal of the Board of Trustees, the magistrate of the German city of Kassel, as the Board of Trustees of the Arnold Bode Foundation, decided to award the 2021 Arnold Bode Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, to the International Institute of Artivism Hannah Arendt (INSTAR) and its founder Tania Bruguera.
Thus they make INSTAR the first artistic group to receive the recognition, delivered “as part of the most important exhibition of contemporary art in the world.”
Tania herself confirmed that intention, declaring: “With this award we respond to the calumnies and humiliations that have been made on me.”
Susan Völker, director of the Department IV of Culture of Kassel, was in charge of reaffirming:
“The INSTAR collective, around the artist Tania Bruguera, is committed to processes of democratic transformation with artistic and discursive means”.
The political manipulation that has been taking place for some years is evident, to strengthen this “opponent”, who had already received the distinction Guggenheim Scholarship in Arts, Latin America and the Caribbean; The Prince Claus Award in 2000 and The Anonymous Was a Woman Award in 2016.
In December 2015 Bruguera prepared a political show in the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, under the supposed performance El Susurro de Tatlin # 6 , widely publicized by the foreign press.
To give her greater political support, in recent days People Magazine in Spanish, nominated her among 12 of the 25 most powerful women in the world this year 2021, something unheard of that repeats the story of Yoani Sánchez, who was also elected in 2009 by that magazine.
The United States, with its pressure on the UN, has just obtained in March 2021, that seven rapporteurs and working groups of the United Nations, accuse the Cuban government of violating the human rights of “activists and creators” on the island, including the rapper Denis Solís, Tania Bruguera and eight members of the counterrevolutionary Committee for Racial Integration.
Declarations of its promoters ensure that:
“ The fact that Solís is defended in the United Nations, gains a lot of strength for the“ Movement ”San Isidro and its support. In Bruguera’s case, she is a defender of human rights and an internationally recognized artist ”.
And they add what is well known to all:
“The fact that the United Nations issues this accusatory communication, protecting it, is very significant for independent artists in Cuba, who feel helpless in the fight for freedom of expression, artistic freedom and their human rights.”
Those who do not know the history of Cuba and repeat the same history are wrong, assuming that the awards can be shields for those who violate the laws, in the service of a foreign power.
Faced with similar manipulations, José Martí affirmed:
“Thieves of the altar are those merchants of opinion”