My absence from these boards of late has been because of the Yankee manoeuvres against the beautiful pearl of the Caribbean. Of course, a very worrying time for us. The M-i-L says she wasn't going out before because of covid, but she's double not going out with those delincuentes in the street. The brother in law is in the 'red berets' reserve and has been mobilised. Cifriana is incandescent about the 'worms' and 'country sellers' and the manipulation of the USA. Most especially she is angry with the 'bomb throwers' of Miami. It was a very bad moment when the mayor of Miami was calling for US airstrikes on Cuba in order to "help" Cubans. The gusanera (wormery) in Miami was loud with cries for US military invasion. Fortunately Biden did nothing, but you wonder what would have happened if trump was still president. This campaign was planned, financed and organised from the United States of course. This is a new tactic suited to this modern world and the Internet with social media. The idea is to forment popular discontent and provoke civil unrest to make the country ungovernable. We have seen it used recently for example in Hong Kong, Venezuela and in Bolivia, with all the weight of the usual propaganda behind it. After all, who can be against "pro-democracy protesters"? Well now is the ideal time to do it, because after trump put another 170 new measures on the blockade and the catastrophe of covid (no tourism etc) there is no denying that things are very, very bad for food and every type of supplies. Even cigarettes are in shortage. The propaganda used has been very crude, but surprising sources that you think we're reliable e.g. Guardian, FT, Sky News and so on. For example using photos and video of PRO government revolutionaries on the streets and saying they were rioters. They even blurred out signs the revolutionaries were carrying. It's not as though it was an accident, it was deliberate. Online was even worse of course. Manipulated images and video everywhere. They showed video of people in Egypt and said it was havana. It was hard to know what was going on. There were gazillions of bots that appeared online - all with new accounts or zero previous activity - all pumping out the same hashtags and propaganda abuse. Well the campaign has died down now, but I would like to think I put in my grain of sand defending the Revolution in this new electronic battlefield. How can the USA complain about human rights in Cuba when they literally run a torture camp on the island? If socialism in Cuba is such a failure, why do they need to blockade it? Why is 1500 people in Cuba rioting called 'an uprising', but the frequent riots and disturbances in capitalist countries are called just that? See Colombia at this moment for example. Well things have been quiet and tranquil since July 11th which was when the shocking scenes happened. I am just glad Fidel didn't live to see such disgrace amongst Cubans. It would have broken his heart. What will happen, I don't know. How can the situation be improved? Covid continues. There is now zero possibility of Biden lifting or even softening the blockade when it is at last having its desired effect. To be frank, I am not sure President Diaz Canel has the same charisma or sway with the people as the historic revolutionary generation. One thing is for sure, it is for Cubans on the island to decide their future and not those in England or those mafioso cousin-killing bomb throwing worms of Miami.