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2014-11-03 | A nuestros lectores -- To our readers

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If you did not see the notice in our prior edition, and are wondering what's happening with the newsletter: not much --we're just on break until the new year.

La Alborada began as a print newsletter in the last century. It came out occasionally at a time when cut-and-paste meant exactly that, using scissors and transparent tape. The text was formatted and then printed. Each copy was placed in an envelope, and the envelopes were in turn sorted by zip code and taken physically to the Post Office. The production and distribution of the newsletter depended on the Herculean efforts of two people.

In February 2004, La Alborada was reborn as an electronic incarnation in the form of email. That made it possible to distribute it to all of the addresses on mailing list, and further to replicate it on the website of the Cuban American Alliance. In addition, La Alborada could be forwarded to additional readers with just a few keystrokes. It could be read anywhere in the world by anyone with access to email.

The same year, 2004, all hopes for an improvement in US-Cuba relations were crushed by the actions of the GW Bush administration. Bill Clinton's people-to-people tours were cancelled. Family visits were severely restricted, and so were remittances. The government searched for every possible twist of the screw that could be applied through executive rulemaking. It implemented the neocon plans to dismantle any country that did not align with US policies, beginning in the Middle East. Cuba barely missed a listing on the original Axis of Evil, but it was warned --again-- that all options were on the table. At that time, "options" meant everything that was being done to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Just as the newsletter joined the Internet, it became clear that the end of the blockade would remain distant, and that La Alborada, like other groups and individuals opposed to the blockade, would have to dig in for the long haul.

The electronic La Alborada is now ten years old. This coming February it will turn eleven. For all of the advances of this year, a change in US policy is still not on the horizon. Mid-term elections may have a lot say about that, as well as –eventually– things as unexpected as the growing influence in central Florida of Puerto Rican migrants, who are US citizens.

As La Alborada takes a break, we invite you to send us your comments and opinions concerning the current format as well as anything else about it. Are there sections that you read always, and others that you skip? Are there things that you would like to see more of, or less? Are we missing something?

You are always free to unsubscribe without explanation, but you can also suggest to other friends that they send us a message asking to be put on the mailing list. That goes especially for younger people. We need new generations to be ready to take up the push for a sane policy on Cuba. Speaking of which: maybe we should take up the font size from 10 to 11 for the benefit of the current subscribers.

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