N> As is the case in much of international law, the Radio Marti story is
N> complex. For one thing, it broadcasts on the same frequency as
N> Havana's Radio Taino.
That medium wave transmitter (1180 kHz) has been there for *years* as just
plain VOA. Does changing it's name to "Radio Marti" suddenly make it
A Bad Thing?
Besides, radio signals (of any type) don't respect borders to begin with.
Every time I go down South (Mississippi), I hear Radio Reloj clicking all
across the AM band at night.
N> For another. using the medium waves for the
N> broadcast of belicose messages is in contravention of a number of
N> international agreements to which the USA is signatory.
Signatory with whom?
Oh, and I suppose Radio Moscow broadcasts on Havana on 600 kHz, in the
early 1980's (long before Radio Marti startup) were ok?
N> Even Fidel Castro, quoted in a book by Juan Gargurevich (Radio Marti:
N> Historia de una batalla entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos, La Voz
N> Ediciones, Peru 1992), admits that the station's illegality is hidden
N> behind technical/legal niceties.
What would one expect Castro to think about it? "Radio Marti is good?"
What's next? Asking Kim Il Sung's son about the relative merits of the
proposed "Voice of Free Asia"?
N> Check out the book "Cuban-American Radio Wars" by Howard H. Frederick
N> (Ablex Publishing, New Jersey). It covers the story of Radio Marti,
N> and predecessors Radio Swan (owned by the CIA, according to Marchetti
N> and Marks in their book "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence", Radio
N> Swan broadcast from a Honduran island during the Bay of Pigs
N> escapade) and the VOA Cuban service.
The point being, the US government should not broadcast to Cuba at all?
I wonder, is WQBA-Tampa (1140 kHZ), which broadcasts in Spanish to a Cuban
audience, also breaking some vague international treaty?