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Monday, August 29, 2005

The Castro Show Continues

Here is a link to an Op Ed piece in the Miami Herald.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/12489651.htm

Castro does not like books or librarians - go figure! Librarians are on the state's Enemies List as evidenced by what the State's High Court did to an independent librarian in 2003. Read:

We were talking about Fidel Castro's recurring crackdowns on those remarkably courageous Cubans who keep working to bring democracy to that grim island where dissenters, including independent librarians, are locked in cages, often for 20 or more years. Bradbury knew about the crackdowns, but until I told him, was not aware of Castro's kangaroo courts often ordering the burning of the independent libraries they raid, as in 451.
For example, on April 5, 2003, after Julio Valdéseverera was sent away, the judge ruled: ''As to the disposition of the photographic negatives, the audio cassette, medicines, books, magazines, pamphlets and the rest of the documents, they are to be destroyed by means of incineration because they lack usefulness.'' Hearing about this, Bradbury authorized me to convey this message from him to Castro: ``I stand against any library or any librarian anywhere in the world being imprisoned or punished in any way for the books they circulate.


I wonder if the NEA would defend Independent Librarians in Cuba?

Comments:
Somewhat offtopic: But in what is sure to bring excitement to the future Castro's and Saddam's of the world arms sales this year have reached their highest level since 2000. They US leads the world as an arms dealer with the biggest customers being India, Saudi Arabia and China.

But seriously, what could go wrong?
 
This is a decent article on how bloggers can help get the message out in totalitarian countries with state controlled news (specifically Egypt). Any idea whether this would be an option in a place like Cuba (i.e. infrastucture, filtering, etc).
 
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