- Diario las
’ editorial (English here, Spanish here) offers a grim view of the recent diplomacy between Americas , Cuba , and Venezuela , including the very cordial summit last week between Presidents Uribe and Chavez. “The position of the tyranny in Colombia consolidates, and the Chávez government emerges as an arbitrator,” it reads. Who knows if the maneuvers aimed at a peace agreement in Havana and the release of hostages held by Colombian guerrillas will ever bear fruit; for now there’s the ongoing spectacle of President Bush’s favorite Latin leader viewing his least favorites as legitimate interlocutors. Colombia
- Encuentro reports on an article in Vitral, the Pinar del
Riodiocesan magazine, calling for the Cuban state to permit religious schools. It calls for overcoming “the anachronism of thinking that the only one in society charged with and responsible for the work of education is the state school, because this is not a right belonging only to the state.” Encuentro’s article is here; I couldn’t find the complete Vitral article itself. Update: reader Juan Cuellar found the editorial here.
- Uncommon Sense has an interesting report on the arrival in the
, with a normal immigrant visa, of a man who apparently worked in state security and testified for the prosecution in the 2003 trials following the arrest of the 75 dissidents. Presumably, this is the kind of guy our government would not want to let in. If all the details are as reported, we would have to conclude that our consulate in Havana does not have a list of the agents who testified in those trials, which were not open to the public, but were amply covered and were attended by defendants’ families, with whom U.S. diplomats have ample contact. With immigration procedures this loose, and with a no-questions-asked policy for thousands of Cubans arriving each year by boat and at the Mexican border, can anyone believe that the post-9/11 Bush Administration really believes that United States is a state sponsor of terrorism? Cuba