A note on the Cuban trials
walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 9 08:38:28 MDT 2003
People following Cuba are reading lots of material
from the US media and the US government about
the trials which took place recently in Cuba. Much
of it is quite repetitive. So far, the Cubans have
said very little about these matters. Today the
first official announcements were made in Cuba.
The US press and government are on a massive
campaign to denounce the trials and sentences,
You've seen some of the articles and will be
seeing more in coming days.
It's been announced that the Cuban Foreign
Minister, Felipe Perez Roque will be giving a
news conference tonight at 6 PM in Havana
at the International Press. This appears in the
Granma newspaper for today, along with a
short note on the trials and the sentences.
This should be an occasion where the Cubans
will begin to lay out their side of the story and it
behooves anyone interested in the full story to
wait until we see that the Cubans are saying in
order to get the full picture.
Today's edition of Pacifica Radio's Democracy
Now program, hosted by Amy Goodman, has
a half hour discussion with Miriam Leyva, wife
of one of the sentenced journalists, and also
Fernando Garcia Bielsa, First Secretary of the
Cuban Interests Section. The segment begins
about 25 minutes after the start of the first hour
of the program and you will want to listen to it
carefully at this URL: www.democracynow.org
Given the massive amount of information now
coming out, much of which is quite repetetive,
I'll try to be more selective with that material.
In addition, there are other, more "normal"
Cuba matters about life on the island, the
economy and more which will also be of
interest to those interested in Cuba.
Walter Lippmann, Moderator, CubaNews
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