[Marxism] Castro offers to exchange dissidents for 'Cuban 5'

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 19 18:23:40 MST 2008

John O´Brien took the AP report as a sufficient basis to
launch his various comments and speculations about what the
Cuban government might or might not be doing or saying on
what the AP wrote. He then launched into various guesses
and questions about what the AP report might have meant.
Then he made statements about what the Cuban government
should or should not do, and so on and on and on.

I think it would have been better to wait for a more 
reliable report before rising up to make criticisms of 
Raul Castro and the Cuban government.

That was the point of my comments on O´Brien´s post.

For the time being, I have nothing further to say about 
the entire matter. As part of the work that I gather and
send a range of materials, some relable, some not, and it
it not part of my practice to comment on every one or to
make declarations about the validity or lack of validity
of each and every one. My opinions are my own, and I´ve
no reason to hide or change them when I make statements.

Another response, from the IRISH Free The Five campaign,
was posted to CubaNews by one of its leaders, and I´m
reproducing it here for readers´ interest.

Facts are facts and speculation is speculation and one
should be clear about the difference between the two.

Walter Lippmann
Havana, Cuba

From:  Simon mcguinness <simonmcguinness at oceanfree.net>   
To: CubaNews at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CubaNews] Prisoner Swap Offered by Raul Castro
Date: Dec 19, 2008 10:52 AM

FREE THE MIAMI FIVE - Irish National Campaign seeking Justice for the Miami
PRESS RELEASE - 19 December 2008
Prisoner Swap Offered by Raul Castro
Free the Miami Five campaign Ireland has read media reports of a suggested
swap of imprisoned undercover agents of the US and Cuban governments who are
currently serving long jail sentences in their host countries.
We welcome this as a timely diplomatic initiative by the Cuban President
which opens the way to break the deadlock in the case of the Miami Five.
President Castro’s intervention holds out the prospect of a direct political
resolution of an increasingly embarrassing legal quagmire engineered by
successive, and now discredited, legal advisors to the outgoing Bush
After 10 years of protracted legal obstruction, the US Supreme Court is
finally expected to hear appeals the case in March 2009 and, as evidenced by
recent judgments, has been seeking to reassert the primacy of US
constitutional law over executive interference and abuse of legal process.
President designate Obama’s response to this initiative could set the tone
for a new chapter in US-Cuban relations and transform US diplomatic
prospects throughout Latin America, prospects which are currently at an
all-time low. 
This move follows an ABC Network news feature earlier this week on the case
of the Five which pointedly failed to rehash the propaganda line of the Bush
administration, indicating perhaps, a degree of diplomatic choreography
behind the scenes with the incoming US administration.
Free the Miami Five Campaign believes that the Five are innocent of the
trumped-up charges they were convicted of by a Miami court (a belief shared
by every independent legal expert that has examined the case in this country
and beyond).  Amnesty International and the United Nations have highlighted
the failure of the US authorities to meet even minimum international
standards of justice in the case.  We will continue to fight for their
release and exoneration, regardless of the outcome of this diplomatic
Free the Miami Five Campaign was set up in 2002 and boasts the support of 56
TDs from all political parties represented in Dáil Eireann, 70% of Irish
MEPs, every major trade union in the country and an active membership of
several hundred throughout Ireland. We are one of some 300 similar
grass-roots support groups established in over 100 countries around the
world; making the Miami Five (also known as the Cuban Five) currently the
most actively supported political prisoners on the planet.  
Additional information:

·  ABC News video explaining the background to the case 

·  Direct Action interview explaining the up to date position 

Five Cubans who were trying to stop Miami based terrorist groups from
carrying out violent actions against the people of Cuba. They were found
guilty of charges ranging from murder to espionage by a court in Miami,
which relied on the evidence of convicted terrorists. All are innocent of
the charges brought against them. Extensive intimidation of jurists by these
same terrorists was a feature of the trial. They are currently appealing
their convictions.
The release and exoneration of the five victims of this obvious miscarriage
of justice.
The campaign is dedicated to the memory of the 3,478 Cubans killed and 2,099
maimed at the hands of US-based terrorists groups since 1959.
Campaign Chairperson: Eleanor Lanigan - 087 2426755     
POST:  282 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3     
E-MAIL:  freemiami5 at eircom.net      WEB SITE:  freethefive.org

     Havana, Cuba
     Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
     "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"

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