[Marxism] HATUEY'S ASHES: Lies, damn lies, and bullshit about Cuba's betrayal of political refugees
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Sat Apr 18 01:57:24 MDT 2015
Lies, damn lies, and bullshit about Cuba's betrayal of political refugees
The story was a shocker: "Cubans to open talks about US fugitives
including Assata Shakur as ties warm", said the headline in the
Guardian. Giving it credence was the source and dateline of the article:
Associated Press, Havana.
Assata Shakur (the cops call her JoAnne Chesimard) is a Black liberation
fighter who has lived in Cuba with political asylum for more than 30
years. Her expulsion from Cuba to the United States, where there is a $2
million bounty on her head, would be seen by Black activists and
revolutionaries everywhere as a betrayal. It would also be a violation
of long-standing legal principles in Latin America that political crimes
are not subject to extradition, as well as the principle of
non-refoulement (returning refugees to the country where they are
persecuted), the cornerstone of international asylum treaties, which the
Cuban revolution has always adhered to.
But other news outlets seemed to confirm the report: "Cuba open to
discussing extradition of U.S. fugitives, including cop killer
Chesimard," brayed the headline on Fox News Latino over a graphic
screaming "Most Wanted Terrorists" in red, white and blue. However, all
had the very same Havana-datelined text that U.S. News and World Report
helpfully told us was written by the AP's Michael Weissenstein and
All of them with the same exact story? Yes, all.
Could it really be true that the AP had a world wide exclusive? Where
were the New York Times and Washington Post's own reports? What had
happened to wire services like the French AFP, the Spanish EFE, the
British Reuters and even Cuba's own Prensa Latina?
Actually, it really was a world-wide AP exclusive. And for a very good
reason. No one else had the story because it was bullshit. The AP made
THE WHOLE STORY:
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