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Re: [CubaNews] EFE: "Cuba Will Be Free One Day," Dissident Tells Euro Lawmakers

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  • wallace sillanpoa
    Cuba..... Free from what? The illegal, immoral U.S. Blockade? The lingering fall-out of past European colonialism and present-day European hypocrisy [e.g.,
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 4, 2013
      Cuba..... "Free" from what? The illegal, immoral U.S. Blockade? The
      lingering fall-out of past European colonialism and present-day
      European hypocrisy [e.g., the current outrage by U.S.-allied France,
      Portugal and Italy vis-a-vis Evo Morales, Bolivia, indeed, all of Latin
      America]?

      How tiresome are these Western "law-making" blow-hards; how
      meaningless their bestowments. Have they no bona fide dissident
      journalists in their own back yard upon whom they can reward their tin
      trophies and blood Euros?

      Wallace Sillanpoa
      Providence
      ==================================================

      On Jul 4, 2013, at 9:25 AM, Walter Lippmann wrote:

      > (It's interesting how most news sources are reluctant to
      > tell their readers just how much MONEY one gets when one
      > gets the "Sakharov Prize". It's 50,000 Euros, not exactly
      > chump change in a country where no one pays for housing,
      > education or health care. 50,000 Euros = $64,548.809285
      >
      > <http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?language=EN&type=IM-
      > PRESS&reference=20091207FCS66069>
      > ==========================================================
      > "Cuba Will Be Free One Day," Dissident Tells Euro Lawmakers
      > EFE - July 4, 2013
      >
      > STRASBOURG, France � Cuban opposition figure Guillermo Fari�as on
      > Wednesday expressed confidence that �Cuba will be free one day� during
      > his speech accepting the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament
      > three years after it was awarded to him but he was prevented from
      > receiving it because Havana refused his request to travel abroad.
      >
      > �Three years ago I could not be here and in my place there was an
      > empty chair. Today, I say that Cuba will be free thanks not to its
      > leaders but to the will of its citizens,� the dissident said.
      >
      > Fari�as, who received the prize from deputy speaker Giani Pitella,
      > raised the diploma with his left hand and formed his right into a
      > fist, a gesture that he said �symbolizes the force of the hope that
      > democracy will one day get to the Cuban people.�
      >
      > The European Parliament, by bestowing the award, desired to recognize
      > the Cuban journalist and psychologist for his work to defend freedoms
      > on the communist-ruled island.
      >
      > Fari�as is the third Cuban opposition figure, after the late Oswaldo
      > Paya (2002) and the Ladies in White (2005), to receive the Sakharov
      > award.
      >
      > The dissident received the prize accompanied by his mother, Alicia
      > Fernandez, to whom he said he wanted to dedicate the award.
      >
      > �If I�m here today it�s because of this woman,� said Fari�as, turning
      > to his mother.
      >
      > Fari�as said that he had been able to travel to receive the award
      > three years late �not because the situation in Cuba has changed in any
      > basic way.�
      >
      > �In Cuba, things change so that it goes on without anything
      > changing,� he said. EFE
      >
      > =========================================
      > WALTER LIPPMANN
      > Los Angeles, California
      > Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
      > "Cuba - Un Para�so bajo el bloqueo"
      > =========================================
      >
      >
      Wallace "Wally" Sillanpoa
      La lotta continua
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