Book banning in Miami
Posted: 22 June 2006 08:27 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A school in Miami has taken a book about Cuba from its library at the request of several parents. Apparently the book paints a to favorable picture of a child’s life in Cuba and this is against the perception of what Castro has visited upon those people and their island home. No matter how one spins this it is censorship, and it is political censorship, and it is a really dumb thing to do. If one is trying to describe how thought and freedom are suppressed, you hardly help your cause by suppressing a book that doesn’t fit your preconvceived notions. One of the first small steps toward fascism is trying to control the flow of information and ideas to the people. It is important to let people, including children, find the truth by themselves. Certainly parents and teachers must help, but practicing censorship is just an object lesson in totalitarianism. I just posted a similar comment and a photo that shows the book stalls in Plaza Armas. This is on my blog—www.ponchosanza.blogspot.com. The book sellers are there several days a week. Most of the books are communist era political treatises and /or history books that recount previous communist glories. Occasionally one finds a book by Marti, a book of poems by N. Guillen, an old Hemingway novel or something like that. I go there to talk and occasionally buy an interesting posdt card or an old photo album. Most of the books show the vestiges of control that existed and to some extent still exists in Cuba. Unfortunately, the same thing is sprouting like kudzu in the United States.

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Posted: 10 May 2007 05:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Freedom for Dr. Biscet in Cuba!
Please help us free Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet unjustly sentenced to 25 years in a communist Cuban jail. Biscet is an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. Dr. Biscet, is a follower of the Dalai Lama, Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and wants to bring democracy and justice to Cuba. Please help us tell the world about Dr. Biscet! Go to http://www.biscet.org
Friday, March 23, 2007
Dr. Elias Biscet – Doctor in Cuba - Appeal from The International Society for Human Rights
http://www.ishr.org/index.php?id=812
March 23 2007, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
“Dr. Elias Biscet’s (born 1962)“crime” was among others to document the government’s abortion methods and to publish the book “Rivanol: A method to destroy life” in April 1998. In this book he accuses the health authorities of numerous forced abortions.”
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Dr. Biscet featured at Human Rights Exhibition “Fields of Shame”
March 23, 2007 International Society for Human Rights
http://www.ishr.org/index.php?id=843
“Among the most prominent prisoners that are portrayed in the exhibition is the Cuban Doctor Oscar Elias Biscet. The non-violent, committed Christian was sentenced to 25 years of prison for founding a human rights organisation that demands civil rights and the end of Fidel Castro’s 26-year autarchy. Even though he was threatened and tortured in prison, the Christian civil rights activist’s spirit is not broken.”
Monday, March 19, 2007
From Human Rights First: Send a letter to Raul Castro, re: Four Years Since Cuba Crackdown: Release Activists Still in Prison - Dr. Biscet included in
From Human Rights First: Send a letter to Raul Castro, re: Four Years Since Cuba Crackdown: Release Activists Still in Prison - Dr. Biscet included in list
http://action.humanrightsfirst.org/campaign/C ...
“It has been four years since 75 peaceful human rights activists and independent journalists were rounded up by Cuban authorities, summarily and unfairly tried, and sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years.”
On Fourth Anniversary of Clampdown, Rights Group Calls for Release of Prisoners - Dr. Biscet included in list
From a communique of March 19, 2007 by Human Rights First.
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/media/hrd/200 ...
“Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet is a physician and president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, which peacefully promotes human rights and the rule of law. In reprisal for his human rights activities, the 41-year-old Dr. Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison and has been held in some of the harshest conditions, including in punishment cells and solitary confinement.”
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Saturday, March 03, 2007
Family of Prisoner of Conscience, Dr. Oscar E. Biscet Gonzalez, Make An Urgent Appeal For His Life
From Dr. Biscet’s website
March, 3, 2007 Elsa Morejón, Licensed Registered Nurse and wife of Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet González, president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights and prisoner of conscience…more
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Fears grow in Cuba for well being of jailed pro-life dissident
From the Indian Catholic
March 3,2007
Fears grow in Cuba for well being of jailed pro-life dissident
HAVANA(CNA): Elsa Morejon, the wife of prominent pro-life activist and political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet, has issued an urgent appeal for medical treatment for her husband and for his transferal out of the harsh conditions of the prison cell where has been held for refusing to collaborate with the Castro regime and renounce his principles.

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Posted: 10 May 2007 05:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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We have given the issue “ink” here at the Havana Journal but I don’t think the calls for freedom are heard inside Cuba.

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Posted: 12 June 2007 08:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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pac - 22 June 2006 08:27 AM

A school in Miami has taken a book about Cuba from its library at the request of several parents. Apparently the book paints a to favorable picture of a child’s life in Cuba and this is against the perception of what Castro has visited upon those people and their island home. No matter how one spins this it is censorship, and it is political censorship, and it is a really dumb thing to do. If one is trying to describe how thought and freedom are suppressed, you hardly help your cause by suppressing a book that doesn’t fit your preconvceived notions. One of the first small steps toward fascism is trying to control the flow of information and ideas to the people. It is important to let people, including children, find the truth by themselves. Certainly parents and teachers must help, but practicing censorship is just an object lesson in totalitarianism. I just posted a similar comment and a photo that shows the book stalls in Plaza Armas. This is on my blog—www.ponchosanza.blogspot.com. The book sellers are there several days a week. Most of the books are communist era political treatises and /or history books that recount previous communist glories. Occasionally one finds a book by Marti, a book of poems by N. Guillen, an old Hemingway novel or something like that. I go there to talk and occasionally buy an interesting posdt card or an old photo album. Most of the books show the vestiges of control that existed and to some extent still exists in Cuba. Unfortunately, the same thing is sprouting like kudzu in the United States.

If The Book showed a real truth about Cuba and Cuban Children , I wouldn’t have any problem with it.
But as A Parent involved in my Children’s education and having being born in Cuba and Educated in Cuba, I found the book’s content to be a total lie.
So are we to stand by and have our children receive the propaganda of a Communist failed regime ?
Not while I have something to say.
If tomorrow a judge orders the book back in School libraries, I will home school my children, we didn’t leave to have that crap pushed to us again, Go ahead and try to place a book on American education in Cuba and see what Castro would say.

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