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Diaz Balart and Ros Lehtinen pressure nations for restrictions on freedom

Posted August 31, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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By PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald

(origina title:Lawmakers push a united, hard-line front on Cuba)


Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart, left, and Mario Diaz-Balart, shown with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, are lobbying Eastern European nations to isolate Cuba.
C.M. GUERRERO/EL NUEVO HERALD

After beating back efforts to ease U.S. sanctions on Cuba in Congress, Cuban-American lawmakers are embarking on a major push to isolate the Castro government on the international stage.

Miami Republican Reps. Lincoln and Mario Díaz-Balart and New Jersey Democrat Albio Sires are today wrapping up a three-day trip to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. The trip will be followed by another to Latin America in the coming weeks, according to members of the delegation.

The trip’s organizers say the idea is to raise the international profile of dissidents on the island, call on countries to settle for nothing less than free elections in Cuba after Fidel Castro dies and present a united front of major dissident and exile groups before the world community.

But it will likely be an uphill battle. While the former Soviet-bloc nations are generally receptive, other European and Latin American nations are more skeptical, believing that U.S. sanctions have not worked and more engagement with Havana stands a better chance of bringing democratic change.

‘‘One of the reasons why the regime has lasted so long is the lack of international solidarity, especially in Latin America,’’ Lincoln Díaz-Balart told The Miami Herald by phone from Budapest. ``And so the role of Europe, and especially East and Central Europe, is extraordinarily important.’’

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Member Comments

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On August 31, 2007, publisher wrote:

I guess they are not happy restricting only Americans’ freedom of trade and travel but now they want to take their anti-American restrictions abroad.

I would love to hear from the leaders of the other countries. I wonder if they just laughed at these three stooges.

THANK GOD they are not trying to help Oswaldo Paya.

I wonder if Martha Beatriz Rouque knows that she is just a pawn in this trio’s twisted political game of protecting their power and funding from Washington.

Harsh you say?

Restricting my freedoms for their own self interest really gets me upset. They are not helping any dissidents in Cuba. Let’s be honest. They are poison to any dissident that has anything to do with these FAKERS!

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On August 31, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

True, PUblisher….these three obviously have no regard for “freedom.”  Makes no sense to me.  They’re utterly shameless.  Don’t they know that despite their pitiful attempt, they’ll NEVER make the pages of history?  They’re out slaying mythical dragons while most just laugh at the absurdity of it all.  Most of Cuba hates them, and their base in Miami is dwindling every day.  It’s just a matter of time before they’re through in the political arena….surely they know it…but they’re grasping for anything at this point.

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On August 31, 2007, bernie wrote:

If I could find a politican who is more interested in the welfare of the USA instead of some other country it would be a blessing.  These politicans should be looking in their own backyard instead of going out of the country stirring up trouble.  I will be looking at third party candidates very closely in the coming elections.

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On August 31, 2007, publisher wrote:

“If I could find a politician who is more interested in the welfare of the USA instead of some other country it would be a blessing. “

Right on bro!

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On September 01, 2007, J. Perez wrote:

Nice photo of the three dinosaurs, too bad like them, these guys will be extinct soon. Their time has passed them by, even with the people in Miami they are loosing ground.

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On September 01, 2007, publisher wrote:

I get the sense that the Cubans want change in their country and we Americans want change in our country.

Imagine if the US and Cuba can sync up in 2009!

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On September 01, 2007, manfredz wrote:

’One of the reasons why the regime has lasted so long is the lack of international solidarity, especially in Latin America,’’ Lincoln Díaz-Balart told The Miami Herald


.......  if you want to drag Latin America into this, maybe its more likely because the American government(s) (not the American people) are so disliked in so many countries especially Latin America.  And I’mn sure this venture is not going to do anything to change that .....