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Perez Roque at human rights and cultural diversity conference in Iran - funny

Posted September 04, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Cuban News Agency

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque is in Iran to - along with his Iranian counterpart - preside over the Ministerial Meeting of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (MNOAL) on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity that takes place in Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Monday and Tuesday.
According to Granma news daily, the meeting follows on the agreements reached during the 14th Summit of MNOAL held in La Habana in September 2006.

The event will be an excellent opportunity for NOAL member countries to reaffirm their commitment to human rights and cultural diversity based on the principles of universality, objectivity, impartiality and non-selectivity.

Likewise, it will contribute to the strengthening of cooperation ties between MNOAL countries.

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Here’s a photo of Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque sitting next to (on our right) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.

http://www.mfa.gov.ir:7777/mfa/cms/system/galleries/pics/Tehranpic/222.jpg

Member Comments

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On September 04, 2007, publisher wrote:

Human rights, cultural diversity, Cuba and Iran.

Name four things that do not belong in the same sentence.

This news story is almost like a spoof article. The sad thing is that apparently they are serious about it. If Perez Roque is sitting right next to Ahmadinejad then I guess he is serious.

I just lost respect for Perez Roque.

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On September 04, 2007, cubanpete wrote:

Having these two guys talk about human rights is like having arsonists talk about fire safety.

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On September 04, 2007, publisher wrote:

I agree. Probably talks about how to oppress human rights and how to get the UN to add your country to the Human Rights council.

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On September 04, 2007, Curt wrote:

They are two countries who are bullied by the U.S. Personally I hate the fundamentalist Islam that is practiced in Iran but here we are talking about an imperialist power that refuses to recognize the sovereignty of those countries.

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On September 04, 2007, Cubana wrote:

I NEVER had any respect for Perez Roque. He used to be Fidel’s personal secretary and is quite simply a thug.

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On September 05, 2007, publisher wrote:

Curt,

Cuba’s and Iran’s leaders are great role models, right? Boo hoo for the governments of Cuba and Iran.

The US recognizes the sovereignty of both countries we just choose not to deal with their governments.

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On September 05, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

There’s a saying that goes…“when you point your finger at someone else, there are three pointing right back at you.”  That applies here.  The U.S. is hardly in a position to criticize Iran or Cuba, when U.S. policy has a long history of supporting Latin American dictators who brutalized their people…all in the name of corporate profits.  There is plenty written, if you have the stomach to find out the truth.  The real question is:  what can the U.S. do to encourage human rights around the world, rather than take part in suppressing it?  I guess it’s easier to see someone else’s fault rather than admit one’s own.

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On September 05, 2007, publisher wrote:

You’re right. We should live in Cuba or Iran.

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On September 05, 2007, cubanpete wrote:

In the U.S.A., one can stand on any street corner and freely criticize the American government.  In Cuba and Iran, one can can on any street corner and freely criticize the American government.

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On September 05, 2007, publisher wrote:

So there is freedom of expression in Cuba! grin

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On September 05, 2007, cubanpete wrote:

Yes, indeed.  In Cuba, one has total freedom to express agreement with The Party Line.

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On September 05, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

You obviously haven’t read reports of protestors being arrested for wearing anti-Bush tee shirts.  Yes, it happens even in a “free” country.  Let’s wait and see what else happens as more and more American soldiers lose their lives in an illegal war and people wake up and protest the war en masse.  I think we should worry more about what’s going on here rather than constantly find fault with other countries, especially when they’re victims of U.S. policy.

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On September 05, 2007, Curt wrote:

Publisher, you are really disappointing me by alligning yourself with those right wing fascists in Miami. You used to be objective, what happened?

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On September 05, 2007, publisher wrote:

What did I say?

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On September 06, 2007, cubanpete wrote:

One will be quickly arrested in Cuba for wearing an anti-Fidel or anti-Che t-shirt.  That kind of fashion statement is strictly prohibido in The Workers’ Paradise.  In the West, one is not arrested for merely wearing a Che or anti-Bush t-shirt.  However, if one is committing a criminal act, such as robbing a bank, while so attired, one can indeed expect to be arrested (for the criminal act, not for the attire while so engaged).  As a Canadian, I know that Canada has its shortcomings.  As does America.  However, those shortcomings do not give a free pass to Cuba or any other nation from criticism on its shortcomings.  Of which Cuba has many.

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On September 06, 2007, MiamiCuban wrote:

Arresting anyone for wearing a t-shirt that expresses one’s beliefs or attitudes is wrong, no matter what country it happens in.  My point is that it happens in the U.S., too, so where’s the logic and the benefit in pointing the finger at others?  I’d like to see someone with a Che t-shirt walk the streets of Miami.  In all likelihood he’ll end up getting assaulted…and in all probability the police will not come to his defense. 
Also, the people I"ve mentioned who were arrested for wearing anti-Bush t-shirts were not in the process of committing a crime.  They were attending a Bush rally.  As far as I know, political rallies are not closed off to opponents.  Also, people have even been harassed by the police for their anti-Bush bumper stickers.  These are not good signs and I think there ought to be more concern about this rather than finding fault with other countries.

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On September 06, 2007, cubanpete wrote:

Concern about problems in one’s own country should not preclude one from expressing concern about problems in other countries.  It’s that simple.  Nuff said.