Monday, April 16, 2012

Zone of Reality: Castro Notes

This appeared on March 28, 2009

Civil Rights Activist Dying on Hunger Strike Near Guantanamo
By Humberto Fontova

A civil rights activist inspired by Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King has been on a hunger strike since Feb.17th near Guantanamo Cuba, protesting the incarceration and "abuse" of hundreds of what he labels "prisoners of conscience."

"The Armed Forces call these men "enemy agents" and "terrorists," he says. "But this is a grotesque lie, typical of these racist generals and their millionaire cronies from the Military/Industrial complex who pull all the strings in this country!" U.S. officials have refused to comment on the matter
OK, OK, I'll come clean. The hunger striker is actually in Placetas, Cuba, roughly 300 miles from Guantanamo so "near Guantanamo" is a relative term. And the hunger-striker is a black anti-Communist Cuban named Antunez.

He's protesting (in terms very similar to those I quoted above) against Stalinism in a nation 90 miles from U.S. shores. This explains why you've never heard of him in the MSM……A Samizdat recent smuggled from Cuba quotes Antunez: "none of the foreign press agencies accredited to work in Cuba have reported this...Now, if there was a march in front of my house in favor of the Castro Regime, you can bet the foreign press would be here in droves!''

So again, don't look for this on NPR, CNN or the History Channel…..Alas, after almost half a century of MSM "reporting" on Castro's Cuba, all Cuba-watchers are well-accustomed to such "oversights" by those "dauntless crusaders for truth!" (as Columbia School of Journalism hails it's students.).

(Follow the title link, there is much more.)

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