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Still Loving Castro

From Reuters:

More than 160 foreign artists and intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, have come out in defense of Cuba even as many of their peers condemn recent repression on the Communist-run island….U.S. singer Harry Belafonte and U.S. actor Danny Glover are also among the personalities who have signed the two-paragraph declaration “To the Conscience of the World” so far….

“A single power is inflicting grave damage to the norms of understanding, debate and mediation among countries,” the declaration says, referring to the United States and the war in Iraq. “At this very moment, a strong campaign of destabilization against a Latin American nation has been unleashed. The harassment against Cuba could serve as a pretext for an invasion,” it continues….

Fierce criticism of Cuba’s moves has come not only from Western government’s such as the United States, but also from disillusioned foreign writers and artists, apparently sparking the pro-Cuba drive…At the Thursday rally Castro told critics, particularly on the left, that their words could be used to justify a U.S. invasion. The intellectuals who signed the declaration defending Cuba apparently agree, though they did not specifically express support for Castro’s policies.

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