BBC: New York Times on a Cuban Crusade

Obama Shaking Raul Castro's Blood-soaked Hand

I noticed…

From the BBC, who also noticed:

Cuba clearly is on the minds of the editors of the New York Times.

In the last month the paper has published five weekend editorials in English and in Spanish asking the US administration to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba.

In the pieces the Times has asserted that the US trade embargo on Cuba is “senseless” and should be dismantled, and it has criticized the administration’s “stealth efforts to overthrow the government” in Havana.

In addition, they have suggested that the White House should remove Cuba from the State Department’s list of nations that sponsor terrorist organisations and should propose a prisoner swap that would see the release of Alan Gross, the American development contractor who has been in a Cuban prison for nearly five years.

“Washington should recognise that the most it can hope to accomplish is to positively influence Cuba’s evolution toward a more open society,” says the most recent editorial, published on Sunday. “That is more likely to come about through stronger diplomatic relations than subterfuge.”

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Richard Blanco, 2013 Inaugural Poet

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Richard Blanco, chosen by President Obama to deliver the Inaugural Poem. Photo (c) 2013 Craig Dilger for The New York Times

From the New York Times:

From the moment Barack Obama burst onto the political scene, the poet Richard Blanco, a son of Cuban exiles, says he felt “a spiritual connection” with the man who would become the nation’s 44th president.

Like Mr. Obama, who chronicled his multicultural upbringing in a best-selling autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” Mr. Blanco has been on a quest for personal identity through the written word. He said his affinity for Mr. Obama springs from his own feeling of straddling different worlds; he is Latino and gay (and worked as a civil engineer while pursuing poetry). His poems are laden with longing for the sights and smells of the land his parents left behind.

Now Mr. Obama is about to pluck Mr. Blanco out of the relatively obscure and quiet world of poetry and put him on display before the entire world.

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Hoodies For Trayvon

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Congregants bow their heads in prayer during a service at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, Sunday, March 25, 2012. Church-goers were invited to wear hoodies to services to show their support for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was wearing a hoodie on the night he was killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

 

 

Egypt Rising

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All of us, whose countries have been stolen by a few authoritarian thugs, look to the events in Egypt in awe, solidarity and maybe even a little envy.

Next year it could be Pyongyang, or Bejing or, who knows, maybe the freedom-loving people of Teheran could finish what they started. Perhaps it could even be Havana…

Image via The Guardian, UK.