February 28, 2003

A Brief List of Books Banne...

A Brief List of Books Banned in Cuba: Havel, Orwell, Solzhenitsyn, Garton Ash, etc. That Carlos Franqui book at the top is pretty harrowing, and worth a read. UPDATE: Cuba just seized a U.S. shipment of 5,101 books, the U.S. Interest Section announced yesterday. The Revolution was therefore kept safe from Groucho Marx, Martin Luther King, John Steinbeck, and so on.<>A Brief List of Books Banne...

A Brief List of Books Banned in Cuba: Havel, Orwell, Solzhenitsyn, Garton Ash, etc. That Carlos Franqui book at the top is pretty harrowing, and worth a read. UPDATE: Cuba just seized a U.S. shipment of 5,101 books, the U.S. Interest Section announced yesterday. The Revolution was therefore kept safe from Groucho Marx, Martin Luther King, John Steinbeck, and so on.

Posted by at February 28, 2003 01:59 AM
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Some regular posters will be glad to see that that poser, Havel, isn't allowed to spread his filth in the Worker's Tropical Paradise that is Castro's Cuba. Thank goodness!

Posted by: Kate Coe at February 28, 2003 10:09 AM

Ah yes. That enlightened Cuban government.

In related old news, remember that:

"According to Article 19, Chapter II, Section 3 of the ministry's (Cuban Ministry of Internal Commerce) rsolution No. 383/2001: "The sale of computers, offset printer equipment, mimeographs, photocopiers, and any other mass printing medium, as well as their parts, pieces and accessories, is prohibited to associations, foundations, civic and nonprofit societies, and natural born citizens. In cases where the acquisition of this equipment or parts, pieces and accessories is indispensable, the authorization of the Ministry of Internal Commerce must be solicited."

http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,51270,00.html

Posted by: vlad at February 28, 2003 12:22 PM

I don't understand. Why didn't they send any Chomsky or Gore Vidal's latest?

Posted by: Tokyo Taro at February 28, 2003 06:48 PM

But... but.... but... I thought they loved Marx! Next they'll return the Lennon CDs I sent.

Posted by: carpeicthus at February 28, 2003 08:53 PM


Yeah this is pretty bad. I do think that some kind of constructive engagement would more quickly undermine this morally bankrupt regime. The more people going in and out, the easier it is to slip in books and other things the government doesn't want.
Isolation (insulation?) is just what Castro wants, it's a shame the US is so eager to give it to him.
If we can hold our nose and deal with apartheid era South Africa and mainland China (among others), we should be able to do so with Castro, if only to shove him off the stage more quickly.

Posted by: Michael Farris at March 1, 2003 05:15 AM

Why? He'll be dead someday. And other than underage hookers and cheap cigars, what does Cuba have that anyone wants?

The more people going out, the better off they are.

Posted by: Rachel Cohen at March 2, 2003 08:07 PM

Rachel -- Cuba has a *lot* that others want, much of it in the area of human capital. It has exportable music, literature, film and sport; its upper-tier medical system and possibly education is terrific compared to the rest of the Caribbean. It should be, and will be again, the pearl of the whole region. In my opinion, the embargo gives Castro his only remotely plausible excuse. Remove it, and no one under the age of 80 will even consider supporting him; meanwhile, the influx of information will undermine the police state's hold.

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 2, 2003 08:18 PM
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