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Frequently Stated Statements

Cuba is an island riven with human rights abuses
Well yes and no. There are two approaches to "human rights," each with a different emphasis on particular rights. One is the Western, First World approach to human rights, commonly known as political/civil rights. These are "second tier" rights, rights that can reasonably be protected after the "first tier" rights such as food, shelter, and health care are provided. These latter rights, or social/economic ones, are what Cuba — as any Third World nation — strive to achieve and protect first, before they can move on to the second tier, less immediately necessary to human survival, rights.

Che Guevara was a heartless murderer, you have no business respecting him
It's true that after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 the enthusiastic new Cuban leadership released its anger upon collaborators in the Batista regime in the form of quick trials, with questionable fairness and swift punishment by means of execution. However, the overthrow of these individuals and retribution for their actions was the main motivation of the Revolution in the first place.

You bourgeois computer-using elitist hiding behind a keyboard, I ought to hang you by your mouse cord, etc.
Yep, I live in New York City, heart of the empire. Does this discredit me as a developer of a website concerned with Third World development issues? I don't think so. In fact, there is probably no better place to work on this project, as this city is the home of the United Nations, it is a microcosm of the world, and it provides access to research materials and periodicals found no where else in such wide diversity.

Let's fight
No thanks, but I appreciate the offer. I've gotten my ass kicked and body parts broken in too many forms of organized rugby/football violence to waste time on the pointless kind.

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» "It is not a matter of wishing success to the victim of aggression, but of sharing his fate, one must accompany him to his death or to victory."
» Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Guerrilla Warfare [submitted by Chris Fertnig]

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» Eduardo Chibás
Founded Orthodox Party in 1947; elected senator in 1950; committed suicide in 1951 at conclusion of radio address as protest against government corruption.