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A Sign Of Desperation?
Monday, August 01, 2005   By: Juan Paxety

Computers and Pastors

Is this a sign of desperation? An organization called The Pastors for Peace drove around the U.S. collecting what it called humanitarian aid for Cuba.  When the caravan reached the Mexican border on the way to Cuba, U.S. authorities stopped it and searched for illegal materials. They found some - computers.

It's not as thought the Pastors were unaware of the restrictions on taking computers to Cuba. They had tried to take computers to Cuba in the past. In the mid-1990s they went on a hunger strike for 75-days until the Clinton Administration relented and let them take the computers.

This year, the computers are still sitting in storage in the U.S., and both the Pastors and the Cuban government are complaining. From in Periodico26

Reverend Lucius Walker, together with eight members of the Pastors for Peace caravan, is in the border town of McAllen (Texas) negotiating and pressing government officials to give them back a dozen computers that have been donated to the Cuban people.

As we know, the computers will not go to the Cuban people. fidel banned the distribution of computers to the Cuban people. Only the government will get the computers. I'm surprised by all the whining, though. Is Cuba this desperate for personal computers?


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