Talking about Cuba with Ellery Biddle and Elaine Diaz

Apr 4, 2013 Full story: Global Voices Online 6

At the last Global Voices Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, a number of video interviews were conducted with some of the bloggers that attended.

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Don from Canada

Guelph, Canada

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Multi-Names, read this,'Global Voices Online', article. Both Ellery and Elaine explain that, you have to ask ALL Cubans, IN Cuba, what their opinions are. Cuban Citizens' are not interested in reading articles written by journalists sitting in their armchairs, located in other countries. They (the Cubans), have definite ideas on what their problems are, and how they can be altered to suit their preference. THE PROBLEMS IN CUBA, ARE NOT AS THE REST OF THE WORLD'S REPORTERS SAY THEY ARE!
Please read this article before you make one of your usual uninformed tirades, regarding the goings on IN Cuba.
Don from Canada

Ashburn, VA

#3 Apr 5, 2013
Don from Canada wrote:
Multi-Names, read this,'Global Voices Online', article. Both Ellery and Elaine explain that, you have to ask ALL Cubans, IN Cuba, what their opinions are. Cuban Citizens' are not interested in reading articles written by journalists sitting in their armchairs, located in other countries. They (the Cubans), have definite ideas on what their problems are, and how they can be altered to suit their preference. THE PROBLEMS IN CUBA, ARE NOT AS THE REST OF THE WORLD'S REPORTERS SAY THEY ARE!
Please read this article before you make one of your usual uninformed tirades, regarding the goings on IN Cuba.
Cuba is an island prison run by a selfish and self serving murderer and ruthless communist dictator. No constructive engagement is tolerated by the dictatorship. Only their puppets and marionettes thrive in the dictatorship.
Don from Canada

Ashburn, VA

#4 Apr 5, 2013
No constructive engagement is tolerated by the dictatorship.
Don from Canada

Ashburn, VA

#5 Apr 5, 2013
Only their puppets and marionettes thrive in the dictatorship.
Don from Canada

Guelph, Canada

#6 Apr 5, 2013
Don from Canada wrote:
<quoted text>Cuba is an island prison run by a selfish and self serving murderer and ruthless communist dictator. No constructive engagement is tolerated by the dictatorship. Only their puppets and marionettes thrive in the dictatorship.
Thanks for having my post reprinted in your reply Multi-Names. Each time you reply to my articles, it is another add for your incompetence. Keep it up, it is appreciated.
Don from Canada

Guelph, Canada

#7 Apr 5, 2013
Don from Canada wrote:
<quoted text>Cuba is an island prison run by a selfish and self serving murderer and ruthless communist dictator. No constructive engagement is tolerated by the dictatorship. Only their puppets and marionettes thrive in the dictatorship.
Here is a quote from Ellery Biddle, regarding this story: Multi-Names, try and keep your comments centered on this article, instead of meandering verbally, all over the map.
QUOTE: If digital rights advocates want to be supportive of on-island efforts to increase access to technology and information, they must listen carefully to Cubans in Cuba, and they must listen to a diverse range of individuals. The members of the fragmented dissident community, or those of the most combative corner of the nationís diverse blogosphere, have important perspectives. But they are not the only Cubans bringing their ideas to the table, nor are they the only Cubans who are active online.

I do not defend the human rights record of the Cuban government, nor do I defend its abuses of Cubansí civil and political rights. But I know enough about Cuba to say that I think itís counterproductive and actually harmful to perpetuate such overly simplistic narratives. If advocates want to take a stand against government practices, they must understand how they work, where they come from, and what effects they really have on people. And they must think strategically about what kinds of pressure could bring change, and what kinds of pressure will do nothing but exacerbate the status quo..
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