Column 012714 Brewer
Monday, January 27, 2014
Cuba's CELAC Summit: Masking the Truth of a Failed Diplomacy
By Jerry Brewer
Havana, the capital of the Castro brother's Cuba, will play host to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit this January 28-30. The heads of state and government representatives from 32 Latin American and Caribbean nations are scheduled to attend. Conversely, Cubans who will apparently not be allowed anywhere near the meetings are crying foul, even with strained abilities to communicate to an outside free world. After all, CELAC was created to "deepen Latin American integration." Evidently Cuba is disallowing any integration by dissidents, who seek to have a free voice and be heard on their own island, with the leaders of other Latin American nations. Furthermore, it has been claimed by many that some of those who will attend have expressed no intentions to attend any peaceful events organized by the opposition. Is this snubbing of dissidents and removal from the summit areas indicative solely of the Castro family dictatorship?