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Sunday, May 03, 2009


Those scary Cubans

Silvio Rodriguez is Cuba's most popular folk singer. He was scheduled to play at Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration yesterday. The U.S., with the Obama administration picking up where the Bush administration left off, denied his visa application (o.k., technically they didn't "deny" it, they just never approved it). No doubt his appearance would have been a serious threat to U.S. national security, just like the appearance (which was a non-appearance, thanks to another visa denial) of 77-year-old Ibrahim Ferrer (of Buena Vista Social Club fame) back in 2004.

Actually talking about "national security" when you talk about U.S. policy to Cuba is a misnomer. "National insecurity" would be more appropriate.

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