If Castro farts or Cuba issues some ridiculous statement, it gets picked up all over the MSM. Meanwhile, this is being ignored:
The United States has praised a statement from representatives of the Cuban opposition movement calling for peaceful democratic change in Cuba.
In its statement, released April 16 in Spanish, members of most of Cubaâ€™s leading opposition groups said they were united in their call for Cuba to change peacefully from communist rule to democracy, freedom, social justice and human rights for all the Cuban people.
The statement added that the task of achieving democratic change in Cuban society is up to â€œCubans and only Cubans.â€
The Bush administration’s Cuba transition coordinator, Caleb McCarry, told USINFO April 20 that the statement is an â€œimportant message to the Cuban people and the outside world from Cuba’s peaceful democratic opposition.â€
The United States, said McCarry, â€œsupports the right of the Cuban people to define a democratic future for their country.â€
McCarry oversees day-to-day operations of the U.S. Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba. The commission, co-chaired by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, was created in 2003 to ensure that the U.S. government is prepared to assist Cubaâ€™s peaceful transition to democracy.
Michael Parmly, chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, added that U.S. policy â€œhas been to give the Cuban people the lead in deciding their country’s future.â€ Parmly told USINFO that the statement from the opposition Cuban group, dubbed â€œUnited for Freedom,â€ represents the â€œviews of many Cubans who have been advocating for human rights and democratic change for a long time.”
The Cuban oppositionâ€™s statement also urged the release of all political prisoners from Cuban prisons who have been â€œimprisoned unjustly for defending, promoting, and peacefully exercising universally recognized human rights.â€
More than 20 members of Cubaâ€™s opposition movement have signed the statement.
Signatories include prominent dissident leaders Oswaldo PayÃ¡ of the Christian Liberation Movement; Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation; Martha Beatriz Roque and Rene Gomez Manzano of the Assembly to Promote Civil Society; and members of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) opposition movement, which consists of wives and other close female relatives of imprisoned Cuban dissidents. Among its many honors, this last group was named one of the three winners of the 2005 Sakharov Prize for the promotion of freedom of thought.
But there is no media bias. And I’m Santa Claus.