Your weekend homework assignment

The Council on Hemispheric Affiars touts itself as “an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt research and information organization. It has been described on the Senate floor as being “one of the nation’s most respected bodies of scholars and policy makers.””
With that in mind, your weekend homework assignment is to read this “article” from COHA and find the plethora of misinformation, rhetoric and downright falsehoods. Then, email COHA at and teach them a thing or three about Cuba’s reality, which they seem to have misplaced somewhere in their non-partisan asses.

10 thoughts on “Your weekend homework assignment”

  1. I will CC my senator so that the next time someone on the Senate floor describes them as “one of the nation’s most respected bodies of scholars and policy makers” Somebody in that Senate can ask, why.

  2. It would be interesting to find out where Laura Wayne got her data. Most of her statements of “fact” appear to be lifted right out of castroist propaganda.
    There’s the “free” health care and education myth again. It is getting to be a rather quaint approach to the evil that has held sway over Cuba for so long. Ignore the oppression, the lack of freedom, the incarcerations, the firing squads,ordinary citizens risking life and limb to flee the country, the electro-shock “treatments” for dissidents, the jailing of librarians, the burning of books, the lack of everything that is good and decent in a society. Parrot the same tired lies about free health care and education, and try to convince the uninformed.
    This article is long on bemusing falsehoods and near-truths, and short on facts. It would be funny, if the consequences of spreading these lies weren’t so tragic for ordinary Cubans. This display of ignorance is beyond redemption.

  3. Without a doubt, Laura Wayne and Ana Belen Montes were roomates. Jeesh! She must be a blonde!

  4. Okay…… now I’m pissed……. Where’s my mojito. I need to calm down. Happy thoughts!!! Happy thoughts!!! Happy thoughts!!!
    This is a regurgitation of the standard myth. I’m with Lori. My senators and congresspersons will hear of this garbage.
    Abe ‘El Consigliere’ Cardenas

  5. Whenever someone says, “This guy said something idiotic online, who the frak are they?” I turn to my friend and the power of Whois:
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    Domain ID: D373053-LROR
    Domain Name: COHA.ORG
    Created On: 16-Apr-1997 04: 00: 00 UTC
    Last Updated On: 05-Jul-2006 20: 11: 38 UTC
    Expiration Date: 17-Apr-2008 04: 00: 00 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar: Network Solutions LLC (R63-LROR)
    Registrant ID: 29084539-NSI
    Registrant Name: Council on Hemispheric Affairs
    Registrant Organization: Council on Hemispheric Affairs
    Registrant Street1: 1444 I St. NW Suite 211
    Registrant Street2:
    Registrant Street3:
    Registrant City: Washington
    Registrant State/Province: DC
    Registrant Postal Code: 20005
    Registrant Country: US
    Registrant Phone: 1.20233747
    Registrant Phone Ext.:
    Registrant FAX:
    Registrant FAX Ext.:
    Registrant Email: coha@THE-HERMES.NET
    Admin ID: 29084541-NSI
    Admin Name: Birns Larry
    Admin Organization: Birns Larry
    Admin Street1: Council on Hemispheric Affairs
    Admin Street2: 724 Ninth St. NW Suite 401
    Admin Street3:
    Admin City: Washington
    Admin State/Province: DC
    Admin Postal Code: 20001
    Admin Country: US
    Admin Phone: 1.20233747
    Admin Phone Ext.:
    Admin FAX:
    Admin FAX Ext.:
    Admin Email: coha@THE-HERMES.NET
    Tech ID: 5383927-NSI
    Tech Name: Digiweb Inc.
    Tech Organization: Digiweb Inc.
    Tech Street1: 4716 PONTIAC ST
    Tech Street2:
    Tech Street3:
    Tech City: COLLEGE PARK
    Tech State/Province: MD
    Tech Postal Code: 20740-4700
    Tech Country: US
    Tech Phone: 1.3019821688
    Tech Phone Ext.:
    Tech FAX: 1.3019829782
    Tech FAX Ext.:
    Tech Email: hostmaster@DIGIWEB.COM
    Name Server: NS1.BLUEHOST.COM
    Name Server: NS2.BLUEHOST.COM
    Okay, the Admin for the domain, Larry Birns, seems to have his own Wikipedia entry:
    Seems he’s a big apologist for hugo as well as fidel. He’s been whinging since the Reagan Administration about American policy toward those nice, harmless benevolent Latin American socialists /sarc. IMHO, no effing credibility.

  6. Scroll down, down to the very last paragraph It starts:
    “The UN-generated facts presented in this article…”
    It says it all. The “facts” presented are “generated” by the UN.
    Those facts are in good company:
    “Zimbabwe… was elected on Friday as head of the Commission on Sustainable Development, the main U.N. inter-governmental body on the environment.”
    ( )
    Zimbabwe, the basket case of the World, even poorer and insaner than Cuba, but under the guidance of an even greater leader. Mugabe is two years older than Castro, but alive and kicking. And he managed to destroy his country in half the time Castro destroyed Cuba, and to destroy it even more thoroughly. And THAT is what is at the head of the U.N. “Commission on Sustainable Development”!

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