The annual Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference is being held in Boston and Cuba’s socialist Castro dictatorship was hoping to send over 200 of its so-called academics to attend. The Castro dictatorship has used the LASA conference in the past to spread its propaganda and recruit intelligence assets, using the “academics” as cover.
In total, 236 Cuban academics applied for visas to attend, but the U.S. denied 212 (via Miami’s WPLG Local 10 News):
More than two hundred Cuban academics who were hoping to attend the annual Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference were denied visas to the United States, said Cuban education officials on Thursday.
Of those who applied for visas, 212 were denied while only 24 were approved, said Rafael Cervantes Martinez, a university professor who was among those denied and denounced the move as political.
The communist apparatchiks . . . I mean academics . . . are squealing like stuck picks upon learning they won’t be leaving their socialist paradise and traveling to the horrible imperial U.S. It is quite rich to watch them complain about the U.S. persecuting them when they serve the most repressive and suppressive totalitarian dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere.
The only Cubans more upset than the “academics” over the visa denials are the Cuban intelligence agents they report to. They were counting on them bringing back a wealth of intelligence and a list of potential new recruits in American academia for Castro intelligence.
Oh well, there’s always next year.