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Monday, March 29, 2010
According to the AFP, Brazil's government has discarded interceding on behalf of Cuban political prisoners and dissidents.

Brazilian President Lula da Silva's senior foreign policy adviser, Marco Aurelio Garcia, said, "we have relations with governments, not dissidents."

And here's the kicker, "to weigh-in on behalf of dissidents would be inadequate and counterproductive..."

To what?

Allow us to fill in the blank:

" Brazil's business interests and control of Cuba's biggest port, Mariel, from which we want to monopolize the island's future trade and commerce with the United States. However, this needs to occur before the end of the Castro dictatorship, for we don't want to face the free will of the Cuban people. Thus, our steadfast efforts to push the U.S. to unconditionally lift economic sanctions."

Unfortunately, this is similar to what The New York Times was disingenuously pitching today in its article, "Dreaming of Cuban Profits in Post-Embargo World."

It's too bad the Times couldn't dignify itself to providing similar coverage to Cuba's pro-democracy movement, including its hunger strikers, political prisoners, women dragged through the streets for demanding freedom and the hundreds of thousands that marched in solidarity last week from Miami to Madrid, New York, and Los Angeles.

But that's apparently not as important as a handful of sleazy businessmen colluding with Castro's brutal dictatorship for a profit.