Note to AP: Mariela Castro is a Cuban Regime Official

Thursday, April 25, 2013
The AP has reported that Cuban dictator Raul Castro's daughter, Mariela Castro, has been denied permission by the U.S. State Department to attend a conference in Philadelphia.

Kudos to the State Department.

The story correctly notes that "U.S. rules prohibit Communist Party members and other high-ranking Cuban government officials from entry without special dispensation."

But then it states, "Castro has no official link to the government aside from kinship."

Wrong.

Mariela Castro -- in addition to being one of the most cynical voices of the dictatorship, who outwardly defends repression against dissidents and the violation of the Cuban people's fundamental human rights -- was appointed by her totalitarian father to his rubber-stamp National Assembly of People's Power.

Thus, Mariela is a Cuban government official.