The New York Times: Reward Cuba's Dictatorship, Not Egypt's

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Yesterday, The New York Times' Editorial Board published its seventh editorial lobbying the Obama Administration to unilaterally and unconditionally reward Cuba's dictatorship -- despite its bad behavior.

Yet, today, The New York Times Editorial Board is scolding the Obama Administration for unilaterally and unconditionally rewarding Egypt's dictatorship -- despite its bad behavior.


According to today's NYT:

"Two events over the weekend illustrated the contradictory relationship between the United States and Egypt. On Friday, Egypt refused to grant entry to an American scholar and former diplomat, Michele Dunne, who had been invited to attend a conference in Cairo.

The next day, the United States Senate approved a huge spending bill that could allow Egypt to receive more than $1.3 billion in American military aid regardless of whether Cairo continues to repress Egyptian citizens or harass foreigners like Ms. Dunne."

And leading the charge against Egypt's dictatorship in Congress is U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) -- the biggest advocate of appeasing Cuba's dictatorship.


Surely, Egypt's dictatorship shouldn't be rewarded for denying Ms. Dunne entry to the country.

But Cuba's dictatorship should also not be rewarded for:

- Quadrupling political arrests since 2010, with over 8,400 arrests thus far this year.

- Holding an American hostage, development worker, Alan Gross, imprisoned for helping Cuba's small Jewish community obtain uncensored Internet access.

- Smuggling over 240 tons of heavy weaponry from Cuba to North Korea. The largest interdiction of weapons in violation of UN Security Council sanctions, anywhere in the world, to date.

- The suspicious deaths of democracy leaders Laura Pollan, leader of The Ladies in White, and Oswaldo Paya, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement.

- Wresting political, civil and military control of Venezuela, and exporting its repressive apparatus to other nations, including Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador.

- Illegally confiscating European and Canadian businesses, having their bank accounts frozen and an unknown number of foreign businessmen imprisoned without charges or trial.

- Denying the Cuban people Internet connectivity through pricing, discrimination and imprisonment.

- Holding long-term political prisoners, many who have been arrested in recent years, and remain arbitrarily imprisoned, e.g. rapper Angel Yunier Remon, labor leader Ulises Gonzalez Moreno, LGBT advocate David Bustamante, author Angel Santiesteban and activist Ivan Fernandez Depestre.

- Mobilizing its diplomatic arsenal in support of Assad's genocide in Syria, of North Korea's crimes against humanity, of a nuclear Iran, of Vladimir Putin's illegal annexation of the Crimea and of the violent actions by Russian separatists in the Ukraine.

Pictured below is Cuba this week (not Egypt):