Quotes of the Week: Dissidents Lose Hope in Obama

Sunday, June 14, 2015
When we heard [Cuban dissidents] weren’t taken into account, we lost a little hope. The dictatorship has become stronger over these past two years.
-- Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, renowned Cuban independent journalist and former political prisoner, upon receiving the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom, The Daily Signal, 6/12/15

In dictatorships, the war is going on. It's not that visible from the outside, but it has casualties, has victims. A handshake between democracies and dictatorships demonstrates that great democracies value mutual understandings with dictatorships more than freedom and basic human rights.
-- Alexander Podrabinek, renowned Russian independent journalist and former political prisoner, upon receiving the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom, The Washington Examiner, 6/12/15