Letters to the Editor

From the issue of August 10, 2000

Silvia M. Karman

Internet Access the Cuban Way
Socialism or death or don't even bother:
Brett Sokol's story about Cuba and the Internet made it obvious that the Castro government continues to control information to all its slave-citizens. (A new Ministry of Informatics and Communication?) It's pathetic that Cuban bureaucrats can prohibit Internet access to anybody they think is politically incorrect. This is not the real Internet; it's just another totalitarian tool.

Nothing in Cuba is like we have it here, and won't be until there is democracy.

Alice Rodriguez

Cuba Wired
It's just a cable away:
Brett Sokol mentioned with a soupçon of skepticism claims that development of the Internet in Cuba has been restricted by the U.S. economic blockade (since passage of the Helms-Burton Law, blockade is the correct term in international law). His skepticism was not justified.

There are impeccable sources where one can discover the frustration of U.S. companies trying to break the blockade to improve Internet access to Cuba. Browse the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council Website ( http://www.cubatrade.org/2000hlights.html) to find statements from the latest company, Quest Net Corp. of Aventura, that gave up after months of struggling to acquire licenses from the U.S. government to lay fiber-optic cable across the Florida Straits.

I can't provide a link to the precise article because the site doesn't have separate URLs for individual articles, but it's fun browsing. The article's headline is “Quest Net Corporation Discontinues Fiber Optic Cable Project” and it's more than halfway through the page.

Cassandra Dean
Ontario, Canada

Local Music Scene Snuffed Out by Cruel Calendar Editor
"That damn swamp is next on my hit list," she vows:
It's been a very long time since I've read such an irresponsible piece of so-called journalism as Nina Korman's “Rock for the Glades” calendar item (“Night & Day,” July 27). I wonder if she took into account the fragmented nature of our already tenuous local music scene? Did she not know how detrimental her comments were in a community that already lacks cohesion?

Ms. Korman's sarcastic comments also have a negative effect on environmental groups involved with endeavors like “Rock for the Glades.” Doesn't she realize the fundamental importance of such events? They raise awareness of environmental groups and issues among a wider, younger, more-diverse audience. The old saying still rings true: If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Helena Zafiropoulos
Miami Beach

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