Tuesday, February 27, 2007

American Thinker on ALA and Cuba

Thanks to Jack Stephens for sending me the link to this American Thinker post about ALA and Cuba:

But what is particularly shameful about the American response to Castro's treatment of librarians is that the American Library Association refuses to lift a finger in protest, much less do something to save their Cuban counterparts.

While I think Thomas Lifson gets a bit carried away at the end, he does point out the bizarre, alternate reality nature of this June 2001 ALA resolution, which states that:

The American Library Association oppose all efforts, including those of the U.S. government, to limit access to informational materials by Cuba's libraries and Cuba's library users;

Yes, I really wish the U.S. would stop locking up independent Cuban librarians and burning their collections.

Actually, as I look at it again, this resolution includes another interesting passage:

The American Library Association urge the U.S. government to share information materials widely in Cuba, especially with Cuba's libraries, and not just with individuals and independent nongovernmental organizations;

(Emphasis added-DD)

So, in 2001, ALA Council passed a resolution calling on the U.S. government to "share information materials widely in Cuba", including with "individuals and independent nongovernmental organizations". Yet, when Castro then responded to such efforts by imprisoning independent librarians and destroying their collections, ALA Council did virtually nothing. In fact, some councilors even argued that American assistance to the independent library movement justified Castro's repression.

Good to know that moral and logical consistency is valued so highly at ALA Council.


Blogger leftside said...

You should go further and read the actual ALA report when they went to Cuba to investigate the claims made by hysterical Cubans in Miami.

The found, among other things, that there is no censorship in Cuba. All the books they were told were banned were to be found right there on the library shelves... maybe only a few copies, but they were there. They found that the biggest reason there are not more books on Cuba's shelves is the embargo we have against them buying them from US publishing houses - and the economic difficulties any developing country faces. Still Cuba has one of the most literate and well-read population in the Americas.

Maybe this is why the ALA has voted the way it has - it foudn the facts for itself, rather than rely on heresay and ideology.

11:58 AM  
Blogger theotherwaldo said...

Yes, those books are on the shelf like the cheese is in the mousetrap. Go ahead, borrow those books. You can read them in prison.

1:54 PM  

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