Even in the olden days I never understood the left’s romance with Fidel. Maybe it was due to having grown up with people who knew Fidel well. In any case, I was just reading a really good fisking of Ollie’s asinine remarks to Ann Louise Bardach, of Slate. In the Oliver Stoned program,
Castro turned to the prisoners’ defense lawyers, who just happened to be there, and he says, “I urge you to do your best to reduce the sentences”
The despot saying the lawyers have power to reduce the sentences: a scene out of Ubu Rex, indeed.
update Frank Calzon’s article on Cuba’s children (in Spanish). (note: After the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva decided by a single vote to censure the communist regime for its human rights record, Calzon was knocked unconscious by a Cuban delegate who in turn had to be subdued with Mace.)