My final comment. I strongly recommend that all true-born librarians read the last issue of American Libraries, Feb. 2001, p.30-32. Here is another American point of view, refreshing, hopeful and not all black and white, rather colourful. I don't think Mr. Kent could accuse Larry Oberg, director of the Willamette College Library (Oreg.) or AL senior editor George M. Eberhart of being communists (Oh Dear!): they would have been arrested long ago or accused of being spies for Fidel. I would rather agree with Eliades Acosta, director of Biblioteca Nacional Josť Marti, when he says:"Cuban public libraries are suffering because the blockade (US embargo). Daily operations are a struggle with very limited resources". And Mr. Kent's dissidents are not librarians but "self-professed political dissidents and spoke openly and apparently without fear of reprisal". Reprisal from Fidel, of course. Now that the US of A have a First Lady Librarian, things may change for the better. Meanwhile, have a nice virtual visit: www.lib.cult.cu/EnglishVersion/ P.S. I have had the privilege of visiting La Biblioteca Nacional Josť Marti, but that was in 1975. I am willing to go back anytime, especially to see the progress made and I won't stop on American soil, it is a promise. POKA! -----Original Message----- From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Sent: March 1, 2001 12:29 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: RE Actor in Library Role Wins Academy Award Nomination Regarding Mr. Arcand's recommendation that an APLA delegation visit Cuba, the Friends of Cuban Libraries support this suggestion (and we would encourage the delegation to take a few banned books for the independent librarians, such as George Orwell's "1984"). Mr. Arcand may be unaware that the CLA has already condemned the Cuban government's repression of the independent librarians. As Kathleen De Long, the president of CACUL, stated in a letter to President Castro: "In persecuting and harassing members of the Cuban library community, your government is striking at the heart of the principles espoused and acted upon by librarians worldwide."