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Library debate roils academic conference 
NEW YORK, April 30, 2011 (Friends of Cuban Libraries) - Academic 
conferences are usually sedate affairs... but this staid pattern was broken at a 
three-day conference on "Cuban Futures" held from March 31 to April 2 at the City 
University of New York.... The disputed event featured a presentation by 
Rhonda Neugebauer and Dana Lubow on a project to send a bookmobile... to the 
official library system of Cuba's Granma Province.

...Ms. Neugebauer was asked by a member of the Friends of Cuban Libraries 
why she testified during an ALA investigation that she has been unable to 
find any evidence of censorship in Cuba during her visits to the island over 
the past twenty years.

Visibly annoyed, Ms. Neugebauer at first tried to stonewall the issue by 
declaring, "This question does not deserve an answer!" But a few moments 
later, possibly after reflecting on the bad impression imparted to the audience 
by her refusal to answer the question, she said....

Library leader threatened, harassed
HAVANA, April 25, 2011 (Ana Aguililla/Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez) - When 
library leader Omayda Padrón Azcuy complained to State Security agents that 
they were harassing her, one of them answered: "No, if I was really 
repressing you, I would break down the door and drag you outside right now."

Library raid in Pinar del Río
HAVANA, April 9, 2011 (Mario Hechavarría Driggs/ ) 
- José Ramón Rivera, the director of an independent library in Pinar del 
Río Province, complains that a State Security officer entered his house at 
#655 Garmendia St. and took away four boxes of books.... 

New secret agent-librarian revealed!
NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2011 (Friends of Cuban Libraries) - On Feb. 25 Cuba's 
official TV network aired a documentary on two members of civil society groups 
who revealed their true identity as underground agents of the secret 
police. One of the agents, Carlos Serpa, identified himself as the director of the 
Ernest Hemingway Independent Library....

Nat Hentoff: "Endless shame of the spineless ALA"
NEW YORK, January 13, 2011 (Nat Hentoff/Galesburg Register-Mail) - In the 
many columns I've written..., I've cited the ALA's refusal to demand the 
release of these librarians.... As my documented stories on these and future 
imprisonments went on, I was targeted by the director of Cuba's National 
Library Eliades Acosta: "What does Mr. Hentoff know of the real Cuba?" My public 
reply: "I know that if I were a Cuban, I'd be in prison."

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