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Cuban Dissident Releases for July: Catholic Church – 52, Hillary Clinton – 0

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Posted on July 15 2010 7:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.
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The month of July has offered an interesting turn of events in regard to the release of Cuban dissidents which may be instructive as we consider what might be the most effective means toward achieving our goal to break the grip of totalitarian socialism on impoverished populations.

From World Bulletin, July 9:

Cuba took the first steps toward releasing 52 political prisoners as the island’s Catholic Church on Thursday notified five they would be freed soon in a deal struck with the Cuban government that drew praise from Washington.

Hillary Clinton remarked:

“We were encouraged by the apparent agreement between the Roman Catholic Church and the authorities in Cuba for the release of 52 political prisoners. We think that’s a positive sign. It’s something that is overdue but nevertheless very welcome.”

Associated Press, Today:

MADRID — As two more Cuban dissidents flew into Spain, the seven who preceded them rejoiced Wednesday in their newfound freedom despite an uncertain future in a nation mired in Europe’s debt crisis.

Some of the Cubans still appeared dazed after arriving with just a few suitcases, or in one case, with no change of clothes. They were accompanied by wives, children and some older parents, part of 52 activists being released in stages by the Cuban government after being imprisoned in a 2003 crackdown. In all, 20 are expected to land in Spain.

Associated Press, Also Today:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday urged Jewish groups to join the campaign to persuade Cuba to release a U.S. government contractor detained on the communist island for seven months without charge.

Is it just me or did Hillary Clinton just get a seriously rude awakening proving that government can’t solve everything?

The Catholic Church is working harder for freedom in Cuba than anyone.  If Cuba becomes free, it will be thanks more to the Catholic Church than to any other group.

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