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"In Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end. The Cuban people are ready for their freedom. And as that nation enters a period of transition, the United Nations must insist on free speech, free assembly and, ultimately, free and competitive elections."

--President Bush, speaking Sept. 25 before the UN General Assembly.

"It was an embarrassing show, the delirium tremens of the world's policeman, the intoxication of imperial power, sprinkled with mediocrity and cynicism."

--Felipe Perez Roque, Cuba's foreign minister, who stormed out of the UN General Assembly after Bush referred to Fidel Castro as a "cruel dictator."

"Those who present themselves as the greatest democracy on Earth are in reality a tyranny, the biggest dictatorship. Bush showed us total disrespect."

--Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in his speech to the UN General Assembly.

"He is dying, he is dead, he will die the day after tomorrow. Well, here I am."

--Fidel Castro, mocking rumors of his death in a Sept. 22 interview on Cuban state TV, following an absence from public view of nearly four months.

"The people in Cuba have to see that socialism is also material. You cannot deny human beings their material needs. There's a need for people to feel that the virtues of the revolution are present in the food on the table."

--Carlos Lage Codorniu, 26-year-old student activist and son of Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage, in a Sept. 11 interview with Spanish news agency EFE.

"There is an injustice in this case."

--Richard Klough, attorney for five Cuban spies who are asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a new trial. Lawyers for the "Cuban Five" say the June 2001 convictions were based on insufficient evidence.

"Unless the regime changes, our policy will not change. The question is not, when will the U.S. change its policy? The real question is, when will Cuba change its policies? We are prepared to work with Cuba if there is real reform."

--U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, speaking Sept. 17 at the Heritage Foundation, in the first of a series of programs on the future of post-Castro Cuba.

"The information was complete: the names of those implicated in the plan; day, time and hour where the assassination could occur; the type of weapon the terrorists had and where they kept their arms; and along with all that, the meeting place of those elements planning the action as well as a brief summary of what had occurred in said meeting."

--Fidel Castro, claiming in a Sept. 12 essay in Granma that in 1984, Cuba gave U.S. officials information about an extreme right-wing group that was planning to assassinate President Reagan during his planned trip to North Carolina.

"I have read the cases in Florida, and you're going to have a very steep mountain to climb here, and you know it."

--Circuit Judge Jeri Beth Cohen, telling state attorneys Sept. 27 they'd have a hard time proving that reuniting a 5-year-old girl with her father--pig farmer Rafael Izquierdo, who wants to take his daughter back to Cuba--would harm her.

"It was a very emotional moment for all of us. We felt powerless."--Adlin Sukhwani, a passenger on a Carnival cruise ship that on Sept. 25 crossed paths with a flimsy inflatable raft filled with Cuban refugees trying to make it to Florida. U.S. Coast Guard officials later returned the migrants to Cuba.

"The dream of every baseball player is to get to the Major Leagues, and I want to be part of the world's best league too."

--Alexei Ramirez, 25-year-old top slugger of Cuba's last baseball season, telling Reuters why he defected Sept. 20 while in the Dominican Republic.
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Title Annotation:end of dictatorship in Cuba
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Date:Oct 1, 2007
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