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"The world is coming under the rule of Nazi concepts and methods because of circumstances out of the control of the American people."

-- Fidel Castro, speaking Jun. 8 in Santiago de Cuba about the Bush administration's war on terrorism.

"No matter what your views are, it's extraordinarily impressive how the Cuban regime has survived ... and particularly in this city, where bets were being placed publicly about how long Castro would last into the 90s. This shows how wrong one can be about the strength of this political regime. It remains very strong. It is not hanging by its fingernails."

-- Jorge Dominguez, director of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, speaking Jun. 7 at a Washington conference on the Cuban economy.

"We are moving from dissent to opposition. People who wish for change are better articulated than we could have imagined a decade ago."

-- Eusebio Mujal-Leon, director of the department of government at Georgetown University, speaking at the same conference.

"Section 211 is a degenerate sanction [amounting to] a political subterfuge by the Bacardi Company. It is shameless in reach and in its implications, and it is damaging to the reputation of the United States as the champion of the rule of international law."

-- Dan O'Flaherty, vice-president of the Washington-based National Foreign Trade Council, in a recent report on the future of U.S. trademarks in Cuba.

"Undercutting intellectual property protections in the ways done by Section 211--or by its amendment or extension--is poor policy and would create substantial risks for U.S. workers and businesses that rely on protection of intellectual property around the world."

-- Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York), in an Apr. 30 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.

"Bacardi has no control over what companies the Harlem Globetrotters include on a sponsorship wish list. But under current conditions, it would have had as much chance of succeeding as I would have in being named starting center for the Globetrotters team."

-- Bacardi spokesman Jorge Rodriguez Marquez, commenting on a story in the June 2002 issue of CubaNews that erroneously listed the Bermuda-based rum distiller as a potential sponsor of the Globetrotters' upcoming goodwill visit to Cuba.

"The Caribbean tourism industry ignores Cuba at its own peril. Much can be gained by working closely with the Cubans."

-- Lelei LeLaulu, president of Counterpart International, speaking at a sustainable tourism conference in Nassau about an expected surge in tourism to Cuba.

"Tourists don't go to Cuba for political change, they go to forget reality. They go to sit on a beach. I'm hard-pressed to explain how sitting on a beach leads to political change."

-- Dan W. Fisk, deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, speaking Jun. 7 in defense of the U.S. travel ban.

"In Cuba, child corruption, possession and trafficking of drugs, sexual soliciting, obscene acts and any other act of public scandal are severely punished by law."

-- information card in a guest room of Santiago de Cuba's four-star Hotel Las Americas, whose adjacent discotheque, night after night, is filled with young prostitutes shamelessly grinding their rear ends into the crotches of middle-aged and elderly European men on vacation.
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