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June 22, 2005

The ALA hearts Latin American Communist Dictators

The good ol' American Library Association (ALA). Staunch defenders of liberty and freedom but only if you are an ACLU operative out to legalize porn or if you happen to be a Latin American Dictator.

The ALA is sponsoring Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez's apologist Eva Golinger to speak at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference on June 25th. The ALA press release states:

CHICAGO - Author and attorney Eva Golinger will speak about U.S. attempts to remove Venezuela's democratically elected President Hugo Chavez from power, Saturday, June 25, at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

Golinger will speak at the program "Destabilization, Disinformation, and Libraries," sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA and by the Progressive Librarians Guild. The program also will feature a presentation on libraries under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile; and librarian Ann Sparanese will discuss what librarians can do about U.S. destabilization and disinformation programs.

And you thought librarians had the best interests of children at heart. Here is what the pro-Venezuelan Organization VCRISIS has to say about Eva Golinger:

It never ceases to amaze me the ability of certain people to keep duping others on themes of which they have no clue about. Such is the case of the 'darling of the revolution' Eva Golinger that is. Lately, camarada Golinger has been given royal treatment by the Chavez regime in Venezuela, put in five-star hotels, flown in business class and interviewed ad nauseam in the state media channel as 'expert in US destabilization techniques and vote rigging'.

But, you may say, the ALA really, really cares about the free flow of information in libraries everywhere. Apparently they don't care that much about the libraries of the other darling of the left dictator, Cuba's Castro. The Washington Examiner explains:

Librarians attending the American Library Association's conference in Chicago this week will hear a speech from that great man of letters Henry Winkler (a.k.a. "The Fonz"). But a bigger story involves who won't be appearing at the podium: Ramon Coles and Berta Mexidor, the co-founders of Cuba's independent library movement.
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Two years ago, Cuban strongman Fidel Castro jailed 75 dissidents in a brutal clampdown. Fourteen of them were librarians, members of a movement that collects books, newspapers and periodicals and loans them to interested readers. In Castro's island paradise, this is a crime.
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Would the ALA call on Castro to free the jailed librarians? No. The best it could muster was an expression of "deep concern over the arrest and long prison terms of political dissidents." It noted that some were private librarians, but stopped short of insisting on their release. It urged the Cuban regime to respect "basic human rights" and "eliminate obstacles" to the free flow of information.

Curiously, the ALA report also took a dig at the U.S. embargo because it "restricts access to information in Cuba." It likewise zinged the U.S. travel ban for hampering "professional exchanges" between the two countries. In its fit of moral equivalence, the ALA blamed both governments "the one in Washington and the one in Havana" for the "political climate" that led to the arrests.

So, in addition to protecting the privacy of terrorists, perverts and pornographers the ALA has a soft spot for communist dictators. Ever vigilant, ever loony.

Hat Tip: The American Thinker