July 24, 2006


Cuban regime feeling heat from Czechs: The Czechs are stepping up their efforts to aid the Cuban dissident movement, triggering an angry response from Havana (PABLO BACHELET, 7/24/06, MiamiHerald.com)

Once a subservient member of the Soviet bloc, the Czech Republic is now one of Fidel Castro's top foreign tormentors, providing material and moral support to dissidents, leading efforts to condemn the island's human-rights record in U.N. bodies and pushing a reluctant European Union to take a tougher stance on Castro.

Such actions have earned the tiny nation of 10 million vitriolic condemnations by the Castro government, the harassment of its diplomats in Havana and the gratitude of the Cuban-American community.

''The Czech Republic is at the heart of the U.S. efforts to secure multilateral support for precipitating a transition for democracy in Cuba,'' says Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. ``They've stuck to their principles every step of the way. Thank the Lord for the Czech Republic.''

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2006 9:27 AM

Václav Havel is the main force behind this.

Posted by: Gideon at July 24, 2006 10:09 AM

The Czech's have the added advantage of knowing from which they speak.

Posted by: erp at July 24, 2006 12:22 PM

Pragius is about the only place in Europe I would consider visiting.Tyhe rest of the continent - feeeehh!

Posted by: at July 24, 2006 12:42 PM

I haven't seen anything about this in the New York Times. Can anyone figure that out?

Posted by: mf at July 25, 2006 9:15 AM