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The Ambassador of Ethnic Cleansing

A couple of years ago on Cuban TV there was a cartoon that mocked the U.S. transition planned for Cuba. It showed a U.S. soldier guarding the door of a school while a line of children passed by, hoping to enter. As they passed, he pointed to them one by one, saying “You, and you, and you,” and when the black kid came, “not you.” Why does that occur to Machetera now? Oh, no particular reason.

A Bad Time for “Innocent Mistakes”

Roberto Bardini – Tinku

Translation: Machetera

Last June 28th, the 20 year old U.S. citizen Donna Thi, from Miami, was detained at the airport in La Paz, for trying to bring in five hundred 45-caliber bullets which she’d declared as “cheese” to customs. Waiting for her in the terminal was the wife of Colonel James Campbell, the head of the military section at the U.S. embassy in Bolivia.

The North American Ambassador, Philip Goldberg, intervened immediately to obtain the woman’s release and said that it was all “an innocent mistake.” The ammunition, he said, was meant for “sport and entertainment.”

Bolivia’s Director of Migration, Magaly Zegarra, did not hold the same opinion as the Ambassador. According to her, “the fact that a North American citizen, related to the embassy, is carrying ammunition on a North American aircraft coming from Miami, a city where terrorists from all over Latin America are protected by the government, especially their teacher, as Posada is called by the terrorists, and make a mockery of all [justice] mechanisms, is questionable.”

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