By Albert Samaha
By Steve Weinstein
By Devon Maloney
By Tessa Stuart
By Alison Flowers
By Albert Samaha
By Jesse Jarnow
By Eric Tsetsi
The entire myth of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara is built on lies romanticized by The New York Times and other mainstream media whores. Yes, there was poverty, and corruption was rampant in the Batista government, but there is poverty and corruption in every country. I bet there were more poor people in the U.S. than there were in Cuba before Castro. These days if you're in Cuba you are poor unless you are a high-level government official. Maybe Fidel is afraid, maybe not. One thing's for sure, though: The dissident movement will only grow.
Jorge X. de Tuya
Les Ballets Grandiva was wonderful, and so was Tobi Tobias's review of the all-male troupe [June 1-7]. Many years ago, as a boy, I convinced my parents to let me take ballet. I spent 14 years dancing and don't regret it for a minute. Yes, there's a place for boys in ballet.
Listen to the record
I was very unhappy with the comments made by Nat Hentoff regarding Janice Rogers Brown ["New York Times v. Janice Rogers Brown," Liberty Beat, May 18-24]. I fail to understand how anyone can defend this person's judicial record, which speaks for itself. Janice Rogers Brown has time and again proven that her ultra-conservative ideology dictates her judicial decisions. Must she be defended because she is a "minority judge," or can we look beyond her ethnicity and concentrate on who she really is?
Now that she has unfortunately been confirmed, it will be interesting to see what her impending judicial decisions are, and the impact those decisions will have.
Doing Brown justice
I really appreciated Nat Hentoff's rational and, in my view, more accurate view of Janice Brown and the careless (or worse) attacks on her. I am a criminal defense lawyer in California and have appeared before the State Supreme Court several times during Justice Brown's tenure. My reaction on hearing of her appointment was that I would miss her. I agree that she's outside the mainstream of our judiciary: She's smart and honest.
Re "Simmons vs. Foxman" by Aina Hunter [May 25-31]:Malik Shabazz is not the "chief organizer" of the Millions More Movement, but he is one of many who have responded to Farrakhan's call to build a diverse, unified movement for personal and social transformation and to work diligently to end poverty and ignorance.