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January 28, 2009

Washington Times Front Page: The new Che movie, HRF, and the Historical Record

Washington Times Front Page: The new Che movie, HRF, and the Historical Record

WASHINGTON, DC (January 27, 2009)—Human Rights Foundation (HRF) chairman Armando Valladares is extensively quoted in a review of the film Che, published in today’s Washington Times by reporter Sonny Bunch. Che, directed by Steven Soderbergh and released on January 24, depicts the life of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary best known for his friendship with Fidel Castro. What the film does not depict, however, are the violent tactics Guevara used to crush opposition and dissent to Fidel Castro’s revolution—leaving behind a bloody legacy in Cuba.

Actor Benicio del Toro, who portrays Guevara, walked out of an interview with the Times’s Sonny Bunch after refusing to address the film’s inaccurate portrayal of the historical record and the human rights violations committed by Guevara. Valladares, a survivor of Cuba’s concentration camps, stresses that the film threatens to obscure the reality of Guevara’s extremism and the scores of human rights violations he committed in pursuit of revolutionary ideals. “Che Guevara executed dozens and dozens of people who never once stood trial and were never declared guilty,” Valladares said.

Del Toro maintains that Guevara was simply “for capital punishment.” “That characterization is as absurd as saying that the murders carried out by Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pinochet, Somoza, and Ortega are understandable because these dictators were for capital punishment,” says Valladares.

HRF is an international nonpartisan organization devoted to defending human rights in the Americas. It centers its work on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny. These ideals include the belief that all human beings have the rights to speak freely, to associate with those of like mind, and to leave and enter their countries. Individuals in a free society must be accorded equal treatment and due process under law, and must have the opportunity to participate in the governments of their countries; HRF’s ideals likewise find expression in the conviction that all human beings have the right to be free from arbitrary detainment or exile and from interference and coercion in matters of conscience. HRF does not support nor condone violence. HRF’s International Council includes former prisoners of conscience Vladimir Bukovsky, Palden Gyatso, Armando Valladares, Ramón J. Velásquez, Elie Wiesel, and Harry Wu.

June 18, 2008

Sorry, Che, we blew it

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Why did Hugo Chavez and Rafael Correa, presidents, for now, of Venezuela and Ecuador, do it? What made them change – seemingly overnight – from fiery, fearsome supporters of the terrorist, narco-trafficking Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces [FARC], to princes of peace, pleading with FARC’s bloodthirsty gangs to stop their war against Colombia’s government and people, and to free hundreds of kidnapped hostages?

Presidents, pundits and other assorted potentates have been abuzz in Washington, Madrid, London and other concerned capitals, but their colleagues in Caracas, Quito and Bogota knew the answer: They were forced to by the citizens of Venezuela and Ecuador.

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June 1, 2008

“Los crímenes de Chávez expuestos”

Editorial de The Washington Post

La confirmación por parte de un equipo forense internacinoal de que las computadoras portátiles y los discos duros capturados por Colombia originadas en un campamento terrorista de las FARC debe abrir una nueva era en las relaciones entre el mundo democrático y el gobierno venezolano de Hugo Chávez. El que sea así dependerá en gran medida en cómo Colombia y los Estados Unidos manejen esta rica pero complicada oportunidad.

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July 29, 2007

China surpasses United States as engine of global economic growth

(Washington Times, The (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)

Jul.26–China, this year for the first time, has dislodged the United States from its long reign as the main engine of global economic growth, with its more than 11 percent growth eclipsing sputtering U.S. growth of about 2 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund 2007 projections, released yesterday.

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