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Global UGGs

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Jarrett Barrios

In answer to the questions from the gentle readers about my travel, I pay my own way fully for this trip out of personal funds, period. The group, ACCESO, has a license --not from the State Department, as one gentle reader incorrectly asserts, but the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control. This trip is legal and we are keeping to the requirements of all federal regulations. Indeed, we will be visiting the US Interest Section while here.

Poor Richard

Wow, that’s great. Did the Senator think to ask how many of those smiling and literate children have had their parents thrown into Castro’s prisons for dissent?

Somehow I doubt it. The good Senator seems a little starry-eyed visiting the Gulag that used to be the pearl of the Caribbean.

Barrios Blog Adminstrator

In response to Dennis's comment, I would like to remind posters to keep their comments on-topic and civil. This comment came close to breaking the guidelines laid out in the Guidelines for Posting Comments. The purpose of Senator Barrios' postings is to give a sense of what the country and people are like for readers who may be interested in his humanitarian trip to Cuba.

As for financing of the trip, the Senator is paying for everything out of pocket including his flight, hotels and meals.

Michael Shively

Hi Jarrett,

I'm glad you're posting news about your trip. I've already written a couple of papers on Cuba for school, and I plan on writing my final undergraduate paper on the current status of the state and how the United States should act after Castro's death.

I thought about sneaking into the country from Mexico this past January, but I heard security had been heightened and I didn't feel like dealing with any possible US actions against me.

I know that you are the definition of busy, but if you would be interested, I'd love to perhaps interview you for my paper. Maybe during your constituent hours?? Just a thought!

Have a great trip!

Micheal Shively

Dennis

So these children "value conversation over television" ? Did you know you were in the midst of a COMMUNIST coiuntry ? ! The television there is broadcated entirely by the state owned media !

...and this is your tenth trip into this communist country ? I can see where you are getting your political views from now. Like some other folks I want to know just WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS ?

Please do all of us a favor, stay in Cuba.

leftside

I enjoyed reading about your group's trip - and even the previous year's report. I wish more Americans knew more about Cuba. As someone who went before Bush started fining people, and learned so much, I wondered if the reason is to prevent Cubans from "poisoning" our minds rather than the other way around.

I was particularly interested in your giving books to libraries. We always hear about the so-called independent libraries. But I always wonder why, if the aim is in providing books to Cubans, groups often ignore the established libraries. Libraries there seem well used and in good form. I've read the American Library Association report and they, like you, found no evidence of censorship - just lack of resources. These "independent libraries" seem like a political project more than anything - a way to push the notion that Cuba censors its books in the US press...

JellyFish

Also, how is it you were able to get clearance to travel there? Did you have approval from the US state department?

JellyFish

So Jarrett, who paid for your trip? You or the state government of Massachusetts? Did any private company who does business with the state government of Massachusetts pay for it in any way?

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