[News] Castro's Cuba brain-washes innocent Venezuelan barrio-slum dwellers
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Wed Feb 4 18:40:36 EST 2004
Posted: Wednesday, February 04, 2004
By: <mailto:hardyce2 at yahoo.com>Charles Hardy
Charles Hardy: Castro's Cuba brain-washes innocent Venezuelan barrio-slum
VHeadline.com commentarist Charles Hardy writes: I recently saw students
leaving a Caracas public school carrying rather huge red, yellow and blue
boxes about the size of three reams of paper. My curiosity got the best of
me and so I stopped one student to ask if I could see the box. It was a
Home Library(Biblioteca Familiar). Each student, teacher and aide in the
school received one that day.
Later, I was able to obtain one of the boxes ... a gift from a barrio
family that received two of them. The contents of the library are worth
studying, but, before examining them, it should be pointed out that the
outside of the box contains the following words: Impreso en Cuba para el
Ministerio de Educacion, Cultura y Deportes de la Republica Bolivariana de
Venezuela (printed in Cuba for the Education, Culture & Sports Ministry of
the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).
Seeing the word Cubasparked my interest in the box even more, since the
opposition has complained repeatedly about the Cubanization of Venezuela. I
suppose that the books were purchased by the Venezuelan government in
exchange for oil, which would not sit well with Venezuelans who consider
Miami their promised land ... but a bigger concern would be the content of
the material that was being given freely to young people to take into their
Therefore, in the interests of letting the whole world know about the
"subversive literature" that Cuba is sending to Venezuela, I would like to
let the reader know what was in the box.
The first book that caught my attention was The Little Prince by Antoine de
Saint-Exupery. I was in college when someone recommended that book to me. I
thought it was pretty good and have re-read it several times. I never
realized that it was Communist propaganda.
Then I noticed Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, The Call of the
Wild by Jack London, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, a book of Grimms
Fairy Tales, The Thousand and One Nights, For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest
Hemingway, short stories by Cervantes and The Wild Asss Skin (La Piel de
Onagro) by Honore de Balzac.
There are books with childrens stories such as Cinderella and Sleeping
Beauty; books of poetry for adults by Pablo Neruda and others; biographical
books about Columbus, Magellan, Bolivar and Ezequiel Zamora; documents of
Simon Rodriquez (a teacher and friend of Simon Bolivar) and of Jose Marti
written in 1895.
In total there are over 2,500 pages ... printed on newsprint, but to
purchase the content of these books in a bookstore would cost a few hundred
dollars. Now they are in the hands of thousands of Venezuelan barrio homes.
I wonder how many US citizens have ever read any of the books included in
Having now published this information, I am worried that some of the
right-wing library committees in the United States will be rushing to their
public library and public schools with a new list of books to be put on the
forbidden list. There must be something Communistic in "Cinderella" and
Why else would Cuba and Venezuela be sending these subversive, communist
loaded stories into the homes of innocent Venezuelan barrio-slum dwellers?
* I also wonder if opposition leaders, who have never read these books,
are upset about ordinary people having this literature.
Education is a dangerous thing.
With more and more Venezuelans learning to read and write and finishing
their formal education, they may not be willing to accept the pious
platitudes of those who have dominated them for the past few centuries.
Books for oil might not make sense to those who only see value in money,
and especially in the US dollars.
Personally, I like the idea.
What a shame that previous governments never thought of it.
A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming (USA), VHeadline.com
columnist Charles Hardy has many years experience
as an international correspondent in Venezuela.
You may email him at: <mailto:hardyce2 at yahoo.com>hardyce2 at yahoo.com
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