Someone dropped the Ball
I would like to know what is behind the editorial by Jonathan Gurwitz in the February 1, 2006 Wednesday San Antonio Express-News where he reports the mugging of ALA president Michael Gorman. Normally people of his stature travel in a group and are rarely alone. Nonetheless Gurwitz seems to think that he got his comeuppance for his organizations (ALA) lack of support for the librarians in Cuba and their independent library movement which avails a hungry Cuban readership with thousands of outlawed texts.
On the other hand this smacks of a CIA set-up to rile the American public against Fidel Castro. Keynote speaker at ALAs annual midwinter meeting Andrei Codrescu reflected on his days of living in repression and was appalled at the indifference The American Library Association has shown towards their brothers in Cuba.
I donot know where the truth begins and ends.