Monday, June 2, 2008

Cuba Independiente Awards "Blog con Huellas" Prize to StJacques Online


I am very grateful to Laz at Cuba Independiente, a blog you will see I have linked in my sidebar at the right under my América Latina Libre category, who has honored me with his personal Premio al Blog con Huellas 2008 prize.  I am in very good company as the other four recepients are none other than Yoani Sanchez's Generación Y blog, which does so much to tell the story of living in Castro's Cuba; Marta Beatriz Roque Info, a second blog of a Cuban dissident who lives on the island and which pays closer attention to Cuban internal politics and efforts to publicize the plight of political prisoners within the country; DAZIBAO-Ñ-., an extremely interesting blog from Spain by a Chinese immigrant living there who pays very close attention to jihadism, human rights in China, and la Pesoe, the program of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) of Zapatero; and Birmania Free, an almost unknown blog in Spanish that may have the best coverage of the on-going tragedy in Burma in any language.

As the only American blogger included in this list, I take this recognition from Cuba Independiente to be a special honor.

For those of you who may not know much about the Cuba Independiente blog, allow me to say a few things you may find interesting.  First, foremost, and not surprisingly so; it is a Spanish-language blog dedicated to exactly the principle embodied in its title, a free and independent Cuba (that means an end to Castroite rule on the island).  It is a very active site, by which I mean that it literally contains thousands of posts, many of which link readers to individual articles worthy of recognition.  But unlike some blogs which only post the links and leave readers to inform themselves, Cuba Indpendiente's Laz includes a running commentary of his own that is usually short and to the point.  Laz takes a hard line against Castro, but in my opinion, that is a very good thing, and it speaks volumes for his motivation.  And I should point out that Cuba Independiente has been recognized with awards of its own that are both numerous and which come from some blogging sites and organizations I regard as very distinguished.  I am a frequent visitor to Cuba Independiente for reasons of the broad range of its posted entries and the attitudes expressed in the selection of topics and Laz's simple, but insightful commentary.  It is a true Freedom Blog.

Estoy muy agradecido Laz.  Mereces un buen aludo.



Laz said...

Thank you very much. I don't have enough English skills to express my gratitude for all you have done for me.

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