Babalu reported the other day that James Cason is now president of the Center for a Free Cuba, a pro-democracy group. Cason is the former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. Henry Louis Gomez of Babalu praised Cason, saying:
Of all the men and women who have held that post, none has done more to advocate for Cuban liberty than Ambassador Cason.During Cason's tenure, workers installed an electronic message board along the top of the Interests Section building. Soon everything from human rights slogans to baseball scores was flashing across the board. In response, Cuban officials quickly planted a forest of poles topped with flags that block the message board from view.
I spotted this plant outside the U.S. ambassador's residence in Havana. It says - Scientific name: A Free Cuba. Popular name: Someday I hope.
I'm not sure if this plant was Cason's idea or not, but I'm pretty sure it was there while he was the U.S. chief.
Granma newspaper today described the former ambassador as the pro-democracy group's new "president of subversion."
The state-run paper contends that the Center for a Free Cuba is a CIA front, a claim the organization denies.