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Readers write about youth movements in Cuba and declining foreign tourism in the US.

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Cuban youth movements stay politically active

Regarding the July 25 article "Cuba's youth: restless but not often political": The article claims that the boldest public confrontation to date came from students at the University of Information Sciences who asked challenging questions to National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcón. This leaves out that there was another direct and open challenge to the system that took place last winter with the presentation of the University Students Without Borders petition demanding academic freedom and the return of independent universities.

Students engaging in political action on campus are often expelled. For example, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on Sept. 23, 2003, Roger Rubio Lima was expelled from the University of Camagüey for having signed a petition known as the Varela Project.

Cuban youth want both economic and political liberty, not just iPods.


Foreign perceptions affect US tourism


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