Here's a report on the CubaNews list's
anniversary which you can read here:
CubaNews enters its fifth year (August 2004) 

Read some of our anniversary greetings:

From: Ricardo Alarcón 
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 9:25 AM 
To: Walter Lippmann 
Subject: CubaNews anniversary

Dear Walter:

Congratulations on the anniversary of Cuba News, 
a very complete and well-documented news service 
about Cuba that fills a huge gap present in the 
US mainstream media.

Congratulations for your daily work providing 
that kind of information.

Best regards,

Ricardo Alarcón

August 31, 2004

Via NY Transfer News Collective * All the News that Doesn't Fit

Congratulations to CubaNews on completing four years of
steady service!

NY Transfer has been a contributor to the Yahoo CubaNews
mailing list since its inception. The list has grown, and
also changed considerably. We particularly miss the
original contributions from the late Jon Hillson, who died
early this year, and those of Jose G. Perez, a co-founder
of the list who is no longer very active on it.

However, new people, such as those Walter acknowledges, 
are always joining and adding to the list's diversity. It's an
excellent source of info on international solidarity events
and campaigns. CubaNews contains a great deal of mainstream
news, some of it from hostile sources like the Miami
Herald, so it's a good research resource and useful
supplement to solidarity and alternative news sources.

Here's hoping that the next four years will see us all
reporting lots of positive news about victories for Cuba
and defeats for her enemies. -NY Transfer

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From: Jose G. Perez
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2004 9:50 AM 
Subject: [CubaNews] On the fourth anniversary of CubaNews

I think the fourth birthday of this list marks a significant milestone.

The CubaNews list was a byproduct of the world-wide movement 
to free Elián González, and especially in the United States.

At that time a number of us were trying to follow that case closely, 
and we were posting many things to a list called CubaSi, which 
still exists, by the way, although its character now is mostly a 
catch-all of announcements from various groups and currents.

The problem, as is often the case with email lists dealing with 
politics on the Internet, is that CubaSi had evolved from its 
initial focus on Cuba, and that the sheer volume of strictly 
news items on Cuba was drowning out everything else.

Discussing this with Walter and others, and with the agreement 
of the CubaSi moderators, we started the list. Originally it was 
meant to be a "daughter list" of CubaSi, with all discussion on 
the other list. That's not the way it worked out, but that's o.k., too.

Walter remembers there being more than 100 subscribers 
initially, but that's not my recollection. There were only a few 
dozen after a few weeks.

From the outset the mission of the list was what it remains 
today -- to bring to people a wide range of news and 
commentary about Cuba that would otherwise be very hard 
for one person to find. And from the first, although I was the 
nominal initiator of the list, it was Walter who took the initiative 
to create what has by now become a very broad and deep 
repository of information.

I can't say that I saw eye to eye with Walter on his approach 
to the list. I was thinking more in terms of a few posts a day, 
rather than a couple of dozen. But Walter kept on plugging 
away, and I think time has vindicated the usefulness of the 
more comprehensive approach he espoused from the outset.

Another person who deserves mention in the founding of 
the list is Kelly from New York Transfer. She was away for 
a while and it is nice to see she's back.

Since its first days the list has expanded tremendously. 
The credit for that goes to the active posters and especially 
Walter. It's been a long time since I've played an active role 
here, in part precisely because others have taken care of 
things much more thoroughly than I could have.

The aspect of the list that I now most look forward to is 
one that wasn't there from the beginning. That is Walter's 
chronicles from his frequent trips to Cuba, and other 
comments based on what he has learned on those outings. 
I look forward to reading many more of those in the future.

As for the list's success and usefulness, I think the numbers 
speak for themselves. There are nearly 650 subscribers 
and the numbers increase steadily. In addition, many other 
people see Cuba News material through reposting on other 
lists. It makes an important and distinct contribution.

For that, we should give a well-deserved round 
of applause to Walter.

Jose G. Perez co-founder, CubaNews list

From: Eric Gordon 
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 2:02 PM 
Subject: Cuba News Testimonial

I am in a somewhat different position, perhaps, than many
other readers of CubaNews, in that once or twice a year 
I have occasion to lead Jewish solidarity groups to Cuba,
through the auspices of Judeo Global Outreach, based in 
New York, and The Workmen's Circle, a national progressive
Jewish organization.

Day after day, CubaNews gives me the kind of detailed
background on every conceivable dimension of Cuban reality
(and sometimes unreality), so that when I meet my group 
I am always better informed than I was the last time, can ask
timely questions of our hosts, and can answer many of our
participants' questions. I feel as though I have joined a
special elite club of people who are, against all expectations 
in this society, exceptionally well informed about Cuba.

Walter moderates CubaNews in a manner worthy of a college
professor. All sides of the discussion are permitted, but
he acts as a gentle guide and teacher, pointing out some of
the rhetorical or factual problems we should watch out for
as we read. In other words, he is encouraging a brand of
committed, but critical thinkers, able to absorb and digest
not only the upbeat, positive news but also that which is
less flattering to Cuba today. Walter is clear-eyed, smart,
and dedicated. I can't think of a better combination. We
all owe Walter a huge debt of gratitude.

Eric A. Gordon, PhD Director, 
The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring 
Southern California District 
Los Angeles, California

From: silvio gonzalez [Prensa Latina]
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 11:56 AM

Dear Walter:

Our collective, and specially Frank, wish to congratulate
you. Thank you for the effort and time you give to the Cuba
News Website and for letting our message be heard in the
belly of the monster.

Wish you all the best for the future.

Un abrazo,

Prensa Latina

From: Wayne Smith 
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 12:56 PM
Subject: CubaNews

Walter: This is to express appreciation to CubaNews on the
completion of another year of service. It provides
comprehensive coverage of almost everything that goes on
that has to do with Cuba and Cuba's relations with the rest
of the world. I don't know how I could keep up with things
without it. Thanks for your hard work!

Wayne Smith

From: Elsy Fors [Prensa-Latina]
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 2:13 PM
To: Subject:
From Elsy

Walter, congratulations on your fifth anniversary, 
who could say you were so young?

Glad to receive your stuff, very useful and 
hope I can see you around soon.

How do you find our


From: Bob Schwartz
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 2:06 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Congratulations and best wishes

Dear Walter,

Your persistent and comprehensive coverage of Cuba news 
is unequaled, and I couldn't imagine a morning without your
insightful commentary. On behalf of everyone at the Disarm
Education Fund, you have my deepest gratitude for your hard
work and dedication to investigating and distributing
crucial information about Cuba that is sadly absent from
our commercial media.

Best wishes to you and CubaNews in your continued efforts
in our collective struggle for a more intelligent and
humane foreign policy.

Warm regards, Bob

-- Bob Schwartz
Executive Director
Disarm Education Fund
113 University Place
New York, NY 10003
 tel 212-353-9800
fax 212-353-9676


From: Tom Miller
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 3:05 PM

Like most people, I receive a ton of e-mails daily, and
that's not counting the spam. I've got a pretty fast delete
finger, but I invariably slow down when something from
CubaNews comes across the transom.

Some of the material I act on immediately, many times 
I find the introductory opinions excessively solidarity or
irritatingly wrong-headed, some dispatches I save for
future reference, and a certain percentage of the reports 
I disagree with --which makes the service all the more
valuable. With all those caveats, I'm entirely impressed
with the service and hope it continues culling and
distributing. You can never tell what you'll learn from a
report unless you open it.

Perhaps no one was intrigued with the history of the FOCSA
building that was among the e-mails a few weeks ago, but as
I lived there for many months a number of years ago, 
I saved and printed it out. It's like Martí - there's
something for everyone if you look hard enough.

Tom Miller

Author, "Trading with the Enemy: 
A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba" 

Editor, "Travelers' Tales - Cuba"

Tom Miller's TRADING WITH THE ENEMY, is a fine book
which came out in 1994 and which would be informative
reading for anyone. I past it on to friends in Cuba and
recommend the book widely. You can find a raft of
references in it to people, places and things just not
mentioned elsewhere. He responds promptly often the
MOST promptly to materials sent out from CubaNews.

I have no choice but to read his mail as so often he's the
first one to respond and catch my errors. My enthusiasm 
sometimes gets the better of me, so it's helpful to know
that Tom is at the ready to catch them and call me on them.

He never rubs my nose in them, but being a something of a
failed perfectionist, I rush to post corrections when they
are caught. When I asked readers to send in notes marking
the start of the fifth year of the CubaNews list, I asked
for comments, suggestions and criticism. Tom Miller was
no surprise at all, the first reader to take up my offer.


From: Harry Nier <>
Date: Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:02pm Subject: Re:

your news service is the best!!!!!
feliz cumpleanos!-----(yf)

Date: Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:42 pm 
Subject: Brief note

To Walter and all those who make CubaNews possible:

The CubaNews service is a useful and relentless effort; 
it is a notable tool that expresses solidarity and at the 
same time enhances the political knowledge that we 
have about the island.

We at Cuba-L Direct fully appreciate the work and use it.

Thank you.

Nelson Valdes

From: "Fred Feldman" <
Date: Wed Sep 1, 2004 6:39 am 
Subject: Long live Cuba News!

If CubaNews did not exist, we would definitely have to
invent it. Fortunately Walter Lippmann has saved us the trouble.

Cuba News is absolutely indispensable for seeing Cuba in
the real world -- the world in which the revolution is not
isolated and declining failure, as the US presents it, but
an inspiring force in world politics -- a revolutionary
country that is contributing to changing the lives of
millions in Venezuela with doctors and teachers, that
helped bring about the fall of apartheid and consolidating
the independence of Angola, that has stood at every point
against the US aggression in Iraq. A small but growing
power in a world while a still very powerful, dangerous,
and arrogant imperialism gets tangled in more difficulties
at home and abroad.

Where else can you find out in detail about the continuing
decline of the embargo and the campaign to isolate Cuba
despite Washington's fierce hatred and loud talk?

Where else can you find out about the social and political
changes and debates that are occurring across Cuba?

The creation and maintenance of this list has been a
priceless contribution to the struggle for freedom.

Fred Feldman

September 1, 2004 

Dear Walter,

Many congratulations on the anniversary of CubaNews.
A great resource and one that Ocean Press uses every day.

Best wishes,

David Deutschmann
Ocean Press

Date: Wed Sep 1, 2004 12:09 am S
ubject: ¡Feliz coumpliaños a CubaNews!

Feliz cumpliaños a CubaNews,

Walter. brother and comrade, Many, many thanks for CubaNews
and all of the good work that you are doing to make this a
better world. Every day and every night, you fill our lives
with news and events of Cuba, Mexico, Central, South
America and the world as it pertains to our lives and our
direction. Please, continue to pack our minds and pages
with truth, politics, history, art and culture.

Hasta la Victoria siempre,

Chuck Anderson
Rancho El Aguacate,
Anaheim, CA


From: "eva.bjorklund"
Date: Wed Sep 1, 2004 1:28 am
Subject: Re: [CubaNews] Many congratulations

And the same from Stockholm, Sweden, where
I start every morning with CubaNews,

Eva Björklund

From: Shirley Pate (Washington, D.C.)
Date: Wed Sep 1, 2004 0:20pm
Subject: Thanks Cuba News

Hi Walter:

Just wanted to let you know how helpful the Cuba News list
has been in helping to discern "what's really going on"
regarding Cuba. In addition, I want to thank you for
including pertinent news about Venezuela and Haiti -- two
countries that have been spewed with the same kind of
poisonous US foreign policy venom as Cuba.

Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

Shirley Pate 
Member of No War on Cuba 
Co-Director of the Haiti-Cuba-Venezuela Project


From: Lázaro Herrera 
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 1:40 PM 
Subject: [CubaNews] Happy birthday Cubanews!

Happy birthday Walter! 
Happy birthday Cubanews!

And many thanks for your valuable contribution to the
common purpose of letting more and more people know about
Cuba. I deeply value the profound meaning of what the
Cubanews family has done to show the truth about Cuba, just
as a lighthouse in the middle of the night.

Thanks, Walter, also for being not only a moderator, but a
good guide for all those trying to have a better
understanding about Cuban reality.

Lazaro Herrera 
Press Officer 
Cuban Interests Section 
Washington, DC

From: Maria Elena Letford 
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 8:20 AM
Importance: High

Dear Walter,

I feel proud of people like you, who are able 
to turn words into actions supportive of the 
Cuban cause on the one hand, provide other 
peoples' different viewpoints on our reality 
as well as your own with honesty and 
transparency on the other.

All the best to you and Cubanews!!!

María Elena Letford
Cubasi webpage


From: Pastors for Peace DC [
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 9:18 AM To: 
Subject: [CubaNews] Looking forward to more great work!

Wonderful job Walter!

On behalf of the Ecumenical Program on Central America 
and the Caribbean (EPICA) and Pastors for Peace-DC 
we'd like to thank you for all of your hard work and look 
forward to benefiting from it in the future!

Sincerely, Olivia Burlingame Goumbri

Olivia Burlingame Goumbri 
Co-Director EPICA Director 
Alternatives to Globalization and Militarization 
1470 Irving St, NW, 2nd floor Washington DC 20010 
tel: 202-332-0292 fax: 202-332-1184


Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004  11:55 AM
Importance: High






From: "Susan Hurlich" <
Date: Thu Sep 2, 2004 0:25pm 
Subject: Congratulations to CubaNews

Hello Walter:

Thank you so much for all the work you do with CubaNews. 

It has many positive features, too many to mention here. One,
though, I want to particularly underscore: CubaNews is one
of the few news services that provides articles that illuminate 
Cuba "in the world", on the one hand, and that provides
insight into "daily life and local issues", on the other hand. 

Keep up this excellent work.

Susan Hurlich 
Canadian-American journalist 
living and working in Cuba

From: nia purpose
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2004 7:12 AM
Subject: shout outs


As my young folks from the hip hop community would say; 
“Yo, mad props to Cuba News for keeping it real, on point 
and spreading righteous word about Cuba these past 
4 years.” Shout out to Sista, Mariela Castro Espin for 
dealing with 5-0, helping in making them LGBTQ friendly.”

Translation: Congratulations to Cuba News for the last 
4 years of providing responsible and informative 
information about Cuba. Special recognition is given to 
Mariela Castro Espin for her attempts to sensitize the 
police department around LGBTQ issues.

As my 6 year old granddaughter would say; 
“You’re doing 2 thumbs up, cool and awesome work.”

To both Cuba News and M. Castro Espin, thank you 
for your efforts in keeping the uniformed, knowledgeable; 
jobs well done.



From: Sandra Levinson 
t: Thursday, September 02, 2004 6:21 PM
Walter Lippmann

Dear Walter,

CubaNews is such an integral part of our daily existence 
that we cannot imagine life without you. You enrich and 
inform our days. For me specifically, your information 
has the sanguine effect of keeping high my level of 
outrage at the world's injustices -- and this is exactly 
what one needs to keep going in the face of what often 
seem  overwhelming odds.

And if others do what I do, forward the most important 
news about Cuba to their  e-mail lists, the influence of 
CubaNews is multiplied many times over the number of 

You've created something terrific, Walter, and here at
the Center for Cuban Studies we are all filled with 
admiration for your persistence and endless curiosity.

I am looking forward to your mini-analysis of 
Mel Martinez' comments . . .

Sandra Levinson
Center for Cuban Studies


From: "maria" <
Date: Thu Sep 2, 2004 11:59 pm 
Subject: Felicitaciones!!!

Congratulations for your fourth birthday, CubaNews!!!

It is really a pleasure to come home every day knowing that
we are going to get the real stuff about what's going on,
in Cuba and also elsewhere. All we have to do is turn on
the internet, and here it is, at the tip of our fingers.

And all that thanks to you, CubaNews, and to all the people
giving of themselves so that the world can know the truth
about Cuba. CubaNews fills an enormous void left by our
"democratic" corporate "free press." Thanks a million to
all those who are dedicating their time , energy, and love,
to make a success of CubaNews, so that the American 
people can have access to the latest in our precious island.

Hasta la Victoria Siempre!!! 
Maria Montelibre

[Maria is one of our growing team of volunteer translators. 
She helps bring more news and information from the 
Cuban media to the English-speaking audience. 
We're VERY grateful for her work.]


From: Jim Odling [
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 9:26 PM 
Subject: [CubaNews] Thanks for all the essential 
work of the last four years

I have subscribed to CubaNews since it began. 
I see CubaNews as a source of critical information 
that another world, saner and healthier, is possible, 
and long overdue. Almost daily I send essays, 
especially on health and the environment, posted 
at CubaNews to colleagues, friends and family. 
Defense of Cuba and support to its accomplish-
ments are essential for a better world for all the 
species that live on it.

Walter, thanks for the diligent and smart work!

Jim Odling

From: Jane Franklin 
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 10:29 AM 
To: Walter Lippmann 

Dear Walter,

You have truly changed the level, both quantitatively and
qualitatively, of knowledge about Cuba and about US policy 
toward Cuba. Please keep it up but also please look after 
yourself because we need each other now more than ever. 
(By the way, I love that photo by Estela.)


Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2004, 8:40 P.M.
Subject: Congratulations!


Congratulations on the anniversary of your efforts.  
We all benefit from it.

Francisco Aruca

Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 9:39 PM 

Dear Walter,

I maybe one of the last ones to wish you a Very Happy 
IV Anniversary! and remind you of our eternal gratitude 
for the wonderful educational work that you have patiently 
provided to all of us.

There have been a historical void, that made any attempt 
to explore, explain or document the underlying causes of 
the US-CUBA differendo literally impossible, until you said,
enough, and have since done a phenomenal work in 
narrowing this gap.

Personally and on behalf of many others who may have 
not publicly expressed their respects, we can only ask 
you to please accept our very Sincere Thank You and 
let it continue to flow.

Alberto N. Jones

From: Bob Guild
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2004 8:07 AM 

Hi Walter,

I've been meaning to add to the comments from your 
many friends and subscribers: I begin each day opening 
your emails, reading them through, forwarding them to 
others, sorting them for later reference: absolutely 
indispensable to our movement. Always especially 
helpful with your editorial guidance and messages. 

Thank you Walter for everything!