Below this note you'll find a selection of the very
pleasing birthday greetings which have come in
congratulating CubaNews on the work it does.

Walter Lippmann
September 2, 2007

CubaNews birthday 2007

It's amazing how fast the time flies when you're having fun and doing what you want, and it's something which needs so urgently to be done.

CubaNews is now seven years old. Today is the list's birthday, an event worth taking a few moments to reflect on as it begins its eighth year of service. It's hard to believe how much this list has accomplished during the past seven years, and how urgent and necessary it continues to be.

Take a moment and look at the first messages ever posted to CubaNews: 

CubaNews began as an informal network of a few dozen people who had worked together in the struggle to return Elian Gonzalez to the custody of his father and family who live in Cuba. Today we're seeing a similar situation unfolding in the Florida courts where a four-year-old child, whose mother brought her to the United States three years ago, and who lost custody of her children to the children's services agencies after she attempted to commit suicide. Had the child been from any other country on earth, she'd have long-since been returned there. But since she's from Cuba, rightist exile militants are trying to legally kidnap her and keep her in the U.S., more or less as a trophy in their endless war against the Cuban Revolution.

The purpose of the CubaNews list is to provide its readers with a wide selection of news, information and analysis with what I like to call a Cuba-centric perspective. This means that the principal criteria for information posted to CubaNews is that it's either from, about or related to Cuba, toward the Cuban people's international diaspora and so on. This list isn't limited to just information about life on the island, and it isn't limited to merely the political aspects of Cuba's life and international relations.

The guiding principles are posted to the list's home page and are worth reviewing from time to time:

The basic criterion is that CubaNews is committed to support for the idea that Cuba has a right to determine its own destiny, free from the outside intervention of any foreign powers.

From the beginning, I've been the principal poster and that's still the case. Anyone else who would like to participate is welcome to join in the work which is limitless because there's so much going on. I certainly cannot keep up with it all, though I work hard at this, about eight days a week.

CubaNews is a research project, a news service, and a place to find comment and criticism of the ways Cuba is reported in the dominant corporate media.

At the same time there's also room for discussion and dialogue over the meaning of the Cuban Revolution, and of the various issues flowing from it. The list's website has a database with over 70 thousand items which can be easily searched and you don't have to subscribe to access the database.

Long-time readers of these messages know that my interest in Cuba precedes my birth. My father and his parents lived in Cuba from 1939 to 1942. They were German Jewish refugees from Hitler's holocaust. That's where my own interest in Cuba comes from. Cuban society today represents an effort to build an alternative to the way life was under the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Some things work, some don't. It has its flaws and contradictions, as well as significant achievements. No society is perfect. But we can learn many things from Cuba's experience. And we can and should do everything we can to help Cuba to solve its own problems, in its own way, without any more foreign intervention being imposed on the island than there already is.

Cuba provides us all with a model of how much can be accomplished under the harshest of conditions. Yet Cuba is not a model of what a socialist society should look like in the abstract and in general. This is because such models can only be made up out of peoples' imaginations, however well-intentioned they might be.

Thanks very much to the many readers for staying with CubaNews, in growing numbers. This list started with a few dozen subscribers during the Elian struggle. Now we've got over a thousand subscribers on every continent.

Thanks very much to the wonderful and capable people who translate materials for this list. One of the things about this list that I'm MOST proud of is the work we do to provide English-language translations of materials from the Cuban media. No other list that I'm aware of has made this a part of its mission. Readers who can translate more, please do get in touch. There's plenty of work to be done.

Subscribers who want to wish the list a "feliz cumpleano" or other greetings, now is a good time to do that. I thank each and every one of you for being part of the process

From: Nelson P Valdes
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 8:43 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Muchas Gracias Walter

Dear Walter, 

As someone who spends hours searching for news on Cuba, I know quite well how much energy, patience and commitment is required to do the daily work you do so well. All of us as readers and colleagues have to express our sincere and strongly felt appreciation for your free labor.  The news you distribute as well as your insightful comments certainly have added to our knowledge and education. Last, but not least, you have been fair and open minded in the discussions that have taken place within CubaNews.

Muchas gracias.

Nelson P Valdes

From: Alberto N. Jones
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:43 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Seven Candles 

Seven Candles - Congratulations!  

Dear Walter,  

In Biology-related matters, seven years usually refers to issues described in their infancy. Seven years of an extraordinary hard, dedicated, informative, militant and revolutionary defense of Cuba, not only sets Cuba News apart from most other media outlets, it has placed itself squarely among those Big Leaguers, capable of providing a wide array of news pertaining to/or of interest to Cuba.

Some of its readers have complained for occasionally including some right-wing diatribe.? Cuba News readers can deal with those open or covert articles intended to undermine the Cuban people. The maturity, intellect and historical knowledge of most of your readers, allow each of them to read, analyze and identify their intent.

For some who have left, we encourage them to return, to contribute their views, to share their opinion, to defend their views and make this outlet stronger.

On behalf of most of your readers, I wish to congratulate Walter for not tiring, for standing tall against his detractors and for keeping this alternative media alive and growing.

Happy Seventh Anniversary Cuba News!!

Alberto N. Jones


From: Sujatha Fernandes []
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 2:46 PM
To: Walter Lippmann
Subject: Greeting note for Cuba News

Congratulations to Cuba News on entering its eighth year of existence. In an era of intensive political lobbying, misinformation from the corporate owned media, and heated passions on both sides, Cuba News helps its readers make sense of what is going on in Cuba with information that is broad ranging, enlightening, and in solidarity with the Cuban people.

Hope this helps!

Sujatha Fernandes
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Queens College, CUNY

From: Wayne Smith [] On Behalf Of Wayne Smith
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 1:17 PM
To: 'Walter Lippmann'
Subject: Congratulations!

Walter: Where would we be without Cuba News. For seven years, you’ve given us the broadest, most informative and interesting run-down available on virtually everything that happens in Cuba. Sometimes, I must confess, it’s almost too much for an old man like me to keep up with! But do keep it up nonetheless. There are younger, more energetic, readers out there. Many congratulations!

Wayne S. Smith

Congratulations on the seventh birthday of the CubaNews list.

I'm a journalist in London. I married a Cuban in 2001 and began looking for
an independent source of news and information about the island that wasn't
filtered through semi-literate hacks paid by the CIA, swivel-eyed,
spittle-flecked octogeniarian exiles on Calle Ocho or blinkered Fidelistas
who think the sun shines out of El Jefe's posterior and the old reprobate
can do no wrong.

I was delighted when I found the list. Like me, it is sympathetic to the
aims and achievements of the Cuban Revolution, but doesn't turn a blind eye
to the problems: and Walter is that rare thing, a genuine independent
journalist and observer.

Keep up the good work, and here's to the next seven years.

Best wishes,


From: Adolfo V. Nodal
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:08 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Birthday Card

"Cuba News List has become an indispensable source of comprehensive information about the Island for all that rely on thoughtful and thorough reporting about Cuba issues. It is always the first place I visit to gain an understanding of any and all Cuba news and information. Walter Lippmann & his team should get two medals for this important work. One from the Gvt of Cuba and one from the USA. They have truly bridged the information divide."

Adolfo V. Nodal

Los Angeles

August 30, 2007


From: Rene Courtemarche
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 1:48 PM
To: Cuba News
Subject: [CubaNews] Feliz cumpleanos!

 Walter and other CubaNews volunteers, As a Nicaraguan-Canadian reader of CubaNews I take this moment to congratulate you on the seventh birthday of this indispensable service.

 CubaNews  is unique in many ways --  most importantly its policy of publishing  and therefore archving in an accessible place as much news,  information, and analysis of Cuban life and politics as made possible  by the dedication of its supporters. And including information  reflective of different points of view, including enemies of the Cuban  revolution and its marxist leadership.I am sure people who do not read  Spanish especially appreciate the many translations offered on the site.

As  someone who has worked in solidarity with Cuba since the 1959  revolution I feel strenthened and encouraged by the work you do.   

Felipe Stuart Cournoyer
Managua, Nicaragua


From: Joe Bryak
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:39 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] felicidades on 7th anniversary

One can only imagine how much work this has been. We don't know how you do it, but may you keep on with this so valuable service. It took a while for some of us to "get" it, but your just-about-anything-goes policy has worked well. It is important to know what *everyone* says, in order to be informed, and act intelligently. Take time to rest your eyes once in a while, Walter!

Saludos, Joe Bryak


From: Michael A. Lebowitz
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:51 PM
To: Walter Lippmann;
Subject: [CubaNews] Congratulations


Dear Walter,

You deserve a great revolutionary hug for carrying on with CubaNews. It is important work to communicate exactly what is happening in (and to) Cuba, and it should be read by many more people. As a person who takes the digest rather than individual messages because of the volume of mail I get, I can be bothered by seeing many of these digests appear per day--- but then I find some pearls there that can't be found anywhere else! Keep up the good work and especially the invaluable translations of Cuban discussions that you are providing. I hope you can find more volunteers to do translations.

            in solidarity,


Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6


Director, Programme in 'Transformative Practice and Human Development'
Centro Internacional Miranda, P.H.
Residencias Anauco Suites, Parque Central, final Av. Bolivar
, Venezuela
fax: 0212 5768274/0212 5777231


From:  Emile Schepers
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [CubaNews] Muchas Gracias Walter

Gracias from me too, as from thousands, some of whom don't even know about the list-serve and get it third or fourth hand.  This is such an incredible resource, and it gets better every year.  Keep up the good work! 

Emile Schepers

From: Matthew Dubuque
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:58 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Re: Happy Seventh Birthday CubaNews!!!

Hi Walter, I just wanted to raise my glass in a congenial toast to you and everyone here for your wonderful efforts!

Aggregating together, I think we are making small strides towards overcoming the hysteria surrounding Cuba and the Cuban political project.  And that is no small achievement, considering the size of the behemoth corporate jihadi behemoth spewing reams of gibberish about Cuba on a 24/7 basis. 

And your leadership has created the space to make that possible! 

Thanks, from the bottom of our hearts, 

Matt Dubuque
San Francisco, California


From: Tom Whitney
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: [CubaNews] IMPORTANT: CubaNews is seven years old today

Hello Walter,

Congratulations on seven years of Cuba News. The service you provided is, as far as I can tell, unique and for people such as myself writing about Cuba, trying to keep current, absolutely essential. Couldn't do it without! Appreciate too the range of opinions, e.g. what they think in Miami. etc. Again, congratulations for hanging in there and thank you very much for the service 

best wishes

Tom Whitney, South Paris Maine.  

From:  April Hurley, MD
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:31 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Big Day Kudos to you!

Walter and all volunteers at CubaNewslist, 

Thank you, Thank you! For all 7 years!  

I so appreciate the assorted news articles that you find, translate and compile for Cuba concerned people.

Wish we had this degree of commitment and honesty in other areas of censored information and global human interest.  

Please continue this essential news coverage.  

Best wishes for longevity in your labor of love!




From: Nestor Garcia Iturbe

Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 8:55 PM
To: Cuba
Subject: [CubaNews] Mis felicitaciones a CubaNews

Mis felicitaciones a CubaNews en su siptimo aniversario. Este servicio informativo resulta de gran interis y ayuda para el seguimiento informativo de todo lo que acontece en relacisn con Cuba.

Nuestro reconocimiento por el esfuerzo ralizado y los resultados obtenidos.


Nestor Garcia Iturbe

(  )


From: Victor Pina Tabio
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 8:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CubaNews] IMPORTANT: CubaNews is seven years old today


Dear  Walter,

Congratulations with the new CubaNews anniversary.

You are getting older, and CubaNews, too.

You are doing a great job and I hope that you are a member of the  the 120 years Club!! and for that reason and many others  we will have CubaNews for many more years.

Warm regards,

A hug,



From: Marcel Hatch
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 6:28 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Happy Seventh Birthday CubaNews!!!

Dear Walter and CubaNews Friends,

My know time flies! CubaNews is seven years old this week. It's been around longer than GW's been president -- and hopefully long after that monster is gone.

What an amazing job Walter has done. He's a yeoman and a journalist of the best caliber. 

I was updating my personal information on the CubaNews Yahoo site today and noted the group was founded on August 26, 2000. I can't remember how long I've been a member. However I have saved nearly every message dispatched since December 24, 2001. I use them as a resource and reference for my Cuba work.

Walter's contributions and those of others on the list have been indispensable for Cuba Education Tours. Sending folks to Cuba isn't easy as things change constantly: rules and regulations plus the natural and political climate. CubaNews is always there -- like a good friend -- to keep me abreast of issues I need to pass on to island travelers.

Thanks Walter and all who contribute to CubaNews. Here's to another eight great years.


Yours in Vancouver,
Marcel Hatch 

Cuba Education Tours


From: Camila Piñeiro Harnecker
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 6:26 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Thanks!

Thanks Walter for all the time and energy you use to provide us with news and analysis about Cuba, and to all those others who have contributed to the effort. CubaNews is not only a great service for English-speaking persons outside Cuba, but also for people inside Cuba who can read English. Internet access in Cuba is scarce and very slow, so it's great to be able to get the information "directly to my doorstep"!


From: Jane Franklin
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 2:18 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] 7th anniversary

Walter, congratulations to you on this seventh anniversary of CubaNews, which has become an invaluable source of news for those of us who care about U.S. policy toward Cuba and Cuba's own policies independent, since 1959, of the United States.  Thank you so much for what you are achieving.


Jane Franklin

From: [] On Behalf Of Carol Wells
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 6:20 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Greetings on 7th birthday


Dear Walter,  

Congratulations and thank you for 7 years of bringing uncensored information about Cuba to a greatly misinformed public.


In solidarity and friendship,

Carol Wells & Ted Hajjar


Carol A. Wells
Executive Director
Center for the Study of Political Graphics
8124 West Third Street - Suite 211
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4309

323-653-4662 - tel
323- 653-6991 - fax

From: Cheryl Labash
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 2:18 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Happy Seventh

I congratulate CubaNews on its seventh year of centralizing information by and about socialist Cuba. But more than that, CubaNews provides a valuable research tool that brings together a very wide range of documents and resources that are just a click away for those of us who write about and act in solidarity with Cuba. Thank you to Walter and all the translators, poster and others who make CubaNews possible.

Free the Cuban Five from U.S. prisons.


Cheryl LaBash


From: Jim Odling
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 2:22 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Seven years of CubaNews undoing the information blockade 

Seven years! Each year for the last seven CubaNews has evolved to do more than it did the year before. The postings, including critical comments by its editor and other contributors, continue to undo the blockade on information and analysis about what the Cubans are doing and thinking. CubaNews presents the successes as well as the problems of Cuba and its revolution. Your reporting on Cuba from Cuba is invaluable.

I appreciate the growing attention of CubaNews to the environmental and climatic problems the world faces, and about how the Cubans study, analyze and take adaptive measures for the present and for the future.

Today is the second commemoration of Hurricanes Katrina then Rita, manmade disasters from known natural phenomena. I remember at CubaNews reading about the well-drilled and life saving Cuban response to the hurricanes, both on the island and their offers of aid the US. At Cuba News I read of the efforts of the just formed Henry Reeve Brigade to send 1500 hurricane-experienced medical personnel to the US hurricane-hit areas. In the so-called main stream press there was hardly a mention of the Cuban solidarity with the US. CubaNews put it up and in detail.


From: Rosemary Lee
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 5:26 PM
To: Walter Lippmann
Subject: Birthday

Hi Walter,

Congratulations on 7 years of incredible work!

Un abrazo,



From: Bob Guild []
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 11:58 AM
Subject: Congratulations and thank you!

Hi Walter,

On behalf of Marazul, we cannot thank you enough for the great work you have done over these 7 years in compiling and sending out this invaluable information. We look forward to working with you over the next 7 years!

With love and respect,



Bob Guild
Marazul Charters, Inc.
4100 Park Avenue
NJ 07086
(800) 223-5334
(201) 319-1054
(201) 319-8970 Fax


From: Arnaldo Correa
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 8:08 AM
To: Walter Lippmann
Subject: CubaNews







Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 5:06 PM
To: Walter Lippmann
Subject: Re: CubaNews  

Felicidades Walter y muchas gracias por la ayuda que nos das everyday.




From: sally o'brien 
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:42 PM
To: Walter Lippmann
Subject: Re: semi-personal note from Walter Lippmann

Dear Walter -

didn't get to this until today... sorry but i receive so many emails a day often i don;t get to all of them in a timely manner.  

Firstly let me congratulate you on the seventh year of such a wonderful project!  i remember when you first began and have watched this important news source grow until i began to depend on it once a month when i got ready to produce "Cuba In Focus" for the last Monday of the month and wanted to write the newsbrief section - your sources are varied and interesting and anyone who reads your news service can definately keep up on news of the Cuban revolution, US-Cuba relations and much more.  As someone who deals daily in the dissemination of news and information i know the work that you have put into this and i applaudeyour dedication and diligence!

Happy Anniversary CUBA NEWS and thanks again Walter... you truly help to "keep the boat afloat!"

In struggle, Sally O'Brien - Executive Producer - "Cuba In Focus"


From: Elsy Fors
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:03 PM
To: Walter Lippmann
Subject: Re: semi-personal note from Walter Lippmann


Thank you for doing a very useful job for readers, the media, scholars and simple followers of Cuban events. As an untiring activist, you and CubaNews have contributed to the knowledge of Cuban reality with a balanced approach. The list has become an interactive online tribune, people add to the news, give their comments and in-depth analyses.

Seven years is usually called the age of reason, but for CubaNews is the age of unbiased maturity.

Keep it coming!

Elsy Fors
Editor of Prensa Latina News Service in English


From: Mikhail S
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 7:34 AM
Subject: Re: [GreenLeft_discussion] IMPORTANT: CubaNews is seven years old today


Congrats Walter, you have helped me love the island just a bit more! there is a song by Silvio Rodriguez called "Menos mal que existen" "Thanks God they exist"(loosely translated) and it refers to those mad or decent enough to give of themselves for a worthy cause, I think you fall in that category! keep it up! and thank you again! 



From: Julie Troup []
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 7:35 AM
To: Walter Lippmann
Subject: Cheers!


Hey, Walking Man...

Congratulations on the dogged persistence and dedication with which you pursue your truths.

May your influence spread, may your health continue to be robust, and may we one day see the world of truth and sanity which you work so diligently to achieve!


Your neighbor,

The Trouper


From: []
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:02 AM
Subject: Re: IMPORTANT: CubaNews is seven years old today

Congratulations on seven years of inspired (and I'm sure inspiring) work.

Allen Myers


From: Nancy Mikelsons
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:51 PM
To: Walter Lippmann


Take care, happy 7th birthday, and as we said in the 60's and 70's in another part of the movement: "keep on keepin' on",  abrazos, Nancy


From: Alicia Jrapko []
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 9:35 PM
To: Walter Lipman
Subject: Felicitaciones

Querido Walter,

Se que mucha gente te esta saludando en este aniversario, y quiero tambien hacerte llegar mi agradecimiento por mantenernos tan bien informados.

Un abrazo y que cumplas muchos mas!!!!



From: Bill Hackwell []
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 8:44 PM
To: Walter Lippman
Subject: best wishes

Hey Walter,

Seems like just yesterday!  Even though we don't let you know all the time, you provide a valuable service to those of us in the Cuba solidarity movement.


Bill Hackwell


From: Ron Ridenour
 Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 2:32 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Cuba/News birthday

Dear Cuba/News

I learned about CubaNews through Walter Lippmann, whom I first knew in the 1960s when we were anti-war and pro-socialist activists in Los Angeles, albeit in separate camps. Fortunately, most everyone in the various leftist camps throughout the world join in compassion and support for the world's most progressive, most humanitarian and most socialist of all the attempts at changing society from capitalism to socialism.

Cuba is an inspiration to decency and gaiety, to equality and justice. And because it is that The Big One endeavors to destroy it. CubaNews is a unique and most helpful instrument in the defense of Cuba while exposing the double morality and brutality of the US monster.

Ron Ridenour


From: NNOC
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 5:10 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Congratulations!

Dear Walter,

Congratulations on seven years of Cuba News and many thanks for the dedicated work.  Cuba News has been a major source of information about and from Cuba covering a range of political, social, economic, sports, culture and other areas.  Every day you provide your readers a variety of articles that help us gain a better understanding of our blockaded neighbor. 

The National Network On Cuba relies on Cuba News as the first source for the articles and information that we forward to our list.   Cuba News helps us better understand both Cuba and the United States.

With much appreciation,

  Nalda Vigezzi for the National Network on Cuba co chairs

From:  Eva Björklund
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 1:07 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Congratulations on the 7th anniversary, also from Sweden

Walter, many, many thanks and greetings on the 7th anniversary, also  from far away, from the Cuba Solidarity in Sweden, and especially our  "Kuba Magazine" that is very well served by CubaNews, and as a token  I am sending also a greeting from the antiwar movement, with a poster  from our upcoming event "In Defense of Humanity, oppose the US  warfaring policy", on the 11th of September,


Eva Bjorklund

From: Chuck Anderson
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 11:14 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] Re: Walter's other birthday

Walter comrade,

Muchas felicidades en el septimo aniversario de Cuba News. 

It was an honor and grand pleasure to volunteer with you and other comrades to  put out the mailing of Change Links this memorable afternoon. I'm thinking  also that it was most symbolic that you handed me a copy of Celia Hart's  "It's never to late to love or rebel." Just passing my 69th B-day, I plan on  continueing to do both constantly. You introduced me to Celia's  writings on Cuba News and again I congratulate you and all folks  involved. CubaNews is a lifeline between Cuba and our world. Warm wishes and  abrazotes to all.

Chuck Anderson
Rancho El Aguacate,  Anaheim

From: Art Heitzer
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:40 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] CubaNews list is one of the best and most useful sources ...

Walter Lippmann's CubaNews list is one of the best and most useful sources for news about Cuba. It combines being up-to-date with the latest news culled from major mainstream media in the US and abroad, with being an archive for important issues for which it is difficult to find meaningful information, such as the situation of Gays in Cuba.  Walter brings both a left (but nonsectarian) perspective and a sense of realism in his own reports and observations, which richly supplement what others have reported. This is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more (& more accurate) information about Cuba than is widely presented by the U.S. media.

Art Heitzer, Chair, National Lawyers Guild's Cuba Subcommittee and steering committee member of the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba

Art Heitzer
633 W. Wisconsin Ave  Suite 1410
Milwaukee, WI  53203
414-273-1040, ext. 12; fax 414-273-4859

From: Eva Björklund
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 1:07 AM
Subject: [CubaNews] Congratulations on the 7th anniversary, also from Sweden

Walter, many, many thanks and greetings on the 7th anniversary, also  from far away, from the Cuba Solidarity in Sweden, and especially our  "Kuba Magazine" that is very well served by CubaNews, and as a token  I am sending also a greeting from the antiwar movement, with a poster  from our upcoming event "In Defense of Humanity, oppose the US  warfaring policy", on the 11th of september,

Eva Bjorklund

From: Joe Bryak
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:39 PM
Subject: [CubaNews] felicidades on 7th anniversary 

One can only imagine how much work this has been. We don't know how you do it, but may you keep on with this so valuable service. It took a while for some of us to "get" it, but your just-about-anything-goes policy has worked well. It is important to know what *everyone* says, in order to be informed, and act intelligently. Take time to rest your eyes once in a while, Walter!


Joe Bryak

"Cuba Solidarity New York"


Dear Walter and All the Folks at Cuba News,

Warm greetings and congratulations on the 7th Anniversary of your service. You
provide an invaluable contribution to anyone interested in learning about Cuban
reality, but more specifically to the Cuba solidarity movement and everyone
fighting to end the US economic and political war. Your output is comprehensive
to the point of overwhelming, but always to be found are documents, analyses,
interviews, speeches, and articles that deepen our consciousness and aid us in
the struggle. This includes keeping us informed of the views and contradictions
of the Cuban Revolution's enemies across the imperialist political spectrum.
Finally, I applaud your non-sectarian editorial policy which allows many points
of view to be seen and debated.

Ike Nahem
for Cuba Solidarity New York


From: Margaret Gilpin <>
Sent: Sep 4, 2007 1:43 PM
To: Walter Lippmann <>
Subject: belated birthday wishes

Forgive my tardiness in wishing you a very happy birthday --
You are to be lauded for having consistently provided us with the only reliable, responsible and comprehensive source of news about Cuba that there is --

Thank you, thank you
Un abrazo fuerte


From: Paula Solomon
Sent: Saturday, September 08, 2007 11:44 PM
To: Walter;
Subject: Happy anniversary

Dear aficionados of CubaNews,

This marks Seven Years of Good Luck for those of us who would like to keep up with every article about Cuba published everywhere in the world, but who don’t have 4 to 6 hours every morning before dawn to comb the World-Wide-Web. I say we are lucky because in seven years Walter Lippmann has developed a routine that not only scans many well-known national and international news sources, but is constantly on the look out for obscure, and burgeoning resources that often prove to foretell an important change in the world outlook toward our precious island nation.

Sometimes we have the opportunity to read articles that have not yet hit the streets. Occasionally a pertinent commentary about teen pregnancy, or Cuba relief workers to helping to defeat diseases caused by disasters in countries friendly to Cuba’s enemies will be published in Spanish. Before the article hits the streets Walter has already had it translated into English and sent out to CubaNews.

Thank you, Walter, we will be with you and the Cuban people now and in the future. The Los Angeles Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba is proud to call you, compañero. ¡Siempre Adelante¡

Paula Solomon, Los Angeles, CA