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A Brave Man Takes on Cuba's Brutal Regime. Will the Pope Help?

March 23, 2012 1 minute Read by James K. Glassman

In 2003, Oscar Biscet was sent to prison, along with 74 other freedom advocates in Fidel Castro’s Black Spring round-up. Almost exactly a year ago, Biscet was released, and today he remains active in the non-violent fight for freedom. Despite the Cuban regime’s efforts, Biscet – and many others like him on the island - are acquiring the tools of communication to make their work more effective. And he is asking for help – from Pope Benedict XVI, who arrives in Havana Monday for a two-day visit. Biscet wants the Pope to pressure the Castros to hold free elections and allow Cubans their God-given rights. The full post can be found on Forbes.com at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesglassman/2012/03/23/a-brave-man-takes-on-cubas-brutal-regime-will-the-pope-help/. This post written by James K. Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.


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James K. Glassman
James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman is the Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and the interim Director of the Military Service Initiative.

He served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from June 2008 to January 2009, leading the government-wide international strategic communications effort. Among his accomplishments at the State Department was bringing new Internet technology to bear on outreach efforts, an approach he christened “Public Diplomacy 2.0.”

From June 2007 to June 2008, Glassman was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). He directed all non-military, taxpayer-funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV.  Glassman was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 2008, specializing in economics and technology.

He has been moderator of three weekly television programs: Ideas in Action and TechnoPolitics on PBS and Capital Gang Sunday on CNN.

Glassman has had a long career as a journalist and publisher. He served as president of Atlantic Monthly, publisher of the New Republic, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor and co-owner of Roll Call, the Congressional newspaper. Between 1993 and 2004, he was a columnist for the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and continues to write regularly for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Forbes. Shortly after graduating from college, he started Figaro, a weekly newspaper in New Orleans. His articles on finance, economics, and foreign policy have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and various other publications.

Glassman has written three books on investing, and in April 2012 was appointed to the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was formerly a member of the Policy Advisory Board of Intel Corporation and a senior advisor to AT&T Corporation and SAP America, Inc.

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