Honoring Terrorists at the University of Miami by Jim Ryerson

by Jim Ryerson
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
(jim [at] travelingman [dot] net)
Cuba Connections
November 22, 2010

In the past few years, radical Cuban exiles in Miami have toned down their act. By toned down I mean they don’t necessarily kill Americans who might tend to disagree with them which was sometimes their practice during the past 50 years. That never stopped them from killing people in Cuba, and from making it a priority to kill Fidel Castro at all costs. Two of the best known of these wanted international terrorists, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles live openly in the Miami Cuban community. But if that were not enough, a radical exile group recently gave an award to Bosch, at the University of Miami, which has caused an uproar among academics at the school. Here is a letter sent after the event.

To Our Colleagues in the Academic Community and Friends:

On October 12, 2010, Orlando Bosch, an internationally known and convicted terrorist, was paid homage at an event held on the premises of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS) of the University of Miami. The U.S. Department of Justice has called this individual “a terrorist unfettered by laws of human decency, threatening and inflicting violence without regard to the identity of his victims.”

The undersigned faculty affiliated with the University of Miami’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLAS) wishes to declare that our Center and students had absolutely nothing to do with this event and firmly opposes holding such events and any other activity glorifying, condoning, or praising inhumane acts or violations of human rights, regardless of the alleged justification.

Read the full letter here:


You can read about Bosch’s history of terror by just going online here:


and  the awards ceremony for Bosch can be seen here:


But an interesting note was that seated next to Bosch at the awards ceremony was Enrique Ros, the father of  Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen  R-Florida (In grey suit in the picture).  Could an elected official anywhere in the United States maintain ties to a convicted terrorist and be re-elected?  Only in Miami.

Jim Ryerson is a documentary film producer specializing on Cuba, which he’s visited more than 30 times. He formerly worked as a television news reporter in Los Angeles, and has won numerous national and international awards for his work His documentary on the U.S. embargo, Looking for Cuba has been  on the film festival circuit, and he has 3 other documentary projects regarding Cuban music, art and culture. You can read his blog and see  clips from their films at http://www.cubaconnections.org.


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