Don’t miss the irony of Florida International University honoring Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez. Thanks to a Florida statute, FIU faculty cannot use public funds to conduct research in Cuba, even when otherwise permitted to do so by the federal Cuba ban. Our faculty and the ACLU have tried unsuccessfully to enjoin this statute.
As many speculate about whether, when and how Cuba’s históricos will exit stage left, let us also ask when our históricos and their allies will exit stage right, abandoning their own attempts to restrict academic freedom.
José Gabilondo, associate professor, FIU College of Law, Miami