War of words: website can't define Cuba

May 3, 2006

Miami Herald- Pablo Bachelet

WASHINGTON - One editor complained that Havana sympathizers were transforming a scholarly enterprise into 'their own private Fidel Castro fan page.' A user was tossed out after threatening to sue another for libel.

The fuss is over the Cuba entry in Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia created, edited and administered entirely by volunteers with the altruistic purpose of becoming a Web-based knowledge repository for humanity.

But the Cuba entry, like those on President Bush and abortion, has been snared in intense political divisions over everything from the impact of U.S. sanctions on the communist-ruled island to whether it should have a separate section on its human rights record. Russia and North Korea do not.

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