I hope you enjoy some time with your family and friends this Thanksgiving. Also, I hope you enjoy the November poll:
Just a note to let you know I plan to do some maintenance on the site/blog during the long Thanksgiving Day weekend. So I ask for your patience if, when you happen to come by, the site is temporarily unavailable or looks weird.
Be sure to come back later, refresh your browser and check again.
I’m sure even fleas live better than anyone imprisoned in Castro’s gulag, simply for what he believes in. Just ask Mr. Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta, prisoner in Castro’s Kilo 8 Prison in Camaguey, Cuba:
Iâ€™m letting it be known that my state of health is failing at an extremely dangerous pace. My physical well-being remains under the Sword of Damocles, and I could die. My days are slowly coming to an end because of the various dangerous illnesses from which I suffer: high blood pressure, a right bundle branch block in my heart, hypertensive retinopathy, a heart murmur, a pyloric-duodenal prolapse, chronic dermatitis, asthma, cervical arthritis, lumbo-sacral arthralgia, vitiligo, kidney and liver disorders, and an obvious immunological deficiency. Iâ€™m extremely underweight, which is quite worrisome.
Faced with this dangerous picture, prison authorities have demonstrated a policy of disinterest and indifference until last October 23rd when I sewed my mouth shut as a fair complaint against the violation of my rights and the awful living conditions under which I am kept as if I were a wild animal while the prison officialsâ€™ dogs live under exceptional conditions.
Mr. Herrera was one of the 75 dissidents imprisoned by the Castro regime in 2003, while the world’s attention was focused on the U.S. on the eve of the Iraq war. Read the rest of this brave man’s testimony at Marc Mas Ferrer’s Uncommon Sense.
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Happy Veteran’s Day and a hearty “Thank You” to those who have served, especially during wartime.
As a special Veteran’s Day treat I invite you to visit a site I just added to the blogroll here at Castro Death Watch, the Cuban-American Veterans Association.
…in the toilet:
Beijing authorities have scolded a local Communist revolution-themed restaurant for harming national sentiment by painting a sign “liberation zone” pointing the way to its toilets.
How true, how true. The best way to liberate the world from communism is by flushing it down the toilet.
Give every Cuban a copy of this book. (WARNING: if you do follow the link, be prepared to gag at the fawning praise given Fidel Castro by the useful idiot reviewing the book).
As an Army veteran myself, today I salute the United States Marine Corps on their 232nd birthday. Semper Fi and oorah!
The Miami Herald, Babalu Blog and other blogs are reporting a new initiative to help those repressed by the Castro government in Cuba. The initiative was launched by the Cuban Democratic Directorate (Directorio DemocrÃ¡tico Cubano in Spanish), so I looked them up and found the press release here.
Basically, they plan to staff (24 hours a day) an international toll-free hotline where Cubans on the island can call to report any acts of political persecution by the Castro regime. The hotline number is 1-877-303-YONO (“Yo no” is Spanish for “I won’t” or “Not I” and is an allusion to the Directorate’s “I will not cooperate with the dictatorship” campaign).
According to the press release, “(t)his initiative from several pro-democracy exile organizations is a response to the increase in resistance actions on the Island such as protests by young Cubans wearing bracelets with the word CAMBIO, or change, as well as the public dissatisfaction demonstrated regarding Chinese buses recently bought by the Havana regime.”
This is awesome. This is incredible. The concept seems so obvious, I had a “Gee, I could’ve had a V-8” moment when I first read about it.
But now, for the benefit of anyone reading this in Spanish (mostly, on the rare off-chance someone in Cuba might actually be able to read this blog), I’ve reproduced the entire press release in Spanish, below.
EXTRA: I found the following video (Spanish) on the “Cambio” and “Yono” campaigns on Youtube.
AUMENTA REPRESIÃ“N EN CUBA: EXILIADOS CREAN LÃNEA DIRECTA DE LA RESISTENCIA CÃVICA
07/11/2007 | Directorio DemocrÃ¡tico Cubano
Organizaciones del exilio cubano encabezadas por ex presos polÃticos dieron a conocer durante una conferencia de prensa hoy miÃ©rcoles, que reconocerÃ¡n como perseguidos polÃticos a todo cubano que, por no cooperar con la dictadura y rechazar la farsa electoral, sean reprimidos o detenidos. TambiÃ©n reconocerÃ¡n como prisionero polÃtico todo aquel que sea encarcelado por los mismos motivos.
Durante la conferencia, que tuvo lugar en la sede de Los Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio, se hizo pÃºblica una lÃnea telefÃ³nica internacional que estarÃ¡ disponible las 24 horas del dÃa para informar los actos de no cooperaciÃ³n que se lleven a cabo en la Isla, y por las cuales personas caigan presas o sean vÃctimas de persecuciÃ³n polÃtica por desarrollar nuevas formas de resistencia cÃvica dentro de la campaÃ±a de la no cooperaciÃ³n.
El telÃ©fono, 1-877-303-YONO, estarÃ¡ disponible a todo el pÃºblico a partir de este viernes y serÃ¡ atendida por el Presidio PolÃtico HistÃ³rico Cubano. Esta iniciativa de distintas organizaciones pro democrÃ¡ticas del exilio es una respuesta de ayuda por el aumento de actos de resistencia: las protestas por los jÃ³venes con las manillas CAMBIO y el descontento pÃºblico demostrado hacia los autobuses chinos reciÃ©n comprados por el rÃ©gimen de Cuba.
â€œNosotros nos encargaremos de documentar y publicar estas acciones, de dirigir a los organismos internacionales de los derechos humanos hacia el respaldo a estos perseguidos, y de hacerle llegar asistencia econÃ³mica recaudada privadamente en las comunidades cubanas en el exilio a aquellos compatriotas que la necesiten al estar luchando por la libertad dentro de Cuba,â€ expresÃ³ Angel De Fana, de Plantados Hasta la Libertad y la Democracia en Cuba.
TODOS POR EL CAMBIO
LLAMEN A LA LINEA DIRECTA DE LA RESISTENCIA:
President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Yan Valdes Morejon and Winnie Biscet in honor of their father Oscar Elias Biscet during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in the East Room. “Oscar Biscet is a healer — known to 11 million Cubans as a physician, a community organizer, and an advocate for human rights,” said the President about the imprisoned physician. “The international community agrees that Dr. Biscet’s imprisonment is unjust, yet the regime has refused every call for his release.” White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.
President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet yesterday. Of course, because Dr. Biscet is locked in Fidel Castro’s gulag, the President had to present the award to Dr. Biscet’s son and daughter.
There’s not much for me to add to this, other than to say if anyone deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it’s Dr. Biscet. I’ll leave you with a few links below.
- Transcript of President Bush’s remarks
- Audio file of President Bush’s remarks
- Video of the ceremony
- NPR story on Dr. Biscet
- The “Free Biscet” website
- Babalu Blog, which has tons of posts and links on Dr. Biscet and his award
- Marc Mas Ferrer’s blog Uncommon Sense, where he focuses on Cuban political prisoners including Dr. Biscet