Afro-Cuban dissident AntÃºnez quit a hunger strike he began February 17, according to the Miami Herald. AntÃºnez began the strike to protest both the Castro government’s refusal to his sister’s hurricane-damaged home, as well as the conditions under which his brother-in-law has been imprisoned.
AntÃºnez had refused solid food for nearly three months, losing more than 65 pounds during his hunger strike. His plan now is to do more confrontational protests of the Castro government. Godspeed, AntÃºnez.
I used to like Orbitz. Not anymore:
Encouraged by President Obamaâ€™s lift last month on allowing family visits to Cuba, the Chicago-based Orbitz Worldwide is launching a campaign this week to reverse a law that prohibits most other U.S. citizens and legal residents from traveling to the island.
The website, called OpenCuba.org, became active Sunday and is a place where Orbitz visitors can petition Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of Congress to repeal trade and travel restrictions on Cuba enacted during the Kennedy administration.
Orbitzâ€™ president and CEO, Barney Harford, visited the White House in March and afterward decided to rally his company for the cause, hiring engineers to build the website in just two weeks. He has yet to ask for support from Cuban-American leaders, but says that is the next step.
How about we “FreeCuba.org” before we “OpenCuba.org?” I guess those 30 pieces of silver are more important to you than the freedom of 11 million, Mr. Harford? Well, I may not be a Cuban-American leader but you’ve gotten your last dollar from this Cuban-American.
First, there was this offensive salvo launced, as noted in Gateway Pundit:
Back in February Fidel Castro was awarded the Computer Youth Club Award for being the father of this movement in Cuba.
Also awarded the prize was his brother and fellow tyrant Raul Castro.
Then, there was this, courtesy of Babalu Blog: Cuban bloggers, an endangered species?
Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has been attacked today by THE official Cuban journalist, Rosa Miriam Elizalde in Cubadebate site. That’s not the first time, but is a good example of the official point-of-view about independent blogging in Cuba.
Now there’s this, courtesy of the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida: Cuba cutting Internet access :
“Internet use is only for foreigners for the time being,” said a worker at the Hotel Nacional’s business center. “According to a new order from ETECSA [Cuba’s telecom monopoly] only foreigners can surf the web at hotels.”
But hey, let’s just lift the embargo and everything will be alright!
Remember those Castro apologists from CONgress who visited Cuba a few weeks to kiss Castro’s rear end? Well, the sister of one prominent Cuban dissident hasn’t forgotten.
Berta AntÃºnez, sister of Afro-Cuban dissident and hunger striker Jorge Luis ”AntÃºnez” Garcia Perez, visited with staffers from the Congressional Black Caucus and hand delivered a scathing letter from her brother, according to the Miami Herald:
”While you were meeting with the Castro brothers,” he wrote to the members of Congress, “only 300 kilometers away from the capital, our home and the five protesters who remain within it were subject to a brutal siege by the combined forces of the national and political police.”
I suppose to the CBC, the color red is more important than the color black when they so quickly applaud the so-called “accomplishments” of the Castro regime while they turn a blind eye to the abuses of all Cubans under Castro–especially black Cubans.