Fidel Castro recently accused the U.S. of using "torture." So, which of the following is worse?
Putting political prisoners into cells so small they can't stand, feeding them rancid, disgusting food (if and when they get fed at all), beating them and urinating on them when they're thirsty. (70%, 14 Votes)
Feeding Muslim prisoners healthy, nutritious food 3 times a day (prepared under religious guidelines), providing them with copies of the Koran, allowing them to pray and practice their religion. (30%, 6 Votes)
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.
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.
“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.
“Affirming that the president of Cuba is ready to discuss any topic with the president of the United States expresses that he’s not afraid to broach any subject,” Fidel Castro wrote of his 77-year-old brother, who succeeded him 14 months ago.
“It’s a sign of bravery and confidence in the principles of the revolution,” he said.
“Nobody should assume that he was talking about pardoning those sentenced in March 2003 and sending all of them to the United States, if the country were willing to liberate the five Cuban anti-terrorist heroes,” Castro wrote.
Argentina’s Canal 5 Noticias (Channel 5 News) has done an excellent series of reports on the lack of freedom in Castro’s Cuba. They interviewed a variety of dissidents, including Dr. Hilda Molina–whose son lives in Argentina and the reporter was warned specifically not to go visit by Cuban authorities, despite having been promised by the same that she’d have “complete freedom of movement”–Yoani SÃ¡nchez, the famous and brave Cuban blogger; Las Damas de Blanco, or Ladies in White; Vladimiro Roca; Martha Beatriz Roque; and others.
The first video includes a segment where Cuba’s police harasses the reporter, as well as an interview of Dr. Molina. That video is below; links to the seven remaining videos (the series was broken into eight pieces) are further below. Sorry, all the videos are in Spanish. But you can still see what goes on, including the reporter getting harassed by Castro’s thugs. Too bad you’ll never see video like this on BBC or CNN.