April ’16 Castro Death Watch Poll

Now that Obama has (and the Rolling Stones have) visited Cuba, what do you think is going to change for the average citizen there?

  • Nothing. (67%, 4 Votes)
  • More repression if you're a dissident. (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Nada until the Castro dictatorship comes to an end. (17%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Castro Brothers now importing slaves

Seems its not enough the Castro brothers have 11 million Cuban slaves. Now it looks as though they might have dozens of Dominican slaves as well:

A total of 96 illegal Dominican boatpeople who set out on November 13, 2008, for Puerto Rico, are being forced to work in sugarcane plantations in Cuba, family members said.

According to Eriko Cuba, spokesman for the migrants’ relatives, the group left on a “yola” from the coast of the northeastern town of Samana but was forced to land in Cuba due to rough weather while crossing the Mona Passage, which separates the Dominican Republic from Puerto Rico.

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Castro Death Watch poll for June 09

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)

Total Voters: 20

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Misinterpretations

So many of us Cuban-Americans KNEW that when Raul Castro said he’d be willing to “talk” about anything with Obama, he was just blowing smoke:

“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.

We knew it, we knew it, we knew it.

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Hypocritical Mexico

Mexicans illegally entering US: okay.

Cubans entering US via Mexico: no way.

So decreeth the Mexican government (as well as the Castro regime):

Mexico agreed Monday to deport Cubans who sneak illegally through Mexican territory to reach the U.S., a step toward cutting off an increasingly violent and heavily used human trafficking route.

The agreement, signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa, takes effect in one month. It also criticizes U.S. policy that generally allows Cubans who reach U.S. territory to stay, while turning back most caught at sea.

Har, har, har. It’s the US’s fault that Cuba is such a festering hellhole (thanks to Castro bros.) people will leave if you give them half a chance. As friend of Castro Death Watch Henry Gomez, of Babalublog, is quoted as saying in the article:

“There would be no need for the policy if people weren’t dying, literally, to get out of Cuba.”

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Why no display on Castro’s prisons?

Because I’ve long been a big fan of Irish rock group U2, I–in my naive youth–briefly joined Shamnesty International after U2 gave them a free plug during a concert. But then I got older and–as Winston Churchill noted–became more conservative and wiser. And I terminated my membership in the organization.

This news story today bears out my decision:

Amnesty International might not be able to take U.S. citizens to Guantanamo Bay, but the group has made it possible to bring Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.

The group said they’ve created a replica of how many of the detainees are housed 23 hours a day.

Yo Amnesty, why no replicas of a jail cell from one of Castro’s prisons? Heck, it’d be easy for one person to carry around–in a shoebox.

Speaking of shoeboxes, plugs and Castro’s prisons, Babalu Blog–and I as well, for that matter–want you to sign this petition for the release of Cuba’s political prisoners.

If Shamnesty International wants to concern itself with real human rights violations, they might want to focus a little more on real human rights violators. Like the Castro brothers.

Before I go, I invite you to learn more about Cuba Solidarity Day, which takes place May 21st.

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Ho hum, in other obvious news,

night follows day, the sun rises in the east, water is wet and Cuba’s leader tells another whopper:

As a practical matter, it is impossible for this or any other newspaper to set the record straight every time the Cuban government tells a whopper. Orchestrating lies is the specialty of police states. Anyone who has ever listened to Radio Havana or watched a Cuban TV ”news” program knows that Cuban leaders lie to their own people and lie to the outside world. They even lie to each other. But sometimes the lie is so blatant, so malign, so far removed from the painful reality of life in Cuba that it must be refuted, for the sake of common decency if nothing else.

That’s the case with Raúl Castro’s recent claim that there has not been ”one sole case of torture” in Cuba. Even by Cuba’s standards, this is an astonishing falsehood, a lie of such outsized proportions that even Raúl Castro should have been ashamed to utter it.

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Wait for the quid pro quo, it’s coming

So Spain made the grand announcement that Cuba is releasing seven political prisoners, and the MSM rejoices and makes Raul sound like the second coming of Ghandi:

Cuba will free seven of 59 dissidents imprisoned since 2003, a move that opponents of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said reflects a “climate of change” under his brother’s rule.

The first releases of jailed dissidents since August were negotiated by Spain on health grounds and announced by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos on Friday.

“The decision was made unilaterally by the Cuban authorities and we are very satisfied,” Moratinos told Spanish radio from the city of Cordoba, noting that the move came after dialogue with Cuba.

Dialogue with Cuba, huh? I wonder what exactly was discussed. Look for new exclusive business deals for Spain in Cuba during the next few months.

Meanwhile, the credulous MSM fails to ask the obvious questions:

  • -Why does Cuba have ANY political prisoners in the first place?
  • AND…

  • -WHen are you going to release the rest of them?

And then there’s this little tidbit buried near the end of the article I linked to above:

The Cuban government does not allow the International Red Cross access to its prisons.

And of course, this begs yet another couple of questions that remain unasked by the MSM:

  • -Why not let the Red Cross visit political prisoners? What are you trying to hide, Raul and Fidel?
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