Cuban baseball slavery

Babalu Blog has a blogburst today about the World Baseball Classic and Cuba’s sadly enslaved baseball team. The post is pegged to the top of the page and it includes a song parody of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” a special graphic and this:

Cuba is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits its citizens from leaving without government permission, a violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Because Cuba’s athletic teams compete internationally the participants are constantly shadowed by members of Cuba’s state security apparatus. The primary objective of Cuban state security is to prevent defections which embarrass the Castro regime and deplete the country of athletic talent. In Democratic countries like the United States this presents a perverse situation where Cuban athletes are basically deprived of their rights to move freely.

As Babalu Blog notes, the MSM could care less about this. Pretty ironic about how the left and the Castro regime whines loudly about a US prison–Guantanamo–on Cuban soil while nobody seems to give a rat’s behind about a Cuban prison that travels the world.

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Hungary, if Castro ‘slams’ you,

then you KNOW you did a good thing:

Cuba branded Hungary an “imperial accomplice” of Washington on Wednesday for granting political asylum to 29 Cubans who were held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base.

Those given Hungarian visas were among 44 Cubans picked up at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard. Authorities deemed them at risk of persecution if repatriated and held the group at the U.S. base while officials sought a third country to take them.

Many were dissidents, and some were at the base more than two years.

The Cubans at the Guantanamo base included 17 who staged a hunger strike to protest conditions, but it ended August 17 when Hungary announced it would take 29 migrants.

A third country was expected to take seven more, and five others were approved to go to the United States. One chose to return to Cuba for family reasons, and the status of a couple who were offered Hungarian visas but apparently refused them was unclear.

Too effing bad, Castro. Screw you and the horse/hearse you’re riding in if you don’t like it.

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Guillermo Farinas on hunger strike in Cuba

The Castro cabal won’t let Cubans have unfettered access to the Internet for fear the people might be exposed to new ideas. Or maybe it’s fear that Cubans will use the Internet to expose the Castro regime.

One man is putting his life on the line to fight this: Guillermo Farinas.

Farinas said he launched his most recent strike Jan. 31, 2006, after the government denied Cubans access to the one Internet cafe in Santa Clara. Fellow independent journalists had filed an e-mail report from the cafe, claiming authorities depleted the local blood bank to ship blood to Pakistan with Cuban medical teams. Without the cafe, Farinas and his colleagues can only phone and fax reports abroad, delaying publication.

A recent U.N. report found Cuba had the lowest Internet usage rate in the Americas and among the lowest worldwide: Fewer than one in 50 residents. The Cuban government limits most Cubans only to e-mail accounts or access to a controlled Cuban intranet, denying the World Wide Web to most.

Here’s what makes Farinas’ dissent more remarkable:

As a teenager, he was a member of the communist youth group, then attended a military academy. He served as a military cadet in Angola and the former Soviet Union, he said.

“Remarkable,” that is, until you see why he turned against Castro:

As a cadet guarding leaders’ homes around 1980, Farinas said he saw they had what most Cubans lacked: nice cars and better food. He learned the island’s top brass sometimes attended cockfights, which were supposed to be illegal.

“I saw there was a difference between what they said and what they do,” he said sadly.

What? A difference between what Castro says and does? Say it ain’t so!

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