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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May 2010 Castro Death Watch Poll (Mother’s Day Edition)

Do you plan to (or if you're answering this on or after May 9, did you) wear white on Mother's Day in support of the Ladies in White?

  • No (65%, 24 Votes)
  • Yes (35%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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(For more on this, read this news release from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas’ office).


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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Antúnez quits 3-month hunger strike

Afro-Cuban dissident Antúnez quit a hunger strike he began February 17, according to the Miami Herald. Antúnez 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.

Antúnez 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, Antúnez.


Fidel Castro wages war on Cuban bloggers

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!


Antunez’s sister slaps CBC

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 Antúnez, sister of Afro-Cuban dissident and hunger striker Jorge Luis ”Antúnez” 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.


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.


A Country Without Liberty

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 Sánchez, 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.

A Country Without Liberty (part 2)
A Country Without Liberty (part 3)
A Country Without Liberty (part 4)
A Country Without Liberty (part 5)
A Country Without Liberty (part 6)
A Country Without Liberty (part 7)
A Country Without Liberty (part 8 )

Hat tip to Enrique Artalejo.