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Cuba: The Party Continues

Cuba: The Party Continues

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Political Change in Cuba so that Everything Remains the Same-
Political Change in Cuba so that Everything Remains the Same-

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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Jun 02, 2013
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Cuba: The Party Continues
Written by Jerry Brewer 
egardless of how much the Castro brothers try to reinvent their revolution, the oldadage of a leopard cannot change its spots appears to be the reality within their fantasyidealism. Raul Castro was reappointed to a second five-year term as chief of state inFebruary, and thus he could serve until 2018. Meaning that the control of the Castrolegacy of iron-isted rule over the long suffering island nation could continue at least untilthe younger Castro reaches the age of 86. Yet a hunger that paints this seeminglyperpetual regime with fresh hope over a rusted out political vessel, is that challengesare growing as an atrocious record on human rights in a one-party communist statelimps on.While Raul Castro and his brother Fidel continue to tout Cuba's progress in subterfugalwhispers, louder voices with much more reputation for credibility are now drowning outthe Castro rhetoric. Yoani Maria Sanchez Cordero (known internationally as "YoaniSanchez"), a Cuban blogger and journalist, has achieved worldwide accolades andpopularity as she exposes many of the myths of pro-Castro supporters who claim the
 
communist island is a peoples' paradise. Yoani (37) has received "multiple internationalawards for her critical portrayal of life in Cuba under its current government." Timemagazine named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2008. Althoughshe professes love for her homeland, among her abundant criticisms she often uses ametaphor, saying that Cubans get free education and health care, but while caged birdsget free water they are still caged.The most discussed world critique, beyond the misery and decades of economic failuresof Castro rule and their professed world revolution, is in the well documented record of human tragedy and the abysmal human rights record. Since the early days of FidelCastro's rule essential freedoms of association, assembly, movement and expressionhave been withheld from the people of Cuba, and many citizens who dared to take astand against the revolutionary oppression have been beaten, tortured, imprisonedand/or killed. This record has been passed on in a sort of diabolical rite of passage toRaul Castro, who has tiptoed in perceived progress. Reportedly under his watch theCuban government released "more than 125 prisoners in 2010-2011," but since 2012the number of political prisoners has reportedly increased.In January 2013, the Havana-based Cuban Commission on Human Rights and NationalReconciliation (CCDHRN), estimated that Cuba "held at least 90 political prisoners,compared to an estimated 50 in April 2012, and more than 200 estimated at thebeginning of 2010." What vociferously trumpets these charges and abuses is a reportfrom March 2012 by Amnesty International, maintaining that "the Cuban governmentwages a permanent campaign of harassment and short-term detentions of politicalopponents to stop them from demanding respect for civil and political rights." It appearsclear from these numbers and the record that the release of political prisoners in 2011has shown no changes in the Cuban regime's human rights policy.What is clear, pursuant to those voices that escape censorship by this Communist-runisland's secretive citadel of power, is a continuance of constant surveillance,intimidation, harassment, and acts of repudiation against citizens who dare to speak outand demand change. Insult was added to injury in February of this year, as to theCuban government's subterfuge in pronouncing that all is well in the homeland.US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen reiterated the Castro's Cuba designation as a statesponsor of terrorism - reaffirming the regime's long standing threat to US nationalsecurity interests. "I am relieved that the State Department spokesman stated today thatit is not true that Cuba is being considered to be taken off the State Sponsor of Terrorism list. The Castro brothers align themselves with the likes of Ahmadinejad of Iran, al-Assad of Syria, Qaddafi of Libya before his death, along with terrorist groups,such as the FARC and the ETA," said the Florida Congresswoman.Those remarks far exceed Castro sympathizers who claim that this is simply "old coldwar rhetoric." Documented threats of Cuban intelligence plots against the US continueto emerge. For example, the "WASP network" consisted of Cuban spies sent to theUnited States "to harm our interests and kill American citizens," and the Cuban Five

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