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The Rogue Political Regime in Cuba is Unlikely to Change

The Rogue Political Regime in Cuba is Unlikely to Change

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Castros' Cuba’s Rogue Political Regime of misery, failure, and corruption
Castros' Cuba’s Rogue Political Regime of misery, failure, and corruption

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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Jan 07, 2014
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Column 010614 Brewer 
 
Monday, January 6, 2014
 
The Rogue Political Regime in Cuba is Unlikely to Change
 
By Jerry Brewer
 
Cuba continues to rival even itself by increasing, and possibly surpassing, its
over 50 year Castro brother’s repressive
security stranglehold on the majority of its citizens. The tired and disastrous Communist state apparatus continues to slowly crawl along, virtually denying even basic human rights that have been awaited for decades by the Cuban people. Fidel Castro led Cuba from 1959 until 2008, an island nation that today is estimated to have a population of slightly over 11 million people.
 
During his choke hold domination,
Castro exhibited his regime’s violent
propensities early as Cuba became a major contributor to wars in the Caribbean, Central America and elsewhere. Targeting Africa, he sent tens of thousands of troops to support Soviet-involved wars in Africa, particularly in  Angola. Fidel Castro and his brother, Raul, who
now serves as Cuba’s national leader,
continue their anti-U.S. agendas and rhetoric as they maintain and establish close relationships with left-leaning and other anti-U.S. government leaders. The Castro brothers openly embraced the  bloody regimes of the late Saddam
Hussein of Iraq; Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi; and Iran’s Mahmoud
 
 Ahmadinejad. Add to these Bashar al- Assad in Syria, and the leaders of North Korea, China, Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, among others.  What does all of this mean, and what do  we say to those who say the cold war is over and this is old news? It has been said that U.S. policy has likely delayed rather than hastened Cuban democracy,
and held back Cuba’s socioeconomic
abilities. Some pro-Castro pundits claim that gradual and limited shifts, allowances and improvements for the Cuban people are evident on the island.  And there are those who rationalize that Cuba is too poor to be a threat to anyone.
 
Reality -- versus rose-colored views of Cuba, its citizens, government and rogue security services, factually tell quite a different story.
 
The Castro brothers have not discarded their bloody revolutionary communist and socialist ideology over the last 50-plus years of iron fisted rule. The Cuban government and the Castro security apparatus are frequently accused today of tremendous human rights abuses that involve beatings and torture to innocents. These acts include oppression, arbitrary imprisonment, intimidation, harassment and  violence against women. Cubans throughout the island have a limited voice to this very day. Some are able to blog or share news and incidents of brutality with others throughout the world via electronic mail, albeit often highly censored. The Twitter
network is often saturated by “breaking”
news of incidents of arrests of notables, descriptions of perceived kidnappings by security officials, beatings, torture, and unfair trials.
 
 
Human Rights Watch alleges the government "represses nearly all forms of political dissent," and that "Cubans are systematically denied basic rights to free expression, association, assembly, privacy, movement, and due process of
law.” No political party is permitted to
nominate candidates or campaign on the island. In the 1990s, Human Rights Watch reported that Cuba's extensive prison system, one of the largest in Latin  America, consisted of 40 maximum-security prisons, 30 minimum-security prisons, and over 200 work camps.  According to Human Rights Watch, political prisoners, along with the rest of Cuba's prison population, are confined to jails  with substandard and unhealthy conditions.  As far back as 2003, the European Union accused the Cuban government of "continuing flagrant violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms." And  within the United Nations Human Rights Council, Cuban members continue to receive criticism.
 
In 2008 Cuba had the second-highest number of imprisoned journalists of any nation, behind only the People's Republic of China, this according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
 
Gladys Bensimon, an award winning multilingual producer, director and president of HBR productions near New ork City, has spent much of her career exposing dictators and associated human rights violators. One of her most recent films was "Celebrating Life in Union," a factual docudrama narrated by the famed Cuban American actor Andy Garcia.
 
The film and powerfully courageous

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