CUBA WINS                   Spanish Translation

90 Miles from the United States Border, Communism is on America's Doorstep

      Time to Free Cuba and Rid our Hemisphere of Communism

                                                                                                                 

Daily Reports From Cuba   

August 31, 2021

Lee Edwards, Ph D., The Heritage Foundation

Is Cuba on the edge of a tectonic shift from Castroite communism to Western-style democracy? Until very recently, it would have seemed unthinkable. But when “Patria y Vida,” a music video sharply criticizing the situation in Cuba, becomes the anthem of massive street demonstrations, the impossible starts to sound possible.

Indeed, the demonstrations in Havana and dozens of other cities and the widespread popularity of “Patria y Vida” (“Homeland and Life”) suggest strongly that the Cuban people are fed up with the false promises of communism and are ready for a fundamental change in their politics and lives.

But are all the conditions present for such a dramatic change? One way of determining that is to compare Cuba with East Germany in January 1989 when the communist boss Erich Honecker boasted that the Berlin Wall would stand for another 100 years. In November of that same year, the Wall came tumbling down, and East Germans welcomed a new era of political and economic freedom.

East Germany was ready for a revolution because:

  • It had suffered decades of economic decline and deprivation.
  • Communist leaders admitted they no longer believed in communism, which had served as the ideological raison d’etre for East Germany and the other communist satellites behind the Iron Curtain.
  • Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announced that Moscow no longer recognized the Brezhnev Doctrine and would not come to the aid of a faltering communist regime.
  • Lutheran pastors sparked the massive public demonstrations that demanded the communist bosses relinquish their power and authority.
  • U.S. and other Western sanctions helped reduce East Germany to the economic level of a third world country complete with rationing of food and clothing.
  • The courageous example of the pro-democracy students in Tiananmen Square inspired East Germans, especially young people, to launch gigantic anti-communist rallies.
  • West Germany presented a compelling picture of how free enterprise and democracy can produce a free and prosperous country.

So, in comparison, what of Cuba today?

Cuba has been in serious economic decline since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, which had provided billions of dollars in subsidies annually to the island nation. For a while, Venezuela under the Chavez/Maduro regime had propped up Cuba, but Venezuela is now suffering more economically than Cuba. As a result, basic goods are strictly rationed year-round in Cuba.

The rising generation does not care about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and their vaunted “revolution.” What they know is that communism has failed to put bread on the table.

As never before, culture plays a key role in the politics of Cuba. Representative of the new culture is the San Isidro Movement, whose pro-freedom “Patria y Vida” music video has received more than 7 million YouTube visits in a nation of 11 million.

How successful the Cuban people can be when free is proven by the remarkable performance of the Cubans in Miami, one of the wealthiest communities in America. Their success is proof that freedom works.

What then are the differences between the communist Cuba of today and the East Germany of 1989?

Most Cuban communists still cling to Marxism-Leninism and Fidel Castro’s 60-year-old propaganda, a major source of their political power.

Cuban police are willing to use force and even bullets to break up “Libertad!” rallies and demonstrations.

Hundreds of dissident leaders are jailed and separated from the Cuban people.

So, some but not all of the necessary conditions are now present for a Cuban counter-revolution. There are things that the United States and its allies can do to further the cause of freedom and democracy in Cuba.

The U.S. should maintain the economic sanctions against Cuba, for the best of reasons: They expose the inability of the communists to provide the people with basic necessities.

The U.S. should demand the immediate release of Maykel “Osorbo” Castillo and Louis Manuel Otero Alcantara, the leaders of the San Isidro Movement and the artists of “Patria y Vida,” as well as the hundreds of demonstrators who were arrested .

The U.S. should form an international coalition of democratic nations that condemns communist Cuba for its crimes against humanity, past and present, and steps up international pressure for a free Cuba.

It may seem that a Cuba libre is not possible, but we must remember East Germany and the boast of its communist boss that the wall would stand for another century. The widespread July 11 demonstrations including the amazing popularity of “Patria y Vida” signaled that Cuba is at the beginning of the end of the communism that has oppressed it for six decades.

Our Response:

This is not going away. See a good summary of the song Patria y Vida HERE

August 30, 2021

What do Afghanistan, Cuba and El Salvador have in common?

All processes in the global world are also global. El Salvador is introducing Bitcoin as the legal payment system in the country. 

Now Cuba, after the well-known events of a month ago, has decided to make cryptocurrencies legal tender. 

But Cuba and El Salvador are different countries. While El Salvador, with the US dollar as its national currency, is not experiencing any sanctions pressure from America, Cuba is under severe US sanctions. The country has had to temporarily stop accepting bank deposits in US dollars due to the severe restrictions imposed by former US President Donald Trump.

The national monetary system lies in ruins, but Cuba has been fueled by sufficient transfers from relatives of Cuban citizens living in the US. Such transfers have now become impossible. 

Of course, by introducing cryptocurrency into legal circulation, Cuban authorities expect more revenues to flow into the country from emigrants, as well as from traditional Cuban exports, settlement of which is now hampered by sanctions. 

The Central Bank of Cuba will establish rules to account for cryptocurrency transactions. The Cuban authorities are also expected to distribute relevant licenses to businesses based on the cryptocurrency services they provide.

According to analysts, the decision to allow cryptocurrency as legal tender has been well received by Cuba's tech-savvy young population.

The next point on the map that will inevitably come to the decision to use cryptocurrencies is Afghanistan. At the moment, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has frozen all of the country's $11bn in foreign exchange reserves. The Taliban will simply have no other choice, as the government needs the money.

Moreover, the Congress is now considering the problem of more than $85 billion worth of American weapons left with the Taliban. Afghanistan now has more helicopters alone than 85% of the world's countries. If foreign exchange reserves are not unlocked soon, and they will not be unlocked under the Biden administration, the Taliban will have no choice but to sell these weapons abroad.

And the countries surrounding Afghanistan are an almost limitless market for arms sales. Naturally, paying for it in US dollars and even Euros would be highly questionable. But for cryptocurrency, it is quite possible. 

It is logical that after supplying so many weapons to neighbors, they will surely be used. After all, the ultra-globalisers' goal is to maximize chaos in the world. But as soon as chaos erupts, for some reason the Americans block the reserves of such countries. Which, you know, due to their inability to trade, will inevitably resort to using cryptocurrencies. 

There are dozens of such countries, including Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Venezuela, and many other countries, where using USDT and BTC is more convenient than using world's main currency. 

It seems that the US itself creates a situation where sub-sanctioned countries are forced to turn to cryptocurrencies as the main means of payment as well as a means of international settlements and reserves. In the next 5 years, there will be a lot of such countries, because the chaos will only increase.

Our Response:

The Cuba Wins team is knowledgeable in cryptocurrency and has some ideas on what the future holds. If there is a visionary in the U.S. Government that understands the implications of what the U.S. is doing strategically, on cryptocurrency, we don't know him/her. This article just touches the surface of how standard U.S. policy is going to create the exact problems we are trying to eliminate.  

August 29, 2021

From an Editorial from the Miami Herald, August 21 by Andres Oppenheimer

I predict that President Biden’s ill-fated withdrawal from Afghanistan will force his administration to project an image of strength and to harden his line against anti-American regimes around the world, including Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Granted, that’s against the conventional wisdom. Most critics say that Biden’s badly executed withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has conveyed an image of America’s weakness that will embolden U.S. adversaries, including China, Russia and their allies in Latin America.

John Bolton, former national security adviser in the Trump administration, told me that in a recent interview, saying Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and their allies “will take heart” from the U.S. blunder in Afghanistan.

“They will believe they have greater freedom of action, certainly greater freedom of action within their own countries, against their own people,” because of America’s perceived weakness, Bolton told me. “And I think other regimes in the Western Hemisphere — I’m thinking of Peru, in particular, now — may draw the same lesson.”

Bolton, who unsuccessfully tried to convince President Trump not to call for a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, admitted that the military departure from that country was a “Biden-Trump” fiasco. Trump had called for a total exit of U.S. troops by May 1 of this year and had made a bad deal with the Taliban in 2020.

Our Response:

Cuba wins on August 21, sent a letter to the White House saying exactly what this article suggested. Hopefully, this comes to fruition. As a sidelight, Bolton was fired by Trump, so who knows the personal animosity. But the suggestion to put Cuba in a number one slot, we all agree with. 

August 28, 2021

Our Heroes

August 26, 2021 is a day of infamy for our country. We only have on thing to say for all of our Cuba Wins supporters. We love our soldiers, we love our troops, they are the greatest asset our Country has. And, we lost many today. No comments on anything today. Cuba Wins is taking a  day off. Pray for our troops and their families. We have no energy to say anything today. The wind has been taken our of our sails!  

August 27, 2021

Genius Media Strikes Again

Many editorials are being written, especially coming from Miami, that the experience in Afghanistan shows why we should never invade Cuba or Venezuela. In one article, the writer Tim Padgett at https://www.wlrn.org/commentary/2021-08-25/miami-exiles-say-invade-cuba-venezuela-americans-dont-want-another-afghanistan describes in historic detail why this is a bad idea, and why we should not consider using force to help the Cuban people.

Our Response:

To take serious time out to give all the reasons why this article is bogus isn't worth our time. Cuba is here, Afghanistan is there. These woke pseudo-journalists create this crap, trying to make an orange look like a jalapeno. Cuba is 90 miles from our border, almost part of our United States. There are no tribal groups of Islamists who don't even speak the same language in various parts of the country. It is malfeasance to compare these two to avoid the possibility of force. Between our politicians and these media-geniuses, no wonder we have the problems  we do, and Cuba isn't as yet free! 

August 26, 2021

Cuba and Afghanistan, Inextricably Linked

Just last month, advocates of closing the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were celebrating: The Biden administration had cleared several inmates for release, and had even sent one back home to Morocco, raising hopes that President Biden was taking steps to finally shut down the controversial detention center.

But now that optimism is dimming.

The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan has raised fears that if additional Guantánamo prisoners are released, they could end up joining the militant group or engaging in anti-American activities overseas.

Those worries were fueled by photos of a Taliban leader, later identified as a former Guantánamo detainee, celebrating the capture of Kabul at the Afghan presidential palace last weekend. Another Taliban leader who reportedly helped orchestrate its comeback is a past Guantánamo inmate who was swapped in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, the captured U.S. Army soldier.

"There's a fair amount of rational apprehension about what's going to happen in Afghanistan now," said former White House lawyer Chris Camponovo, who used to work on Guantánamo detainee policy, "and if it's back to what it was pre-9/11...and I have seen some anecdotal evidence that bad guys are returning to Afghanistan, I don't think it's fear-mongering to say it's a possibility, and probably a pretty likely possibility, that people will return to the battlefield there."

In the face of that concern, it remains to be seen whether Biden will forge ahead with his stated goal of closing Guantánamo, where 39 men are still being held, some for almost two decades. Nearly 800 detainees have passed through the prison since it was opened in 2002 to hold people rounded up in the war on terror. Some were Taliban members arrested in Afghanistan.

Our Response:

There have been so many connections between Cuba and Afghanistan, none larger than the efforts backing the Soviet Union when they fought Afghanistan in the late 20th century. Cuba, actually, led that charge with 5,000 troops. It seems that these paths keep crossing. But, we can’t let  

Afghanistan take us away from the real prize. Cuba must be free. The Cuban mercenaries have to take care of their own people, not fight for terrorists and other causes. The world is converging on these two nations, and one of them Cuba, has to ultimately win out this time around.  

August 25, 2021

Cuba Yes, the Rest of the World, No!

The Havana regime has endured in the face of Washington which has tried to impose its will with a variety of measures — blocking trade and investment, banning travel, cutting off diplomatic relations and sponsoring a clownish armed invasion by Cuban exiles. None of it worked, even after the 1991 demise of Castro’s longtime patron, the Soviet Union.

President Barack Obama tried a different approach, lifting the travel ban and easing economic sanctions. President Donald Trump reversed most of Obama’s changes. Through it all, life has gone on pretty much as always under Cuban communism.

In Afghanistan and Cuba, not to mention Vietnam and Iraq, Americans have found out that shaping the world to our preferences can be not only hugely expensive and destructive but impossible. People in other countries, as well as their rulers, often have desires opposed to ours. And they are fully capable of foiling our designs.

Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Karl Rove, political adviser to President George W. Bush, told a journalist: “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities.” As is the case in most things. Karl Rove was wrong. 

Our Response:

The truth is whenever the United States tries to dictate to other countries how they should live, it always ends up bad. Other countries don't have the resources or infrastructure to follow America's lead. It's a pipedream. One huge exception exists, 90 miles off our shore and that is Cuba. Why we haven't helped the Cuban people take their country back is beyond me. It is time to take care of our own and let the rest of the world fight themselves off. Cuba is part of our fiber and there is no excuse to wait any longer to Free Cuba!

August 24, 2021

Why Are Cubans Treated so Differently?

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday, August 10, returned 19 people who were caught at sea off the Florida Keys in four separate instances, according to the agency.

The four stops took place Aug. 7-9.

Since Oct. 1, Coast Guard crews have stopped 663 Cubans willing to make the dangerous journey across the Florida Straits in attempts to reach the United States, compared with 49 in all of fiscal year 2020. The federal government tracks migration by fiscal year, which runs from October to October. In fiscal year 2019, the Coast Guard stopped 313 Cuban migrants.

Our Response:

Just as the Cubans have had enough with their Government, Americans have had enough with ours. The Cubans are legitimate refugees, yet on the Southern border, with a wink and a nod, people get through. Why are Cubans being discriminated against by the U.S. Government? Does the U.S. have a Cuban Race problem? We have, again, forwarded this to the White House. At some point, they are going to have to treat Cubans like real people instead of slaves to their neighbor to the North. 

August 23, 2021

Cuba and Afghanistan - Unique Victims of Failed American Leadership

Cuba should have been free in 1961. Afghanistan should be able to manage their futures with freedom for women, and chances for their people. Because of failed American leadership, neither of those happened. The reason is clear. The guy who created the Bay of Pigs Plan was Dwight Eisenhower, leader of the victory in World War II. But he couldn't run for President because of U.S. term limits and John Kennedy took over. The guy who created the Afghanistan plan, was not in office anymore. Donald Trump created the plan and Joe Biden was there to implement it. Had Eisenhower and Trump been able to execute their own plans, Cuba would have been free in 1961 and Afghanistan would have a future in 2021. 

Cuba:

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, leader of the successful victory team on World War II, created the original "Bay of Pigs" plan to allow Cuban citizens to take back the Communist Government for Fidel Castro. He competed the plan before the new election when John Kennedy was elected President. In America only two terms are allowed for a President, that law was changed just before Eisenhower was elected. 

In 1961, John Kennedy reluctantly attempted the plan which Eisenhower suggested. Jim Rasenberger, author of The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America’s Doomed Invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, gives us more.

The plan called for an initial air strike to wipe out Castro’s small air force, followed by the amphibious landing of 1,400 Cuban expatriates at the Bay of Pigs, an inlet of the Gulf of Cazones on the southern coastline of Cuba. The ex-pats had been trained by the CIA in Guatemala and Florida. Once the insurgents established a beachhead, a provisional government of exiled Cubans would fly there from Miami, declare themselves the country’s rightful leaders and invite the United States to send in troops to assist in the operation to depose Castro.

When the plan, codenamed Operation Zapata, was presented to John F. Kennedy just weeks after he took the oath of office, the newly inaugurated president ultimately gave it his approval. 

Even before the operation could be launched, however, Castro learned through his intelligence channels details of the American-backed plan. So did anyone with a subscription to the New York Times because on April 7, 1961, the newspaper published a page-one article reporting that “United States experts” were training an invasion force of Cuban exiles in Guatemala and Florida. 

“I can’t believe what I’m reading! Castro doesn’t need agents over here. All he has to do is read our papers!” Kennedy snapped. Although the invasion would lack the element of surprise, neither the CIA nor the White House called it off.

Just hours after the initial strike on three Cuban airfields by the CIA-backed B-26 bombers on April 15, the operation began to encounter problems. The initial raid failed to destroy all of Castro’s air force, with six Cuban aircraft unscathed. “If the operation had any chance of success,” Rasenberger says, “the CIA planners knew the most important thing was to get rid of Castro’s air fleet. They could not have a beachhead invasion if the ships could be sunk.”

Having failed to wipe out the Cuban air force, the operation encountered further difficulty when a planned ruse backfired. One of the bombers that took off from Nicaragua landed at Miami International Airport with its pilot claiming to be a Cuban air force defector. CIA operatives, however, had painted the bomber to resemble one of Castro’s and riddled its engine cover with bullet holes to make it appear that it had survived combat. 

The American hand in the operation, however, was quickly detected by reporters who noted the plane’s fresh paint job and the placement of machine gun barrels in the bomber’s nose and not mounted on the wings as on Cuban warplanes.

“Immediately the entire world knew they were CIA-backed pilots,” Rasenberger says. “Kennedy realized any illusion of plausible deniability was gone. He could no longer pretend the Americans weren’t behind it.” 

The president responded on April 16 by cancelling a second round of bombings planned for the following day, which left Cuban air defenses intact for when the invasion force arrived in the Bay of Pigs the following morning. “The moment that Kennedy canceled the second round of bombings on Castro’s air fleet the operation was basically doomed, and everybody knew it,” Rasenberger says.

Having failed to wipe out the Cuban air force, the operation encountered further difficulty when a planned ruse backfired. One of the bombers that took off from Nicaragua landed at Miami International Airport with its pilot claiming to be a Cuban air force defector. CIA operatives, however, had painted the bomber to resemble one of Castro’s and riddled its engine cover with bullet holes to make it appear that it had survived combat. 

The American hand in the operation, however, was quickly detected by reporters who noted the plane’s fresh paint job and the placement of machine gun barrels in the bomber’s nose and not mounted on the wings as on Cuban warplanes.

“Immediately the entire world knew they were CIA-backed pilots,” Rasenberger says. “Kennedy realized any illusion of plausible deniability was gone. He could no longer pretend the Americans weren’t behind it.” 

The president responded on April 16 by cancelling a second round of bombings planned for the following day, which left Cuban air defenses intact for when the invasion force arrived in the Bay of Pigs the following morning. “The moment that Kennedy canceled the second round of bombings on Castro’s air fleet the operation was basically doomed, and everybody knew it,” Rasenberger says

In addition, one of the red signal lights carried by a frogman accidentally flickered offshore. When a pair of Cuban militiamen in a jeep spotted the light and pointed their headlights toward them, the frogmen opened fire with their rifles and machine guns, ruining the element of surprise.

Further difficulties came when Castro’s aircraft sank two supply ships that carried food, medical supplies and ammunition. An additional failure of a CIA reconnaissance team to spot a radio station on the beach allowed it to remain in operation during the invasion and broadcast details of the attack across Cuba.

With the invasion floundering, Kennedy refused to send in Marines stationed in Puerto Rico or a large naval force that stood at the ready outside Cuban territorial waters. However, he did relent in authorizing six unmarked Navy jets to provide air cover for one hour on the morning of April 19 for a squadron of B-26 bombers taking off from Nicaragua to strike Castro’s fighters. That also ended in disaster as the B-26s arrived an hour earlier than planned and found no escort cover, possibly because of a misunderstanding about the one-hour time difference between Nicaragua and Cuba. The mix-up resulted in the downing of two B-26s and the deaths of four Americans.

With the attack fizzling and more than 100 of its members already killed in action, the brigade of Cuban exiles surrendered. As Rasenberger notes, Kennedy immediately responded to the foreign policy debacle by deepening American involvement in another Cold War conflict that would become a costly intervention.

“The day after, on April 20, Kennedy ordered the Pentagon to look into ways to defeat communism in southeast Asia,” Rasenberger says. “Kennedy’s reaction to humiliation is basically to escalate the conflict with the Soviet Union. He felt he had to get a win and he looks to South Vietnam.”

So, because of changed leadership, we failed in Cuba and began the planning for another failure in Vietnam. All because Eisenhower couldn't have run the country for another couple years. 

Afghanistan:

Donald Trump gave the Taliban a deadline with a simple statement. We will be moving out May 1. We expect law and order to rule. If you, the Taliban, don't live up to your commitments to make that happen, we will bomb you into oblivion. Basically, the Taliban understood. But Trump wasn't leading anymore, and we now see what having the wrong leadership means.

Our Opinion:

If ever you realized how important your vote was, it is now. Kennedy and his Harvard crew couldn't run a covert operation. Biden and his "Woke' crew couldn't use the mighty power of the U.S. to make an easy transition. Both efforts ended in disaster and Cuban people are the major losers along with the Afghanistan people who expect better from the U.S. Leadership is everything and we better think about our votes in the future vs. what just happened in 2020. "Wake up" vs "woke", is now in order.

August 22, 2021

Letter sent to President Biden, the White House

Dear President Biden,

We have watched for the last few days as the problems in Afghanistan have dominated the news. And, frankly, it has not made America look like the leader the world expects. But this can be easily rectified and America can regain its image and trust if it does one thing which it has the power and ability to accomplish. What gets us back is to help FREE CUBA, immediately.

Afghanistan is a loose entity that is not even a country, it is a group of tribes. Andi it is thousands of miles away. If we focus our resources on the evil happening near our border and cause the jewel 90 miles away, to become a free nation again, Afghanistan's images will quickly disappear. 

Now is the time to act. Put the plan in motion. Free Cuba, complete Afghanistan, take the hits for whatever happened, but come out fighting and do something that is worth thousands of Afghanistans. Freeing Cuba will free this hemisphere and resurrect the image of the U.S.. You can do it now. It makes sense and every American citizen will applaud.

We respectfully ask you to act with resolve and Free Cuba now!

The Leaders and Supporters of Cuba Wins

August 21, 2021

Politics in the Wrong Places

Please bear with me on this one. One of our best friends and kids supporter icons, is under attack It is happening because he is backing the wrong political faction. Let me explain. Our friend and supporter has a charity that provides backpacks, books and teacher resource kits for schools. Over the years, his charity has supplied 80,000 books, 4,000 backpacks and thousands of hygiene and teachers kits. In addition, he acts as an interface for local police for kids. He dresses as a comic book hero, the kids love him. He then transfers those feelings to the cops, who he then tells the kids that they are the real heroes. He is a major league asset to Orange and Osceola Counties in Florida. but he is not on the side of a person who has a position on the Osceola County School board. And that person has political aspirations, along with other friends of his who are running for other political offices in the County. Our friend is in their way, and they have decided that the position at the School Board can be used to eliminate him from competition and ruin his credibility. He had a felony 40 years ago and a minor incident 15 years ago, and this was highlighted in these unwarranted attacks. 

Our Response:

The Charity that helped launch Cuba Wins has been helping felons, addicts and homeless become entrepreneurs for years. The idea that you would ever go back into someone's past while he is helping kids so much, and laughably, by a member of a school board who is supposed to be helping kids, is obscene. But this is the state of our country and that is what we are living in. So, as we have stated before, Cuba is not the only country that has a long way to go.. So does the U.S.   

August 20, 2021

Fear Runs Rampant

In Afghanistan, people are now experiencing the same type of fear that the Cuban people have been experiencing for years. They are now hiding in their homes. They are burning anything that associates them with the United States. Many have been helping the U.S. over the last 20 years, and now with what is happening there, they are destroying anything that shows the connection. This is brutal, but Cuba ahs been a microcosm of the way people will now fear life in Afghanistan. 

Our Response:

There are degrees of fear, and after a while, any human being has the tendency to give up and ask, what is their life all about. Unfortunately, now Afghanistan people have to return to that place they left nearly 20 years ago. But in Cuba, the internal situation is now worse than it was a month ago because they had the audacity to stand up to the corrupt brutal Communist Government. Without Cuban citizens being armed, they do not have a chance. At some point, the military or some iconic leader(s) have to appear and cause this to change. We are watching Cuba every day, and we won't stop watching and supporting in every way we can, until this turns good for the Cuban people..  

August 19, 2021

Similarities between Afghanistan and Cuba

Thousands of miles away, we see what happens when authoritarian leadership is in control of any country. Afghanistan is different because it is a loose group of linked tribes who share certain religious beliefs together. But, the horrible fear that normal citizens have, are shared by both countries. Telling on your neighbors, who is loyal to the Government, who is not, rules that bias against one group or another. Sharia law makes being a woman in American terms, unreasonable. In Cuba, the elite and the old guard who established relationships with Fidel Castro, survive very well, while normal citizens have to fight every day for food and electricity.

The common theme is fear. A group of thugs who manage through fear. 

Our Response:

If you have to rule by fear, you have failed as leaders. The people of Cuba every day are suffering and we have spent 20 years in Afghanistan. What, now, have we got? What if we had spent this time and money in Cuba? We have failed the Cuban and American people by allowing this farce in Cuba to continue. We will see how much America wakes up and begins taking care of its own, and that includes Cuba.  

August 18, 2021

Democrats Split on Cuba

The left wing of the Democrat Party will never support the Cuban freedom. Ocasio Cortez leads the way, putting the blame on misguided US policy. Unless she has completely missed the news reports over the last 5 weeks, it is incomprehensible that she could ignore the callous treatment of the Cuban people by the Communist regime. She isn't that dumb. Somewhere this is making her money, and I invite anyone who knows to tell us.

Our Opinion:

Follow the Money!. These people aren't that dumb. Find the corrupt ways they are being rewarded and start there. Cuba will win!

August 17, 2021

Afghanistan Takes Front Page

One of the reasons why Cuba does not escape communism is that its very large neighbor to the north is a huge country, and each day, things go on to take people's attention away from Cuba and onto other things. Unless it hits us directly, only Florida and the American Cuban population can relate to it. So, unless there are protests or seismic events coming from Cuba every day, the bulk of America loses interest. And that's exactly what we have to fight to get Cuba free of these thugs and protect America from doing the same.

Our Response:

We will be holding frequent conferences to keep focus on Cuba. Some messages will get through, some will not. So, in setting these conferences, we are now working on unique ways to get attention. We have a talented group of people behind Cuba Wins, and we will come up with the most creative approaches to keep this in front of America. Much of the world wants Cuba to be the same and continue to be a Communist black mark in our hemisphere. They will do everything they can to keep groups like us out. That is our challenge, and we accept it, understand it, and will try to deal with it such that Cuba freedom stays on front of America until it happens. Admittedly, it is difficult to compete with the daily surprises this new administration creates, but Cuba hasn't changed. It is the entry point we need to show how bad communism can be, and we must not lose this opportunity.   

August 16, 2021

China and Cuba

Team USA dominated the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, winning both the overall medal count and gold medal tally, but Chinese state media has altered those figures in a way to assert itself as the gold medal leader.

Images from the Chinese social media platform, Weibo, and China Central Television have circulated on Twitter this week showing an altered medal count that includes hardware taken home by Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to multiple reports. 

The Chinese government has taken aim at western media several times during the Olympics. Following the opening ceremony, the Chinese consulate in New York issued a statement that the decision by NBC not to include Taiwan or the South China Sea in the map displayed during the parade of athletes, "hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people."

"Attempts to use the Olympic Games to play political ‘tricks’ and self-promotion to achieve ulterior motives will never succeed."

Then the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka took aim at Reuters news agency for using an "ugly" photo of gold medalist Hou Zhihui in its Olympic coverage because of "politics and ideologies." 

Our Response:

So, China, with pure hatred for the West, refuses to lose, even when they lose. They will lie to win. Sound familiar with what's going on in the U.S. today? More than ever, Cuba must be free of these Communist thugs. 

August 15, 2021

From: The Diplomat

In the face of the challenges posed by China’s support to Cuba and other authoritarian regimes in the region, U.S. policymakers should consider the following:

First, the United States should give more attention to the strategic competition with China unfolding in Cuba and the region in general. As Gordon Chang recently wrote in Newsweek, we must realize that “America… is involved in a ferocious struggle everywhere. After all, the battle between dictatorship and democracy, which is not going well at the moment, is global.”

Second, the U.S. should not try to “block” Latin American partners from conducting business with China. Attempting to do so is not possible in a region of sovereign states with ever-growing commercial ties with China. Indeed, the region has been hit especially hard by COVID-19 and will need more commercial engagement from large countries like China to recuperate. Instead, the U.S. should concentrate on helping partners in the region to engage with China in the most healthy, productive ways. For example, an emphasis on transparency inhibits the ability to engage in corrupt backroom deals with the Chinese that benefit the elites signing the deals rather than the country as a whole.

The United States should involve greater support for “good governance” initiatives, including helping partners to more effectively plan and screen investments in critical infrastructure, conduct technically sound evaluations of public auctions, and strengthen legal systems and enforcement to ensure that Chinese and other firms follow nations’ laws and their contractual commitments. This will partly insulate partners from more predatory activities. Such support will also help to convince local citizens, many pessimistic about their governments, that democratic governance, based on market principles, can indeed deliver benefits, address inequalities, and improve living conditions.

As illustrated by the Cuban case, the telecommunication industry is a particularly sensitive area where China could challenge the ability of partner nations to make sovereign decisions and resist the pressures of authoritarianism. However, the U.S. and its partners must provide viable alternatives to the Chinese systems Washington is asking its partners to turn away from. To that end, the United States should look to like-minded democratic nations and their leading companies in the space, such as Nokia (based in Finland) and Ericsson (in Sweden). Institutions like the U.S. Development Finance Corporation and the Inter-American Development Bank can help partner nations finance such alternatives.

With respect to cybersecurity, the United States should similarly look to increase support to partners in protecting their citizens’ privacy and security from malign actors like China. The cybersecurity training provided U.S. Southern Command to its partner nations could be one part of the solution in this regard. While recent events in Cuba show China’s growing influence in the region, the CCP’s emphatic support of the Cuban regime’s repressive acts also highlights that it is on the wrong side of history. The U.S. must deepen partnerships with Latin American and Caribbean friends, based on shared values, in order to ensure that the region remains secure, prosperous, and free.

Our Response:

A lot of words saying the obvious. The U.S better start a marketing campaign with other countries and fight just as hard for the hearts and minds in this hemisphere. Our current Administration is sadly lacking in these skills.

August 14, 2021

China and Propaganda

A 2019 U.S. Senate investigation found that since 2006, the Chinese government provided more than $158 million to more than 100 U.S. schools for Confucius Institutes. The Chinese Communist Party maintains nearly complete control over every aspect of these Chinese propaganda institutions while allowing minimal transparency to their functions.

Our Response:

Cuba's leading trading partner is China. China is already infiltrating our schools to the extent of $158 million. Do you think they might be using Cuba in the same way? The quicker Cuba is free, the less chance we have of a powerful Communist presence 90 miles away. What are we waiting for? 

August 13, 2021

From the Wall Street Journal

Recent antigovernment protests in Cuba were the biggest in more than six decades. But they were historic, too, because many of the protesters were Black Cubans, a group that is increasingly breaking with the country’s Communist government.

The protests, which were repressed by police and organized government supporters, included Cubans of all ages, races and classes. But Afro-Cubans were at the forefront of many of the nationwide demonstrations, according to protesters and Cuba experts. The most intense protests and violence, including the lone death acknowledged by the government, happened in impoverished and largely Black neighborhoods, Cuba’s government and dissidents say. And many, if not a majority, of those arrested in a subsequent crackdown are Black, their relatives and activists say.

“This is a fundamental break between Afro descendants and the government,” says Manuel Cuesta Morúa, a Black Cuban civil-rights activist. “The government saw delinquents where there are only angry people fed up with the lack of social mobility, lack of freedom and structural racism.”

The growing defiance of Afro-Cubans, who make up more than a third of the island’s 11 million people, is a turnaround for a group often seen as natural allies of a government that 62 years ago overthrew a dictatorship and prohibited racial discrimination. But in the past three decades, many Black Cubans, like many other Cubans, have become disillusioned with government policies that have widened racial and income disparities. The pandemic and a steep economic contraction have added to the pain.

Our Response:

Cuba has race problems too. But how would you know with this insane, power hungry Communist Government in place.

August 12, 2021

Health System Crumbling

HAVANA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Cuba is bringing back hundreds of doctors working abroad and converting hotels into isolation centers and hospitals in order to battle a COVID-19 crisis that is overwhelming healthcare and mortuary services in parts of the Caribbean island.

The country, which managed to contain infections for most of last year, is now facing one of the worst outbreaks worldwide, fueled by the spread of the more-infectious Delta variant, even as it races to vaccinate its population.

Cuba's rolling seven-day average of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surged eightfold within two months to 5,639 per million inhabitants, ten times the world average.

One in five tests are positive, four times the benchmark 5% positivity rate cited by the World Health Organization. The seven-day average for confirmed COVID-19 deaths is around 52 per million inhabitants, six times the world average, although the real number could be much higher accounting for potentially undiagnosed cases.

The COVID-19 surge has come amid Cuba's worst economic crisis in decades that had already resulted in medicine shortages and long queues for scarce goods that made implementing lockdowns tricky.

The predicament has come as a shock to some in the Communist-run country where the right to public healthcare is considered sacrosanct.

"I witnessed queues of more than 20 hours, people dying in the corridors (of the polyclinic)," wrote Ana Iris Diaz, a professor at the university of the central Cuban city of Santa Clara and self-professed "revolutionary", in a Facebook post that went viral this week.

"I saw an elderly woman die after several hours of waiting and four days without an antigen test or PCR. Simply put, I saw what I would have hoped to never see: the collapse of our health system."

Cuba's Communist government did not reply to a request for comment. It has denounced the United States for tightening sanctions, saying this has also slowed down its vaccine rollout due to the difficulty of acquiring inputs. Critics blame more Cuba's inefficient state-run economy.

"We are at the limit of our capacity for infrastructure, resources, medicine and oxygen," President Miguel Diaz-Canel told a government meeting on COVID-19 on Monday.

Our Response:

Cuba got caught with their doctors treating everyone but the Cuban people. The Communist system is such an obvious failure. Where is Washington DC and the media in telling us the truth about what is happening there?

August 11, 2021

From the NY Post

In the wake of the July 11 street protests that rocked Cuba’s Communist regime, the Havana government has moved to reassert control by arresting hundreds of their own citizens, more than three dozen of whom are suspected of having been “forced disappearances” 

Beginning the week after the demonstrations, Cubans who had been swept up by the authorities were judged in summary trials in groups of 10 or 12 at a time, independent journalist Cynthia de la Cantera told The Post. She explained that Cuban law allows for such swift disposition of cases involving purportedly minor crimes, where the punishment is less than one year in prison.

“They are making what we call ‘exemplary’ trials, with many people who are being prosecuted without evidence,” she said.

“Many defendants don’t have lawyers, they [the authorities] don’t allow their relatives in court or their relatives are not notified,” Cantera added. “In some cases, the relatives were told the trial would be held at a certain place and when they arrived, it turned out the trial was being held elsewhere, they arrived late and therefore couldn’t enter. In short, there are many irregularities in this process.”

As of late Tuesday, a Google document contained the names of 805 people who had been arrested or are otherwise unaccounted for in the aftermath of the demonstrations, the intensity of which Cantera described as unprecedented since the ascension of Fidel Castro to power in 1959. The list has been slowly built out despite the best efforts of the Cuban government to limit the spread of information about their actions.

“You have to realize that all this is functionally illegal and blocked by the Cuban government, so they’re trying to hack it as best they can while some among them are getting detained, disappeared, etc. and the internet is shutting off all the time,” said author Antonio Garcia Martinez, who shared the list with The Post. “So, it’s a scramble on their si

The document, which is entitled “List of detainees and disappeared Cuba July 2021,” includes each person’s name, the place they were last seen, the time and date of their detention if known, the latest report on their status and their age if known. Only a select few can update the document, in order to prevent pro-regime propagandists from deleting the information or spreading falsehoods.

The youngest person on the list is 14-year-old Christopher Lleonart Santana of Havana. At last report, he was arrested July 17 at 3 a.m., accused of throwing stones and held in a detention center for minors.

“His mother reports that he has been beaten,” the document reads.

Another name on the list is 15-year-old Glenda de la Caridad Marrero Cartaya, described as a computer student accused of “inciting riots” in the town of Jovellanos, about 100 miles east of Havana. She faces up to 60 days in prison.

Nearly two dozen people on the list have already been tried and sentenced to between 8 and 12 months in prison. One of them is 17-year-old Katherine Martin, who was arrested along with her mother and her sister Miriam. The document records that Katherine was sentenced to a year in prison after a summary trial on July 20 and was “badly beaten” while in jail.

Our Response:

The Cuban people are in a battle for survival. The Government there must be replaced. This is inhuman and they can't do this alone. .  

August 10, 2021

International Dealings

In April 2019, the US began allowing lawsuits against companies that benefited from the seizure, during the Cuban revolution, of property belonging to people who are now US citizens. This has led to lawsuits against European and international companies that operate hotel chains and cruise lines in Cuba. The European Union and Canada have denounced the policy.

Between June 2019 and August 2020, the US government imposed new restrictions on US citizens travelling to Cuba, banning cruise ship stops, educational trips, and most flights to the island, except for a limited number to Havana.

In a March 2020 report on the human rights situation in Cuba, the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concern regarding the criminalization and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders, absence of spaces for pluralistic political participation, and lack of judicial independence and free speech protections. The commission reiterated its call for the US to lift its embargo on Cuba, saying it has negatively impacted human rights.

In April, in a joint statement, various UN experts also called on the US to suspend the embargo, saying trade barriers could obstruct the humanitarian response to Covid-19.

In February, the European Union issued a statement on the case of José Daniel Ferrer calling on Cuba to release all those jailed for the exercise of fundamental rights.

In 2016, the EU signed a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba. The agreement has yet to be fully ratified because Lithuania has refused to approve it, citing human rights concerns. In March 2020, the Lithuanian legislature began to discuss ratifying the agreement, but the discussion was put on hold due to Covid-19.

In October, Cuba was elected to the UN Human Rights Council—its fifth term in the past 15 years. Given the country’s disastrous human rights record, its election was widely criticized by human rights organizations.

Our Response:

When you look at some of these international dealings, you realize, there are various factions having a hand in Cuba's independence. The only real solution is to rid the country of the evils of Communism and free the people of Cuba. These agreements are window dressing for the evil continuing there. 

August 9, 2021

Two Big Winners at “Cuba Wins” Opening!!

On Sunday August 8, Cuba Wins held its opening in Orlando, Florida at the Night Shade Lounge, in Parramore. The event included multiple speakers from business, non-profits and Cuban Advocates who have families and friends experiencing the savage dictatorship that has existed for more than 60 years, just 90 miles from the United States border.

1) Cuba Wins was the first of the big winners. In three weeks, we have evolved from a conversation, to a meeting, to a following, and involvement in over 20 states backing the ideas and causes espoused by Cuba Wins. The message that came across last night was two fold:

  • The Cuban people really have had enough. There is very little to lose anymore, so it truly is time to stand up and create ultimate change.
  • The second message is that if we don’t act on Cuba now and make those necessary changes, then America, over time will deteriorate into a more socialist, Communist society. And many of the authoritarian habits that dictatorships like Cuba have, will become commonplace in the previously most free country ever created. We already see that happening with the rampant display of cancel culture, attacks on free speech, and a general violent reaction when one faction in our country doesn’t agree with another. The physical power, bullying is showing up all over and our families are being ripped apart by government leaders and media who really don’t believe in the family-centric concept that made America so great. As Cuba goes, so goes America. .

2) The second big winner was the Night Shade Lounge. Night Shade is work of art, masterpiece in the middle of one of the most media-maligned areas of Orlando, Parramore. On Sunday, its normal activity of “Latin Night”, began at 7PM, but before that, Night Shade was turned into a local events center, with capabilities that only a very few of our best hotels have. It has a unique combination of convenience, intimacy and multiple ways of experiencing how you send and receive your message at any event. To label it the future local Orlando Neo Events Center, would not be an exaggeration. Most important, this was created by local people, local businessmen who have been committed for years to making areas like Parramore a model for future urban centers across the country. Entertainment at night, Community, Business and Education Growth during the day. And one brilliant, well thought out design plan, makes all of these so easy to implement.

If you’re a betting person, would you ever have though that (1) the most negatively perceived area in Orlando, Parramore, could have created a facility like Night Shade? And (2) who would believe that at this point in time, is the exact right time, to change 60 years of tyranny just south of the U.S. border? On August 8, 2021, Point (1) above was demonstrated. Now, on to Point (2).  

   

August 9, 2021

Covid-19

As of September 21, 2020, Cuba reported 6,305 cases of Covid-19 and 127 deaths. The government reacted quickly when the first Covid-19 cases were confirmed on the island in March, banning tourists, conducting widespread testing and contact tracing, and implementing mandatory facemask rules and stringent movement restrictions enforced with steep fines or even jail time. The resulting slump in tourism, plummeting foreign remittances, and acute supply shortages further stressed an already weak economy, jeopardizing some people’s livelihoods and access to medicines and food.

The government closed schools from March to September. Primary and secondary education was provided through televised classes and an online homework correction service that required an email account from the state internet provider. Some classes were provided in sign language for deaf children. Activists and parents complained that classes were often difficult to follow, and that many people were not able to use the homework correction service given the high cost of and limited access to the internet.

In some cases, the government has used Covid-19 related movement restrictions as an excuse to suppress protests. In June, authorities suppressed a demonstration against police violence by harassing, threatening to detain, and detaining dozens of people.

Our Response:

Covid took the covers off the failed Cuban debacle. There were already protests going on. The economic woes of the last 30 years, coupled with Trump's punishment for helping Venezuela, brought Cuba too its breaking point. 

August 8, 2021 

Human Reproductive Rights

Abortion has been decriminalized for all reasons in Cuba since 1965. Cuba is one of the few Latin American countries to have adopted this policy. The procedure is available for free at public hospitals.

Our Response:

No surprises here. Life for people who have children here in America, means adding a new person with an unlimited chance at a great life. It is a celebration. Under Communist rule, a newborn is just another widget to feed and take care of. Human life is not important. Number one is the State and humanity must be subservient to the cause. In this formula, religion falls out too. A very undesirable life ahead for children in a Communist State. 

August 7, 2021

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The 2019 constitution explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. However, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people suffer violence and discrimination, particularly in the country’s interior. In its 2019 report on Cuba, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) noted allegations that police often refuse to investigate anti-LGBT attacks and that LGBT people have been fired or excluded from university education due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Following public protest, the Cuban government removed language from the final draft of the constitution approved in February 2019 that would have redefined marriage to include same-sex couples. The government said that in March 2021, it would introduce a new version of the Family Code, which governs marriage, in the legislature for review, and then put the code to a vote in a referendum.

In May 2019, security forces cracked down on a protest in Havana promoting LGBT rights and detained several activists, media reported. The protest, which was not authorized, was organized after the government announced that it had canceled Cuba’s 2019 Pride parade.

Our Response:

Surprise. Still waiting for the new version of the Family Code. 

August 6, 2021

Human Rights 

The Cuban government still refuses to recognize human rights monitoring as a legitimate activity and denies legal status to local human rights groups. Government authorities have harassed, assaulted, and imprisoned human rights defenders who have attempted to document abuses. In March of 2020, two members of the Ladies in White were detained without charge for seven days after attending an International Women’s Day event at the US Embassy in Havana. Authorities then “deported” them to their home city of Santiago, more than 460 miles away. Other members of the group had been detained to prevent them from attending the event. Most incidents are never reported. 

Our Response:

The Cuban Government can't even really fake this anymore. They must control information to make sure the world doesn't find out what is actually happening behind its walls. Anyone who disagrees with the Government is an invader or a traitor. horrible existence for the Cuban people. 

August 5, 2021

Labor Rights

Despite updating its Labor Code in 2014, Cuba continues to violate International Labor Organization standards it has ratified on freedom of association and collective bargaining. While Cuban law technically allows formation of independent unions, in practice, Cuba only permits one confederation of state-controlled unions, the Workers’ Central Union of Cuba.

Cuba deploys tens of thousands of health workers abroad every year to help tackle short-term crises and natural disasters. The workers provide valuable services to many communities but under stringent norms that violate their rights, including to privacy, liberty, movement, and freedom of expression and association. In 2020, Cuba deployed around 4,000 doctors to help nearly 40 countries respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. They joined an estimated 28,000 Cuban health workers deployed prior to the pandemic.

Our Response:

Even on the Labor side, the story remains the same. The Cuban people are tools for the failed system they have been living under for over 50 years. Cuban medical talent, which is highly respected, is in other countries earning money, paying off Cuban Government debts, so this failed regime can stay in power. What about the Cuban people who need this well-trained talent?

August 4, 2021

Prison Conditions

Prisons are often overcrowded. Prisoners are forced to work 12-hour days and are punished if they do not meet production quotas, former political prisoners report. Detainees have no effective complaint mechanism to seek redress for abuses. Those who criticize the government or engage in hunger strikes and other forms of protest often endure extended solitary confinement, beatings, restriction of family visits, and denial of medical care.

While the government allowed select members of the foreign press on controlled visits to a handful of prisons in 2013, it continues to deny international human rights groups and independent Cuban organizations access to prisons.

In April, to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading in prisons, the government suspended family visits, restricted the type of food family members could send prisoners, and, in a welcome development, released more than 6,500 people. Independent media have reported cases of detainees being isolated with suspected Covid-19 cases in some prisons. However, as of October 2020, the Ministry of Health had not confirmed any cases of Covid-19 in prisons.

Our Response:

Prisons have become a free source of slave labor for Cuba's political prisoners. The Government, not a jury of your peers, decides whether you are guilty or not. 

August 3, 2021

Travel Restrictions

Since reforms in 2013, many people who had previously been denied permission to travel have been able to do so, including human rights defenders and independent bloggers. The reforms, however, gave the government broad discretionary power to restrict the right to travel on grounds of “defense and national security” or “other reasons of public interest.” Authorities have continued to deny exit selectively to people who express dissent.

The government restricts the movement of citizens within Cuba through a 1997 law, Decree 217, designed to limit migration from other provinces to Havana. The decree has been used to harass dissidents and prevent people from traveling to Havana to attend meetings.

In November 2019, authorities told journalist Camila Acosta that she was not allowed to leave the country. An immigration official stopped her when she was trying to board a plane for a human rights event in Argentina.

In August, Ruhama Fernández, the social media influencer, was denied a passport to travel to the United States to receive an award and visit her parents. An official told her she is “regulated” for “reasons of public interest.”

Our Response:

When the Government makes up the rules on what is good or desired behavior, you have lost your freedom. This is Ciba today, and it is manifesting itself every day in a growing trend in America. 

August 2, 2021

Political Prisoners

Prisoners Defenders reported that as of August, Cuba was holding 75 people who met the definition of political prisoners, as well as 28 others who the group considered were being held for their political beliefs; another 33 who had been convicted for their political beliefs were under house arrest or on conditional release. The government denies independent human rights groups access to its prisons. Local groups believe the actual number of political prisoners is higher, but the restrictions limit their ability to document cases.

Cubans who criticize the government continue to risk criminal prosecution. They do not benefit from due process guarantees, such as the right to fair and public hearings by a competent and impartial tribunal. In practice, courts are subordinate to the executive and legislative branches.

In February, a judge in Santiago convicted José Daniel Ferrer, of the Cuban Patriotic Union, of assault and kidnapping in what activists say was an irregular trial. In April, after six months in pretrial detention, he was sentenced to four years of house arrest.

In April 2020, pro-democracy activist and opposition party member Maikel Herrera Bones was arrested after protesting power cuts in his neighborhood and arguing with a police officer. He was initially charged with disobeying orders, but a week after he was detained  authorities increased the charge to “assault.” In August, Herrera called a fellow activist from prison to report that officials were not providing him with proper treatment for HIV and that he was becoming ill. In September, Herrera told another activist that officials said they would provide proper medical treatment if he stopped complaining about abuses in the prison.

Our Response:

There are no freedoms in Cuba other than those that satisfy the Communist, authoritarian government in power. 

August 2, 2021

President Biden is full of compassion for Hispanics fleeing their home countries — with one exception, that is: liberty-loving Cubans.

The president is abandoning practically all controls on the southern border. Despite mouthing the words “Do not come,” the White House has adopted policies that send a clear, contrary message: “Cross illegally, and you can stay.” At the same time, Biden is slamming the door on Cubans setting sail for Florida to escape a Communist dictatorship. These anti-Communists aren’t the kind of Hispanics whom Democrats like. 

Consider the damning contrast: Customs and Border Protection agents on the southern border are literally reaching out to help illegals wade across the Rio Grande. But under orders from Biden, the Coast Guard is capturing Cubans heading for America in dinghies and rickety rafts and depositing them back on their island’s totalitarian shores.  

Floridians with seaworthy craft are assembling flotillas to sail just outside the 3-mile mark around Cuba. But Homeland Security is warning that if they rescue Cuban defectors and bring them to America, they will face $250,000 fines and five years in prison. They should let their freedom-seeking brethren drown instead?

Apologists for this cruel policy have suggested that Team Biden wants to avoid a repeat of the Mariel boatlift of 1980, when more than 125,000 Cubans landed on US shores in five months. But even that figure pales in comparison with the influx Biden is allowing at the southern border. 

Our Response:
president Biden is praising the Cuban rebels and deploring communism, but his deeds don’t match up. He has dithered on restoring Cuba’s internet connections, which the Communist thugs cut off. And he has made no move to fortify the rebels with food, medicine, computers and cellphones — the tools of revolution. Instead, he is slow-walking the US response, appointing “working groups” and making ceremonial gestures like sanctions on regime figures who don’t do business with the US anyway. Not right.  

August 1, 2021

Freedom Of Expression

The government controls virtually all media outlets in Cuba and restricts access to outside information. Cuba has the “most restricted climate for the press in the Americas” according to a 2019 Committee to Protect Journalists report.

A small number of independent journalists and bloggers manage to publish articles, videos, and news on websites and social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. The government routinely blocks access within Cuba to many news websites and blogs. In 2019, before a flawed referendum that endorsed a new constitution, it blocked several news sites seen as critical of the government, including 14ymedio, Tremenda Nota, Cibercuba, Diario de Cuba, and Cubanet. Since then, it has continued to block various news websites.

The high cost of—and limited access to—the internet prevents all but a small fraction of Cubans from reading independent websites and blogs. In 2017, Cuba announced it would gradually extend home internet services. In 2019, the government issued new regulations allowing importation of routers and other equipment and the creation of private wired and Wi-Fi internet networks in homes and businesses.

Independent journalists, bloggers, social media influencers, artists, and academics who publish information considered critical of the government are routinely subject to harassment, violence, smear campaigns, travel restrictions, internet cuts, online harassment, raids on their homes and offices, confiscation of working materials, and arbitrary arrests. They are regularly held incommunicado.

In July 2019, Decree-Law 370/2018, on the “informatization of society” took effect, prohibiting dissemination of information “contrary to the social interest, morals, good manners and integrity of people.” Authorities have used the law to interrogate and fine journalists and critics and confiscate their working materials. In March, journalist Camila Acosta was fined in connection with three Facebook posts, including a meme of Fidel Castro.

Our Response:

Can you as an American even comprehend living under these restrictions? Better save Cuba so this never happens here!

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