THERE ARE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CUBA.
THERE ARE NO CIVIL LIBERTIES IN CUBA.
THERE ARE POLITICAL PRISONERS IN CUBA.
THERE ARE PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE IN CUBA.
THESE PRISONERS, AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEIR CAUSE, ARE SUBJECTED TO UNIMAGINABLE BRUTALITY AND INHUMANITY AND REPRESSION.
And you know what? You are an accomplice to the above. Yeah, that’s right. I said you are complicit in the violations of human rights and the torture of human beings.
Because you are.
You may not be swinging the club yourself and the epithets may not be coming from your mouth, but you are definitely a party to it. You are allowing it to happen. Turning a blind eye. Ignoring it. You are the three “no evil monkeys” all wrapped up into one.
And you shouldn’t just be ashamed, you should be disgusted. Nauseated. Unable to sleep.
What does it feel like to torture another human being? What does it feel like to stand idly by while a man’s dignity and humanity are ripped away from him, piece by piece, blow by blow?
Right now you’re thinking to yourself that I am ridiculous. Convincing yourself that I am being extreme. Exaggerating. “This guy is nuts,” your saying to yourself. “It’s ludicrous to suggest that I - I! - am somehow responsible for this inhumanity.”
But just let me ask you one thing while you’re busy convincing yourself you aren’t part of the problem:
HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING TO STOP IT?
Yeah. I thought so. Not a damned thing.
Of course, right about now you’re trying to assuage your conscience because you have so many other things to worry about in your own backyard and really, this is something happening in a whole other country and besides, what do you have that you could possibly use to help?
Let me put it to you this way: If you do nothing, if you stand idly by and allow the blatant abrogation of the human rights of your fellow human beings and the abject subjugation of their dignity, what the hell makes you think you deserve your own? Can you honestly say that you deserve that which you allow be denied to others?
You have the one thing – THE ONE THING – those men and women need. The one thing they have given their lives for.
You have FREEDOM.
USE IT TO GIVE IT TO OTHERS.
Cuba's political prisoners need your SOLIDARITY NOW.
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Pajamas Media: Cuba's Unknown Dissidents
The Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White)
The Black Season
Desde La Habana
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Look; I'm not too politically active because there are smarter and more articulate people carrying the torch for every political cause out there. I happen to want what's right for Cuba because my home will be better with a freedom loving island 90 miles South of us.
Each of us can do a little bit towards removing the Thugocracy ruling Cuba with an iron fist. That little bit can be just increasing awareness that there are prisoners of conscience being held on the flimsiest of charges. Librarians are imprisoned for making banned books available. Bloggers are jailed for telling the truth about harsh day to day conditions endured by people like you and me.
As a Free American Boater, I can travel to Cuba and stay at the Marina Hemingway, which is owned and operated by the Cuban Government. I can wander through the local community looking in wonderment how all the "little people" are so happy in their Communist Paradise. And in doing so I would be giving hard currency the Government needs to continue oppressing those very people.
It's no wonder that private boat ownership is illegal in Cuba. Anyone who cared about their family would use that boat to carry their children to the North where there is freedom.
The United States Embargo does not withhold food and medicine from the people of Cuba; The Embargo does not allow the free credit for these foods and medicines.
This from Wiki;
At present, the embargo, which limits American businesses from conducting business with Cuban interests, is still in effect and is the most enduring trade embargo in modern history. Despite the existence of the embargo, the United States is the fifth largest exporter to Cuba (6.6% of Cuba's imports are from the US). However, Cuba must pay cash for all imports, as credit is not allowed.
The Castro Regime should be held accountable for the fifty years of terror and tyranny.
Great find with this story.
Many forget of the brutality and horrors in our own hemisphere. Cuba and Venezuela just to mention two.
Thank you for your support and solidarity. I truly hope you'll get to sail the waters of a free Cuba soon.
Good stuff, Darryl. Thanks.
I humbly thank Val Prieto for stopping by. A true American Patriot.
Thanks, Buck and USA Admiral. Always a pleasure when you guys stop by to read.
Barco Sin Vela II,
THANK YOU for your solidarity!
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