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Ear to the Ground

Report: Rights Abuse Is Easing Under Raul

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Posted on Jul 5, 2007
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An independent Cuban human rights organization says Cuba has taken fewer and freed more political prisoners under the rule of Raul Castro, compared with his brother, Fidel. But the group says human rights abuses by the government are still a problem, as is the U.S. embargo, which it says imposes unnecessary hardship on the Cuban people.


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An independent Cuban human rights group says there are fewer political prisoners in the country since Raul Castro took over as interim leader.

The group says up to 70 political prisoners have been freed in the past year, continuing a trend.

But it says the government in Havana still systematically violates the human rights of its citizens.

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By Mariam Russell, July 9, 2007 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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Seems to me, we might clean our own yard before discussing the trash in our neighbors’.

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By Max Shields, July 7, 2007 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

Ardee,

If you haven’t seen Michael Moore’s Sicko, do.

The scene where US first responders from 9/11 received health care (where none was to be found, of worth, at home) was a demonstration of the humanity you imply.

Katrina is an example of a “long emergency”, to use a term coined by James Howard Kunstler. It is an example of the much larger problem we will be facing very soon, something much much larger than the moments of “terrorism” that seem to be imposed on us as a national obsession. This is the collapsing of the US economy as we know it as a result of peak oil. We’re going to need the resourcefulness of Cuba who has gone through traumatic upheavals the likes of which we can only imagine. But soon we won’t have to imagine.

Cuba, at least from this vantage point, has begun, out of necessity, to transform their mega-farms (the kind of farms US has adoptied with the agribusiness model)to sustainable farming. Their health care has, on many level, excelled and been transportable throughout the developing world - and yes, even the US where assistanc e was provided post-Katrina. These are things we will need to learn (and the learning has begun - but it’s still small in scope to help us).

We will learn much humility, it will be painful, but it will be inevitable.

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By ardee, July 7, 2007 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

Max,

Persecution is pretty much the same , everywhere I guess. I would not close the door upon US attempts to topple the Castro govt as one reason for their harsh and unfair system of justice, a real pity too…..

I have actually been to Cuba, three times in fact. First as a child with my Father and Uncles on a fishing trip, had a real blast too, pre Castro Cuba. Secondly when helping to harvest the sugar cane crop shortly after the embargo against them, and again, much, much later when too old to do such work.

I found the cubano people to be very cool, when presenting a US passport they wink, smile and dont stamp it. I found them to be knowledgeable about world news and events and supportive of their government. Like their long time leader Fidel Castro, they love the people of the USA and would be great and good allies.

One needs only look at the way Castro has sent doctors to the poorest areas on earth, and this from an impoverished third world nation, how he trains doctors for free, no matter from where they hail. I wish he would do something about his damnable judicial system, he or his successor Raoul…...

Forgive the ramble….

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By ardee, July 7, 2007 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

Max,

Persecution is pretty much the same , everywhere I guess. I would not close the door upon US attempts to topple the Castro govt as one reason for their harsh and unfair system of justice, a real pity too…..

I have actually been to Cuba, three times in fact. First as a child with my Father and Uncles on a fishing trip, had a real blast too, pre Castro Cuba. Secondly when helping to harvest the sugar cane crop shortly after the embargo against them, and again, much, much later when too old to do such work.

I found the cubano people to be very cool, when presenting a US passport they wink, smile and dont stamp it. I found them to be knowledgeable about world news and events and supportive of their government. Like their long time leader Fidel Castro, they love the people of the USA and would be great and good allies.

One needs only look at the way Castro has sent doctors to the poorest areas on earth, and this from an impoverished third world nation, how he trains doctors for free, no matter from where they hail. I wish he would do something about his damnable judicial system, he or his successor Raoul…...

Forgive the ramble….

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By Max Shields, July 7, 2007 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

I wonder if it could be the likeness regarding the methods used to “starve off” Cuba, and those used to pinch off the existance of the Palestinians?

How much of the “political dissidence” in Cuba is due to US policies meant to starve and topple the existing government?

How much of the civil unrest in Gaza is due to an apartheid, and subsequent destruction of the Palestinian economy to create an enclave colony of walled humanity?

Is the sharing of methods and means so apparent, that a zionist and neocon would embrace when they see the similar handy work?

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By great_satan, July 6, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

#84479 by lilmamzer
  “Another Truthdig Whitewash© of one of the world’s worst serial human rights abusers…..disgraceful apologetics of totalitarian crimes. Robert Scheer never met a dictator he didn’t like.”

  Did you even read this article or did you start typing when you read the headline, which doesn’t represent the material of the article at all?

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By ardee, July 6, 2007 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

#84479 by lilmamzer on 7/06 at 7:34 am
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Another Truthdig Whitewash© of one of the world’s worst serial human rights abusers…..disgraceful apologetics of totalitarian crimes. Robert Scheer never met a dictator he didn’t like.

...Holy Moley Batman, quick before his head explodes, do something!

Where in the hell does even an agendised Zionist like the mamser get that this a whitewash? The article condemns the Castro judicial system soundly and notes the additional pressure the US boycotts put on Cuba, so where is the beef….I guess the ‘lil’ in his name refers to something more (or less) cerebral about him…..

Max, you got me wondering too…......as Cuba produces more doctors than any nation on earth (proportionally)... a medical education is free, and free to all, cubano or not, currently there are 26 nations represented in Cuban medical schools, including 90 Americans..shhhh ( all you gotta do is promise to work with the poor in your own country and your in).....
So digression ended, as Cuba has soooo many doctors, and jews love their daughters to marry doctors ( my parents hit the trifecta, my sister became a doctor and married a surgeon) one might think Cuba would be attractive to zionism…go figure?

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By Max Shields, July 6, 2007 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

What is the connection between Zionism and anti-Cuba/Castro?

Hmmmmm?

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By lilmamzer, July 6, 2007 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

Another Truthdig Whitewash© of one of the world’s worst serial human rights abusers…..disgraceful apologetics of totalitarian crimes. Robert Scheer never met a dictator he didn’t like.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 6, 2007 at 4:25 am Link to this comment
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Do not worry Raul we are ready to bring you American democracy.Check out our credentials call the Iraqi’s

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