These are the top 15 blog entries of the year in terms of visits arranged in chronological order. George Santayana understood the importance of remembering the past in order to avoid repeating the same mistakes. The first two blog entries turned conventional wisdom upside down reporting on the decline in trade during the Obama Administration and the brutal torture and murder of a Cuban American attorney visiting Havana, Cuba in January 2015.
Swissleaks exposed the banking practices of the Cuban and Venezuelan regimes and how they have their own 1% living very well while the majority in their respective countries live in misery.
The conventional wisdom views detente as something positive but the historical says different and that was explored on this blog. An example of how this approach is disastrous was seen in April in Panama with Cuban diplomats disrupting the Summit of the Americas and attacking dissidents in a public park and later organized acts of repudiation against them when they returned home to Cuba.
Despite continuing bad acts the Obama administration took Cuba off the list of state terror sponsors. On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta this blog reflected on Cuba's Varela Project. Meanwhile both North Korea and Cuba made outrageous healthcare claims that were examined in this blog. This followed an examination of rising violence in Cuba in what appeared to be a correlation with U.S. outreach to the dictatorship while marginalizing and ignoring Cuban democrats that has generated a body count.
In a presidential election year the Clinton record on Cuba was examined and found wanting. This blog also reported on the show trial of Leopoldo López Mendoza and the unjust verdict of guilt and sentence of 13 years and 9 months in prison. Cuban exiles protested against Raul Castro in New York City and against the Obama administration's Cuba policy in Washington DC. A soap opera of the Cuban music sensation Celia Cruz offered an opportunity to discuss how her music was censored in Cuba and she was banned by the dictatorship from returning.
1. What the Associated Press left out of its story on Cuba Trade and the US Embargo
Sunday, January 11, 2015
2. Cuban American attorney killed in Cuba last week while visiting family
|Albert Romero killed in Cuba|
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
3. Communists from Cuba and Venezuela with Swiss bank accounts
The regimes in Caracas and Havana speak of social justice and defending the poor, but in practice they are the opposite of what they claim. Dictators with absolute power who once and while are revealed for who they truly are: a rich and unaccountable minority plundering the riches of once great nations whose peoples are spiraling into deeper poverty and misery.
Friday, March 13, 2015
4. Lessons from Eastern Europe on Engagement: Poland and Romania
Ronald Reagan entered office on January 20, 1981 and on December 13, 1981 the communist regime in Poland had declared martial law and was cracking down on the Solidarity movement. 10,000 people were rounded up and about 100 died during martial law. Ronald Reagan in his Christmas Address on December 23, 1981 denounced the crackdown (beginning at 4 minutes into the above video) and outlined economic sanctions against Poland while demanding that the human rights of the Polish people be respected.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
5. The Castro Regime's idea of dialogue: The monologue of the closed fist
|Leticia Ramos and Augusto Monge attacked in Panama|
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6. State security organizes mobs to attack Cuban resistance leaders
|Jorge Luís García Perez “Antunez and Iván Fernández Depestre|
Link to audio denouncing regime action (In Spanish): https://youtu.be/n_Ulli4Q0Bk
Friday, May 29, 2015
7. Ten reasons that Cuba under the Castro regime should have remained on the list of terror sponsors
|Cuba was listed until May 29, 2015|
Monday, June 15, 2015
8. The Varela Project: Cuba's Great Charter
Today the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta is being observed in the United Kingdom and it is important to look at societies where authoritarian or totalitarian dictatorships continue to systematically deny freedom and how citizens in those societies have appealed for change echoing elements of "The Great Charter." In Cuba, the Varela Project, under the dictatorship of the Castro brothers to date is the most serious challenge where more than 25,000 Cubans petitioned the regime to reform itself in 2002-2003. This led to the dictatorship altering the constitution to prevent amendments that would reform the system, imprisoning scores of petition organizers in March of 2003, and on July 22, 2012 extrajudicially killing Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas and Harold Cepero Escalante of the Christian Liberation Movement who had led the initiative. This citizen's demand remains active and like the Magna Carta was not a single event but a process that is still underway.
Friday, July 3, 2015
9. Examining Cuba and North Korea healthcare claims
|Regimes in Cuba and North Korea are totalitarian allies|
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
10. Policy paper shows correlation between US engagement and rising repression in Cuba: The Obama Administration’s Cuba Engagement Policy and Rising Repression“The Cuban people deserve the support of the United States and of an entire region that has committed to promote and defend democracy through the Inter-American Democratic Charter.” – The White House December 17, 2014
|Sirley Ávila León: Holds state security responsible for May 2015 machete attack|
- Levels of violence and numbers of arbitrary detentions have grown exponentially during the 18 months of secret negotiations between the Castro regime and the Obama administration.
- Human Rights defenders were victims of brutal, life threatening machete attacks in the same month that secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Castro dictatorship started.
- The December 17, 2014 announcement of normalized relations was surrounded by repression, violence and death.
- There has been an explosion of arbitrary detentions in Cuba, jumping from an average of 550 per month to 742.
- The Castro regime has been implicated in heightening repression against pro-democracy activists in Venezuela, including extrajudicial killings.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
11. Correcting the historical record: The Clintons and The Castro brothers
|Clinton and Kerry: No friends of Cuban democracy activists|
Friday, August 14, 2015
12. The body count during the normalization of relations in Cuba
|The United States Embassy in Havana|
Thursday, September 10, 2015
13. Show trial in Venezuela sentences Leopoldo Lopez to 13 years and 9 months in prison
Learned tonight that Leopoldo López Mendoza was sentenced to 13 years and 9 months in prison.The four student protesters charged alongside Lopez had all been released on probation. The show trial has concluded. The injustice continues. The struggle to free Leopoldo Lopez and the many others prisoners of conscience in Venezuela continues. Condemned by this judicial farce is the Maduro regime that now stands revealed as a dictatorship that imprisons its nonviolent, democratic opposition leaders. This also means that the South American country is a satellite of Cuba.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
14. Why we are protesting Raul Castro in New York City
|Protests on September 28th at the UN and Cuban Mission|
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
15. Celebrating Celia Cruz and her decision to live and sing in freedom
|Celia Cruz: The Queen of Salsa|