Friday, April 16, 2010

Tweets about the never ending Cuba’s repressive system

In #Cuba everything works through fear, people know they have to go to revolutionary activities because if not they’re looking for trouble.Tweets about the never ending Cuba's repressive system

In #Cuba fear pressures individuals to participate in pro-government activities and show their allegiance to the party.

In #Cuba having a job, belonging to the local Committee in defence of the Rev and the state-sponsored union and attending pro-GOV rallies are the ways of proving one’s loyalty to Castro

In #Cuba fear also discourages people from voicing dissent or from participating in any activity that may be perceived as “counterrevolutionary

In #Cuba any form of dissent could lead to repression: be it an arrest, a beating, imprisonment, or some other measure

In #Cuba if you are not in line with the system or are unwilling to carry out the tasks they assign then you’re marginalized

#Cuba is a system already designed to prosecute you, especially true with the “dangerousness” provision in its law.

Let clarify internet myth in #Cuba private internet connections require special permission from the government and are rarely granted only to their loyalists

In #Cuba independent bloggers often write their posts on home computers save them on memory sticks and upload them through illegal connections

In #Cuba individuals who write critically risk the loss of friends as well as threats and physical attacks by government officials.

#Cuba fails to meet basic international standards regarding the treatment of prisoners

In #Cuba conditions are abysmal for common/political prisoners alike with overcrowded cells, unhygienic and insufficient food and water, and inadequate medical treatment.

Under INTL Human Rights law prisoners retain their human rights/fundamental freedoms except for restrictions on rights required by incarceration: Not in #Cuba

In #Cuba prisoners who attempt to exercise their rights are severely reprimanded in any way possible: physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Political prisoners who criticize #Cuba GOV, document abuses or report violations suffer consequences that are harmful to their physical and psychological health

In #Cuba political prisoners who speak out are routinely subjected to extended periods of solitary confinement, harassment and beatings

In #Cuba Human Rights Watch has documented cases in which political prisoners were deliberately moved w/prisoners infected with tuberculosis despite they weren’t.

In #Cuba prison authorities arbitrarily suspend visits from family, ban phone calls and intercept letters to political prisoners who express political views or challenge prison conditions

In #Cuba all prisoner rights are suspended when prisoners exercised dissent, such as participating in hunger strikes, reporting abuses or refusing to wear prison uniforms

#Cuba authorities consistently sent political prisoners to prisons far from their families, despite the existence of prisons significantly closer to their homes

#Cuba practices to sent political prisoners far away contravenes INTL standards which state prisoners should be kept reasonably close to their places of residence

In #Cuba Human Rights Watch has documented dozens of cases in which prison officials physically abused, harassed and humiliated political prisoners in jails

In #Cuba prison authorities routinely subject political prisoners to solitary confinement, using it as a means of reprimanding dissent within prison system

#Cuba prison system lacks adequate oversight mechanisms and fails to provide effective means for prisoners to voice complaints

In #Cuba prison officials do not remedy abuses that are brought to their attention allowing conditions to persist while those responsible benefit from total impunity

In #Cuba prisoners are not informed of their right to complain or how to register abuses.

In #Cuba political prisoners routinely undertake hunger strikes and other drastic measures to call attention to their treatment. Those actions are met with further reprisals by prison officials

#Cuba repression is codified in law, carried out by security forces and groups of civilian tied to the state and prosecuted by a judiciary that lacks independence

Self-employment is strictly regulated by #Cuba government and permission to run a private business is granted on a case-by-case basis

#Cuba government aggressively works to prevent Cubans from documenting human rights abuses and sharing information with the international community

In #Cuba all dissidents’ trials are closed to independent observers, journalists, human rights defenders and foreign diplomats

In #Cuba individuals detained, prosecuted, imprisoned or subject to any other disciplinary action are consistently denied documentation of their cases.

In #Cuba dissidents lack basic access to mediums of communication such as the internet, fax and even phone and the channels available are under constant surveillance by GOV.

In #Cuba individuals who do share INF w/INTL human rights organizations and foreign media are subject to harassment and imprisonment under laws that explicitly criminalize the dissemination of such information.

#Cuba government abuse fundamental freedoms but it even punishes the documentation of such repression at any level possible

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Preguntas para ser contestadas por el arrepentido Silvio Rodriguez.

Ayer Silvio Rodriguez enmudeció su guitarra para entregar, en unas pocas borrosas preguntas, una vez más su alma al tirano de Cuba: Fidel Castro. Siguiendo el guion bien conocido de todos los cubanos de apuntar con el dedo hacia fuera en vez de mirar lo que ocurre dentro del país, el viejo trovador demostró que ya es viejo y como tal defiende su bolsillo en vez de defender la opinión libre de su cerebro como lo hizo en la década de los 60.Preguntas para ser contestadas por el arrepentido Silvio Rodriguez

Me imagino la caricatura aparecida en el GRANMA le dolió mucho y le hacía zozobrar la caída de los dólares que su imagen le proporciona en Argentina, España e Iberoamérica. No canto, su guitarra ya esta muda y ciega, y su voz ya no alcanza a decir lo que su pensamiento le dicta. Tiene demasiados compromisos con su bolsillo, y demasiado miedo en su alma. Dejo de ser la conciencia ciudadana en su obra artística y se convirtió en un títere ajeno.

Pobre tipo, pobre músico, pobre artista que no puede ser libre para empuñar su pensamiento y su conciencia por una mejor humanidad en su país. Lanzo solo unas pregunticas tontas, pero no se atrevió a realizar una preguntas ardientes como las que aquí le entrego en mis tweets de hoy domingo 11 de Abril.

Para ti son, Silvio. Contestalas:

Cuando #Cuba sera un pais normal con una historia normal hacia la Democracia?

Cuando la prensa de #Cuba mirara hacia dentro para encontrar lo q funciona mal en vez de echarle la culpa a Saturno o a la Luna?

Cuando la prensa de #Cuba dejara de ser propaganda ideologica de la tirania para decir la verdad por dolorosa q sea?

Cuando el Gobierno de #Cuba dejara de mirar mas alla de sus fronteras acuaticas y se mirara dentro?

Cdo los intelectuales de #Cuba volveran a ser la conciencia ciudadana del pais?

Cuando el cubano dejara de ser el automata afirmativo de la oficialidad de #cuba para convertirse en ciudadano de su pais y del mundo?

Cuando los periodistas de #Cuba dejaran de ser latigo oficialista sobre el disentimiento ciudadano para convertirse en criticos activos?

Cuando la TV de #Cuba admitira un programa humoristico donde se haga satira de sus gobernantes sin ser estos reprimidos?

Cuando los escritores de #Cuba dejaran de buscar ver impresos sus libros en el mundo para q sean impresos en el pais sin discriminacion?

Cuando los diputados, entre ellos el sr Silvio Rod, cuestionaran publicamente a los gobernantes de #Cuba sobre sus politicas economicas?

Cuando #Cuba dejara crecer la opinion y barrera de sus predios la represion y la intolerancia?

Cuando las estadisticas de #cuba dejaran de ser secretos de estado y seran conocimiento ciudadano?

Cuando #Cuba dejara de colgar "etiquetas" ideologicas a disidentes, ciudadanos y opiniones?

Cuando #Cuba abrira la puerta a sus ciudadanos del mundo sin discriminacion politica, ideologica y economica?

Cuando #Cuba dejara de intervenir con su ideologia castrista la vida privada y comun del ciudadano cubano?

Cuando #Cuba incorporara a sus emigrados en el esquema politico democratico del pais como lo hacen todos los paises libres del mundo?

Cuando #Cuba dejara de tener presos de conciencia, politicos e ideologicos?

Cuando los ciudadanos de a pie no tendran q pedir un permiso discriminatorio el GOB de #Cuba para caminar por el mundo?

Cuando en #Cuba disfrutaremos de una Semana Santa sin vigilancia gubernamental en templos y en la calle?

Cuando tendremos a Cabrera Infante y Reinaldo Arenas, y tantos otros impresos y publicados en las librerias de #Cuba ?

Cuando #Cuba abrira las puertas a las obras de los artistas cubanos q viven en el mundo libre sin barreras ideologicas?

Cuando #Cuba dejara de pedir dinero, burocracia y silencio a su emigracion en el mundo para despues maldecirla?

Por que la dirigencia del pais es tan vieja, Silvio Rod, y vive tan bien mientras el pueblo de a pie vive tan mal?

Por que unos pocos artistas de #Cuba como tu, Silvio Rod, tienen privilegios vergonzosos y a otros se les reprime?

Por que el 75% de los cubanos q emigran son jovenes, pq no quieren integrar la llamada UJC y mucho menos el PCC en #Cuba ?

Por que unos pocos en #Cuba pueden viajar libremente sin temer represalias, negativas a su permiso de salida y la gran mayoria no?

Cuando todos los diputados a la Asamblea NAC de #Cuba seran elegidos directamente por el pueblo, todos?

Cuando los templos de Dios en #Cuba dejaran de ser electronicamente vigilados? Ejemplo: Iglesia de Reina en Infanta y Neptuno: camara instalada

Cuando la politica economica de #Cuba se abrira a la creatividad ciudadana sin cadenas y ataduras ideologicas?

Cuando habra elecciones libres en #Cuba un parlamento critico con sus gobernantes y una ciudadania q venere la tolerancia y el respeto?

Cuando seran abolidos los mecanismos y organizaciones represivas en #Cuba : G2, CDR, brigadas de respuesta rapida, brigada contrainteligencia?

Cuando el Gobierno de #Cuba pensara y se ocupara primero de su pais antes del mundo?

Cuando la tolerancia politica, religiosa y sexual no sera mas ni tabu ni estigma ideologica en #Cuba ?

Cuando dejara de haber 1 millon de cubanos improductivos en #Cuba cdo han demostrado ser tan brillantes en el mundo libre?

Cuando internet alcanzara en #Cuba al ciudadano comun sin filtros y deje ser privilegio de cyberpolicias y cazadores ideologicos?

Cuando los medios informativos de #Cuba dejaran de ser propiedad ideologica de la tirania de #Cuba para ser independientes?

Cuando los organos represivos dejaran de vigilar, grabar conversaciones privadas y perseguir opositores?

Cuando los tribunales y la justicia de #Cuba dejaran de estar en las manos del GOB de #Cuba y seran independientes?

Todas tienen una respuesta, Silvio Rodriguez: Cuando ese “viejo gobierno=tirania” de los castro se acabe y haya Democracia en Cuba.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Smokes walls around Cuba’s tragedy.

The Cuban culture is deeply ill and in a comma. All the dogmas, slogans and lies had cut off the core and heart of the cultural missioners in the country. Those who were emblems of anti-establishment and possessed an own voice has been swallowed by the regime, bought by the easy dollars in their pockets and silenced by their own inner traps.Smoke walls around Cuba

Silvio Rodriguez is the symbol of one of them, but he is not unique in that boredom fields. Other names like Carlos Varela which in the earliest 90 was stigmatized as “counterrevolutionary” and “dissident” has been added at that list of yielded artist under Castro’s boots.

Today, Castro’s propaganda is yelling “a mediatic campaign” against Cuba, but it is not. For those dinosaurs in Cuba’s propaganda system, there is only military terms accustomed themselves to tackle every single problem from the military point of view.

Meanwhile, for 50 years the people of Cuba are the subjects of the real mediatic campaign from the heart of the longest running tyranny of all times: Castro’s. A tyranny that has silenced artists, intellectuals and “journalists”. A tyranny that has subjugated government officials, common people and Cuba as a whole.

As result our civil society is languishing behind bars in Castro’s prisons at the sight of the entire democratic world without a strong hand to support them. Even our people when they leave our soil forgot or never had known their names.

Today, when the bells are tolling in a concert to praise a tyranny that nobody cares in Cuba, I want to remember their names. Names that has been within bars since the black spring of 2003:

 

Name

Condemned to

Alexis Rodríguez Fernández

15 years

Alfredo Felipe Fuentes

26 years

Alfredo Manuel Pulido López

14 years

Alfredo Rodolfo Domínguez Batista

14 years

Ángel Juan Moya Acosta

20 years

Antonio Augusto Villareal Acosta

15 years

Antonio Ramón Díaz Sánchez

20 years

Ariel Sigler Amaya

20 years

Arnaldo Ramos Lauzerique

18 years

Arturo Pérez de Alejo Rodríguez

20 years

Blas Giraldo Reyes Rodríguez

25 years

Claro Sánchez Altarriba

15 years

Diosdado González Marrero

20 years

Eduardo Díaz Fleitas

21 years

Efrén Fernández Fernández

12 years

Fabio Prieto Llorente

20 years

Félix Navarro Rodríguez

25 years

Fidel Suárez Cruz 

20 years

Guido Sigler Amaya

20 years

Héctor Fernando Maseda Gutiérrez

20 years

Héctor Raúl Valle Hernández

12 years

Horacio Julio Piña Borrego

20 years

Iván Hernández Carrillo

25 years

Jesús Miguel Mustafa Felipe

25 years

Jorge Luis González Tanquero

20 years

José Daniel Ferrer García

25 years

José Luis García Paneque

24 years

José Miguel Martínez Hernández

13 years

José Ubaldo Izquierdo Hernández

16 years

Juan Adolfo Fernández Sainz

15 years

Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta

20 years

Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez

15 years

Leonel Grave de Peralta Almenares

20 years

Léster González Pentón

20 years

Librado Ricardo Linares García

20 years

Luis Enrique Ferrer García

28 years

Luis Milán Fernández

13 years

Manuel Ubals González

20 years

Marcelo Cano Rodríguez

18 years

Miguel Galván Gutierrez

26 years

Mijail Barzaga Lugo

15 years

Nelson Moliné Espino

20 years

Normando Hernández González

25 years

Omar Moisés Ruiz Hernández

18 years

Omar Rodríguez Saludes

27 years

Oscar Elías Biscet González

25 years

Pablo Pacheco Avila

20 years

Pedro Argüelles Morán

20 years

Próspero Gaínza Agüero

25 years

Regis Iglesias Ramírez

18 years

Ricardo Severino Gonzales Alfonso

20 years

Ricardo Silva Gual

10 years

Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona

26 years

Friday, April 9, 2010

Twittering around Cuba

Looking at Cuba’s reality over daily basis make you feel that country is living in another galaxy where all the common human values are lost and reality is gravitating around the moon, Saturn or even in a universe out of time. Anyway, I decided to put together all my latest tweets about Cuba to save my thoughts about my homeland and its sad history under Fidel Castro’s tyranny. It is show also how useful the social media is to share opinions and facts about ourselves and our realities everywhere in this world.Twittering around Cuba

These are my latest tweets about Cuba:

In #Cuba societal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity persists especially with minorities like gays

#Cuba police conducts sweeps in areas where gay men congregated, particularly along sections of Havana's waterfront and harass them.

In #Cuba several NON-GOV gay rights activists assert the GOV does nothing to stop frequent cases of police brutality & harassment.

#Cuba law does not allow workers to form and join unions of their choice.

In #Cuba the only legal labour union in the country is Cuba National Trade Union whose leaders are chosen by the Communist Party.

In #Cuba the official National Trade Union's principal responsibility is to ensure that government production goals were met.

In #Cuba the official National Trade Union does not bargain collectively, promote worker rights or protect the right to strike.

In #Cuba all workers are required to belong to official National Trade Union & promotions are limited to Communist Party members.

In #Cuba Trade Union members take part in mandatory marches, public humiliations of dissidents and other state organized activities.

#Cuba government can determine that a worker is "unfit" to work resulting in job loss and the denial of job opportunities.

In #Cuba persons are deemed unfit for their political beliefs including their refusal to join the official trade union.

In #Cuba several small independent labour organizations operates without legal recognition by the government.

In #Cuba dissident trade unions are subject to police harassment and infiltration by GOV agents

#Cuba GOV continues to incarcerate independent labour activists. Of 75 dissidents jailed in 2003, 7 were independent labour leaders.

#Cuba law does not prohibit forced or compulsory labour. Convicts are forced to work on construction, agricultural or metal work.

In #Cuba compulsory & unpaid labour called "voluntary work" is regularly organized to accomplish production or complete other tasks.

In #Cuba monthly minimum wage which is established and enforced by Ministry of Labour and Social Security is 225 pesos ($10).

In #Cuba there is no fixed period for review or revision of the minimum wage, which was last revised in 2005.

In #Cuba Ministry of Labour does not engage in any public consultation with workers or employers prior to fixing the wage.

#Cuba law does not provide for premium pay for overtime or prohibit obligatory overtime but places a cap on number overtime hours.

This is not fiction, it’s #Cuba Criminal Law: a state of dangerousness is considered to be the special propensity of a person to commit crimes

#Cuba “dangerousness” Law: propensity demonstrated by conduct observed in manifest contradiction to the norms of socialist morality.

#Cuba law also grants officials extraordinary authority to penalize individuals who attempt to exercise their rights.

#Cuba Article 62 of its Constitution explicitly states that no rights may be exercised against the state.

Cubans who dare to criticize the government are subject to draconian criminal and “pre-criminal” charges. #Cuba

In #Cuba the law can be used to punish ppl who have not yet committed a crime on the suspicion they will commit one in the future.

#Cuba National Protection Law is so broad that it renders any criticism of the GOV prosecutable as a form of collaboration with US.

#Cuba judiciary lacks independence denying dissidents meaningful judicial protection & ensuring those tried will not receive a fair trial

#Cuba GOV denies victims of abuse virtually all external protections by refusing to allow monitoring by independent domestic/INTL groups.

#Cuba Criminal Code lies at the core of Cuba's repressive machinery granting Cuban authorities extraordinary power to silence dissent.

In #Cuba numerous Cuban criminal provisions explicitly penalize the exercise of fundamental freedoms, like the freedom of speech.

Some other #Cuba criminal provisions are so vaguely defined as to offer Cuban officials broad discretion in repressing critics.

#Cuba GOV routinely characterize peaceful government opponents as “counterrevolutionaries” “mercenaries” and “traitors.

And #Cuba GOV uses those classifications to sentence them under laws protecting Cuban sovereignty

#Cuba invocation of state security interests to control nonviolent dissent represents a clear abuse of authority.

UN Committee against Torture raised concern about the nebulous offences like ‘enemy propaganda’ in a 1998 report on #Cuba

#Cuba law poses a risk because of the uncertainty of their constituent elements and the room they provide for misuse and abuse.

Human Rights Watch has been unable to document a local civil society organization that expresses dissent that has been recognized by #Cuba

In #Cuba not only is recognition denied to groups but individuals who participate in meetings without state authorization.

#Cuba “dangerousness” law is essentially a status law criminalizing ppl for who they are or for a proclivity rather than for criminal acts

#Cuba "dangerousness" law violates the basic principle that criminal law should target specific conduct accompanied by the requisite intent

#Cuba “dangerousness” law offends against basic human rights standards as it seeks to criminalize lawful behaviour protected by human rights

#Cuba constitution conditions the fundamentals rights on conformity to the government and its socialist project.

#Cuba constitution explicitly states that none of the fundamental human rights can be exercised against the state: Castro's tyranny.

In #Cuba none of the rights recognized for citizens may be exercised against the existence and the ends of the "socialist" state=tyranny

#Cuba constitution only recognizes Communist Party as the force of society by extension no fundamental freedoms can be exercised.

#Cuba constitution also deems the failure to subordinate basic freedoms to the goals of the state “punishable” according article 62.

#Cuba article 62 means any judge, prosecutor or GOV official who upholds such rights may him or herself be criminally sanctioned.

In #Cuba several constitutional articles restrict the very rights they claim to ensure and that’s in the written law without any doubt.

In #Cuba dissidents are verbally assaulted, harassed and beaten by security officers and groups of civilians tied to the state.

#Cuba GOV organizes public “acts of repudiation” against dissidents subjecting them and their families to humiliation & mob attacks.

#Cuba Government officials repeatedly threaten dissidents with imprisonment if they do not abandon their activities.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Update about Cuba repressive system throughout my tweets.

Day after day Twitter is becoming more than an addiction a necessity of social communication for me. I bring here an update about Cuba’s repressive system via my latest tweets as @jmarlorenUpdate of my tweets about Cuba

In #Cuba laws against antiGov propaganda, graffiti & disrespect of officials carried penalties between 3 months & 1 year in prison.

In #Cuba criticism of PRES or members of the National Assembly or Council of State is punishable by 1 to 3 years' imprisonment.

#Cuba government considered international reports of human rights violations by INTL non-gov organizations to be enemy propaganda.

In #Cuba the so called Committees of Defense of Revolution (CDR) inhibited freedom of speech by monitoring & reporting dissent.

In #Cuba content is nearly uniform across all of Cuban media: none enjoys editorial independence.

#Cuba vigorously prosecutes attempts to distribute unauthorized written, filmed, or photographed material.

In #Cuba state security agents pose as independent journalists spread misinformation/mistrust within independent journalist circles

In #Cuba persons distributing copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights continue to be harassed and detained.

#Cuba GOV barred independent libraries from receiving materials from abroad and seized materials donated by foreign governments.

#Cuba government controlled nearly all Internet access. Authorities reviewed and censored email.

#Cuba authorities employ Internet search filters and also block access to Web sites that they considered inconvenient.

In #Cuba the only citizens granted Internet access are GOV officials and certain GOV approved doctors and GOV journalists.

In #Cuba human right groups report GOV use mobile patrols to search for unauthorized Internet/satellite TV/digital cable users.

In #Cuba internet access in hotels costs between 5-10 CUC ($5.40 to $10.80) an hour a rate beyond the means of most citizens.

INTL Telecommunication Union reported 13% s use Internet in #Cuba including citizens who had access to GOV Intranet only at work.

In #Cuba the law requires all public Internet centers to register with GOV and could be supervised without prior warning.

In #Cuba 2008 GOV instructed providers of Internet to block access to sites" whose contents are contrary to social/moral interests"

In #Cuba the same resolution ordered Internet providers to prevent the use of encryption software & the transfer of encrypted files.

In #Cuba GOV restricts academic freedom and controls the curriculum at all schools and universities.

In #Cuba the law allows for punishment of any unauthorized assembly of more than three persons.

In #Cuba even those assemblies for private religious services in private homes could be punished by up to 3 months in prison.

In #Cuba the civil society organizations reported continued suppression of the right to assemble.

#Cuba authorities detain activists for short periods to prevent them from attending meetings, demonstrations, or ceremonies.

#Cuba Commision of Human Rights reported at least 700 short-term detentions in 2008 of dissidents.

In #Cuba Human Rights activists report frequent GOV monitors/disrupts cell phones & landline services prior to planned events.

#Cuba law specifically prohibits unrecognized groups, and the government routinely denies its citizens freedom of association.

#Cuba constitution proscribes any political organization other than the Communist Party and the Communist Youth.

In #Cuba the authorities have never approved the establishment of any human rights group and refuse to acknowledge INTL NGO.

#Cuba GOV continues to ignore applications from new groups for legal recognition including women's & gay rights organizations.

In #Cuba education is secular, and no primary or secondary religious educational institutions are allowed.

In #Cuba leaders from some religious denominations reported state security agents infiltrated congregations & report activities.

In #Cuba NGO Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported more than 30 pastors were detained & threatened w/charges of "dangerousness".

In #Cuba religious groups are required to submit a request to officials before holding processions/events outside their buildings.

#Cuba GOV in May/2009 confiscated home of pastor Ayala Zellero of Las Tunas Province served as her church leaving family homeless.

#Cuba GOV also closed the Ayala family's carpentry shop, depriving them of all sources of income.

#Cuba government tightly restricts foreign and domestic travel and limited internal migration from rural areas to Havana.

#Cuba authorities frequently picked up dissidents visiting Havana and promptly escorted them back to their home provinces.

#Cuba constitution allows all citizens to travel anywhere within the country, but changes of residence are heavily restricted.

In #Cuba the local housing commission and provincial GOV authorities consider requests for change of residence.

In #Cuba Human Rights ORGs estimate the expulsion from Havana of individuals from eastern provinces averaged more than 100 per week.

#Cuba Police threatens to prosecute for "dangerousness" anyone who returned to Havana after having been expelled.

#Cuba government restricted both emigration and temporary foreign travel, mainly by requiring an exit permit.

In #Cuba persons routinely denied exit permits include medical personnel, men of military age & citizens w/certain political beliefs

In #Cuba an unpublished GOV policy denies exit permits to doctors until they have performed at least 5 years of service after their request

In #Cuba the medical technicians have to wait an average of two to three years to receive exit permission.

In #Cuba the government denied exit permits for several years to relatives of individuals who migrated illegally.

In #Cuba the government frequently withheld exit visas from dissidents: for instance Hilda Molina.

#Cuba after more than 15 years dissident physician Hilda Molina received an exit visa to visit her elderly mother & son in Argentina

#Cuba government also denied exit permission to citizens who held valid foreign travel documents: for instance, Yoani Sanchez.

#Cuba law permits authorities to bar individual from a certain area or to restrict to a certain area for a period of 1 to 10 years.

#Cuba law lets authorities to exile internally any person whose presence in a given location is considered "socially dangerous".

#Cuba GOV warns emigrants that speaking out against the GOV abroad could result in repercussions for relatives remaining in Cuba

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cuba repressive systems throughout my tweets.

Here there are some of my latest tweets about Castro’s repressive system. I want to bring all of them as a whole to give a better idea about the actual Cuba. Cuba repressive system throughout my tweets

In #Cuba its government continues to subject opposition activists and their families to abuse by organizing "acts of repudiation".

In #Cuba mob actions include shouting insults and obscenities, sometimes over loudspeakers, and throwing rocks.

In #Cuba Members of Ladies in White have been were targeted several times during the year with detentions and acts of repudiation.

In #Cuba On DEC/09-10 Ladies in White were surrounded by Cuban agents, shouted obscenities and insults, and tried to assault them.

In #Cuba mob followed Ladies in White back to the house of 1 of the organizers and continued chanting and shouting in front of it.

In #Cuba prison conditions continue to be harsh and life threatening.

In #Cuba reports of beatings of prisoners are commonplace. Orlando Zapata was one of their victims.

In #Cuba in the prison of the province of Ciego de Avila guards beat prisoners on numerous occasions, sometimes employing attack dogs.

In #Cuba there are reports of prisoner-on-prisoner sexual assaults, generally due to lax security by prison guards.

In #Cuba prison cells lack adequate water, sanitation, space, light, ventilation, and temperature control.

In #Cuba prisoners are often held in isolation to punish misconduct. Those prisoners in isolation have restrictions on family visits.

In #Cuba prisoners, family members, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have reported inadequate health care.

In #Cuba the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (illegal to GOV) has reported multiple prison deaths.

In #Cuba the government places healthy prisoners in cells with mentally disturbed inmates.

In #Cuba Political prisoners are placed in the same cells as common prisoners and sometimes have reported being threatened or harassed

In #Cuba Some pre-trial detainees were held at maximum-security prisons, where they stayed for months or years without being charged.

In #Cuba the government does not publish the number of prisoners or detainees and their charges.

In #Cuba the government does not provide information regarding the number or location of detention centers.

In #Cuba women prisoners reported suffering the same poor prison conditions as men.

In #Cuba women prisoners have reported lack of access to feminine hygiene products and adequate prenatal care.

In #Cuba the government does not release information on the treatment of minors at either youth or adult prisons or detention centers

In #Cuba prison officials regularly deny prisoners the right to correspondence and often deny family visits.

In #Cuba political prisoners are serving sentences in prisons located long distances from their home provinces.

In #Cuba GOV has not granted prison visits by INTL Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, or Human Rights Watch.

In #Cuba the government effective and frequently uses arbitrary arrest and detention to harass opponents.

In #Cuba The law denies all legally recognized civil liberties to anyone who opposes the decision of the people to build socialism.

In #Cuba GOV officials routinely invoke this authority to deny due process to persons detained on purported state security grounds.

In #Cuba members of the security forces acted with impunity in committing numerous, serious human rights abuses.

In #Cuba security forces continued to employ aggressive and physically abusive tactics against dissidents and prisoners.

In #Cuba the government did not announce and proceed with any investigations into police misconduct and makes public statements.

In #Cuba police street surveillance is heavy, and police frequently and randomly stops cars and pedestrians for questioning.

In #Cuba police have broad detention powers, which they may exercise without a warrant.

#Cuba police can detain without a warrant not only persons caught in the act but also someone merely accused of a crime against GOV.

In #Cuba the formal law presumes defendants are innocent until proven guilty, but authorities continuously ignored this in practice.

In #Cuba prosecutors' requests for summary judgment left defendants with little or no time to consult with a defence attorney.

In #Cuba criteria for presenting evidence is arbitrary and discriminatory, especially in any dissident’s trial.

In #Cuba when there are dissidents involved, defence attorneys are not allowed access to the file until charges have been filed.

In #Cuba political detainees have reported their attorneys had difficulties accessing files due to bureaucratic & administrative obstacles

In #Cuba the penal code includes the concept of "potential dangerousness". No evidence is required for a conviction for this offense

#Cuba there is estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 citizens were serving time in detention for "potential dangerousness".

#Cuba GOV mostly applied "potential dangerousness" to target prostitutes & young persons who refused to work for the government.

In #Cuba summary judgment was particularly common in cases involving charges of "dangerousness."

#Cuba frequently uses short-term detention rather than prosecution to harass political opponents & dissuade them from public action.

In #Cuba during detentions authorities frequently threatened dissidents with prosecutions for "dangerousness".

Friday, April 2, 2010

Silvio Rodriguez: The suspicious trade of juggling.

Recently, the well-known Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodriguez has made a few meaningful declarations about Cuba’s reality, or what he has interpreted as Cuba’s reality which could be a bit different from his perspective. We’ve gotten used to listen to him with a bit of sarcasm and irony because his traditional ups and downs about Castro and his regime.Silvio Rodriguez and the trade of juggling

Silvio Rodriguez’s professional history is the symbol of how a well-know anti-establishment artist becomes swallow by the regime previously criticized by him.

His song “Ojala” (Let’s hope so) became a national underground anthem, and “El rey de los judios” (The king of the Jews) was passing hand to hand to become one of the most listened songs in Cuba underground at the end of the 60s and the beginning of the 70s from the new generation marked by the absence of religious spirituality. Silvio was attached by the regime with the feared label of dissident and immediately disappeared from the public eye.

The story of “Ojala” is a mirror where you can see the evolution of our Silvio dissident into Silvio sponsored by Cuba’s authorities. A story so many times repeated nowadays with many others. The lyrics of that song give hints here and there, with metaphors, about someone you want to kill “with a shot of snow”, or someone you want to erase suddenly. Word of mouth said he was talking about Fidel Castro.

During latest 70’s he moved on and whispered the version about that song was made to reflect what happened to him with the President of our National TV. In the early 80’s, the story changed again and his trademark song became just a song about a broken heart and broken lovers: something that anybody believe nowadays.

The evolution in Silvio shows the evolution in someone who passed from being an artist with a personal voice, non-conformist in essence and anti-establishment in lyrics, to be devoured by the same system he denounced with poetics metaphor in so many songs like “Sueño con Serpientes” (I deam with serpents). In the 60’s and 70’s, he was the most successful artist of Cuba even when nobody could see him in public spaces. With his success came his own devouring process by Castro’s establishment. Ironically, Silvio never wrote any other song like those written in Playa Giron’ ship: his dreams about serpents became reality. He was wolfed down by them.

Lately, Silvio has brought us a few hints of “official” dissidence talking publicly about that Cuba has to analyze why our youth is leaving the country massively or the necessity of an “evolution” within the “revolution”. His plays on words are so ambiguous and obscure that you never stop to ask yourself if it is just for the sake of his future or it is only to get prominence in the moment to reach out new audience. Don’t forget that his words were told when he was introducing his new album: a hint you never forget.

Anyway, the truth is Silvio Rodriguez has amassed a fortune from his record and copyrights as a trademark of Castro’s Revolution: Castro’s tyranny. There is no other way we can ignore that fact.

Tuesday, the official libel of Cuba’s Communist Party, GRANMA, published a caricature of Silvio in its graphic opinion (look at the picture in this post). The caricature shows the old troubadour bald and getting on in years and pounds and says: Yes, I sang for the poor of the earth. In another balloon the troubadour expresses: That was before I earned a lot of money with my songs”.

It looks like Castro’s regime, through GRANMA as many times, is pointing him with an accusing finger. Does it mean Silvio is in trouble with the old tyrant? Does it mean his honeymoon is over?

It is up to you to understand this brain breaker. In my case, I had made my mind for too long about the old troubadour. It is started when Silvio left us for his pockets fill of dollars and renting his songs to Castro for the worst. We cannot expect he is going to be a dissident or someone who is going to sign the petition for our political prisoners in Cuba. It is too far from his shaking hand and for his will. That’s all.