A Cuban Democracy Leader’s Ultimate Sacrifice to Win the Streets #juntoacoco

A Cuban’s Ultimate Battle to Win the Streets

By declaring a hunger strike on July 20th, to the same rhythm of a beating undertaken with the precision of a karate expert, repressors on guard warned Guillermo Farinas that “I was becoming a dangerous person, that they didn’t want me out on the street, that this disciplinary measure – beatings, torture – was given to me so that I dedicate myself to the magazine and the newspaper, but not the streets.”

Cuba Conspicuously Missing From 2016 Basel Bank Transparency Index

Last month, the Basel Institute on Governance released its 2016 Basel AML Index.

The Basel AML Index is the most renowned, annual ranking assessing country risk regarding money laundering/terrorism financing. It focuses on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) frameworks and other related factors such as financial/public transparency and judicial strength.

Obama's Cuba Policy Opens Doors -- For Iran

During a radio interview this week, Democrat vice-presidential nominee, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, stated that Obama's Cuba policy "has already opened doors in the Americas with other countries."

Opened doors for Iran, perhaps.

Senator Kaine's statement seems particularly out-of-touch as Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, is currently in Cuba for the kickoff of a Latin America tour.

It's also out-of-touch as Cuba's puppet-regime in Venezuela further radicalizes and Nicaragua transitions from democracy to dictatorship.

Cuban Democracy Activists Ask Obama to Support Fariñas #juntoacoco

FANTU Activists Ask Obama to “Save the Life” of Guillermo Fariñas

A group of activists from the Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU) have sent an open letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to “save the life of Guillermo Fariñas Hernández” who, as of Sunday, has been on a hunger strike for 32 days. The missive is addressed to the leader as “president of the country which is a beacon of human rights in the world.”

Cuban Dissident Rushed to Hospital After Losing Consciousness During Hunger Strike

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, whose health has sharply declined over the month since he began a hunger strike to protest human right violations, was rushed to a hospital Thursday.

Doctors and nurses spent eight hours trying to stabilize Fariñas, who lost consciousness, said another dissident, Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel, who has been holding vigil at the hunger striker’s home and serving as his spokesman.

The dissident's Thursday hospitalization was the third one in the last two weeks.

Cuban Democracy Leader on Hunger Strike Rushed to Hospital, in Critical Condition #juntoacoco

UPDATE: Last night, Fariñas was rushed to the hospital in Santa Clara, where he remains in critical condition. Today is the 30th day of his hunger strike.
Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is on the fourth week of a hunger strike, and his health continues to deteriorate, his mother told Fox News Latino in a telephone interview from Cuba.
 

Wasn't Obama's Cuba Policy Supposed to "Empower" Private Entrepreneurs?

To the contrary, it has "empowered" the Cuban military to take absolute control of the island's tourism industry.

It has led to the eviction of "self-employed" Cubans from key tourism areas, the imposition of price controls and the confiscation of goods.

As a result, there has been a net decrease in the number of "self-employed" Cubans.

While Obama Official Misleads, Cuba's Regime Confiscating 1,400 Churches

Last month, Shaun Casey, the State Department's Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, returned from Cubapraising the "vibrancy, dynamism, and diversity" of religious affairs in Cuba.

His trip was mostly spent with Cuba's "Office of Religious Affairs" -- in other words, Castro's "religion police."

Not once did Casey mention the tenfold increase in religious freedom violations since Obama's new policy.

WSJ: Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents

Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents

Civil liberties have deteriorated since the U.S. said that it would normalize ties.

Fidel Castro turned 90 years old on Saturday, adding plausibility to the popular Cuban theory that even hell doesn’t want him. Meanwhile Cuba’s military dictatorship, now headed by his 83-year-old brother Raúl, is cracking down with renewed brutality on anyone who dares not conform to its totalitarian rule.

The Cuban Military's Business Coup in Old Havana

As we recently wrote, Obama's policy has "empowered" the Cuban military to expedite its absolute acquisition of the most lucrative sectors of the island's economy. Of course, there was no bigger prize than Habaguanex, S.A., led by the Historian of Havana, Dr. Eusebio Leal, who was responsible for the restoration of Old Havana -- the main destination for frivolous tourists visiting Castro's dictatorship.