Measures of Freedom
Cuba | Freedom House
, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 15, Political Rights: 7, Civil Liberties: 6
"In July 2015, Cuba and the United States reopened embassies in one another's capitals, officially reestablishing diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of cut ties. By January 2015, the government had freed all of the 53 political prisoners whose release the United States had requested in prior negotiations. Two dissidents were allowed to run as candidates in April elections to Cuba's municipal councils, though neither was successful."
Capitalism Should Be Our Weapon of Choice in Cuba
, by Rand Paul, 20 Jun 2017
Argues that instead of tightening the embargo and severing relations with Cuba, the United States government should allow free trade with and travel with the island
"Engagement or embargo? That is the question ... Which will have more impact? For over half a century, we have had an embargo with Cuba. Not only did the Castros survive it, but they milked it for everything it was worth. As the only source of information on the island for decades, they stoked the nationalism of those Cubans who remained in Cuba to blame America for any of their shortages, instead of the true culprit: socialism. The embargo did nothing to defeat Castro—absolutely nothing. It is possible it kept him in power longer because of the ability the embargo gave him to further control his people."
Castro Gets Stoned
, by Emiliano Antunez, Strike The Root
, 5 Apr 2004
About the HBO documentary Looking for Fidel
, directed by Oliver Stone.
Che at the Marches
, by Humberto Fontova, 29 May 2006
"The result was ... an economy formerly stronger than half of Europe's nations, crumpled into a smoldering ash heap. ... The Soviets ended up pumping the equivalent of eight Marshall Plans into Cuba. And Cuba was not a war-ravaged continent of 300 million in 1960. It was a nation of 6.5 million [whose] citizens formerly earned more than Taiwan's, Japan's and Spain's."
How to Hurt Castro
, by Jeff Flake, The New York Times
, 12 May 2003
"A genuine get-tough policy with Cuba would export something Americans know a little about: freedom. Let's get rid of travel license applications altogether. ... We should heed this advice and end the American policy of Soviet-style travel controls. All Americans should be free to go to Cuba without government interference."
Improve the CIA? Better to abolish it
, by Chalmers Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
, 22 Feb 2004
Lists countries where the CIA conducted subversive operations and recommends abolishing the agency.
"Since the overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953, the CIA has engaged in similar disguised assaults on the governments of Guatemala (1954); the Congo (1960); Cuba (1961); Brazil (1964); Indonesia (1965); Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1961-73); Greece (1967); Chile (1973); Afghanistan (1979 to the present); El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua (1980s); and Iraq (1991 to the present) -- to name only the most obvious cases."
Related Topics: Attacks of 11 September 2001
, El Salvador
, Foreign Entanglements
, United States
Movie Critics Aghast at Andy Garcia's The Lost City
, by Humberto Fontova, 2 May 2006
"The Anti-Batista rebellion was led and staffed overwhelmingly by Cuba's middle - and especially, upper - class. To wit: in August of 1957 Castro's rebel movement called for a 'National Strike' against the Batista dictatorship - and threatened to shoot workers who reported to work. The 'National Strike' was completely ignored."
The Ominous Republican Hold on Congress
, by Sheldon Richman
, 7 Jan 2015
Comments on what may be expected with respect to war and foreign intervention from the Republican-controlled Senate in 2015
"The congressional Republicans can also be expected to block Obama's proposal to normalize relations with Cuba. Republicans like to portray themselves as advocates of strictly limited government, but somehow those limits include the power to reform the Cuban government. How can that be? If they believe this is a matter of national security, as Ted Cruz says, then it shows how ridiculous his party is. How exactly does Cuba pose a threat to the American people — if indeed that’s what "national security" is supposed to mean."
The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 2
, by Jacob Hornberger
, Jan 1991
Contrasts the attitudes of 20th century American citizens towards international trade and the oil business to citizens in communist countries, the former believing they live under a "private property" system which is not socialistic in nature
"In Cuba, a nation guided by the principles of free public housing, free medical care, free public schooling, and subsidized food for the populace, people are not permitted to sell goods and services to others around the world without the permission of their government officials. The government takes the position that all property ultimately belongs to "the people" and ... subject to political control ... [U.S.] officials justify this prohibition on the basis that the Cuban ruler, Fidel Castro, is a bad communist (as compared to the apparently "good" communists of Red China with whom Americans are permitted to trade)."
The Secret State
, by Carl Oglesby, 19 Dec 1991
Details various events from the dismantling of the Office of Strategic Services after World War II to the 1991 death of Danny Casolaro, which Oglesby said are reason to be worried about "a secret and invisible state within the public state"
"1960–61: Operation Zapata. Castro warned that the United States was preparing an invasion of Cuba, but this was 1960 and we all laughed. ... 1960–63: Task Force W. Only because someone still anonymous inside the CIA decided to talk about it to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1975, we discovered that the CIA's operations directorate decided in September 1960: (a) that it would be good thing to murder Fidel Castro and other Cuban leaders, (b) that it would be appropriate to hire the Mafia to carry these assassinations out, and (c) that there would be no need to tell the President that such an arrangement was being made."
Related Topics: Brazil
, Dominican Republic
, War on Drugs
, Richard Nixon
, Nonviolent resistance
, Ronald Reagan
, Franklin D. Roosevelt
, Right Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
, United States
, Vietnam War
The Spanish-American War: The Leap into Overseas Empire, Part 1
, by Joseph R. Stromberg
, Future of Freedom
, Dec 1998
Describes the political and other forces that led to the Spanish-American War, the military actions in Cuba and the Philippines and the immediate aftermath
"As it took office, the new [McKinley] administration confronted the popular Cuban revolution against Spanish rule, which had broken out in 1895. This rebellion disrupted trade and threatened American investments (and even lives) in Cuba. ... Spanish forces in Cuba resorted to counterinsurgency warfare in an attempt to retain control, herding the civil population into centers of reconcentración to keep them from supporting the rebels. Thousands died. Cuban propagandists understandably exploited real Spanish atrocities while “yellow journalists” in the American press made others up."
The U.S. Government Still Tries to Subvert Cuba
, by Sheldon Richman
, 6 Aug 2014
Commentary on the 2014 disclosure that operatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development attempted to incite opposition to the Cuban government
"That makes the U.S. government's 53-year-long campaign for regime change in Cuba a perfect failure. Repeated efforts to spark an anti-Castro revolution or to kill the revolutionary-turned-dictator did nothing but strengthen the government's power. The embargo that the U.S. government imposed on Cuba in 1960, and which remains in force today, has given the Castros an excuse for the chronic hardship that Cubans suffer and has brought the people no closer to freedom."
Totalitarian Busybodies: The horrors of the Stasi's East Germany
, by Glenn Garvin, Reason
, Jan 2006
Review of Stasiland: True Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
by Anna Funder and After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life That Came Next
by Jana Hensel
"In ... Cuba ..., the [government] created watch committees on every block ... called Committees for the Defense of the Revolution ... They encouraged neighbors to engage in 'revolutionary vigilance'—that is, to rat out one another for anything ... that seemed suspicious or contrary to the regime's moral and political orthodoxies."
U.S. Hypocrisy in Cuba
, by Jacob Hornberger
, 26 May 2006
Comments on a billboard stating "In a free country you don’t need permission to leave the country. Is Cuba a free country?", posted by the U.S. Special Interest Section in Havana
"... every U.S. official — and especially those working in Cuba — knows that if a Cuban leaves his country to come to the United States, U.S. officials will attack the immigrant on the high seas and, in cooperation with Castro's gendarmes, forcibly repatriate him (or her) to Cuban communist tyranny. In other words, while Cubans need permission to leave Cuba, they also need permission from U.S. officials to enter the United States, and if they don't secure such permission U.S. officials forcibly return them to Cuba."