Monday, June 23, 2014

More crackdowns on Cuban journalists

(My new American Thinker post)

All of those "reforms" down in Cuba do not apply to daring Cuban journalists who try to tell the truth about the island's repression. The Washington Beacon brings us another example of life in Cuba:
"A recent wave of governmental threats and attacks on Cuban journalists has led to heightened concern among human rights and press freedom advocates.
Last week, Cuban journalist Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez alleged that on June 11 a government agent beat him as he waited outside the Czech Republic embassy in Havana to connect to the Internet. 
“An unknown man intercepted and attacked Guerra without warning, punching and kicking him in his head and face, and leaving him with a broken nose, as well as cuts, scrapes, and bruises all over his body,” according to the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). 
Guerra is the founder of Centro de Informacion Hablemos Press (CIHPRESS), an online news site critical of the Cuban Government that frequently publishes stories on the affronts its reporters encounter. 
Roberto Gonzalez, a legal associate with HRF, was in contact with Guerra following the beating.  
Gonzalez told the Washington Free Beacon Guerra had gone to the police and filed a complaint after the event. 
Gonzalez said Guerra identified the man who beat him outside the embassy as a state agent. Four others on two motorcycles showed up during the thrashing—one urging the assailant to cease. 
According to Gonzalez, the aggressor finally stopped, then told Guerra, “This is so you know what we do to dissidents.”"
I guess that the government thugs didn't get the memo about the reforms.

Our friends at Babalu reported over the weekend that Antunez, a major dissident, was released and is currently under house supervision.  Antunez said that his wife was harassed during his time in prison.

So more reforms but more of the same repression, political prisons and total disregard for any dissent from the party line.

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Another Clinton-Obama book

Are you ready for another book?    

Ed Klein is out with a new book about the Clintons and Obamas.    
The Klein book exposes the "feud" between the two couples:

"Outwardly, they put on a show of unity — but privately, the Obamas and Clintons, the two power couples of the Democrat Party, loathe each other.
“I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign.
The feeling is mutual. Obama made ­excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary."
My guess is that the "feud" is real and it goes back to 2008.  

At the same time, do I want to hear more about these two couples?    Frankly, I don't!

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