There were at least 1,052 politically-motivated arbitrary arrests in Cuba over the past month, according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights:
In its first monthly report about repression this year, the commission said that the arrests had as their main aim “to silence dissident voices” during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, held last week in Havana, Latino News reports.
“The model created by the Castro brothers is a pimp state,” he writes. “Fifty-five years after the dictatorship was imposed, almost all the significant forms of income that sustain the country come from shady deals made abroad.”
The Venezuelan subsidy. Estimated at $13 billion a year by Prof. Carmelo Mesa Lago, dean of Cuban economists on the subject. That includes more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day, half of which are re-exported and sold in Spain. ….
The trade in doctors and health givers. This business brings in $7.5 billion a year. Specialist María Werlau has described this activity in the Miami Herald. The Cuban government leases its professionals and charges for their services. It confiscates 95 percent of their salaries. … Not even the aid to Haiti escapes this scheme.
Other leases, other businesses. But that’s not the end of the exploitation. The Cuban government leases other professionals to private companies……
Remittances from exiles. Emilio Morales, who fled from Cuba a relatively short time ago and is a major expert on the subject, places that source of income (as of 2012) at a little more than $5 billion. Roughly half of it is sent in cash and the rest in merchandise. The flow grows at the rate of 13 percent per year….RTWT
Dissident Cuban author and blogger Yoani Sanchez (right) told an audience at a literary event in Cartagena, Colombia, that she plans to launch a digital newspaper in her homeland with the idea of spurring press freedom, VOA reports.
“The worst can happen, that the first day we open the medium they break the door and block the website, which wouldn’t be that bad because there’s nothing more attractive than what’s forbidden, right? But it’s also possible that we are here starting the roots of a press that can transcend the present moment and become the newspaper of the future,” she said.