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54 years later, no end in sight to indignities in Cuba

Fabiola Santiago in the Miami Herald:

Fabiola Santiago: 54 years later, no end in sight to indignities in Cuba
 http://media.miamiherald.com/static/opinion/images/fsantiago.gifYou don’t see the usual markers this anniversary — not the front-page stories, the analysis, and certainly not the hopeful mantra the exiles have traditionally embraced with certainty: Next Year in Cuba.

We’ve become so dulled by the shenanigans of the Cuban dictatorship, so disheartened by the lack of meaningful change, the regime’s macabre ability to survive, and the complicity of a world immune to outrageous human-rights abuses, what’s another year of the Castro brothers’ dynasty, right?

So much time has passed that Cubans like me who fled as children are now grandparents, and the generation of our parents, who left it all behind and fought for a democratic Cuba from exile, are sadly dying without seeing their most cherished dream come true.

Fifty-four years after Fidel Castro rose to power on the promise of social justice, the one-party system — absolute control in the hands of a few — remains intact. So do the repressive and violent crackdowns against peaceful dissidents whose only crime has been to voice their discontent.

The number of detentions — 6,602 — and the number of political prisoners sentenced to long jail terms rose, despite negotiated releases of some to bitter exile in Spain.

A lifetime later, only questions linger: Why doesn’t this dictatorship, no matter how ancient and abusive it gets, arouse the world’s indignation?

Why does it seem to breathe new life?

Longevity, explains Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, comes with the government’s reforms in response to economic and political pressures.

“There has been evolution over time in fits and starts,” he says, naming last year’s measures to allow people ownership of property and to lift some travel restrictions.

“Modest and not as far-reaching,” the anthropology professor adds.

Yet they’re mistaken for authentic reforms that make people think Cuba has an acceptable style of governance.

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2 comments to 54 years later, no end in sight to indignities in Cuba

  • asombra

    Tip for Fabiola: the world not only doesn't care about Cuba's tragedy, it likes it. You're welcome.

  • Mambí

    So, Professor Duany claims that "the government's reforms in response to economic and political pressure" have kept it alive! Another stupid shit Cuba expert, gee wiz. Those "reforms" are actually the mass migrations in 1980 and 1994, followed by the very efficient yearly dumping of over 20,000+ legal and illegal "lumpen proletariat" on this country, who then dutifully return to the island they "fled" from to provide financial support to the regime. The political "reform" is actually the severe ass-kicking a very efficient police state provides on a daily basis to the very few courageous souls that lift a finger in protest. Spare me the liberal/leftist academic bullshit that passes for analysis on Cuba. No wonder they've lasted 54 years.