A hope that Castro’s death allows Cubans to finally confront their tragic past

Fidel Castro, when he died Nov. 25, left behind him a nation that does not, in any public space, mourn or even acknowledge the 5,600 Cubans who died in front of Castro’s firing squads, or the 1,200 murdered in “extrajudicial assassinations,” or any of those who were jailed, tortured or died escaping his regime. No Cuban has been allowed to publish, in Cuba, a true history of his populist revolution, one that repressed and murdered the existing elite in order to put an even more vicious and more incompetent elite in its place. Because Cubans have limited Internet access, they can’t access the Cuba Archive, an online record of the Cubans murdered by the Castro regime, or any of the books and articles written about the country overseas. There is no hall of memory for the victims, as there is at Ground Zero, and their names are not carved into any stones.

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Controversy erupts over sale of Che Guevara model at Pérez Museum

Source: Miami Herald

A paper model of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, on sale at the gift shop at the Pérez Art Museum Miami over the weekend, prompted outrage and criticism of the facility from some Cuban Americans in South Florida.

The controversy erupted Saturday when Maria Werlau, head of a nonprofit that investigates and documents human-rights violations in Cuba, visited PAMM. And what she saw surprised her.

“I went with the idea of spending some free time there, but when I went into the museum’s gift shop I found a Che figure,” Werlau said.

PAMM’s error

Taxpayer-funded museum in Miami selling Che Guevara art projects

Maria Werlau (Cuba Archive)'s testimony on human trafficking before the US Congress

Cuba’s unhappy birthday

Source: The Boston Globe, 12/29/2013
NEW YEAR’S Day marks the 55th anniversary of Cuba’s communist revolution. It is the only full-blown dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere. As Human Rights Watch noted in April, no other country in Latin America is ruled by a regime that “represses virtually all forms of political dissent.” More than half a century after Fidel Castro seized power with the promise that “all rights and freedoms will be reinstituted” — and more than seven years since Raul Castro succeeded his brother as tyrant-in-chief — Cuba is consistently rated “Not Free” in Freedom House’s annual index of political and civil liberties worldwide.

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Huge Costs Confront Cubans Who Seek To Travel Under New ‘Migration Law’ Going Into Effect Today

Source: NY Sun Article
By MARIA WERLAU, Special to the Sun | January 14, 2013

Updates to Cuba’s “Migration Law” introduced to great fanfare last October, go into effect today. But, they are merely a bankrupt dictatorship’s latest scheme to fund its failed economy and confuse world public opinion with so-called “reforms. Soon after seizing power in January 1959, Fidel Castro decreed that Cuba’s citizens would need an exit permit from the revolutionary government. More than half a century later, Cubans are still not free to leave at will. (…)

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Cuban blogger, "citizen Yoani," at the UN

“She came in through the visitors’ entrance after passing the security check. …As we walked fast and through successive security points, I told her the Cuban government had blocked our plan and we would have to improvise. We agreed it did not matter, she was at the UN and she was going to speak regardless. Just minutes before, I had read on my phone that the tantrum had played out at the highest levels; Cuba’s Ambassador had filed an official protest asking the UN Secretary General to call off the “grave attack.”

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