President Biden must not ignore Cuba and must not repeat Obama’s mistakes there.


One of the most important issues facing the Biden administration is its relationship with Cuba.

Cuba is still tackling massive repression using the methods of psychological torture adopted by the far-right fascist regime.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said in March that the Biden administration wanted human rights to be “the core of US policy,” but did not promise to continue its strict Trump administration’s policy towards Cuba. Her vague wording-Cuba’s policy shift “is not currently President Biden’s top priority,” she said-suggested that the US stance may eventually ease.

This is unacceptable. If the Biden administration is sincere in its commitment to human rights, it immediately renews its unwavering support for Cuban freedom by never rejecting Obama-era policies that allowed the Castro administration to take unchecked actions. Will confirm.

As a former U.S. official at the Miami-based Cuban broadcaster, I worked with Cuban opposition leaders and LGBT activists who were victims of state-sponsored psychological torture for almost four years.

Cuba is a small island and its prominent citizens often know each other. The Castro administration uses the “Neighborhood Commission” (Revolutionary Defense Commission) to intimidate dissidents with “denials.” The commission (actually, a state-sponsored gang) harasses the target family and commits vandalism under police protection. One of the goals is to prevent civilians from recording them.

Nevertheless, some cases will become known. Here are some of the ones that have recently appeared in the video.

On February 22, the house of activist and single mother Anyell Valdes was invaded by members of the neighborhood association after having a “counter-revolutionary” slogan in her house. The invaders who climbed over the fence destroyed Valdes’s house, took medicine, painted the dog, poured motor oil on the pouch, and insulted the crying children.

On February 23, two men beat José Daniel Ferrer, a democracy activist and winner of the Truman Reagan Freedom Medal. He was feeding the poor in Santiago de Cuba.

On March 1, a neighborhood committee broke into Yelis Torres Cruz’s house and scared her older mother as the anti-Castro phrase “Hometown and Life” appeared in her house.

The Castro administration is also using children in psychological warfare against dissidents. Victims hesitate to retaliate as they are sent to churches and opposition homes to insult and throw rocks.

Just as the Nazis dehumanized the Jews by calling them “pests,” the administration calls anti-Castro activists “worms.” This phrase is drawn in a dissident house. Oswald Paya suffered from this humiliation. He was the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, won the Sakharov Prize in the European Parliament, and was later the victim of a clear state-sponsored assassination.

Cuba also imprisons people before committing a crime, simply on suspicion of “pre-crime social danger.”

A March 2021 study published by Cuban prisoner advocates estimated that as many as 11,000 civilians are currently imprisoned for “social danger,” and Freedom House was “threatening” by the Castro administration last year. , Unleashed a wave of arbitrary detention and illegal house arrest. “

Homosexuals in captivity have endured medical experiments in the form of “electroconvulsive therapy,” and the administration has drawn the blood of prisoners for sale.

All of these country-sponsored acts degrade anti-Castro resistance to an inferior class based on possible “political impurities.”

That ideal of achieving political purity is implicit in the effort to create a communist “newcomer.” In 1966, Che Guevara described the “true revolutionary” as an “effective, violent, selective, ruthless murder machine.”

Contrary to the image of Marxism-Leninism, the Castro administration’s motto, “Everything in the Revolution, Nothing to the Revolution,” was borrowed from Mussolini’s 1927 speech.

Despite all this, the Obama administration sought to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban abuse is reminiscent of the most horrific fascist regime in history.

As Ronald Reagan once described the Soviet Union, Biden’s repeated Obama policy is counterproductive because the Castro administration is “the focus of evil in the modern world,” or at least within the American hemisphere.

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a lawyer and former director of the Cuban Broadcasting Corporation in the United States.

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