Musicians that perform songs deemed vulgar or that “violate ethical standards” will now be punished in Cuba, the state-run Institute of Music said Friday. In communist Cuba, most everything — especially the airwaves — belongs to the government. Aside from hotels that cater…
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Cuba excited the world and Cubans by announcing last month that
government-issued exit visa requirements
were going to be dropped.
Writing in Foreign Policy, Cuban Yoani Sanchez says it
golden age for free travel yet. ;The announced end of the
“white card” program by which official permission is required to
leave is just being recreated under a new name.
Health care professionals noticed that they were still required
to obtain permission to travel. The Cuban government defends travel
restrictions for doctors and scientists with the argument that the
“brain drain” could take many of them to countries that pay better
salaries. Thus, in the newly released law, state control is
actually strengthened over the travel of doctors, nurses,
pharmacists, and even laboratory workers.
The fine print of Decree Law 302 doesn’t stop there. The
restrictions on leaving are even more severe for other
professionals such as teachers and professors. Frightened by the
growing loss of personnel in the field of education, Cuban leaders
are trying to put a brake on escapes from the classroom. And they
are doing it in the way it has always been done, not by paying
better salaries or improving working conditions, but by force.
One of the perverse incentives unleashed by this strategy is
expected to be enrollment declines for professional, legal, and
engineering studies. If students know ahead of time that once they
graduate in certain specialties it will be very difficult for them
to travel, they will avoid getting degrees in them. A measure
intended to fight “brain drain” could generate a decrease in the
numbers who aspire to higher education….
As for the infamous White Card, it’s true that Cubans will no
longer need an exit permit to travel, but they will still need
permission to possess a passport. So, when citizens apply to get
this document, they will find out if they are among those who are
allowed to cross the national borders or if, on the contrary, they
are among the group condemned not to leave. Where once we had to
wait for the White Card, now the little blue 32-page pamphlet will
have the final word. The “permission to leave” had changed its
color and name, but still stands.
Cuba. Just as Cuba ought to let its citizens freely leave,
America ought to let its citizens, and its citizens money and
business, freely go to Cuba. That is, end the embargo now! A free
nation lets its citizens go and do business where the citizens want
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GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – T he next hearing for five Guantanamo prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 attacks has been postponed for two weeks to allow the defendants to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. … Read More
Havana (Reuters) – Cuba said on Saturday that a cholera outbreak in eastern Cuba is diminishing and has not spread to other parts of the country. … Read More
Fifty-year US trade embargo on Caribbean island over ideological differences ends with delivery of humanitarian aid. … Read More
It’s not that we’re pointing fingers and suggesting there are communist sympathizers within the Obama administration… It’s just that they’ve got so much in common. The 2012 campaign slogan for the White House has just been released, and it looks like it has been inspired by none other than… Communist revolutions of the 20th century. Via The Blaze: The Obama Campaign rolled out some new fonts on the campaign last week. The typeface chosen for the word ‘America’ was starkly different that anything we had seen before. Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller reported that the font was named “Revolution Gothic” and that according to myfonts.com the typeface origin is seeded in Cuban Communist propaganda. … Read More