Modern Cuba - NOT READY

Last year Catallarchy presented a look at Che Guevara, one of the heroes of communist Cuba and a source of endless woe for what remained of Cuban liberalism after the revolution. We covered the ruthlessness by which the country was turned into a large experiment in poverty, degradation, and terror. This year we'll examine modern Cuba.

Fidel Castro’s communist regime blames the U.S. embargo for all of Cuba’s problem. No liberal could deny the injustice of the embargo, but Cuba’s problems go much deeper than that.

Article 13 of the Cuban Constitution reads:

The Republic of Cuba grants asylum to those who are persecuted because of their ideals or their struggles for democratic rights; against imperialism, fascism, colonialism and neocolonialism; against discrimination and racism; for national liberation; for the rights of workers, peasants and students and the redress of their grievances; for their progressive political, scientific, artistic and literary activities; for socialism and peace.

On paper, the Cuban government recognizes that people might want to flee their countries of origin. Only when their native country is Cuba is this a crime.

Article 16 reads:

The state organizes, directs and controls the economic life of the nation according to a plan that guarantees the programmed development of the country, with the purpose of strengthening the socialist system, of increasingly satisfying the material and cultural needs of society and of citizens, of promoting the flourishing of human beings and their integrity, and of serving the progress and security of the country.
The workers of all branches of the economy and of the other spheres of social life have an active and conscious participation in the elaboration and execution of the production and development plans.

And Article 53 reads:

Citizens have freedom of speech and of the press in keeping with the objectives of socialist society. Material conditions for the exercise of that right are provided by the fact that the press, radio, television, cinema, and other mass media are state or social property and can never be private property. This assures their use at exclusive service of the working people and in the interests of society.
The law regulated the exercise of those freedoms.

According to the rankings of Reporters Without Borders, Cuba is 165th (out of 166) in the world in press freedom, and is "the world’s biggest prison for journalists." Amnesty International reports that Cuba is holding

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