25 April 2007

No Cuba Libre

I haven't posted anything about Cuba in a long time, so I am glad to have this list, which I received from Maret Mitchell. It comes from the Cuba Transition Project, a program of the University of Miami. Enjoy:

What Cubans Can Not Do:

Cubans can not:
 Travel abroad without government permission.
 Change jobs without government permission.
 Change residence without government permission.
 Access the Internet without government permission (the Internet is closely monitored and controlled by the government. Only 1.67% of the population has access to the Internet).
 Send their children to a private or religious school (all schools are government run, there are no religious schools in Cuba).
 Watch independent or private radio or TV stations (all TV and radio stations are owned and run by the government). Cubans illegally watch/listen to foreign broadcasts.
 Read books, magazines or newspapers, unless approved/published by the government (all books, magazines and newspapers are published by the government).
 Receive publications from abroad or from visitors (punishable by jail terms under Law 88).
 Visit or stay in tourist hotels, restaurants, and resorts (these are off-limits to Cubans).
 Seek employment with foreign companies on the island, unless approved by the government.
 Run for public office unless approved by Cuba's Communist Party.
 Own businesses, unless they are very small and approved by the government and pay onerous taxes.
 Join an independent labor union (there is only one, government controlled labor union and no individual or collective bargaining is allowed; neither are strikes or protests).
 Retain a lawyer, unless approved by the government.
 Choose a physician or hospital. Both are assigned by the government.
 Refuse to participate in mass rallies and demonstrations organized by the Cuban Communist Party.
 Criticize the Castro regime or the Cuban Communist Party, the only party allowed in Cuba.

It is disconcerting to see such repression just 90 miles off U.S. shores.

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