Sunday, July 4, 2010

Cuba disconnect

From the U.S. congress in Washington, D.C.:

A controversial bill that would allow Americans unfettered travel to Cuba squeaked out of a House of Representatives committee Wednesday, which voted 25-20 to send the proposed law to a full vote.

Thursday's agriculture committee vote was an important step for the decades-old debate on whether the United States should restrict its citizens from visiting the last communist country in the hemisphere: most times, bills that lift the U.S. travel ban to Cuba die in committee.

From Amnesty International in Havana, Cuba:

Cuba uses repressive laws, a well-oiled state security apparatus and complicit courts to stifle political dissent as it harasses, spies on and imprisons those who openly oppose its communist system, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

The 35-page analysis said restrictions on expressing views deviating from the official line are "systematic and entrenched," despite the government's taking "some limited steps to address long-standing suppression of freedom of expression."

Cuba's government did not respond to a request for comment. It routinely dismisses international human rights groups as tools of the United States.

Why would the U.S. Congress reward continued bad behavior?

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