President Obama’s efforts to moderate Cuba just took a few—five, to be precise—steps backwards. The Times:
Five prominent Cuban dissidents released as part of an agreement to restore diplomatic ties with the United States have been rearrested, a human rights group has said.Cuba released 53 dissidents a year ago after its historic rapprochement with America. The move was designed in part to alleviate criticism that Washington was ceding too much ground to a Communist regime that has controlled all aspects of public and political life on the island for more than half a century, and which has frequently been criticised for its human rights record.The Cuban Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) said that the five “were confined in high-security prisons in the second half of 2015” and identified one as Vladimir Morera Bacallao, 44, who was admitted to hospital after starting a hunger strike in October.
Yet more signs of the global respect in which our President is held.Although the longterm consequences of America’s new Cuba policy may yet be good, this doesn’t bode well for anyone. As the author notes, reconciliation has led to economic changes in Cuba, but there is still no indication that the political situation has improved—or will do so soon.