Friday, December 19, 2014


When POTUS, Pope Francis, and Rand Paul all agree that the US punishing Cuba is dead in the water chances are it's the right thing to do; for both the US and Cuba.

There are those who continue to rant about Cuba's human rights violations while at the same time ignoring violations of human rights under their own noses.

The United States has a vibrant civil society and media that enjoy strong constitutional protections. Yet its rights record is marred by abuses related to criminal justice, immigration, national security, and drug policy. 

Within these areas, victims are often the most vulnerable members of society: racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, children, the elderly, the poor, and prisoners.

In 2010 and 2011, Cuba’s government released dozens of political prisoners on condition they accept exile in exchange for freedom. 

Since then, it has relied less on long-term prison sentences to punish dissent and has relaxed draconian travel restrictions that divided families and prevented its critics from leaving and returning to the island.