This post will get it added to the compendium thread but I think it worthy of discussion. Cuba's brutality
Once again, the Cuban regime has notched up its police state to break up peaceful protests by the Ladies in White -- the wives, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters and cousins of political prisoners. Leading the march was the mother of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, whose son died last month in a hunger strike protesting Cuba's ill treatment of political prisoners.
The Ladies vow to continue their weeklong marches in commemoration of the 2003 ``Black Spring'' when Cuba's communist dictatorship accused 75 human rights activists and independent journalists and librarians of being in cahoots with U.S. ``imperialists'' and sentenced most of them to more than 20 years in prison.
It is Cuba's half-century paradox: a so-called socialist government where the power is supposed to reside with ``the people'' has so indoctrinated some folks that they would hand the ``people's revolution'' to one caudillo who has not let go in 51 years -- Fidel Castro. The "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism
and Education Act" (or GIVE Act), purports to expand the spirit of volunteerism in America. It is, instead, an insidious mechanism that uses taxpayer funds to build a uniformed cadre of paid ACORN "volunteers" who will be solely focused on re-electing Barack Obama in 2012.