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Posted August 06, 2008 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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In April 2007 the Cuba Transition Project published Cuba Facts, “What Cubans Can Not Do.”

For the past two years that General Raul Castro has been in power, only one prohibition has been lifted. All others remain. See below.

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. (RESTRICTION REMOVED)

• 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.

The CTP can be contacted at P.O. Box 248174, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-3010

305-284-CUBA (2822)

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on August 07, 2008 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    In spite of the “Under New Management” signage, it’s still business as usual in Castroland.  Same old, same old.  Repression Lite is still repression.  The Great Helmsman has run the Cuban ship of state onto the rocks; rearranging the deck chairs won’t help.

    For change (cambio) we can believe in.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on August 07, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    I still think the ship is pointed towards change.  Maybe the helmsman Raol doesnt have what it takes to get it where it needs to go, but he definitely has changed the direction from helmsman Fidel. And I’m quite sure if he doesnt have what it takes to get it there, he will be replaced by someone who can.
    At least thats my 2 centavos worth.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on August 08, 2008 by edward with 65 total posts

    I agree Manfredz,

    The ship has performed a “Jibe” - To turn around by putting the stern of the boat through the wind…however to all those who think it’s going to be plain sailing toward a free market economy they’ll be disappointed.

    Raul said himself on July the 26th that the programme of reforms has to be weighted against world economic conditions. It’s a fine balancing act between loosening the binds that strangle and suffocate the economy and letting the genie out of the bottle.

    The changes over the last twelve months have been hugley siginificant. Fidel’s stanglehold was a backlash against what was happening to Cuba pre-revolution. Corruption, fascism and greed, Fidel’s job has been done. The winds of change are in the air. The next big change could well come from across the water, Obama could well hold the key to the next stage. Lets wait and see…

  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 26, 2008 by Juan M. Gonzalez-Piloto


  5. Follow up post #5 added on August 26, 2008 by Juan M. Gonzalez-Piloto

    Por la Libertad de Expresión:

  6. Follow up post #6 added on August 26, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    Welcome to the Havana Journal and I thank you for your recent comments but I ask that people stay on topic here.

    There are categories and topics and articles all over the Havana Journal for just about any topic you can think of so please keep the comments specific to the original post.

    Thank you.

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