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Posted January 24, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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Reuters

U.S. President George W. Bush reinforced his hard line against communist Cuba on Thursday, accusing Fidel and Raul Castro of repressive policies and urging them to free all political prisoners.

Bush took his latest swipe at Cuba’s government at a meeting with the wife of jailed Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet, recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor.

“It’s hard for us to imagine what it would be like if we’re living in a society as repressive as the society of Fidel and Raul Castro,” Bush said sitting in the Oval Office beside Elsa Morejon, who wore a pin bearing her husband’s portrait.

Bush has called the Castro government a “dying order” and called on Cubans to push for democratic change since ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, 81, temporarily handed power to his brother Raul in 2006.

Bush has refused any easing of decades-old economic sanctions against Cuba without a full transition to democracy.

He has urged international support in isolating Cuba but generated little global support for his approach.

Cuba denies having political prisoners and it labels dissidents “counterrevolutionaries” and “mercenaries” on the payroll of its archenemy, the U.S. government,

“My call is for those who believe that the Cuba of today is a hopeful place to recognize the realities,” Bush told reporters at the White House.

“This is a country that’s got political prisoners who are languishing in jails, who are mistreated in jails. Our message is that political prisoners ought to be free. So should the Cuban people—free to express themselves, free to realize their God-given talents,” he added.

Biscet, a doctor and human rights activist, has spent eight years in jail for opposing Cuba’s communist government. He was released in 2002 but arrested again weeks later and sentenced for 25 years for acting against Cuba’s independence, a common charge against dissidents.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Kieran Murray)

President Bush meets with Elsa Morejon, wife of Presidential medal of Freedom recipient Oscar Biscet, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington January 24, 2008.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 24, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    President Bush thinks he is a great man but unfortunately that just is not the case.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 25, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Here is the Miami Herald story about Mr. Biscet’s wife meeting with President Bush.

    I’m not sure why President Bush asks the world for help releasing Mr. Biscet. Shouldn’t he be asking Cuba?

    Of course that would mean engaging with the Cuban government and the old Cuban exiles in Miami won’t allow that.

    So, Mr. Biscet and others like him rot in Cuban jails because of insane US Cuba policy.

    Simple as that.



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  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 25, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    If President Bush was a great man, he would be able to get Mr. Biscet freed.

    So, I’ll tell you what… If Mr. Biscet gets freed in 2008, I will give President Bush credit for it assuming that some secret negotiations must have taken place. Of course Bush probably won’t be able to take credit for it but if Mr. Biscet goes free, I’ll give Bush the credit.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 25, 2008 by bernie with 199 total posts

    With over 2,250,000 (two million two hundred and fifty thousand)
    people in prison, the USA has the largest prison population in the
    world.  With that many people in prison their must be some of them
    in prison for their political feelings.  Why the USA makes such a big deal
    about the few prisoners in Cuba?????
    Reminds me of an old saying “You f—k with the bull you get the horn”...


  5. Follow up post #5 added on January 25, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Bernie,

    I’m no big Bush fan but if you think there are ANY political prisoners in Cuba, you really need a reality check.

    A FEW political prisoners in Cuba? One might say there are 11 million political prisoners in Cuba.



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  6. Follow up post #6 added on January 28, 2008 by Cuban American

    Publisher,

    Bush by no means has been the best president we have had, not by a long shot.  But atleast he has been the first president in a WHILE to push for release of political prisoners in Cuba.  Needless to say the Clintons didn’t give a rats ass. 

    Bernie, do you even think before you type?  So just because there are 2 million people in prison in a country with a population of 275 million u think that, that is high or irregular and that some of those must be political prisoners?  Thats pretty hilarious…. makes me think of a saying “Ignorance is bliss”  I’d say that fits you well


  7. Follow up post #7 added on January 30, 2008 by Curt

    That coc———r Bush needs to look in his own backyard before criticizing other world leaders. Look at all the civil liberties we lost after 911. Did Cuba ever practice preemptive war against adverseraries? I think not! History may absolve Castro but it certainly will not be kind to Bush! What has Bush done for the American people! Have almost 4000 innocent people killed due to a war under false pretenses!


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