Cuban Ladies in White Win Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize

At a May 17 New York City gala dinner, the Cato Institute awarded its $250,000 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty to Cuba’s Ladies in White.[1] This award, the political reaction to the award, Cato’s other positions on Cuba and Cato’s background raise interesting issues as discussed below. The Award The Institute’s announcement of this … Continue reading Cuban Ladies in White Win Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2018)

  Number Date Title                      January 2018 1112 01/03/18 Report on dwkcommentaries–2017 1113 01/03/18 Professor LeoGrande’s Comments on the Strengthening Cuba-Russia Relationship 1114 01/04/18 Teens Hear Strange High-Pitched Sound at Havana Airport 1115 01/06/18 Pope Francis Offers Advice to Everyone 1116 01/06/18 More Details on Medical … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2018)

Cuba’s Legislature Approves Revised Draft of New Constitution

On December 22, Cuba’s National Assembly unanimously approved a proposed new constitution for submission to a national referendum on February 24, 2019. It incorporates into an original one published in July hundreds of mainly small changes proposed by citizens during a three-month public consultation at community meetings nationwide. [1] Summary of Latest Draft of Constitution This … Continue reading Cuba’s Legislature Approves Revised Draft of New Constitution

Another U.S.-Cuba Dispute Over Human Rights

On December 7 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent an  open letter to Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, and Cuba immediately and angrily denounced the letter without responding to the specific questions advanced by Pompeo. Secretary Pompeo’s Letter[1] The letter asked for a “substantive explanation of the detention of the [following eight] political prisoners” … Continue reading Another U.S.-Cuba Dispute Over Human Rights

Cuba Religious Freedom in the Eyes of the U.S. State Department 

On May 29, 2018, the U.S. Department of State released its 2017 International Religious Freedom Report, which is required by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (“the Act”) and which details the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 foreign countries and describes U.S. actions and policies in support of religious freedom worldwide.[1] The … Continue reading Cuba Religious Freedom in the Eyes of the U.S. State Department 

Cuba Religious Freedom in the Eyes of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom   

On April 25, 2018, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report on the subject for 28 countries in the world. Of these the Commission concluded that Cuba and 11 other countries had engaged in or tolerated religious freedom violations during 2017 that were serious and “systematic,  or ongoing, or egregious.”[1] Commission’s … Continue reading Cuba Religious Freedom in the Eyes of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom   

Advance Questions for Cuba in Its Universal Periodic Review by the U.N. Human Rights Council

As summarized in a previous post, Cuba’s human rights record is now undergoing its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. That post also discussed Cuba’s national report, submissions by stakeholders (NGO’s and others), a summary of U.N. information about Cuba and information about a pre-session hearing. Now … Continue reading Advance Questions for Cuba in Its Universal Periodic Review by the U.N. Human Rights Council

U.S. State Department’s Positive Assessment of Cuban Religious Freedom  

On August 15, 2017, the U.S. State Department released its annual report on religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories in the world. This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, as amended; legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, … Continue reading U.S. State Department’s Positive Assessment of Cuban Religious Freedom