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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 8, 2008 / 5 Sivan 5768

No computers or ‘The Sopranos’ for Cuba's political prisoners

By Nat Hentoff

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | American advocates of more "constructive" relationships with Communist Cuba have been heartened by Raul Castro's permitting Cubans to actually buy — for the first time, if they can afford them — cell phones, DVD players and computers. Another indication that Raul is more flexible than his hardline, ailing brother are "The Sopranos" reruns on Cuban television. You know what happened to anyone who crossed Tony.

George W. Bush was dead right to emphasize that this cosmetic policy is "a worthless piece of paper" with regard to changing Big Brother Fidel's fundamental legacy until, our president added, the regime "stops its abuse of political dissidents and releases all political prisoners."

Bush mordantly noted very soon after Raul succeeded his brother that Cuba signed, in March, the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees "civil and political freedom." Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque solemnly assured the world (out of the hearing of Cuba's at least 230 political prisoners in Raul's gulags):

"This signing formalizes and reaffirms the rights protected by each agreement which my country has systematically been upholding since the triumph of the revolution." The Castros use invisible ink.

Since the Cuban government controls the print press, television and that nation's access to the Internet, I doubt that many Cubans know that one of Raul's "prisoners of conscience" — as they are accurately described by Amnesty International — who will not have access to cell phones or DVD, had received in November America's Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet is serving a 25-year sentence in a series of maximum-security prisons for the serial crimes of working for human rights. In 2003, he was put into a punishment cell because he and six other political prisoners had been peacefully protesting the crushingly cruel treatment the guards were inflicting on other prisoners of conscience.

Biscet, who is black, is a disciple of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Often in solitary confinement for his refusal to abandon his principles, he is being denied medical treatment — in Raul Castro's Cuba — for his hypertension, gum disease and osteoarthritis. His stepson, Yan Valdes Morejon, before accepting his father's Presidential Medal of Freedom, wrote in the Boston Globe of Biscet's unremitting suffering, having now lost some 40 pounds and most of his teeth.

He has not lost his spirit. In one of the statements he has smuggled out of prison, Biscet writes: "In spite of the difficult situation, I am not frightened nor will I go back a step in regard to my ideas. I am here by my own uncompromising free will ... and will serve this unjust sentence until God in the highest puts an end to it."

International human rights organizations and the United Nations had insistently asked Fidel Castro to release Biscet. As noted by the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Newspapers when Biscet was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, humanist Fidel Castro had previously called him "a little crazy man."

Elsa Morejon, Biscet's second wife — in the same McClatchy news report — said that her husband knew somehow that he'd won the Medal of Freedom and told her "he would dedicate the medal to the victims of communism in the world, and to Cubans who want a free Cuba."

In 1997, before being supposedly silenced, as Fidel thought, in the gulag. Biscet founded the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights (named for his neighborhood in Havana). And he has now told his stepson, Morejon, to have Dr. Angel Garrido, head of the Miami chapter of the Lawton Foundation, to keep the medal — "until Cuba is free."

Another doctor in one of Raul Castro's prisons is Jorge Luis Garcia Paneque. He was put away for 18 years in 2003, Amnesty International verified on March 17, "for visiting prisoners and their families as part of his work with the Cuban Human Rights Commission, and maintaining ties to the international humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders."

Also in one of Raul's cells is Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, sentenced in 2003 to 25 years for such subversive activities as having in his home an independent library where Cubans could get books banned in Cuba's state library system. (There are other independent librarians who still remain caged). I have a copy, from the University of Texas School of Information, of the Cuban court order requiring the burning of the contents of Carrillo's library.

Among the titles: a biography, "Martin Luther King: Contra todas las exclusiones" by Vincent Roussel (Bilbao: Desclee de Brower, 1995, ISBN-13:978-8433011091). Biscet knows the book well. It was destroyed by the Castro dictatorship as "based on ideas that could be used to promote social disorder and civil disobedience." And Cuban customs officials seized a copy of the King biography "against the general interest of our nation."

Does anyone suppose that Raul Castro will liberate this biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, or Biscet himself? Or will the America Library Association finally put on its Internet list of banned books this volume once on the shelves of an independent librarian in Cuba? They've often been asked to do that.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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