Thursday, May 28, 2009

Woman Eats off the Street in Cuba

Tonight I got a phone call from my mom, to tell me she had ran into this video at the Cuban Forum, Secretos de Cuba.

Words can't begin to describe it. An Afro-Cuban woman is literally eating off the street. After fifty years in power the communist regime can be summed up with this video.

I left Cuba 30 years ago and I can count with the fingers on one hand, how many Cubans of African descend I have met in exile. Most of them stayed behind, for the hope of a better tomorrow, but that day never came, and this so very sad image is in the end, the real legacy of the Communist Revolution!

Dr. Oscar Biscet Nominated for "Principe de Austurias Award", in Spain!

I have just found out from the Blog "Medicina Cubana", that Dr. Biscet who has been in prison for 6 years for speaking out against abortion and human right violations in the Island prison of Cuba, has been nominated for the prestigious "Principe de Asturias Award", in Spain. I have been in tears!! This noble man is believed by many Cubans, I included, to be the perfect candidate for President of a free Cuba.

Prisoner of conscience, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet a devout Christian who follows the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi has been serving an unjust 25 year prison term with courage and resignation, in his belief that his non violent opposition to the Cuban government is a just cause and his sacrifice is his way of fighting the injustices of the current communist regime.

Just imagine being sent to prison for decades for simply demanding respect to human life.

You can read more about his plight here........

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Every last Monday in May we remember our fallen heroes, our soldiers who died in the service of this great Nation.

It has been said, that this noble tradition began unofficially during the Civil War, but was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General Juan Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his general order No.11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed in the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

A day doesn't seem like enough to remember our fallen soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. Lets remember them everyday.

This morning on CNN there was an interview of Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton. She was there to talk about a site called Real Warriors. It is a place on the internet dedicated to returning soldiers suffering from PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While for the civilians, a war is over, for a soldier who bears the physical and emotional scars of war, the battle rages on for the rest of their lives. This site has lots of information and resourses for veterans, including among otheres, articles on the signs of Combat Stress, reintegrating into civilian life, medical information, phone numbers for suicide prevention hotline, and a Live Chat.