Now, here’s an interesting question, just how many political prisoners does Cuba keep? How much is the prison population altogether? How does that compare to the USA? Sooooo, lets just look that up!(Now, you’ll have to excuse me, but I do not believe numbers coming from people with an axe to grind. So I’ll use the numbers reported by the neutral BBC, OK? Don’t like that, dig up the fantasy stuff from the “we hate Cuba and want to kill Fidel” thinktanks yourself, I’m not going there.)So from this:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-22365244We get:57,000 inmates spread across 200 facilities in a country of 11.3 million people.Okay, that’s a number of almost exactly .5%What’s the percentage in the USA?From Dept of Justice figures via Wikipedia:According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2011 – about 0.94% of adults in the U.S. resident population. Yeah. We don’t look so good there. So Ok, what about political prisoners?There’s something to understand here about political prisoners, whatever government imprisoned them considers them dangerous because of their ideas. They may fear these ideas will become actions, or they may fear they will cause others to take violent actions, but they are imprisoned because of ideas and expressing those ideas. Certainly the USA has indeed imprisoned many for expressing unsocial ideas, but the numbers are difficult to come by and hard to confirm. Articles on Cuba generally refer to seventy five demonstrators that were released when the Vatican objected to their continued imprisonment. Several dozen are claimed to be imprisoned for disrespecting a public official – though Cuba’s hardly the only place where that happens. So lets see what Human Rights Watch has to say:http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2014/country-chapters/cuba
The current situation in Cuba sounds a great deal like what some here suggested be done with OWS members a while back. Want me to dig up the comments from a couple years ago?
So what does Human Rights Watch say about the USA?http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2014/country-chapters/united-statesOk, read that for youselves, I’m not igniting that firestorm.