Cuba Jails Aguila, Human Rights Foundation Condemns Them

As a person who works in social services, I have always been interested in human rights. It is despairing to see countries that have such potential in the world be so insensitive to the rights of their citizens. People in the United States and abroad are intently watching the negotiations between America and Cuba over the past few months. Talks have been going well; however, the subject of human rights violations is the Achille’s heel for the two nations.

Recently, I read an online article on Foxnews.com that discussed a popular dissident in Cuba. Gorki Augila leads a rock music band called Porno Para Ricardo and has been sent to jail twice last year for his pro-human rights activities, says the article. Protesting against government policy is illegal in Cuba and can result in jail time. Aguila has also been a victim of many death threats from powerful individuals.

Earlier this month, the Human Rights Foundation publicly called out Lionel Messi for a trip to Gabon. Now, they’re back in the spotlight with these accusations.

He was arrested again in Havana. Even though he was in jail for just a few hours, government officials informed him that if he does not stop protesting the present regime, he will not be allowed to travel out of Cuba. Recently, he has been an avid supporter of Ladies in White, a prominent human rights group. Ladies in White is an organized group of Cuban ladies who have relatives who are political prisoners since 2003, says the article.

Being arrested for his political opinions is nothing new to Augila, who has performed in many places in the United States, South America, and Spain. He advocated for the release of Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, who has been in prison for nearly a year. Maldono received condemnation from the Cuban government for some of his political graffiti art. For protesting Maldono’s imprisonment, Gorki Aguila was arrested temporarily nearly three months ago.

The Human Rights Foundation filed an official statement that condemned how Aguila was being treated. Since it was incorporated in 2005, this foundation has worked to defend oppressed people and to promote democracy for every nation. They are not affiliated with any party and they are a nonprofit organization.

Even though he experiences threats all the time from the government, Aguila shows no signs of repentance or of ceasing his activities. He continues to be a staunch advocate of human rights and wants to inspire other artists to follow his footsteps. According to the article, Auguila’s band, Porno Para Ricardo, his been protesting in Cuba for over fifteen years.

Child Rearing: How Far Will The Government Go?

If we stepped back to the 1960s or 1970s, the term latch-key child was quite common. Parents had to work just to feed their family, and often children from 9 on up were responsible enough that they could come home and manage until one of their parents arrived home. In many cases, the child wasn’t allowed to go in the home, but had to play outside for the 1-2 hours it may take the parent.

No one was ever arrested. This was common in that age.

Just recently, parents in Florida have been charged with child neglect. They were not at home and their 11 year old son came home to a locked door. Instead of whining, the boy did what he had been taught…he shot some hoops with his basketball, but a neighbor decided to call the authorities.

The child was honest and explained that he did not know where his parents were. When they came home after the child was out for 90 minutes, they were charged with neglect claiming the boy had no access to running water, food or a restroom. The parents pointed out that the shed had 2 sinks with running water, and the child had eaten his snack earlier. Also, the child told the parents that the officer left him in the car while he went and relieved himself in the backyard. It seems that restroom was good for the officer laughed Zeca Oliveira of noticias.uol.com.

How far will the government go?

Final Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox Game to be Closed to Public

More people take in professional baseball games than any other professional sport every single year. However, not a single spectator is going to be in attendance at the final Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox on Wednesday as the game is closed to the public. With the current tensions throughout the city of Baltimore and rioters destroying property, burning cars and causing physical harm to police officers and other individuals throughout the region, Major League Baseball decided to avoid any potential danger to the fans both on the outside of the stadium and the inside by closing the final game off to the public. Bernardo Chua finds MLB’s decision to be strange.

However, missing an entire series would make scheduling difficult, so Major League Baseball and the two teams decided to simply play the game in a completely empty Camden Yards. This should provide a rather erie vibe to the game, with no crowd noise coming form the stands. It is yet to be known whether or not the stadium is still going to pipe in music as players approach the plate for batting or if they are simply going to go quiet, turn off the video equipment and play the game (most likely the video equipment is still going to run so the managers can determine whether they should challenge a ruling or not).