Counting Castro’s Victims

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Wall Street Journal MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY December 30, 2005

“On May 27, [1966,] 166 Cubans — civilians and members of the military — were executed and submitted to medical procedures of blood extraction of an average of seven pints per person. This blood is sold to Communist Vietnam at a rate of $50 per pint with the dual purpose of obtaining hard currency and contributing to the Vietcong Communist aggression.

“A pint of blood is equivalent to half a liter. Extracting this amount of blood from a person sentenced to death produces cerebral anemia and a state of unconsciousness and paralysis. Once the blood is extracted, the person is taken by two militiamen on a stretcher to the location where the execution takes place.”

InterAmerican Human Rights Commission, April 7, 1967
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The New Yorker Orhan Pamuk Posted 2005-12-12

Turkish author on trial for writing about the Turkish massacre of Armenians.

In Istanbul this Friday—in Şişli, the district where I have spent my whole life, in the courthouse directly opposite the three-story house where my grandmother lived alone for forty years—I will stand before a judge. My crime is to have “publicly denigrated Turkish identity.” The prosecutor will ask that I be imprisoned for three years. I should perhaps find it worrying that the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was tried in the same court for the same offense, under Article 301 of the same statute, and was found guilty, but I remain optimistic. For, like my lawyer, I believe that the case against me is thin; I do not think I will end up in jail.

This makes it somewhat embarrassing to see my trial overdramatized. I am only too aware that most of the Istanbul friends from whom I have sought advice have at some point undergone much harsher interrogation and lost many years to court cases and prison sentences just because of a book, just because of something they had written. Living as I do in a country that honors its pashas, saints, and policemen at every opportunity but refuses to honor its writers until they have spent years in courts and in prisons, I cannot say I was surprised to be put on trial. I understand why friends smile and say that I am at last “a real Turkish writer.” But when I uttered the words that landed me in trouble I was not seeking that kind of honor.



Mao more lethal than Hitler, Stalin Jon Dougherty November 29, 2005

Expert says Chinese leader’s policies led to death of 77 million countrymen

A noted expert in calculating the number of deaths caused by authoritarian regimes says the late Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-tung’s policies and actions led to the deaths of nearly 77 million of his countrymen, surpassing those killed by Nazi Party founder Adolf Hitler and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin.

R. J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science and a Nobel Peace Prize finalist who has published dozens of books chronicling so-called “democide,” or death by government, said the new Chinese figure – nearly double his previous estimate of about 38 million – was based on what he believes was Mao’s duplicity in China’s great famine of 1958 to 1961.



Amnesty: For North Korea Patrick Devenny June 22, 2005

The far-Left is nothing if not tenacious. Not only has Amnesty International condemned the United States in the harshest possible terms — in the middle of a war when international image is vital — but its most recent report spends more time criticizing the rogue pranks at Gitmo more harshly than the death camps run by the North Koreans.

Rather than apologizing after referring to the American detention center in Guantanamo Bay as a gulag, Amnesty International has attempted a unique maneuver to break out of its public relations death spiral. The “non-partisan” advocacy group has taken to calling actual gulag survivors and begging for their endorsement of Amnesty’s statement. In an editorial published in The Washington Post on June 18th, Soviet gulag veteran Pavel Litvinov recounted how a senior Amnesty staffer called him asking for his public support. When Litvinov suggested there was quite a difference between his own experiences and those of the terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo, the staffer responded “Sure, but after all, it attracts attention to the problem of Guantanamo detainees.”


Cyprus priest rises to defend sex-slaves from Chelyabinsk

CHELYABINSK. Father Savva from the temple in Limasol (Cyprus) arrived in Chelyabinsk on May 18. The purpose of his visit is a detective investigation: slave-trade and sex-traffic. Father Savva intends to expose several Russian slave-traffickers and to caution girls leaving for the island about danger. According to the priest, if Russian women are hired to work in Cyprus as waitresses or dancers, prostitution is inescapable.

During his trip to the South Urals, the priest is being accompanied by the father of a girl, who three ago was “hired” as an interpreter for a dance-show group in Cyprus. Oksana, the 25-year old student of S. Ural State Univ. threw herself out of the window after she refused “to service” the clients of a cabaret. It was impossible to prove: Cyprus’ law court decided that her death was an accident.

However, neither the priest nor the girl’s father intend to give up. They are searching for the woman who recruited Oksana, Olga
Osintseva, a resident of Chebarkul. Father Savva hopes for help from the the Russian Orthodox Church and the police. Incidentally, Father Sava organized a shelter for the former sex- slaves; he promises protection, material and spiritual support, legal help to all who were recruited by deceit.

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