Publications by ALEX CHAFUEN

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Dec 19, 2014 0 Comments

The Cuba Deal: Coexisting and profiting with tyrants Media Appearances, Media Mentions

Authors: ALEX CHAFUEN

We all celebrate when an innocent person is released from prison. The freedom of Alan Gross is welcome news. But the release of three convicted Cuban spies and operatives (who were directly responsible for the killing of other innocents), the continued lack of consultation by the administration with other branches of government and Congress, and the disregard for the unrelenting oppression of political freedoms are a high cost to pay.

The leading Cuban-Americans in the legislature, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Robert Menéndez (D-NJ), and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) released statements with scathing criticisms. Sen. Rubio stated that the deal was “disgraceful for a president who claims to treasure human rights and human freedom. This president is the single worst negotiator we have had in the White House in my lifetime.” The statement by Ros-Lehtinen complements Rubio’s criticism: “This misguided action by President Obama will embolden the Castro regime to continue its illicit activities, trample on fundamental freedoms, and disregard democratic principles.”… Continue Reading »

Nov 12, 2014 0 Comments

Freedom for Leopoldo: The U.S. and Political Prisoners in the Americas

Authors: ALEX CHAFUEN

The case of Venezuelan political leader Leopoldo López, in jail without a sentence sinceFebruary 18, 2014, seems so clear, that the inability to secure his release, is a testimony to the sad state of democracy in several countries in the Americas. The neglect, and the silent complicity of many is troublesome. It is time to make a big push for the release of Leopoldo López and other political prisoners in Venezuela.

International organizations from left, right and center have called for López’s immediate release. Even in the United Nations, an unlikely actor given that it recently accepted Venezuela as a member of its Security Council, chimed in: its “Working Group on Arbitrary Detention” determined that López’s detention was arbitrary and he should be let go. Amnesty International also called for Venezuela to comply with the U.N. recommendation.

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