There has recently been another Cuban crackdown on dissidents, with reported arrests of scores of peaceful demonstrators. After United States President Barack Obama legitimized the Castro Communist dictatorship of
Cuba by normalizing relations, demoralized dissidents
have been marginalized as the Castro regime has not significantly liberalized
in any manner in exchange for American diplomatic recognition. Diplomatic recognition of the Castro
dictatorship as the legitimate government of Cuba,
despite a lack of liberty or free elections, provides a propaganda boost to the
Communist regime by legitimizing it and implies the U.S.
regards the dissidents as wrong, or at least that liberty and human rights are
not the highest American priority in its policy toward Cuba. The dissidents seek political and economic
freedom for Cuba. American recognition of the Castro
dictatorship has apparently emboldened it to continue its repression.
Federation has been making incursions from South Ossetia,
one of the two breakaway portions of Georgia
it controls, into Georgian territory, increasingly expanding the border
southward into Georgia,
including into ethnic Georgian areas. Russia invaded the former Soviet Republic of
Georgia in 2008 and maintains a significant troop presence in both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which have become Russian
puppet states. As with its invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea,
among other deeds, Communist Dictator Vladimir Putin continues to act
aggressively in the face of Western weakness.
Turkish Communists recently bombed the
U.S. consulate in Turkey while Japanese Communists have continued to
attack American military installations in Japan.