"Hope Indicator": Repression, Defections and Rafters Sharply Rise in Cuba

Sunday, July 26, 2015
There are two indisputable facts since Obama's engagement of Castro's dictatorship:

First, repression has sharply risen.

Second, defections and those risking their lives at sea have sharply risen.

It seems that -- thus far -- the only ones that actually believe that Obama's policy will benefit the Cuban people -- is the Obama Administration itself.

Let's call this the "hope indicator."

Yesterday, half of the Cuban men's field hockey team defected to the United States.

One thing is for sure -- they are not seeking lucrative men's field hockey contracts.

This is only the latest in a string of defections during the Pan American Games and the Gold Cup.

Also, see the graph below from USA Today.

Note the steady rise in Cubans risking their lives at sea since Obama took office -- and the shark increase since his intensified engagement with Castro.

It doesn't bode well for the "hope indicator."

From AFP:

Half of Cuba men's hockey team defects

Half of the Cuban men's field hockey team at the Pan American Games in Toronto defected to the United States, a player and sources close to the Cuban delegation said.

The sources said eight of the 16 Cuban players had deserted, while team member Roger Aguilera put the number at seven, just the latest in a rash of Cuban defections across several sports.

"Everyone knows what happened to our team, we have seven of them in the United States," said Aguilera, after the decimated Cubans were hammered 13-0 by Trinidad and Tobago.

Short of manpower, Cuba could only field eight players instead of the standard 11 plus five substitutes.

They are not the first Cubans to defect during the Pan Am Games, after four rowers disappeared last week, including silver medalist Orlando Sotolongo.