Cuba: a ‘fear society’


Afro-Cuban lawyer Laritza Diversent founded Cubalex, a non-profit organization, with support from the National Endowment for Democracy, to help people with the law — poor people, who had nowhere else to go, and no one else to turn to. She and her colleagues helped more than 3,000 people, the National Review’s Jay Nordlinger writes:

I ask her, “When do you think the Castro regime will fall?” She answers, “I don’t think it’s going to happen in the short or medium term. I think it can happen only when we have a strong civil society — and the government works day and night to weaken or prevent civil society.” 

The regime is very unpopular, says Laritza. “But people don’t talk about it. They’re afraid. The fear is real” (and, of course, understandable). Natan Sharansky has a term for a place such as Cuba: a “fear society.”


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