Miguel A. Faria Jr. is the author of "Medical Warrior" and "Vandals at the Gates of Medicine," and editor in chief of the Medical Sentinel, the journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. His most recent book is "Cuba in Revolution: Escape from a Lost Paradise." All of his books are available through www.haciendapub.com. A retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Faria lives in Macon, Ga.
Part II, which follows here, concludes the interview of Dr. Faria by Mr. Kantor. The questions by Mr. Kantor are in bold, the answers by Dr. Faria in plain text. This extensive interview is an exclusive for NewsMax.com readers.
Old white men are generally perceived as Castro's opponents, but you cite a number of individuals who refute this oversimplification.
Many of these valiant white men you speak of, Myles, have died. Today, the reality is otherwise. Fidel has a new generation of opponents, young people many of whom were born after the triumph of the Revolution. More than 80 percent of Cuban prisoners are citizens of color, black or mulattos.
Foremost among those jailed and tortured is the black Cuban physician Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, a prisoner of...
Miguel A. Faria Jr. is the author of "Medical Warrior" and "Vandals at the Gates of Medicine," and editor in chief of the Medical Sentinel, the journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. His most recent book is "Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise." All of his books are available through www.haciendapub.com. A retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Faria lives in Macon, Ga.
The questions by Mr. Kantor are in bold, the answers by Dr. Faria in plain text.
An aspect that struck me about "Cuba in Revolution" is its combination of autobiography and meticulous analysis. When did you decide to write this book?
Myles, the subject of Cuban tyranny and the suffering of the Cuban people, including my relatives who remain imprisoned in the island gulag, have been in the back of my mind from the time of my arrival in Miami at age 13 in 1966, from my graduation from medical school through my post-graduate training in neurological surgery at Emory University in the late 1970s, to my professional life in the 1980s and 1990s.
You can say that I have been researching and pondering the troubling subject for decades. Whenever I could, I questioned...
An Evening with Dr. Faria
Last week a friend and I went to Coral Gables, Florida to see Dr. Miguel A. Faria, Jr. discuss Cuba in Revolution: Escape from a Lost Paradise. This important book combines autobiography with meticulous analysis, a chronicle of totalitarianism and the exile compelled by it.
Faria inherited a love of freedom from his parents. They opposed Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship and joined the anti-communist Revolutionary Directorate, or the 13th of March Movement. The latter name derived from an attack on Batista's Presidential Palace by the Directorate on March 13, 1957.
Fidel Castro liquidated the Directorate after coming to power in 1959. Faria writes, "By the mid-1960s, the vast majority of the men and women of the Directorio, 13 de Marzohad either been incarcerated, exiled, or had died at the hands of the communists."
Faria's parents abhorred Batista's despotic successor and feared for their family's safety. In good Soviet form, Castro's secret police confiscated his father's firearms. (Registration lists established under Batista facilitated confiscation of firearms throughout Cuba.)
Faria's father explained the...
In the Fall 2001 issue of the AANS Bulletin, "A Profession at Risk---The Medical Liability Crisis," the editors brought forth the momentous issue of spiraling medical liability for neurosurgeons.
Indeed, neurosurgery has been a profession at risk for quite some time, and many American neurosurgeons are quitting early rather than becoming grist for the trial lawyers' mill. This medical liability problem is number one for U.S. neurosurgeons and the AANS, yet it's not so at all for the umbrella organization, the AMA, which politically claims to represent all physicians.
In the crucial issue of the Patients' Bill of Rights, the AMA sided all the way with the trial lawyers and the core left of the Democrats' constituency, despite the serious concerns expressed by neurosurgeons (both the AANS and the CNS supported President George W. Bush's moderate compromise).
In other words, the AMA wanted more lawsuits and larger awards for both pain and suffering and punitive damages (the sky being the limit at $5 million each!), as if the medical profession and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) could be sued to perfection. Meaningful tort reform was thrown out of the...
The vicious regime of Fidel Castro has for more than 40 years trampled on individual rights in Cuba, but the details of his seizure of power and subsequent Stalinist rule remain surprisingly little known in the United States. Within weeks of the September 11 terrorist attacks, everyone was hearing about the atrocities of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but year after year, Castro and his henchmen torture and kill Cubans who seek elemental human freedoms with virtually no attention from the media. Most Americans remain blissfully ignorant.
In his new book, Cuba In Revolution, Dr. Miguel Faria strives mightily to tell the truth about Castro and his government. As a boy of 13, Faria escaped from Cuba with his father, came to the United States, studied medicine, and became a surgeon. In his previous books, he has fought against the trend toward socialist health care in the United States. With this book he takes up what undoubtedly is the source of his greatest passion-the ruin of his homeland by one of the most repressive states in the world.
One part of the book is Faria's recounting of his escape from Cuba in 1966. "Harrowing" is the best adjective to describe the...
El tema político cubano sigue en el tapete casi a diario, ya que hay más de dos millones de exiliados sólo en el territorio de los Estados Unidos...y la situación política del "Verde Caimán -- Cuba -- no se soluciona y ni siquiera se estabiliza.
Los testimonios de aquéllos que huyeron del horror "comunista" -- fachada política de un Tirano que la buscó para encubrir sus ambiciones -- aparecen con cierta frecuencia en forma de historias en los periódicos, revistas y en libros.
Uno de los que sintieron en carne propia el "zarpazo revolucionario" fue el Dr. Miguel A. Faría Jr., quien huyó -- en unión de su padre -- de su terruño en Sancti Spíritus, Las Villas, en una embarcación con rumbo sur, hacia las islas de Gran Caimán.
La familia del Dr. Faría -- quién al huir de Cuba tenía sólo 13 años -- participó en la lucha insurreccional contra el dictador Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar, con el Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE) "13 de Marzo" con la esperanza de acabar con la Dictadura y volver a la democracia garantizada por la Constitución de 1940, vigente hasta el fatídico 10 de marzo de 1952, aciaga fecha de un "coup d'etat", que llevó al poder a Batista...
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is at it again, preaching draconian gun control. He has now paired himself with "the conscience" of the Senate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and joined forces with the national anti-gun group Americans for Gun Safety (AGS), a lobbying group that has been shown to have neither members, gun safety programs, nor credibility.
Sen. McCain and his anti-Second Amendment crowd are not going after "closing loopholes," as they claimed last year, but after shutting down all gun shows.
Using a pincer strategy that would make the Italian Marxist theoretician Antonio Gramsci proud, AGS is launching a nationwide million-dollar ad campaign to help influence public opinion in support of the new gun control bill from below, while Sens. McCain and Lieberman threaten to shut down gun shows from above, via legislation.
As David Kopel of the Independence Institute has written:
"Despite all the disinformation spread by the gun control lobby, a gun show is really nothing more than people wishing to sell one or more firearms to others who wish to purchase (or simply to gaze upon) the merchandise. Most of the sellers are federally licensed...
Regarding your editorials "Bush's Cuba Pickle(1)" (May 9) and "Our Man in Havana(2)" (May 16): While the U.S. embargo has not forced Fidel Castro's capitulation, with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 it has limited his capacity to subvert his Latin American neighbors, while forcing him to liberalize economic policies in order to remain in power. He has been forced to divert funds from his subversive military machine, limiting his capacity for terrorism and subversion, including his assistance to the Colombian FARC narco-terrorist rebels.
He has also been forced to legalize the dollar, privatize taxicabs, allow the cultivation of small family plots, and permit the opening of small family restaurants. Nevertheless, the embargo is porous and dollar stores (diplotiendas) contain everything a foreign tourist with hard cash may want; and if he gets sick, he can get excellent health care that is not available for ordinary Cuban citizens.
Castro has demonstrated that he would maintain his fiefdom with or without the embargo. But this would not be so for less charismatic and less intelligent leaders, including his brother Raul, Ricardo Alarcon, speaker of the Cuban...
Ex-president Jimmy Carter's visit to communist Cuba has renewed the calls for normalization of relations with the workers' paradise from many quarters from statist politicians who have admired Fidel Castro for decades to exporting firms like Archer Daniels Midland, which salivates at the prospect of taking its agribusiness to Cuba all of them placing potential profits above freedom.
Much of the discussion from that crowd has centered on lifting the U.S. embargo against the communist island, while forgetting that Castro is a Stalinist dictator, who has devastated and desolated a once beautiful and prosperous island.
Under Fidel Castro's dictatorship, trading with Cuba's totalitarian, communist system is like prospecting for fool's gold. Sure, under the communist system Cuba's labor is cheap, basically slave labor, but this is not the American way.
Is it right for foreign companies to pay Fidel Castro $800-$1,000 per month per worker in the tourism industry, and then for the fascist tyrant to turn around and pay the Cuban worker only $10-$20 per month and keep the rest for himself? Isn't this really a form of indentured servitude or worse,...
Reps. Charles Rangel and Marcy Kaptur, both Democrats from New York, reportedly traveled to Cuba looking for "future business and agriculture trade possibilities." Now former President Jimmy Carter has announced that he will travel to communist Cuba in May 2002.
As a concerned American and fellow Georgian, I hope his visit to fascist Cuba and his conversation with the Maximum Leader, Fidel Castro, brings some respite to the long-suffering Cuban people.
While he is there, he should keep his eyes open. He should get away from Castro, rent himself a taxi and see for himself the real, dire situation in Cuba, rather than wearing the rose-colored glasses provided.
He should make a point to visit black Cuban physician Oscar Elias Biscet at Cuba's prison in Holguin. Amnesty International has pronounced Dr. Biscet a prisoner of conscience because he has called for the free exercise of human rights in Cuba.
More recently, Dr. Biscet has demanded freedom for all political prisoners in the Cuban gulags. He has been tortured. He has been denied medical attention in the much-touted Cuban health care system. He has been kept in solitary confinement. His wife and...