However you count it, the repression in Cuba does not let up.
The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reports there were 521 political arrests in Cuba in August -- more than twice the number reported in August 2011.
The Hablemos Press Information Center (CIHPRESS), an independent news agency that keeps close tabs on repression in Cuba, reports there were 538 political arrests last month, the highest monthly total since March.
The differing counts reveal the challenges that human rights activists face as they try to hold the regime for its repression.
But as important as the bottom-line numbers, are the trends.
Whatever the wishful, delusional thinking of those who believe that if we allow more money, in the form or travel or remittances or trade, to flow to Cuba, the more likely the Castros will change their ways, the repression is getting worse.
However you count it, the suffering in Cuba is getting worse.
As long as there are Cubans with the courage to resist, and with the blood-thirst of the Castros to stifle their opposition, that will not change.