Forget all the talk about Raul Castro's "reforms" in Cuba.
Most Cubans are free to travel overseas, and those who can afford it can buy a car or even real estate.
But anything that might indicate real change, such as end to the systemic repression that has been the hallmark of the Castro dictatorship for more than 54 years, has not happened.
The regime still murders its opponents, like Oswaldo Paya, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, last July, and when his survivors try to carry on his legacy, it goes after them, as well.
This weekend, we learned that Paya's widow, Ofelia Acevedo Maura; and their children Rosa Maria and Reinaldo, last week took exile to escape persistent threats to their safety by thugs doing the bidding of those they hold responsible for Oswaldo's death in a suspicious car crash.
It is good that they now will be safe from the Castro regime. No one should have to tolerate that type of abuse, especially a family that already has given and lost so much. Cuba will miss the Payas, especially Rosa Maria, who has blossomed into a charismatic spokeswoman for her father's cause, but they have vowed to stick with the fight from exile.
But there also is sorrow in seeing yet more patriotic Cubans like the Payas forced to flee their patria because of the Castros. It is a familiar tale but as painful as ever.
Nothing has changed under Raul Castro. He is the lying, thieving, murderer his brother was.
That Cubans like the Payas are still taking exile in Miami or in Spain or in elsewhere because of their opposition to the Castros and their faith in a better, freer Cuba, is proof of that.
Read my account of Rosa Maria Paya's visit in April to Miami, here.