Political repression in Cuba has hit a fevered pitch in the more than seven months since President Barack Obama and the dictator Raul Castro announced the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana.
For his part at least, Castro has made clear that getting everything that he wanted from Obama did not come with him or his regime having to change how they deal with the Cuban people.
For his part at least, Obama has made clear that the welfare of the Cuban people is not enough for him to hold the Castro dictatorship to account -- especially if it gets in the way of his drive to leave a legacy.
Two human rights monitoring groups on the island this week reported the specifics on how bad it has gotten.
The unofficial Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation says the Cuban secret police in July made at least 674 politically-motivated arrests, 111 more than in June and the highest monthly count since June 2014. July was also the first month this year where the tally was higher than in the corresponding month the previous year.
Many of the arrests in July happened on Sundays, when the Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White") and other activists marching to and from Mass make for easy pickings for Castro's thugs.
As of July 31, there have been at least 3,496 arrests in 2015, according to the Human Rights Commission, and about 4,000 since Obama and Castro made their grand announcements on Dec. 17.
Another group, the Hablemos Press news agency, reported similar findings: At least 509 political arrests in July, bringing its count for the year, as of July 31, to at least 3,350 politically motivated arrests.
Why the exact counts differ is not clear. Maybe it's because of differing counting methods, maybe it's because the Castro dictatorship has never allowed itself to be held accountable by the Cuban people by, for example, releasing accurate and specific reports on who it has arrested and why.
Whatever the exact numbers, political and human rights conditions on the Cuban ground have not changed. In fact, whichever numbers you look at, it's clear they have gotten worse.