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la Revolucion Cubano
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When one looks
at Cuba today, and contrasts it with what is happening in other
parts of Latin America, Cuba, even under one of its most difficult
periods in its history since the Revolution, is in many ways a remarkable
against the U.S. Empire, which boasts some of the richest people
in the history of the world, Cuba stacks up well in those human
barometers of social well-being; health, education, and welfare.
The literacy rate in Cuba equals or excels that of its adversary
to the north (the U.S.). There is little difference between the
infant mortality rates between the two countries. What is starkly
different, of course, is the degree of social access to basic human
services. In the U.S., while primary
education is free, it is usually of poor, or subpar quality (especially
for the nation's African-American, Chicano, or Puerto Rican youth).
To get better, more comprehensive education, you must pay for it.
The same can be said of health care. According to several sources,
some 45 million Americans dont have true access to decent
care in the U.S. Again, if you can afford it, you can access it.
In Cuba, health, and education, from the primary to the highest
levels, is free. Indeed, Cuba, even given its serious economic problems
after its betrayal by the former Soviets, has offered, in
the last 2 years or so, some 500 seats in its medical schools to
anyone who wants it; Americans included. Incredibly, and unfortunately,
only 50 or so Americans showed up.
The fact of
the matter is, Cuba has demonstrated a profound respect for the
peoples of the world, and yes; for human rights; the human right
to learn, the human right to be treated when one is ill; the human
right to help others when they are in need.
These are really
profound achievements of the Revolution, that, in human terms, has
made the lives of millions of people better.
What we all
cannot afford to do, on this, the 50th anniversary of the Revolution,
is forget that they have made these achievements in the face of
war; the secret and nefarious wars waged by the U.S. capitalists;
their puppet media; and the *gusanos* in Southern Florida, what
Cubans have come to call the Miami Mafia. That is a truly profound
was, and remains, the triumph of a bold and heroic people over the
forces that wanted to keep Cuba a colony of crime, and exploitation.
Latin America, the U.S.-trained armies of those nations are trained,
not to resist foreign enemies, but to destroy domestic forces such
as trade unionists, students, clergymen, and political dissidents.
That has been the sad and ugly history of South America for most
of the 20th century.
Do we hear calls
for their removal? I ask you, did the U.S. support or oppose the
Butcher of Chile, Gen. Augusto Pinochet? Did it support or oppose
the blood-drenched dictators of El Salvador, Columbia, or anywhere
else in the continent?
CIA has been unleashing death and disaster on the Cuban people,
from the introduction of the swine fever into Cuban pigs in the
'70s, to the training, arming and protection of U.S.-trained terrorists
who have attacked Cuban citizens, bombed their hotels, and tried
to destabilize Cuban society and its economy. Indeed, the almost
half-century of the Blockade (strengthened by the sell-out Clinton
regime, by the way) is itself an act of war, for it affects the
trade and livelihood of average Cubans.
serious difficulties, despite profound betrayal, the Cuban thirst
for independence, for self-determination continues unabated. That,
in itself, is a profound achievement, that should be applauded by
La Revolucion Cubano! Viva Fidel! Viva el Pueblo de Cuba!
Y Feliz Compleanos de Republica de Cuba!**
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