Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cuba in context

"As of the year 2006, Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader, who has died aged 90, had reportedly been the subject of no fewer than 638 assassination plots by the CIA." "Despite spending a fraction of what the US was then spending per person, Cuba enjoyed a lower infant mortality rate than its neighbour to the north - not to mention one of the highest ratios of doctors per capita in the world." "That Cuba is able to provide basic necessities of life free of charge is to some extent proof that useful programmes are possible when a nation does not spend trillions of dollars on devastating wars. Instead of exporting catastrophe, Castro's Cuba has focused on exporting doctors." (thanks Amir)