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|Comments: I know your
magazine promotes living off the US Shoreline, but CUBA?????? Come
on!!!! My family lost everything, they spent 6 days on a little boat,
surrounded by sharks escaping the communist dictator named Fidel Castro,
and you have the gall to describe it as men in guayaberas and straw hats????
Why don't you mention the coupon book for rice, meat, underwear, and bandaids?
Maybe you should mention how little girls in Cuba are being sold to tourists
as hookers. Maybe you should let everyone know that the guayaberas
you mentioned are moth eaten because the only people allowed to buy new
ones are tourists. My grandfather was a Judge in Cuba pre-Castro,
he died here in the USA at age 79 working for a sugar refinery. Mention
the thousands and thousands and thousands of stories of broken families,broken
lives, broken souls. Talk about that when you mention living in Cuba.
Have some respect, even better than that, have a conscience... Rediculous...guayaberas
and straw hats. God forgive you! - Jeanette
Reply: Gallo did not embrace,
nor celebrate Cuba; he recognizes Cuba's tremendous problems and Castro's
often violent dictatorship. Gallo also is on record for stating that
if Cuba were indeed a free nation then Cubans would have internet access
and unlimited access to books on all subjects; which they do not.
Gallo stated that without choices there are no values, and Cubans have
no real choices. More then once Gallo has stated that Cuba is not free,
that Cuba it is a dictatorship and that it is an economic disaster.
What Gallo did attempt to do that most commentators do not, is to put Cuba
into objective context. What follows, is what Gallo did state in
behalf of Cuba, and what follows, if one sheds their hysteria and reads
it objectively, is a critique of U.S. policy, not a defense of Cuban policy.
To clarify the issue here is what
Roger Gallo said about Cuba.
"Cubans enjoy a high standard of
health and a level of education unprecedented in Latin America. Over 70%
of all Cubans have a college education. One in 300 Cubans is a medical
doctor. The level of medical care and the standard of medicine in Cuba
is superior to any country in Latin America and is without any question
among the very best medical care in the world.
There has been a tendency, especially
by the American government, to ignore these gains. The standard argument
against the existence of Cuban successes is that Cubans are not free. The
so-called free world uses the lack of civil liberties in Cuba as the yardstick
for judging everything else about Cuba. There is no question in my
mind that freedom is my most excellent possession and I’d hate like hell
to have to live without freedom. But in much of Latin America freedom
has meant being able to work in maquiladora-like zones or starve.
Worst, the deck is stacked. What is passed off as capitalism by the
U.S. government, resembles capitalism only in it's most orchestrated form.
The orchestration of economics is
geared to produce slaves and beneficiaries and it does so very efficiently.
There are plenty of bright people who would argue that this isn't so. They
will tell you that the current style of orchestrated capitalism will produce
a better world. They are either idiots, willfully blind, have a vested
interest to obfuscate the facts, or they are bullshitters.
I would ask those astute believers
in today's version of capitalism to consider what the consequence of a
totally open Cuba would bring. How long before the economic wizards in
Washington would reduce all of the Cuban women back into whores, the men
into banana pickers and destroy the educational system? Would we
have another Guatemala? Another Colombia? How good were conditions
in Cuba prior to Castro? Wasn't the nation of Cuba prior to Castro
little more than a country club for Americans to gamble, debase the women
and to milk the fruit of Cuban resources? It sure as hell was. It
was a pigsty of immorality in which the average Cuban had no hope of an
education nor of medical treatment for his family. What American-style
success story in Latin America would the believers in reform grant to the
Cuba they envision? Name any country in Latin America. How
about the maquiladora zones? Would the living hell of the maquiladora zones
be preferable to today's Cuba? By whose standards? Hitler's?
But why single out Latin America?
Forty million Americans are murdered, maimed, raped, mugged, or robbed
every year. Why are these conditions and comparisons not made when
comparing Cuba to the so-called free world? It's very clear that
there is a vested interest in America towards viewing things the way the
power-brokers want us to perceive them. China murdered it's children on
television, (Tiananmen Square, June 4, 1989) yet the U.S. trades with China
because Boeing had a crying jag when a French airplane manufacturer got
a large contract that Boeing wanted. So the legislation in Washington D.C.
was ‘adjusted’ to allow free-trade with China. ‘Engagement accomplishes
more than trade boycotts,’ was the rallying cry. What about Cuba?
The children of Cuba are unmurdered and in school. There is a street
sign in Havana which reads, “200 million children in the world sleep in
the streets today. Not one of them is Cuban." I told an acquaintance
of mine about this street sign and he made a rather sardonic remark and
added that he thought it sounded like propaganda. He's never been
to Cuba. The fact is that 200 million children in the world sleep in the
streets today and not one of them is Cuban.
Am I a socialist? The answer is no.
I want to analyze the conditions
for expatriates living in Cuba, to do so means that I owe it to my readers
to give a fair and unbiased view of Cuba. I admit is difficult for me to
be unbiased about Cuba. Cubans are a magnificent people. I have no trouble
saying that they are among the finest if not the finest people I have ever
encountered. They are generous and they are warm and best of all, they
are highly intelligent. The country has excellent dance companies,
(both ballet and folkloric, it has some of the best music in the
world, and it has great athletes and good sports facilities. Cuba
is a very pleasant place made many times better by it's extraordinary people."
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|Comments: I have just finished reading
Tim Myers article about Teaching in Korea. While some parts of the article
were accurate, some were not. I have taught English in Korea for more than
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