July 2, 2014
Last year while I was in India I was surprised to hear someone say that Cuba should be role model for India. I brushed aside this preposterous idea. But this idea has not yet died. It is essential to kill it completely.
The man Michael Moore is a bogus clown who has ZERO research capabilities. He is the hero of "pop-socialists" who never care to study any issue in detail. Michael Moore has become a multi-millionaire by taking millions of gullible Americans (and others, worldwide) for a ride. Just like Deepak Chopra. These are dangerous people, like India's many bogus magicians and "godmen".
The truth of about Cuba is extremely bitter. Let me outline a few points first. To save time, I've cut/paste and/or paraphrased from here and there:
MASS KILLING OF POLITICAL OPPOSITION
In 1959, Castro held “war crimes” trials that targeted wealthy Cubans and the political opposition. As the news cameras rolled, Castro coldheartedly condemned prisoners to death. Castro and Castro-appointed judges threw countless other opposition members into prison or exiled them. Firing squads executed more than 600 people after these mock trials. Castro had the trials televised live.
SEIZURE OF PROPERTY WITHOUT COMPENSATION
Castro seized landholdings of large U.S. companies, such as the United Fruit Company. In the summer of 1960, he seized U.S. and British oil companies for their refusal to refine Soviet petroleum. In August 1960, the Cuban government seized the American-owned telephone and electricity companies and sugar mills.
MASS EXODUS FROM CUBA
From 1989 onwards hundreds of thousands of Cuban political refugees have poured into the United States. In 1980, Castro announced that 125,000 Cubans could legally depart for the United States from the Cuban port of Mariel. Over the next several months, a large number of “boat people” died trying to cross the Straits of Florida in unsafe boats and rafts.
In August 1994, food shortages and prolonged blackouts caused Cubans to riot in Havana. The Cuban government responded by allowing 30,000 more Cubans to leave by boat for the United States. A large number of “boat people” died trying to cross the Straits of Florida. In May 1995, the United States and Cuba agreed to permit 20,000 Cubans to immigrate legally to the United States each year. To encourage legal immigration, the United States also began sending all boat people found at sea back to Cuba.
CUBA WAS SUPPORTED BY SOVIET UNION AS A PLATFORM AGAINST USA
In 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved. Since then, Cuba’s economy has suffered severe shortages of food and oil (products Cuba could no longer import from the Soviet Union). Today Cuba lives off Venezuela and tourism. It is a BEGGAR NATION.
FIDEL CASTRO HAS PARTLY ADMITTED THAT HIS LIFE WAS A DISASTER FOR CUBA
In announcing the “Draft Guidelines for Economic and Social Policy”—upon which the reforms are based—at the Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in October 2010, Cuban officials acknowledged inefficiencies in the economic model. These included: low economic growth, especially in industry and agriculture; inefficiencies in investment; low levels of investment in productivity and infrastructure; the gap between workers’ incomes and the rising prices of goods and services, both in markets free from price controls and the state foreign currency, and convertible peso markets; lack of connection between workers’ productivity and salaries; excessive economic centralization; increased state restrictions on certain goods and services; the low level of housing construction; and the foreign and domestic deficits. [Source and this]
CONTINUOUS OPPRESSION OF THE PEOPLE
There is NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH in Cuba. You can't speak your mind unless you wish to be killed. There are "systematic human rights abuses, including arbitrary imprisonment, unfair trials, and extrajudicial executions" [Source]
CHE GUEVERA WAS A BLOOD-THIRSTY MASS MURDERER
Che's daughter makes out her father to be a great man. In reality he was one of the greatest butchers of innocent people, a man who should be ranked among the greatest monsters of mankind.
"Soon after overthrowing Batista, Guevara choreographed the executions of hundreds of Batista officials without any fair trials. He thought nothing of summarily executing even fellow guerrillas suspected of disloyalty and shot one himself with no due process." [Source - including MUCH more detail - here]
Watch this for more gory details (I'll publish a separate blog post only on Che):
There is no doubt that Cuba spends relatively more of its budget on health care than many other socialist countries (the rest it spends on guns). As a result of the total control it exercises over its doctors (who are paid a paltry $30 per month – Rs.1500 per month!), it has been able to provide a modicum of healthcare to its population.
But because there is NO independent source of data from Cuba, and because ALL socialist governments (including India) tell lies, the "data" about Cuba's great health achievements must be discounted by half. I would be surprised if its actual figures come even close to that of Third World India, leave alone any developed country.
LIES, LIES, LIES ABOUT HEALTHCARE
Hospitals and clinics are crumbling. Conditions are so unsanitary, patients may be better off at home, whatever home is. If they do have to go to the hospital, they must bring their own bedsheets, soap, towels, food, light bulbs — even toilet paper. And basic medications are scarce. In Sicko, even sophisticated medications are plentiful and cheap. In the real Cuba, finding an aspirin can be a chore. And an antibiotic will fetch a fortune on the black market.
A nurse spoke to Isabel Vincent of Canada’s National Post. “We have nothing,” said the nurse. “I haven’t seen aspirin in a Cuban store here for more than a year. If you have any pills in your purse, I’ll take them. Even if they have passed their expiry date.”
The equipment that doctors have to work with is either antiquated or nonexistent. Doctors have been known to reuse latex gloves — there is no choice. When they travel to the island, on errands of mercy, American doctors make sure to take as much equipment and as many supplies as they can carry. One told the Associated Press, “The [Cuban] doctors are pretty well trained, but they have nothing to work with. It’s like operating with knives and spoons.” [Source - do read this in full]
There are PLENTY of videos on the internet that demolish the LIES touted by Michael Moore and the MENTALLY SICK DAUGHTER OF GUEVARA. I'll provide a few, below.
Cuba is a joke nation – We don't need to listen to the FALSEHOODS OF the daughter of a butcher, who is part of the elite of a nation that has ENSLAVED millions of its people. Under no circumstance should India – gifted by Ambekar with at least a modicum of liberty – follow in the footsteps of such MURDERERS AND BLATANT LIARS.
Start with this video.
SOME OTHER REFERENCES