No human endeavor is perfect, and Danielle Fehling’s article “Is Cuba Really Changing?” is no exception. She describes the Cubans’ plight and their desire for change. But her reference to “a pre-revolution Cuba where foreigners use the island as a playground while some Cubans go without basic services like health care and primary education” is a historical distortion. Pre Castro’s
President Barack Obama lifted restrictions on family remittances and travel for Cuban Americans and asked Raul Castro to release political prisoners. The General said no. The White House said the ball was in
She quotes a Salvadorian orthopedic surgeon in
But just because the regime says so, it does not make it true. Havana claims to be a medical superpower, but aspirin, vitamins, etc. are scarce, unless one is a foreigner who can enter, unlike the Cubans, the International Pharmacy in Havana, where all medicine are available for dollars, but only to foreigners. Cubans call it “medical apartheid.”
The ability of the CIA to deny medicine to Cubans, but not to foreigners in
-Frank Calzón is the Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba, based in
June 1: This AQ-Efecto Naím segment looks at sustainable cities in the hemisphere.