Pants-of-dog wrote:I doubt this is true.
The implicit comparison here is between Cuba and whichever developed nation the supporter of Cuba lives in.
Using myself as an example, the idea is that I should compare Canada to Cuba and see what I think.
And this comparison is actually a compliment to Cuba, because it assumes that Cuba has a standard of quality that is high enough to actually compete with a developed country. And in many ways, like health and education, it does compare favourably with many developed countries.
Now, if you were to ask any leftist person in the developing world if they would trade places, they would probably say yes in a heartbeat. This is why Cuba has such a strict immigration policy.
These days, the easiest way to migrate to Cuba is either marry a Cuban, or flee a right wing dictatorship.
Doing a through critic of Cuba (and by critic I mean analysis/evaluation, not necessarily a "bad" critic as the word is usually understood) is tricky even for people that have first-hand knowledge of the place. Like anything in the word, you can find good things and bad things. Look at North Korean, awful country, but they do seem to put impressive, beautiful (if you are into that sort of stuff) and well organized military parades.
The left-and-right view points that we tend to associate with US politics and general "western countries" politics blur when it comes to Cuba. The numbers, if you believe them, might lead you to believe that it is doing well. The reality, of course, is much sadder. Remember, that Cuba despite the extremely corrupt governments that preceded the dictatorship of Fidel, was actually an advanced country with great infrastructure, technology, economy, etc. On a different path, Cuba could have been a smaller Canada to the south of the US or a more prosperous Mexico.
Instead, it is a fraction of what it could have achieved.
Hospitals and Schools were crumbling when I left the country in the early 2000's. The books were 30 or even 40 years old, outdated, missing pages. Medical instruments were scarce.
Btw do you know what a pipette is? There is a version of the pipette which is a bulb pipette. Basically it is like a long straw usually made of glass. At one end, it sucks fluid, at the other end, usually you attach a device that provides with suction force. Usually this device is a rubber bulb, but sometimes it could be a small electronic "gun" that does it automatically. You know what we used in Cuba when those bulbs were lost and destroyed because they were decades old? MOUTHS!
That's right, this country which tries to put the appearance of being a medical powerhouse would put their doctors and technicians to use their mouths to use pipettes. Keep in mind that in a lab, the fluids taken with pipettes can vary from culture media (nasty tasting but harmless) to urine and blood. Accidents have occurred
I saw it all first hand as I spent my childhood in hospitals as most of my family were doctors in Cuba.
Claiming that somehow they have achieved something truly impressive is simply wrong.