The revolution has sent teachers, doctors, and workers to dozens of Third World countries without charging a penny. It shed its own blood fighting colonialism, fighting apartheid, and fascism. At one point we had 25,000 Third World students studying on scholarships. We still have many scholarship students from Africa and other countries. In addition, our country has treated more children [13,000] who were victims of the Chernobyl tragedy than all other countries put together. They don’t talk about that, and that’s why they blockade us - the country with the most teachers per capita of all countries in the world, including developed countries. The country with the most doctors per capita of all countries…. A country where life expectancy is more than 75 years…. Why are they blockading Cuba? Because no other country has done more for its people. It’s the hatred of the ideas that Cuba represents.Fidel Castro (via basedbrezhnev)
Another year, and another slap in the face to the pathetic sods of the CIA. It is such a pleasure to know Castro is alive, smoking a cigar, and enjoying his 86th year. Congradulations to comrade Fidel, and a thank you for inspiring and fighting for the working class and oppressed people the world over.
“The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger.” - Fidel Castro
The “secular” countries today are afraid of Liberation Theology of Catholicism, and of Shia Islam of Iran. Both of them go against the Capitalist religion and attack the very idea that let those countries implement Capitalism in the first place. The idea of Secularism.
They were able to subvert Liberation Theology early on but its ideals were able to defeat Capitalism later. Thanks to Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and other Latin American nations who have fought and are fighting for their Liberation.
The rise of “red” Shia Islam (as Ali Shariati put it) came as a surprise with its huge success in Iran. The Capitalists are still trying to subvert it, but inshAllah they will never succeed. In reality, the ideals of “red” Shia Islam became more popular in other Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, etc under different names and social constructs.
No wonder Iran and Venezuela are in bed with each other. When the true aspect of religion and how it is supposed to direct society are implemented, the differences between them become negligible.
Let those who desire a secure homeland conquer it. Let those who do not conquer it live under the whip and in exile, watched over like wild animals, cast from one country to another, concealing the death of their souls with a beggar’s smile from the scorn of free men.José Martí (1853-1895), Cuban poet, patriot. “April 1894,” vol. 3, pt. 1, p. 109, Obras Completas, trans. by Carlos Ripoll in José Martí: Thoughts/Pensamientos (1980).
WHY DON’T I SEE MORE CUBA ON MY DASH!?!?!??!?!?!
My blog today will be Cuba in solidarity with the longest, successful, modern struggle.
In the 2011 United Nations Human Development Report, Cuba was ranked #51 out of 187 countries in its level of human development (0.776). It’s Gross National Income per capita, however, is #103 in the world at $5,416.
- Cuba’s Human Development Index is 52 places higher than where it should be expected to be, based on its GNI. This is the highest (read:best) discrepancy in the world.
- Cuba’s HDI is higher than Saudi Arabia and the Bahamas, despite Cuba’s GNI per capita being less than 1/4 of that of either country.
- Cuba’s HDI is fourth in Latin America, behind only Chile (0.805), Argentina (0.805), and Uruguay (0.783). When income is not factored into world HDI calculations (i.e. when it is simply an calculation based on life expectancy, mean years of schooling, and expected years of schooling), Cuba is not only the highest in Latin America at 0.904, it is the highest in the entire Global South and 25th in the world.