a reply to: sdcigarpig
No, but you claimed that there is free healthcare for all... What free healthcare when Cuban regular hospitals lack the necessary items including
medicine?... Regular Cuban patients are often told to get an aspirin, if there is any available, and go home. What free healthcare when people who
need an urgent operation are put in waiting lists which can last from 1 year to 3 years. Most sources which you can find on the internet, in Spanish,
will tell you different times because it depends on what is needed. Personally I know because recently my two sisters in Cuba needed an urgent
operation, for different problems, and the doctors wanted to put them in waiting lists unless they were bribed.
One of my uncles, who is a Cuban doctor had to run with one of my sisters to the hospital because she developed an infection and only because of his
connections was he able to get my sister the antibiotics she needed to fight the infection. Then we had to bribe other doctors to get both my
sisters operations to a closer date otherwise they would have been put in long waiting lists and they would have certainly died.
Then there is the fact that castro has always been a deceiver, and a liar. He, and the communist regime have made many claims which are false. BTW,
from where do you think that organizations like UNICEF and WHO get their information about Cuban healthcare, when Cuba has never allowed independent
human right groups in the island to check whether "Cuba has a great healthcare system"?...
It is the usual communist propaganda. Same as the sending of Cuban doctors to other countries when Cuba is in need of doctors... BTW, do you have
any idea how many Cuban professionals that were sent to other countries "to help" have tried to escape to the United States? Most Cuban professionals
who still have family in Cuba and feel responsible for their families would not leave when they still have family in the island, but many others do,
including those that don't have a family of their own.
I am not sure if the BBC covered this in English, but the Spanish version covered an article in August 2015 about some of the Cuban professionals that
have tried to escape when they were sent to other countries to help.
El limbo que viven en Colombia los médicos cubanos que
desertaron en Venezuela y quieren llegar a EE.UU.
That article talks about some of the Cuban professionals that have tried to escape the "wonderful Cuban system" when they were sent to help in other
Latin American countries. Although the article concentrates on three such professionals, but the article also states that "according to Colombian
authorities at least 720 Cuban professionals did the same thing those three Cuban professionals did to leave the "wonderful dictatorship
Y no son los únicos. Según datos de autoridades colombianas, al menos 720 profesionales de la salud cubanos hicieron lo mismo (hay versiones que
sugieren que son más).
Cruzaron la frontera, dejando sus puestos en las misiones médicas por las que la isla recibe petróleo y dinero del estado venezolano, pensando que
la salida a EE.UU, sería relativamente fácil. Pero no fue así....
The translation would be.
"And they are not the only ones. According to figures from Colombian authorities, at least 720 Cuban healthcare professionals did the same thing
(there are versions that suggests that there are many more than that)
They crossed the border, leaving behind their jobs in the medical missions for which the island (Cuba) receives oil and money from the Venezuelan
government, thinking that their exit to the U.S. would be relatively easy, but it wasn't that way... "
Those Cuban healthcare professionals also talked about the conditions in which they had to live while in Venezuela. Which they say is even worse than
in Cuba, and Cuba is really bad.
Carlos Hernández, odontólogo de 25 años, abre los brazos y dice: "Era más chiquito que esto". "Esto" es la sala y cocina del apartamento, que
tendrá unos 4 por 2 metros, más o menos.
"No había sábanas ni agua", recuerda Yusel, rehabilitadora de 26 años, de su vivienda en Venezuela. Las zonas en las que habitaban eran duras.
"Yo vivía al lado de un basurero", dice Carlos. "Yo vivía en un cerro", cuenta Yusel. "A la parte de arriba le decían 'La Tumbita'".
"Un día llamaron a mi coordinador y le dijeron 'no salgan, porque se va a formar". También vio, en otra ocasión, cómo mataban a un muchacho, un
adolescente, a balazos.
The translation would be:
'Carlos Hernández, a 25 year old Ontologist, opens his arms and says: "it was much smaller than this". "This" is the dinning room and kitchen of the
apartment, which had about 4 by 2 meters, more or less.
'There were no bed sheets nor water', remembers Yusel, a 26 year old rehab (professional), of her living arrangements in Venezuela. The zones that
they inhabited were tough.
'I lived next to a garbage dump', says Carlos. 'i lived in a hill' tells Yusel. 'The highest part was called the tomb' (actually "tumbita" is a
diminutive of "Tumba", but as far as i know there is no such diminutive in English for Tomb)
One day they called my coordinator and they told him 'don't get out, because there will be trouble.' He also saw on another ocasion how a young man
was murdered, an adolescent, riddled with bullets'.
You see, the Cuban regime, just like other communist regimes, thrives in lies and propaganda which many people from outside Cuba believe but don't
know about because they didn't live it.
As for your claim of the "free marvelous educational system of Cuba"? (I know you didn't use those exact words, but that's your main premise)
Please... it is more of an indoctrination system, and it isn't free either. Starting around 11-12 years old Cuban children are sent on "summer
camps" which are actually "hard labor retreats" where children have to work until they graduate when they are adults. That's the vision of Marx of
combining "education with industrial production, etc, etc" that Marx envisioned. In fact Marx's vision was to take away the right of parents to
decide what their children should do, and instead the state/government would decide and put them to work for the state. Which is what
socialist/communist regimes do.
Have you ever seen your two sisters being literally dragged into a bus menwhile they cried for your parents not to let (the state) take them away to
the "summer work camps"?... Have you ever visited your sisters on Sundays in one of these camps, meanwhile you were younger than them, and see them
cry to your parents to take them away from there because it was a horrible place"?... Have you ever seen your sisters come back after the "summer
labor camps" emaciated because they were fed very little, and full of fleas? Have you ever seen the conditions of living of these "summer labor camps
in Cuba" FOR CHILDREN?... I have.
Even after graduating from "segundaria" (high school) if you wanted to continue studying you still had to work in these camps. What do children do in
those camps? They pick tobacco, or vegetables, or other harvests they are not allowed to eat, and which are exported to other countries. The state
of course doesn't pay the children anything either. So, education is NOT free in Cuba...
edit on 30-11-2016 by ElectricUniverse because: add and correct comment.