Archive for the ‘Cuba’ Category

Moore’s “Sicko” again

July 6, 2007

From a NY Times editorial. The author criticizes the film as “unashamedly one-sided, superficial, overstated and occasionally suspect in its details,” but judges that Moore is “right” about the undeniable flaws in the way this country provides health care”.

Even so, he criticizes Moore’s inclusion of Cuba in his picture of health care “nirvana” provided by other countries—“a needlessly provocative choice that detracts from the main message.” And then there’s this minor point:

Mr. Moore makes much of the fact that the World Health Organization ranked the United States 37th in an evaluation of health systems, only one notch above Slovenia. He failed to mention that it was two notches above Cuba.

No problem treating the WHO report as gospel truth when it supports us, and ignoring it when it counters us. Trust us, moviegoer: you don’t need all the data.

Thanks, Mike—we can always count on you to give us the straight dope!

More on Cuban healthcare

June 5, 2007

From Bella Thomas’s essay at Prospect Magazine. Doesn’t exactly jive with the comments from Adrien and Subcomandante Marcos on my May 27th post on Michael Moore’s forthcoming movie “Sicko.”

Healthcare and education are supposed to be the redeeming graces of the regime, but this is questionable. (more…)

Michael Moore’s “Sicko” undermines favorite Leftist myths

May 27, 2007

The Cannes Film Festival took place last week, with Michael Moore’s new film showing, out of competition, on May 19th. It’s called “Sicko” and in it, according to the Cannes site, “the filmmaker investigates the flaws in the American health care system.”

Looking cool in CannesHe does this, according to Anthony DePalma of the New York Times, by taking “a handful of sick Americans to Cuba for treatment in the course of the film”. Based on Cannes and the NY Times, you would think this movie is about medicine. But the fact that these “sick Americans” are actually World Trade Center first-responders, “heroes of 9/11”, as the LA Times puts it, shows the political motivation behind the film. (They are called “fist responders” on the front page of MichaelMoore.com. I suppose that means they swing first and ask questions later.) Says one of the men who was offered a trip to Cuba only to be “stiffed” by Moore:

“What he [Moore] wanted to do is shove it up George W’s rear end that 9/11 heroes had to go to a communist country to get adequate health care,” said McCormack, who suffers from chronic respiratory illness.

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Cuban rap wisdom

April 11, 2007

CNN profiles a Cuban rapper with a profound insight into the world and its workings:

“I’m one of those who thinks that once you’re part of a business — not just in Cuba, but anywhere in the world — they make you a slave.”

Reminds me of the graffiti I saw in London:
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Note the precision of thought. Is the owner “part of” his own business? If so, is the owner also a slave? Who are “they” who supposedly make “you” a slave? And what does this mean for the Cuban rapper himself?

So, they work out of their homes and distribute their music by hand on homemade CD’s copied over and over again.

Is he a slave? Can anyone other than subsistence farmers work for a living and not be a slave? Does he compromise his integrity with the whiff of slavery by using CDs that were made by “slaves” at a company somewhere?

But hey, I’m probably being too picky here. Let him speak for himself:

“I’ve pointed out the things that seem wrong to me, and the people like it,” he says. “They like to hear it because they identify with what they hear in the songs.

“It’s not anything bad. It’s just the truth, and the people aren’t used to hearing it.”

I’m sure there’s some truth in his lyrics somewhere, but his anti-business philosophy seems half-baked.

“The Nation” propagandizes for Castro

March 25, 2007

I don’t normally suggest that my friends taste food that made me sick, but I’m passing this article on to you anyway.

This article at The Nation is a glowing tribute to C. Wright Mills, praising his prescience in realizing that all Cuba needs to be a true heaven on earth is the success of the revolution as pushed by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The only block to achieving this paradise is . . . yes, you guessed it! The USA.

The propaganda gushes out in the last two paragraphs:

From the time when Mills came to visit us, Cuba has lived a dramatic life with successes as well as failures. Alone and abandoned by all after the USSR disappeared, it had to heroically resist some very hard and difficult years during which the United States intensified its economic and political aggression. Today Cuba forges a path to craft its own unique socialist system, rooted on its own historical experience and with the active participation of its people. Social movements are transforming Latin America, with several countries putting into practice new, diverse and multicolored forms of socialism.

Mills’s prophetic vision is becoming a reality. Indeed, now we have many things to talk about. We are waiting for him.

Summary: Cuba is “heroic” for resisting the “aggressive” United States. It is moving towards socialism (you mean, it’s not already there?) with the “active participation of its people” (i.e., if you’re not on board, you’d better watch your back because Fidel’s goons are going to thwack you). And this socialism is “new, diverse and multicolored” (buzzwords for the American audience, who know that these are all synonyms for “GOOD”).

And note this about the author:

Ricardo Alarcón has been the President of the National Assembly of Cuba since 1993. He has also served as Foreign Minister and as Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations.

The man is perfectly objective. If Cubans really lived under a totalitarian regime that denied them all freedoms and jailed journalists who wrote against it, he would have told us so.