Aljazeera Focuses on Cuba 2010

Poster of Fidel Castro marking the 51st anniversary of the Cuban Revoluton.  Photo: Caridad
Poster of Fidel Castro marking the 51st anniversary of the Cuban Revoluton. Photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 2 – “That Cuba’s defiant brand of socialism has survived so many upheavals in the world and a crippling US trade embargo has surprised most observers,” noted Aljazeera in an analysis of the Cuban Revolution which reached its 51st birthday on Friday.

The feature titled Cuba Seeks Sustainable Socialism quotes Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro,  Rafael Hernandez, editor of Temas (issues) magazine,  and Dr Rolando Perez, a key research director at the islands state-of-the-art Centre of Molecular Immunology (CIM).

Journalist Tom Fawthrop discusses the economic strategy of President Raul Castro and delves into several of the challenges facing the country.

“During the last 50 years the small island nation has impressed with its achievements in education and in creating a comprehensive and free public health system staffed by excellent doctors.

“But its citizens are growing increasingly impatient with hard times, suffocating bureaucracy and the badly-run state economy,” notes the reporter.

To read the full Aljazeera article click here.


2 thoughts on “Aljazeera Focuses on Cuba 2010

  • An excellent article. Thank you, HT, for bringing it to readers. And thank you, Michael, for your excellent comments.

    Our small US circle is highly impressed by the open-mindedness of Mariela Castro regarding meaningful reform of Cuban socialism. We wish her and many others success.

    As has been said brilliantly in HT, Cuba can show the world that a new kind of society is possible. This however will only be the case if she can work out certain basic problems of socialist construction. At present, the Cuban experience is being used by imperialism as an example of the “unworkability” of socialism.

    Ah . . . If we could only talk more openly and effectively about problems and possibilities!

    HT certainly it doing its noble part!

  • This article exemplifies the first-class coverage of Third World issues typical of Aljazeera. Too bad the only way we can receive it here in the States is through a daily half-hour synopsis of Aljazeera broadcast over LinkTV. Although Aljazeera has tried to offer its news services through cable and satellite distribution systems, the powerful influence of the Israili lobby has stonewalled this effort. Instead, we are stuck with CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, MSNBC, CNN and FOX, all of who tow the A.I.P. line. Moreover, their content, with the possible exception of PBS, increasingly caters to the “lowest common denominators” of celebrity scandals, entertainment news and sensational crime cases, with less-and-less news of the Middle East, not to mention Asia, Africa and Latin America. Those with high speed internet can receive Aljazeera, but this is still not the mass-market of cable and satellite distribution. Just one reason why most citizens in the U.S.A. are so ill-informed.

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