The statement about drug use and derelicts could be applied to the entire North of Calhoun section of King Street in 2003. The neighborhood is much better, new young families could use a nice park. Instead the area will consist of cheap, tight housing rented and owned by college kids.
Charleston Birth Center is a safe environment to birth babies. Women need safe alternatives to hospital settings. Birth is normal. Complications are rare.
The problem, Sark, is Cubans have to "defect." They are not free to simply leave, yet they do, at great personal risk. And the risk of never seeing family members left behind again. One would also have "defected" from East Berlin, thus they built a wall. To me, this screams poor human rights. But regimes such as that of Castro always have their apologists. Well-minded liberals and socialists get caught up defending totalitarian regimes simply because they were borne out of oppressed classes in the name of social justice. I don't know why. The Russian Revolution taught us that "our" dictator may be every bit as bad as "theirs."
So far, at least our failed regimes, such as the previous Bush regime and probably the current Obama one, go away eventually as required by our constitution.
The Cubans certainly don't have that.
Not that it makes much difference if you are imprisoned for political crimes in either country.
And yes, I consider most drug incarcerations to be political incarcerations.
"It is astounding that someone could read the treatment of the Cuban people and think we act the same way".
Now where did I say that?
My only point is that those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Your point appears to be it is better to be incarcerated in a "nice" USA prison rather than one in Cuba.
If you consider China to be a failure your opinion about which countries are "failures" is worthless.
I don't claim there are no human rights abuses in Cuba, although you may have picked the wrong guy to illustrate them-he was arrested for domestic abuse, only afterward discovering his passion for dissent.
In day to day life living in Cuba is FAR FAR better for the average person than living most places in Latin America. Some people coming on here in rafts doesn't disprove that. If you were living in a 3rd world country (even a nice one) and knew that a 1st world country would roll out the welcome mat if you could make it to their beaches what would you do? The reason we don't see lots of raft people from the Dominican/Haiti isn't because those places are nicer to live, but because they're much further away than Cuba and they don't have the same "wet foot, dry foot" arrangement as Cubans.
FCb, you know as well as I do. That there is no comparison to what i posted happening in Cuba to what we have in the USA.
It is astounding that someone could read the treatment of the Cuban people and think we act the same way.
Any late night perusal of MSNBC showing lock-up... will see that the majority of our prisons are way above the level of Cuba and prisoners are afforded redress.
Just the fact that we can post on here and have political discussions without retribution from the federal government shows Cuba has a long way to go before their people can be called free.
Yes, simple enough. I personally consider China a failure. Any regime that sends tanks to quell peaceful demonstrations is lost to its people.
And, BTW, good old South Cackalackey has the eighth highest incarceration rate in the USA.
About 50 % more than Cuba.
Of course, it could be countered that the good old USA imprisons and otherwise persecutes million for violations of their political/religious drug laws.
The USA has a higher percentage of people incarcerated mostly due to these laws than any other country, including Cuba.
Atrogue: do you consider China a failed regime as well?
When are we going to DC…great job Wendell.
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