What the fuck does Mao have to do with modern day China? Nearly all of Mao's policies have been completely abandoned. For the last three decades China has seen tremendous economic growth, greatly reduced poverty and has become an emerging regional (and global) power. That's the opposite of a failed state.
I've stated basic and verifiable facts about Cuba. I haven't denied that they practice extensive internet censorship or that there are human rights abuses. I don't consider a one-party state to be the ideal form of government. I do worry that if the Cuban government were to collapse tomorrow that all the things that make Cuba admired through much of Latin America (domestic control of resources, healthcare and education systems) would be destroyed by a new US-backed government hellbent of 'structural adjustment' and following the Washington Consensus model.
Bunch of libs throwing a hissy fit because someone finally said "LEAVE US THE HELL ALONE"...period. I break my back everyday, and I'll be damned if I'm just gonna stand by and get robbed by the government. I make 30k/yr. If they didn't take 27% of my gross I would be doing GREAT(don't make me show you the numbers, that figure is accurate). I never asked them for anything; all i want is for the government to just stay out of my life. Judging by other comments, I can see some of us are ready to bow down and lick the boot of Uncle Sam. Too many have forgot that America was built by strong individuals, not a bunch of sissy socialists; they stayed in Europe because no one would subsidize a home, food, and healthcare for them in the New World...
hahaha ..worthless... well I'm really not sure what you think is a successful nation.
Lets just start with the begining of the People's Republic of China (1949–present)
Mao Ze-Dong is responsible for ,and this is a conservative estimate,
the murder of 49,000,000 of his own people !
In my book that is an F.
We will just have to agree to disagree.
I hope you don't plan to move there anytime soon and think you can post back here to us about your life because it won't happen. :(
Least not if you speak your mind.
This area needs a park. Hoping for the best for the area residents.
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.
Here's a solution: How about you complainers or a local business sponsor a child, get her/him through the training class, and add some business insight to the young mind. Teach her how to market herself and present herself in appearance. Give him books, articles, publications and other materials effective for developing his skills as a sales/marketing professional. And also the children can be led to supplies that are not stolen and not vandalize property in the making. We complain when children are on the wrong path, but the opportunity presents us a chance to steer them in the right direction. Instead, you SOBs and B!+(#3$ want to insist that a damn child is a nuisance. And for the jackass that brought the Castro/Obama handshake into play, well, the U.S. should not have diplomatic relations with China since it is a COMMUNIST country and has myriad human rights issues. Let's see where severing such a tie leaves America. Some of you have a critical lack of education.
"It is not a failed state/regime BY ANY MEASURE. Failed regime=/= does things you don't like"
Well i guess it depends what you consider a success... most rational people would
consider a regime that treats its people like this to be a failure...
..."Prisoners who criticize the government, or engage in hunger strikes and other forms of protest are often subjected to extended solitary confinement, beatings, restrictions on family visits, and denial of medical care.
Prisoners have no effective complaint mechanism to seek redress, giving prison authorities total impunity.
In January 2012, Wilman Villar Mendoza, 31, died after a 50-day hunger strike in prison, which he initiated to protest his unjust trial and inhumane prison conditions. He had been detained in November 2011 after participating in a peaceful demonstration, and was sentenced to four years in prison for “contempt” in a summary trial in which he had no lawyer.
After beginning his hunger strike, he was stripped naked and placed in solitary confinement in a cold cell. He was transferred to a hospital only days before he died."
If people are defecting across the fucking ocean on rafts, I'd say they have some problems.
Cuba has the highest Human Development Index in the Carribean (with the exception of a few tiny tourist islands, which can't be meaningfully compared to a real country, like comparing Iceland to the US) and one of the highest in Latin America. These are facts. It is not a failed state/regime by any measure. Failed regime=/= does things you don't like. Do you consider China a failed state as well?
The Peddlers license requirement was enacted IN RESPONSE to unruly juveniles stealing palmettos (and damaging people's trees), their threatening behavior to get people to buy their palmetto roses, and other problems.
It may be too bad that some "bad eggs" made things harder on their well-behaved fellow peddlers, but the response was warranted.
I suggest all the complainers that have recently arrived "from off" do some research in the City Paper and Post and Courier archives if they deny that many peddlers were a public problem!
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