You did not respond to any single point I made.
Feyi Fawehinmi

Your article is basically made up of unsubstantiated allegations you believe because you apparently know little about Cuba. In the link I share below an eminent British surgeon films his experience in Cuba and interestingly, he expresses the view that the Cuban system is better than that of the NHS.

It is important to point out that Cubans are served in all the major facilities in the country. Thus, in this AP video dating back to 1995, a Cuban man who underwent neurosurgery in the country’s most prominent neurological center is shown:

Speaking of outlets for education, evidence showing that these abound exist. Thus, thanks to massive investments in arts, Cuba has produced several world renowned artists such as Lizt Alfonso, an individual recognized by UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador.

It is important to note that the comprehensive nature of Cuba’s education is such that there’s a focus on science, arts, and sports. This explains why UNESCO assessments of language and mathematical skills show that Cuban students outperform all other students by a large margin.

Furthermore, physical education in Cuba has ensured that Cuba’s sporting success in that hemisphere is second only to that of the US.

As regards income and standard of living in the country, I will avoid a protracted debate and instead provide examples such as that of La Guarida, a private restaurant opened in 1996. Customers at La Guarida have included Beyonce, De Niro, the Khardiashians, and several other celebs. The owner of that place rakes in profits running into hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly.

Private restaurants — paladares in Cuban parlance — number in the thousands in the country. Private ‘airbnbs’ , also numbering in the thousands, earn owners substantial income. While it is true that the country has an inverted pyramid and as such government employees have low salaries, benefits such as housing, education, food, and healthcare ensure that Cubans don’t suffer the indignities suffered by the millions of Americans who can’t access these under the capitalist system. As a matter of fact, 50% of America’s children depend on Medicaid, a welfare program the extremely capitalist republicans are keen on destroying.

In conclusion, your dismissal of the impact of the embargo is ignorant because you fail to take into consideration the provisions of the law. One provision includes a prohibition of the use of the dollar, the international currency of trade. Another bars ships that dock in Cuba from docking in the US for 6 months. Relatedly, international banks that perform financial transactions for Cuba are fined. Essentially, other countries are asked to choose between trading with the US and trading with Cuba.

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