Skip to comments.Cuba: The Holodomor Next Door. Their starvation policy is a crime against humanity.
Posted on 02/20/2014 5:40:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
I just got back from a business trip to Mexico. While there, I met with some Mexicans who had recently traveled to Cuba. What they told me was shocking. The Cuban people are being held on the edge of starvation.
According to my Mexican friends, ordinary Cubans are not allowed to eat beef. Instead, what beef there is in Cuba is reserved for the nations rulers and for tourists who can pay for it with foreign exchange while staying at the all-inclusive resort hotels. It is in fact illegal to sell beef to a Cuban not that any of them outside the ruling class would be able to buy much, since the average wage in Cuba is about 50 cents per day, or one-tenth of the minimum legal wage in Mexico. With this pittance, Cubans must subsist on the subsidized rations made available to them by the government. These comprise 5 pounds of rice, 5 pounds of sugar, 1 pound of salt, 10 ounces of beans, 8 ounces of cooking oil, 0.15 ounces of coffee mixed with unknown stuff that isnt coffee, 6 ounces of very-low-quality fish, and 1 pound of a disgusting product made from unsalable animal parts, per month. No fruits or vegetables are included. I repeat: These rations are not free, but must be paid for, with the total bill consuming most of a Cubans monthly salary. This leaves almost nothing to spend on additional food, which is available on the black market or in dollar stores, where reasonably good food, donated by Western aid agencies, is sold at (non-Cuban) supermarket prices to foreigners or government elites holding dollars or euros.
When Cubans found out my friends were Mexicans, they would frequently beg them for food.
I should add, by the way, that my Mexican informants are not right-wing Cuban émigrés looking to badmouth the Castro regime. On the contrary, they are individuals of generally left-leaning sentiments who voiced nothing but praise for the Cuban school system. Yet they saw what they saw, and they were willing to bear witness.
After hearing their report of North Koreanlike enforced hunger in Cuba, I decided to search the Internet to see if I could find confirmations from others. I found several. Apparently this situation has been going on for some time. An excellent account reporting many of the same observations was published by the intrepid Canadian blogger-traveler Ruby Weldon in 2009. A study published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in 2005 reported that 41 percent of patients encountered in Cubas hospitals suffered from malnutrition, and 11 percent were severely undernourished.
Yet such is not the dominant account given by the global media. Far from it. If you search the Internet for malnutrition in Cuba, you will see innumerable postings citing favorable reports from UNICEF and the World Health Organization that go so far as to claim that Cuba is leading the developing world in the complete elimination of malnutrition. Cuba has no such problems, trumpets Pravda.ru. It is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that eliminated severe malnutrition due to the governments efforts to improve peoples diet, especially those most vulnerable. Such big lie blanket denials remind one of the international left-wing medias willful blindness to the genocidal famine, or Holodomor, that the Stalin regime imposed on Ukraine in 193233.
While denying the existence of Cubas mass starvation, many regime apologists dont hesitate to simultaneously blame it on the United States. This is nonsense. The U.S. trade embargo on Cuba is almost completely ineffective, as many other countries, including the European Union, do not honor it. The goods of the world market are available for Cuba to purchase, but all the foreign exchange is monopolized by the regime, which uses it for its own power and pleasure. This allows the government to enforce starvation wages on the enslaved populace who have no choice but to work on such terms as the regime dictates, because the rulers ban private enterprise, and the country has no other employer.
Yet even more shocking, perhaps, than the deniers are certain current Western commentators who actually acknowledge the government-organized starvation but praise it. Some say that the Cuban diet is a great way to lose weight. Others see it as a key step forward in the fight to save the planet: [T]hey have created what may be the worlds largest working model of a semi-sustainable agriculture, one that doesnt rely nearly as heavily as the rest of the world does on oil, on chemicals, on shipping vast quantities of food back and forth, wrote environmental ideologue Bill McKibben in his 2005 Harpers article The Cuban Diet: What you will be eating when the revolution comes: They import some of their food from abroad a certain amount of rice from Vietnam, even some apples and beef and such from the United States. But mostly they grow their own, and with less ecological disruption than in most places. In recent years, organic farmers have visited the island in increasing numbers and celebrated its accomplishment.
Indeed, organic farmers are not the only ones celebrating. In 2006, the international Living Planet report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Global Footprint Network declared: Cuba is the only nation to achieve sustainable development.
However, such glorious strides can be accomplished only under socialism. As the Pulitzer Centers Kassondra Cloos put it in her glowing April 2013 Huffington Post article:
[F]arming wont significantly change for the better, until the world is forced to reckon with the diminishing supply of nonrenewable resources that power the engines that transport food across scores of time zones before it hits the dinner table. Its cheaper to burn gas using machines to plow, plant, harvest, and haul food than it is to sit down and think about how to more efficiently manage resources.
Under a dictatorship like the one in Cuba, change can be forced or necessitated overnight. . . . In a democracy, theres great freedom to choose the easy way out but it has hidden costs for everyone along the way.
Such endorsements place their authors beneath contempt. The Cuban governments brutal food-denial program is not a benevolent attempt to fight obesity, save the environment, or demonstrate the wonders of organic farming. It, like Stalins Holodomor, the Nazis Hunger Plan for the territories they occupied during the war, and the current North Korean regimes enforced starvation policy, is an effort to destroy the will of a population to resist tyranny through denial of the most essential substances necessary to maintain life and strength. The use of hunger as a weapon of political control is a crime against humanity. The well-stuffed slave masters currently gorging themselves in Cubas halls of power need to be held accountable.
Robert Zubrin is president of Pioneer Energy of Lakewood, Colo., and the author of Energy Victory. The paperback edition of his latest book, Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, was just published by Encounter Books.
Somewhere amongst us kids are photo's of our mam and dad , if not honeymooning, young enough to take a vacation together, and they are smiling in a nightclub with a table of people, drinks on the round table, etc.
Another photo shows them lovey-dovey birding on a beach
No clue as to the date but I'd guess nineteen thirties
There have been various postings on FR talking about the increasing control of the Federal government over food production in the US, the concentration of such production in large agribusiness hands and the many regulations that are driving small and family farms out of business. All of this makes it more possible to use food as a means of control here, as well.
Cuba is a communist country and the people have approved and allowed it for a generation - this is what they want - who are you to be critical of their culture and what they have and what they don’t have.
It’s noteworthy that sugar, Cuba’s number one export product, is one of the items being rationed.
And a Central American friend (for many years) of mine told me last night that there are reports of 60,000 Cuban troops either in Venezuela or on the way.
Cuba has been getting a lot of free Venezuelan oil from Chavez/Venezuela. The Commies must keep that advantage at any cost.
And with Obozo at the helm, there will be NO preventative measures by the US.
May God help us all.
And I suspect the report is accurate. I was told by the Chief Engineer at Radio Havana that he supplemented his diet by a food plot outside the city. And used sugar cane to supplement his died, he rode to work on a bicycle. He did not live close to work.
Think about this, the chief engineer for the national radio station. Told me 15 years ago about diet problems and issues driving back and forth to work on his bicycle.
Communism is Evil.
“an effort to destroy the will of a population to resist tyranny through denial of the most essential substances necessary to maintain life and strength. “
And when U.S. foodstamp use is up to 100%, the gate will begin to close...
I guess you’re too stupid to know sarcasm that you newbies need help
Well, in fact, the typical communist practice of starving the underclass is something that has always existed in every persistently successful civilization. If you do not starve the underclass, you devolve. It is happening to us now. The next generation of civilization will come from cultures that understand this.
Scary, but true.
Where / when did I criticize ?
Not a “Newbie”, been in here for many years. Didn’t look, read or smell like sarcasm ... you hit a sore spot. I greatly look forward to “pi$$ing on the Castros’s graves!
That, would be up to the people there.
The nice thing about sarcasm is no one really knows if you are being sarcastic or not. It’s fun to watch the one’s who don’t get it run in circles, and and it is equally fun to watch the one’s who do get it go back and forth wondering if you were being doubly sarcastic or merely sarcastic.
Soooo, why don’t we end it by ending the embargo against Cuba?
I know they stole people’s stuff, but, hey!, that is what governments do...
I hate commies more than the next guy, but the best way to fix it seems to be free trade.
Sounds like something Rava would say.
I went to Cuba on a mission trip and most Cubans are very cynical of their government. We don't like the parts of our government that we have to have interaction with; the post office, DMV, and now 0bamacare are not respected and have become a punchline. Imagine if just about EVERYTHING was run by the government and it is no wonder why the average Cuban doesn't like their government very much.
the average worker makes about $10 a month, a doctor $20-25, but the police get $50; and like us they know why you pay the police so much more than everyone else.
Guess there's not much difference between the mentality of 'liberal elites' and 'communist elites'... Our liberal elites would do this to us if they had the power.
It's the favorite horse for totalitarians to ride because it so effectively fools people in the 'take over' stage. You're right Texas - it's evil.
Totalitarianism in all it’s forms is evil.
Progressive, Socialist, Marxist, Communist, Fascist, Dictator, Islamist
RE: Soooo, why dont we end it by ending the embargo against Cuba?
How sure are we that the goods coming from America will be used to help the starving instead of the elites?
I don’t think this is news is it? Kids only get milk til age 7. Thats been going on forever.
Unlike aid, which would be controlled by the Cuban State, at least some of the goods and revenue from commerce would, inevitably, make it into the hands of average Cubans.
How can trade be done with Cuba under a regime that controls everything?
What is the State going to do with goods? We’re not talking about “free stuff” that they can steal and re-sell. They will need stuff to trade.
In the end, they’ll need the average Cubans to handle the stuff, and create the goods (cane sugar, among other things...). They will give them some sort of access to the goods.
I heard Mayor Bloomberg is concerned about the excess sugar in the monthly rations and positively livid about the amount of salt.
A modest proposal: the peons should just live on air; it is cheaper and very healthy.