“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Cuba at 50.

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BBC World Service has a tremendous programme, Brand Cuba:

“In Brand Cuba, Allan Little analyses some of the factors that have kept Cuba alive in the public imagination over such a long period.

From the iconic images of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and the five decade-long stand-off between Cuba and the United States, to an exploration of Cuba’s military exploits in Southern Africa, and the island’s unique approach to diplomacy through medical aid.”

An MP3 of the programme is here.

Also see Charlie Gillett on Cuban music.

Written by modernityblog

30/12/2008 at 02:40

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  1. There is inside Cuba now, talks about its future. Some are moving in the direction of the China model, while others are aware of the dangers.

    A capitalist Cuba, will dismantle healthcare first thing, and turn it into Haiti.

    Ned Sublette a musicologist who produces post revolutionary music from Cuba, reads my blog. He has brilliantly fused on his own CD, American cowboy with Cuban percussion. He is often on public radio.

    Renegade Eye

    01/01/2009 at 05:41

  2. Cuba’s a little older than 50, I think.


    03/01/2009 at 22:31

  3. you know what, I can’t count nowadays 🙂


    04/01/2009 at 02:34

  4. “A capitalist Cuba, will dismantle healthcare first thing, and turn it into Haiti.”

    A leftist myth. Cuba was not a banana republic before Castro’s revolution and it will not become one after Castro’s brand of socialism is relegated to the dustbin of history.


    05/01/2009 at 21:27

  5. You never know, it might turn into Costa Rica.

    The choice ain’t between Haiti and Sunny Gulags


    06/01/2009 at 01:21

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