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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Why do Latin Americans admire Cuba?

This should give you some idea of what socialism means in practice:
Julio Palacios, president of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), highlighted this Monday Cuba’s fulfillment of the UN Millennium Goals on the reduction of poverty, access to education and health and a lower infant mortality rate.

"Cuba is the only country in the Caribbean and even at the level of all Latin America to have exceeded the Millennium Goals in almost all areas," Palacios stated to Prensa Latina at the parliamentary summit that is in session in the Guatemalan capital.

The development goals are an attempt to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, attain universal elementary education, reduce maternal and infant mortality, halt the spread of AIDS and guarantee sustainability and the environment.

Only a few Latin American countries have advanced in that context and others have even regressed from 2000 to date, the PARLACEN president noted.

According to the Central American Parliament, more than 200 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are living in poverty and 96 million of them in absolute poverty.
OK, let's hear it, detractors. "Oh, but they don't have freedom of the press or two-party elections." No, they don't. What they do have, that hundreds of millions (maybe billions) of people around the world don't, is the right to life. And I'm not talking about abortion.

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