As the Cuban revolution gets closer to celebrating its 50th year, and the wave of progressive change continues to sweep Latin America, there is more focus on the precarious triumphs of the country. On Saturday the Guardian ran an article by an ex-CIA officer based in Latin America who reminds us of the unjust dirty methods that the US has used to fight against Cuba. He says that 'No country has suffered terrorism as long and consistently as Cuba' and that the cost of the US's economic warfare has been more than US$80b to the small island.
And a few weeks ago, there was another good opinion piece that challenged the idea that the Cuban revolution would fall when Castro dies. Apparently the Cuban economy is doing very well, growing by about 12% annually. A recent Gallup poll found very high satisfaction rates amongst Cubans for the island's socialised health and education services.