Take Dr Helen Yaffe, who is described as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, in the United Kingdom, and author of a forthcoming tome titled, “Ernesto Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution”.
In this letter to the London daily The Guardian, she takes the Left-leaning newspaper to task for assuming that Cuba’s economy is “moribund” and that the island is “impoverished”.
Not so, says Dr Yaffe: the Cuban economy is positively thriving, with annual growth of up to 12 per cent, wages rising rapidly for all and pensioners getting more in their pockets every month. Oh yes, and all those old-fashioned electric washing machines are being replaced with energy-efficient machinery!
As for impoverished, she asks: “How can you dismiss Cuba's first-world standard, free, universal education and healthcare services - luxuries gradually being withdrawn in our own country?” Ah, yes, health and education ...
But the most bizarre claim is that “Cuba has never claimed to be communist”, which I suspect will come as something of a surprise to most Cubans, including Fidel Castro.