Friday, September 05, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Far from being a genius, Castro was a political anachronism for decades before he resigned, holding on to … the early idealistic phase of the revolution far beyond its sell-by date and dragging his talented, free-spirited people down with him.

"There is nothing glamorous about Cuba’s grinding poverty. The habaneros earn on average £8 a month (plus meagre state-financed rations) and although most have enjoyed a good education and many are skilled, there is little work for them outside tourism and a few service industries. That is why so many of them ... have turned into full-time hustlers."

Travel writer Graham Boynton writing in The Daily Telegraph, London, about his most recent visit to Fidel Castro's island paradise. Worth a read.


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