Anthony Alexanian: Media romanticize troubled dictatorship


By:Anthony Alexanian


As a Cuban-born American, I have no strong view for or against President Obama’s establishing full diplomatic relations with Cuba (“Voices around New England,” July 8).

However, the romanticized extended health care is dismal for most Cubans and education is used as a tool to indoctrinate Cuban youth. In reality, only the influential have access to good health care. In addition, what is the benefit of universal literacy when Cuban citizens are not allowed to read materials of their choice or express their thoughts freely?

Cuba may have been a mecca of gambling  before Fidel Castro. However, the gamblers were foreigners, mainly Americans, and money invested in the Cuban economy gave rise to prosperity for many, making Cuba the “Pearl of the Antilles,” as Christopher Columbus named it.

Today prostitution in Cuba is rampant and is a financial necessity even for women with university degrees.

Anthony Alexanian


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