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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Emily J Kirk, John M Kirk, and Norman Girvan, "Selective Commendation, Selective Indignation," Counterpunch, April 16-18, 2010.

[We might be well-advised to ask Cuba for help with the Canadian health care system. -jlt]

The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti caused some 230,000 deaths, left 1.5 million homeless, and has directly affected 3 million Haitians—1/3 of the population. On March 31, representatives of over 50 governments and international organizations gathered at the United Nations Haiti Donor Conference to pledge long-term assistance for the rebuilding of Haiti. At the conference, Cuba made arguably the most ambitious and impressive pledge of all countries—to rebuild the entire National Health Service. While the efforts of other government have been praised, those of Cuba, however, have largely been ignored in the media.

  At CNN, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the Miami Herald...politically biased “infotainment” has won out.


Hence in absolute terms the monetary value of Cuba’s contribution is almost 4 times that of France, 12 times that of Germany, and almost twice that of Canada. Indeed, excluding the U.S., Cuba’s contribution is more than the rest of the G7 [i.e., rich] countries combined, as well as 35% more than the contribution of the World Bank ($479 million). In all, 59 pledges were made from governments, regional blocs and financial institutions [including Venezuela, which pledged more than double the US. But that isn't the focus of this story. -jlt]

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