Paradise lost

My latest New Matilda column is about the current situation in Cuba and the Left’s regular failure to honestly analysis the Castro regime:

Cuba is a police State.

After spending time in Cuba, it is clear that revolutionary fervour is virtually non-existent among the younger generation; and that the genuine successes of the country — free healthcare and education, as just two examples — are compromised by the Castro regime’s repression of its citizens and its isolating them from information that is freely available in the West.

Such truisms do not mean, however, that US-style disaster capitalism is the answer. Indeed, many people I spoke to in Cuba were both wary and highly curious about a wholesale change of their economic system. The young, especially, were already embracing American hip-hop culture — listening to Gangsta Rap or wearing signature fashion.

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