politics

Cuba Versus China (the politics of being useful)

Steve Marshall is an English travel agent. He lives in Spain, and he sells trips to Europeans who want to go to sunny places, including Cuba. In October, about 80 of his Web sites stopped working, thanks to the

The sites, in English, French and Spanish, had been online since 1998. Some, like www.cuba-hemingway.com, were literary. Others, like www.cuba-havanacity.com, discussed Cuban history and culture. Still others — www.ciaocuba.com and www.bonjourcuba.com — were purely commercial sites aimed at Italian and French tourists.
NY Times (A Wave of the Watch List, and Speech Disappears)

The question Americans should be asking is: Why is it that Cuba is so bad but China is okay? Clearly, lack of democracy is problematic. I won’t argue that the Cuban government is saintly. But it is also impossible to argue that Cuba approaches China’s human right violations by any order of magnitude. And that doesn’t even consider its various other violations.

Why is it that China kills, tortures, and suppresses its people and gets to host the Olympics, while Cuba keeps getting punched in the throat?

Leaving that question behind, we need to ask why the US Government is engaging in practices befitting of countries like China and Cuba. What makes our actions better? How is our suppression of free speech moral and democratic?

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