50 Years of the Cuban Revolution/ 50 Años de la Revolución Cubana

Posted: January 3, 2009 in International News/Noticial Internacionales, Politics/Politica

Traducción al español después de la versión en inglés.

On January 1, 1959 the Cuban revolution begun overthrowing president Fulgencio Batista. Fidel Castro took power over Cuba, making Cuba a communist country that implemented many of the Marxist policies.  Rich Cubans were forced to give up their wealth and many leaved the country.

Cubans found refugee in different parts of the world, but  Florida is where most of them arrived.  Was this revolution a good idea?  That depends who you ask this question to.  Cubans living in Florida and in other parts of the world have waited to see Cuba free from Fidel and claim that this revolution was wrong.  Some Cubans living in Cuba want to leave, but it’s very dangerous to do so. If they get caught they face jail time and some claim that even death. However, some Cubans claim that they’re very happy, they have good medical care, education is free, the government takes care of them etc.

There is no way to meassure if this revolution was good for Cuba or not, that depends on who answers that. For us outsiders (non-Cuban) is the same story, we have diffent views as well, but I think that the majority  (non-communist) agree that is was a bad idea and we hope to see  Cuba free of Fidel’s revolution.  Let’s hope that 2009 will bring democracy to this beautiful and friendly country and that Cubans don’t have to wait another 50 years to be free!

En Español

En Enero 1 de 1959, la revolución cubana comenzó sacando al presidente en ese momento, Furgancio Batista. Fidel Castro tomó el poder en Cuba haciendo de Cuba un país comunista que implemento varias polizas Marxistas.  A Cubanos con riquezas en ese momentose les quito su fortuna y muchos dejaron su pais.

Los Cubanos encontraron refugio en diferente partes del mundo, pero la mayoría llegaron a la Florida.  Fue acaso esta revolución una buena idea? Eso depende a quien le hagamos esta pregunta. Los cubanos que viven en Florida y en otras partes del mundo han esperado a ver Cuba libre de Fidel Castro y opinan que esta revolución fué una mala idea.  Algunos cubanos que viven en Cuba quieren irse de Cuba, pero es peligroso hacerlo.  Sí son capturados en intento de irse de la isla, pueden ir a la cárcel y algunos dicen que hasta los pueden matar. Sinembargo, algunos cubanos en Cuba dicen que son muy felices, que tienen un cuidado médico excelente, acceso gratis a la educación, que el gobierno provee lo mejor para ellos etc.

No hay forma de medir si esta revolución fué buena o no para Cuba, pues eso depende en quien responde esta pregunta.  Para nosotros los que no somos de Cuba es lo mismo, ya que hay diferentes punto de vista en diferentes partes del mundo, pero creo que la mayoria (que no son comunistas) pensamos que fué una mala idea y esperamos que algún día veamos a Cuba libre de la revolución de Fidel.  Esperemos que el 2009 venga acompañado de democracia para este hermoso y amigable pais y que los cubanos no tengan que esperar otros 50 años para ser libres!

  1. Alvin Singh says:

    What about the fact that the revoliution ended segregation laws and developed the moral of the people on the island. Cuba has a healthy health care system training some of the world’s most compassionate doctors. And a high literacy rate compared to the dictatorship under Batista who would have passed the similar corruption to other presidents like surround islands like Haiti, Dominican Republic, etc.

    Cuba defiantly has problems but the morality of many of the Cubans is not to leave but to have more respect from trading partners like the USA. They should not be filled with McDonalds and western companies who only want to exploit the original culture. How do they survive in the 21st century is the question. Old cars, cigar factorys, dominoes games outside and samba is just a sight only you will see there.

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