Posts Tagged ‘Fidel Castro’

“Chan Chan” by Compay Segundo

November 10, 2008

“Chan Chan” is an original song by the late Cuban artist Compay Segundo. It’s the opening track on the soundtrack to Buena Vista Social Club, a fascinating movie that documents the story of several Cuban jazz musicians. Buena Vista Social Club is available on NetFlix and is highly recommended. You’ll love it, and if it doesn’t work out for you, put your hand out like the rest of the country in hopes the government will bail you out of your situation.

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Stuff White People Like contest winner #4-Comparing People to Hitler

June 25, 2008

The always funny blog, StuffWhitePeopleLike.com recently sponsored a contest for reader submissions and here’s an excerpt below of winner #4.

Stuff White People Like: Comparing People to Hitler

It’s also critical that you avoid the fatal mistake of getting creative and comparing people you don’t like to other evil dictators, such as Joseph Stalin or Fidel Castro. With few exceptions, white people are actually fond of almost any dictator not named Hitler, and your remark that “this is just like something Mao Zedong would do” will be met with blank stares and possible social alienation. This is because, with the exception of Hitler, oppressive dictators share a passion for many of the things white people love- such as universal health care, conspiracy theories, caring about poor people while being filthy rich, and cool hats. Stick to the script and
compare things you don’t like to Hitler, and Hitler alone.

Cuba to abandon salary “equality”

June 12, 2008

Somewhere, a bunch of middle and upper class people who have no concept of the poverty most Cubans live in, are wailing. Cuban officials are apparently catching on to what free-market advocates have known for decades. Marxism has been berry, berry bad. Good for Cuba.

Cuba to abandon salary equality

Cuba is to abolish its system of equal pay for all and allow workers and managers to earn performance bonuses, a senior official has announced.

Vice-Minister for Labour Carlos Mateu said the current system – in place since the communist revolution in 1959 – was no longer “convenient”. He said wage differentiation should improve production and services. President Raul Castro has introduced a series of reforms since succeeding his ailing brother Fidel in February.

Writing in the communist party newspaper Granma Mr Mateu said workers would receive a minimum 5% bonus for meeting targets but with no ceiling on salaries. Managers could earn a 30% bonus if the team working under them increased production, he said.

The minister pointed out that the current wage system sapped employees’ incentives to excel since everyone earned the same regardless of performance.

“It’s harmful to give a worker less than he deserves, it’s also harmful to give him what he doesn’t deserve,” the newspaper article said.

But the impact in terms of purchasing power will be limited, the BBC’s Michael Voss in Havana says.

The average wage in Cuba for everyone – from doctors to farm labourers – is about $20 (£10) a month. Even before the recent sharp rise in oil and food prices Cuba was spending billions of dollars on imports, and that bill is likely to rise sharply, our correspondent says.

So far most of the reforms announced since Raul Castro took over the presidency have involved lifting restrictions such as the bans on mobile phones and computers.

The latest change is a more fundamental challenge to Marxist economic orthodoxy, our correspondent adds.