uhhhh... yeah... right.... National Post. The right-wing spin it puts on pretty much any story rivals the idiocy of Fox News.
I think perhaps there is a conspiracy in the media to get me going The NP published an article by some nutjob connected to "Energy Probe" who was attending a conference in Havana. He and his daughter had just finished lunch at a streetside cafe when a middle-aged woman approached and asked if she could have the leftover chicken bones.
So buddy flips out, writing that Cubans are so desperately hungry they are begging for scraps from tourists' plates, and all of Havana's elite are driving around in Mecedes.
Bloody idiot. If he had half a clue / bothered to ask anyone / could speak a word of Spanish, then he would have learned that the scraps were actually going to end up in the mouths of "diplo dogs". Just over a year ago, Cuba banned the import of premium dog food (and other products) in an effort to avoid the contaminated meat problems other countries were experiencing. Reuters ran a story on the (stereotypical) diplomats' wives and their purebred watchamacallits (probably not Doxies) freaking because they could no longer get Rover's favourite flavour of Purina or something, and began sending their Cuban house-staff to scour butcher shops, etc. in the city for scraps. One butcher said he couldn't keep up with the demand for guts... something no-one wanted before.
A typical example of a damn stupid foreigner arriving wih a hefty load of preconceptions, making false assumptions based upon imperfect observation and research, then repeating the lies and expanding upon them, thus perpetuating those misconceptions for others back in North America. Self-fulfilling slander, I call it.
...and after a gentle *cough* correction provided by myself and several other readers, the NP then goes on to print two more articles by this deluded fool. Nor did they bother to give their readers any hint that the first article might be, oh, factually wanting... corrections and retractions apparently require a band of lawyers to achieve.
Oh, and the "Havana elite driving around in Mercedes"? Two categories here... either diplomats from other countries or Miami relatives visiting and showing off their $$. The government representatives I know (including those on the central committee) were all driving Ladas the last time I was in town. There are a couple of Mercedes sedans in town, used to handle foreign heads-of-state and other dignitaries.
But once again, Cuba is held to a different standard than the rest of the world. What does Jean Chretien have for a vehicle? Bush? Blair?
Do you <u>really</u> want to get me going again, Gerry?
Sure I do Mark. It's fun watchin you steam up the forum while trying to defend Fidel and his failing system.
I have been asked for my spent chicken bones several times after eating pollo frito at a stand in las Tunas. I do speak spanish and asked the lady what they were for. She told me she was going to make soup with them.
No mention of a dog. Guess they already ate that during the "special economic period" after the Soviets pulled out.