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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cuba : A Land Of We Not Me.

Cuba is an Island Country in The Caribbean. It is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of Key West, Florida. It covers a total area of 110,860 sq km. It has a population of 11,451,652 (July 2009 est). It has been truly said

"Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked" -Mr Peter De Vries

By using the word "Me" I am for sure referring to The country of Cuba. Verifying my statement, I shall not put you in a vex situation. Cuba is said to be a non-wellfare country, but in my perspective anyone who says so, is unaware that this country has been providing its citizens, every basic necessity of life.

Out of the total population, 99.8% of Cubans are literate. A large number of people of Cuba are considered to be doctors. People of Cuba are known as the most descent people on the surface of Earth. This country was under attack of the American army, this war was known as 'The Spanish-American War' for independence of Cuba.

Cuba is well-known for its Health Care System. This notion is further verified by an Academy award-winning American filmmaker, author and liberal political commentator; Michael Moore. He directed and produced Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko. These movies were amongst the top five highest-grossing documentaries of all time. Michael Moore directed Sicko which was a contrast of the American and the Cuban health care system. According to Michael Moore on a letter at his website,

"Roads that often surprise us and lead us to new ideas – and challenge us to reconsider the ones we began with have caused some minor delays."

The film was the subject of many controversies, when it was known that Michael Moore went to Cuba, with chronically ill September 11th rescue workers to shoot parts of the film. The film is currently ranked the third highest grossing documentary of all time and has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Michael moore held interviews with the 9/11 rescue workers, who volunteered after the attacks and were neglected completely by the American government, when it came for taking care of the physical and psycological maladies they had developed, including respiratory diseases and PTSD.

These rescue workers along with Michael Moore; in the documentary, needing medical attention, travelled from Miami to Cuba in order to obtain free medical care. The group arrives to Havana, where they purchase inexpensive medicines and receive free medical treatment. Providing only their name and birth date, the volunteers were hospitalized and received medical attention. Before they left, the rescue workers were honored by a local Havana fire station at Cuba.

Cuba has so far proven itself as the land of We not Me. Cuba has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the region, with the average citizen living up to 76 years. Hence, by keeping this country in our mind as an exquisite example of self determination and integration. Through this example, we can improve our sense of living a civilized life, through mutual cooperation and cohesion.