“Regarding Juanita Castro's new book and her work for the CIA, when I was in Cuba from 1963 to 1965, there were 7 million Cubans. Now there are 11 or 12 million. People don't make babies when conditions are dire.”
AlinaM on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:25:30
“The majority of the population in Cuba is older. Also, people make babies when there is not effective means of birth control. If you were to check birth rates you will find that the poorest people have the most babies pretty much everywhere in the world.”
Ergon on Oct 27, 2009 at 17:16:00
“You're wrong, if well-intentioned. So, if the corollary of improved conditions is a falling birth rate, you'll be glad to know the Cuban birth rate is falling, as are infant mortality rates, and life expectancy is one of the highest in the Americas, at 76 years.
Which means conditions are quite ok. Not perfect, but better than havens of democracy like Haiti or the Dominican Republic, or the Appalachian mountains and parts of Mississippi :)”
wereeverywhere on Oct 27, 2009 at 16:13:08
“That's so sad. Please try again.”
Stephen Diaz on Oct 27, 2009 at 15:42:11
“India, Bangladesh, China, and the southern states of the US all say hello. Poor people tend to have more children than rich. Look at the population growth in Europe over the past 25 years. According to your thesis, Western Europe must be in shambles/
“Yesterday on Democracy Now, political writer Antonia Juhasz revealed the IMPORTANT part of the ISG's proposals, starting with why they have to be taken as a whole: the report recommends the privatization of Iraqi oil, with contracts for the oil majors, to be administered by a central government. I didn't hear anything about this either on CNN, public television or the BBC.
I enjoy your humor, Ariana, and that of your commentators, but shouldn't you also be exposiing what's behind this war? Nobody seems to talk about oil except in passing. This tends to make it seem only vaguely important.
A sentence in Sandra Mackey's 2003 book "The Reckoning" has been sticking in my mind since I read it. It was that under Saddam, cruising police cars were enough to prevent violence: the Iraqis were cowed. I keep wondering how they manage to abduct, torture, kill and hide victims under a many thousand man occupation? Is there a relationship between the violence that is somehow allowed to go on and the fact that the U.S. is building a bunch of permanent bases in Iraq?
If the up-front ISG recommendation is to hand the oil over to international comnpanies, via a central government, is it not conceivable that prolonged "failure" of a central government to control violence could be used to justify permanent occuption - which will be presented as for the good of the Iraqi people, but will in fact serve to protect foreign oil rights? Is Iraqi failure being engineered?
I'd like to hear fromm some military in Iraq about this.”