MGINSD saidNo offense taken, Englander, and I trust none caused by me. I just feel compelled to tell it like it is when talk turns to "the new Cuba," which is not really much different from the old. Check your sources on this place; it is NOT the wonderland the left supposes it to be.
If we only stuck to democratized countries we wouldn't travel very far.
Cuba definitely has it's faults as does the USA. I have been put off many times travelling the US but have also had amazing experiences and have family and friends there.
When I got to a country I go for the full experience. I spoke to many Cubans about life in their country and there are definitely issues with propaganda and towing the party line. But their society is that way for a reason. The history of Cuba and Cuban revolution is pretty interesting.
You can only learn about countries by travelling there. You can also make a difference there by speaking to locals and buying things from them which will be less likely if/when the retail chains move in. Most people are trying to live their life in a heavily controlled society. Staying away doesn't help them.
...and I don't see what the Left or Right have to do with anything. There are many Left and Right commercially supporting China through trade and tourism which is a communist country (or Cuba is socialist).
I quite agree that you only learn about a country if you have been there, reading about places gives you not much information compared to going there. I have travelled a lot so know this, thats what I find really bad about the west, Europe, the UK and North America making judgments on other countries and going to war with them, Syria for example was a very stable country before ISIS, or should I say the CIA's trainee's screwed up the whole country which is now having a very big effect on Europe, Greece, Germany, Italy and France, Germany right now really not having a good time because of the sexual assaults going on over the new year caused by a minority of middle eastern men who I am sure aren't from Syria anyhow.
What should have happened is, our governments should have secured safe zones in the middle east and looked after them there rather than try and take them into Europe and mess up European society which has its own problems, all this I'm sure has been planned by the powers that be, nobody is that stupid to have let things get like this which i'm afraid to say was fairly obvious an outcome. Just look at history.