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5/12/2004 07:20:00 PM | Nikhil

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A good oped in the globe today reminded me that there is more than just the Muslim world out there. US Policy in my own Southeast Asia and in the U.S.'s backyard continues to recycle failed policies and worldviews. Douglas Starr, co-director of the Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism at the Boston University College of Communication, writes:
The Cubans I met were well educated, resilient, and showed no trace of self-pity despite facing daunting odds every day. They enjoy universal literacy and health care. Despite Cuba's poverty, its life expectancy and infant mortality rates equal those of the United States, according to the World Health Organization. They seem to have creative energy to burn.

They're also eager for American tourism and trade, which experience shows would liberalize their politics. Meanwhile, as one Cuban asked me: "Aren't we allowed to have our own form of government?"
The International Crisis Group sees problems in Myanmar. Quite rightly, they're not letting the country's military junta off. It's a long report, but there's a good executive summary here. Local nations are advocating a different approach.

EDIT:Update on Cuba's reaction from the AFP Wire, and here.



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