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Dividing the Pie: Cuba’s Ration System after 50 years


Dividing the Pie: Cuba’s Ration System after 50 years

Medea Benjamin
Raul Castro is trying to find a middle way, stimulating the economy while preserving revolutionary gains like free healthcare and education.

La libreta, the Cuba ration booklet, encapsulates the debate about Cuba’s socialist experiment. Detractors say that the fact that food is still rationed after 50 years, and that over 60 percent of the island’s food is still imported, proves the failure of a bureaucratic, state-run economy sapping the entrepreneurial spirit of workers and farmers.


Ms. Benjamin is an excellent analyst and a reliable source - unlike most of the media (not Medea) out there.
Her co-written book “Don’t Be Afraid Gringo” was and remains an incisive examination of Central America.
The woman walks the walk.
Disclosure - I have no personal, familial, or financial connections of any sort to Medea.


Thank you for the article and comment. I consider myself to be a fairly well informed political activist, but I’m 58 years old and know almost nothing about Cuba. I’m a little ashamed. Thanks for the prod.