Beyond Labels

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For Monday 7/26: Haiti and Cuba

Over the last two weeks, Haiti has seen the assassination of its president and a conflict between two people claiming to be prime minster (one has since withdrawn his claim), and Cuba has seen the largest public demonstrations against the government since, some say, the 1950s. Both countries have large, impoverished populations suffering from shortages of food and medicine.

  • Who, if anyone, is responsible for the current conditions in each country other than the Haitians and Cubans themselves?
  • If others bear some responsibility for those conditions what, if anything, should those others do to remedy or mitigate the situation?
  • What might the consequences be to other countries (including, but not limited to, the US) if instability in either of those countries continues or gets worse?

Here’s a PDF of a recent NY Times article to get us started.

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