Essay on The Conflicts of Globalization

Submitted By heyineedtopass
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If globalization is a widespread notion shared across many nations that give ideas for how society should work, than I think it is safe to say that Cuba is a facing a serious social injustice. For years, We as a country have fought with the Cuban government for reasons that many of our own citizens don't understand. There are several instances that can be mentioned where it would appear that the Cuban government has been trying to help us. And yet, We refuse to lift the trade embargo we have against them or even so much as accept their attempted assistance. Surely, There must be a reason the US Government hasn't fallen for Castro's charm. Let us examine them, by starting first with basic information about Cuba. Cuba's official name is the "Republic of Cuba". They celebrated their very first independence day on May 20, 1902, making them the last major Spanish colony to gain independence. Unlike the US, they don't have states. They have 16 provinces, including their capital, and one special municipality known as the Isle of Youth. In 2010, The population was just over eleven million people. Those people speak their native language of Spanish. Much like the US, The average life expectancy is 77 years on average. The political party currently in power is known as a Cuban Communist Party, and is lead by General Raul Castro (Fidel Castro's brother and replacement in 2008). The Castro family took power forcibly in 1959 and has been in power ever since. Shortly after Fidel's take over, is when the problems with United States began. The relationship got rocky when the Cuban government began adopting the communist system and expropriated US property. The embargo on Cuban-American trade was placed in 1960, and a few months later we broke all diplomatic ties. (Country Specific Information - Cuba) From an outsider looking in, with very basic information, it would seem as though America and Cuba have a difference of opinion, and America can't seem to accept Cuba's point of view. As it stands, Cuba has tried a few times in the past 10 years to help our country and other countries in times of need. Lets take a look some of these events as they are vital to completely understanding the true nature of Cuban government. After years of feuding, In 2001 Cuba was completely devastated by Hurricane Michelle. For the first time in forty years, The US allowed Cuba to import food and medicine from us to help aid in their rebuild. Cuba would not accept the medication as they did not trust the American pharmaceutical companies, and were concerned about a possible attack using medical warfare. As it seems, Cuba attempted to return the favor in 2005 before Hurricane Katrina hit. They offered to send us over one thousand trained doctors to assist in aiding our injured citizens. Wouldn't it seem to fit the trend that America would accept their assistance in order to bring the doctors here and offer them asylum? This team of doctors is known as their medical brigade, and shortly after Katrina they were sent to Pakistan to help over 100,000 earthquake victims -- All of them returned to Cuba on their own free will and did not seek asylum in Pakistan. In addition there have been rumored reports of Cuba trying to help us with our recession if we allowed the trade embargo to be dropped. The price of items is cheaper in Cuba, and so is the cost of labor, therefore trading or buying from them could save us money. (Muhammad) There are several other instances inside their own country which would also lead you to believe that the government cares for their people. Such as "Operation Miracle" where they offered free eye surgery to the blind that would restore their sight. Over 250,000 operations were performed, at no cost. Also, They have one doctor to every 150 people - Which makes their healthcare more accessible than United States health care. Also, Kindergarten through graduate school is completely free of charge, but optional. They are also supplied with a