Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Next Door Numbers
In Florida, where they were dancing in the streets at the death of Fidel Castro, the anti-sodomy law is still on the Statute Book.
But it was repealed in Cuba as long ago as 1979, before its repeal in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The American-backed coup in Honduras has led to an explosion of violence, including murder, against homosexuals.
More broadly, compare and contrast Cuba and her next door neighbour, the de facto American plantation in Haiti.
Haiti has had American-backed governments for almost the whole of the period since the Cuban Revolution, and it has one now.
Cuba and Haiti are both guilty of human rights abuses. Both have poverty, although it is Haiti that is the poorest country in the world.
Here, however, are the numbers:
Cuba: 11.4 million Haiti: 10.7 million
So, very much comparable, then.
Cuba: $77.1 billion - 67th in the world
Haiti: $8.88 billion - 142nd in the world
Infant mortality rate
Cuba: 4 per 1000 live births
Haiti: 52.2 per 1000 live births
Cuba: 9 kilocalories per person per day
Haiti: 523 kilocalories per person per day
Male survival rate to age 65
Female survival rate to age 65
Percentage of women in seats in Parliament
HIV/AIDS adult rate
Cuba: 4.7 per 100,000
Haiti: 10 per 100,000