2015: Year of Change for Cuba and Haiti | Huffington Post

n-CUBA-AND-HAITI-MAP-large570Cuba and Haiti — two Caribbean island neighbors separated by the Windward Passage — are worlds apart. Cuba is an example of failed communism; Haiti of failed capitalism. If either country is to progress, it will have to significantly change its political and economic system.Both islands have impressive histories: Haiti is the world’s only example of a successful slave revolt and Cuba was Spain’s Pearl of the Caribbean. Both countries face momentous challenges in 2015. The role of our government and the American people is to help empower Haitians and Cubans so that they can make wise choices that reflect the hopes and aspirations of the majority of their countrymen and women.However, a word of warning: in both countries, the process of change will require time, attention and commitment. There will be successes and failures. But we must continue to support the measures that will grow democracy, assure stability, and result in economic growth. via | Vicki J. Huddleston


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