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Communism in Cuba. HOW WELL IS IT WORKING?. Who is Fidel Castro?. He was born to a wealthy family and received a law degree. He disliked the political and corporate influences of the U.S. in Cuba. Other children picked on him because of his childhood. He got involved in politics in college.

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Communism in cuba

Communism in Cuba

HOW WELL IS IT WORKING?


Who is fidel castro
Who is Fidel Castro?

  • He was born to a wealthy family and received a law degree.

  • He disliked the political and corporate influences of the U.S. in Cuba.

  • Other children picked on him because of his childhood.

  • He got involved in politics in college.


How did castro come to power
How Did Castro Come to Power?

  • He helped in the Cuban Revolution which overthrew Bautista (who was backed by the U.S.)

  • He then rose through the ranks (Prime Minister, Secretary of the Communist Party, President of the Council of State).


How has the u s tried to get rid of communist cuba
How Has the U.S. Tried to Get Rid of Communist Cuba?

  • Bay of Pigs- Cuban exiles were trained to take back their country and failed.

  • Assassination Attempts by CIA- 638

  • Embargo- We can not send Cuba any goods and we will not buy any goods from them.


Cuba and the soviet union as bffs
Cuba and the Soviet Union as BFFs!

  • The Soviet Union put missiles in Cuba (90 miles South of Key West) and caused the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • The Soviets provided military and economic aid to Cuba.

  • Cuba had the Soviets’ back when they invaded Czechoslovakia.

  • They stopped being friends after Gorbachev changed economic policies in the USSR.


Castro s new bff
Castro’s new BFF

  • Hugo Chavez sends oil to Cuba in exchange for Cuban doctors.

  • Both Anti-American.


Cuba and china
Cuba and China

  • China is Cuba’s 2nd largest trading partner, after Venezuela.

  • China has given Cuba 1,000 buses.

  • China has given Cuba 30,000 new refrigerators.

  • China gave Cuba equipment to block radio signals from an anti-Cuban radio station.




Daily life in cuba
Daily Life in Cuba jobs, and move around the country.



Monthly salaries
Monthly Salaries

  • How much do you think a worker makes in Cuba every month?

    $20

    (440 pesos)


How much do things cost in cuba
How Much Do Things Cost in Cuba?

Shoes- 500 pesos ($25)

Bunch of Bananas/Avocados-40 pesos

1 Liter of Cooking Oil-54 pesos ($2)

Taxi ride through the city- 10 pesos (workers earn 18 pesos/day)




A month s ration card
A Month’s Ration Card

Rice 6 pounds

Beans 20 ounces

White Sugar 3 pounds

Dark Sugar 3 pounds

Milk (under 7) 1 Liter/day

Eggs* 12 (only Sept-Dec)

Potatoes/Bananas 15 pounds


Meats
Meats

Meat is distributed every 15 days and rotated:

Beef- ½ pound per person

Chicken -1 pound per person


Other necessities
Other Necessities

  • Toilet paper- 2 rolls per person every month

  • 1 bar of laundry soap (every 2 months)

  • 1 bar of bath soap (every 2 months)

  • 1 tube of toothpaste (every two months for three people)



Ways to get what you need
Ways to Get What You Need

  • Work in the tourist industry

  • Drive a taxi (it costs $400 to get a taxi license)

  • Have family in Miami that sends you money

  • Stealing from the government

  • Trading services or goods with friends/neighbors

  • Cafeteria workers bring food home


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