Back from Cuba
    It was a really interesting, thought provoking trip to say the least.

    Cuba is a very difficult place to get a grip on. I find it's impossible to say with any confidence how I feel about it or any sub-topic of it (government, communism, revolution, the trade embargo, Che Guevara...). It's well illustrated by two of the people that we met there -- a mother and daughter. Both are very well educated. Both are Marxist. Both are people whose opinions are thought out and you'd be inclined to trust them... The mother is a member of the communist party and strongly supports the government. Her daughter, a sociology graduate student, hates it and thinks it's Stalinist.

    If they're so divided -- educated, thoughtful people from the same family who know the system intimately -- how on earth could an interloper like me come to any conclusions?