War of words

Internet>> Encyclopaedia • Cuba

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

“It has deprived other nations of their natural resources in order to put them at the service of its firms and monopolies.”

So reads an entry on www.ecured.cu. The entry in question refers to the US and the site is the Cuban version of a Wikipedia-style encyclopaedia.

imageLaunched on December 14, the website EcuRed aims to “spread knowledge from a decolonizing, objective and truthful point of view”. It is an initiative of a Cuban government-run network with 600 computer centres around the island, and employs more than 1,150 content developers.

Of former US president George W Bush, EcuRed says he followed on “a long family tradition of dirty business, tricks and government intrigue,” and “tried to fight terrorism with more terrorism”.

The entry on the US also states, “It consumes 25 per cent of the energy produced on the planet and in spite of its wealth, more than a third of its population does not have assured medical attention.” The site does not mention the economic reforms introduced this year, which are currently the object of a national debate in Cuba.

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