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Volume 007 Fall 2010

A *QUARTERLY JOURNAL* that describes life in different Latin American countries and Haiti; these include human-interest pieces, political analysis, discussions of US relationships. We will emphasize pieces about indigenous peoples, labor and human rights. We will publish literary pieces. Many of our articles will be reprinted from other sources. WE WILL CONSIDER SUBMITTED MANUSCRIPTS.

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CONTENTS

2      Editor´s Note


CUBA

 3     Ronald F Coburn,
         Is Medical Care and Training in Cuba a Disaster or a Miracle?


17     Marelys Valencia,
         The First Multinational Crop of Doctors


27    Margaret Chan,
         Remarks at the Latin American School of Medicine


33    Sandra Dunn,
         Irania Martinez Garcia: Hero of the Planet


COLOMBIA

35     Greg Grandin,
         Colombia After Uribe: An interview by Amy Goodman


COMMENT
40     Deena Stryker,
         Cuba and Haiti Today



43    Our Authors







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This issue of our Quarterly Journal latinamericahaiti.com is almost entirely on Cuba; this is the 50th anniversary of the US embargo of Cuban imports. We emphasize mainly the medical care that Cuban citizens receive and their struggle to survive the embargo. This is a very controversial area (just look at web sites under Cuban medical care) and any positive comments are often refuted as propaganda. My article, "Is Medical Care and Training in Cuba a Disaster or a Miracle," tries to emphasize data obtained by the World Health Organization and comments from neutral organizations and people. I am particularly influenced by statements of Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Margaret Chan who have observed medical care in Cuba. We also include a paper written by a staff writer of Granma International, a Cuban newspaper. In this article I can feel the excitement of international medical students at the Latin American School of Medicine. We have introduced a new section of latinamericahaiti.com for "comments" and include a comment by Deena Stryker. We hope others will send us "comments." One non-Cuban-related article is published, the Democracy Now interview of Greg Grandin, "Colombia After Uribe." This interview is included because of the importance of the change in presidency in this country, because Colombia has such close ties to the US with a new US military base there, and because Colombia enjoys huge funding by the US government.

Our Authors: Dr. Margaret Chan &ndash Remarks at the Latin American School of Medicine. Dr. Chan is Director General of theWorld Health Organization. Ronald F Coburn &ndash Is Medical Care and Training in Cuba a Disaster or a Miracle? Dr. Coburn is a physician who is on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is editor of latinamericahaiti.com and Coordinator of Amnesty International in Philadelphia. He resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Sandra Dunn &ndash Irania Martinez Garcia: Hero of the Planet. Ms. Dunn speaks of her experience of serving as a volunteer interpreter for a humanitarian aid organization that has worked in eastern Cuba for over 10 years. She resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Greg Grandin &ndash Colombia After Uribe &ndash An Interview With Amy Goodman. Greg Grandin is Professor of History at New York University and author of Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and The Rise of the New Imperialism. His most recent book Fordlandia was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. Deena Stryker &ndash Comment: Cuba and Haiti Today &ndash Deena Stryker who now lives in Philadelphia has also lived and worked in France, Italy, Cuba, Holland and Eastern Europe. She taught at the University of Massachusetts, was a State Department speech writer and policy analyst during the Carter Administration and has published four books. She wrote Cuba Yesterday and Today which was published in the Winter 2010 issue of our Quarterly Journal. Marelys Valencia &ndash The First Multinational Crop of Doctors. Ms. Valencia is a Granma International staff writer who resides in Cuba.