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May 18, 2007

Bavarian Cuban Cooperation

Nice to see trade going on, enriching both parties:

In front of a picture of a skinny boy in his underpants hugging a water pump and flanked by a 1950s car, Thomas Lang, a Bavarian businessman, proudly describes his delight at striking a deal with the Cuban government.

"We've been asked to send 808 pumps to help the country's infrastructure get on its feet," he tells an audience at Munich's chamber of trade and industry (IHK), noting the dearth of clean drinking water for the Caribbean island's 11.4 million inhabitants.

Good, good. Clean drinking water, an important thing to provide. Slightly odd that such a well run and planned State like Cuba doesn't actually already do so of course. We usually associate water you ca't drink with places that are shit poor and badly run really, something that obviously can't be true of a place run by El Massimo Jefe now can it?

This however is a little less good:

The most delicious part of the deal for Bavarian traditionalists is the request for the luxury carmaker BMW to provide all of Cuba's ambassadors with its Series 1, 3 and 5 models. Even Raúl Castro, who is standing in for his sick brother, is to get a Series 5 car.

Seem to have forgotten that equality bit really, don't they?

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Some are more equal than others;)
At least if we provide the Cuban leaders with luxuries they will steal less from the people.

Posted by: Kit | May 18, 2007 11:38:23 AM

On the upside, at least every Cuban will be able to read the instructions on the pump.

Posted by: IanCroydon | May 18, 2007 12:33:33 PM