Comaneci in Cuba

After 50 years of insanity, last year the United States finally normalized relations with Cuba. One of the benefits of this is that American citizens can now freely travel to the island nation.

According to Cuban state media (in Spanish), famous Romanian ex-gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in Havana yesterday.

My translation:

During her visit to Cuba, Nadia Comaneci was scheduled to meet with students from the National Gymnastic School.
Founded in 2006, the National Gymnastic School participates in exchanges with other young athletes around the world to practice all types of gymnastics, including rhythmic, artistic, and trampoline.

Comaneci still regularly conducts interviews in Romanian, and holds a number of honorary positions representing the Romanian government, but she is an American citizen, so it’s really nice to see her able to share her love (and knowledge) of the sport with kids in Cuba.

4 thoughts on “Comaneci in Cuba

  1. Communism collapsed in Europe, China and Vietnam is changing.
    Only Cuba an North Korea are still Stalinist state and you say: “After 50 years of insanity, last year the United States finally normalized relations with Cuba.” Why?
    Are you sure in your liberal-anarchist mind that 50 years were “insanity”?
    How about the fact that because “50 years of insanity” this criminal state could not keep spreading their inhumane system to poor countries in Africa an Latin America?
    I would like an intelligent answer from you not “yep” or other kind of cowardly answer.


    1. This is a fair comment, especially coming from someone who understands the global “capitalism vs. communism” narrative from one side only (as I pretty much used to also), but there’s a huge, fundamental difference between communism in eastern Europe, and communism in all those other places: in the latter case, many people actually sacrificed their lives and fought to empower the socialist/communist 1 party state, or even to have Chavez style socialism as we see in many Latin American countries now (former US “back yard”) whereas in soviet dominated eastern Europe, hardly anybody wanted it. Even so, this did not stop the soviet union from shoving it down all these countries throats at the end of WW2 with the help of the red army, KGB, and locally recruited opportunists. Cuba is far from perfect now, that’s for sure. The economy languishes, free speech is not exactly 100%, but how much of this is due to 50 years of economic isolation. The other side of the coin must also be taken into consideration however: universal literacy, quality education for all, and a health care system which could serve as an example to the rest of the world. What about what preceded Fidel’s and Guevara’s revolution? Was the Batista regime more to your liking? Obviously things are not as black and white as your comment would suggest. PS. the other big difference is that Cuba’s a hot country. Socialism is a lot more endurable in hot weather.

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      1. So if Batista regime was bad communism is the solution in your opinion.
        How about the system adopted in Chile after dictatorship?
        “free speech is not exactly 100%” you say.
        Get real, how about zero?
        You’re sure that 50 years of economic isolation made Cuba the disaster that is now
        not the soviet style economy.
        Is Venezuela in good shape economically after years and years of big money earned
        from high price of oil? Is US fault?
        In one thing you’re right, the communism didn’t collapsed in Cuba is because they made the revolution and most important the potential opposition emigrated.


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