US & Cuba Could Bond for HaitiJanuary 14, 2010 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 14 — The Guardian online is currently featuring an article suggesting that the United States and Cuba should put their never ending Cold War aside and work together to help mitigate the crisis situation in the pummeled Haitian capital Port au Prince, hit by a major earthquake on Tuesday.
The article by journalist Steve Clemons notes: “In Latin America, Cuba stands out as one of the most effective deployers of soft power. Rather than exporting revolution, Cuba today exports doctors – with more than 30,000 Cuban doctors working in more than 100 underdeveloped countries around the world.
“Cuba has become a marquis provider of catastrophe-related medical assistance around the world, particularly after tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes – and no doubt will send large contingents of medical personnel to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.”
Clemons continues by pointing to the opportunity at hand: “Moving beyond the cold war stasis in US-Cuba relations is a priority of Barack Obama’s administration, and the devastation in Haiti provides a platform to provide relief for a desperate nearby nation and build collaboration between Cuba and the US.”
To read the full guardian.co.uk article click here.