Visiting Australia for the first time, she is promoting a new book, Che Guevara Reader, a collection of her father’s writing. Asked if she tries to be like her father, Aleida replies: “Everyone in Cuba has that commitment – to try to be like Che.”
They sure do. Just like Che, they want to leave Cuba. Now Aleida has returned, with another book, so The Age once again rolls out the red carpet:
A warm, amiable woman, Guevara travels widely, giving lectures that reflect her father’s, and her own, socialist ideals and to advance Cuba’s place in the world. She’s in Australia to promote her latest book – Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America.
Can’t wait to not read it. Author of this fawning nonsense is Roslyn Guy, The Age’s education editor. Bear that in mind as you read the following:
Cubans, once ill-educated and poor, are now almost universally literate and have more doctors per capita than almost anywhere on earth. But they are still poor and they live in a one-party state that abhors opposition. Like the US, it jails dissidents …
Name these jailed US dissidents, Roslyn.
UPDATE/CORRECTION: Roslyn Guy is a former education editor at The Age; she last held the role in 2003.