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Cuba - Where Cultures Combine

It's home to frequent hurricanes, communism, the mambo and a booming tourism trade. While it's a fairly small country, Cuba is a brimming with life, history and contradictions. We've got the 411 on this colorful Caribbean country.

Cuba - Where Is It?

Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico meet the Atlantic Ocean. Cuba is located south of Florida and north of the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. The country is made up of the Island of Cuba, the Isle of Youth and a few other small islands. It's the most populated Caribbean nation, with about 11,346,000 people living there. The capital of Cuba is Havana.

Cuba - A Little History

Christopher Columbus first spotted Cuba in 1492 and claimed it for Spain. This probably came as a big shock to the Taino and Ciboney people who already lived there. The Spanish settlers later brought African slaves to the country, who would eventually make up a significant part of the population. In the late 1800s, Cuba began its struggle for independence from Spain. When a US ship was mysteriously blown up in Havana, the US seized the opportunity to intervene - and so began the Spanish-American War. The Republic of Cuba gained formal independence on May 20th, 1902.

After the war, the US was granted the right to intervene in Cuban affairs - a right it used to control Cuba's finances and foreign affairs, among other things. The gap between the rich and poor grew wider in the coming years, which eventually set the scene for The Revolution, which led to the Cuban government being overthrown and Fidel Castro assuming leadership in 1959. At first Castro did not identify as a communist, but after the US invaded Cuba to overthrow him (The Bay of Pigs Invasion), Castro declared Cuba a communist state. Communism is a political ideology that has the goal of ending private ownership of property - and eventually becoming a society with no government and no social classes. Today, Fidel Castro is the longest-serving political leader in the world. However, since having some serious health problems early in 2006, he has temporarily handed power over to his brother Raul.

Cuba - Did U Know?

  • More than half of Cuba's population is of mixed race. The rest is mostly of Spanish, African, South American or Chinese origin.
  • Cuba has one of the highest literacy in Latin America and all education - even university - is free there.
  • The United States has an embargo against Cuba, which means the US won't allow certain goods to be shipped to Cuba and won't allow goods to enter the US from Cuba. The idea is to use the embargo to put pressure on Fidel Castro to leave office.
  • Fidel Castro has reportedly survived over 600 assassination attempts.
  • US law allows US citizens to travel to Cuba - they're just not allowed to spend any money there!
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urifour11
urifour11 posted in Debating:
@rainbowpoptart Well, I'd have to disagree with you there my friend. Naturally the audience that buys Barbie dolls are young girls. At a young age and with multimedia today girls are highly influenced by what they see on the TV, Magazine, and you guessed it their toys. Seeing is believing and with the unreachable beauty standards you see in magazines, it's kinda hard for girls to not want to pursue to be skinner and the likes. But anyway, your right with the Barbie being independent woman that don't need a man. But I think this new line is showing that all types of girls can be independent. This new line is expanding its skin colors, giving different hip sizes and different heights and different types of hair styles. It's no longer the blond haired and blue eyed type of deal. I think this is representing that there are many different kinds of people and different kinds of shape a sizes. With the television showing perfect fictional girl characters, or models on magazines, and other places, I think that it's good that they're showing different body types. 
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rainbowpoptart
@urifour11  I don't disagree with that. Well, not entirely. I disagree with your Barbie comments. Pink is Barbie's everything, and making something not pink for the female Barbie dolls would be a bit.. not Barbie.  I don't like their changing of the body shapes all too much. Barbie is supposed to be an exceptionally good-looking woman who shows girls that they don't need a man to be happy with their lives (though some people may think otherwise because of Ken's existence) and that they can do literally whatever they want to. It sounds really harsh, but I think it's the individual's fault for thinking they need to look a certain way to be accepted.  Although I strongly disagree with the newer dolls, I do completely respect why they're doing it. I'm sure they're working on the Lego sets. They already have dolls, so Legos should be here any day now, haha. And @Pink_Cool_Girl I want to look into the computer thing you were talking about to continue that discussion, but I'm super busy right now (I'm multi-tasking like crazy ugh). It'll have to wait until tomorrow. :P
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jayissocool
jayissocool posted in New Users:
Hey guys (and girls I guess too). My name is Jay I'm 13 and I live in PA. I like videogames especially minecraft and pokemon. I'm mostly on here cus I'm bored but it would cool to make a few new friends online. I actually already talked with one guy on here for a bit who seemed cool. If you want to just hang out and chat let me know. I have to go to bed right now but I'll read it tomorrow morning. Night all  :thumbsup
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Exactly!
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urifour11
urifour11 posted in Debating:
@rainbowpoptart  You make a very good point. But what I think PCG is trying to say is that maybe someone should consider that some girls don't like pink? Like, I loved playing with doll houses as a kid AND toy cars. But what if someone made a black Barbie house. Like hell yeah I would buy that. Or maybe a pink you car. Wouldn't that be cool? Maybe what I'm trying to get at here is that companies could mix and match their toys together. Use different colors for different items. That would help expand their market much more.  What I'm really impressed though is what Barbie is doing at the moment with making different body types for their dolls. That's awesome right? Anyway, if a girl wants to get a toy car then she can just waltz her way to the boys section and get one. Sure it's kinda disregarding that maybe a girl would like a toy car but man, that's not stopping her from buying that sweet toy car. But what we should really be focusing on is how LEGOS did the sexist thing. WHY ISNT THERE A BATGIRL LEGO SET OR A WONDERWOMAN LEGO SET?!? THATS WHAT IM WAITING FOR AND IM 13 YEARS OLD BUT I WOULD MOST DEFINATLEY BUY ANYTHING REGUARDING WONDERWOMAN. A little off topic. Companies would make more money mixing and matching their toys. Blue toy cars for girls Barbies, a cooking grill for boys. And then there are things that are for both genders like science sets or Doctor kits. In fact I think girls play more with Doctor kits than boys tbh. What one saying is, companies could expand more. 
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