In the McCarthy era a poll quoted the Bill of Rights and people said it was Communist propaganda. This is a symptom of the failure of the US education system. It has nothing to do with people being stupid or not stupid. This is stuff you're supposed to learn in school and if people didn't, it's because the schools suck.
All employees are disposable, and always have been. Companies exist not to provide jobs but to provide profits for their owners. And they are not stupid. If churning employees didn't produce higher profits, it wouldn't happen. They have the data--if fact, you probably help them gather it.
The embargo, which followed the nationalizations, of course didn't stop anything, which is why the US finally gave up. But more important, the Cuban government offered every property owner compensation based on the owner's valuation of the property for tax purposes in the previous year. You won't be surprised to hear that no one accepted. BTW it has been illegal for many years for any US firm to accept compensation from Cuba for nationalized property.
I think most atheists do get this, and I think a lot of atheists (like me) shouldn't be called atheists. I don't believe there is a God and I don't believe there isn't a God. I think a lot of people called "atheists" are like that. I agree that atheism is a philosophy and it can also be a political position (Dawkins et al). I don't agree with their anti-religion campaigning because, a. who cares and b. that's not the way to get people to stop being religious, as if that mattered anyway.
There is no "national firewall." You may be thinking of China. Or more likely not thinking at all. It's fascinating how people will invent or repeat the most badly-informed (I'm too polite to say stupidest) things about Cuba and think they're intelligent.
The US has blocked Cuba's linking to the submarine cables that pass right by the island, so it's more than a little hypocritical from them to now criticize. Also, satellite is not cheap, compared to cable. Third, there are already a lot--a LOT--of Cubans on line through Facebook and other means. So know-it-alls with your sarcasm stick it somewhere else.
"Malpractce" is a civil, not a criminal matter. Lots of doctors have committed malpractice and continue to work.
Wyden's proposal says agencies shouldn't be allowed to "make" manufacturers put in a back door. How about "convincing"? All big corporations are on the same side as the "agencies"--and the US Senate, for that matter.
The "science" in Interstellar is all invented for the film. It has much more in common with Calvinball than astrophysics.
97 percent of the people in federal prisons never had a trial--their cases were settled through plea bargaining. Like this one was, except this guy was lucky enough not to end up behind bars.
But it's not defective. It works perfectly. That's exactly the problem.
Can you get them to take a computer class?
Email in Cuba is no more "heavily monitored" than anywhere else (can you spell NSA?) and it's available to everyone. However, there is only 1 ISP and there is only dialup (from home) so it could be the OP's family is there.
If I could I would mod this way up. It's exactly right--the problem is that "intelligence" is never defined. "Academic achievement"? What's that got to do with intelligence? Anyone who's ever been to school knows the answer is, "very little."
As alarming and shocking as this story may be to some people, it's only the latest in a very long story of big-buisness press collaboration with the men that own and run the country. The idea of an "independent" press is something they teach you in social studies classes in high school, like the "checks and balances" BS, and is one of the reasons the "education" system doesn't educate. Newspapers are big businesses and the economic and political interests of the owners are no different than the interests of owners of oil companies or phone companies. You can start whenever you want but one of the best-known examples of this is the NY Times agreement with John Kennedy not to print the Cuba invasion story in 1961 (before the invasion); then slide through the (early) years of the Vietnam war (especially the Tonkin Gulf resolution, the Iraq war of its day). The Cuba coverup continues--when was the last time you saw a story that wasn't entirely negative?. Liberals like to talk about some supposed golden age of investigative journalism, when the press was somehow something different, but it never existed.