CIA world-fact book : http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/cu.html
Cuba has one of lowest HIV rates in the world : (SocialistBenefits) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2003/denver_2003/2770631.stm (SocialistBenefits)
Interesting thought. Without the US embargo might Cuba become an economic power in the Caribean? A knowledge rich specialist in medicine and bio-tech? The Carribean Singapore? Castro as LeeKuanYew?
See criticism on GiftsAndCommerce
Barter with Venezuela, cheap oil for doctors : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4495975.stm