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Doctors Sue Cuba, Venezuela For Slavery

From Venezuela’s El Universal:

Seven Cuban doctors sue Cuba and Venezuela over "modern slavery"

February 23, 2010

Seven Cuban doctors and a nurse sued Cuba, Venezuela and the state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) for alleged conspiracy to force them to work in conditions of "modern slaves" in order to pay off the Cuban debt with the Venezuelan government for oil supply.

The defendants "intentionally and arbitrarily" held the health staff in "debt servitude" and the staff became "economic slaves" and "political advocates," according to the complaint filed in the United States, Efe reported.

The charges were made last Friday in a Federal Court in Miami by doctors Julio César Lubian, Ileana Mastrapa, Miguel Majfud, María del Carmen Milanés, Frank Vargas, as well as John Doe and Julio César Dieguez, and the nurse Osmani Rebeaux.

In the complaint, the leading defense attorney Arístides Cantón argued that the plaintiffs travelled to Venezuela in "deceit" and "threats," and were forced to work unlimited hours in a social welfare program known as "Mission Barrio Adentro," in areas with high rate of crime.

Meanwhile, in our country Mr. Obama is trying to enslave millions of more doctors in nearly identical ‘debt servitude.’

And yet this is the very same Obama who used to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln.

‘Honest Obe.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Doctors Sue Cuba, Venezuela For Slavery”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Well, Obama has been pushing for all Americans to give to public service. Not exactly, SOME Americans should serve selflessly, while others have no problem with sitting back and soaking up that service, since they can’t do it for themselves. *Just like at Christmas time, “It’s better to give than receive” however, some communities don’t share that sentiment, and don’t have any qualms about receiving year after year after year.

    Anyhoo, isn’t there some compromise between ‘doctor slavery’ and ‘doctor sucking-every-last-dollar-out-of-your-pocket’ system? There are other places in the world where health care is actually fair, reasonable, good, and affordable (not Canada). Why do we have to choose between the two extreme options?

    • Black_Lava says:

      Yes, indeedy, there is compromise! But, it can only happen under an administration that does not exude marxism. For too long, the entire health industry was allowed to run rampant and now this president wants the only possibility left – government-run health care – to be his legacy; he has failed miserably on everything else.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Charity begins at home.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    But the BBC told me on Sunday that Cuba is a vital emerging economy and is trading with Canada and Mexico, so there’s really nothing wrong with them!

    How can these disparities coexist?

  3. DANEgerus says:

    If there is a “Right to Healthcare” doesn’t that enslave the Healthcare worker by forcing them to provide their training and expertise below market value?

  4. Confucius says:

    Anyone know why this lawsuit is in America?

    • JohnMG says:

      Because anyone who sued over the same issues in Cuba has disappeared from the radar.

      They probably just decided to drop the charges.


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