Northwestern University and Evanston's Only Daily News Source Since 1881

The Daily Northwestern

Northwestern University and Evanston's Only Daily News Source Since 1881

The Daily Northwestern

Northwestern University and Evanston's Only Daily News Source Since 1881

The Daily Northwestern


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Cuban citizens aren’t free just because they can vote

I was angered by Josh Miller’s April 6 column, “Cuba knows how to get their young voters to show up.”

Does Miller realize that Cuba gets its young people to show up to vote by forcing them to? Does he call a gun to the head inspiration to vote? Does he realize that having the same candidate in every election is not democracy?

Saddam Hussein — the butcher of Baghdad who put hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in mass graves — also had 100 percent of the vote as he was the only “candidate.” Is that democracy in action?

I am not surprised as a graduate of a liberal arts college myself. I heard professors talk about the supposed 100 percent literacy rate in Cuba. They would bristle when I would ask, “What’s the point of knowing how to read when you are not free to read what you wish?”

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