Cuba marks the grim anniversary of instituting food rations. The rations are worse than what Cuban slaves were allowed in 1842:
Food Ration in 1842 for slaves in Cuba: Castro Gov. Ration since 1962
meat, chicken, fish–8 oz 2 oz.
Rice– 4 oz. 3 oz
Starches– 16 oz. 6.5 oz
Beans 4 oz. 1 oz.
The Miami Herald reports, Cuba’s food ration stores mark 50th anniversary
half a century after its creation, the booklet has come to symbolize the epic failure of Cuba’s agricultural sector and the communist government’s stubborn insistence on an egalitarian subsidy for each and every one of its 11 million people.
Four and a half years ago I wrote of Cuba: A Photograph as Metaphor, where I talked about this photograph,
A month’s rations would fit in the bag that lady is holding.