Watch the slideshow (opens in its own window; X out to return here). The buildings may be dilapidated but everyone has health care, and infant death rates are lower than those in the U.S. Who said that the true sign of a civilized society was how it treated its most helpless members?
"A Cuban adult's monthly food ration: 3.8kg of rice, 283g of dried beans, 2.3kg of sugar, 113g ounces of coffee, about two cups of cooking oil, 10 eggs, a bag of salt, a bar of soap, a tube of toothpaste, 226g of dried pasta, 226g of sweetened cocoa, 1.8kg of potatoes, 30 bread rolls and a bottle of dishwashing liquid. Missing are crackers. 283g of fish, 226g of chicken and a little less than 500g inexpensive meat products"
Photograph: Javier Galeano/AP