Fed up with the capitalist lies that permeate Wikipedia, the Cuban government has set up its own alternative.
Due to launch later today, the Spanish-language ecured.cu has a slightly different take on the world to its bigger rival, and says it will “create and disseminate the knowledge of all and for all, from Cuba and with the world.”
For example, the Wikipedia entry for the US begins: “The United States of America (also referred to as the United States, the US, the USA, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district.”
So far, so good. But Ecured gives the inside story, pointing out that it’s the “empire of our time, which has historically taken by force territory and natural resources from other nations, to put at the service of its businesses and monopolies”.
There a similar difference in the sites’ views about the Castro brothers.
Wikipedia is largely content to list Raul’s impressive list of official titles – although it does comment that “Raul’s abilities as a military leader during the revolution are hard to see clearly.”
There’s no such difficulty for Ecured, however, which describes him as a “revolutionary combatant, political leader, statesman and military chief.”
Cuba has more going for it than its popularity with Europeans as a holiday resort. It also, famously, boasts a superior health service and better life expectancy than the US, and Ecured doesn’t miss the opprtunity to highlight this.
The US “consumes 25 per cent of the energy produced on the planet and in spite of its wealth, more than a third of its population does not have assured medical attention,” it points out.