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The Best of Notable Quotables; December 23, 1991

Vol. Four; No. 26


Armand Hammer Memorial Award (for Foreign Reporting)



“It’s  short of soap, so there are lice in the hospitals. It’s short of pantyhose, so women’s legs go bare. It’s short of snowsuits, so babies stay home in winter....The problem isn’t communism; nobody even talked about communism this week. The problem is shortages.”

– NBC’s John Chancellor on the Soviet Union, Aug. 21.


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“If nothing else, the Cuban revolution has eliminated abject need. The cost may be generalized poverty and zero political pluralism, but, even with shortages, there is no starvation here. Education and medical care are assured for all. And, unlike in most of Latin America, you don’t see naked or even shoeless children in the streets. When Castro speaks of the need to defend the gains of revolution, he means a level of social welfare rare in the underdeveloped world.”

Washington Post Asst. Foreign Editor Don Podesta, April 28 “Outlook” article.

“Young Cubans increasingly see themselves as the last idealists in a world that cares only about money....Ninety miles away in Miami, Cuban emigres wish for Fidel’s imminent collapse, but the island’s university students who volunteer to take a two-week ‘vacation’ in the fields don’t see trouble brewing in Paradise.”

Time reporter Cathy Booth, August 12 issue.