Cuba launches Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia

Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:15pm EST
 
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HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has begun its own online encyclopedia, similar to Wikipedia, with the goal of presenting its version of the world and history.

It describes its longtime ideological enemy, the United States, as "the empire of our time" and "the most powerful nation of all time."

EcuRed (www.ecured.cu) will be launched officially on Tuesday, but it was already up and running on Monday, with 19,345 entries.

It was developed "to create and disseminate the knowledge of all and for all, from Cuba and with the world," the site said.

Users supposedly will be able to update entries with prior approval from EcuRed administrators.

"Its philosophy is the accumulation and development of knowledge, with a democratizing, not profitable, objective, from a decolonizer point of view," the site said.

Cuba and the United States, where Wikipedia was created, have been at odds since a 1959 revolution put Fidel Castro in power.

EcuRed's entry about the United States said it had historically taken "by force territory and natural resources from other nations, to put at the service of its businesses and monopolies."

"It consumes 25 percent 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."   Continued...