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Ice Cream and Political Stability

 Eating ice cream at Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor in Havana  
In January of 2004 I took a group of U. S. students to Cuba as part of a winter session course abroad on Cuban History.  Our hotel was just blocks from the famed Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor which is located in a park like setting that takes up an entire city block. There is nothing like this in the United States. The Cuban revolution began in 1959 and the construction of Coppelia happened in 1960. You can purchase ice cream in the national currency in contrast to the hard currency which doesn’t often happen in Cuba making it inexpensive. For example at Coppelia one can purchase an Ensalada—four scoops of some of the best ice cream I've ever had covered with chocolate syrup for 5 pesos around 20 cents! Coppelia's ice cream makes me wonder what role food quantity and quality plays in a government’s support, stability, and longevity? How does change in food policy such as food subsidies for milk, tortillas, or bread change overtime and subsequently shape political changes? I am thinking most recently for example of the bread riots in Mozambique and the increasing long bread lines in Egypt that in part contributed to the revolutionary changes there.

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Eating Ice Cream South of the Border