Cuba launches Wikipedia clone "EcuRed," but needs a little help


As you may have heard, this week the government of Cuba launched a state-approved online encyclopedia, called EcuRed.

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

There are already nearly 20,000 articles in the index—an impressive start. Perhaps next they'll mirror those 250,000 WikiLeaks cables (minus the ones about Cuba, of course).

But, look. There. I fixed it for you. You're welcome.


  1. EcuRed está optimizada para una mejor visualización en el navegador Mozilla Firefox, lo puedes descargar haciendo clic aquí.

    Communists love Firefox, I knew it!

    1. One of the standard jibes against Wikipedia in the early days was that the article on the Klingon language was longer than the one on Latin, suggesting that contributors were mostly real-life versions of the Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy who were more interested in nerdy than significant things. Sadly for humor purposes, it turned out even then that Wikipedia had separate pages for the various versions of Latin (Classical, Medieval, Church, and Renaissance) and adding them up yielded a much longer version than the Klingon article.

      1. Yes, Klingon and Latin would have been a better unfair comparison. But EcuRed doesn’t have a Star Trek entry (yet), although it is mentioned in the Pixar, Intel, Oscars, and Mac OS entries.

      2. I don’t think you’re going to be able to find Classical, Medieval, Church or Renaissance pages on George W. Bush, though

        1. There is a Classical (George Bush #1) and Medieval (George W. Bush #2) version. Maybe the Renaissance version is their Jeb Bush entry.

  2. The fact that “red” is Spanish for “network” and also the English name for the color of communism suddenly becomes incredibly ironic.

  3. The article on Bush minces no words (nor wastes any time getting to the point of what the authors think of him). Wow.

  4. I look forward to amusing side-by-side comparisons of entries from EcuRed vs. entries from Conservapedia.

  5. Yes, I’m sure when you have a state-sponsored repository of definitive knowledge from an accused oppressive regime, its purpose is purely enlightenment without the slightest appearance of a conflict of interest.

  6. From Yahoo! Translator: “Bush was born 6 from July of 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, being the first son of the formed marriage George H.W. Bush and its Cruel wife.”

    1. This is not what the article says though. At first I thought you were making stuff up but in fact Babelfish just sucks.

      “Bush nació el 6 de julio de 1946 en New Haven, Connecticut, siendo el primer hijo del matrimonio formado George H. W. Bush y su esposa Barbara.”

      Babelfish thinks “Barbara” is the adjective “bárbara.”

      Use Google Translate. Much better.

  7. Of course, the article on the US is full of teh win:

    “It has been historically characterized by strip by force to other nations and countries of territories and natural resources to make them serve their companies and monopolies. Consumes 25% of the energy produced in the planet, despite their wealth over a third of its population has no guaranteed medical care.”

    “The national image that the United States see themselves as protectors and defenders of the law, freedom and democracy, is based on the belief that they possess moral superiority (because they are the “chosen people”). This assumption has allowed them to justify their interference in the internal affairs of other people (who are not “chosen of God”) or outright violence against them.”


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