Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Little History

We Cubans, with regards to our history, are quite chauvinistic. We believe, and even are convinced of it, that since we appeared on this earth, we have been fighting for freedom. It goes back to chief Hatuey (who incidentally was … Continue reading

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Sense of Belonging

With the establishment of the socialist system, the sense of belonging is diluted in the so-called masses, an abstract entity without personality of its own and, therefore, able to be used in whatever way, according to political expediency. The masses, … Continue reading

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“Fight for your food, Taino.“

Given the changes planned to be introduced into our economic model, designed and planned by the government, some citizens, according to our intellectual and material abilities, without anyone ordering us to or paying us for it, have taken on the … Continue reading

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PINES

One day in April, no matter the year, the pines of the fence began to bleed. All of us, seekers of nests, looked puzzled and,  children at the end, we went to the grownups to explain this phenomenon to us. … Continue reading

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Our Architectural Patrimony in Danger

Among the many other losses, our architectural patrimony is a constant throughout the island. Years of lack of maintenance, general apathy, and the actions of leaders and officials with an excess of initiative but a lack of a citizen’s sensibility, … Continue reading

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Poverty of Language

From what I hear on the radio, see and hear on television and read in the newspaper, I’ve come to the conclusion that Cubans, at least those who have some role in these media or who are interviewed, have stopped … Continue reading

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A Date That Should be Respected

Today, May 20, as in all countries that respect their history, we should mark the 109th anniversary of the birth of our Republic, but here, officially, that’s not the case: This date, like so many others, has been demonized and … Continue reading

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The Stations of the Cross of Self-Employment

Not so long ago self-employment began to materialize, in keeping with a medieval list of approved occupations, and now dissatisfaction proliferates among those who pinned their dwindling hopes on it. Among the absurd regulations, improvised inspectors, and highway robbery taxes, … Continue reading

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Change of Generations

Lately it has been repeatedly affirmed by leaders and officials that the Cuban people chose the Revolution in 1959 and Socialism in 1961, such that it is no longer necessary to decide anything because it was already done at that … Continue reading

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Three Friends

Talking with two friends from my generation, our conversation drifted to the conditions of establishment of socialism in Cuba. We agree that, in the fifties, most weren’t interested in socialism, much less its establishment. The general desire was the restoration … Continue reading

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