Monthly Archives: July 2011

Original Names

Our authorities have the absurd habit of changing the names of streets, parks, shops, businesses and even some public places, according to their short-term political interests. Thus, Presidents Avenue, El Vedado, built during the Republic and along which appear monuments, … Continue reading

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Excess Attention

I don’t think there’s a government in the world that devotes as much attention to what happens in the United States as that of Cuba. The neighbor to the north occupies the greatest space in official statements and the national … Continue reading

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Cautious Optimism

Small private businesses are beginning to multiply again throughout the city, including on my Tulipan Avenue, where just months ago they were wiped out. It’s like the weed that never dies, but in this case it is a good herb that … Continue reading

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An Original Congress

In a few days, the much postponed Sixth Party Congress will be held, with its original innovation: it will only address the economic issue. It is true that this is one of the most tricky, but there are other outstanding … Continue reading

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An Ingenous Question

Among the authorities and officials serving in the national mass media, the verb “to recover” is the most used  in these times of guidelines and updating the economic model. It is practically applied to all areas and activities of the … Continue reading

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Some Positive Measures

The press reports that at a meeting of the Council of Ministers they took some steps to ease aspects of self-employment. Among them: increasing from twenty-five to fifty the number of chairs allowed in paladares (private restaurants); reducing for a … Continue reading

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More Lists, Fewer Lists

I have carefully read each one of the approved guidelines in the recently completed Sixth Party Congress. They are the closest thing to a simple list of general intent, some questionable for their weight of discrimination against  nationals, to be … Continue reading

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The Fall of the Apostle (Jose Marti)

Soon, May 19, will mark the anniversary of the fall in Dos Rios, former province of Oriente, of José Martí, the most universal and transcendent of all Cubans. Poet, writer, critic, journalist, humanist, diplomat, politician, revolutionary and the main organizer … Continue reading

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To Support Who, in Reality?

Not surprisingly, in the crusade against the empire that the Cuban regime has waged since its establishment, they have regressed from supporting the progressive forces of that time, to closing ranks with the reactionary regimes of today. It seems that … Continue reading

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Fashionable Verbs

In the Cuban official language there is a set of verbs in wide use in recent years: to rescue, restore, recover, and the like. Leaders and officials use them in all their speeches, and journalists repeat them in their articles … Continue reading

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