Monthly Archives: August 2012

Complicated Pathways

Photo: Rebeca A citizen decides to solve the housing problem of his daughter and grandchildren by deeding her the roof of his house so she can build on top of it. He begins by submitting an application to the Ministry … Continue reading

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Just Decision, Complex Execution

An article about so-called “subsidies” — recently approved to help families who have housing problems, lack financial resources and are willing to rebuild or make repairs themselves — raises some questions. The article deals only with Pinar del Río, one of the provinces most … Continue reading

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The Bolsa Negra

A few days ago I was chatting with a group of friends, all of whom were concerned about the shortages in the state-run hard currency stores and the growth of the bolsa negra* — “the black bag,” also known as the “black market” or … Continue reading

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Strange Assumptions*

If you have been following the media campaign by Cuban authorities (and those of the ALBA** countries, among others) on behalf of Syria and Venezuela, it is easy to  detect a number of inconsistencies in approach. In terms of Syria, … Continue reading

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The City of Children

Archive photo The Lourdes Base, the extinct Soviet Center of Radio-electronic Espionage, that existed in Cuba during the Cold War, was installed in what had been the Torrens Juvenile Detention Center at the time of the Republic, a juvenile reformatory … Continue reading

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Past and Present

Archive Photo As in all human endeavor, there were correct and incorrect decisions made during Cuba’s republican era. I believe the former were greater than the latter, which leads me to reject labels such as neo-colonialism, puppet regime, pseudo-republic and … Continue reading

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We Would Prefer A Different First

The 2012 London Olympic Games of the XXX Olympiad have come to an end. Athletes from 204 countries competed to win in a spirit of brotherhood amid a festive atmosphere. Whether they won a medal or not, everyone, men and … Continue reading

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Speaking of Costs

Faced with the inability to publish news of real and palpable economic successes, which have been notable for their absence over the years, the official press waves the two threadbare banners of Cuban socialism — education and health. The first has been … Continue reading

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Wasting Time and Resources

The Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), a governmental organization that tries to sell itself as being non-governmental (NGO), has announced the dates for its congress in 2013. Its theme of “a revolutionary journalism in defense of socialism” is unambiguous. We … Continue reading

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Speculations

The truth about the accident in which Payá Sardinas died has been the subject of various speculations. The source of these is absolutely the responsibility of the Cuban authorities who, from the very beginning, tried to play down the importance … Continue reading

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