Monthly Archives: August 2013

Positive Spaces / Fernando Damaso

For some time there has been a consolidation of some of the spaces for  analysis and discussion of issues that directly affect society: Critical Space; the magazine’s Temas’ Last Thursday; Dialogue in the Cuban Pavilion; the meetings of the magazines … Continue reading

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Smokescreen / Fernando Damaso

After the Cuban team stayed on the road following a fifth place finish in the Third World Baseball Classic, having been being beaten five consecutive times in the five games scheduled, on top of that by a U.S. team composed … Continue reading

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Sports Debacle / Fernando Damaso

The 14th World Athletics Championships have concluded and the Cuban delegation, composed of twenty-four athletes, managed to get only a silver medal (men’s triple jump) and two bronze medals (women’s shot put and high jump). The medal hopes pinned on … Continue reading

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Absurd Terminology / Fernando Damaso

In giving new names to things that already exist, we Cubans in the last century were profligate. We began by getting rid of the original names of various businesses and commercial establishments, and replacing them with a letter and number … Continue reading

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Understanding Another Reality

Cuba’s state-run press has been commenting on the protests by students in Chile and their demands for free education. Not surprisingly, it has used these protests to generate propaganda extolling the benefits of Cuba’s own form of free education. I … Continue reading

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The Visitors I Prefer / Fernando Damaso

If there is one thing that has always bothered me, it is the annoying habit that most politicians, scientists, cultural figures, athletes and others visiting the country at the invitation of the the authorities have of telling us Cubans how … Continue reading

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The Evil Not Mentioned / Fernando Damaso

The economic update, whose measures are tested and applied in drips and drabs, has not ended up, because it cannot, liberating productive forces, the only possibility for beginning to solve our critical situation. Authorizing the exercise of all professions and trades, … Continue reading

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