Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Very Bad Bet / Fernando Damaso

During 2013, despite delivering appeasing speeches in international forums, primarily for foreign consumption, Cuban authorities maintained and increased the repression against peaceful opponents, in most cases culminating with the use of physical violence by their agents and employees. All indications … Continue reading

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The Need to Speed Things Up / Fernando Damaso

Anyone who has had the strength to watch and listen to the sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power has reached the conclusion that 2014 is looking grimmer and grimmer. After detailing a string of failures from various causes in both … Continue reading

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Another Sad Anniversary / Fernando Damaso

A few days hence will mark fifty-five years of a political, economic and social phenomenon that in January 1959 completely disrupted the fate of the Cuban nation. The so-called revolution became a devolution. The results, as seen over time, are … Continue reading

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Grim Violence

Violence in Cuba has a long history: it started with clashes between the aborigines fighting for territory, continued with colonization and slavery, and increased during the struggles for independence, where Spaniards and Cubans made unlimited use of it. On the … Continue reading

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The New Equivocation / Fernando Damaso

The violence organized by State Security to repress those who think differently on Human Rights Day, in Havana as well as in other provinces, shows once again the true roots of the repressive regime. While in South Africa the President … Continue reading

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The Real Monuments / Fernando Damaso

There are those who think that, given the ongoing deterioration to the healthcare, education and athletic systems, the main monuments to Cuban socialism are the plazas of the revolution, built mostly in provincial capitals and in some municipalities. Nothing could … Continue reading

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Closed Doors / Fernando Damaso

Photo: Rebeca In Havana in the 1950s stores, cinemas, theaters, clinics and hospitals had great open doors. (With the advent of air conditioning they were alternately opened and closed to maintain the pleasant indoor temperature.) This allowed citizens to easily … Continue reading

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