Author Archives: mermeladaen

Mutual Respect / Fernando Damaso

The reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States has been well received by the majority of Cubans both within and outside the island. Although it represents only the first step in solving the dispute … Continue reading

Posted in Fernando Damaso

New Year Desires / Fernando Damaso

For the five-year period 2011-2016, the Cuban authorities planned for a 5.1% growth in the economy. It was later reduced to 4.4%. However the average growth has been 2.7%, with this year, 2014, being the worst with a growth of only … Continue reading

Posted in Fernando Damaso

Different Disputes / Fernando Damaso

The initiation of changes in the historical dispute between the Cuban government and the different government administrations of the United States that has begun with the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, should address, as has been pointed out by both leaders, … Continue reading

Posted in Fernando Damaso | Leave a comment

Hip-Hop in the Spotlight / Fernando Damaso

  Allegations continue in the Cuban official press about the subversion organized by USAID against the ruling regime in the country. Now it touches the hip-hop musical movement. I will not devote time to whether or not it is true … Continue reading

Posted in Fernando Damaso | Leave a comment

Latent Concern / Fernando Damaso

Whenever the Cuban authorities, meet to discuss new laws, decrees, dispositions, or regulations, we citizens find ourselves overcome with worry and uncertainty. It happens that, after the legislation is approved, the only thing they have done is to restore rights … Continue reading

Posted in Fernando Damaso | Leave a comment

Change of Scenery

Clearly, though we have not been aware of it until its recent announcement, there has been a change of scenery in Cuban policy, at least in regards to differences between the two governments. This shift requires a repositioning of the … Continue reading

Posted in Fernando Damaso | Leave a comment

Winning as a Political Obsession / Fernando Damaso

  The odd relationship between bread and circuses has been with us since the days of the Roman Empire. When the former is in short supply, the latter is in abundance. Cuban government officials have been putting it to use … Continue reading

Posted in Fernando Damaso, Translator: Alicia Barraqué Ellison | Leave a comment