How to Break the Chains on Cuba’s Economy

September 19, 2014 | 3 comments

The Cuban government-Party-State has acknowledged the poor performance of the country’s economy during the first half of the year. Criticisms among Cuban economists are more frequent. There is a consensus about the need to free Cuba’s productive forces.

The “Virtuous Circle” of Cuba’s Reforms

September 18, 2014 | 7 comments

The slow implementation of economic reforms in Cuba is justified with the argument that the government does not want to make any mistakes. Every step taken is allegedly preceded by a pilot test used to evaluate the consequences of the change.

Commercial Advertising at Cuban Stadiums

September 17, 2014 | 3 comments

With jerseys like the one that batter Stayler Hernandez is wearing, Industriales appears to have become a living billboard for Cuba’s Bucanero beer. The repercussions of this should not be taken lightly. Our government’s official journalists, often very concerned about the spread of lifestyles based on consumerism and frivolity, could well take on an interesting reflection on this matter.

Ebola: To Cuba, a crisis; to USA, a military campaign

September 17, 2014 | 15 comments

How’s this for a juxtaposition on how nations respond to a global health catastrophe. Check out these two headlines from yesterday’s news: ‘Cuba sends doctors to Ebola areas’ and ‘U.S. to deploy 3,000 troops as Ebola crisis worsens’.

For Public Media and Beliefs Without Discrimination in Cuba

September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I am expressing a conviction that is shared by many others. Trampling on the secular and impartial nature of the State and the public media is trampling on the freedoms of all citizens of all creeds. Such freedoms are curtailed when one religious message is imposed on those who do not want to receive it, through a television broadcaster that people pay for with their taxes and work.

Getting to Know the Unknown Che

September 15, 2014 | 19 comments

On February 26, 1964, Ernesto “Che” Guevara wrote the following to a man living at 560 Juan Bruno Zayas Street, Vibora, Havana: “Unfortunately, what reaches the majority – myself included – is an apology of the system and not its scientific analysis.”

Rebuilding Cubans as Individuals

September 12, 2014 | 13 comments

Even though studies and conferences about the rebuilding of a post-Castro Cuba abound, this transformation has never been analyzed in any depth from the point of view of the individual.

Liberalism: Theirs and Ours

September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The most recent historical developments on our continent have made the word “liberalism” something of a commonplace, but the concept behind this term has been linked to our schools of thought for at least two hundred years.

The United States’ “Backyard” and Cuba

September 11, 2014 | 27 comments

The United States has had to yield to pressures from Latin America and accept Cuba’s participation at the next Summit of the Americas, to be held on April 10, 2015. President Barack Obama had no choice: had he maintained the veto, it would have meant the end of these presidential gatherings.

My Mother and I Become Entrepreneurs in Cuba

September 11, 2014 | 13 comments

My mother and I went to get a Self-Employment License. We’re going to bring together investment and talent, quitting our professions, to make a little money and contribute to the country’s GDP. There are plenty of forms, seals & stuffy offices ahead of us.