Foreigners visiting here tend to ask us questions that aren’t the least bit easy to answer. A short while ago, a friend from abroad asked me if I believed young Cubans supported the revolution.
I wonder to what extent the Cuban nation is what it wanted to be and to what extent circumstances forced it to be what it is.
People started to gather around the women. Thankfully, the surprise demonstration wasn’t met with aggression. Those gathered began to comment under their breath, as though the people speaking were expressing the fear in themselves, a fear these government opponents had long rid their minds of.
The congress of Cuba’s National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) came to a close a few days ago. I was left with the impression that this gathering offered us very suggestive details. From what was said, it seems we should expect farm product prices to continue to rise.
When Nelson Mandela was about to proclaim his country’s new constitution, he delved into the issue of the human races. The scientific answer he came upon is still considered valid today: we are all the children of a primordial Eve born 190,000 years ago, probably near the great African lakes, and of a primordial Adam of similar origins, who roamed the Earth 50 thousand years later. Human beings, in fact, share more than 99% of their genetic makeup. There are no races, or, better, there is but one race: Homo sapiens.
It was clear from the start that Pope Francis would be a refreshing change from previous popes under which the Catholic Church seemed most concerned about sexual mores, reaffirming dogma, and maintaining the power and monolithic unity of the institution and the faith.
The murder of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton is one of many cases that illustrate the sort of impunity that exists and will continue to exist in El Salvador for many years to come. Both the Left and the Right have connived to keep the truth hidden.
Eight million eggs are stolen, tens of thousands of cows disappear, over a million dollars destined to garbage collection are embezzled, food for psychiatric patients is re-sold, a seafood container goes missing and a minister makes a buck off people’s food.
I have a question for you Fidelistas, followers of Raul Castro, cardboard revolutionaries, fragile de-evolutionists, communists of the Cuban-Soviet type (never true communists) and opportunists who espouse the ideology that allows you to sit in the throne of power without doing any actual work.
A wave of pro-Russian culture seems to be bathing Cuba’s current official discourse. Journalists and ideologues from our main newspaper, Granma, write words of praise for the Euro-Asian giant, while politicians work to tighten relations with the country. Photo: TASS