Conceiving Cuba’s Social and Economic Model

May 30, 2016 | 9 comments

It’s been a few days now since the 32-page tabloid detailing the conceptualization of Cuba’s social and economic model and the National Plan for Economic and Social Development through 2030 has been on sale at Correos de Cuba stands. I bought it straight away and read it..

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Twenty-First Century Parasites

May 28, 2016 | 6 comments

¡Comrades in the struggle for 21st Century Socialism: Commander Chavez will inspire our struggle! And at the same time, he can still give us something to eat…

It would be healthy to remember what the Cuba that they had wanted to build was, looking at history so it points the direction to follow. Photo: Raquel Perez Diaz
Cuba and its Outstanding Dreams

May 26, 2016 | 23 comments

When our children left home it was as if the sky had fallen; my wife and I fell in what is known as the “empty nest syndrome”. Suddenly we were without our main occupation; educate this pair of boys who gave us life.

Havana bici-taxi.  Photo: Luis Enrique Gonzalez.
Cuba Is Seeing Increasing Work Protests

May 25, 2016 | 9 comments

There are more than enough reasons to protest, it’s a spontaneous act, it’s becoming more common and by the way, they’re not asking for direct political demands, nobody’s shouting Down with Raul, down with the government!

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Mujica Stands Up for the Democratic Left

May 24, 2016 | 6 comments

It was with great relief that I read the news about (former Uruguayan president) Jose Mujica’s condemning words to embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Mujica acted as a voice of the democratic left in calling Maduro way out of order.

Cuba: A Question of Principles or How to Silence Debate

May 23, 2016 | 19 comments

Seeing the word “debate” in a headline of Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s one legal political party, may be encouraging…but only until one reads the title of the article in its entirety: “Rules for Debate, or a Question of Principles,” by Rafael Cruz Ramos.

Why I Like Comrade Arboleya So Much

May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Jesús Arboleya Cervera, a researcher at the Center for Studies on National Security Affairs, has just got involved in the messy business of Cuban socialism and politics in order to highlight the fact that the debate “is neverending in our daily work” and that even those opposed to the regime take part in this debate with “their opinions in formal and informal channels of discussion”.

Illustration by Carlos
A Cuban either Mistaken or Abandoned

May 23, 2016 | 7 comments

This is a short story about an ordinary Cuban. I was born into a humble family, the only wealth I had was my job. Catholic since I was a child, I was raised with the teachings of family union, love for God and thy neighbor. I was taught the importance of simplicity, honesty and integrity.

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The Persistence of Racism in Cuba

May 21, 2016 | 60 comments

The result of lingering racism in Cuba is graphic, irrefutable and devastating. Black neighborhoods are like war zones, the disproportion in the incarcerated population, level of prostitution and poverty are permanent testimony.

Inside the lobby of the Hermanos Almejeiras hospital.  Photo: Juan Suárez
Investment in Cuba’s Public Health: True of False?

May 20, 2016 | 11 comments

A fellow writer for HT recently brought up some pretty serious questions. Erasmo Calzadilla expressed his doubts relating to the supposed development of the investment process in the Cuban health system. These concerns are naturally shared by many of us.