Do Cuba’s Youth Support the Revolution?

May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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.

Cuba: From the Republic in Arms to a Republic of Law

May 28, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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.

Ladies in White on My Street Corner

May 27, 2015 | 7 comments

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.

Cuba Farmers Congress Suggestive of Things to Come

May 23, 2015 | 6 comments

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.

A Warning about Political Zombies

May 22, 2015 | 4 comments

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.

Francis, At Last a Transformational Pope

May 19, 2015 | 2 comments

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 Faces of the Murderers of Salvadoran Poet Roque Dalton

May 15, 2015 | 4 comments

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.

Cuba: Transparency is Prevention

May 14, 2015 | 6 comments

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.

The Aphrodysiacal Turns of Cuban Leaders

May 13, 2015 | 18 comments

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.

What Russia’s Model Could Do for Cuba

May 13, 2015 | 16 comments

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