On Sunday, I was invited to be part of the panel for the Cuban television program Circulo de la Confianza (“Circle of Trust”), organized at Havana’s Fabrica de Arte cultural center. The topic discussed was progress: what the concept meant, whether Cuba was making any progress with its current reforms and what we ought to do to have progress in the future.
Bored, I again tuned in to Telesur last night. The first bit of news I saw were about Ayotzinapa, the courageous father Solalinde, worthy representative of the moral integrity of Latin American Catholic priests (Cuba excluded).
I invite you to take trip with me to the Kingdom of the No. An attentive gaze, some notes and several photos are enough to confirm the persistent obstacles that people run into when dealing with service providers supposedly created to make their lives easier.
In keeping with Cuba’s institutional logic, workers have had to adjust the new “Collective Work Agreements” in conjunction with management, as per the new provisions. The CTC, Cuba’s all-encompassing trade union, is supposed to represent all workers in this.
Over the past few decades, the nearly unanimous support for the US trade embargo / blockade among Cubans residing in the United States has given way to increasing calls to make these measures more flexible or to eliminate them altogether.
On Saturday, October 18, I waved down a collective taxi to head home from the upscale Vedado neighborhood. I got in next to the driver, since three other people already occupied the back seat. In the neighborhood known as Sports City, a woman got in next to me.
The ups and downs of history and ill intentions of individuals have made us forget the history – today incomplete – of an institution we could well call the mother of the Cuban nation: freemasonry. However we know more about freemasonry in the United States, whose symbols adorn cities and dollar bills, than about its significance to our own history.
In the course of Cuban history, political leaders have mocked sexual minorities. The medical and religious establishments labeled them sick and depraved beings, and, during the sixties, they were dubbed as weak and counterrevolutionary.
Cuba’s economic difficulties have a variety of ingredients: the island’s status as an underdeveloped nation, the chosen socialist model, the mistakes made by the government, the US blockade and internal corruption (whose expression is the black market).
Cuban transportation authorities have been giving us plenty to talk about these days. Denying Cuban non-travelers access to certain areas of the Jose Marti International Airport was a true scandal until the illegal measure was finally repealed. The matter has another side to it, however, enveloped by our government’s familiar secrecy.