What the government is doing by handing out bills for doctor’s visits is shameful, in a country where the State retains most of Cuban workers wages, rewarding them with poor salaries plus “free” health & education.
It goes without saying that the new US government is complying with what has been set out in the agreements signed by his predecessor and that there is some kind of bilateral effort to put the procedures which this implies into gear.
Everything begins with an order “from above”. Then the paperwork comes down and nighttime preparations. The following day, from the crack of dawn, the commotion, chaos, crowds… This isn’t an undercover operation; there’s a sale.
The Cuban government has banned the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from being spread in Cuba. It also doesn’t allow the Cuban public to learn about the Conventions which the government has ratified and much less the state of compliance with the Conventions which it has to apply to its national legislation as a Member State, once they have been ratified.
In my hands, and as a valuable gift brought from Rome, a packet entitled “The Rolling Stones, Havana Moon.” It consists of two CDs with the Stones music and a DVD of the megaconcierto they offered for free at the Havana Sports City on March 25, 2016.
An inspector recently fined us because we had thrown some buckets of water on the street and a little reached the sidewalk. “Don’t you know comrade that it is only allowed on Saturdays?”, she asked very seriously, while taking out her booklet for giving fines.
A political system which doesn’t have feedback, nor is founded on democratic elections, will never be able to truly fight injustice. If those who rule the country and decide for the rest of us what will happen to the economy and society make a mistake, we have no way of urging them to rectify their wrongs.
The international community hems and haws about how to exert more effective pressure and collective sanctions on the ever more authoritarian Venezuelan regime. The democratic opposition can’t seem to unite around a common strategy to force the government back on the democratic and electoral path. Meanwhile, the regime of Nicolas Maduro, entrenched in power and corruption, dedicates itself to smothering Venezuelan civil society even further.
A great promoter of this unity, Chavez himself once said, and then repeated it on many occasions, that governments were going from summit to summit while the general populations of the Americas were going from bad to worse.