Depending on what one believes, comments on Cuba by different people take on various shapes and angles. My seven-week stay in Havana gave me an opportunity to also meet other people from different parts of the world such as students, tourists, visitors, volunteers and even diplomats.
Several political groups on the Left, which are not recognized by the Cuban government, expressed their approval of the recent accord between Cuba and the USA to reopen embassies after a 54 year absence.
The pretty girl, no longer so vigorous, though still quite beautiful, slowly returns to the lap of the beloved and hated prince. Since the discovery of America, Cuba has been the coveted bride, the treasure sought by the magnates of the time.
The correct thing would be to start calling these “public companies,” for they in fact belong to all citizens. When we say they are “State” companies, it would seem the owner were a diffuse, ethereal entity represented by any bureaucrat with a position, a desk, a secretary and a State vehicle.
In Cuba, there is a town called Dos Caminos, located a mere 20 kilometers from Santiago de Cuba. Many of the things currently being debated through social networks, blogs and even the country’s official press go unnoticed in this town.
Every day, actors are asked to do more and in less time. Current production plans are designed for seasoned actors who do not need to ask many questions and are able to efficiently execute what the director asks for or demands.
Policies aimed at making the State responsible for a better distribution of wealth are not characteristic of a new form of socialism, but belong to the socialism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The approval of same-sex marriage in the US shows that the courts to the north are much more progressive than the Cuban Parliament, which for a decade has been sitting on the new Family Code because it would recognize the right to same-sex union (not even marriage).
US farmers and businesspeople are carving out a space for themselves in Cuba’s new economy, preparing for a future that, though still unclear, will apparently accommodate bilateral trade, private investments and planes, cruisers, ferries and yachts carrying tourists to and from the island. The only ones who still have no representatives in Cuba are the more than 1.2 million Cuban Americans residing in Miami and its surroundings.
Not that the financial resources available worldwide are necessarily a negative force, but the indiscriminate embrace of international capitalism has been one of the most powerful forces pushing towards the restoration of “normal” capitalism in Cuba in recent years.