The fight for control of Cuban cyberspace has awoken “the dark side” in some fighters, who are getting deeply involved in a “dirty war”, using shame, lies and rumors to damage people’s integrity. A few days ago, a fake comment appeared on the Internet, which attacked Fidel Castro’s family and was signed with my name.
The 2017 Teaching Congress has just kicked off in Havana, under the motto “Education: the cornerstone of progress.” According to the Cuban government’s own statistics as well as those from UNESCO, Cuba is one of the countries with the greatest progress in education in the world, one of the countries that churns out the most doctors and professionals per capita per year, one of the countries with the lowest illiteracy rates, etc.
I remember how the children of those who had requested to leave Cuba for the United States, were treated. They were happy children, classmates, friends, who became sad and introverted overnight. Teachers used to call them by the semi-epithet “kid of a worm”.
Cuba is just an island and even though it isn’t at the heart of the US agenda we are a neighboring country which has strategic value in many regards (economic, military and even political). You don’t have to be a chauvinist to accept that, all you need is a little bit of vision, to look back over history and to look at a map.
I’d wanted to go to Cuba for a long time now, and I finally went. I would have liked to have gone 25 years ago for example, when the country seemed to be living better times thanks to their relationship with the Soviet Union. I decided to go now, understanding that it was now or never, given the fact that it will soon be full of McDonalds.
The persona of Fidel Castro has created and will continue to create polarity. Powerful interests were affected in some way or another in the areas which were touched by his life. Objective assessments and analyses about his legacy will be unfeasible for a long time.
A short while ago, I read an article where it was suggested that “with its rapprochement with the United States, Cuba should learn to develop a housing market ecosystem which would overcome the years of zero construction and attract investment.”
Those Cubans who invested all their resources to immigrate to the United States and did not have time to get there before the most recent changes, now face a delicate situation.
There is no doubt that this system really needs to undergo a reforms process. By now, virtually every Cuban has recognized the need for change, even the Cuban Communist Party and its highest leader, Raul Castro. Our differences lie in the kind of change each political bent wants.
Their desperate desire to impose the story of their starring role in the supposed miracle of our national history pretty much epitomizes the existential tragedy of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo, Vice President and heir to the dynasty. However, despite their near monopoly control of the communications media and hence their ability to spread this message repetitively, the story doesn’t manage to be believable or credible.