The political police in the town of Manzanillo, Granma province, have not allowed dissident Tania de la Torre Montesino to travel to Havana on two occasions since November 27th. She even lost the money of her ticket which cost 250 Cuban pesos, the equivalent of 10 USD, the second time.
As a young Cuban, I suffered in my own flesh the Batista dictatorship. As a young Cuban, I joined the generalized euphoria of January 1, 1959. As a young man, I accepted the justice of the revolutionary laws that set the country on its head.
The comments that I will present are a response to events which have taken public spotlight in Cuban and foreign media. Recently a French company responsible for building a huge hotel in the country’s capital had hired workers coming from India and the official Granma newspaper backed the decision.
For the past 30 years, I have watched in disbelief, how a large sector of society has become an endangered species within most inner cities in the United States. No one has developed a unified method that is capable of addressing the nation’s most intractable and devastating social crisis.
There is a huge need for investment; however, there is a huge gap between analyses and decision-making, between the economy’s urgency and the calm nature of bureaucrats who are processing these investments.
Written in the first person with a linear plot, the novel is dedicated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, her teacher. The narration exudes poetry, and expresses the duel way that Cleo – or rather Wendy – is perceived.
The type of currency or in general the amount of money that an individual has in Cuba drastically affects their dynamics in today’s society.
Not many people were prepared for Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba with his family without a lot of fanfare, protocol or ambition, whose humility impacted ordinary Cubans in a positive way, who could see themselves reflected in this simple man.
The need for change in Cuba is widely accepted by everyone. The Communists in power and their followers believe that this should just be a shift of tactics, a superficial revision so as to improve the same path. The opposition to this believes that it should be a more profound process, working towards democracy and a freer market.
Dear friends from my personal blog Cartas desde Cuba (Letters from Cuba), 2016 comes to an end and, after 51 weeks of work, we are going to take some days off starting December 24th. It has been a period of great effort but also of results, the greatest of which we owe to you. [Cartas is also published in English by Havana Times.]