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Cuba’s Population: What Happened in 2015

April 29, 2016 | 3 comments

Cuba’s official Health Statistics Report for 2015 has just seen the light of day. In this post, I will comment on a number of significant demographic data.

Dulcita with a friend.
Is Feeding Stray Animals Wrong?

April 29, 2016 | 8 comments

In Cuba, animals are at a disadvantage. No law protects them and there aren’t many humans involved in the struggle to get one passed. There are many of us who think one is needed, but not enough.

The Ordeal of Buying Orthopedic Shoes in Cuba

April 29, 2016 | No Comments »

As I understand it, orthopedic shoes are a kind of medicine, for they correct one’s posture and help patients walk with more confidence. Many people, children, young or elderly, rely on this special footwear for their daily routines.

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Cuba: A Personal Experience in the World of Pedro Juan Gutierrez

April 28, 2016 | No Comments »

I confess I was left with unpleasant thoughts. Memories assailed me of the Special Period, when I came across people from the underworld. I don’t know whether I mixed with the wrong crowds.

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Cuba’s Ongoing 7th Party Congress

April 27, 2016 | 14 comments

Many in Cuba and abroad consider this a historical congress, first of all because it is the last to be presided by the historical leaders of the revolution and, second, because it has laid the foundations for the conceptualization of the economic model to follow until 2030.

The Struggle for Hegemony in Cuba

April 26, 2016 | No Comments »

The 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party has left me in a state of shock, with the bitter impression that nothing in this country is going to change for a long time. But, one should not be deceived. It was nothing but a performance destined for a large audience.

Cuba’s New Religions

April 25, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The rise of new cults or religions, similar in their psycho social patterns, has been no secret to anyone in Cuba over the past few decades. Here are some of these,as I see it.

Olver a la izquierda, con púlover negro, con OMNI-ZONAFRANCA en la Casa de la Poesía
What We Are Not Expecting

April 22, 2016 | No Comments »

I’d begun a post commenting on Irina Pino’s “The death of my father.” I wanted to write about the brutal indifference in hospitals in Cuba, when processing a deceased person – something that also should be considered a service.

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The Eternal Fidel Castro

April 20, 2016 | 48 comments

Fidel Castro will continue to celebrate birthdays until, one day, as is only natural, he will cease to be among us physically, to go down in history as one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th and 21st century.

A Funny Anecdote Involving a School in Havana

April 18, 2016 | 1 Comment »

A neighbor of mine told me her second menstruation caught her by surprise at school, on the day they had an exam and teachers had warned that students would forfeit their right to take this test if they failed to wear their uniform scarves (as many did refuse to wear this symbolic garment the day through).