Cuban workers pay for healthcare and education. Ever since the 1960s, surplus value gained from their labor has gone to the State’s coffers, the State being the main owner of the country’s modes of production and only redistributor of this wealth.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, arrived Thursday in Havana for a historic visit, the first ever by a Japanese premier to Cuba. The prime minister will meet later in the day with the General/President Raul Castro.
Barack Obama and Raul Castro met today to give a new impetus to the historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba with their first meeting on Cuban soil. We include a video of their press conference.
Obama will be the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years. The last US president to travel to the island was Republican Calvin Coolidge in January 1928 on the occasion of the Sixth International Conference of American States.
Reestablishing relations with Cuba was a solid success for the Obama administration, to the point that — except from the Cuban-American extreme right — no political sector has firmly opposed that decision. So far, the topic of Cuba has barely surfaced in the presidential debates.
A solution to the crisis sparked off by the thousands of Cubans stranded in Central America finally came into view this week, thanks to a political mediation process headed by Costa Rica. The first trip taking Cubans to El Salvador by air, and then on to Mexico by bus, is set for the first week in January.
Imagine you had the chance to decide, at a neighborhood meeting, how part of the public budget should be spent to improve and transform your community. Imagine your apartment building was governed by rules that all tenants knew and followed to the letter.
A reader left a comment saying that “Cubans went into the Special Period economic crisis together, and they are coming out of it one-by-one.” The question now is whether we’ll all be able to come out of the crisis or whether the “weakest” will be left behind.
At some point in the near future, before September 14th, a request to renew the Trading With the Enemy Act – the legal foundation of the US blockade on Cuba – will be laid on Barack Obama’s desk. This is the 1917 statute invoked by John F. Kennedy in 1962 to set up the economic fence around Cuba.
When the aerial photos of Cuba taken by Lithuanian Marius Jovaisa began to be published on the Internet, we saw more than one expression of wounded, nationalist pride bemoaning the fact a foreigner had come along and captured those images before Cubans could.