With less than eighty days to go before the November 6 elections, there’s almost no electoral propaganda on the streets of Managua and the country’s principal cities. Even the official propaganda, which has been a permanent fixture during the ten years of Comandante Daniel Ortega’s rule, is sparser than at other times. Beside the main roadways, the giant pink billboards have lost their original glow.
A slight deterioration in weather conditions over the weekend is expected, thereby increasing the chance of showers and thunderstorms. Maximum temperatures will be between 32 and 34° C (90 and 93 F) and the lows ranging between 23 and 25° C (73 and 77 F).
In an unexpected order of command, 18 generals of the Venezuelan Armed Forces will assume the onslaught against shortages of basic foods and medicines plaguing the oil rich country, extending the militarization of the entire chain of distribution of consumer goods.
Cuban President Raul Castro warned writers and artists of the island that Cuba is “threatened” by a “global wave of colonization” and “subversive projects” in the realm of culture.
It’s an oft-repeated desire among many US citizens: “I want to visit Havana before the we ruin it, with McDonald’s and Starbucks on every corner.” Well, fellow US citizens, after visiting Havana three times in a year since “the opening,” I have good news and bad news.
The main opposition group has called for abstention, under the slogan “I won’t throw away my vote,” or “No one to vote for.” If their aim is to repudiate the electoral panorama and call for political resistance, this isn’t the most effective method.
Yulieski Gourriel, the top Cuban league baseball player before obtaining a major league contract earlier this year, is expected to get his first chance on Sunday with the Houston Astros.
Cuban boxers Robeisy Ramírez and Arlen Lopez added today two gold medals for the Cuban Olympic team by winning their final matches in Rio de Janeiro.
Many of Cuba’s retirees are struggling, especially those who have to live off pensions equaling 8–12 USD a month and have no money coming from family abroad.