This week there will be slightly cool days, with occasional cloud cover and little chance of rain. The maximum temperatures will range between 27 and 29° C (81 and 84 F), while the lows will be between 18 and 20° C (64 and 68 F).
The photo of a man from Guantanamo with a wide smile has flooded social media. He was in the small group of Cubans who were the last ones to cross over the US border before the joint decision to revoke the “Wet-feet, dry-feet” policy came into effect.
This year has begun with gusts of wind and storm clouds, as if nature were echoing the political events that we’re witnessing. “Thank God” proclaim the signs that have been celebrating the “Times of Victories” since months before the election of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo.
Repealing the US “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy will reduce the Cuban exodus, but it won’t eliminate it because the root cause of this problem continues to prevail: the centralized and authoritarian State regime which directly pays workers, imposed and maintained by those in power in Cuba, in the name of an nonexistent Socialism.
Luis Alberto Rios is 40 years old, he’s been living in Prague for two years. Like him, there are many Cubans in different parts of the world looking for a better place to live. There are many things that lead them to emigrate, even risking their lives in the crossing. Then they have to adapt themselves to difficult situations in order to survive.
While Cubans and US citizens await the fast approaching US president-elect, Donald Trump’s inauguration day with uncertainty, US citizens are in a hurry to get to know Cuba before the normalizing relations process is reversed, according to what the soon-to-be tenant of the White House has announced.
So we see that the old work style has been taken up again in the new year, the heir of the Stalinist era in Soviet Russia, characterized by “leadership” visits to workplaces, housing estates and social works under construction, etc., to make sure that plans drawn up by those at the top are being met and to make clear that “the Revolution’s work is there to benefit the people.”
US President Obama has just issued a surprise statement on Cuban Immigration Policy that eliminates the “wet-foot/dry foot” provision that has favored immigrants from the island for decades. Cubans, said Obama, will now be treated like immigrants from other countries. (INCLUDES FOLLOW-UP PRESS CALL)
When I arrived on the island, back in 1990, one of the things that made me fall in love with the Cuban people was their never-ending source of solidarity, firstly with their families and then towards their friends, neighbors and even strangers in need.