Fernando Ravsberg

Cuba Customs and the Country’s Best Interest

September 21, 2017 | 2 comments

Thinking about and reading comments made after Hurricane Irma swept through Cuba, I find myself asking whether Cuban Customs laws adapt to the country and its people’s economic needs or whether they exist instead to make them even more difficult, with restrictions which contradict the nation’s best interests.

Will the US Really Close Down its Embassy in Havana?

September 19, 2017 | 13 comments

The US government has said that it is studying the possibility of closing its diplomatic headquarters in Havana as a result of the mysterious “Death ray” device, a sonic weapon which would only exist in Cuba and only leaves North American diplomats deaf.

Price Gouging in Havana after Irma

September 19, 2017 | 2 comments

These days I feel like I was living in Europe. I just bought one mango and half green at that, for the equivalent of US $2 at the market at B and 19th Streets in Vedado and street vendors in my neighborhood raised the price of a strand of onions to $8.

Irma, Cuba, the Paris Club and Cuban Customs

September 14, 2017 | 21 comments

Cuba has been badly wounded by Hurricane Irma, which swept across the island’s entire northern coast, destroying homes, laying waste to harvests and tourism infrastructure, severely damaging the national energy system and killing 10 Cubans.

Cuba Reports 10 Deaths from Hurricane Irma

September 11, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Cuban TV reported on Monday morning that ten people have died across the country resulting from Hurricane Irma’s destruction. The majority of these people reportedly died as a result of buildings collapsing and in some cases, for not having complied with evacuation orders that they received from Civil Defense troops.

Does Cuba Sink When We Hear the Truth?

September 7, 2017 | 4 comments

Arnaldo Mirabal announced on social networks that he is quitting journalism. He does so a few days after being threatened with being taken to court for writing about a case of alleged corruption of a political leader in the province of Matanzas. Meanwhile, the provincial authorities throw a blanket of silence over this case.

Being in Cuba Between Hurricanes

September 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Last year, I was destined to meet Hurricane Otto in Panama. The hurricane never entered Panamanian territory and it was tiny in comparison to the one heading towards Cuba this week, but it still left 9 people dead in that country alone. Fernando Ravsberg writes as Hurricane Irma moves through the Caribbean towards Cuba.

Could Renewable Energies Involve Everyone in Cuba?

August 31, 2017 | 4 comments

Could renewable energy be an effort of all? The energy situation in Cuba is uncertain. Venezuela, its main supplier of fuels, is reducing deliveries and may even close the tap completely, should the government be overthrown or lose the next election.

People’s Power on a Popular Cuban Comedy Show

August 29, 2017 | 9 comments

The TV comedy show “Vivir del cuento” dived right into poking fun at the National Assembly of People’s Power’s faults. This is the system that goes from neighborhood representatives to the 600 lawmakers in Cuba’s Parliament.

The Future of Cuba Style Socialism

August 24, 2017 | 4 comments

When Fidel Castro proclaimed that this model of socialism is of no use even for us, anyone would have thought that this would have been reason enough for his followers to start looking for another strain of Socialism that would serve the Cuban nation better.