Fernando Ravsberg

Cuba: Political Communication in the Post-Fidel Era

May 24, 2017 | 2 comments

For half a century, Cuba’s political communication remained exclusively in the hands of the talented Fidel Castro, a brilliant public speaker who used public squares as a platform to popularize ideas, legitimize actions and win over followers.

Cuba’s Congress, Time and Laws

May 18, 2017 | 3 comments

With all the talk about restoring the Capitolio building in Havana, it’s expected that the beneficiaries of this process – the 600 legislators who meet there – get on top of the backlog in legislation. There are laws which have been waiting in desk drawers for over a decade.

US Halts Cuba’s “Russian Roulette”

May 11, 2017 | 13 comments

“The immigration flow has ceased,” recognized captain of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft. Meanwhile, frigate lieutenant Kate Webb, explained that the number of people found on Cuban rafts intercepted in the Key West area fell from 750 people per month to just 20.

Cuba: When “Winning” is Losing

May 4, 2017 | 5 comments

The violent reaction to the dissident who ran through Revolution Square carrying a US flag on May Day has been the last of a series of failed responses. The guy was beaten up and arrested in the middle of Revolution Square, during the rally for May Day in front of journalists.

Coffee with Cuban Truth Serum

April 27, 2017 | 5 comments

Old Panfilo has become the greatest reporter of modern Cuba, it isn’t by chance that the entire country comes to a standstill and sits in front of the TV every Monday evening to watch his comedy show. Even his censored programs pass around from hand to hand or on USBs and hard-drives.

ETECSA-Cuba: the Company Without the Drive to Progress

April 20, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Finally, Cuba’s telephone company ETECSA seems to have heard the people’s cries and has improved its previous offer, benefiting users of their service and the country, which receives a lot of hard currency for top-ups made abroad.

The Child Abuse Situation in Cuba

April 13, 2017 | 2 comments

During 2015, a total of 2174 Cuban children and teenagers suffered reported acts of physical abuse, grooming, rape, sexual abuse, pedophilia, statutory rape and incest. Such cruelty is an offense which should make us all ashamed. Cuba isn’t the only country in the world where these atrocities take place. We can think of a thousand excuses, tell ourselves that there will always be sexually perverted adults in any society, that it is impossible to know what happens behind everyone’s closed doors or that the number of minors who suffer this abuse is much smaller than that in other countries.

Culture is Cuba’s Greatest Attraction

April 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Last weekend I went out with little Lucia to walk the streets of Old Havana, attracted by the children’s dance show performed in its plazas. It was fascinating to witness the quality of the groups, the environment and the large number of children among the audience.

Who Pays for Health Care and Education in Cuba?

March 30, 2017 | 20 comments

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.

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

March 23, 2017 | 3 comments

In a country often with considerable food shortages, dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo because nobody is collecting them. In the face of situations like this one, which affects the national and local economy, you can’t divide the blame up between everyone.