Fernando Ravsberg

Cuba’s Reforms: State-run Companies and the Private Sector

July 27, 2017 | 1 Comment »

“Mistakes are mistakes, and they are our own mistakes, and if we are going to measure them against the hierarchy among us, these mistakes are first and foremost mine,” said Raul Castro, referring to illegal activities picked up on in the private sector of the economy.

Cuba and its Tropical Pol Pot

July 20, 2017 | 10 comments

The debate has revealed an overwhelming rejection of smear campaigns published in two or three Cuban blogs, where half a dozen gloomy officials self-promote themselves as the ideological guides of all Cuban revolutionaries.

USA, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Human Rights

July 19, 2017 | 33 comments

The international community will not be able to establish an effective policy for the defense of human rights as long as it remains influenced by the political and economic interests of one country or another.

Cuba Beware: Cooperatives Are Too Efficient

July 13, 2017 | 15 comments

Cuban lawmakers who have inspected non-agricultural cooperatives in dozens of different regions in Cuba, maintain that these “increase their contribution to economic and social sectors of the utmost importance; they contribute to improving its members’ quality of life and they manage to satisfy clients’ demands, especially in the construction sector.”

Cuba Amid Games of Hunger

July 13, 2017 | 22 comments

The opposition has always placed their bets, in one way or another, on the United States being the one to destroy the Cuban Revolution and later they would hand over the country to them as a gift for good neighborly relations.

“Domino” the Latest from Cuban Filmmaker Eduardo del Llano

July 6, 2017 | 2 comments

Nicanor is worried because the rumor circulating in his neighborhood that the Cuban government is reaching an agreement with an Arab Sheikh to sell Cuba to him. While playing dominoes and drinking rum with some friends from a nearby apartment block, he found out that they were offering 5 billion USD for the island.

Wages at the Kempinski Luxury Hotel in Havana

July 5, 2017 | 18 comments

The recently opened Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Cuba’s most luxurious and expensive hotel with rooms up to US $1300, pays its cleaning staff US $9.75 a month (in local currency) plus a US $10 stimulus in hard currency.

Cuba’s Hotel Managers Bet on National Tourism in Summer

July 1, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The Spanish hotel chain Melia, is betting on national tourism this summer, with an “outlet” sale campaign for Cuban families. They are offering discounts for grandparents, free accommodation for children under the age of 11 and 50% off the price for children aged 11-13 years old.

What Cuba Could Learn from Mallorca on Tourism

June 29, 2017 | 17 comments

I spent some weeks in Mallorca, an island which is much smaller than the Cuban province of Artemisa and which receives 13 million foreign tourists per year. You can always see 2 or 3 planes flying overhead and, in spite of such traffic, I managed to go through Immigration and collect my baggage in 30 minutes.

Cuba in the Trump Era

June 22, 2017 | 19 comments

The Theater, set design, script, soundtrack and even the audience chosen by Trump to announce the end of the rapprochement process with Cuba couldn’t have been worse. In political communication terms, the new US president is just a caricature of Obama.