Fernando Ravsberg

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.

Forced to Live with Open Sewage

March 20, 2017 | 2 comments

An inspector recently fined us because we had thrown some buckets of water on the street and a little reached the sidewalk. “Don’t you know comrade that it is only allowed on Saturdays?”, she asked very seriously, while taking out her booklet for giving fines.

Having a Child in Cuba, Pros and Cons

March 16, 2017 | 3 comments

Cuban authorities have launched a new set of measures to benefit Cuban mothers so as to increase the country’s birth rate and to stop society from aging at the rapid rate it is today. These are steps in the right direction, but are they enough?

Is Cuba Made of Cork?

March 9, 2017 | 16 comments

A president in pre-revolutionary times used to say that Cuba is a country made of cork because whatever happens it always remains afloat. And if we look at what has happened over the last half a century, we would be tempted to say that this is true.

Cuba’s Digital Revolution

March 2, 2017 | 26 comments

The battle to control Cuban cultural, news and recreational shows has already been lost. Those who were committed to this comfortable task for decades should take up other professions which have a better outlook in the future.

Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage

February 23, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The drought in Cuba could stop being a crisis and become a chronic disease, as is already the case in many other countries. The only way out seems to be to devise a global strategy that allows us and requires a responsible use of that natural resource.

Cuba: Gov. & Private Taxi Drivers Flex Muscles

February 16, 2017 | 1 Comment »

There is a test of strength going on these days between government authorities and collective taxi drivers in Havana. The government wants to put a certain order into effect and this has provoked a silent strike, without posters or speeches but which is very effective, according to what you see on the street.

Cuba: It Might Seem Stupid but…

February 9, 2017 | 4 comments

The Cuban economy would be on the increase if half of the Revolution’s guardian angels – those who dedicate themselves to monitoring what is written on every blog – spent their time chasing corrupt and incompetent officials who steal and destroy the wealth that other Cuban people generate.

Cuba Juggles Heavy Debt with Less Oil

February 8, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The payment of the external debt implies the opening of credits with normal interest rates for Cuba and the power to skip to the “intermediary” companies that recharge the value of imports with commissions ranging from 30% to 50%.

Journalism in Cuba: A Battle of Ideas and a Dirty War

February 2, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The fight for control of Cuban cyberspace has awoken “the dark side” in some fighters, who are getting deeply involved in a “dirty war”, using shame, lies and rumors to damage people’s integrity. A few days ago, a fake comment appeared on the Internet, which attacked Fidel Castro’s family and was signed with my name.