Pedro Campos

Cuba: the ’68 Revolutionary Offensive Reedited

August 12, 2017 | 5 comments

The 1968 “Revolutionary Offensive” nationalized all the small businesses that remained after the Revolution triumphed in 1959. According to figures from Granma newspaper itself, 55,636 small businesses were seized back then:11,878 grocery stores, 3130 butchers, 3198 bars, 8101 food selling establishments, 6653 launderettes, 3643 barber shops, 1188 shoe repairmen, 4544 car repair workshops, 1598 craft businesses and 3345 carpentry workshops.

The Left is Democratic Otherwise it isn’t the Left

August 4, 2017 | 3 comments

Recent events in Venezuela have served to expose this State-Stalinist “Left” which, entrenched in “anti-US imperialism” and its alleged attack “on the revolutionary process in Venezuela”, have turned their back on the struggle of the masses to uphold the democracy that was built under Chavez’s government.

Cuba Today: One Step Forward and Three Steps Back

July 18, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Several days before Raul Castro’s speech, lawmakers designated from above, were sent to “investigate the non-agricultural cooperative experiment” and they paved the way for this crafty attack on the few freedoms that non-agricultural cooperatives have.

Raul Castro Responds to Trump’s Policy with More Repression

July 4, 2017 | 33 comments

A brief review of the current Cuban climate reveals a sudden increase in repression against Cuban opposition and dissidents over the past few weeks since Trump made a speech in Miami announcing the changes he plans to implement in US policy towards Cuba.

Political Power in Cuba Is Becoming More Concentrated

June 26, 2017 | 13 comments

It has already become a habit: Cuba’s “revolutionary government” sends out memos and statements without anyone signing them and the party itself and its political and mass organizations make announcements and issue statements about important foreign policy issues without anyone knowing who is answering for them.

Cuban Residents Abroad Stripped of their Voter Rights

May 19, 2017 | 2 comments

An announcement in Thursday’s edition of Granma newspaper about the preparations for the upcoming elections states that “according to that stipulated in the 1992 Electoral Law, all Cuban citizens who are 16 years old and over and are living in the country on a permanent basis for at least the last two years before an election, have the right to vote.” This implies discriminatory treatment of those Cubans who live abroad, when it comes to everything related to the current election process.

Maduro’s Betrayal of Chavez and Socialism of the 21st century

May 8, 2017 | 16 comments

The so-called “Socialism of the 21st Century” defended by Maduro was nothing but the Venezuelan version of Cuban state socialism, with all of the disastrous consequences that this entails for the economy and society.

The Cuban Revolution’s Anti-socialist Nature

April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment »

On April 16, 1961, on the corner of 23rd and 12th Streets in Vedado, Havana, Fidel Castro announced the “socialist and democratic nature of the Cuban Revolution.” However, since the ‘60s, many Cuban socialists from different generations have been reporting the truly anti-socialist path that the Revolution has taken since its first actions in 1959.

The Hidden Side of Cuba’s New Medical Bills

March 24, 2017 | 1 Comment »

What the government is doing by handing out bills for doctor’s visits is shameful, in a country where the State retains most of Cuban workers wages, rewarding them with poor salaries plus “free” health & education.

The Cornerstone for Progress in Cuba

February 1, 2017 | 4 comments

The 2017 Teaching Congress has just kicked off in Havana, under the motto “Education: the cornerstone of progress.” According to the Cuban government’s own statistics as well as those from UNESCO, Cuba is one of the countries with the greatest progress in education in the world, one of the countries that churns out the most doctors and professionals per capita per year, one of the countries with the lowest illiteracy rates, etc.