Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

Being Honest in “Revolutionary” Cuba is a Serious Crime

September 15, 2017 | 16 comments

It’s dangerous to read Jose Marti on your own in Cuba, without the Marxist “editing” that the Jose Marti Studies Center apply to his writings. Adopting his ethics, his moral and political values, his love for Cuba and his passion for freedom and democracy can bring us great problems with the system.

Cuba is Where Demand Far Exceeds Supply

September 8, 2017 | 7 comments

This is what a young Cuban said inside a hard currency store, after his failed search for a TV. The words came from his heart; you could hear in the moving tone of his voice and see it in the sparkle in his eyes. It was worth investigating.

There Isn’t a Contradiction Between Socialism and Change in Cuba

August 30, 2017 | 5 comments

The Cuban socialist model, in Marxist-Leninist style, is USELESS, and there are more than enough signs of this. However, for whatever reason, our people, Cubans in and outside of Cuba, don’t mainly despise the socialist ideal.

Jeep Stolen for Ransom in Mayari, Cuba

August 26, 2017 | 4 comments

Kidnapping animals, especially horses, to then ask for ransom from their owners, has already become commonplace in Mayari, where I live in the province of Holguin. It’s the Cuban version of organized crime, the kind we see on news shows about Mexico, Colombia or El Salvador.

My Reply to a Dangerous Threat

August 15, 2017 | 23 comments

Every act in Cuba in favor of change, outside of the official framework, is considered an act of dissidence. It doesn’t matter whether you sympathize with Posada Carriles’ violent methods, with the Chicago school of economics or whether you are a democratic socialist like yours truly.

Guardalavaca, an Idyllic Resort in Cuba’s East

August 14, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Guardalavaca cove is like a haven in front of the immense ocean, with its warm beach, of unrivalled grandeur. The low mountains of the Maniabon range almost reach the sea, giving the landscape greater beauty and individuality.

The Socialist Ideal Smeared Again

August 10, 2017 | No Comments »

Events in Venezuela are truly a cause for concern. A political party, with a socialist name, is clinging onto power with ruses, rather than mass popular support. The desire to implement socialist policies should never undermine the principle of strict compliance to the people’s will which is expressed via democratic channels.

Fidel Castro and his One-Party “Democratic” System

August 1, 2017 | 26 comments

We Cubans will go through the electoral process now in October with the election of neighborhood representatives, which will end in February next year with the selection of the new national Government. A lot of government propaganda has been created about the subject, highlighting the alleged democratic nature and the “virtues” of Cuban socialism and its political model.

Will Cuba’s Next Elections be Democratic?

July 29, 2017 | 5 comments

It’s a praiseworthy initiative, as all of us Cubans have the right to hold public office, even under this Constitution, whose basic principles violate the most basic constitutional rights of the Cuban people.

A Double-Edged Sword among Cubans

July 5, 2017 | 3 comments

We commonly hear the term “neoplatista” to label different attitudes and stances between Cubans. It already appears frequently in our vocabulary, especially among the diaspora community and those of us here in Cuba who take part in political debate on alternative digital media platforms.