Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

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.

Trump’s Cuba Policy and its Repercussions

June 28, 2017 | 7 comments

“Trump is a son of a bitch”: this is how Alberto, a street seller, defines him. “Now we really aren’t going to do better off; this crazy old man doesn’t have God’s forgiveness,” said Susana, while she served a soft drink in a cafe. When asked the same question (What do you think about Trump’s recent actions towards Cuba?), another twenty-three people responded in the same vein.

Is Cuba Ready for Tourism Development?

June 5, 2017 | 7 comments

There is a wonderful growth and development plan in Cuba, which anticipates 103,000 rooms for 2020. We currently have 64,000. If this plan is carried out, this will represent a 60% increase in just 13 years. It is undoubtedly an ambitious and feasible goal, at least technically speaking.

Can We Progress in Cuba under the Current Model?

May 29, 2017 | 8 comments

I can’t help but think about the parallel between the way of tackling the problem of outstanding payments for rice farmers and the tobacco farmers’ struggle to receive a fair price for tobacco. The solution in the rice farmer’s case and the problem being dealt with, in our case, only appears once we complain to the press.

Who’s Responsible for the Violence in Today’s Venezuela

May 20, 2017 | 1 Comment »

We can’t deny the fact that Chavez’s Fifth Republic Movement was conceived as a progressive, democratic, inclusive and encouraging project despite all of the negative forecasts from detractors of any attempts aimed at making the world a little fairer. Likewise, we can’t deny the adverse result of being in power for almost two decades and the tyrannical offspring that this beautiful project evolved into.

Cuba Workers’ Celebration or Official Political Event?

May 8, 2017 | 2 comments

As always, a sea of people filled the great avenues that surround Revolution Square in the Cuban capital for May Day this year, well-organized, with banners in their hands, waiting their turn to march. The same thing happened in provincial and municipal capitals in the country.

Medicine Shortages in Cuba Are Becoming More Severe

May 3, 2017 | 19 comments

My father returned home and was clearly exhausted; he silently got off of his bike and fell into an armchair. We became worried thinking that he was suffering a great deal of pain and we ran to help him; but he stopped us by stretching out his right arm with an open palm. “I’m not sick, I’m frustrated.”

A Manipulating Anachronism Relating to Cuba

April 26, 2017 | 10 comments

There isn’t an idea more absurd than the one that stigmatizes neo-colonialism with wanting greater freedom and a market economy, as an example of falling under the US’ radar. There are dozens of countries which have a market economy and democracy and they aren’t subordinated to the US.

Electricity in Cuba: Black Market Prices or Subsidized?

April 21, 2017 | 3 comments

The Government tells us that electricity is “subsidized”, in conformance with their calculations which are made in USD, but the effect it has on our pockets is as if it were the “black market”. To highlight the State’s generosity they compare these prices with those in New York and London.

Cuba, My Poor Cuba

April 14, 2017 | 4 comments

The need for democratic change in Cuba is pretty much public consensus. It’s even greater among Cubans living abroad. For those who live on the island, it’s becoming increasingly so. As our people free themselves from the utopian trance they begin to discover the limitations our freedoms and most basic human rights suffer.