Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

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 | 16 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.

As Chavism Clings to Power Venezuela Suffers

April 6, 2017 | 4 comments

I’m not going to deny the fact that I thought it was an exciting and hopeful time when Hugo Chavez won the presidency of Venezuela back in 1998; and he swore before the Constitution, which he called “dying”, to fight for a new Venezuela: a more equal and prosperous Venezuela.

Cuba’s Cockfighters Resist Police Ban

April 3, 2017 | 3 comments

We ordinary Cubans have very few entertainment options left. For thousands of people in Mayari, just like across the nation, cockfighting is one of the few forms of amusement that exist here; but it has been illegal since the Revolution’s early years.

In Cuba, Almost Nothing Is Considered Garbage

March 28, 2017 | No Comments »

Not too long ago, I was watching a friend do a deep clean of his house and was witness to the conflict that arose between him and his father when it came to deciding what to throw away. That experience led me to write this post.

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?

March 20, 2017 | 1 Comment »

A political system which doesn’t have feedback, nor is founded on democratic elections, will never be able to truly fight injustice. If those who rule the country and decide for the rest of us what will happen to the economy and society make a mistake, we have no way of urging them to rectify their wrongs.