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Fernando Ravsberg

Diferencias entre la crisis que avecina y la Cuba de los 90

Se entra en un plan de ahorro forzado, pero la economía es más sólida, hay un mayor número de socios comerciales, nuevos sectores económicos y más ingresos de divisas. De todas formas, hay afectaciones para la población y los empresarios. Continue reading

Cuba: the Looming Crisis

Since Raul Castro announced at a session of the National Assembly that there will be economic problems, speculation hasn’t stopped about a new crisis like the one experienced in the 90s. However, the situation today is very different from that Cuba. Continue reading

Lo que puede pasar al llegar a Cuba

El turista que llega a Cuba por estos días recibe una calurosa bienvenida, la sala de espera de los equipajes está sin aire acondicionado. En cualquier otro aeropuerto se podría decir que no es para tanto pero en este nos pasamos 90 minutos hasta que apareció le primera maleta. Continue reading

Arriving in Cuba, Be Prepared to Wait

The tourist arriving in Cuba these days receives a warm welcome; the waiting area for luggage is without air conditioning. In any other airport you could say it is not such a big deal but Havana is a different story as we spent 90 minutes until the fir... Continue reading

War over Swimming Pools in Viñales, Cuba

Emilia and Ariel are life-long activists of the Revolution, so they were convinced that it was all a mistake. They went to the provincial government and waited 24 hours for attention, sleeping in a park guarded by a special police brigade. Continue reading

¿Qué pasa con las piscinas en Casas Particulares de Viñales?

Emilia y Ariel son gente integrada a la Revolución así que estaban convencidos de que se trataba de un error. Fueron al Gobierno provincial y esperaron 24 horas para ser atendidos, durmieron en un parque... Continue reading

Los periodistas cubanos colimados

Prohíben a los periodistas trabajar en medios que no sean oficialistas pero la “resolución” se les comunica de forma verbal. Dicen que es una iniciativa de la dirección de cada órgano de prensa, sin embargo, está ocurriendo al unísono en todo el país. Continue reading

Cuba Looking for its Future

Cuba finds itself at a critical juncture in its history, where important decisions, like those made in 1902 or in 1959, need to be made. The only difference this time being that we’re no longer living under the suffocating rule of military occupation or in the middle of a full-blown revolution. Continue reading

En Cuba, nadie tiene la culpa

Cuba gasta 2000 millones de dólares cada año importando alimentos que podría producir en casa. El gobierno invierte decenas de millones de dólares en la ganadería e importa insumos para los campesinos pero muchas veces estos no llegan a su destino. Continue reading

Cuba, Where “It’s Nobody’s Fault”

Cuba spends US $2 billion every year importing food that could be produced at home. The government spends tens of millions of dollars to import livestock and agricultural inputs but often they do not reach their destination, the farmers. Continue reading

For Cuba to Fight Corruption, Transparency is the First Step

Experts believe that transparency is the first step in Cuba's fight against corruption. Then you have to take other steps because opacity and secrecy are the best breeding ground for the development of this global virus. Continue reading

A New Model for Cuba Is Still Forthcoming

President Raul Castro inaugurated the Seventh Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) with a report read for two hours. He said that a new model would not be approved in this event, as previously announced. Continue reading

Renewing My Residency in Cuba

Every 12 months for the past 26 years, I’ve had to renew my residency in Cuba, beginning with renewing my International Press Center credentials required to retain my residency and to obtain a new identification card and another year’s telephone line contract. Continue reading

Renovando la residencia en Cuba

Desde hace 26 años cada 12 meses tengo que hacer todos los trámites migratorios en Cuba; renuevo la acreditación en el Centro de Prensa Internacional, con lo cual me dan la residencia, un nuevo carnet de identidad y la reconfirmación de mi contrato telefónico. Continue reading

Cuba: Transparency is Prevention

Eight million eggs are stolen, tens of thousands of cows disappear, over a million dollars destined to garbage collection are embezzled, food for psychiatric patients is re-sold, a seafood container goes missing and a minister makes a buck off people’s food. Continue reading

Cuba’s Effective and Cheap Cholera Vaccine

Dr. Rafael Fando, from Cuba’s National Scientific Research Center, has been working to develop a cholera vaccine since he graduated from medical school in 1993. The idea came up because no pharmaceutical company was willing to address the issue, because it is not a vaccine considered profitable. Continue reading

Cuban Civil Society and Debate (Part III)

Some friends are of the opinion I should put an end to the debate about the behavior of Cuban civil society at the Summit of the Americas held in Panama, but, as I see it, I have no right to finalize an exchange of opinions that was begun by several pe... Continue reading

La sociedad civil y el debate (III)

Algunos amigos opinan que debo terminar con este debate sobre la actuación de la sociedad civil en Panamá pero desde mi óptica no tengo derecho a finalizar un intercambio de opiniones que iniciamos entre varios y al que se han ido sumando otros. Continue reading

Cuban Civil Society and Debate (Part II)

Fernando Ravsberg's last article Cuban Civil Society and Debate (I) was the subject of much debate both on his personal website and in Havana Times. Today Fernando brings us a part 2, detailing some of the arguments made. Continue reading

Cuban Civil Society and the Debate

Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro presented themselves to the world as two people capable of exchanging opinions, even on issues they know they disagree on. Continue reading

La sociedad civil cubana y el debate

Parece ser que los mandatarios Barack Obama y Raúl Castro son quienes mejor representaron a las sociedades civiles de sus países. Continue reading

Cuba and the Battle for the Summit of the Americas

This Summit of the Americas will be the first Cuba attends, but the central issue of debate will be, not the island’s re-established relations with the US, but Washington’s declarations against Venezuela. Continue reading

La batalla por la Cumbre

Esta será la primera Cumbre de las Américas en la que estará presente Cuba pero no serán sus relaciones con EEUU el tema que centre la polémica sino la declaración de Washington contra Venezuela, país al que califica de amenaza a su seguridad nacional. Continue reading

Cuba and the Prophets of Fear

Relations between Cuba and the USA are entering a new more complex stage. It began with current peace negotiations, which still haven’t managed to secure a complete ceasefire. Havana continues to publicly condemn the “empire” and Washington is still imposing sanctions on those who have business dealings with the island. Continue reading

Cuba y los profetas del miedo

Las relaciones de Cuba con EEUU entran en una nueva y más compleja etapa. Comenzó con la actual negociación de paz, que aún no logra ni siquiera ser un cese al fuego, La Habana sigue denunciando al “imperio” y Washington sancionando a quien comercie con la isla. Continue reading