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Fernando Ravsberg

Leaving Cuba Alone a Sound Policy

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo’s visit to Cuba has given the Popular Party’s policy of isolating Havana, impelled by former President Jose Maria Aznar, a 180-degree turn. Continue reading

Basta con que no molesten

Con la visita a Cuba del canciller español, José Manuel García-Margallo, el Partido Popular (PP) termina de dar un giro de 180 grados a su política de aislar a La Habana, impulsada por el ex presidente José María Aznar, quien promovió la Posición Común europea, en 2003. Continue reading

Esteban Morales on Cuba-US Relations

Cuban professor Esteban Morales is one of the most reputable experts on the issue of Cuba-US relations. He has just published a book titled “From Confrontation to Normalization Efforts”. Continue reading

El profesor Esteban Morales y las relaciones Cuba-EEUU

El profesor Estaban Morales es uno de los más reputados investigadores en el tema de las relaciones Cuba-EEUU. Acaba de publicar el libro “De la confrontación a los intentos de normalización”, un material imprescindible para comprender el conflicto bilateral. Continue reading

Is Cuba Ready to Negotiate with the USA?

The governments of Cuba and the United States have maintained a series of negotiations in different areas of common interest for a number of years now. The two countries refer to such talks as “technical” in nature, but they could well represent the preamble of deeper and more political negotiations. Continue reading

Negociaciones Cuba-EEUU ¿Es posible?

Ha pasado más que medio siglo desde que Estados Unidos rompió relaciones con Cuba. En algunos momentos, especialmente durante la administración Carter, han habido esfuerzos dirigidos a cambiar la situación, pero por motivos varios, no lograron avanzar dejando las expectativas de lado. Continue reading

Cuba: Lessons on Total Press Control

Maintaining control over all of the media and having the power to decide who manages these and what gets published is probably the dream of many politicians around the world. Continue reading

La prensa y las lecciones de la historia

Mantener todos los medios de prensa concentrados en sus manos y disfrutar del poder para decidir quién los dirige y qué se publica puede ser el sueño de muchos políticos del mundo. Continue reading

Cuba and Weeding Out Corruption

The struggle against corruption in Cuba has proven to be a long-distance race where every lap presents new and more difficult challenges. It’s like opening a Russian nesting doll and finding that the one inside is larger than the first. Continue reading

La corrupción y el deshierbe en Cuba

La lucha contra la corrupción en Cuba ha demostrado ser una carrera de resistencia, en la que cada etapa vencida abre nuevos y más difíciles retos. Es como abrir una matrioska rusa pero con la diferencia de que cada nueva muñeca es mayor que la anterior. Continue reading

Cuba en la mira de los empresarios españoles

Según el embajador Juan Francisco Montalván el interés de invertir en la isla: "Se debe a una trayectoria de décadas de muchas de las empresas, a un buen conocimiento del mercado cubano, muy pegado al terreno, a una voluntad de reforzar nuestro sector exterior..." Continue reading

Cuba in Search of Billions in Investments

Juan Triana is one of Cuba’s most renowned economists. Some of his lectures are passed around by Cubans on flash drives. Before Raul Castro’s reforms began, his opinions and those of his colleagues at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy sparked off considerable controversy. Continue reading

Estrategia de inversión del gobierno cubano

Juan Triana: “Definitivamente hoy en Cuba exportar e importar es un gran problema. Primero porque hay mecanismos que no están actualizados, segundo porque no tenemos una cultura adecuada, tercero tenemos restricciones financieras reales.” Continue reading

Normality and Progress in Cuba

On Sunday, I was invited to be part of the panel for the Cuban television program Circulo de la Confianza (“Circle of Trust”), organized at Havana’s Fabrica de Arte cultural center. The topic discussed was progress: what the concept meant, whether Cuba was making any progress with its current reforms and what we ought to do to have progress in the future. Continue reading

Normalidad y progreso en Cuba

El domingo me invitaron a formar parte de un panel del Circulo de la Confianza en la Fábrica de Arte de Cuba. El tema se centraba en el progreso, que significa el concepto, si Cuba progresa con las reformas y que se debería hacer para tener un futuro de progreso. Continue reading

The Cuban State: Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Cuba’s economic difficulties have a variety of ingredients: the island’s status as an underdeveloped nation, the chosen socialist model, the mistakes made by the government, the US blockade and internal corruption (whose expression is the black market). Continue reading

El que mucho abarca…

Al igual que en la ex-URSS, la economía subterránea ha sido poco estudiada en Cuba, a pesar de que sus efectos son notables. Y no se halla solución a los problemas que no se reconocen como tales, los que por lo general terminan explotando en la cara. Continue reading

Human Trafficking Between Cuba and the USA

Cuban immigrants have always been made a political issue, presented as persecuted individuals who are fleeing communism and given the status of refugees by the USA. Continue reading

El tráfico humano entre Cuba y EEUU

Siempre se ha politizado a los emigrantes cubanos, presentándolos como perseguidos que huyen del comunismo y otorgándoles estatus de refugiados en los EEUU. Continue reading

Cuba: Being Accountable to the Public

In the course of recent weeks, Cuba has experienced a number of situations in which government officials made mistakes and later rectified them but tried to avoid asking for apologies. Continue reading

Rendir cuentas a la opinión pública

Un viejo proverbio dice que errar es humano y de sabios rectificar. Otros reiteran que dar la cara, asumir responsabilidades y ofrecer disculpas son distintivos de las personas honradas. Una honradez que debería ser un requisito para todos aquellos que ostentan cargos públicos. Continue reading

Havana Airport Reopens: The Outcry Was Felt

The Cuban government heard the voice of the public and reopened terminal 3 at the Jose Marti Airport to people sending off or receiving travelers. Cyberspace had filled with protests after the closing of the facility. Continue reading

Cuba’s Workforce and More Sacrifices

Some days ago, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party, Granma, referred to the need to improve the country’s productivity and thus increase salaries, calling on workers to make greater sacrifices with a view to creating more wealth (the only conceivable way of improving wages). The truth of the matter, however, is that achieving greater productivity and efficiency is often not in the hands of Cuban workers, but rather depends on their company’s managers and the bureaucratic structures created by the government to control and centralize these. Continue reading

El huevo, la gallina o la administración del gallinero

El Partido Comunista insiste en la necesidad de mejorar la productividad para poder aumentar los salarios, pidiendo un mayor sacrificio de los obreros. Continue reading

When Cuba Sends Patients Abroad

When I wrote about Rafael’s illness, I became curious about the medical services that Cuban Public Health arranges for patients abroad. Continue reading