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Fernando Ravsberg

Raul Castro dejará a su sucesor efectuar cambios economicos reales

A la próxima administración le tocará resolver problemas esenciales para el desarrollo como unificar las monedas, abrir las pequeñas y medianas empresas privadas (PYMES), quitar el freno a las cooperativas, autorizar los mercados mayoristas y acelerar los trámites en la inversión extranjera. Continue reading

Cuba and its Pending Matters

The year 2017 is drawing to an end with its almost paralyzed “reform process” and the economy hasn’t changed in the way the Communist Party Guidelines proposed, which the government itself had put forward and had been ratified by millions of Cubans at assemblies. Continue reading

USA and Cuba, the Same Old Questions?

The dilemma between Cuba and the US has all the signs of prolonging itself in time. Miguel Diaz Canel, the candidate of the Communist Party for the Presidency, has just said that the future of relations depends on the attitude assumed by Washington. Continue reading

Alquiler de coches en Cuba, para no recordarlo

Las agencias compran un automóvil en US $8000, lo rentan durante dos años ganando unos US $50 mil y luego lo venden en el mercado nacional a US $40 mil. La contratación de 1000 carros deja cada 24 meses más US $80 millones. Y sospecho que en el país hay mucho más de mil. Continue reading

Cuba Rent Car, a Reason to Never Go Back

Car rental companies buy a car for 8,000 USD and then rent them out to tourists for two years, raking in approximately 50,000 USD and then they sell them on the national market for 40,000 USD. Renting out 1000 cars brings in 80 million USD every two ye... Continue reading

Cartas desde Cuba Blog Reaches 10!

This November, Cartas desde Cuba (Letters from Cuba) is celebrating its 10th anniversary of existence. Continue reading

La Salud del Turismo

El turismo en Cuba se debería concebir contando con la permanente presencia de Irma y de Trump. Habría que trabajar pensando que siempre habrá un huracán en el Caribe o un presidente en la Casa Blanca dispuestos a descarrilar la locomotora de la economía cubana. Continue reading

Cuba Has Great Potential for Healthy Tourism

Tourism in Cuba should be developed taking into account the permanent presence of Irma and Trump, thinking that there will always be a hurricane in the Caribbean or a president at the White House who is willing to run the locomotive of Cuba’s economy off the tracks. Continue reading

Where Cuba Fits in the Newly Declassified JFK Files

The declassified documents reveal that self-harm attacks were a part of the US strategy against Cuba. They ome at a very interesting time when Washington is accusing Cuba of attacking US diplomats at its embassy in Havana with a fantasy sonic weapon. Continue reading

Lo que era capaz EE.UU. para agredir a Cuba

Los documentos desclasificados demuestran que las auto-agresiones formaban parte de la estrategia contra Cuba. Llegan en un momento muy interesante, cuando Washington está acusando, sin presentar pruebas, a Cuba de agredir a los funcionarios de su embajada en La Habana con una fantástica arma acústica. Continue reading

Los secretos de la Escuela Cubana de Ballet

Hoy más de 900 niños estudian en las academias de Cuba, constituyen una gigantesca cantera para la danza nacional y también para algunas de las más destacadas compañías del mundo, en las que han brillado cubanos y cubanas, considerados por los críticos como los rusos del “siglo XXI”. Continue reading

The Secrets of Cuba’s Ballet School

Today, over 900 children study at Cuba’s ballet academies, which are a huge talent pool for national dance and also for some of the world’s most renowned companies, where Cubans have shone, believed to be the “21st century” Russians according to critics. Continue reading

The Cuba Acoustic Files: “The Balloon that Inflates By Itself”

In this new chapter of the saga more alleged victims of Cuba’s fantastic acoustic weapons are coming forward. Apparently two more officials from the US Embassy would have suffered the mysterious audio attacks. The balloon continues to inflate and will surely continue to fill it with air until it bursts. Continue reading

Lo que Cuba pierde por su incompetente burocracia agraria

Dilapidar los recursos económicos que se dispone debería considerarse un delito contra la nación. Dejar pudrir los alimentos en los campos es, además, muy inhumano en un país en el que los ciudadanos de a pie tienen tantas dificultades para llevar la comida a su mesa. Continue reading

What Cuba Loses Because of its Incompetent Farm Bureaucracy

How much does Cuba lose each year because of the inefficiency of its agricultural bureaucracy? Let’s take a look at some of the hard figures. The answer is as shocking as it is inexplainable for a country with limited resources. Continue reading

Cuba Sonic Files: “Nails scratching the blackboard”

The AP news agency received from US authorities the audio of a screeching noise that supposedly had been recorded in Havana and sent "for analysis to the US Navy, which has sophisticated equipment to analyze acoustic signals, and to intelligence agenci... Continue reading

Se persigue debilitar el turismo a Cuba

En los años 60 el Departamento de Estado elaboró un documento en el que reflejaba la estrategia para seguir en Cuba. Ahora el objetivo parece ser el turismo, una locomotora que puede arrastrar a otros sectores económicos y que avanza a gran velocidad. Continue reading

The Target: Tourism in Cuba

Every time Cuba finds ways of financing, campaigns to destroy its sources of income begin. Now the target seems to be tourism, a fast moving locomotive that can bring growth to other economic sectors as well. Continue reading

El Che en Cuba, 50 años después de su fusilamiento

Tamara Juvier estudió en el preuniversitario Lenin y a los 16 años se le ocurrió hacer un trabajo de investigación sobre el Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara. “Se nos hacía difícil que pudiera ser como un Dios. Ser como una persona que no tiene defectos es imposible”, me dijo entonces. Continue reading

Che in Cuba, from Olive Green to the Guerrillas of White Coats

Tamara Juvier studied at the Lenin senior high school and at age 16 it occurred to her to do a research work on Commander Ernesto Che Guevara. "It was difficult for us to be like a God. Being like a person who has no defects is impossible.” Continue reading

US Confirms it Isn’t Handing Over Information to Cuba on “Sonic Attacks”

The US Department of State’s spokeswoman Heather Nauert affirmed that her country isn’t giving Cuba any information about the alleged “sonic attacks” that twenty or so US diplomats were allegedly victim to. Continue reading

Cuba, sus válvulas de presión y la candela

Las relaciones entre Cuba y los EE.UU. están retornando rápidamente a los tiempos de la Guerra Fría. Todo el terreno avanzado gracias al diálogo entre los presidentes Barack Obama y Raúl Castro comienza a venirse abajo como un castillo de naipes. Continue reading

Cuba, Pressure Valves and Fueling the Flame

Relations between Cuba and the US are quickly returning to what they were during the Cold War. All of the progress made thanks to the dialogue between presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro is beginning to come crashing down like a tower of cards. Continue reading

Nuevos elementos en el caso de Cuba y armas acústicas

La trama se complica en el caso de las supuestas armas acústicas usadas en Cuba contra diplomáticos estadounidenses y canadienses y sus familiares. Hasta la fecha, toda la información sobre los ataques que afectaría seriamente la salud de más de 20 personas ha sido en base de filtraciones anónimas y declaraciones del gobierno estadounidense sin presentar informes médicos ni nombres de las personas supuestamente afectadas. Continue reading

The Plot Thickens in the Cuba Sonic Weapons Case

We have just discovered the tip of the iceberg in the case of the alleged sonic attacks in Havana and this leads directly to the US Central Intelligence Agency, specialist in psychological warfare, promoter of coups, invasion organizer and financier of... Continue reading

Cuba’s Farm Bureaucracy Once Again Sabotages Production

A few weeks ago we published a post referring to the bad work of the Ministry of Agriculture and the rest of the institutions that work in this sector, unable to guarantee more than 20% of the food of the Cubans. Here goes another related one. Continue reading