Archivo de Columns

Archivo Columns

Photo by Claudio Pelaez Sordo

Stockpiling, commerce and planning

A feature article, “El papel lo aguanta todo” (Paper Puts Up with Everything), which appeared in the newspaper Invasor about the state-run enterprises of one of Cuba’s provinces with high profits, has, as always, a great many and varied readings. … Continued

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Miguel Díaz-Canel holding hands with his wife Lis Cuesta, talks to voters on March 11, 2018. Photo by Ramón Espinosa / AP.

A new time

Like many of you, I also spent hours in front of the TV set watching Miguel Díaz-Canel’s election as the new president of our country. For most of the Cubans, it was undoubtedly a historic moment. Raúl Castro kept his … Continued

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Photo by Alex Heny

And the small and medium enterprise?

When at the start of the process of transformation of the Cuban economy President Raúl Castro presented the need to have a more rational state apparatus he mentioned that some 500,000 workers would have to be taken out of their … Continued

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And, I went to Santiago

As almost always happens in Cuba when it’s a question of planes and airports, this time I was able to get to Santiago through a combination of magic, stubbornness and resistance. A dark and hot Rancho Boyeros airport terminal 1 … Continued

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Photo by Roberto Ruiz

Much more than growing

The 1.6 percent GDP growth in 2017 is undoubtedly surprising and surpasses by far the 1.1 percent growth of the first semester of this same year. Taking into account the difficult conditions in which it was achieved, the combination of … Continued

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Street vendor in Havana. Photo: EFE.

Improving the rules of the game

  Reuters’ news again submerged me in that so special relationship between our country and that other one: that during the last 60 years there have been governments set on making of Cuba what others, from Washington, have already designed. … Continued

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Photo by Kaloian Santos Cabrera

Foreign Direct Investment, Prosperity and Development

  Since the late 1980s, foreign direct investment (FDI) has been included among the potential resources Cuba has had to boost growth and development. One would have to affirm that FDI did its job and that it did it well … Continued

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Donald Trump yesterday in Washington DC. Photo: Shawn Thew.

What is the price of the uncertainty?

  The image of Donald Trump throwing rolls of toilet paper to Puerto Rico’s population and the news that the Department of State will appropriate (much more than wrongly) the moneys of many Cubans who paid for their right to … Continued

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Vedado, days after Hurricane Irma’s passage. Photo: Buen Ayre Visual.

Irma and sustainable development

  For many the coincidence of three hurricanes and an earthquake, almost all of them at the same time and in the same region, is the result of what we call global warming and which is none other than the … Continued

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Foto: Claudio Peláez Sordo.

The road is to build

Speaking of relations between Cuba and the United States has been and still is a delicate issue whether in Havana or Miami. Contributing, being a pioneer, defending the improvement of relations, no matter the good intentions, or having made this … Continued

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