Archivo de Counterbalance

Archivo Counterbalance

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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Photo by Claudio Pelaez Sordo

Our everyday “self-employment”

“And so: yes or no? Do you remember when the fried food stalls disappeared?” Those were my friend Goyo’s welcome questions when he intercepted me after the news about the “temporary suspension” of the granting of permits to a group … Continued

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Photo by Trabajadores.cu

Cuban science and development

At the recent first session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, one of the relevant issues was related to the “activity of science, technology and innovation.” This was so given Cuba’s characteristics, its relatively little amount of natural resources … Continued

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Photo: Roberto Ruiz

The wished-for economic growth

The growth goal (2 percent) is again becoming a focal point at the recently concluded first half of the year. I’m advancing some ideas about those factors that could have a positive impact on the economy’s growth. Growing a 2 … Continued

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Inauguration of FIHAV 2016. Photo: Jesús Rodríguez.

Foreign direct investment also needs Cuba

Do not interpret the title as it is, this has nothing to do with the size of the Cuban market, with how decisive our economy is in the world or regional sphere, or with an enormous availability of natural resources … Continued

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Havana’s Malecón seaside drive. Photo: Desmond Boylan.

The Cuban economy’s roadmap

The news that the Plenum of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party had approved the documents that have been discussed throughout the country for almost a year is undoubtedly very good news. More than a million persons have … Continued

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Photo: José Luis Medina (IPS)

Speaking of enterprises and entrepreneurs (II)

Our entrepreneurial world of today is surprisingly diverse, in the types as well as the size of the enterprises and in the regulatory systems they are subordinated to. We have everything, from the big enterprises to the personal endeavors that … Continued

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 The reform of the socialist state enterprise is a fundamental component in the updating of the economic model. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.

Speaking of enterprises and entrepreneurs (I)

The Cuban entrepreneurial world has experienced a significant diversification in recent years. For some that diversification is the logical way for the Cuban economy to adapt to the new conditions in which it has to live and develop; in the … Continued

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When water returns to the ground

Cuba has no water problems. That affirmation, just like that, in such a categorical way, is by someone some time ago. What called attention is that who affirmed something like this was an educated person, someone who had studied and … Continued

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The science making machine (II)

A few days ago baseball player Alfredo Despaigne batted a homerun that allowed Cuba to classify for the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Despaigne, luckily for the Cubans living in Cuba, has a contract with Japanese teams and … Continued

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