The Prayer of Today’s Cubans

Cartoon by Yasser Castellanos

La plegaria


HAVANA TIMES – With the bad economic news of recent days many Cubans are worried of a possible return of the prolonged blackouts that plagued the country in the 1990s.

Reports in the alternative and international online media and word of mouth note the continued worsening of the economic and political situation in Venezuela, the main oil supplier to Cuba under highly preferential terms.

For now, the government of Raul Castro has cut back on electricity use at state workplaces and says the general population will hardly be affected.

However numerous reports have already begun to appear regarding hours long power outages in several neighborhoods of the capital. Likewise, bureaucratic services at government offices are likely to become even slower than usual.


15 thoughts on “The Prayer of Today’s Cubans

  • July 21, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I am quoting figures produced by the Mennonite Church. But I am interested to learn that the Mennonites in Cuba (a country you have never set foot in) are working with “the authorites” which in Cuba means the Castro regime. Unlike you, I am a free individual not directed by others such as a religious organization. My concerns are for humanity, not pursuit of imposing any religious or political beliefs upon others. To express the views that you pursue in these pages and then to have the temerity to suggest that you support social justice would be laughable if it were not obvious nonsense.

  • July 21, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I gave a direct quote of the General Conference of the Mennonite Church.

  • July 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Your figures are totally off, and you have no idea what you are talking about. Besides that there are no (zero) Amish in Cuba (and never were), and the Mennonites number in the thousands. They do not oppose the Revolution, and work together with the authorities and the nation on matters of peace and social justice. You seem to know nothing about churches or religion. You are known for your “made up” facts. You are a fiction writer. Maybe you should look for a job. Your handlers are not pleased with you.

  • July 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    “That we recognize the incompatibility of Christianity and atheistic Communism and the challenge to the cause of Christ which the latter represents.”

    General Conference of the Mennonite Church

  • July 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I note that the Mennonite Church lists 124 members in Cuba plus 20 Amish. It will be difficult to identify the Amish in Cuba as there are so many horse drawn vehicles.

  • July 18, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    You Conrad refuse to answer the question previously asked:

    Is the Mennonite Church now in favour of communism?

    As for the Mennonite Church being well ‘entrenched’ in Cuba, exactly where?

  • July 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Nice try. You don’t know anything about the Mennonite Church, which is well entrenched in Cuba, and strongly supports the revolution. You are confused, but that is to be expected. Your handlers will not be amused. You are on a short leash, remember?

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