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 16, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Many of us? Did you take a poll? Grow a pair and say it is what you and you alone think.

  • July 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Is “many of us” the members of the Mennonite Church?

    Did you even notice that the title of the article is:
    “The Prayer of Today’s Cubans.” ?
    and that the cartoon is of Cubans praying? That is why they are shown in Cuba’s national colours!

    How do you pose as a Christian and have no respect for the pain of others?

    Mennon Simon would have been ashamed of you!

  • July 16, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    The early 1990’s experience after collapse of Soviet Union will not be returning. Raul and not Fidel has the helm. Raul will do whatever is needed to survive. Fidel lacked the same flexibility. Interesting times ahead.

  • July 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    It appears to many of us that you always overstate what you perceive to be bad news.

  • July 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Correct. But when Obama quotes unemployment numbers that are questionable low, there is a cauldron of naysayers to call him on it. When Raul “understate bad news”, there’s no counter-balancing force to check him.

  • July 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    That is certainly correct Terry.
    There are some differences however. In countries where access to information is the norm, people are better able to anticipate and judge for themselves, that which issues from the mouths of the politicians. In Cuba day to day life doesn’t change and the information which most Cubans receive has been only that which the regime selects.
    However, perhaps the biggest single change which we witness is the flow of information now circulating through the cell-phones of younger people. This form of ‘underground’ news much of it unwelcome, is a huge problem for the regime and they cannot stem it.
    Other source of information particularly regarding Venezuela and Equador, are the teachers and doctors serving there and then returning home to Cuba to explain just how badly the economy of Venezuela has declined and the new requirements for Cubans to acquire a visa to visit Equador where previously one wasn’t necessary. I say this from experience, having relatives in both education and medical services who either have or are currently working in those countries.
    Slowly but surely the information leaks out through mouth to mouth discussion and slowly but surely the population has realized that much of the truth has been hidden from them. In consequence they watch Mesa Redondo at 7.00 p.m. and the national news at 8 p.m. with cynicism.

  • July 16, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Moses, while I agree with you, I also believe that there’s nothing peculiar about politicians understating bad news and/or up-selling good news. This happens everyday all around the globe.

  • July 16, 2016 at 6:36 am

    As I mentioned in a previous comment, the Castros always understate bad news. Likewise, the Castros will overblow good news. Blackouts are bad news. If Raul even bothered to mention it, you can be sure its worse than he announced.

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