We are a people who beat ourselves up with pleasure. At least in Havana, it’s difficult to get something done or just go to a store without being humiliated. This is such a regular occurrence that most of the time we don’t even react when we are being treated badly. Why don’t we?
The LGBTQI community has insisted on joining an archaic institution which they were never really excluded from. They have preferred to do this instead of being the avant-garde of the struggle for a real freedom to love, thereby falling into a trap…
This seemingly social indifference might actually be covering an attitude of individual resistance, which is what I want to talk about today: if it really is indifference or rather a resistance tailored to the very specific conditions that have been created here in Cuba by the Castro regime.
We have to give this humdrum president credit though, he is keeping the only promise he made when he took on this position: that his government would be one of continuity.
In Havana, there are very few places where you can go that don’t cost you a fortune or mean that you are surrounded by Reggaeton’s vulgar sect and their followers. The theaters are one of the places that my wife and I still have, a place where we can take refuge whenever we can.
It’s taken us almost a year to discover what the Government was doing when it suddenly stopped issuing self-employment licenses, without any warning. New regulations have just been published and the government has also announced that it will take another six months before licenses are granted again
Amidst a government campaign to tackle fuel theft, we have learned from official statistics that private taxi drivers are buying an average of only half a liter* of fuel per day from state-owned gas stations, which are popularly known as CUPET, and the only ones authorized to sell oil products to the public.
If you ask me who I want to vote, my answer would be everyone: the more, the better. We should all definitely have this power, but this reminds me of what the popular Spider-Man says, “with great power comes great responsibility” and voting, well my idea of voting, is a great power so it would be a good idea if everyone did so responsibly.
If Robin Hood were to work on Miramar’s 5th Avenue instead of in Sherwood Forest, he wouldn’t be the “prince of thieves” but the “prince of resolvers”. We Cubans call stealing “resolving” and in Cuba everyone steals because we all have to resolve things in some way or another.
Our current Constitution dates back to 1976 and even though some amendments were made later, it continues to be a contradictory Carta Magna in nature which denies Cuba the most basic democracy and the Cuban people’s sovereign rights.