Question of Ownership


A woman, the owner of a recently opened snack bar, responds to the inquisitive questions of a reporter about her use of the public space. In the evening, her statements along with many others will be broadcast in an extensive television report about the invasion of common areas by the new private businesses. A very controversial topic. On one side are those spending their own money to build a counter, or to enlarge it to serve more customers, and along comes a demolition order for having extended into areas that don’t belong to them. On the other side, we encounter many passageways which, like certain entryways and walkways, are giving up space to the advance of construction extending from inside the houses. But it is notable that the penalization of this urban encroachment is not applied to everyone with the same severity. The state seems to have a free right-of-way — literally — to invade spaces, pushing pedestrians out into the streets, or constructing the greatest atrocities without any accountability to the people who live there.

In the neighborhood where I live, for example, a hotel covering an entire block rose at an incredible pace. Initially it was planned as a shelter for the patients of what is called Operation Miracle, but for about a year, responding to the laws of supply and demand, it has opened its doors to the public. This institution — without the consent of a single neighbor — stole a part of the sidewalk of Hidalgo Street. Where before there was room for us to walk by free from the danger of cars, the enormous building now has its truck loading area, an ugly ramp where there are never any vehicles unloading goods.

The damage appears to be irreversible in this case, because unlike the improvised constructions of individuals, here we’re talking about a mass of concrete which no one could cut a piece out of. People on foot, many of whom come out of the market and who used to walk along a sidewalk protected by curbs, feel like it’s not even worth it to complain. “It belongs to the State and you already know…” they tell me when I try to call for volunteers to protest. And the saddest thing is, they’re right. Not even the incisive reporter who criticizes the expansion of certain private businesses on prime time news, will prepare a story about this piece of the city they have taken from us.

48 thoughts on “Question of Ownership

  1. @ Unsoricel, and @ Humberto.

    What’s Up. I am a Political Science major here @ NYU. I’ve been reading your postings for a bit, and it deeply intrigues me to see polar opposite views on capitalism/communism. Anyways, I will have summer break in May-August 2012. I am planning on going to cuba (Even though its illegal to enter- I snuck in cuba once, and I am pretty sure I can do it again.). I would really like to sit down with ANYONE, Including you two, (with the exception on any jineteros/as, jejeje). And dialog about this. I am deeply interested in understanding the main differences. I am not rich, just a lower class, intellect that is willing to go through many lengths to understand peoples of any view.Of course, I can provide drinks, hehehe. Anyways, email me @ bigmoefromharlem@aim.com

    You can email me anytime. I would send you my cell phone, but calling cuba, will certainlly cause me to break some laws (I think)

    Peace, and Pernil.

    Your Friend from the States.

    Moises aka Moe
    Harlem, New York, NY, USA

  2. What promises, exactly, has Humberto made? I don’t ever remember reading any of Humberto’s posts that start with “I promise.”

  3. @Humberto …. At least I am not wasting my time with copy and pasting on the day your dissident died… At least for her you could have shown a bit more courage if not restrain in ‘making promises’ you forget the next day….

  4. Un Hun UnSoricel said: “+ governing is always about THE FUTURE… It is obviously clear Cuba NOW has no future,”

    ANOTHER INCREDIBLE PREDICTION BY UnHun THE MAGNIFICENT!! PROCTOLOGIST TO THE CASTROFASCISTS!!

    Carnac the Magnificent was a recurring comedic role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. One of Carson’s most well known characters, Carnac was a “mystic from the east” who could psychically “divine” unseen answers to unknown questions.

  5. + governing is always about THE FUTURE… It is obviously clear Cuba NOW has no future, China it ain’t so it cannot be governed like that …. So it is like a bearing that is not oiled ..it grinds slowly but surely to a STOP! Well what genY will do then and what you the Cubans from the USA will do then ..somehow as the new man interest me! Why ??? I don’t know ! But it is part of who I am.

  6. @Un Sorry Cell… You may find that governing a people is harder than the revolution … Or if you like it is a different game… Revolutions are about sacrifices you make …. Governing is about sacrificing others in many ways…. Every revolution I read about was never good at governing … At best it relies on making heroes of the guys who ‘sacrified’ themselves … Though for many being alive proves they weren’t just lucky but that they were cowards… As opposed to those who died… governing is the hardest bit… every people on this earth has its own peculiarities I think .. It is very had telling the people which you represent ..eventually … They they are not so govenable they complain a lot …they like corruption (corruption usually starts in the family not when you go to an office for instance),,,,and they want it very easy when the society is actually bankrup and the money is gone! .. I mean you end up having the same probs as the ones before you…and some solution do not exist…. As you can see communism tried to create a new tyoe of individual … In many quarters it is accepted that it failed…. like Y I am supposed (with the generation gap included) to be one of those NEW MAN … Do you see me as such … NO! To an extent I see myself as such in the fact that neither you or other ‘westerners’ nor the communist like me or dug me what I about … And weird is I know a lot of guys like me! However 20 yrs on the new generations coming out are more like you ! And I guess this is what the west wanted and this is why they think they won the COld War…

  7. 39UnSoricel

    Octubre 14th, 2011 at 14:00
    @Freud doc darling we know that … Since Iraq it is in the open …USA ubber ales ! Attempting to rewrite history as opposed to being reconciled with it show exactly what your agenda is for Cuba…. You are just jackals ganging up on a dying nation..
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    Don’t be mad inferior one, we are no jackals, we simply are Cubans reconstructing what castrofascism destroyed……. we are successful people babe, sorry, it is not our fault but our nature…… I know this thing of us makes mad half humanity (Jews suffers same fate) but exactly due to this nature of us it will be very easy for our country to recover itself of castrofascism destruction after regime passes away…….. we know we have USA against us, we know the empire will not give up easily all richness we built in Florida and Southwest USA but we are used to do so…… it is not first time we fight this USA opposition……. we did it from 1902 to 1959 when we got a destroyed country after 32 years war, a country occupied by USA and owned by US-Spanish magnates…….. 59 years later Cuba was a rich country again, a country owned by Cubans after a revolution and extraordinary success of Cuban businessman……… is our nature!!!

  8. @Freud: “Because Che’s revolution worked out so well for the Cubans” was a sarcastic statement!

    @UnSoricel: You may have to take the place of those you brought down, but you certainly do not have to become like them. That’s a choice. If you had to become like them, what would be the point of a revolution? Che escaped it in the end? I guess that’s one way to look at it.

  9. @36 taking to myself … It actually worked … The problem with all revolutions is that it comes a moment when you have to take the place of those you brought down .. And hence become like them…it is a hard choice … Che escaped it in the end…

  10. @Freud doc darling we know that … Since Iraq it is in the open …USA ubber ales ! Attempting to rewrite history as opposed to being reconciled with it show exactly what your agenda is for Cuba…. You are just jackals ganging up on a dying nation..

  11. 36Un Sorry Cell

    Octubre 14th, 2011 at 08:45
    Because Che’s revolution worked out so well for the Cubans.
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    There is a small % of true in your statement…….. look:

    First, che made no revolution….. he simply was a half-nuts guy that fall from heaven to castro who used him as he pleased….. revolution was made by the Cuban people….. castro was simply the one that got US support to abduct the Cuban revolution…… if you refers to this association between USA and castro as “revolution” then I have bad news for you…… castrofascism backed by USA has not worked well for all Cubans but for a small % of us and for USA……. castrofascism caused the destruction of all Cuban industries and national business…… all this richness sources reborn in USA, most of them in Florida by the hand of exile Cubans……. here a little example…… the destroyed Cuban sugar industry that produced 7 million sugar tons a year in its best times was rebuilt by Cubans exiles in Florida where today produce 21 million sugar tons a year……. so the benefit of castrofascism destruction went to Florida and to Cubans in exile ……… so, if for someone castrofascism worked well was for us and USA…

  12. 35UnSoricel

    Octubre 14th, 2011 at 03:11
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    No thanks……. you are not a fitting candidate……. you feel too inferior, you have too many complexs, you are too leaned to inmoral ideologies and criminal regimes, you simply not qualify to make a revolution anywhere….. sorry.

  13. @Freud … Told Help …you given mea ministry ..and a ‘hose’ on the beach … Preferably a house I mean…. And since I already been renamed UnSorryCell by the Cubans … LikeChe… I will do the revolution for you….cos obviously you guys have no clue (that is moral bad) but mooreso you don’t even want to put the time in (yes that is bad). So no prob doc ….you stay at home and wake up one day in a new world… Promise to keep it capitalist so you can sleep well… And the rest of your mates too…. Sleepy sleepy crowd…

  14. Humberto, you clearly don’t understand scientific Marxist thought. The only problem in Venezuela is due to the remnants of capitalism. If Uncle Hugo is given absolute power he can turn it into a pure socialist state and take care of his people.

    Here, come to North Korea and observe the success of real Marxism. Our glorious leader takes care of all of us and our children. Long live our great leader.


    At an orphanage in Hwangju town, across the provincial border in North Hwanghae province, 11 of 12 children in the clinic were critically malnourished. They looked to be no more than three or four years old, but orphanage staff insisted they were eight, citing severe stunting due to malnutrition.

    “I’ve never seen stunting like this before, not ever — not even in Ethiopia,” said Delphine Chedorge, deputy program manager of emergencies for MSF France.

    In the orphanage’s kitchen, the only food for the 736 children was maize and a thin soup made of onion and radish leaves. Cooks said they had no oil, sugar or protein — vital ingredients for adequate nutrition.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/07/us-korea-north-food-idUSTRE7956DU20111007

  15. SHOW ME THE MONEY! FIDEL YOU OLD MUMMY YOU! YOU CAN AFFORD A NICE “MUMMY” OUTFIT FOR HALLOWEEN NOW!

    MIAMI HERALD: Chávez gives $1.5 billion to Cuba and ALBA-Documents detail the millions of dollars that Venezuela has used to finance projects in Cuba and other allied countries.- Antonio Maria Delgado

    Venezuela spent more than $1.5 billion in three years to finance dozens of projects in Cuba and other allied countries, including airport expansions in Cuba and replacing light bulbs in Bolivia, although the oil producer has amassed massive debt in the last few years to cover its own commitments, according to a Venezuelan government document.

    Eighty-eight percent of disbursements from January 2007 to May 2010 covered Cuban financial projects, said the document from the Economic Social Development Bank of Venezuela (BANDES), which was obtained by El Nuevo Herald.

    The veracity of the document was confirmed by Julio Montoya, an opposition member of Congress, who accused the Hugo Chávez administration of putting the country deep in debt while simultaneously financing ally projects.

    “It is not possible for Venezuela to continue increasing its external debt to the point of already surpassing $124 billion, while the president continues to finance the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia,” said Montoya, who represents The New Time Party.

    “While Venezuela is going through serious problems with its infrastructure and its communications systems are falling apart, President Chávez is financing the repairs of Cuban airports and railroad systems,” he added.

    According to the 58-page report, BANDES, through its Autonomous and International Cooperation Fund or FICA granted “solidarity credits” for more than $980 million to 100 Cuban companies participating in a “twin enterprises” program.

    The document does not identify the names of the companies nor its activities, simply indicating that they operate within “five industrial sectors” and the financing is part of strengthening the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of our America or ALBA.

    Montoya expressed concern over the ease with which Chávez disposes of Venezuelan resources as if they were his own, making disbursements of millions without public knowledge.

    “We have to learn about these things only when officials denounce them […]. It’s totally confidential. He [Chávez] doesn’t inform anybody in this country about the manner in which he uses resources,” he said.

    The BANDES report shows the existence of disagreements among Cuban and Venezuelan authorities about a disbursement of $150 million given to the island to help it overcome damages from hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

    The disbursement was ordered by Chávez in April as “special financing” granted under emergency conditions by the government enterprise Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., but when BANDES tried to register the transaction as a loan, the authorities in Havana dismissed their request.

    “After BANDES repeatedly requested Cuba’s approval of the agreement in July 2009, minister Rodrigo Malmierca of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade, said that the operation was not a loan but a non-refundable grant in accordance with commitments made by the Commander President [Chávez], to which Venezuelan minister Ali Rodríguez said that he had no knowledge of such commitment and the he would make the pertinent consultations,” the document said.

    “So far, no such consultation has been made, and the operation remains undocumented. This situation has been repeatedly reported to higher authorities,” it added.

    Other Cuban projects financed by Venezuela involve numerous credits disbursed by FICA to finance the railroad sector and other loans for more than $45 million to finance Cuban international airports Juan G. Gómez in Varadero-Matanzas, and José Martí in Havana.

    Venezuela also granted various credits to help Cuban expand its electrical grid, most of them in 2007.

    IF LINK NOT ACTIVE, COPY AND PASTE AS OUR FRIEND Un Hun KNOWS TO BROWSER!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/13/2452971/chavez-gives-15-billion-to-cuba.html

  16. 12Her Pedestalness

    Octubre 13th, 2011 at 10:57
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    You right …. I wrong….. appologies.

  17. 26UnSoricel

    Octubre 13th, 2011 at 16:53
    @Help .. And some of you boys sell capitalism by necessity .. Not by choice … Same coin same anachronism … Of flogging the dead horse
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    Damir….. sorry……. chorizon….. you capitalism dit, capitalism dat……but no an alternative, no a second way…… and when asked, like damir, silence…… no answer, no idea, nada…….. please give us an option ………. if you have one!!!!……. what I doubt.
    You right we sell capitalism ….. just because capitalism habemus….. but …… you …… do you have a substitute????!!!!

  18. @Help .. And some of you boys sell capitalism by necessity .. Not by choice … Same coin same anachronism … Of flogging the dead horse

  19. Why do you need my mug and name ??? Haven’t your crowd got enough fun with how I am ?

    Actually your ignorance, disguised as haughtiness (it means arrogantly superior and disdainful), sets you up so beautifully every time that we’re just getting started. I guess some people can dish it out but can’t take it!!!

    Are you saying that your real picture would humiliate you?

  20. So all the lousy architecture and corruption and mafia politics after Mussolini fell is the result of the Partisans, according to UnSoricel.

    There is no evidence of any opposition groups in Cuba, at any time in the past 52 years, worse than the communists. And nowadays the dissident community is extremely peaceful, democratic, and very pluralistic. Even the commies with a conscience want the Castro boys out, although a few of the really stupid ones still believe in socialism by force.

    So unless evidence to the contrary, we can assume that the fall of Castro will be as good as the fall of Mussolini. And if some other thugs or gangsters take over, then all of us here will be fighting against them too.

  21. @Humberto .. You don’t have to cry baby you have to honour you promises … But you are like Fidel …all promises and NO delivery …. Just how great things would be if…. If …. And don’t worry about me I am more interesting in blue ! If you want tosee my face invite me for a drink in free Havana I might come!

  22. Un Hun said: “Why do you need my mug and name ??? Haven’t your crowd got enough fun with how I am ? You really feel you should humiliate someone more – I mean I know it is the Latin way to laugh at those that dontagree with you but …you are American ..usually what you don’t like you kill! ??”

    FORGET IT Un Hun! NOT ATTRACTED TO YOU ANY MORE! DONT LIKE COWARDS! I AM VERY PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! AND CUBAN TOO! ENOUGH OF YOUR EVASIVE, MANIPULATIVE AND COWARDLY ANSWERS! IM BACK TO CUTTING AND PASTING, POBRECITO HERMANITO! SUCH A LITTLE VICTIM!! IM GOING TO CRY RIGHT NOW!

  23. @Humberto .. I am sure ugliness awaits …. It is a symptom of the human race… And the time we inhabit …. Apparently we should behappy we got past the middle ages … And the black death … The only valid point being we can blame you for making promises … Do you accept at least a bit of responsibility for what you promise here every day ??? Or the moment these won’t happen you will simply forget what you said here and get on with chasing boys in Havana? Why do you need my mug and name ??? Haven’t your crowd got enough fun with how I am ? You really feel you should humiliate someone more – I mean I know it is the Latin way to laugh at those that dontagree with you but …you are American ..usually what you don’t like you kill! ??

  24. Un Hun! AND YOU PROMISED ME A FACE PICTURE, A REAL NAME AND MAYBE A BODY SHOT! BUT BETTER YET, PUT UP ON YOUR AVATAR SPACE A PICTURE OF YOU DRESSED AS A “ZOMBIE MINI MALL” IN CUBA AS THE VISIONARY THAT YOU ARE!! AS YOU SAID, HAVANA WILL BE A MONSTER UGLY CITY ONCE THE BOOGIE MAN U.S.A. AND THE MIAMI MAFIA TAKE OVER!

  25. @Humberto …. baby you promise a lot and plenty to the poor Cuban ppl …some of them might hold you accountable if it doesn’t play like that… So we know where to come knocking if any bad architecture will spoil the landscape in Havana and the more so since you are an architect !!!…

  26. now should i answer this or just get a glass of cold water and call myself an asshole in the mirror… or explain ‘my agenda’… anyway thank you for the Un Sorry Cell – felt the cuban love there.. it was the funniest thing that happened to me lately and i really mean it ! laugher is good … One thing I love about the USA …Buster Keaton.. and his cops chasing him

  27. Un Hun said: “@Humberto … Mini malls ? Are you for real ?”

    YES Un Hun! IM FOR REAL! I HAVE A FACE AND REAL NAME HERE! HOW ABOUT YOU?

    Un Hun said: “You wilL get the huge idiocies killer of life and spirit in the name of consuming more.”

    Un Hun! YOU ARE GETTING IN THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT I SEE! ALL ABOUT BOOGIEMAN U.S.A. AND THEIR “KILLER BUILDINGS”!! HMMMM! THAT MIGHT MAKE AN INTERESTING FILM!

    YOUTUBE : Debut Trailer of JUAN OF THE DEAD! Cuba’s 1st Horror Film! Actually the FIRST HORROR FILM is the REALITY THAT THE CUBAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIVING REAL FOR THE PAST 52 YEARS!

  28. @Her Pedestalness, please send your bank manager my love. I get all teary-eyed just thinking about him.

  29. UnSoricel, they aren’t good photos, if you go to Havana you can see just how ugly the melia cohiba is for yourself.

  30. @Help:

    Oh my goodness, I forgot totally about the “right-wing” blanket label in my post, but here’s a good definition from you-know-who. “If you don’t agree with me, you’re right-wing.” LOL

    Gotta run, we’re having a family portrait taken with our bank manager.

  31. @Her Pedestalness,

    You got books in your state? Sounds down right unAmerican. None down here, we just got mega-mall, we’re proud Americans. Too much talk here, gotta get my right-wing butt to the mega-mall to shop for things I don’t need, gonna buy a present for my bank manager, real swell guy. Watch out for that UnSoricel guy, he’s one of those smartypants Marxists, think he’s onto us.

  32. @Freud: Respectfully,

    Huh???? My post was directed at post number 8, and also to Damir. If you would take your own advice about going back through the archives to see who’s who among the blog’s commenters, you would know what the name “her pedestalness” refers to.

    I have no idea what you meant by this: “to start, there is no a single commenter among us living in Cuba…… Cubans in Cuba have no access to internet……. you need a lot of information before to start to write nonsense about …”

    It has no relevance to what I posted.

  33. 10Her Pedestalness

    Octubre 13th, 2011 at 10:04
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    Dear one….. you lost completely the character of this blog’s commenter…… to start, there is no a single commenter among us living in Cuba…… Cubans in Cuba have no access to internet……. you need a lot of information before to start to write nonsense about someone, some ones or something…… I recommend you not to read the last comments but go back to the blog’s archives and get a better picture about us and the blog by understanding who is who among commenter……. My apologies if you did it already……. if so, well, I understand that Americans can have dyslexic people among them!!!!!

  34. Looks like someone who accused moi of not being able to see the complexities of life is guilty of the same himself. A while back, I posted a little tongue-in-cheek tale about a day in the life of an ultra-materialistic American. I was then accused of “missing the point”, that the original criticism was not about materialism (which it was), and yet, insults about mega shopping centers and mindless CONsumerism (his witty trademarked term), are still contantly hurled. In the United States, we live, we laugh, we love, we argue, we read, we have history teachers (and books!!), we complain about our politicians, we enjoy art and beauty, we volunteer our time to help those who are less fortunate, we criticize the United States (yes, there is more wrong with this country than I could possibly list here), and I can’t think of one person who reveres his bank manager. That we are relatively free to do all of these these things is not a bad thing. What a warped, single-minded view of our country you have. Is this based on the opinions of your relatives living in Florida? Why do your relatives live in the evil empire anyway, if it is so devoid of anything you would find desirable?

    If you knew anything at all about which you try to speak, you would know that many of us protest new shopping center developments, detest companies like Walmart, and we are not all waiting for the day when communism falls in Cuba so that it can become like America. Though I hear that Fidel and company, the communists, have struck a deal with a Canadian company to build golf resorts for tourists.

    Between the richest of the rich, and the poorest of the poor, there is an entire class of people that have different means, desires, political views, etc., etc. The way that you use the term “middle class” to denote everything that is bad, or the enemy of the people, or anti-egalitarianism, or ultra-consumerist is extremely inaccurate. There is a plethora of diverse financial means and political opinions among what you are lumping into the term “middle class.” I guess it’s just a neat little technique to advance your agenda.

    The fact that you guys latch on to a blog about Cuba, written by a Cuban dissident that you obviously both abhor, to try and bash the United States or advance your socialist views of the world is bizarre. Well, gotta run. I have to go buy something that I don’t need or want.

  35. @Humberto … Did look at the picture … There is a difference but the picture doesnt show how bad the ‘new’ hotel is … The sea and the road are too beautiful so they distract I guess…. Probably the interior says more

  36. @Humberto … Mini malls ? Are you for real ? You’d be lucky get mini malls … You wil get the huge idiocies killer of life and spirit in the name of consuming more..that most Cubans would afford once a month to go to yet they would just simply walk through them from time to time and learn to aspire at a way of life that is inaccessible and totally borrowed … that is the lesson … underCastro you get buildings falling down under capitalism you get pointless buildings that belong to no one ! In eastern europe every 5 days a mall goes up !!!! and that your clique associates with progress … Yeah right

  37. I have been criticised by ignorants and ideologically deranged that I pick on the usa, and why do I do that, what they have done to me etc. etc.

    Pathetic losers. That is exactly what those ignorant andelusional usanians are doing to Cuba and Cubans. But it is not okay to point out to usanians their own shortfalls.

    It is hurtful, apparently.

    As if I care that the truth hurts, and badly at that.

    For a change, I’ll take on “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” and not mention the usa today.

    Let us go to Panama instead.

    La Caja de Segurida Social de Panama confirmed the other day that Spanish company, called Rasfer Internacional SA is responsible for 500 deaths in Panama recently.

    What happened?

    The “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” at its best. Panama ordered glycerine from the above company. They went to China and bought the industrial instead of medical grade glycerine and on-sold it to Panama, knowing fully well that the glycerin ordered by Panama was to be used as a part of medicine for cough, which was given to poor people of Panama for free.

    BUT!!!

    The industrial glycerine was sooo much cheaper….

    Who gives the rats arse for the poor people.

    It’s the profit that matters!!!

    After all, in “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” we are responsible to our shareholders first and foremost. They expect the profit from their investment and our duty is to them. We are here to protect their interests, not the interests of some poor lot somewhere in Panama.

    And the history of capitalism, the “pragmatic” one is full of such horror stories.

    The massacre of 500 people so far, and there may still be more, is irrelevant to those “democrats” and “free humans” whose only goal is to make money.

    See, not everything bad is coming from the usa, no?

    Wrong.

    The inhumane “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” the worst perversity the humans have ever invented.

    The one good thing that came from usa is the news that one of the five brave Cubans illegally imprisoned in the usa has been released from the prison.

    Four to go.

  38. 6Conspir

    Octubre 12th, 2011 at 20:29
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    hahahahahaha…… very good…….hahahahaha

  39. You ignorant, delusional little dumbo pioneers. Still swimming in the sewerages of your ignorance. Let me hurt you even more badly. If you want to see a real socialist hero, click this you losers:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/12/hugo-chavez-mascots-pants_n_1007909.html

    And then tell me AGAIN how I am the rediculous one. Bullshift, bullshift, bullshift.

    Your failed delusional ideology, your desperate cries for help, begs a comment from superior brains. The mothership will arrive at 02:04 hours on Friday, October 15, 2012 to whisk all believers to socialist utopia to save us from the evil descendants of Hebrew Egyptians and Queen Elizabeth, where we will all be equaler than equal, absolutely everything will be free, and there will even be butt-wiping robots. We will be saved from pinup grannies with short fingernails (which really creep me out).

    Unedumacated losers, all of you. You can’t even recognize beautiful socialist concrete architecture it it bit you in your pioneer brigade a**es.

  40. Humberto, thanks for bringing it up, the Melia Cohiba should be the first building demolished in a free Cuba, what an eyesore. Unfortunately, probably won’t happen. But I’d like to see them tear it down and put up something decent instead.

  41. Un Hun! IT HAS BEEN “STANDARD” LINGO BY THE CASTRO APOLOGISTS AND THEIR AGENTS TO SCARE THE CUBANS IN THE ISLAND AND REST OF THE WORLD WITH THE IDEA THAT THE CUBANS IN THE DIASPORA AND EVEN WORSE, THE U.S.A. BUSINESSES WILL COME AND BUILD MINI-MALLS AND McDONALDS IN EVERY CORNER. THE CUBAN PEOPLE, IN AND OUT OF THE ISLAND WANT TO RE-CONSTRUCT THE OLD HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE AND RESTORE THOSE THAT CAN BE SAVED. AS AN ARCHITECT IT GIVES ME GREAT PAIN TO SEE THE DISTRUCTION AND TO REALIZE THAT MOST OF THE BUILDINGS THAT WERE LOST AND EVEN THOSE IN DISREPAIR HAD NO DOCUMENTATION ON THEIR PLAN LAYOUT, DETAILING ETC. TO REBUILD OR REPAIR AGAIN WITH ACCURACY! THE CURRENT STATE OF CONSTRUCTION THERE IS DISMAL, IN THE MATERIALS, LABOR AND EVEN WORSE, IN THE NEW DESIGNS! HAVE YOU SEEN THE MELIA COHIBA IN EL VEDADO? THIS PIECE OF ARCHITECTURAL JUNK IS NEXT TO THE JEWEL OF CUBAN 1950’s ARCHITECTURE THE RIVIERA HOTEL WHICH IS INTACT IN EVERY SENCE OF THE WORD

    SEE THEM BOTH IN A PICTURE IS THIS SITE. THE RIVIERA IS ON THE LEFT, THE MELIA COHIBA ON THE RIGHT WHICH IS PURE ARCHITECTURAL JUNK!

    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/28744910

  42. @Humberto ..and what’s to replace all that faded beauty… ?? Well the great invention called the Mall .. Hypermercado after hypermercado… Now tell me that’s great architecture..

  43. NOW THIS IS THE TRUE ARCHITECTURE OF CUBA! NOT THAT IMPORTED “BRUTALIST”, RIGID DESIGN IMPORTED BY THE CASTROFASCIST FROM RUSSIAN AND THE EASTERN BLOCK! I HAVE A DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE SO I FEEL I CAN COMMENT WITH CONVICTION!

    Images of Havana,before Castro’s communist revolution,showing modern architecture,highrises, beautiful clean avenues;traffic showing new cars;elegantly dress pedestrians; elegant shops;hospitals;university;new urbanization;hotels; construction;sport events;industry with data of its progress …

    YOUTUBE : CUBA BEFORE FIDEL CASTRO COMMUNIST REVOLUTION 1/8

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    Really ugly work. A very stupid design.
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    Un trabajo muy feo. Un deseno muy tonto.
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    John Bibb
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