The Future, Questions and Predictions to Break

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Ten prognostications, ten failures, ten predictions that did not even make it to a dead letter. This is what a Decalogue of possible future prognostications — personal and national — that would have been made in 2003 has been reduced to. Such that, knowing the twisted paths events take, today I am trying to imagine the surprises in store for us in the next decade. I know — at least I know this — it will be difficult, very difficult times are coming for everyone. To forget, as we go to bed one night, the huge problems we do indeed have, and pretend we will wake up to another day, isn’t going to happen. It’s very naive to believe we can shake off this totalitarianism and all that will result from it. It’s not going to happen, new problems and new challenges will begin. Are we prepared for them?

Are we prepared for a society where the responsibility lies with us and not with the State? A country where we can choose a president, but where he could perhaps turn out to be corrupt, a liar, an authoritarian? Are we capable of realizing, in that case, that we voted to name a “father,” rather than a public servant who answers to us? How long will it take for us to lose our suspicions about everything that contains the world “social” or about the unions, who today are simply transmission poles for the powers-that-be to the workers? Are we ready for tolerance? Can we live together peacefully with those of other political viewpoints and ideologies who take the microphones and propose their programs? Will our inexperience, perhaps,l launch us into the arms of the next populist? Are we aware that we will experience a Cuba where, most likely, there will be a lot of nostalgia for the Castro regime? What will we do if, instead of real change, those who are now part of the Nomenklatura exchange their olive-green uniforms for the suits and ties of entrepreneurship?

How will we react to immigration? Right now we only know the phenomenon of those who leave and also those visitors who — briefly — come as tourists to our land. However, we must know that if we manage to build a prosperous country, others will come to stay. How will we receive them? What will be the effects of so many years of shortages and rationing on personal consumption? Will families put themselves deeply in debt buying everything they see on TV? How will we resolve the dilemma of State property versus privatization? Will it be possible to maintain the extensive educational and hospital infrastructure throughout the country, while improving its quality, breaking the bonds of ideology, and paying employees dignified salaries? What will happen to the enormous governmental and official apparatus, whose costs fall on our shoulders to an extent we can barely conceive of?

As you can see, rather than certainties, I only have questions. Questions that haunt me when I speak of the future of my nation. At least some things are clear to me: I will be in Cuba, I will do everything I can to help my country and will try — through journalism — to dispel many of these doubts or to amplify them until someone responds.

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    ABC NEWS: Cuba to Let Islanders Rent out Their Home Phones

    Cubans have a new private enterprise opportunity — acting as “telecommunications agents” by essentially turning their homes into phone booths and charging neighbors by the minute to use their telephones.

    The Labor Ministry rule announced Tuesday also says the “agents” will be able to offer Internet access at some point in the future.

    Cuba has some 1.2 million fixed phone lines and 1.8 million cellphones for a population of around 11 million. Many domestic land lines are not equipped for making long-distance and international calls, though they can receive them.

    The “agents” will have to charge the same as what state telecom monopoly Etecsa charges customers, with the company paying them a commission. International rates in Cuba can run as high as several dollars a minute.

    The measure also authorizes the contractors to sell prepaid cellphone cards, collect phone bill payments and even offer Internet.

    As with a number of the 200 or so areas of independent economic activity now allowed under President Raul Castro’s reforms, the resolution seems geared toward regulating and taxing activities that are already common in the informal economy.

    Cubans with long-distance lines already let neighbors use their phones for a fee, and there’s also a black market for the sale of dial-up Internet minutes.


  2. Dear Neutral:

    Of course Marabu is a troll and a liar. Additionally, he is about as dumb of a human being as I have ever experienced. Absolutely stunning stupidity. He has a disdain for Cubans who fled to America, but admits that he, himself, has never been to Cuba. He Googles all day to gather information about Cuba, while his dumbas* girlfriend supports him. Viva stupidity!

  3. Trevor,

    Marabu is a compulsive troll and liar. Unlike the completely deluded Nick and Socialist Worker, Marabu is at least partially aware he is a troll and liar.

    It is possible he is not an agent of the Cuban government, but he is acting exactly as they do, and Yoani’s site has been targeted by Castro.

    You know that Castro pays his police to post propaganda on the internet, don’t you? Seriously, that’s all some of them do right now.

    I could never figure it out, because surely Castro has thousands of foreign groupies who will do this work for free.

    On the good side, at least some Cubans can enjoy Cuba’s new high-speed internet, which Castro says is too dangerous for ordinary Cubans.

    Who Is M&T Bank? A reliable bank that’s strong and stable. Times like these call for a financial services partner that has stood the test of time. Established in 1856 as Manufacturers and Traders Bank, today we’re the M&T Bank Corporation, one of the 20 largest US headquartered commercial bank holding companies, with current assets of $83.2 billion (as of June 30, 2013) and over 725 branches, free account access at more than 2,000 M&T Bank ATMs and more than 15,000 employees throughout New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Delaware and Toronto, Canada (Deposits with M&T are not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)).

  5. Humberto

    One reason it smells fishy is the ENORMOUS LIE in the middle of the Cuban statement.

    If someone missed the absurdity of the Cuban statement, M&T is a large US based bank and the US government had no problems with it doing business with Cuba.

    Nor does the US government have a problem with other banks stepping in to fill M&T’s shoes.

    Perhaps the reason Castro outlawed all private cinemas and clothes sales in Cuba is also because of the “embargo”

    On a positive note, I’m sure Nick and Marabu and Socialist Worker have read the latest lies from Castro and have already posted “Bad Ole USA” on several dozen web sites.

  6. Good link Humberto

    Very fishy indeed. Thought why Columbian or Haitian consulates don’t have this problem?

    Now anyone applying for a cuban consular service please write to your Senator first: repeal Hemls-Burton law now.


    ABC NEWS: Cuban Mission in US Halts Consular Services – by Peter Orsi
    Cuba’s mission to the United States said it has been forced to halt nearly all consular services effective Tuesday because the bank that handled its accounts was severing the relationship, and diplomats have been unable to find another with which to do business.

    M&T Bank told Cuba in July that it had decided to stop providing banking services to foreign missions and said Havana would have to close its accounts, the Cuban Interests Section in Washington said in a statement.

    Despite efforts with the U.S. State Department and multiple banks, Cuba has been unable to line up either an American bank or a foreign one with branches in the country to take its business, the statement said.

    It blamed “restrictions … derived from the U.S. policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba” — a reference to the U.S. embargo, which has been in place since the Kennedy administration and bars most financial transactions with the Communist-run island.

    Representatives of M&T Bank did not immediately respond to phone messages seeking comment, and a spokeswoman at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana said the State Department did not have any comment at the moment.


  8. Look, Marabu claims that he is a “proud member” of an organization that shoots teenage schoolgirls in the face while they are riding the school bus.

  9. :-)))))

    I am used to be called anything starting with “Castro agent” but today someone beat the record again:

    I am a “card-carrying member of the Taliban”.
    And, I must add, a quite proud one, because the Taliban have won the war.

    This blog is getting funnier and funnier.

  10. And there you have it, from Marabu, a card-carrying member of the Taliban. Parade thieves around and chop off their hands.

    Another example of brilliant awesomeness from the jackas* who has noodles for brains. Gotta love it.

    Few Third World countries can claim their domenstic percentage so high.

    I am posting this, becaus the enemy tries to expoit some shortages in the cuban farmacies for their propaganda.

    Is cuban government responsible for the shortages?
    To a large degree: YES

    Because the shoratges are a result of black market speculation with the free medicine in Cuba.
    And the goverment in Havanna is far to soft on crime.

    Vice President Diaz-Canel: get tougher on these “free marketeers”!

    My suggestion: in a break on the top basaball game, watched by millions of Cubans, bring 2 or 3 convicted criminals and chop their hands. They will never steal again and theft will become much less popular sport.

  12. What the armchair socialist posters fail to realize,

    because of their simple-minded ignorance,

    is that THEY are the ones who killed socialism in Cuba and made practically every Cuban hate that dirty word.

    If you’re against slave labor or pollution, the armchair socialists call you a “capitalist”, which is bizarre because none have ever traded their comfortable capitalist lives to live like a Cuban worker.

    And that is another reason Cubans hate socialism, the unbelievable hypocrisy of all those who support Castro and rant against capitalism and the USA.

  13. That’s fine with me Hank.
    You carry on showing off your proud inheritance of bias and ignorance and keep on banging your simplistic, pro capitalist, little drum;
    and I’ll carry on making comments related to Our Fave Blogger’s posts…

  14. Nick commenting that Yoani’s post “has a certain amount of nuance” is the equivalent of a preschooler noticing for the first time that there might be something to the alphabet.

  15. There is only one certainty about Cuba’s future.

    There will be no socialism in it.

    The communist brass will give themselves all of Cuba’s state capital and pretend it never happened.

  16. If there is something that never has nuance, it is the repetitive one-eyed slogans and conspiracy theories that “Swine Flu” Nick pastes over and over and over again.

  17. I think all the fascists who post here would agree with most of those top 10 Che quotes.

    Especially the part about thinking being criminal.

    That is one crime Nick or Marabu or Socialist Worker will never be arrested for.

  18. ANY THOUGHTS Nick, Marabu, Ximena Hernandez-Cata?

    Ernesto Lynch, more commonly known by his chosen name, Che Guevara, was born in Rosario, Argentina to Irish and Argentine parents in 1928. Che, who was an instrumental figure in the Cuban Revolution, and fought to incite communist revolutions in several countries in South America, has long been the idol of left-wing teenagers and university students in the West due to the popularity of a few memorable anti-consumerist quotes from his written works. Ironically, his famous portrait photograph, depicting his upturned face adorned with the beret of a communist guerrilla, has become one of the most famous and widely marketed photographs in history, appearing on everything from T-shirts and coffee mugs to flags and posters.
    1. “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates. Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service.”
    2. “Youth should learn to think and act as a mass. It is criminal to think as individuals!”
    3. “The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”
    4. “We must do away with all newspapers. A revolution cannot be accomplished with freedom of the press.”
    5. “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”
    6. “Hatred is the central element of our struggle! Hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him a violent and cold-blooded killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus.”
    7. “The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have conserved their racial purity by a lack of affinity with washing, have seen their patch invaded by a different kind of slave: The Portugese.”
    8. “The black is indolent and fanciful, he spends his money on frivolity and drink; the European comes from a tradition of working and saving which follows him to this corner of America and drives him to get ahead.”
    9. “I fired a .32 caliber bullet into the right hemisphere of his brain which came out through his left temple. He moaned for a few moments, then died.”
    10. “I’d like to confess, Papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing.”
    If one of your friends or someone you know owns a Che shirt or poster, share this link with them, so that they can learn the truth about Che Guevara. If you liked these Che Guevara quotes, why don’t you like our facebook page and have a look at our other quotes pieces.

  19. A post from Yoani that has a certain amount of nuance.
    Some useful food for thought for the one-eyed contributors on here who never stop banging on their simplistic pro capitalist drums….


    The author says ” I know — at least I know this — it will be difficult, very difficult times are coming for everyone.”


    To the contrary, thing can now only go better for Cuba:
    1. The US and European economies can hardly fall deeper into crisis, they are slowly coming out of it. And the reduction of unemployment means more tourists in Cuba.
    2. US embarago can’t get any worse. And each year Cuba masters beter and better to live with it. The country is losing billions thanks to Florida, but gains more and more millions from the rest of the world.
    3. Cuban economy is going through a reform process purported to strengthen national economy. It can only go better. In the recent years medical services have replaced sugar as a flagship of cuban exports: a leap forward indeed.

    The author of this blog knows very well when the “very difficult times” will come. They will, when the enemy will succeed to enforce changes the Iraqui or Libyan style. But then, she is wrong when she says “for everyone”. Today’s “dissidents”, bloggers and other Damas in Blanco will become Senators, Ambassadors, Ministers.

    It won’t be worse for you, Yoani.

  21. Very good questions by Yoani.

    All Marxist states follow the same evolution.

    The most honest and idealistic socialists are crushed by the most selfish and corrupt. These are who remain in power when capitalism is welcomed back in town.

    That’s who is in power in Cuba.

    What do these cats care about social democracy or honest governance?

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