The Lessons of Lope de Vega

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Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 September 2014 – A friend visting Cuba for the first time asked me why the government can put an end to the illegal distribution of the so-called “audiovisual packets.” “They just have to detect who makes it and trades in it, to be able to stop it,” the young man speculated. I reminded him of the work Fuenteovejuna, written by Lope de Vega. In three acts, the noted Spanish playwright tells how a town rebels against the abuse of power. The villagers unite against the injustice and together assume responsibility for the death of the local oppressor. “Who killed the Commander? Fuenteovejuna, señor,” we learned from the theater of the Golden Age and have put into practice, at least in the compilation and distribution of programs, documentaries and other digital materials.

My friend listened incredulously to my explanation, so I offered a more concrete example. Some months ago a traveled to Spain to participate in a technology event. Before saying goodbye, my family and friends asked me to bring them various things, as is common in such an undersupplied country. However, unlike other times when I left with a long list of shoe and clothing sizes, this time the requests were very different. A neighbor on the third floor wanted an update of the Avast antivirus and asked that I download a course in small business accounting. Two cousins noted the details of a videogame—with all the updates—so I could bring it back. A niece’s husband asked me for PDFs of some magazines about industrial design and almost all agreed that an off-line copy of Revolico—the Cuban Craigslist—would be fantastic.

The list of things to bring was very significant to me. I alternated the soap and deodorant, unavailable in the stores these days, with drivers for an acquaintance who lost the installation disks. The sweet seller on the corner asked me for a digital encyclopedia of pastry, and a friend who is learning to drive needed a simulator for a PC. A photographer colleague asked me to download some Android apps that wold let her retouch images and a relative learning English demanded all the chapters of a Podcast to practice that language.

The two nights I spent in Granada I barely slept two hours, because the list of what I had to download off the Internet was very long. I took advantage of the connectivity to also download about fifty TED talks, to bring some of the fresh wind of entrepreneurs and creative people to the Island. I renamed some files to be able to find them more easily in the numerous folders containing the requests and returned to Havana. In less than 48 hours the orders were delivered, even a Pilates course on video requested by the owner of a nearby fitness center, and a digital gallery for a university professor who urgently needed images of Egyptian art. Everyone was satisfied.

Several weeks passed and one day I got the latest update of the “packet” that was circulating. To my surprise, the TED talks included in it were exactly the same files I’d downloaded from the web and later renamed. So I could confirm that all of us—in one way or another—form a part of and feed this alternative bulletin board that circulates hand to hand.

Poor Commander, you already know that the packet is “all for one, señor,” like Lope de Vega taught us.

188 thoughts on “The Lessons of Lope de Vega

  1. I simply do not believe Elias Argudin, journalist from the Tribuna de la Habana
    http://www.tribuna.co.cu/econ-micas/2014-09-20/bloqueo-vs-vivienda
    who writes that the US blockade is limiting the contrucion of new housing simply because Cuba must import materials from somewhere else. So what?

    I don’t see why the materials shoud be more expensive in Mexico? Why should transportation from the Yucatan cost more then from Florida?

    The US blockade is criminal and does real damage to Cuban economy, but this is due to the impossibility to export to the USA. Shoping has always been easier then selling.

  2. Simba Sez: “CUBA IS NOT IGNORING THE HOUSING PROBLEM IN THE ISLAND NATION” Omar, is it possible you have no real grasp on reality? Are you trying to say the government is having the housing collapse on purpose? That’s what it’s doing, and you state they’re not ignoring it. You seem reasonably intelligent, how can you utter such complete rubbish?

  3. CUBA IS NOT IGNORING THE HOUSING PROBLEM IN THE ISLAND NATION
    Despite serious financial and material limitations within the country, the provision of housing is a high priority issue for the government, which hopes to address the deficit accumulated over years as part of the process to update the Cuban economic and social model.

    Today, the majority of Cuba’s 11 million people live in urban areas, in 3.5 million homes that are in need of some construction or repair work, with multifamily apartment buildings having been identified as being in greatest need of repair.

    According to the vice president of the National Housing Institute (INV), Roberto Vázquez, the urban multifamily housing sector is where the most urgent need for an economically sound provision of solutions is required in the short-term. An initiative exists to get people involved in such problem-solving, to reduce and eventually eradicate precarious living conditions, updating the existing housing stock by using appropriate modern technologies.

    As a result, Havana and Santiago de Cuba, the country’s two largest cities, are developing a program that will allow the building of 12,000 and 29,000 housing units respectively by 2016.

    The target set by the government for this year aims for a completion of 16,000 housing units, while 30,000 more are expected to be completed through people’s own efforts, which are now supported by an increase in the availability and sale of building materials, as well as through bank loans and subsidies for low-income families. In both cases, said Vazquez, the priority would be low-cost housing without sacrificing space; rather, using previously available space, making it flexible and functional with construction methods that would guarantee quality living standards and a progressive sensibility.

    The objective, he explained, is to be guided by sustainable economic principles that enhance bioclimatic conditions and reduce overcrowding by allowing for an average of 2.4 persons per room.

  4. LATIA report on Cuba FDI opportunities
    Cuba Sector Strengths
    The Government’s priority list for foreign investment are : tourism, oil, mining and energy renewable.
    Tourism Services
    •To encourage the flow of tourists and tourism multidestination, develop tourism events, corporate, academic and cultural.
    •Franchise Agreements: to grant exploitation rights of a product, activity or business name, issued by a company to one or more persons in a given area business.
    Business
    •Creating new hotel capacities.
    •Hotel management contract.
    •Development of marinas (including construction of piers, infrastructure, catering services, nautical hardware).
    •Construction of golf courses, recreational marine parks. All linked to tourist development projects.
    Biotechnology and Health Services
    •Exports of integrated services in various medical specialties.
    Business
    •Export of biotech drugs, generics and veterinary.
    •Exports of medical instruments and equipment.
    •Transfer technology to produce biotech drugs, generics and veterinary.
    •Development projects Research & Development (R & D) for treatment of cancer and diabetes, among others.
    Oil and Mining Business
    •Oil Exploration and investment in infrastructure for the exploitation of mineral resources.
    •Marketing of products of mineral origin.
    Renewable Energy Business
    •Development of joint ventures in the field of renewable energies such as wind, biomass, biofuels and hydropower

  5. Yes Jill, anybody who does any type of actavism must assume they’re under some kind of surveillance. We all need to be aware of any unnormal activity around us and on our phones, computers etc. It’s easy to get paranoid, but it’s sooo worth it…

  6. The Riomar Building formed by five blocks of horizontal property apartments, was built in 1958. The building blocks are 12 story high with a total of 1,120 apartments, located next to the coastline in Miramar. Nowadays only 14 families live in the center block. As in the case of the Hotel Regina in part four off the series, the building deteriorated gradually due to lack of maintenance during decades. Two of the blocks are in such state of deterioration that they could collapse at any time.


    Riomar Building and swimming pool, 1973 photo


    Riomar Building and swimming pool, 2013 photo

  7. Who is paying Mario and Omar to write their absolutely laughable fantasies?

    Humberto, careful! The CDE committees are watching your every move! Be afraid, be very afraid!

  8. While I agree with Omar’s opinion about Fidel Castro I wouldn’t attibute all success to the Maximo Leader alone.

    Don’t forget cuban voters, who stood behind Fidel even in the most difficult moments.
    Don’t forget the CDR committees, who are watching Humbertos every move (if he comes to Cuba)
    Don’t forget the Party members who were behind the gigantic effort to organize, discuss and implement necessary reforms in the recent years.

  9. BEST LINE FROM Omar Fundora LAST POST! WITH NO LINK OF COURSE! SO I CANNOT GIVE CREDIT TO ORIGINAL SOURCE!

    “The outstanding political success of Fidel Castro, in his 47 years of government, has been precisely his capacity to lead the Cuban nation towards the achievement of these four historic aspirations, despite deficiencies and setbacks.”

  10. Fidel Castro, the Revolution and his historic role
    The Cuban Revolution, creator of the political regime that currently presides over the destiny of the country, has been both a necessary and original process. Its necessity, in historical terms, arises from what could be defined as the four great national aspirations that were frustrated from the 19th century onwards: national sovereignty, social justice, sustainable economic development and democratic self-government. The triumph of the Revolution in 1959 was the result of specific internal circumstances and not foreign impositions, as happened with Eastern European socialism with the exception of the USSR. The outstanding political success of Fidel Castro, in his 47 years of government, has been precisely his capacity to lead the Cuban nation towards the achievement of these four historic aspirations, despite deficiencies and setbacks. Not all of these aspirations have been achieved in the necessary form and magnitude, but the situation of Cuba today represents a radical change from the Cuba of 1958, a transformation in the desired direction by the people and their political vanguard despite the obstacles put in their path, in particular the permanent hostility of a powerful neighbour, the US. To illustrate this point it’s worth quoting extensively Professor Jorge I. Dominguez, from Harvard University, hardly a partisan of socialism or of the prevailing model in Cuba: “To honour honour: that noble phrase of Jose Marti that has taken root in the Cuban cultural vocabulary for more than a century. We honour, then, Fidel Castro as we watch the sun set on his life, not only those who supported him but also those, such as I, who didn’t. He was the transformer of a people into a nation, who decisively modernised this society; who clearly understood that Cubans wanted to “be a people”, not just appendages of the US. It was he who understood that this hypochondriac people required more doctors per square centimetre than any other on the face of the Earth. He was the architect of a policy of investment in human capital that converted Cuban children into the Olympic champions of education in Latin America and that, therefore, allows us to glimpse a better future for Cuba. He was the architect of a politics that allows Cubans of all races to have access to health care, education, the dignity corresponding to every human being, the right to think that my children and grandchildren, whatever the colour of their complexion, deserve respect and the same opportunities as the rest. It wasn’t he who came up with the idea that women should have equal rights in society, but he is a promoter of gender equality in public life.”
    “He was responsible for a gesture for which humanity is grateful: risking the blood of his soldiers for the noble cause of contributing powerfully to preventing the racist regime of South African apartheid from annexing Angola. It was he, too, who deserves recognition for the contributing to the end of apartheid in South Africa, the independence of Namibia and for defending the independence of Angola. The day that Fidel dies, the flags of these African countries will reflect the national mourning.[6]
    “The likelihood that both the people and the Cuban leadership would renounce, willingly and consciously, the achievements of these 50 years is highly improbable, if not implausible. However, the successors of Fidel Castro in the leadership of the nation face serious challenges to achieve the reproduction of the system without his physical presence. The reversibility of the Cuban revolutionary process as a result of internal errors and not external pressure was dramatically exposed by Fidel Castro himself in the University of Havana on November 17, 2005.

  11. Thanks, humberto, you’re so much better at presenting the facts than I am.
    My dream is to see el Maburro pull one of the buses he used to drive together with a team of Chavista loyals after the last barrel of oil has been mortgaged to the Chinese.
    Thanks again for helping us all belive that the end of this madness can come soon…

  12. WHAT THEY FAIL TO POINT OUT ON THIS ARTICLE IS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF Labiofam IS Doctor José Antonio Fraga Castro THE NEPHEW OF Fidel & Raul Castro! HOW CAN THE CASTRO CLAN NOT GOTTEN A WHIFF OF THIS PROJECT! PUN INTENDED!

    WASHINGTON POST: Cuban cologne creators to face punishment

    HAVANA — Cuba will punish state employees who created two colognes named for Ernesto “Che” Guevara and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the government announced Saturday, swiftly quashing plans to market the fragrances honoring the leftist icons.

    Test bottles of colognes named “Ernesto” and “Hugo” were produced by state pharmaceutical company Labiofam with the aim of selling them domestically and internationally. An Associated Press report on the project Thursday generated waves of reaction online, with many readers mocking the project and some Cuban government supporters blasting it as disrespectful.

    Cuba’s Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers, headed by President Raul Castro, said in a front-page announcement in the country’s main newspaper that it would take unspecified disciplinary measures against figures involved in the project. The report did not identify those facing punishment.

    “Symbols are sacred, yesterday, today and forever,” the committee declared in a statement also read on state television and radio throughout the day.

    While it was unclear what actions were being taken against the cologne’s creators, the announcement described them as “disciplinary measures,” a term that can be used to describe punishments ranging from a chiding by a supervisor to criminal prosecution.

    The vice president of Labiofam, Cuba’s largest state-run natural products company, declined to comment to AP on Saturday.

    The colognes’ creator seemed to have no expectation that their plan could cause controversy on an island flooded by nearly constant official tributes to Guevara, Chavez and fellow Latin American socialist founding fathers. But the exposure to the rough-and-tumble commentary of global online media appears to have taken aback both Cuba’s leaders and the state employees who now face punishment.

    “When it hit the international social media it became a laughingstock of sorts, but it clearly came out of an overabundance of zealous revolutionary fervor, which never before was faulted,” said Ann Louise Bardach, a longtime Cuba watcher and author of the book “Without Fidel.”

    She said the fact that the products in question were fragrances may have been an additional irritant for Cuba’s leaders.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/cuban-cologne-creators-to-face-punishment/2014/09/27/7d0a00c0-4686-11e4-8042-aaff1640082e_story.html

    LABIOFAM: An interview with Doctor José Antonio Fraga Castro- By Liliam Lee Hernández
    For over two decades, this institution has been headed by Dr. José Antonio Fraga Castro. Moved, as a youngster, to study veterinary medicine by his sense of duty and the shortage of qualified professionals Cuba faced at the time, the practice of his chosen profession brought about, however, a long-hidden vocation that matured into a genuine commitment to the national livestock industry.

    http://revistas.labiofamcuba.com/en/articulo/interview-doctor-jose-antonio-fraga-castro.html

  13. Also the Cuban govt hasn’t taken care of those buildings. Why should the people living in them do it when they neither own them nor have any control over what happens to them? Stil, there are people who do take care of some buildings with the very meagre means available…

  14. sandokan, just imagine how, with modern technology it should be relativey easy to reach much higher levels than those of the past of production of both electricity and everything else…

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  16. VENEZUELA CONTINUES TO BUILD A SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
    Since 2001 Venezuela and China have signed 480 cooperation agreements and participated in 143 joint projects. According to Blouin News, from 2005 – 2012 China lent Venezuela US$47 billion, accounting for 55% of Chinese credit issued to South American nations in that period.

    Venezuela’s Vice President for the Economy, Rafael Ramirez, told investors last month that much of this debt had been paid back, and that outstanding debt with China was $17 billion, and not the $40 billion that markets had been estimating.
    Government officials defended Venezuela’s relationship with China as the deals were signed. President Maduro argued that the loans did not represent a heavy debt burden for the South American OPEC nation.

    “The financing doesn’t put heavy debt on our country because it’s backed up by a formula of production and supply of oil that now amounts to 524,000 barrels to China daily,” he stated.

    Ramirez also argued that the agreements were beneficial for Venezuela’s development, stating, “Through this cooperation scheme our energy potential acts as a base so that China can give us the financial support that is going to allow us to diversify our economy and support development projects in the [2013 – 2019] National Plan”.

  17. ENGLAND’S CONTRIBUTION TO CUBA’S PROSPERITY (Gov.UK)
    Issue
    The UK Trade & Investment team supports UK and Cuban prosperity by helping British companies export their goods and services to Cuba, and by identifying new investment opportunities.
    Actions
    •we are working to increase UK exports to Cuba in various areas including machinery, high tech and IT equipment, biotechnology, medical equipment, along with agricultural and food products
    •we are supporting UK companies on emerging opportunities in the Cuban market, including in renewable energy and infrastructure
    •we are championing the UK as a partner for business and prosperity, and a global leader in renewable energy technologies
    •we are supporting the Cuban government’s efforts to beat corruption including by sharing British experience like the UK Bribery Act

  18. Venezuela bonds rally as three PDVSA exchange rates permitted
    ( Good financial move)
    Venezuelan bonds rose to one-week high after the government said it would let state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. sell dollars at a more attractive level. The nation’s benchmark dollar bonds due in 2027 increased 0.92 cent to 73.25 cents on the dollar today at 3:04 p.m. in New York, the highest level on a closing basis since Sept. 15. The extra yield investors demand to own Venezuelan bonds over U.S. Treasuries narrowed 0.24 percentage point to 12.87 percentage points, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co indexes. (Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-25/venezuela-bonds-rally-as-three-pdvsa-exchange-rates-permitted.html)

  19. I am sure all the fuzz about the cologne and perfume has to do with machismo and how to interpret Cuban Law regarding conduct and comments about the revolutionary leaders.

  20. DEAR yskjs! AS THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP GOES, SO WILL THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA! THE VENEZUELAN OIL IS A HEAVY CRUDE THAT ONLY A FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD CAN REFINE IT, THAT INCLUDES THE BAD USA! IN ADDITION, THE CHAVISTASFASCITAS HAVE BORROWED TONS OF MONEY FROM THE CHINESE AS FUTURE SALES! DONT THINK HAVING OIL MEANS ANYTHING IF YOURE INCOMPETENT AND LINING YOUR OWN CORRUPT POCKETS! THAT’S THEIR ACHILLES HEEL, GREED AND ARROGANCE!

    Venezuela just mortgaged another $4 billion of its oil exports to China

    Chinese president Xi Jinping pledged $4 billion in loans to Venezuela while visiting president Nicolás Maduro this week. The agreement will raise Caracas’s existing debts to Beijing by almost 25%, to over $20 billion—money that the country may find it increasingly difficult to repay.

    China has lent its South American partner more than $40 billion since 2008 to help Caracas shore up its ailing economy, which is expected to slip into a recession this year and has suffered from shortages ranging from medicine to toilet paper. Venezuela has been paying that money back mostly with oil, but that is getting harder to do.

    Every day, about 500,000 barrels of Venezuelan oil are exported to China, half of which go to pay off the country’s loans from Beijing. As of last month, outstanding debt totaled $17 billion, according to Venezuela’s vice president for the economy. The Maduro administration plans to pay off the additional loans by producing and exporting more oil—an additional 100,000 barrels (paywall) a day. Venezuela sits on the world’s largest proven oil reserves.
    But Venezuela has had trouble meeting production targets in the past, and production has been falling over the past decade, in part because of strikes in 2002-03 and the government reinvesting less in the industry. Output of petroleum and other liquids and condensates has fallen to 2.49 million barrels a day last year, from a little under 3 million in 2004, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s estimates.
    http://qz.com/239106/venezuela-just-mortgaged-another-4-billion-of-its-oil-exports-to-china/

  21. We can hope that the Vzla economy will collapse completely so that it and the whole country can be rebuilt.However, the Chavistas have all that oil…

  22. HATE TO BREAK YOUR CASTRO AGENT/APOLOGIST HEAR BUT Che Guevara WAS A MURDERER AND A SLOB! THE WORLD IS SLOWLY GETTING TO KNOW WHO HE REALLY WAS AND NOT THE PROPAGANDA PERPETUATED BY THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA AND THE LEFTISTS FANATICS DEAR!

    216 DOCUMENTED VICTIMS OF CHÉ GUEVARA IN CUBA: 1957 TO 1959 From Armando M. Lago, Ph.D.´s – Cuba: The Human Cost of Social Revolution
    http://www.cubaarchive.org/downloads/CA08.pdf

    THE TRUE STORY OF CHE GUEVARA- The History Channel presentation: From his famous motorcycle trips to his historic role in the Cuban Revolution, Argentinean revolutionary Che Guevara is profiled in a documentary produced to explore the life of the man whose visage has become an iconic symbol of hard left politics. This man, who ordered the execution of countless human beings while in charge of the notorious La Cabaña prison in Havana, who terrorized Cuban society and who denied freedom to thousands of citizens whom he considered “deviants” or “anti-revolutionaries” can never be accepted as a hero, martyr or — the shock of it — a saint.

    TO SEE THE FULL DOCUMENTARY CLICK LINK

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-true-story-of-che-guevara/

  23. The Urban Reform Law of 1960 expropriated the property of urban landowners and the tenements (cuarterias) without compensation. For over 50 years the Castroit regime has been the owner of all buildings. It has not allow the people to sell their homes to other individuals. They only could sell them to the regime, which would determine their value, in detriment of the so call “owner.”

  24. SIMILAR TO THE ALAN GROSS TRIAL, NO INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS WERE ALLOWED IN THE TRIAL! AND JUST LIKE IN THE ALAN GROSS TRIAL, NO TRANSCRIPT OF THE TRIAL NEITHER! CAN YOU SPELL KANGAROO COURT?

    MIAMI HERALD: Cuba hands Canadian businessman 15-year sentence – By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN/Associated Press

    HAVANA – A Canadian company says its president has been sentenced in Cuba to 15 years in prison on corruption-related charges that Cuban officials call part of a widespread campaign against graft.

    The Ontario-based automotive company Tokmakjian Group says its lawyers were notified Friday that Cy Tokmakjian was convicted and sentenced on a variety of charges. Company vice president Lee Hacker tells The Associated Press that firm managers Claudio Vetere and Marco Puche got shorter sentences.

    Cuban officials have provided few details about the case. But dozens of Cuban executives and government officials and a series of foreigners have been swept up in what is described as an attack on a culture of payoffs by foreigners.

    The arrests sent a chill through international business people investing in Cuba.
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article2275065.html

  25. Why are you so surprised Humberto that
    SO I GUESS IS OK TO SELL CHE GUEVARA T-SHIRTS, MUGS, ETC IN CUBA! BUT NOT THEIR PERFUMES, COLOGNES?

    Of course not. The Revolution is a mother of a new set of values and of higher personal standards. Not all of them have to be written into the Pennal Code.

    You don’t browse Facebook during the funeral. You don’t pick your nose at the dinner. You don’t go to church in a swimmsuit. In Cuba, you don’t make perfumes with the names of the Heroes.

  26. MORE DETAIL ON THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA’S PERFUMAGATE! IS IN SPANISH BUT WORTH PUTTING ON GOOGLE TRANSLATOR! THIS DEBACLE IS TOO GOOD TO WAIT THE ENGLISH VERSION!

    CAFE FUERTE: Sobrino de Fidel y Raúl Castro implicado en escándalo por perfumes del Che y Chávez – por Wilfredo Cancio Isla

    El doctor José Antonio Fraga Castro, director general de Labiofam y sobrino de Raúl y Fidel Castro, está en el vórtice del escándalo desatado tras el lanzamiento de dos perfumes con marcas “Ernesto” y “Hugo” en un congreso internacional en La Habana.

    El Consejo de Ministros, que preside Raúl Castro, emitió uncomunicado oficial censurando la presentación de las fragancias como una “acción irresponsable” y dijo que “por este grave error serán tomadas las medidas disciplinarias que correspondan”.

    Ambas “fragancias revolucionarias”fueron presentadas a la prensa internacional como homenajes al guerrillero Ernesto Che Guevara y a Hugo Chávez.

    La nota titulada “Los símbolos son sagrados” se divulgó luego de la reunión sostenida la noche del viernes con el director director de la empresa y los funcionarios que presentaron el producto en el Congreso Labiofam 2014, recién concluido. La información no mencionó al trío responsable por el incidente, que son Fraga Castro, Isbel González vicepresidenta de investigación y desarrollo de Labiofam, y Mario Valdés, bioquímico al frente del equipo que creó ambos productos.

    Productos no aprobados

    La aclaración gubernamental señaló que el producto esta aún en fase de desarrollo, por lo cual no está producido comercialmente ni registrado, y mencionó que durante la discusión con los tres funcionarios quedó esclarecido que ni los familiares del Che ni los de Chávez han aprobado la utilización de sus nombres para la promoción del producto como afirmó uno de los funcionarios a la agencia Associated Press (AP).

    En la nota de AP, que se lanzó a divulgar la noticia la noche del jueves, se citaba a Valdés diciendo que “las familias de ambos líderes habían sido consultadas y se mostraron satisfechas con el homenaje”.

    “Iniciativas de esta naturaleza no serán aceptadas jamás por nuestro pueblo ni por el Gobierno Revolucionario. Los símbolos ayer, hoy y siempre, son sagrados”, concluyó el Consejo de Ministros en su arremetida contra el desliz de Labiofam.

    PULSE EN EL ENLACE PARA ARTICULO ENTERO!
    http://cafefuerte.com/cuba/18158-sobrino-de-fidel-y-raul-castro-implicado-en-escandalo-por-perfumes-del-che-y-chavez/

  27. SO I GUESS IS OK TO SELL CHE GUEVARA T-SHIRTS, MUGS, ETC IN CUBA! BUT NOT THEIR PERFUMES, COLOGNES? I THINK THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA SAW THE BAD PRESS AND MADE AN ABOUT TURN! BUT OF COURSE, THEY WERE NEVER A PART OF THIS DEBACLE! IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT! TYPICAL COMMUNIST BULL!

    BBC NEWS: Cuba bans Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez perfumes

    The Cuban government has said it will take disciplinary action against a state pharmaceutical company that created perfumes named Ernesto Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez.

    In a statement in the official Granma newspaper, the government described the project as “a serious error”.

    “The symbols of the Revolution are and will always be sacred,” it read.

    The colognes – Ernesto and Hugo – were unveiled on Thursday by state a laboratory in the capital, Havana.

    Labiofam said Ernesto, the cologne named after the Argentine-born revolutionary who help Fidel Castro take over in Cuba in 1959, would be a woodsy and refreshing citric scent with notes of talcum powder.

    The company said it had obtained the agreement of the families of Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez to use their names in the colognes. But that has now been denied by the Cuban government.

    “The details of this irresponsible action were discussed in detail on Friday with the company’s director and the employees who presented the products, which were still being developed,” read the statement of the Executive Committee of the Ministers’ Council, headed by Cuban President Raul Castro.

    “The appropriate measures will be taken to deal with this serious error.

    “Such initiatives will never be accepted either by our people or by the Revolutionary Government.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29396873

  28. THIS WHOLE THING ON THE CHE AND HUGO PERFUMES IS SOOO SURREALIST! WORTH PEEING IN YOUR PANTS! BUT THE LATEST IS THAT CUBADEBATE PUT OUT AN ARTICLE BLASTING THE IDEA OF THE PERFUMES! IT SEEMS THAT “SYMBOLS ARE SACRED”! NEVER MIND THAT IN CUBA AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD IMAGES OF CHE GUEVARA ARE JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING UNDERWEAR! GO FIGURE!

    CHE GUEVARA SCENT = “A REFRESHING CITRUS SCENT”
    HUGO CHAVEZ = “A FRUITY BLEND OF MANGO AND PAPAYA”
    YOUTUBE: ASSOCIATED PRESS – Perfumes Honor Famous Revolutionaries – The scent of revolution was in the air in Havana on Tuesday, as two new colognes were presented honoring Argentine guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. (Sept. 25)

    PHOTO OF CUBADEBATE PRINT EDITION IN CUBA “Los Simbolos Son Sagrados”

  29. Panama, not a socialist/communist country, must be receiving pressure from somewhere to let Cuba participate in that meeting…

  30. Humberto, the good news here is that an economy as weak as that of Cuba has nowhere to go but up. All kinds of infrastructure and consumer products are needed. Salaries need to increase a lot…

  31. Yes sandokan, geopoltics is the only reason why NK, Cuba, Vzla etc can exist the way they are now. Crumbling buildings symbolize perfectly how unsustainable this state of affairs is, however…

  32. The USA is so busy in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine that they’re doing nothing about an unfolding disaster in LatAm on their doorstep. Sorry Prez, generalities at CGI aren’t enough when you’re still in office…

  33. sandokan, slums – called favelas in Latin America – are the only place for too many people worldwide to move to when rural areas can no longer sustain growing populations. A lot has been said about the need to re-engineer our cities…

  34. A look back at Pre Castro Cuba Comments

    A Look Back at Pre-Castro Cuba – Part 2 of 4
    By Alberto de la Cruz, on July 5, 2012, at 12:00 pm
    http://babalublog.com/2012/07/a-look-back-at-pre-castro-cuba-%e2%80%93-part-2-of-4/#more-96793

    The second installment in a four part series written by Cuban American engineer, Humberto (Bert) Corzo:

    A Look Back at Pre-Castro Cuba – Part 2 of 4

    HABANA PROVINCE: The Zoo; street vendors; Almendares River Bridge; Miramar neighborhood; Tallapiedra and Regla electric plants; Habana at night, neon signs; Tropicana nightclub.
    PINAR DEL RIO PROVINCE: Tobacco plantation; Soroa Hills, orchid ranch, and Viñales Valley.

    Excerpts:

    ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS

    In 1958 the 7 electric power plants had an installed generated capacity of 464 MW (Compañia Cubana de Electricidad, 1959), two others local companies 10 MW, the large sugar mill industry generated 275 MW mostly from bagasse used as fuel, and the Hanabanilla hydroelectric plus a few small plants generated 33 MW, for a total of 782 MW.

    Electrical energy is the most accurate indicator of the general development of an economy. In 1958 according to the records of the Cuban Electric Company, there were 732.000 subscribers.
    According to Norton Ginsburg in his Atlas of Economic Development the consumption of 11.8 MW / h per year per capita ranked Cuba in 25 placed among 124 countries in the world, and first in Latin America in electricity consumption per capita.

    The blackouts and rationing of electricity are still in place in the island, despite the micro generators incorporated into the national grid in 2006, a short-term solution since they are usually used in emergencies cases and are expensive. Power outages continue to occur almost in a daily basis due to the deterioration of existing power plants, losses in transmission and distribution lines, and the decrease of the energy produced by the micro generators.

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