Author

Aurelio Pedroso

Irma arrived at a bad economic time

Irma arrived at a bad economic time

It took the passage of Irma, that demon in a black wedding dress, to remove any doubt of the importance that Cuba has placed on tourism. The State knows this well. Maybe this would be the most appropriate moment to eliminate the 10-percent exchange fee for one U.S. dollar. The first ones to say thanks would be the future visitors.

How very mistaken I was

How very mistaken I was

There is no reason, asserts the author, to suspend or postpone the granting of new licenses to rent homes, rooms or spaces because of an imperative “to review the subject” after so many years of practicing it. Especially when you consider, he adds, that travelers prefer to stay in private homes when visiting other countries.

Depressed and anxious

Depressed and anxious

The prestigious World Health Organization (WHO), which has often praised Cuba’s health system and how well it deals with epidemic and natural catastrophes in other parts of the world, recently disclosed that our isle is home to 605,879 depressed and 675,037 anxious individuals.

Once again, the hour of the Mameys

Once again, the hour of the Mameys

The people’s criticism thermometer has risen a lot higher than at other times in the revolutionary process and the time has come to impose the rules and standards necessary for journalism and its legion of representatives to fulfill their duty to inform, criticize, debate and guide.

Is there no accounting for excess?

Is there no accounting for excess?

Why hasn’t anyone deigned so far to tell us how much the organizers of the Fast and Furious movie spectacular and the recent haute-couture show paid for their performance rights, to which bank account that money went, and in what it will be spent?

Those Rolling Stones years

Those Rolling Stones years

We can’t deny that this appearance by the elderly Mick Jagger and his musical entourage plucks many strings in our memory and — why not — in our nostalgia. Music evokes a perfect flashback of experiences with such force that we feel them on our skin and underneath it.

What will happen to the supply of Venezuelan oil to Cuba?

What will happen to the supply of Venezuelan oil to Cuba?

If there is a Plan B for the Cuban authorities it may be found in the same strongbox where President Raúl Castro kept the secret negotiations with the United States before the reestablishment of relations on Dec. 17 of last year.

Who will righten this inverted pyramid?

Who will righten this inverted pyramid?

It shouldn’t be necessary to wait for the end of the blockade or for a medical mission abroad for a pediatrician to earn enough money to buy himself a car. There’s also the case of a cleaning woman, with all the respect she deserves, that makes much more money than a Cuban surgeon.

Francis: A Pope very different from his predecessors


Francis: A Pope very different from his predecessors


All the manifestations of Pope Francis’ behavior in the past two years of his papacy appear fully consistent with the simplicity he has shown from the beginning, a virtue that has always been part of him.


Agrotourism and more: An idea worth exploring

Agrotourism and more: An idea worth exploring

Practically lost in the map of Cuba’s geography there is a rural community that, thanks to many people, is betting on a decorous and prosperous future, due basically to the effort of its own residents, who in no way view the city as a safe haven.

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