Social inequality is inherent to human society. And clearly, there is social inequality in Cuba. The point is — will it increase?
For the past several days, more than 1,000 Cubans have been in Costa Rica, intending to travel to the U.S. After they were violently barred from crossing the border into Nicaragua, most were placed in temporary shelters provided by the Costa Rican government. Progreso Semanal contacted one of the travelers.
Waleska Rivera has visited Cuba three times this year. She’s the president of Danosa, the first (and only) Puerto Rican company to participate in the Havana International Trade Fair.
The creation of public Wi-Fi hotspots in the Cuban capital has been, in many ways, THE summer attraction. What do the people who use this new service do?
Not all but some of those who arrived two weeks ago are no longer the same. Cuba is not the same anymore. And neither are we, say two DePaul University students who recently visited the island.
Cuba is in fashion. Behind us are the years of solitude on an empty and dark stage. After Dec. 17, 2014, all the lights went on and focused on our country. The Americans want to come.
What are labor unions useful for in a country with a socialist design? The question becomes increasingly important now that types of ownership other than state property coexist again in Cuba.
As a result of an exchange of opinions generated by an article in Progreso Weekly in which people debated over the compliance (or noncompliance) with the principle of volunteerism in the process of cooperativization of state-run businesses, Larrea agreed to answer our questions.
The cooperatives are also a space of confrontation between the new, which wants to grow, and the old, which refuses to die. A struggle in which others, like Luis, who wants to go from individual worker to cooperativist, are placing their expectations.
Although expressing satisfaction with the new scenario, many Cubans prefer to save the outbursts of joy until the measures are put into practice. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” says an audio technician who went into private business some years ago.
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