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As a continuation of a first work on the subject, on this occasion OnCuba talks with researcher and activist Ailynn Torres Santana, who gives us her assessment of voluntary abortion on the island and the importance of its legal support.
Given the advance of conservative and fundamentalist currents and growing controversies around sexual and reproductive rights, the Cuban authorities affirm they intend to protect the right to voluntary interruption of pregnancy in a new health law.
During the second International Renewable Energy Fair, held this week in Havana, the Cuban authorities confirmed the intention to radically transform the country’s energy matrix and achieve 100% of generation through renewable sources.
In the opinion of several people consulted by OnCuba in the streets of Havana, what was announced this Monday about the island by the U.S. government is, after all, “something good.”
Solidarity gestation, same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, among the fundamental focal points of the Cuban Days against Homophobia and Transphobia this year.
A little over a year ago, talking about micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Cuba was still a dream. As recently as December 2020, when the first edition of the Pymelab event was held in Havana, the regulations authorizing their creation had not yet been approved, although the possibility had already been officially handled and many people, both in the private sector and in the state and academic environment, advocated for their necessary legalization and insertion in the economic fabric of the island. Sixteen months later, at the time of the second edition of the meeting — organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Cuba, the hub.brussels agency and the Cuban Ministry of Economy and Planning (MEP), in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union (EU) and AUGE SRL ― the reality is different. Since the authorization of the first 35 Cuban MSMEs last September, there are already more than 3,000 of these new economic actors, most of them private (3,093), to which are added 51 state-owned, and 50 non-agricultural cooperatives (CNA), according to data updated this Thursday. Of them, 56% correspond to reconversions of pre-existing businesses, 114 are part of local development projects, while...
With less than three months for the end of 2021, the progress of vaccination in Cuba is undeniable, although not without difficulties and questions, triumphalism and information gaps.
These days Havana is no longer like it was a few weeks ago. The beginning of a new de-escalation, with the improved epidemiological indicators in the city, has brought changes in the general panorama, but, above all, in people’s perception, divided between those who enthusiastically embrace the “flexibility” of the restrictions and those who observe the new scenario with caution and even fear. Along with the restart of table service in restaurants and cafeterias, announced a week ago, with logical limitations, the long-awaited reopening of the beaches, swimming pools, gyms and the Havana Malecón seaside walk returns in more than one aspect the Cuban capital to the previous panorama upon the arrival of the coronavirus and gives the coup de grace to an idea of confinement that, in reality, never fully came into being. https://oncubanews.com/en/coronavirus/cuba-on-the-road-to-the-new-normal-again/ And the fact is that, unlike other Cuban provinces and localities, which have applied more severe strategies during the prolonged and complex wave of COVID-19 in recent months, Havana has been more flexible with the measures and closing times and it has even kept urban transportation running throughout 2021. After more than a year of reporting its first cases, and with the masks already becoming...
After an unsuccessful attempt at the end of last year due to an outbreak of COVID-19, the Cuban government has launched a remake of the de-escalation in the territories with a better epidemiological situation.
A report by a committee of experts from the Cuban Academy of Sciences seeks to dismantle the “mystery syndrome” narrative amplified by the U.S. media and politicians.
Summary of Cubans’ performance.
Although the data on the efficacy of the most advanced candidates are not yet known, Cuban scientists assure that the safety and immunogenicity reported so far support their commitment to them in a context that they consider “challenging.”
The deputy prime minister and head of the island’s economy also assured in a press conference that the monetary reorganization process “has not been a failure” and said that despite the complex scenario that the island is going through, his government does not renounce an economic growth of around 6% in the current year.
If someone from abroad were to walk the streets of Havana today, they would probably not be able to believe that the city is going through its most complex epidemiological situation of the entire pandemic. That every day an average of more than 600 new infections are diagnosed—more than half of those in all of Cuba—and several deaths due to COVID-19. That is not the gloomy panorama the city reflects, what people’s faces reflect. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez Despite the dire statistics that are reported every morning, the continuous calls from the authorities and the protocols established to stop the infections, even when vaccination—by way of massive intervention—has been underway since this Wednesday, the Cuban capital is living a kind of reality limbo that seems to contradict all of the above. Although far from doing so, it reinforces it. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez It is an explosive cocktail that, almost miraculously, has not caused an even worse health outbreak; a scenario in which exhaustion and precariousness, the lack of risk perception and exigency, the irresponsibility of many and the indiscipline of many others, the accumulated need and stress, the spread of the most contagious strains of the coronavirus and also, why...
However, the director of CENESEX, as well as her colleagues and other activists championing this endeavor, know that it is a thorny path, with many obstacles and challenges, and a source of controversy in Cuban society, as already happened in the popular debates on the current Magna Carta.
Beyond the pandemic, Cuban guides have had and continue to face other internal and external obstacles.
The daily and cosmopolitan life of Havana has one of its most representative places in the Parque de la Fraternidad. This vast esplanade, with its trees, benches, and monuments, is one of the Cuban capital’s points of greatest confluence, a place of passage and meeting, of rest and contemplation, and even of love dates and sexual skirmishes, although today the pandemic imposes an unusual landscape to its days and nights. Its real name, shortened by popular usage and rationality, is Parque de la Fraternidad Americana, and long before it is what it is today, the lands it currently occupies were mangroves and groves, in a colonial Havana that grew to encounter it. At the end of the 18th century, it would become a field for military exercises that would improve in its layout and infrastructure, and as such, with the name of Campo de Marte, it would reach the Republic. Then it would renew its image again and almost hosted a zoo, but the devastating cyclone of 1926 would destroy it and change its future. The Parque de la Fraternidad, in Havana. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez. In a short time, it would recover from nature’s fury to emerge as the Parque...