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The Cuban collapse without a name or surname

The Guardian, Cuba, El colapso cubano

MIAMI, United States. – From my table in the busy Floridita restaurant in the Westchester neighborhood of Miami, I observe scenes of the happiness of my compatriots.

It is an unpretentious place, with good food, almost always organic. The owners are a couple of Cuban origin. Miguel, the kind host of the restaurant, he is also a compatriot, as well as Raúl, a friend that many require for his careful service and charisma.

There are new young waiters, without a doubt from the most recent batches coming from the Island who dispense impeccable attention in their treatment and conversation.

Very close to our table a celebration takes place. Nine people, members of the same family, do not stop talking and laughing. Happy to be together on a day that seems special. All impeccably dressed. The girls on magazine covers, the unruly children and the elders proud of their legacy, around the banquet they deserve to celebrate.

That’s the idea of ​​a weekend. Together, decent, hopeful, fun. Not a few of the attendees only know of the nightmare left behind by the narratives of the victims.

In the modest and comfortable space of the Floridita, a sort of microcosm is reproduced every Saturday and Sunday, the success of Cubans when they are not limited by the repression of an inappropriate, meaningless ideology.

For a long time, left-wing organizations, leaders and intellectuals have prioritized the political details of Cubans over their rights and family concerns.

They have demanded that they entrench themselves in the revolutionary dunghill to save the totally failed chimera, without taking into account the immeasurable sacrifices of such folly.

The veteran English newspaper Guardiana spokesman for the left since the 19th century, has just given in to the devastating evidence and has published a dazzling-in-its-misery photo essay titled “The Cuban Collapse”.

Although, yes, they arrive very late to disappointment, after so much mistreatment, exodus, crimes, jails and other excesses recorded in a diversity of audiovisuals.

From the popular “ICAIC Newscasts”, when the director José Padrón bravely inserted the camera into the sore spot of the Havana landslide, going through foreign filmmakers who early revealed to the world the ineffectiveness of Castro as havanaby Jana Bokova The new art of making ruins, by Florian Borchmeyer and Cuban 111directed by Dirk Vandersypen, to the glorious filmography of the young independent cinema of the Island where they appear, among other zenithal incursions on settlers in the urban end as Looking for you Havanaby Alina Rodriguez the single bedsby Sandra Ramos and Elenaby Marcelo Martín, which contain sufficient arguments to discredit Castro’s disinterest in his “forgotten”.

the trial of Guardiandue to the dramatic and morbid photos by Manu Mitru and Jordi Otix, with texts by Laura Luque and David Melero, refers to urban collapse as a metaphor for an epic failure, with no solution in sight.

Each photo tells an aberrational story of human beings -usually black people-, in hellish settings. Sadly, the misadventure remains photogenic.

The essay attributes the debacle to inflation, the embargo and mismanagement by the regime. It focuses on the housing crisis, customary landslides and their consequences, as well as the so-called “shelters”, a palliative to the total shortage of places to live.

It reveals new circumstances that express the indifference of the dictatorship towards those in need as well as the priority of its financial interests. The land of demolished properties is used to build luxury hotels.

Of course, no mention is made of the fact that foreign hotel companies are profiting from belongings that have been seized from their owners, without being fairly compensated.

For The Guardian, The voices in this report differ from the image of “a Caribbean paradise”, they are lives in dilapidated buildings, among rats, bedbugs, cockroaches and humidity that constantly suffer from electricity and water cuts and have limited purchasing power.

There are traumatized children and a pregnant woman who had to go to a medical emergency when a cockroach entered her ear while she was sleeping.

Debris is thrown out the windows and mitigation promises remain unfulfilled.

It works, yes, a network of construction materials in the black bag. Meanwhile, the people who go to the ruins to dig and sell what can be used are called “termites”.

Today’s inhospitable shelters make it seem like those described by José Padrón in his ICAIC newscast from the 1980s, like guest houses so popular during the Republic.

The housing crisis ―reports The Guardian― is particularly serious in Havana, the most densely populated province on the Island. According to official statistics, it has 185,348 properties in terrible condition, of which 83,879 are in need of partial repairs and 46,158 of major renovations. Another 43,854 homes are needed for victims of previous landslides residing in state shelters, as well as another 11,458, due to population growth.

In a disclaimer accompanying the articles that appeared in the newspaper, says Betsy Reed, the editor of Guardianthat when they report on an issue such as climate change, they are not afraid to name the person responsible.

In the case that concerns us ―“The Cuban collapse”―, they seem to have forgotten a single name ―Castroism― to summarize all the guilt of the historical monstrosity that adds up to 64 years of agony for the Cuban people.

The opinions expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the person who issues them and do not necessarily represent the opinion of CubaNet.

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