Monday, January 4, 2010

Right of way to Alice in Wonderland.

`Would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, `why you are painting those roses?'

Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began in a low voice, `Why  the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a red rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if the Queen was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know. So you see, Miss, we're doing our best, afore she comes, to'

“Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland: Capter VII – The Queen’s Croquet-Ground”

As Two answered to Alice, we are strolling today in a riddle soil, covered in numbers and predictions, and officials and lackeys fastened to guess troubling questions. The unemployed Cubans are growing but our government doesn’t acknowledge, publicly at least, any troubled number. I guess they answered the questioned issue in our National Assembly only acknowledging lower numbers in comparison with 2008.

2010 will be worst at so many levels, but it doesn’t stop to some pro-government websites to wave little signals of hope and wonders. According to Marino Murillo, Minister of Economy, Cuba’s productivity decreased in 2009 in 1.1%, the salaries increased in 2.9% and the foreign investment in Cuba fell 16%. But the wonders of our government in Wonderland, I mean Cuba, praised WE ARE GOING WELL !!! (as the banner pray in the picture).

By the way, I couldn’t resist to the idea of make a little wink on Castro’s face, but the banner exist in Havana with another picture of Castro more convenience to the occasion, I would say.

You walk around downtown Havana and there is a shortage of any kind of supplies in the stores. And when I say stores I mean in stores in CUC (the convertible peso), the others we know are a mockery to any human intelligence.

Raul Castro government had stepped up its plans and removed some products of the monthly ration book, closed stores and companies with no real contribution in any foreign currencies and ordered to shutdown all the AC equipment nationwide, in order to save energy. This time, I guess, they need to sell more Venezuelan oil to get more US dollars. But, don’t make any mistake: WE ARE GOING WELL !!!

The massive problems in Cuba’s housing system are monumental: 600 thousands houses collapsed or damaged the last year. You guessed: caused by the embargo and the hurricanes, not by a government completely paralyzed and incompetent. It doesn’t mean that also last year we had 2 000 more hotel rooms to our dears’ tourists from Canada and Spain, and some others less fortunate places.

Of course, more hotel rooms for tourists don’t mean Cuba produce enough supplies to our preferred citizens: the tourists. Not at all: 70% of our national touristic industry supplies are imported, and scandalously many of them from US, essentially alimentary products. But we have a blockade, Obama is arrogant and imperialist and WE ARE GOING WELL !!!

Ay, Alice, what are you going to ask to the Red Queen? I could risk asking: How is possible our private farmers owned only a 20% of our fertile land, nationwide, and produce food to 60% of Cuba’s inhabitants? Where is the contribution of Cuba’s government who owns 80% of that land?

Our citizens are so happy, so content with our leaders, estate institutions, our national police, our Estate Security Department (better known as G2), and our government that 250 thousands inhabitants are claiming their Spanish citizenship to leave Cuba, hundreds of our citizens are throwing their life to the Florida Straits on board of rafters and people doesn’t rest to line up in from of the US Interests Section in Havana. So, WE ARE GOING WELL !!!

In 2010 our dear oracles said 2.4 millions of tourists will visit Cuba, 3.3% more than 2009. Great, but overall the revenues are lower due deeps discounts and shorter stays. The mentioned Minister fastened to add: Cuba was forced to slash prices because the global recession. Ok, it’s happened everywhere, but anybody then said they were going well.

Our civil society gained a little bit of recognition inside and outside Cuba. I mean, the fact that the government acknowledged, for the first time, the growing phenomenon of our blogosphere is truly a sign of its fears. And fear is repression, discredit in their hands, and punishment against the rebellious. We are not alone anymore, and little by little, our civil society is growing, no matter the increased repression in November and December. In fact, that is the only thing they have to recognize it is going well. But they haven’t.

When it comes to Cuba, we are strolling hand to hand along a road filled with ghostly numbers and ostentatious slogans. You can catch them here and there, over any crumbling building, in any lost road across our country, an if there is no other place to put them, over the sacred statue of our Apostle, Jose Marti. Because, my friends, WE ARE GOING WELL ... in Cuba!