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Remember the cow named White Udder? I look back now on those headlines where her milk-producing exploits were reported. I forget the number of daily liters, 100, 150, but that’s not important now, what I can’t get out of my mind is that illusion that we would multiply the production of that Holstein cow through a fantastic number of daughters. In the end, rivers of milk overflowed our innocent imagination.

We’d already gone through similar things with that Ten Million Ton Harvest in 1970, with the Havana Cordon, and then the Food Plan and the dams that would never permit drought and the windbreaks that would immunize our agriculture from the effects of cyclones and the microjet bananas, not forgetting the schools in the countryside from which the New Man would emerge, the world’s largest zoo, the medical powerhouse, the Alamar neighborhood cloned over the whole island and the first of all of the promises which was “bread and freedom.”

Admittedly there is less fanfare now, so little hidden by the secrecy, but there are new illusions and perhaps the most recent is the mythic oil sleeping in our zone of the Gulf of Mexico. I understand that the firm REPSOL is in charge of the drilling. The same firm now litigating a nationalization dispute with Argentina. But it seems that extracting fossil fuel from the seabed will not be as easy as milking a cow; I heard there is a hard-to-penetrate rocky mantle and that the Spaniards are worried about Cuban solidarity with the Argentine nationalizers.

23 April 2012

Every time someone asked me if the Republic of Cuba should or should not to attend the Summit of the Americas I responded in the affirmative. I know all the arguments there are against it, but I inclined to this position because it seemed to me, and it still seems to me, that the Cuban government should be there to respond to some questions from the rest of its neighbors, questions that are now on hold.

The time lost in discussion in Cartagena about the absence of Cuba at this summit should have served for the representatives of our country to explain, there, their reasons for not ratifying the International Covenants on Human Rights and why they have not fulfilled the commitments to democracy they made at other Ibero-American summits.

I would also like us to be represented at the next one. If it were not possible that it be by those legitimately elected by the people, at least those elected by the only party should attend. They should show their faces and respond.

Dozens of people have been arrested in the last few hours in Santiago de Cuba. The home of regime opponent Jose Daniel Ferrer was attacked by the political police, and he his wife were dragged out by force and the took computers and documents. In different parts of the city there were demonstrations.

No one assaulted a military fortress. No one saw young soldiers attacking police stations. No one organized the support of an armed landing. There are no furtive expeditions into the mountains. There are no corpses in the streets.

Still.

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Reinaldo Escobar (1947), an independent journalist since 1989, writes from Cuba where he was born and continues to live. He received his degree in Journalism from the University of Havana in 1971 and subsequently worked for different Cuban publications. His articles can be found in various European publications, and in the digital magazines "Cuba Encuentro" and "Contodos."

Desde Aquí/From Here is a personal undertaking born from the need to write about those topics that fill my head every day but that cannot find a space in the official Cuban media.

reinaldoescobar@desdecuba.com

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