A poor year in precipitations confirms that drought in Cuba is one of the most fearful consequences of climate change.
A first quarter dryer than usual is worrying Cuban farmers and a shadow is hovering over a strategic objective of the country: to increase food production. In the face of a threat that is not new, the authorities are promoting alternatives to build a system of sustainable agriculture.
Paternal irresponsibility is no an isolated problem, nor does it solely involve masculinity and the harmful consequences of the prevailing patriarchal culture.
“In our country, the family is evolving, but it continues to be the ‘primary recourse and last refuge’ for most of its members.”1
When I typed the last period (it should have been an ellipsis) of my book, En el nombre del hijo (In the name of the father2) , in 2007, I was sure of what I would call the urgent need to speak out in Cuban society about paternal (ir)responsibility; however, I was far from imagining what was to come.
Until a short while ago, Professor Enrique Domínguez Sosa saved in his home the 4,000 letters sent in 1985 by listeners of the “Clave ocho treinta” programme, a Radio Progreso space that he has been advising since 1972. Those letters were just a sample of his fervour for the media to which he has given almost his entire working life. He is properly a man of radio.
Local tourists are acquiring increasingly more importance for the leisure industry, judging by reports that register almost 1.5 million Cuban vacationers in 2012.
Cubans are taking over spaces foreign visitors are not occupying in the country’s hotels. While some foreign issuing markets, especially Europe, are contracting, the number of national tourists is registering a tendency to grow. The National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI) recently reported an 11.9 percent increase in the total of Cuban tourists, up to almost 1.5 million in 2012.