Havana. Cubans remembered 2017 as the first year without the aegis of leader Fidel Castro, of the devastating passage of Hurricane Irma and of some mysterious acoustic attacks that were used by U.S. President Donald trump to put an end to bilateral rapprochement.
Still with limitations, Cuban feminists are gaining ground in cyberspace, a “virtual world” from which they have started having an influence on the local reality with concrete demands.
A symbolic revolution has gotten to our lives in the last decade with the appearance of the social networks and the new Internet media, where the news hierarchies are being diversified and the notions of the intimate, the ethical and the private are beginning to change.
The concept of resilience has imposed itself as an effective means to face the growing tendency of occurrence and negative effects of natural disasters in the constructed environment.
It is generally understood as the ability of a system and its components to anticipate, mitigate, adapt or recover from the effects of a major disaster, in a timely and efficient way; though in a more global vision it is opportune to understand it as the capacity of persons, communities, organisations or the countries exposed to disasters, crises and underlying vulnerabilities to anticipate, reduce the impact and face the effects of adversity, to later recover without compromising their long-term perspectives.
For a country like Cuba, located in the Caribbean Sea, leeward of the Sahara – the principal source of the planet’s dust – and frequently hit by tropical cyclones.
The Saharan dust clouds that travel thousands of kilometres and have an impact on the climate, weather, environment and health of human beings, as well as of animals, plants and complete ecosystems, marine and land, of the territories under its influence, including Cuba, which is only affected from March to October, also produce a great biogeographical dispersion of pathogens.