This January seems like an October, a July, a November, anything other than the first month of the year. If anything characterizes beginnings it is making plans, projecting what is to come, outlining proposals even later if they aren't completed. But because we grew up among so many slogans forecasting the future, today we resist talking about tomorrow. Exhausted from imagining a distant future that could be delayed five years or a decade, we no longer want to even predict the coming week. So we focus on this minute, on an immediacy that doesn't allow us to raise our sights to look ahead. We live in the moment, because for too long they made us wish for a far off time that existed only in their speeches, in the pages of their books.

The next Communist Party Conference is also marked by this skepticism toward the future. Not surprising, then, are the low expectations Cubans show regarding a party meeting on January 28, the little that is said about it in the streets. The trifling comments are limited to an assurance that "this isn't going to change anything," or the glimmer of hope that "this will be the last chance for the 'historic generation'." Less than three weeks before it begins, even the official television isn't showing any enthusiasm for the event. In the ranks of the Party itself there are many illusions and more than one militant will turn in his or her party card if the meeting ends with poor results. The time "purchased" last April during the Party Congress is about to end. The political reforms are urgent and even the system's most faithful have begun to despair.



Recent Articles

Date Title
1/30/12 Cuban communists OK term limits for party and government officials
Juan Tamayo, El Nuevo Herald
1/30/12 The hypocrisy of America's Cuba policy
Roland Martin, CNN
1/30/12 Lessons for Cuban business
John Paul Rathbone, Financial Times
1/30/12 As Raul Castro's Communists hold conference to promote reforms, Cubans fear it is all too slow
Georgia Birch, The Telegraph
1/30/12 US has tied own hands as Cuba drills
Juliette Kayyem, Boston Globe
1/30/12 Experts, Officials to Testify on Cuba Oil Drilling
Laura Wides-Muñoz, AP
1/30/12 Bash America? The Castros play to their base in Cuba
Sarah Miller Llana, Cristian Science Monitor
1/29/12 Cuba’s Castro defends one-party system, urges Communist Party to fight No. 1 enemy: corruption
AP, The Washington Post
1/18/12 Cuba and its patron saint await Pope Benedict
Marc Frank, Reuters
1/18/12 Don’t Lump Cuba With Iran on U.S. Terror List
Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg
1/18/12 Convicted Cuban spy wants transfer to Florida prison
Juan Tamayo, El Nuevo Herald
1/17/12 Jailed Cuban dissident reported near death
Juan Tamayo, El Nuevo Herlad
1/16/12 Oil rig could be off Key West in two weeks
David Goodhue, The Miami Herald
1/16/12 Cuba: 9-plus tons of drugs seized in 2011
AP, The Miami Herald
1/13/12 Iran's Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro chat in Cuba
CBS/AP
1/13/12 Pilgrimages planned for pope’s visit to Cuba
Ana Veciana-Suarez, The Miami Herald
1/13/12 Iran's Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro chat in Cuba
CBS/AP
1/12/12 Iran’s president visits Havana during Latin American swing
Juan Tamayo, El Nuevo Herlad
1/12/12 Cuba moving some state-run cafes into private hands
Marc Frank, Reuters
1/11/12 Cuba activist: Brief detentions doubled in 2011
AP, The Miami Herald
1/11/12 A sliver of hope in Pope’s visit to Cuba
Fabiola Santiago, The Miami Herald
1/10/12 Current Record
1/10/12 Archbishop of Miami hopes for a “springtime of faith’’ when pope visits Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
1/9/12 Cuban exiles remain prisoners of our fears
Jose Manuel Palli, El Nuevo Herald
1/9/12 Housing market blooms in Cuban provinces
Marc Frank, Reuters
1/9/12 Decapitating Cubans’ hope for political freedom
Jose Azel, The Miami Herald
1/9/12 US: Repsol's Cuba Drilling Rig Complies With Safety Standards
The Wall Street Journal
1/5/12 Former spanish ambassador to Cuba to head relations with Latin America
Juan Tamayo, El Nuevo Herald
1/5/12 Twitterer denies his account is source of Castro death rumor
Catherine Sholchet, CNN
1/4/12 Cuba to give citizens money to fix up, build homes
AP, The Washington Post
1/3/12 Cuban prisoner dies during hunger strike
AP, The Miami Herald
1/2/12 Church announces dates for pope's Cuba trip
Paul Haven, AP
1/2/12 Cuba stacks up the building blocks of a new economy
Mimi Whitfield, The Miami Herald
1/1/12 Archbishop Wenski returns from Mass in Cuba
Stefania Ferro, The Miami Herald