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Reports from Cuba: Walled-In Apartments for Cuba’s Military

Luis Miguel del Bahia in Havana Times:

Walled in New Apartments for Cuba’s Military

HAVANA TIMES — According to the official discourse, we are a poor, blockaded country with few resources at our disposal, and are unable to build all of the houses the people need. That said, our country is also just: we refuse to have a society where a few have a lot and the majority has nothing.

A good part of this is a lie and I am going to prove it. The photo you see here is of a new residential area, built in less than a year in Havana’s Camilo Cienfuegos neighborhood.

And who are to benefit from this architectural wonder, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Soviet style which prevailed in Cuba’s mono-block building era? None other than the military.

In no time, they have mobilized workers, construction machinery and materials to erect this building complex. All the while, people who have been living in shelters for decades continue to wait for decorous housing.

If these military officers did not already have homes, the whole thing would be less shameless. However, I know that some of the future residents of these new buildings are already living in more than decorous houses. They are living with their parents and grandparents, true, but so are we all in Cuba.

Why does a military officer have the right to live comfortably with his/her spouse and kids while others are forced to live in sub-human conditions? Because they defend the country? But wouldn’t such a war be an “all the people’s war?”

Food for thought:

Someone told me that, once, people in a shelter moved into one of these residential areas without authorization and there was no way to get them out. This time around, they built a wall around the area to prevent this from happening again.

3 comments to Reports from Cuba: Walled-In Apartments for Cuba’s Military

  • asombra

    Ah, but the military are essential, you see. Essential to keeping Castro, Inc. in power.

  • Gallardo

    "Because they defend the country?"

    Please, more like defend the long overdue stalinist regime that has betrayed, pimped, and ruined the country. By the way, what ever happened to Havana's Plaza de la Republica? Oh yes, it was renamed Plaza de la Rob-illusion, priorities are priorities for the termites. So much for the Republic of Cuba after all.

    Pinochet and Franco were real generals, both fervent anti-communists, who defended their countries and left them better than how they took them. I'll wright that again, LEFT THEM BETTER THAN HOW THEY TOOK THEM. They were not fraudulent cult-leaders, ransacking communist scum, and attention whores with fake military uniforms put in power by the CIA.

    All Castro did with his military, a military started with freed convicts and continued with state raised kids (a.k.a Los Camilitos), was serve the USSR's expansionist agenda with Cuban blood (not Russian) as a way to justify the Soviet subsidies while also serving himself by appearing in the international scope as bigger than he truly was.

    If any of those baby-bought subservient cretins in the high spheres of that communist military had any brains and balls the Castro brothers, and their costly Stalinist one-man show, would have been history in the '90s, specially after what took place with General Ochoa. It's even evident to other communist states like Vietnam and China that Castrolandia is no more than a pathetic, inept, outdated, and pointless vestige sustained by old-farts and idiots. That's the only hope, the only ray of light, I see in the sad picture.

  • asombra

    The termites are after fresh wood, now that Venezuela is looking more and more like Cuba, and parasites need a reliable host. The new prospective host is Brazil, particularly via its underwriting of the major project underway in the port of Mariel and its proposed "zone of special development." Brazil, of course, is very happy to oblige, in classic Latrine fashion. As for Pinochet and Franco, they were both bound and determined to save their countries from communism, which they did, because they were serious and hard-nosed enough to do it. Batista, however, was in a different league altogether, the bush league. He was essentially a hack who got lucky and was helped immeasurably by Cuba's chronic and severe political dysfunction, and when the situation became too much for him to handle, he simply bailed with mucho money--and "golden exile here we come."