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Another photo essay: Havana bares its soul

Martha Beatriz Roque continues to document the disintegration of Havana -- a process that is not limited to its physical infrastructure, but also extends to its culture and morals.

Is such deterioration reversible?

Probably not.  And if by some miracle real change were to take place tomorrow -- the return of free enterprise and democracy --  it would take at least a generation or two for the damage to be undone.

Physical ruins can be repaired.  Slave mentalities and degenerate cultures are much harder to fix.

These photos from Old Havana show yet another collapsed building that has become a neighborhood garbage dump.  Residents complain to authorities about the stench, and about the rats and cockroaches that have overrun the neighborhood, but nothing is done about it.

The residents do nothing.  The government does nothing.  No one does anything but to hurl more and more trash into the ruins.  And God help you if you complain too much.

This street reflects the current state of Cuban culture, of the Cuban mind, the Cuban soul.   And the devil is in the details, literally.

This is where all the people-to-people junkets should spend every day, where all tourists should be lodged.

This is where Linda Ronstadt, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Michael Moore,  and those who praise the "accomplishments" of the so-called Revolution should spend the remainder of their sorry days on earth.

Invasión en la Habana Vieja 2

Invasión en la Habana Vieja 3

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Invasión en la Habana Vieja 7

 

 

3 comments to Another photo essay: Havana bares its soul

  • Rayarena

    But of course, when Eusebio Leal Spengler does one of his little world-wind tours and speaks at length about how castro has restored and saved Havana none of that is ever mentioned. Unfortunately, the mainstream media listens to Leal Spengler not to Roque.

    That said, castro has been so nefarious that he has utterly impoverished Havana, but not only Havana, Miami too. I was just reading a study by Alejandro Portes called, "A Bifurcated Enclave: The Economic Evolution of the Cuban and Cuban-American Population of Metropolitan Miami*" Now, Portes is not someone who I respect as he is cut from the same cloth as Lisandro Perez. In other words, one of those spineless and ambitious Cuban academicians that are too cowardly and ambitious to rock the boat and instead toll the leftist agenda that pollutes American Universities wherein the "revolution" is never really criticized harshly and el exilio is usually trashed. This assures them promotions and "respect."

    Still, Portes says one thing that is true and stuck to me:

    the Cuban population of the United States overall has not advanced economically, but has moved backwards relative to the native-born and to other major immigrant groups. This trend is a direct result of the continuous inflow of refugees of modest human capital and few economic resources from the island. The revolutionary regime that presided over the continuous impoverishment of the country has also impoverished the expatriate community through the sustained export of its surplus population. [p.11].

    So like a horrible parasite that depletes, weakens and ultimately destroys its host, castro has impoverished Cuba and likewise Miami.

  • asombra

    Those "refugees" (more like immigrants) of "modest human capital" are representative of the population back in Cuba, and may possibly be somewhat superior to it. They don't come here because they're surplus; they come here because they've found a way to do so and had enough drive or initiative to leave their native shithole. I've long thought that, apart from the exceptions that always occur, Cuba's best people left the island, and what remained was inevitably inferior, generally speaking. The same would go for their progeny, and of course the pathological environment in Cuba, which is pervasive and inescapable, causes further degeneracy. So yes, the physical disintegration mirrors that of the society and culture on the island, such as they are.

  • Rayarena

    Unfortunately, what you say, Asombra, is right-on-the-dime:

    "I've long thought that, apart from the exceptions that always occur, Cuba's best people left the island, and what remained was inevitably inferior, generally speaking. The same would go for their progeny, and of course the pathological environment in Cuba"

    Which means that it is unlikely that Cuba will ever recover. There are intelligent, dignified, cultured people left in Cuba, but unfortunately, they are outnumbered by the inferior type [I would call them PURE SHIT the type of crap that you wouldn't want anywhere near your neighborhood]. Cuba of the 1900's was a unique country. We had an enormous influx of immigrants that were driven, and while the Cuban War of Independence had destroyed the aristocracy, it had not disappeared. It shook off the dust from the war and got back on its feet. castro on the other hand, completely destroyed the aristocracy and not content with what he did, he also destroyed the middle class and took the crap out of the worst arrabalares of Oriente and put them in Havana, where they've reproduced like roaches and helped to turn Havana into the dump and craphole that it has become.