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    We Are Fewer But With More Problems

    We Are Fewer But With More Problems / Jorge Olivera Castillo
    Posted on September 10, 2013

    HAVANA, Cuba , September, www.cubanet.org – Raul Castro and those
    accompanying him in the exercise of power don’t give a damn about the
    unstoppable population decrease in Cuba. Faced with this unfortunate
    prediction, revealed by National Bureau of Statistics and Information
    (ONEI), we confirm once again that the government has no sense of the
    nation which, without a hint of modesty, it continues to call revolutionary.

    The reluctance of the women to bring children into the world, clear from
    the high rate of abortions, has its foundation in the socio-economic
    problems. In addition to the depressed wages we have rising unemployment
    and the inability to choose a house or apartment with the minimum
    standards of livability. Currently, the deficit amounts to more than a
    million homes.

    The current environment favors alienation and marginalization,
    especially among young people, who tend to see their future away from
    the land of their birth. The preference for emigrating abroad is also
    another cause underlying the predictions of a marked decline in the
    population.

    According to the government agency that brought to light details of the
    issues, By 2030 Cuba will have 10,904,985 inhabitants. Comparing this
    number to the current population, the decrease exceeds a quarter million
    people since the most recent census conducted last year, which counted
    11,163,934 Cubans.

    The consequences of such a reduction in a depopulated country, given
    that Cuba has a land area of 42,400 square miles, will be unpredictable.
    Extreme poverty , increase in prostitution and trafficking of drugs,
    decay of social services, among other high-impact phenomena in the lives
    of the majority of the people. Of course the heaviest part of the burden
    will fall on the shoulders of Cuba’s elderly. Many will not be able to
    endure the stifling conditions.

    The symptoms of Social Darwinism are accelerated to the extent that the
    foundations of real socialism are dismantled. The extreme
    nationalization, characterized by arbitrary prohibitions, voluntarism
    and enlarging the bureaucracy to a scale never before seen, have been
    the main triggers for a series of anomalies that have ruined the economy
    and social fabric.

    The worst news is the fact that there are no reasonable methods to
    reverse the situation. The circle of power is still committed to
    delaying a transition to facilitate the rearrangements necessary so that
    the country will not to fall into chaos. The economic changes
    implemented lack vision that is viable and pragmatic rather than
    obstructionist.

    While the end for Raul Castro and his entourage is their conservation as
    a political class, nothing can be expected beyond the news compels them
    to take refuge in the most remote areas of pessimism.

    In 2030 we will be fewer people with many more dilemmas to solve. The
    culprits of the disaster set back the clock of history at their
    convenience. So far, unfortunately, they have been lucky in their maneuvers.

    Jorge Olivera Castillo – oliverajorge75@yahoo.com

    From Cubanet

    9 September 2013

    Source: “We Are Fewer But With More Problems / Jorge Olivera Castillo |
    Translating Cuba” –
    http://translatingcuba.com/we-are-fewer-but-with-more-problems-jorge-olivera-castillo/

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