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Counter-Development: A Disoriented Work Force. By Luis Felipe Rojas.
  
09-07-2012

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Counter-Development: A Disoriented Work Force

By Luis Felipe Rojas

Cuban blog: Crossing the Barbed Wire

July 8, 2012

Recently, certain news from Guantanamo managed to stun me once more, because of its cruelty and because of the dark future stains which it presents for its actors. The note was signed by the Human Rights activist Yordis Garcia Fournier and it assures that more than twenty youths from that area were officially warned and cast aside by the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) due to their labor detachment or that their conducts are classified as improper by uniformed officials.

During the last few months of 2008, as supported by an investigative report carried out by Jorge Corrales Ceballos, I informed through this blog about the pressures exercised in that same center against more than 80 youths for the same causes. On that occasion, a number of them ended up in prison under charges of Pre-Criminal Social Dangerousness. Human Rights Watch mentioned the incident in its reports and I was arrested various times, my phone was blocked for a couple of days, and the political police of Guantanamo directly threatened me because, according to them, I had been “talking about things which did not pertain to my neighborhood”. However, the violations against youths, not only from there, but from all over the nation, continued.

Now, as they are lashing out against these beardless southeastern Cubans, it would be good to return the ball to the court of the governmental culprits. When, in a matter of less than 5 years, the possibilities of access for graduates into Superior Education has diminished, what can we expect for that floating citizenship? The overpopulation in the registration lists for the Polytechnic Majors had shown us a qualified work force which would have boosted the economy of the country, but now our leaders have appeared with a “work force reduction” which they euphemistically refer to as “re-structuring of the labor force” or the politics of availability.

Back to the subject of the threatened youths, it’s worth asking: If they are available, then why threaten them? How can a young lathe operator, who has been condemned to fill up matches or to sell unnecessary products in state dependencies, be socially dangerous? The official statistics of youths who are unemployed due to lack of real work placement will never be published. Because of this, having such information in one’s hands to carry out a logical analysis is not very likely.

Right now, the educational politics is to graduate more “medical technicians” all the way from the secondary level and to return to the educational plan of four years, but where can thousands of qualified graduates of various professions who sleep on the eternal floor be employed?

More than half a hundred polytechnic institutes throughout the country graduated youths who majored in specialties such as Construction and Sugar Production, but those who assumed their professions for a while have been forced to dedicate themselves more to cultivating and cleaning the grass than to actually building, without detailing the depression of the sugar sector within the last decade. There is a skilled labor force which is qualified and which exceeds the possibilities of employment. After this, if they do not desire to work in sectors which are unrelated to their studies, then why classify them as social misfits or as prone to crime?

The logic of the polytechnic and technological enrollments in Cuba have been historically as follows: the students with little possibilities of entering universities opted for an average education. With the worsening of the economic crisis in the ’90s, the balance inclined towards commodity and calm: studying for half a day and a semi-internship for students, which translated into less effort for parents as the direct responsible ones. When the enrollments for urban and rural pre-university students were reduced, the amount of middle-technicians and qualified workers increased. A floating population, which is now difficult to chain down when they decide not to live off their parents anymore, goes out to fight with life and does not always win, but they dodge now, and hold it in tomorrow. And that’s how they mortgage the future- to whom? One day we’ll know. For a crook — another one — some would say.

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30-07-2014Leopoldo Lopez and Angel Santiesteban: Two Lives and One Destiny. By the Editor of Santiesteban's blog.
27-07-2014A Hilarious Conclusion. By Fernando Dámaso.
26-07-2014Completely dismantled, the farce against Angel Santiesteban continues in an unknown location.
22-07-2014Oswaldo Payás death in Cuba two years ago still awaits a proper investigation. Washington Post Editorial.
22-07-2014The Battered Press. By Fernando Dámaso.
21-07-2014Leopoldo Lopez's jailing is a symptom of a sick Venezuela. By Lilian Tintori. WP.
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12-07-2014The Tribal Unity of the Dissenters. By Ángel Santiesteban. 
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03-07-2014Still no justice for 37 "13 de Marzo" tugboat victims 20 years later: A Call to Remember and Take Action. By Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter.
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30-06-2014Lift the embargo – but liberate Cuba first. By Jeff Jacoby.
23-06-2014While most protests in Venezuela have been held by students so far this year, other sectors are rising up over major grievances. A total 8,526 is the number of reported protest events in 18 months. By Francisco Olivares.
23-06-2014Arnaldo Ochoa - a problem for Castro brothers 25 years ago.
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19-06-2014Talk of lifting Cuba embargo brings memories of brutality. By Guillermo Martínez.
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18-06-2014Venezuela: Tales of Presidential Assassinations, Tough Nuts to Crack. By VenEconomy. LAHT.
17-06-2014The New Man in Cuba in Search of Anabolic Steroids. By Juan Juan Almeida. 
17-06-2014Cuba clamps down on Wi-Fi networks. By Juan O. Tamayo.
15-06-2014Fidel Castro's Undesirables. By Ivan García.
15-06-2014A Permissable Violation . By Fernando Damaso.
15-06-2014Being In Prison is Worth It. By Ángel Santiesteban.
15-06-2014Canadian fears foregone verdict in Cuban Court. By Kim Mackrael. 
13-06-2014A Barbaric Onslaught against TalCual. By TalCual. LAHT.
12-06-2014Travelling by Tram. By Fernando Damaso. + historic video.
12-06-2014Public Health In Cuba, Between Missions, Rabies and Dengue Fever.
11-06-2014Venezuela: Culpable Silence. By VenEconomy. LAHT.
09-06-2014Forbidden Magazines for Cuba's Higher-Ups. By Martin Guevara.
07-06-2014Cuba and the Perversion of Language. By Alejandro Armengol.
07-06-2014Report: Venezuela, Cuba Providing Easy Access for Islamists to US and Canada. By Frances Martel.
05-06-2014Lies and Deceptions of a Revolution. By Tania Diaz Castro. 
05-06-2014Colombia's challenger vows hard line on Venezuela.By Andres Oppenheimer.
04-06-2014Repression Up As Flood Of Cash Inundates Cuba. Editorial by Investors Business Daily.
03-06-2014Foreign Investors Won't Liberate Cuba. By Mary Anastasia O'Grady.
02-06-2014Radio Marti's Listeners on the Central Committee of the PCC. By Juan Juan Almeida.




 
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