Havana Cuba Business Travel Culture and Politics

Havana Cuba News

Cuba Politics News

Posted August 20, 2004 by publisher in Cuban History

Email this article | Print this article | Search Havana Journal        


Most Cuban lives actually lie in the hands of something called the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution. This really is thousands of small committees organized down to the block level, like the one meeting above in Havana. The most active members belong to ORI, an organization made up of both Castro supporters and Communists. They know everything in the life of everyone. Yet they also can give- and take away- favors, so most Cubans seem to accept their embrace without ever thinking that it could, in the end, smother them.

From Life magazine - Inside Castro’s Cuban Revolution - March 15, 1963

  1. Follow up post #1 added on August 06, 2009 by Alfred Smith

    I spent two months in Cuba recently living with the people.  I wish to disagree with the comment that most cubans seem to “accept their embrace without ever thinking..”.  The truth, as I saw it, is that most Cubans pretend to “accept” as to not do so brings fast punishment.

    Most Cubans play the game, just as all of us do in most societies.  But, as an mature man talking in city parks to other men, it became clear to me that c\Cubans are controlled by fear of the CDR that is everywhere like a modern Orwellian 1984.

Would you like to add more information?

Only members can add more information. Please register or log in

  • Advertise at Havana Journal Inc
We recommend this AirBnB Food and Drink Experience... Cuban flavors: Food, Rum and Cigars
Images of Cuba
Finca Vijia entrance
Follow Havana Journal
SUBSCRIBE to our Cuba Watch newsletter
LIKE us on Facebook

FOLLOW us on Twitter

CONNECT with us on Linked In

Section Archive
Havana Journal, Inc. BBB Business Review

Member of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy