Here are some recent observations on what is happening inside Cuba:
Everyone is feeling much tighter control of their lives as the government clamps down.
There is growing pessimism and negativism about prospects in the future.
Less tourism is evident.
Increased talk about illegally leaving the country by any means.
Many blackouts and power failures.
There are more products in the government stores and they are busy as a result. A new cadre of young idealists is now working in the stores and at the gas pumps, in response to the past corruption and pilfering.
Almost all the disco’s have been shut down and fewer female “escorts” are being seen, prostitution has gone more underground.
There are more uniformed police on the streets. There are more undercover police working, and Cubans are being hassled more by the police as they go about their day’s activities.
Black market activity has also gone more underground or actually diminished due to the crackdown.
There is less friendliness toward tourists.
John R. Bomar