Havana Cuba Business Travel Culture and Politics

Havana Cuba News

Cuba Politics News

Posted September 20, 2008 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

Email this article | Print this article | Search Havana Journal        


We Will Recover Everything We Had, Says Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro said people should feel the need to work more. He was speaking in a meeting with local residents of the municipality of La Palma, Pinar del Rio, one of the areas most affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He assured those in attendance that they will recover everything they had.

AIN Photo/Roberto Diaz Martorell

After meeting with civil defense authorities on the Isla de la Juventud, 44 miles off Cuba’s southern coast, and in the western province of Pinar del Rio, the Cuban president spoke with the residents of the two areas, who expressed their confidence in the government and the Revolution.

In speaking with farmers in Pinar del Rio, Castro talked about the importance of gradually eliminating the double currency in Cuba and paying workers for what they do as a way to boost production.

“It would be bold to say that in a period of four to five years we could eliminate the double currency and make salaries decent, but it has to be done… people have to be paid according to what they produce,” said the Cuban president. He emphasized that equalitarianism, where everyone is paid about the same, should not be mistaken for equality, whereby everybody has the same opportunities.

“If you work more than me and you sacrifice more than I do, you should receive more than me,” said Raul, pointing at one of the farmers.

Cuban President Raul Castro said people should feel the need to work more.In relation to the recovery efforts underway across the island, President Castro said there will be 15 brigades in each province to support agricultural work, including a brigade on the Isla de la Juventud, which will be created as soon as they have the necessary agricultural machines.

Another 70 brigades of construction workers will also be created, two for each of the municipalities hard-hit by the hurricanes. The brigades will be expected to build an average of 100 houses per year.

The Cuban president stressed that the brigades will not be created immediately, since the equipment needed has to first be bought from abroad.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on September 20, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Keep in mind people that this is a news story from the Cuban News Agency, the communist government agency that writes the news for Cuba.

    Apparently this is the best spin they can do on the situation?

    1. A photo of Raul Castro sitting down pointing to a map.

    2. They quote him as saying that the Cuban people “should feel the need to work more”. Are you f*#&ing; kidding me? Really Raul? They should work more. I’m surprised they didn’t rush you with pieces of broken furniture and lumber.

    3. Notice the story had to have this bullshit propaganda line stating people “expressed their confidence in the government and the Revolution. “

    4. I love the end part that the brigades “will be created”... someday.

    Nice job Raul. You are showing that you really have nothing to offer the Cuban people.

    Hmmm, kinda like Batista in his last days.

    Cuba consulting services

  2. Follow up post #2 added on September 20, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    kinda like bush and katrina .... at least he learned for ike….. raol, study bush ....

  3. Follow up post #3 added on September 21, 2008 by gframe

    True Raul is more business like than Fidel but what they are doing is for the good of the people. No insurance in Cuba to rebuild with.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on September 21, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    What is it exactly that Raul is doing that’s good for the Cuban people? How about leaving them alone so they can chart their own destiny?

    Cuba consulting services

  5. Follow up post #5 added on September 22, 2008 by Cubana with 282 total posts

    Reminds me of Boxer in Animal Farm who’s pet response to any misfortune that befell the farm was “I will work harder” - no doubt this is what Raul is expecting the Cuban people to say. When will they wake up and understand they have been taken for mugs the last 50 years?

  6. Follow up post #6 added on September 22, 2008 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    Work harder?  Perhaps La Revolucion should have an “Arbeit macht frei” billboard at the entrance of every farm and factory.

    For change (cambio) we can believe in.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on October 04, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    and now it’s Fidel’s turn.

    He tells people to work harder too.

    What great leaders.

    Cuba consulting services

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
Packing Cuban cigars in boxes
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