Friday, May 11, 2012

Odds and ends

  • Granma: 56,500 Cubans have registered and updated their property titles since new procedures went into effect last November.  The benefit, the article explains, is that the owner is “recognized before the law as legitimate owner of his property and gains legal protection in exercising any transfer of the property.”

  • Sun-Sentinel: The offshore oil exploration rig continues to work in Cuban waters in the Gulf of Mexico, shifting westward to sites that would be, if something went wrong, more dangerous for Florida.

  • La Jornada reviews a series of reforms approved and not yet implemented.

  • El Mundo: Spain’s new ruling party rejects a 2.5 million Euro appropriation to pay for extended aid to former Cuban political prisoners and their families who now reside there.

  • The New York Times on anti-AIDS efforts in Cuba, here and here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that the decision by the Spanish conservative party not to continue funding for Cuban political refugees is a clear case where their political ingratitude is being paid with the same coin.

The Spanish socialist Party mediated with the Cuban government to have the political refugees and their families freed from Cuban jails and paid for them and their families to travel to Spain and to provide them with aid once they arrived there.

In return the refugees bit the hand that aided them and allied themselves with the Spanish conservative party.

For that reason the Conservative party, when it came to power, decided not to do them any favors so as not to give them a reason to be ungrateful to them.

This seems to me to be a logical reaction.

It is very hard to feel compassion for someone that might bite your hand when you extend it to aid them.