We Are Cuba, a look at the Special Period from the UK
London, April 19 (Prensa Latina) We Are Cuba! a book about the events that took place in the socialist island after the disintegration of the Soviet Union and other European socialist countries, had its online presentation yesterday at the United Kingdom.
As explained by its author, Helen Yaffe, in the virtual forum managed by the British solidarity organization 'Rock Around the Blockade', its main inspiration was the resilience of the Cuban Revolution and its people, at a time when almost everyone was betting on its defeat.
Yaffe, a specialist in Latin American issues at the University of Glasgow, told the hundred or so people who followed the presentation that he had written the book based on his own experiences, since he lived in Havana in 1995 and 1996, the height of the 'Special Period', as the economic crisis that the island went through after the fall of the socialist bloc is known.
To complete her portrait of Cuba at that time and in subsequent years, she also had the opportunity, in her subsequent trips to the island, to interview government officials, economists and academics.
The book, whose subtitle 'How a Revolutionary People Survived a Post-Soviet World' works as an opener for the reader, recounts the economic measures and reforms adopted by the Cuban authorities, against the backdrop of an increasingly aggressive U.S. blockade, and culminates with the return of the Cold War, by President Donald Trump.
In this regard, Yaffe emphasized that one of the characteristics that have always differentiated the government of the Caribbean island is its defense of the individual above any contingency, and she gave as an example the efforts that are now being made to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the Cuban Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Barbara Montalvo, this is a very valuable book, and she recommended its reading to all those who want to know, but above all understand, how her country was able to face and survive the so-called 'special period'.
The diplomat compared those circumstances with the current one, not only nuanced by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also by the intensification of the US blockade, but she assured the forum members from a dozen countries that, just as it happened more than two decades ago, Cuba will win and will continue with its project.
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