Monthly Archives: October 2009

For the BlogAction of October 20th

It was Fernando Ortiz who coined the term transculturation. This October 20th there will be an event that will bring about the permanent transculturation of the Cuban people, in their failed attempt to establish themselves as a nation.

Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, we find ourselves in many respects in the same situation as existed at the end of the nineteenth century. In the final five decades of the twentieth century, we have had over us a modern Captain General who, as Martí put it, has ruled us “with a bloody iron hand.”

The interests of a Cuba “of all and for the good of all” demand:

- Freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.

- Recognition of the United Nations accords on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

- Free access to the internet.

- Freedom of movement.

Translated by: Tomás A.

New Survey

Accepted that among our objectives is the willingness to work with political, religious, fraternal or other types encouraging the development of civil society, culture and peaceful coexistence. Also, this work fits well with our group’s social psychological research.

The questionnaire contains the following questions:

SURVEY

Do you agree we should ratify the International Covenant on Civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights of the United Nations, recently signed by Cuba?
Yes_____ No_____ No opinon_____ Don’t know_____

Do you think that the head of state should be elected by direct vote of all voting citizens?
Yes_____ No_____ No opinon_____ Don’t know_____

“The Cuban economy should allow authorization of licenses for self-employed?
Yes_____ No_____ No opinon_____ Don’t know_____

Age_____ Sex_____ Town_____

The poll was conducted between August and September using face to face interviews by members of the political organization interested in research, in 11 municipalities in the province of Havana City and Pinar del Rio and Havana. In charge of the volunteer interviewers who support the Veritas Group applied in Cienfuegos, Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus.

For statistical analysis we considered the overall total respondents, and three age groups: under 35, 35 to 49 years and 50 years and over. We also quantified the number of participants by gender in the overall total and within their respective age groups.

588 ballots were statistically processed with 251 females and 337 males. ( 43% and 57% respectively.)
Of 231 participants under 35 years 99 are female and 132 male. They account for 43% and 57 respectively.

In turn, of the 225 between 35 and 49 years old consisted of 97 women, 43% and 128 male, 57%.

Finally of the 132 who were 50 years and over were represented by female, 55 to 42% and 77 males, 58%.

Of the global total we have:

Question # 1 Do you agree that we should ratify the Covenant on Civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights of the United Nations?

Replied:

Yes 486 82%
No 12, 2%
No opinion 34, 6%
Do not know 56 10%

Question 2 Do you think that the head of state should be elected by direct vote of all citizens?

Replied:
Yes 544, 92%
No 12, 2%
No opinion 22 4%
Do not know 10 2%

Question 3 Does free internet access is a right that belongs to the Cubans?

Replied:
Yes 537 91%
No 11, 2%
No opinion 33, the 6%
Do not know 7, 1%

Question 4 Do you support the Government continuing to charge 20% surcharge on U.S. dollars?

Replied:
Yes 21, 4%
No 538, 91%
No opinion 22, 4%
Do not know 7, 1%

Question # 5 Should Cuba’s economy should be open to the authorization of licenses for self-employed?

Replied:
Yes 559, 95%
No 7, 1%
No opinion, 13 / 2%
Do not know 9 2%

Abstract:

1 The respondents by 82% want the government to ratify the UN Covenants.

2 The 92% considered that the Head of State should be elected by direct vote of all voting citizens.

3 For a 91% free access to the Internet is a right which they belong.

4 Furthermore, 91% did not support the surcharge of 20% to U.S. dollars.

5 found that 95% believe that Cuba’s economy should be open to the authorization of more licenses for a self-employed sector.