CUBA – more questions, Cuba now!

We boarded, we landed, toured, checked in at hotel, got an internet card for $4.50 an hour (and boy do I miss looking up anything whenever I want on my cell phone, like the Spanish name of the Bee Hummingbird, zunzun…, the smallest bird in the world, found only in Cuba. I’ll find out, goodness, I’ll just have to get used to delayed instead of instant gratification relating to my curiosity.)
(5) Will I get to dance, salsa, bachata, cumbia, cha cha, rumba, bolero, whatever?

Some of the following questions I gathered from friends:
(6)  What do Cubans expect to happen as this process unfolds?
(7)  What censorship is there from the Cuban government?
(8)  Can you access anything/everything that’s on the internet?
(9)  What changed after the Elian Gonzalez affair? (In 2000, when Elian was 6, there was a struggle over whether he should live in the USA or Cuba.)
(10) What things are there that Cubans would like us to learn from their experience?
(11) Has there been talk, from Fidel Castro and other Cubans, about whether they should have held direct elections for president in the past, or hold them in the future?
(12) Who can be a candidate for president?
(13) How sustainable is Cuba? (World Wildlife Fund, I believe, was the entity that named Cuba as the one nation that is living sustainably.) What about their chickens, cows, pigs?
(14) How are Cubans doing related to creativity?
(15) Does Cuba have global warming strategies?
(16) Per something I read from a friend’s Lonely Planet guide, published a few years back: are there places that only tourists may go, where you are prohibited if you don’t have a foreign passport?
(17) From my brother Harry, who lives in Florida, “So they have healthcare for all, but when Fidel needed good healthcare he went to the French. My right-wing magazines, whether you agree with their philosophy or not, do their research.” So, did Fidel get healthcare from the French?

That’s it for now. I already have some answers, and I’ll get more perspectives before I return on April 29!

About Laura Wells: Solutions
I ran for Controller in California in 2014 on a State Bank and Tax The Rich platform. I am part of the “No Corporate Money” Campaign, in which candidates pledge to take no corporate money and voters declare our intention to vote for no-corporate-money candidates. As a Green Party candidate for Governor of California in 2010, I was arrested outside a gubernatorial debate for “trespassing at a private party.” But we won't stop, and so let's create a "public party" where we debate solutions to California's finances, like implementing a State Bank and taxing the rich -- to reduce the disparity and open up opportunities. Twitter: @LauraWellsCA

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