From the very first hurricanes that violently shook the palm trees, Fidel elaborated his two-pronged thinking: save lives and keep the people informed / Arnold August

Post by @CubanWindow From the original: Fidel’s Action and Thinking Confronting Hurricanes Today by Arnold August

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I arrive from Canada at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Oct. 22, 2017, around 11:30 p.m. Waiting to receive me is the president of the Cuban Institute of History, Rene Gonzalez Barrientos. He has come despite my having pleaded with him not to pick me up, given his heavy responsibilities in organizing the Oct. 24–26 Second International Symposium, “The Cuban Revolution: Genesis and Historical Development.” Rene insists that, as I am an invited guest, it is his responsibility to do so. Alone with a car and no driver, we haul my heavy baggage loaded with books for a presentation in Cuba’s capital. We are headed to the Communist Party of Cuba’s modest but very hospitable Hotel.

It is my first visit to Cuba since the devastating Hurricane Irma. After inquiring about his health and that of his wife and family, I ask about the situation in Cuba since Irma. What follows is the equivalent of a keynote address adapted to the conditions of driving a car through Havana late at night.

Rene points out in a lively and descriptive manner how Cuba recovers as a result of Fidel’s thinking and action on confronting hurricanes as if one has been present at each of the massive recovery efforts during the many hurricanes that have descended upon the archipelago since 1959. There are several aspects comprising what Fidel called confronting the “natural phenomena coups” (perhaps making reference to the Batista coup d’état, which Cuba overthrew during the Revolution).

One such feature is the Fidel-inspired strategy of maintaining reserves to confront either military or natural incursions into Cuba. It leaves no stone un-turned. The outstanding historian and host takes his avid one-person-audience through this experience both in time and space, as confident in his country’s policy as he is in driving in the oftentimes difficult conditions.