The Indelible Bonobo Experience

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From potatoes to deodorant, toilet paper and bottled beer, Cubans have come to accept chronic shortages as an inevitable part of life after more than half a century of communist rule. Now a shrinking supply of condoms has upset residents of the Caribbean island nation and alarmed health officials who are worried by the possibility of an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Pharmacies in the central province of Villa Clara began running out of condoms in the middle of last month, according to Cuban bloggers reporting on the crisis, with shortages spreading to other towns and villages, and suburbs of the capital Havana in recent weeks. One of the worst affected areas, the observers say, is the city of Santa Clara, which already has one of the highest rates of HIV infection on the island. They say that Cenesex, the state-run Cuban national centre for sex education, which is headed by President Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela, has ordered the dwindling supplies to be allocated to areas of greatest need, including known carriers of HIV. (via The Guardian)
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, director of the state-run wholesaler Ensume, which is responsible for obtaining and supplying most of the nation’s government-subsidised condoms, told the newspaper there were more than a million condoms in the company’s warehouses and that the problem was the result of his workers being unable to meet demand.
He said Ensume had struggled to keep up with a ruling by the state’s regulatory medical agency Cecmed two years ago that the 2012 expiration date on millions of condoms imported from China was incorrect and that the packages had to be relabelled 2014.
Gonzalez said the workers could only repackage 1,440 strips of three condoms per day while the demand in Villa Clara province alone was 5,000 daily. Consequently, the price of a single condom has risen from just pennies to about $1.30, a day’s wages for a typical Cuban worker.
Until now, condom supplies have not been a problem in Cuba, which has always had an aggressive sexual health programme and has been praised by the World Health Organization as having one of the lowest rates of HIV/AIDS in the western hemisphere.
But the WHO did note in a 2005 report that HIV infections were rising because of an increase in prostitution and sex tourism on the island.

From potatoes to deodorant, toilet paper and bottled beer, Cubans have come to accept chronic shortages as an inevitable part of life after more than half a century of communist rule. Now a shrinking supply of condoms has upset residents of the Caribbean island nation and alarmed health officials who are worried by the possibility of an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Pharmacies in the central province of Villa Clara began running out of condoms in the middle of last month, according to Cuban bloggers reporting on the crisis, with shortages spreading to other towns and villages, and suburbs of the capital Havana in recent weeks. One of the worst affected areas, the observers say, is the city of Santa Clara, which already has one of the highest rates of HIV infection on the island. They say that Cenesex, the state-run Cuban national centre for sex education, which is headed by President Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela, has ordered the dwindling supplies to be allocated to areas of greatest need, including known carriers of HIV. (via The Guardian)

  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez, director of the state-run wholesaler Ensume, which is responsible for obtaining and supplying most of the nation’s government-subsidised condoms, told the newspaper there were more than a million condoms in the company’s warehouses and that the problem was the result of his workers being unable to meet demand.
  • He said Ensume had struggled to keep up with a ruling by the state’s regulatory medical agency Cecmed two years ago that the 2012 expiration date on millions of condoms imported from China was incorrect and that the packages had to be relabelled 2014.
  • Gonzalez said the workers could only repackage 1,440 strips of three condoms per day while the demand in Villa Clara province alone was 5,000 daily. Consequently, the price of a single condom has risen from just pennies to about $1.30, a day’s wages for a typical Cuban worker.
  • Until now, condom supplies have not been a problem in Cuba, which has always had an aggressive sexual health programme and has been praised by the World Health Organization as having one of the lowest rates of HIV/AIDS in the western hemisphere.
  • But the WHO did note in a 2005 report that HIV infections were rising because of an increase in prostitution and sex tourism on the island.
"Two generations were forced to sacrifice everything and we can’t give our children a decent lunch, we can’t give our old people a decent meal," he said. "That’s after 50 years of revolution." (via Hijacker returns to the United States - CNN.com)

"Two generations were forced to sacrifice everything and we can’t give our children a decent lunch, we can’t give our old people a decent meal," he said. "That’s after 50 years of revolution." (via Hijacker returns to the United States - CNN.com)

Cuba’s classic American cars are a massive draw for tourists and smutty windscreen stickers in taxis are unsettling Cuba’s establishment, it seems.(via BBC News - Cuba: Fury over ‘disgusting’ windscreen stickers)
An editorial in Granma, the Havana government’s official newspaper, complains of “unimaginable” messages like “crazy girls have no masters,” and “young girls and alcohol are my thing” emblazoned across the island’s cars. Many of Cuba’s taxis are classic American cars, pre-dating the 1959 Communist revolution, and are a huge draw for tourists. But, for writer Felix Lopez, the experience is ruined by stickers quoting “disgusting” lyrics from reggaeton music, the blend of Caribbean beats and rap that’s popular across much of the region.
Lopez writes: “How many visitors have wondered what those messages mean? Why have local governments not issued regulations banning those types of messages?” He calls on the country’s 46,311 self-employed transportation workers to “do something useful for the society” by instead carrying messages such as “only love works wonders” and “I patch up broken hearts”. The number of licensed taxis has increased since restrictions on car use were relaxed in 2009. Granma - named after the boat in which revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro arrived on the island to topple the Batista dictatorship - is widely held to represent the ruling Communist party’s views.
what about “yo quiero tu dinero” instead of “yo quiero tu sexo”? :))

Cuba’s classic American cars are a massive draw for tourists and smutty windscreen stickers in taxis are unsettling Cuba’s establishment, it seems.(via BBC News - Cuba: Fury over ‘disgusting’ windscreen stickers)

  • An editorial in Granma, the Havana government’s official newspaper, complains of “unimaginable” messages like “crazy girls have no masters,” and “young girls and alcohol are my thing” emblazoned across the island’s cars. Many of Cuba’s taxis are classic American cars, pre-dating the 1959 Communist revolution, and are a huge draw for tourists. But, for writer Felix Lopez, the experience is ruined by stickers quoting “disgusting” lyrics from reggaeton music, the blend of Caribbean beats and rap that’s popular across much of the region.
  • Lopez writes: “How many visitors have wondered what those messages mean? Why have local governments not issued regulations banning those types of messages?” He calls on the country’s 46,311 self-employed transportation workers to “do something useful for the society” by instead carrying messages such as “only love works wonders” and “I patch up broken hearts”. The number of licensed taxis has increased since restrictions on car use were relaxed in 2009. Granma - named after the boat in which revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro arrived on the island to topple the Batista dictatorship - is widely held to represent the ruling Communist party’s views.
what about “yo quiero tu dinero” instead of “yo quiero tu sexo”? :))