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A Good Psychiatrist

A Good Psychiatrist / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated

Cubans who did not have to rush off to a psychiatrist's office in order

to prevent a nervous breakdown after reading their nation's newspapers

this week should consider themselves lucky.

The front page began with an official announcement on the moringa

plant—a type of American tree grown in the French tropics, with a white

trunk and medicinal properties, and the source of an inexhaustible

supply of meat, eggs and milk, suitable for consumption by animals as

well as humans. The article stated that conditions have now been created

to begin growing it in Cuba on a massive scale.

Another article asserted that the United Nations had commended Cuba for

its exemplary record in the area of of assembly and peaceful

association. In thanking the Cuban delegate, it also noted the many

opportunities Cubans have to exercise this right as exemplified by the

existence of more than 2,200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The

article went on to state that Havana would be the site of a world

economic conference on June 2 to June 5.

Let's break this down. First of all, after the disasters of the pangola

grass, the zacharina, the pigeon pea, the micro jet banana, the noni,

the eucalyptus and other miracle plants that were going to solve all our

problems, have we not learned, at this new stage in the

implementation of the economic model, to avoid repeating mistakes? Are

we going to do more of the same, yet again, with the blessed moringa? At

what point will we stop looking to possible temporary miracles as

solutions to our real problems?

Secondly, in regards to 2,200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), is

this a bad joke or an example of black humor? I do not know what sources

the United Nations is using to come up with these figures, but it would

be a good idea to revise them since they do not really seem verifiable.

It they refer to freedom of assembly and association for members of

governmental organizations, that is one thing. But it has to be made

clear that this has nothing to do with those that are non-governmental,

which are forbidden and suppressed. Are perhaps the dozens of

organizations, federations, unions, etc. known by their various

initials—, FMC, UNEAC, UPEC, OPC, FEU, FEEM. ANAP—and others

organized, funded and controlled by the government considered NGOs?

Thirdly, how can Havana be the site of a world conference on the

when here it remains an unresolved issue that practically does not exist?

After reading these news articles,I imagine that others, like me, would

see that the only option for maintaining one's sanity would be to

quickly find a good psychiatrist.

June 24 2012

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