Enemies of Cuba will be delighted to know that things are very, very tough this year. The blockade has been greatly tightened under Trump, especially stopping family remittances via Western Union etc. Also of course the cursed virus. Vegetables are extremely short. Hardly at any price. One pound of salad tomatoes for example - 8 US dollars. Even cigarettes are short. There have been long phone calls describing how one family auntie queued all day for pork meat, which is traditional for the new year celebrations in Cuba. The cost of the meat? 700 pesos. About 35 US dollars. That is super expensive. She even slept overnight in the queue. They gave out numbers and our auntie was number 106. When she went this morning with her number, they said the meat had run out. There was not enough to reach number 106. And the number doesn't serve for tomorrow's queue or anything else. There is great wailing and gnashing of teeth on the phone and all the various parties declaring at regular intervals that they OUGHT to respect the numbers. It's not right. This would never have happened under Fidel. He would never have let something like that happened. Fidel would have MADE them respect the numbers. And also he probably would have done something beautiful to sort this virus out too.... Well it just goes to show that all these rich western people moaning and groaning about "My Christmas" being ruined by having to stay in a luxury house with loads of food and drink and widescreen TV don't live in anything like the real world.