Veronica Vega’s diary

If Cubans Could Choose Their Own Heroes

May 22, 2015 | 3 comments

I do not believe it impossible for teachers here in Cuba to begin advancing exercises in which students are free to choose, on the basis of less restricted and rigid information, who their heroes and heroines are.

Cuba: The Virtue of Rootlessness

May 5, 2015 | 3 comments

Alfredo Fernandez’ post, Cuba and The Price of Being Worthless, took me back to the get-togethers we’d organize at the apartment he used to live in Vedado, Havana. I remembered the reading of literature, invariably sprinkled with political comments – the complaints, speculations and dreams.

My Political Stance

April 14, 2015 | No Comments »

I’ve always believed that the simplest things are the hardest to explain – precisely because one feels that they require no explanation, that they are as intrinsic to us as the act of breathing.

The Price of Optimism

April 7, 2015 | No Comments »

Unofficial news about cases of sexual assault have been circulating around Alamar with vigor these past few days. It is estimated that according to the number of victims, there are at least four rapists are suspected, and that both men and women have been affected.

Why We Do Not Live in a Fairy-Tale World

April 1, 2015 | 1 Comment »

After reading the most recent edition of a selection of stories by Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, I came to the conclusion that there are good reasons we live in the world that we do.

Cuba: Being Educated So As Not To Be Free

March 23, 2015 | 3 comments

A recent debate among friends stirred up something of a thorny issue: did the crusade against illiteracy and the founding of free schools and hospitals justify the sacrifices involved in the Cuban revolution?

On the Sudden Spirituality of Cubans

March 14, 2015 | 4 comments

Some say all thoughts travel through space as vibrations and produce a reaction somewhere – like prayers with or without words that are somehow heard by a thinking universe.

Cuba and the Scars of Fidelismo

March 4, 2015 | 37 comments

Watching a film whose plot unfolds in Nazi Germany, I noticed how similar all autocracies are, how they are all grounded in a (distorted) sense of the good and, in order to establish themselves and manipulate the common substance of human dreams.

Cuba: The Poetry that Saves Us

February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment »

It is said that Jose Marti once declared that “poetry is more important than industry, for it can prop up or take down souls.” Being exposed to Cuban poet Francis Sanchez’ exhibition Cicatrices (“Scars”) made me understand two things…

Are There Reasons to be Hopeful in Cuba?

February 23, 2015 | 6 comments

A French journalist who was shooting a documentary here told me he was surprised I could speak of hope when referring to Cuba – not because he doesn’t want to be hopeful, but because the impressions he gathered during his visit to the island.