Jimmy Roque’s Diary


Fighting for Customer Rights in Cuba

May 12, 2015 | 3 comments

The rights of consumers are constantly trampled in Cuba. Currently, no customer protection law exists, though there is talk one is being developed and will be approved this year. Now a group of citizens has created the Protected Customers and Users project.




A Cuban’s May Day Demands

April 28, 2015 | 34 comments

Two weeks before May 1st, one could already see people working in the vicinity of Havana’s Revolution Square as part of the preparations for International Workers’ Day. The orchestra was rehearsing, the audio system was being checked, banners were being painted and signs were being posted.




Cuban Homosexuals Are Still Waiting (Part II)

March 11, 2015 | No Comments »

The legislative bill aimed at modifying Cuba’s current Family Code is still waiting to be delivered to the National People’s Power Assembly (Parliament). This process ought to be transparent, but, as tends to be the case in Cuba, it is at times rather confusing.




Cuban Homosexuals Are Still Waiting (Part I)

March 3, 2015 | No Comments »

Formal relationships between people of the same sex is already a reality in several countries in our region. Despite an official discourse that occasionally seeks to appear inclusive, this has not yet been achieved in Cuba.




2015: A Decisive Year for Cuba

January 6, 2015 | 5 comments

It’s been over two weeks since the governments of the United States and Cuba announced they were re-establishing diplomatic relations. People have written about it from many different points of view: there are agreements, disagreements and no few suspicions.




Panel Debates on Cuba’s “Weekly Package”

November 25, 2014 | 3 comments

The controversial “weekly package” – a compilation of TV series, music and a wide range of digital files put together every week and distributed in Cuba through hard disks and flash drives – was once again addressed at two panel discussions.




LGBT Rights in Cuba: Domestic Demagogy and Foreign Diplomacy

October 8, 2014 | No Comments »

Cuba and Venezuela did not participate in the debate surrounding a resolution that protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, held within the United Nations at the close of September.




Cuba’s Renowned Ice-Cream Parlor & its Notorious “Hollow Scoops”

September 6, 2014 | 2 comments

Cuba’s official press and blogs have published several articles dealing with product thefts at Havana’s Coppelia ice-cream parlor. Specificially, there are reports of so-called “hollow scoops,” ice-cream that’s round and full on the outside but hollow on the inside.




Cuba: One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls

August 26, 2014 | 4 comments

Until some time ago, I thought everyone got the same daily bread roll in Havana. Then I discovered that I was wrong: the quality of the bread one gets depends on where one lives. This is not officially established, of course, but it happens this way in practice.




Cleaning Havana’s “Malecon” Sea Wall on 8/16

August 15, 2014 | 4 comments

As many Cubans and foreigners gather along this coastal strip, especially the area between the US Interests Section and Old Havana’s Prado street, the water tends to be littered with garbage that are thrown onto the reef and sea. Here’s something you can do about it.