Jimmy Roque’s Diary

Cuba, Pensioners and Respect for the Law

August 5, 2016 | 5 comments

On Tuesday August 2, I was witness to how this police officer, this time dressed as a civilian, along with two inspectors, fined an old woman. A few minutes later, they took all her goods to the police truck that was parked nearby.

Havana To Downsize Optician’s System

January 19, 2016 | No Comments »

Following the Guidelines of the Cuban Communist Party, Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health has begun downsizing its services, relocating several consulting rooms in different polyclinics to only one or two major polyclinics in each municipality.

Mexico’s Interjet Airlines and Damaged Luggage

January 5, 2016 | 1 Comment »

My compatriots say that Cubana de Aviacion is the worst airline in the world. This, however, is not what my brief travel experience suggests. Recently, I traveled from Mexico to Havana with Mexico’s Interjet, and I do not have pleasant memories of my journey.

Cuba’s Mariela Castro and Historical Reparations

December 14, 2015 | 6 comments

The HBO documentary “Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution” was just screened at the Havana Film Festival, where Jon Alpert, the director, and Mariela Castro, head of the National Sexual Education Center, spoke about the film.

Calle Republica de Cuba en la Ciudad de México
A Gay Republic of Cuba

November 13, 2015 | 1 Comment »

One of the many things that surprised me in my short visit to Mexico City is the freedom with which homosexuals express their love for one another in public. It’s common to see homosexual men and women holding hands on the street or kissing each other on the lips out in the open.

Mexico: Struggle and Resistance (Part II)

October 23, 2015 | 1 Comment »

This past 26th of September marked one year since the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School. An immense demonstration gathered over 150,000 people in Mexico City, to demand that the students be brought back alive. I had the unique and intense experience of participating.

Mexico: Struggle and Resistance (Part I)

October 17, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I have just returned from Mexico and I must confess that the intensity, beauty and pain of that sister nation has marked me. I had the opportunity to visit communities in the Gran Bosque Otomi-Mexica. It was a rather peculiar experience…

Glasses Go Missing in Havana

September 7, 2015 | 6 comments

Every day, they come up with a new excuse to explain why there are less and less options for Cuba’s poor. We can never find out the real reasons from our “socialist” companies.

1ero de mayo
The Other Enemies of the Revolution

July 14, 2015 | 28 comments

I’m an anarchist and I don’t feel any desire to save the Cuban Revolution as I’ve known it. But I’m not a counterrevolutionary either. People should be free to express their ideas without facing consequences for their lives.

Demand your plastic bag with your purchase.
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.