Jimmy Roque’s Diary


Repression in Cuba during Times of Peace and Transition

April 7, 2014 | 3 comments

I first saw footage of an official act of reprisal (mitín de repudio) in Cuba in the Cuban film Memories of development. The footage showed a group of people beating up a person. The images were from the eighties, during the Mariel exodus. Seeing those images was painful.




Cuban Doctors Abroad: On Individual Responsibility

March 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Having worked on a previous mission abroad (ideally in Venezuela) is one of the requirements that Cuban medical doctors in Brazil’s Mas Medicos (“More Doctors”) program must meet. As such, all Cuban doctors were perfectly aware of the “protective” restrictions that apply within such programs.




Cuban Doctors in Brazil: Are They in the Dark or Not?

February 24, 2014 | 3 comments

Practically no Cuban working abroad as part of an international brigade contracted by the their government knows exactly how much the host country pays Havana for their services, but most content themselves with the money they get, which allows them to buy certain things they need and is always much more than what they earn in Cuba.




Public and Private Information in Cuba

January 9, 2014 | 7 comments

Today, I would like to share with you what happened to me a few days ago, when I tried to find out how many Nauta locales (Internet access points) Cuba’s state phone company (ETECSA) had opened up around the country.




Cuba to Increase Wages for Doctors

December 25, 2013 | 16 comments

A much-announced wage increase will reach the pockets of Cuban health professionals this coming January, sources that prefer to remain anonymous told HT. There had been talk of this for about a year.




My First “Cuban-Style” Lay-Off

December 11, 2013 | 7 comments

As some of you may know from reading the Havana Times, I have been laid off. This is not, however, my first experience of this nature. I would like to tell you how it is I lost my job the first time, at the beginning of 2011, when I worked as an optometrist at the Carlos J. Finlay Military Hospital in Havana’s neighborhood of Marianao.