Jimmy Roque’s Diary

Cuba, Pensioners and Respect for the Law

May 29, 2017 | 3 comments

Not too long ago, I witnessed how a policeman dressed as a civilian, fined an old lady, with the help of two inspectors. Minutes later, they took her merchandise to a police truck that was parked nearby. Persecution of retirees and other vendors trying to survive is commonplace.

Who Cut Down the Trees in Havana’s Central Park?

May 11, 2017 | 5 comments

The scandalous clearing of trees in Havana’s Central Park, which is right in front of the new and luxurious Manzana de Gomez Hotel, has been reported on several alternative media platforms.

Why Isn’t Garbage in Havana Being Collected?

January 20, 2017 | No Comments »

Corruption is one of the reasons why collecting solid waste in the Cuban capital has been a problem that hasn’t been resolved for many years, but government media doesn’t seem to understand this and continues to blame the population. (16 photos)

The Cuban Media Is Simply a Disgrace

September 16, 2016 | 7 comments

It doesn’t make any sense to continue on with this absurd censorship. The truth can’t be hidden for much longer. It’s time for the government to face the facts and accept that they are losing control over the information that many Cuban people are taking in.

Alamar, Havana Streets Turned into a Great Dump

August 29, 2016 | 14 comments

A tour through the streets of Alamar by the environmental project El Guardabosques, revealed dozens of garbage pick up points that were overflowing with garbage throughout the sprawling housing projects, located on the east side of Havana. (29 photos)

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 | 1 Comment »

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.

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.