Carlos Fraguela’s Diary

Havana’s Gay Meeting Places

February 25, 2015 | 1 Comment »

In 1987, I went to a gay meeting place in Havana for the first time. I’d been too afraid to go to such places before. Single men would go to these places to meet other men, in search of a relationship or one-night stands.

Cuba: Humanity is the Problem

February 13, 2015 | 3 comments

The chair of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) on my block, told me one of the cats that live in our neighborhood hid in a small room he uses as a workshop and to store tools.

Cuba: Love Will Achieve What War Couldn’t

January 27, 2015 | No Comments »

In a show of maturity, two leaders chose the good of the people. The people expressed their gratitude, repaying the gesture with wisdom and the will to work together for peace and mutual trust, for the benefit of the entire world.

Better than Sex: Cuba’s Interactivo

January 20, 2015 | 2 comments

On January 14, I went to the Bertolt Brecht theater in Havana, where the Cuban band Interactivo performs every Wednesday near midnight. I felt it was the best concert of my life, and I’ve been to quite a number of these.

From Cuba on Children’s Rights

October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment »

We know that the rights of children are systematically violated in many parts of the world. I began thinking about this again after seeing one of those funny videos from the United States that people pass about on flash drives here…

Cuba’s Adulterated Products

October 15, 2014 | 2 comments

There’s a danger inherent to providing people with false information about food contents. We know there are people who are allergic to certain food products and reactions to these can be deadly.

Fear, the Psyche and My Friend’s Fever in Cuba

October 7, 2014 | No Comments »

Three weeks ago, my friend Ariel had an extremely high fever for three days in a row. His temperature never dropped beneath 38. Everything seemed to indicate it was a cold caused by one of the many new strains of virus around. I realized I had no choice but to look after him.

False Image of Cuba in France

September 29, 2014 | 9 comments

A Cuban friend of mine was recently in France. While there, he dropped in to check out a festival that the French Communist Party holds every year featuring exhibits from the Communist Parties of the world and their affiliates. My friend told me that he enjoyed some of the concerts that were part of the event, but that in other ways he was disappointed.

Havana is Not the Capital of All Cubans

September 23, 2014 | 12 comments

Panelists of Cuban television’s Round Table program have been speaking in defense of the rights of immigrants to the United States for years. Shouldn’t they begin by speaking in defense of those Cubans living in Havana who are arbitrarily deported and sent back to their provinces of origin by the police?

A Cuban’s Visit Abroad and Eternal Dissatisfaction

September 17, 2014 | 2 comments

I have a neighbor who travelled to Italy on an invitation from his daughter, who left Cuba 15 years ago, when she married a foreigner. His only son also lives there. He had planned a three-month stay, but, a week after arriving…