Kabir Vega’s Diary

Can Cuba’s Young People Be Counted On?

October 21, 2016 | No Comments »

The lack of seriousness, the scarce worry and especially the level of superficiality that young people in Cuba have is quite sad. Unfortunately, this doesn’t only exist in the digital realm.

Otaku Culture in Cuba, Entertainment or a Scam?

September 28, 2016 | 2 comments

Last Sunday, one of the most popular Otaku meetings took place at a Cinema in the Boyeros municipality. Although the original definition of the word “otaku” in Japanese means a young person who doesn’t contribute anything to society, the meaning has been altered…

Poster: wikipedia.org
On The Crisis of Cinema

November 20, 2015 | 4 comments

It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a movie I like these days. Comedies – at least the kind of US comedies we get here – seem only to compete in terms of vulgar, obscene and scatological jokes.

beach guanabo
What Cuban Students Do on Summer Vacation

August 25, 2015 | 4 comments

These summer months remind me of the school break and the inevitable essay that came with the start of classes in September, on the subject of what you had done during your vacation.

Ilustration by Yasser Castellanos
Time Has No Value in Cuba

July 30, 2015 | 6 comments

Because of the dysfunctional nature of our society, the majority of Cubans do not appear to value time. They waste their own time and force others to squander theirs. It doesn’t matter how severely this affects people…

Al projimo como a ti mismo.
On Cuba’s Class Antagonisms

July 21, 2015 | 3 comments

Finding out you’ve run out of rice at around noon on a Sunday is a serious problem in Cuba, particularly when it’s a scorching hot day, the only place they sell the product has no awning to shield you from the sun and people cut in line and throng in the small locale so not to burn up.

Agromercado.  Foto: Juan Suárez
Submissiveness in Cuba

March 25, 2015 | 3 comments

Submissiveness is something that I’ve been aware of in Cuba ever since elementary school, my first social milieu. Nevertheless, I still can’t understand how those affected by a situation could decide to do absolutely nothing to try and change it.

A Dota championship.  Foto: gamer.batanga.com
The Two Faces of Entertainment

February 24, 2015 | No Comments »

In previous articles, I wrote about Dota, a very popular game among the young (even in Cuba, despite our well-known technological limitations). It has caused such a stir that there have been debates as to whether to consider it a sport.

Ditching the Hot Potato: On Animal Cruelty in Cuba

February 3, 2015 | 6 comments

A few weeks ago, my parents picked up a 15-day-old puppy from the street. They found him on the sidewalk, outside a house where dogs where barking ferociously in response to its desperate whimpers. It couldn’t see anything, as its eyes were glued shut by a cold, or walk.

Adult education.  foto: ecured.cu
The Differences Among Schools

October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Several weeks after having gone back to my English course and begun new routines, like attending a School for Workers and Farmers (Facultad Obrero Campesina, or FOC) – the only option available to me right now, if I want to complete the 12th grade.