Dmitri Prieto’s Diary

Was the “Special Period” a Cuban Invention?

November 19, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The “Special Period” is still used to describe the era that began in Cuba in the mid-1990s. Fidel Castro had warned the Cuban people that there were chances that the USSR – the Caribbean island´s main supplier and trade partner at that time – might collapse and disintegrate.

Asbestos, Hurricanes and Cancer in Cuba

November 7, 2016 | 3 comments

When Hurricane Matthew swept through Guantanamo province in early October, news about how Cuban industries making building materials readying to help the victims, immediately appeared on our TV screens.

Who Are Cuba’s Native People?

November 2, 2016 | 2 comments

On October 20th – Cuban Culture Day – there was a very interesting event held at the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC) headquarters, which was dedicated to Cuba’s native peoples.

Cuba: Efficiency

July 29, 2016 | 3 comments

Efficiency in being demanding when committing deeply to work hard slowly but surely to further accelerate progress towards the optimization of efficiency improvement.

Is July 26 the Happiest Day in our History?

July 26, 2016 | 2 comments

“The 26th is the happiest day in our History”; this is what the repetitive chorus of an old song says, which was aired on the Cuban TV new’s programs, in the days leading up to the 26th July celebrations, the day of National Rebellion.

Amy and Sakira: never again…

July 23, 2016 | No Comments »

I never used to like Amy’s make-up or her tattoos. In spite of her well known skinniness, she always appeared to me like a female boxer straight out of a Hollywood film.

Brexit and Bureaucracy

July 16, 2016 | 5 comments

This whole business of the UK leaving the EU – BREXIT – can be read and interpreted in many ways. A part of this controversy has caught my attention and isn’t really touched upon in the analyses I’ve read. This is the subject of bureaucracy.

I’m Liking Havana less and less

June 22, 2016 | 11 comments

This Havana that I wanted for years to call my home, this Havana where I studied at its University and where I’ve already worked for a fair bit… this Havana that I like less and less every day.

The New Cuba Says: Kill, God forgives

June 17, 2016 | 3 comments

A small businessman had this sign up on his stand, located on Havana’s Infanta Street. A threatening portrayal of the new Cuban race, a fearful fragment of theology, which inverts St. Augustine de Hippo’s philosopy of “Love and do what you will.”

Havana to Rock with the Stones on Good Friday

March 25, 2016 | 4 comments

The Rolling Stones are coming. They will play on the night of a holiday, Good Friday. The Cuban State declared this day a holiday four years ago, as a show of respect towards members of the Catholic Church.