Dmitri Prieto’s Diary

Who Owns Cuba’s Habana Libre Hotel?

March 25, 2015 | 3 comments

The recent publication of a photo were Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart and Paris Hilton appear together prompted speculation about the return of the Hilton hotel chain to Cuba in the near future. Let’s look at the issue.

My Take on Assisted Suicide

March 18, 2015 | 2 comments

We tend to surround death with silence, imagining that life is everything, the absolute value, and that its periphery simply does not exist or constitutes a disagreeable or uncomfortable impediment…

Havana’s Book Fair and the Exclusion of People with Disabilities

March 13, 2015 | No Comments »

It may be advisable to start thinking about a new venue for the book fair that is more inclusive and friendly towards all social groups, where reading is the common denominator.

The White Males of Cuba’s New Bills

March 6, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Last year, my friend, filmmaker Yaima Pardo, brought to my attention how Cuban bills only showed men of war, and how the only black person that appeared on our bills (the 5 peso note) was General Antonio Maceo.

Welcoming Inflation in Cuba

November 28, 2014 | 3 comments

Two weeks ago, the Cuban television program De economia y mas (“The Economy and More”) tackled the issue of inflation. Since such issues have never before been discussed in Cuba outside of expert circles, the show took me by surprise.

Forgetting Cuban Independence General Quintin Bandera

November 13, 2014 | 2 comments

Can facts that have already been brought to light be shrouded in silence once again? What forces are at play in that vague and surreptitious power that places the freedom we have conquered in chains, makes us forget again and blocks the paths that words can trace?

WiFi in Havana?

November 5, 2014 | 11 comments

What is this sign really saying? The picture was taken at the entrance to the art gallery located in Havana’s Yara movie theater. Is the ad actually offering a service, or is it an artistic performance? Could there really be WiFi available to Cubans?

The Myth of a “Sustainable Primitive Community” in Cuba

November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I attended a thesis defense on Cuba’s first inhabitants. It was a very interesting paper that compiled a lot of archeological data and studies conducted with advanced technologies. I will comment on a small debate that took place during the discussion of the paper.

On the “Physical Disappearance” of Cuba’s Historical Figures

October 28, 2014 | 9 comments

Ernesto “Che” Guevara was taken prisoner and assassinated on October 9, 1967 under orders from the CIA. We know this thanks to testimonies offered by the person who executed him. Why falsify the historical record?

Elegant Curves and Smiling Murderers, in Cuba and Elsewhere

October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The guillotine was dull. That is why we had to use scissors to cut the heads off. One is hard pressed to find anyone willing to have their head cut off with a pair of scissors just like that, so they taught us a technique.