Dmitri Prieto’s Diary


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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.




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Is Cuba’s Phone Company Celebrating a Pre-Revolutionary Holiday?

May 21, 2015 | 7 comments

Cuba’s State telecommunications monopoly (ETECSA) has accustomed those of us who use its mobile phone services to expect promotional offers where any purchase of credit over 20 CUC is doubled near socially significant dates, such as Mother’s Day, Saint Valentine’s and Christmas.




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Cuba in the Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation

April 22, 2015 | No Comments »

A new anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian organization has been created in Latin America: the Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation. The federation’s inaugural congress was held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.




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Autonomous Cuban Social Researchers Seek Aid in “Puerto Rican Roulette” Process

April 13, 2015 | 6 comments

How is one to conduct serious research in alternative spaces in Cuba without becoming frustrated in the process? How is one to look for opportunities to converse with colleagues from other countries, without sinking in the quicksand of bureaucracy?




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Should Potatoes in Cuba be Rationed Once Again?

April 1, 2015 | 6 comments

I try to avoid and evade the lines of people waiting to buy potatoes. The tuber arrives this time of year, during Lent, accompanied by people’s undying potential for standing in line and starting fights with one another, in defiance of all remotely Christian feelings.




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Who Owns Cuba’s Habana Libre Hotel?

March 25, 2015 | 7 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.




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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…




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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.




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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.




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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.