Luis Miguel’s Diary

The Cubans Who Couldn’t See Obama

April 4, 2016 | 3 comments

Ultimately, Barack Obama’s full speech was never rebroadcast on Cuba’s evening news, at a time of day when most Cubans could see it. The original, live broadcast was in the morning of a working day.

On Fumigation and Garbage in Havana

March 7, 2016 | 4 comments

We have to acknowledge the efforts the State is making with its fumigation and public health campaigns. These huge sums of money, however, will continue to be flushed down the toilet until garbage collection units begin to do their job. (27 photos)

Reflections on the End

November 4, 2015 | 1 Comment »

No matter where we look, everything seems to end in darkness, death and desolation. Does it really matter whether we die today, tomorrow or in 10 years? Does it, when the end is inevitable?

An Assault on Freedom of Expression in Cuba

October 26, 2013 | 14 comments

Two weeks ago, I saw something I’d never seen before: around eight men in Havana’s Parque Central, yelling “freedom” and “down with the dictatorship” while holding up cardboard signs bearing their demands.

Walled in New Apartments for Cuba’s Military

September 25, 2013 | 5 comments

According to official discourse, we are a poor, blockaded country with few resources, and are unable to build all of the houses the people need. That said, our country is also just: we refuse to have a society where a few have a lot and the majority has nothing. A good part of this is a lie and I am going to prove it.

Stones against Tanks: On US Interventionism

September 10, 2013 | 2 comments

Just about any extreme measure was justified within the context of the Second World War and the Cold War. At the time, geopolitical interests in Europe, Africa and Asia were still being defined. Both the Soviet Union and the United States did what they had to do to swell their ranks.

Difficult Times

October 24, 2012 | 13 comments

My girlfriend is a teacher. She earns 500 pesos and her salary is never enough. Her mother has to help the best she can. In August, she ran out of money near the first of the month. We survived by selling things.