Diaries


Cuba: A Story of Neighbors

February 12, 2016 | No Comments »

Adolfo hadn’t been dead a year when Salvador, who had been his neighbor for more than twenty years, set proceedings in motion to reclaim 10 cm of land that, according to him, Adolfo had stolen from him after setting up a fence.




Cuba’s Inept Police

February 10, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Years ago, someone broke into my home in Vedado. I’ll give you a short version of the story. It was the early morning and the entire family was sleeping. I recall it was a very hot summer and that we used to sleep with the windows open – the mistake we would later regret.




Ana Belen Montes: A Case of Conscience

February 8, 2016 | 24 comments

Throughout history, there have been many cases of people who have taken a correct moral and ethical stance, opposing the immorality and ethically reprehensible actions of certain governments, and have been considered traitors or accused of being spies or unpatriotic persons.




What Happened To Latin America’s Oil in 2015?

February 8, 2016 | 2 comments

Using data from British Petroleum and a spreadsheet, we can trace different tendencies and conclude that, unless significant changes are made, oil consumption and production in Latin America will cross and begin to drop in tandem at the close of this decade.




A Trip to One of Cuba’s Coral Paradises

February 8, 2016 | No Comments »

Recently, I fulfilled my wish to return to one of the coral paradises in Cuba my father would take me to during my childhood and teenage years. I was mostly interested in seeing what state the coral populations in Havana’s west-laying coasts were in.




A Young Teacher Speaks of Cuba’s Oldest Art Academy

February 7, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On the occasion of another anniversary of Cuba’s San Alejandro Arts Academy – celebrated recently – we conversed with Aluan Arguelles, one of the institution’s youngest teachers, to get to know how this, Latin America’s oldest school of its type, operates internally.




A Journey to My Roots

February 4, 2016 | 14 comments

Recently, I paid a three-day visit to my hometown, Santo Domingo, in the province of Villa Clara, to see relatives and old friends. The trip also made me remember incidents and situations that would begin to mark me since I was small.




The Human Thing

February 4, 2016 | No Comments »

La cosa humana (“The Human Thing”), a film by Gerardo Chijona, has just been released in Havana’s theaters. This comedy seeks to pay tribute to such mafia films as Coppola’s The Godfather and the US television series The Sopranos, where violence is the best means people find to solve conflicts.




My Take on Migratory Crises

February 3, 2016 | 4 comments

While thousands of Cubans cross third countries to reach the United States and thousands others emigrate legally or use work-related trips afforded by the government to “desert,” the island’s official media cover the migratory crisis affecting countries in the Middle East and Europe.




The Debate on Cuba’s Farm Crisis: Pessimists vs. Optimists

February 2, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Cuban agriculture is going through one of its recurrent crisis. What is the cause this time around? One sector sees speculation and a lack of regulations as the root of the problem, while others claim just the opposite.