Diaries


Cuba: Rights at the State’s Convenience

May 25, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The image and sounds are worth a thousand words. Yelling “down with human rights!” the old man summarizes the official ideology of the Cuban State in a terrible and succinct way: human rights (HR) are a weapon the enemy uses to subvert the system, period.




Filmmaker Guillen Landrian: Cuba’s Loose Cannon

May 22, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The last New Filmmakers’ Festival had a special series of screenings in tribute to the late Nicolas Guillen Landrian. The showing of nine of his documentaries was a great gift to those who hadn’t seen (or only knew a small part of) his films.




If Cubans Could Choose Their Own Heroes

May 22, 2015 | 7 comments

I do not believe it impossible for teachers here in Cuba to begin advancing exercises in which students are free to choose, on the basis of less restricted and rigid information, who their heroes and heroines are.




A Much-Awaited Sporting Event

May 21, 2015 | No Comments »

The opening ceremony was simple but nice. The qualifying session was stressful, as whether one played on or not depended on it. Those responsible for assessing our performance were judges from Spain, Canada, Switzerland, China and other countries.




A Micro-Wave Oven and Macro-Stressed Woman in Cuba (Part II)

May 21, 2015 | 1 Comment »

In the post I wrote last week (A Micro-Wave Oven and Macro-Stressed Woman in Cuba), I promised readers I would finish the absurd tale of my microwave’s ups-and-downs in a second post. I’d left the story at the third and last failed attempt at fixing the oven.




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

May 21, 2015 | 4 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.




Conga Line against Homophobia in Havana

May 20, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I don’t know who put my name on a list to receive event notifications via cell phone, but for a while now I’ve been receiving news this way of different events being held in the city. I had received at least three messages about a Conga line to be held on Saturday, May 9th.




Sex or Robbery?

May 20, 2015 | No Comments »

Yesterday, I saw him at the emergency ward with bandages on his back. When I asked what had happened to him, he told me two men had assaulted him with a knife and stabbed him twice. “I couldn’t see the people who attacked me,” he told me.




A Photography Tour around a Caracas Parish

May 19, 2015 | No Comments »

A flyer from the National Photography Center (CENAF), which called on all photographers, professional and not, equipped with cameras or cell phones, to take part in a kind of photography walk through the parish of Catia in Caracas. (25 photos)




Cancer in Cuba: The Other Side of the Tortilla

May 18, 2015 | No Comments »

In 2012, following an accelerated rise, Cancer became the leading cause of death in Cuba. In 2013 the upward climb continued, and in 2014 it climbed with even greater might: 23,729 lives cut short over a 12 month period – 747 more than the previous year.