Diaries


Cuba Between Post-Totalitarianism and the Dictatorship of the Right

October 23, 2014 | No Comments »

I often say that the Cuban regime is a totalitarian dictatorship and, in saying this, I vent the frustration it produces me in one fell swoop. It’s a shame Spanish does not have as expressive and accurate a term as Totalherrschaft.




Cuba Earning from Education

October 23, 2014 | 2 comments

When the history of how Cuba entered the globalized marketplace is written healthcare will be the principal protagonist. Entering the international medical education marketplace and the dynamic use of human resources in healthcare has become the most globalized feature of the Cuban economy.




Being Beautiful in Cuba

October 23, 2014 | No Comments »

As women age, they begin to require a certain dignity that experience alone cannot afford them. What is experience, after all? It is the succession of the mistakes we make in life. And one never learns – there is simply not enough time to do so.




From Cuba on Children’s Rights

October 22, 2014 | No Comments »

We know that the rights of children are systematically violated in many parts of the world. I began thinking about this again after seeing one of those funny videos from the United States that people pass about on flash drives here…




My Return to Holguin, Cuba

October 22, 2014 | No Comments »

Four years ago, I published a diary entry titled Holguin: My Father’s Land. In it, I reminisced on my last trip to the east-laying province, in the 80s. I recall having broadly described my impressions from then and how it pained me that I hadn’t visited my family for a long time.




Elegant Curves and Smiling Murderers, in Cuba and Elsewhere

October 21, 2014 | No Comments »

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.




Ways to Spot a Right-Winger

October 21, 2014 | 3 comments

In the interest of contributing to the far-from-archaic debate about Right and Left, I would like to share some of the ideas I’ve developed about what defines a right-winger and a number of ways to identify these individuals.




The Differences Among Schools

October 21, 2014 | No Comments »

Several weeks after having gone back to my English course and begun new routines, like attending a School for Workers and Farmers (Facultad Obrero Campesina, or FOC) – the only option available to me right now, if I want to complete the 12th grade.




Cuba: Why I Defend Socialism

October 20, 2014 | 45 comments

I could begin by saying that I lived under a capitalist regime for long enough to be able to make comparisons. It would suffice to make a general statement: 60 years elapsed from the time Cuba achieved independence from Spanish domination to the triumph of the revolution and the country made very little or next to no progress.




Cuba and the World’s Oldest Business

October 20, 2014 | 10 comments

On Sunday, October 12, I was invited to the birthday party of a close friend. A cousin of his had offered her apartment for the party. The apartment is close to Old Havana’s well-known Parque de la Fraternidad.