Irina Echarry’s Diary

A New Trip to Pons, Pinar del Rio

January 25, 2016 | 3 comments

The same thing happens every time I visit Pinar del Rio. It doesn’t matter whether I go back in two years’ or two days’ time, the beauty of the landscape always makes a deep impression on me, particularly in Pons, a town in the municipality of Minas de Matahambre that is as beautiful – perhaps more beautiful – than Viñales. (19 photos)

Cuba’s CDR Committees: Bringing Back the Dead

December 29, 2015 | 18 comments

There were no excuses: it wasn’t raining, people had been notified in advance, the meeting would be held before the sacred soap opera came on and the “visitors” would arrive early. We had only to wait until the clock showed 8 pm to start.

December Jazz and Rain

December 26, 2015 | No Comments »

December always presents a varied cultural programming in Havana; between the Film Festival, Jazz Plaza, the new gallery exhibitions and celebrations for the end of the year, art lovers do not have time to rest. (12 photos)

Mudejar Music in Old Havana

December 18, 2015 | No Comments »

Recently while walking down dirty streets bombarded by the reggaeton music in vogue, I could not have imagined that, at the corner of the Alameda de Paula, I would be finding an enclave of peace and quiet. (10 photos)

The Positive Side of Cuba’s Migratory Crisis

November 30, 2015 | 4 comments

The Cuban government has had no choice but to televise a migratory conflict involving its own citizens. This time around, we aren’t seeing Syrians fleeing from NATO bombings or Haitians taking to the sea in precarious rafts, nor Africans flocking to Europe’s borders in search of a better life.

The Weapon of Disinformation in Cuba

November 19, 2015 | 8 comments

Once again, I was able to see how the government manages to keep people quiet and prevent them from questioning their predicament or demanding their rights. This isn’t accomplished at gunpoint, no. They use a different weapon: disinformation.

Cuba, Processed Meats and Cancer

November 3, 2015 | 1 Comment »

At the close of October, a startling piece of news made its way across the globe: the World Health Organization (WHO), on the basis of a report issued by its International Cancer Research Agency, classified processed meats as carcinogens and warned that red meats are probably the same.

Elderly Cuban Women Speak of Their Lives in New Documentary

October 26, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The film comes from Proyecto Palomas, a production house that focuses on social issues. It uses testimonies offered by elderly women, while a voice-over narration accompanies still images and renowned visual art pieces that complement and/or stress the central thread of the film.

Breast Cancer in Cuba

October 20, 2015 | No Comments »

October 19 is International Breast Cancer Day. This terrible condition is among the first causes of death among women around the world. In Cuba, it claims the lives of more than 4 women every day. Mammary glands are the second part of the body most commonly affected by malignant tumors (after the lungs).

The Many Unsolved Problems of Cuba’s Wi-Fi Hot Zones

September 2, 2015 | 7 comments

Even though fellow bloggers Irina Pino and Vicente Morin have already written about their experiences with Cuba’s public Wi-Fi zones, I would like to share my opinion on the subject. (5 photos)