Isbel Diaz

Palm Trees Needlessly Maimed

May 14, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Three very tall and healthy palm trees planted in front of Cuba’s National Theater became the victims of the stage designers who organized Cuba’s May Day show at Havana’s Revolution Square.

Silvio Rodriguez Sings for May Day On My Block

April 29, 2015 | No Comments »

I get the feeling this May Day will be different. The loudspeakers at Revolution Square are already being tested and, like every year, Silvio Rodriguez’ songs are starting to be heard. But this time something is a little strange…

The Contrasting News in the Cuban Press

April 21, 2015 | 2 comments

Those of us who follow the Cuban press closely often complain about the scant variety of news that characterizes it. A more incisive look at this press, however, reveals a number of unintentional contrasts. Let us focus on two different dates.

The Price of State Classifieds in Cuba

April 10, 2015 | No Comments »

The launching of a new classifieds magazine to be managed by the Cuban State through the Cuban Information Agency (AIN) – was announced a few days ago. Our “sharp”, official journalists, however, didn’t care to mention as basic a detail as the price of the service.

Cuba Reserved Its Telecommunications Industry for the United States

March 31, 2015 | 8 comments

A year ago, when the Cuban government issued a new foreign investment law that benefitted foreign companies interested in investing on the island, some people wondered whether the information and telecommunication industries…

Cuban Artist Kcho’s Internet Service is a Lie

March 19, 2015 | 7 comments

Cuba’s wealthy visual artist Alexis Leyva, better known as “Kcho”, is offering access to his broadband Internet connection as part of a socio-cultural project offered by his studio. The connection, however, is extremely bad.

Adopting a Cat in Cuba

March 11, 2015 | No Comments »

After long conversations with my partner, the two of us decided it would be marvelous to have a cat in the house. Ria, a beautiful, hyperactive, hairy black-and-white cat has been living with us for two weeks now.

US Congressional Delegation Enthusiastic on Cuba

February 23, 2015 | 7 comments

The delegation of US Democrats headed by Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic Party minority in the US House of Representatives, showed much contentment and enthusiasm this past week in Cuba.

Cuba’s Fine Arts Museum Censors Its Own Collection

February 18, 2015 | 2 comments

Censorship in Cuba’s art world has been retreating in recent years, which is why it’s sudden and merciless reappearance can sometimes take us aback, striking as something both ridiculous and senseless.

Cuban Artist Misses Her Own Performance at Revolution Square

December 30, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Almost all the accredited international press on the island were present Tuesday afternoon at the historical Revolution Square, waiting for the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, who had announced a performance at the Esplanade opposite the José Martí monument.