Isbel Diaz

Cuba’s Organic Urban Gardens Now Cater to Private Businesses

September 17, 2014 | No Comments »

Though I am surrounded by large urban organic gardens where I live, putting fresh, healthy food on my table is becoming harder every day – and not precisely because of the prices. Aimed at benefitting the low-income population, they are now the chief supplier of Havana’s private restaurants.

Cuba’s Computer Clubs: Another Endangered Social Achievement

September 8, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Computer and electronics clubs (Joven Club de Computacion y Electronica) in Cuba’s province of Artemisa have begun charging users for their services, yet another measure by the Cuban government that is reverting the country’s social achievements, including those in the field of education.

My Experiences in Beautiful Brazil

September 2, 2014 | 1 Comment »

By a strange twist of fate I am unaware of, my first trip abroad took me to the place I had wished to visit the most. This trip served to confirm something I already suspected: what I like most about Brazil is its sensual language and its boundless music. (26 photos)

The Dying Throes of Havanas Carnival

August 14, 2014 | No Comments »

Havana’s official weekly newspaper Tribuna is announcing that “the Havana carnaval is on” with photos of picturesque masquerades. The contrast with one’s actual experience any given night at the ocean drive is significant. The two realities are completely divorced from one another.

Cuban LGBTI take their demands to the Attorney General

August 2, 2014 | No Comments »

In the name of the Rainbow Project (Proyecto Arcoíris), I delivered a letter last Thursday to the Cuban Attorney General’s Office. The letter is a denunciation of violations committed by the “Style and Contents Commission” of the National People’s Power Assembly who were responsible for the final draft of the Labor Code.

Gay and Anti-Capitalist?

July 29, 2014 | 9 comments

That a person or group should defend gay rights and also assume an anti-capitalist posture is something that makes many commentators at digital fora, journalists, some sociologists and even LGBTI activists uncomfortable.

Cuba’s New Labor Code Did Not Ignore Sexual Diversity

July 16, 2014 | No Comments »

Haroldo Dilla has just published an interesting article on the situation of Cuba’s LGBT community. It is a shame his analysis is based on information that is completely false and that he should misinform his readers with a take on things that is clearly biased.

Putin: The World’s Champion of Homophobia Travels to Cuba

July 10, 2014 | 41 comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps the most powerful homophobic leader on the planet, will be received with a great song and dance this Friday in Havana, where he is to meet with his counterpart Raul Castro and Fidel Castro.

Cuba Customs Returns my Confiscated Belongings

July 3, 2014 | 4 comments

This past Tuesday, I went to Terminal 2 of Havana’s International Airport to demand the return of my belongings, arbitrarily confiscated days before following my arrival from the United States, where I had taken part in the LASA Conference.

How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana

June 25, 2014 | 13 comments

Following a one-month stay in the United States. I arrived at terminal 2 of Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport to be received by Cuban State Security agents. Customs officers then proceeded to take away my cell phone and other belongings.