Isbel Diaz

Environmental Awareness and Protection in Cuba

January 19, 2016 | No Comments »

Environmental awareness and protection programs in Cuba after 1959 have been highly institutionalized and centralized, allowing for broad-encompassing, top-down efforts that trickle down from central (national) bodies to the local level.

The Sweet Snow is Falling

January 6, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Snow will never fall in Cuba. This, and other mysterious reasons, made me write a poem titled “In The Snow-Covered Country of the Beggars”, years ago, borrowing the title from a piece by the beloved Cuban poet Fina Garcia Marruz.

A Punishment Vote for Chavismo in Venezuela

December 8, 2015 | 4 comments

We have just witnessed the first electoral defeat suffered by Venezuela’s Chavista government and, now, all “prognosticators” will be able to see how accurate or mistaken their respective predictions were.

Raul Castro’s Visit to Mexico Suggestive of Cuba’s New Course

November 13, 2015 | 2 comments

At the beginning of the month, Raul Castro visited Mexico as part of Cuba’s search for broader international markets, a process he and those who follow him in Cuba’s entrepreneurial and military spheres are currently involved in.

Cuban Police Officers Encourage Pollution

November 6, 2015 | No Comments »

I’ve been witness to how Cuban police officers encourage the contamination of Havana’s northern coast, particularly the area known as the Malecon ocean drive and along the coastline.

Should the Cuban People Have the Right to Play Golf?

October 23, 2015 | 12 comments

Cuban golf has made international headlines again this October. On this occasion, we read rumors that the island may create a Cuban Golf Federation. What seems certain is that the old slogan which proclaimed sports as a “people’s right” is being left out of these new plans.

How to Access Havana Times through Cuba’s Nauta Wi-Fi Service

September 8, 2015 | 3 comments

As ETECSA does not consider it has the duty to help users in this regard, I have put together a brief series of instructions for those who wish to access Havana Times through their mobile device, using the Wi-Fi Nauta service.

A Bat Tortured at Havana’s Revolution Square

August 10, 2015 | 4 comments

Some days ago, I wrote about how transgenic corn was being promoted at a fair held in celebration of the Young Communist League’s anniversary. That, however, was not the only thing that caught my attention.

Cuba’s Young Communists League Comes Out in Favor of the Use of Transgenic Crops

July 23, 2015 | 6 comments

The recent Young Communists League (UJC) Congress held in Cuba has served to promote the use of transgenic crops in the island’s agriculture. It was acknowledged that Cubans have been consuming genetically modified foods for some time.

A Backward Island Prepares to Receive a Homophobic Church

June 30, 2015 | 3 comments

A few months before Pope Francis’ visits Cuba, the island still presents his Holiness with a nation where homosexuals are still unable to enjoy the rights emanating from an institution such as marriage.