Isbel Diaz

Socialismo es democracia. Observatorio Critico 1ro de Mayo 2010
Democracy Phobia among Senior Cuban “Communists”

May 2, 2016 | 6 comments

Even after all that’s happened, the Cuban Communist Party’s congress is still holding up the outdated logic on which it was founded, and the critical shortcomings in this group’s leadership and members who rule the island.

Raul Castro addressing the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress
Cuba’s Communist Party Congress: Cringing With Embarrassment

April 18, 2016 | 10 comments

Listening to President Raul Castro read a long report for over two hours at the opening of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) made me cringe with embarrassment, as they say.

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Hypocrisy and Censorship in Cuban Blogging Platform Cubava

February 16, 2016 | 4 comments

The mere mention of a historical reality gives the censors a fit, when, what ought to be scandalous for them is the way in which the Cuban revolution was denigrated by these leaders and elites…

Garbage on the street.  Photo: Hablemos Press
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.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro with a painting of former leader Hugo Chavez in the background.
A Punishment Vote for Chavismo in Venezuela

December 8, 2015 | 6 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.

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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.

Fidel Castro's son  Antonio, is one of Cuba's biggest golf enthusiasts.
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.