Isbel Diaz


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The Unbearable Repetition of One Name: Fidel

August 13, 2016 | 3 comments

I promised myself I wouldn’t write about it. I resisted week after week, but it’s totally unbearable now. I prayed for August 13th to quickly pass by so that TV reports that made me want to throw up with their sugar-coated praise for the former Cuban president, Fidel Castro, would finally end.




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A Few Cubans Are Concerned about GMO Health Risks (I)

August 6, 2016 | 32 comments

Those of us who first approach the subject of the benefits or disadvantages of Genetically Modified crops, normally ask a very obvious question, are GMOs dangerous to human health?




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Coming Out on Cuban TV

July 30, 2016 | No Comments »

Recently, we were all witness to a transcendental event in Cuba’s cultural reality. A Cuban artist, who isn’t an activist for LGBTIQ rights, recognized his sexual orientation as being gay in front of Cuban TV’s rolling cameras.




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Cuba creates pro-GMO media campaign

July 19, 2016 | 2 comments

With help from the government website Cubadebate, the Cuban government has created a media campaign which supports GM foods almost in silence, which is very in line with the imminent arrival of US producers of GM crops.




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GMO crops on Cuban TV?

July 14, 2016 | 7 comments

A few weeks ago, the multinational TV channel TeleSur put on an evening report about Puerto Rico’s fight against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But what about Cuba?




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Democracy Phobia among Senior Cuban “Communists”

May 2, 2016 | 7 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Even after all that’s happened, the Cuban Communist Party’s congress is still holding up the outdated logic on which it was founded, and the critical shortcomings in this group’s leadership and members who rule the island.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…




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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.




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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.