Isbel Diaz

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.

A New Thesis about Cuba’s Weekly Package (Part II)

December 29, 2014 | No Comments »

The Cuban State has more than enough qualified personnel, trained at the country’s well-stocked technical and military academies and the University of Information Sciences (UCI), to develop a project as wide-encompassing and complex as the “weekly package.”

Behind the New Cuba – US Agreement

December 22, 2014 | 11 comments

The news about the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States has taken nearly everyone by surprise, but perhaps it has not been as unexpected for those of us who have been following the process of capitalist restoration on the island.

My Take on Cuba’s “Weekly Package” (Part I)

December 16, 2014 | 3 comments

I buy Cuba’s weekly TV series, music and software package on a regular basis. In my opinion, some of its contents are valuable in more than one sense. That said, there are a series of factors behind this phenomenon that have truly piqued my curiosity.

A Cuban in the Land of the Selfish

November 25, 2014 | 40 comments

Today, I want to share with you a number of very surprising experiences I had in Chicago this year, for they contradict the idea that Cuban schools and media have constructed regarding the egotism that a country like the United States allegedly encourages in people.

Ways to Spot a Right-Winger

October 21, 2014 | 6 comments

In the interest of contributing to the far-from-archaic debate about Right and Left, I would like to share some of the ideas I’ve developed about what defines a right-winger and a number of ways to identify these individuals.

Cuba’s Urban Gardens: The Other Side of the Coin

October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment »

To expand on my previous post dealing with Cuba’s urban vegetable gardens, or organoponicos, I would like to share a number of thoughts on the main health risks stemming from urban or semi-urban agriculture.

Cuba to Build More Golf Courses

October 7, 2014 | 9 comments

More detailed and definitive information about plans to build more golf courses in “socialist Cuba” reached us through the news this September. These involve several joint ventures with British, Spanish, Canadian and Chinese investors.

Saving Cuban Customs

September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment »

“Let us try and save Cuban Customs,” the island’s official press appears to be saying without the slightest bit of subtlety, for, in recent months, it has covered just about everything this institution is doing, to make it look very busy.

Cuba’s Organic Urban Gardens Now Cater to Private Businesses

September 17, 2014 | 2 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.