Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

Searching for Cuba’s Mahatma

April 16, 2014 | 22 comments

A political event of huge significance for Cubans will take place in 2018: President Raul Castro will step down, not without leaving someone to his liking (and not so much the people’s) on the throne. We may breathe some winds of change initially, but, as the months pass, the situation will likely get more and more tense.

Democracy in the Times of the Energy Crisis

April 10, 2014 | 16 comments

Democracy could well be within hand’s reach in a future marked by the energy crisis, the only “inconvenience” is that we will have to fight for it old-school: wielding a machete, in exile or prison with a quill and some ink, through guerrilla warfare up in the mountains or clandestine cells in the city.

At Life’s Peak

April 2, 2014 | No Comments »

At the end of March, I had the immense fortune of finding a well-paying job with a construction brigade (the kind that does restoration work in historic sites around Old Havana), with a nice guy for a boss. The first day, I hammered away energetically, eager to get to the end of the month and to collect my 60 CUC.

Bursting Cuba’s Sugar Cane Biomass Bubble

March 26, 2014 | 13 comments

What’s really going on with renewable sources of energy in Cuba? The island’s official press is brimming with optimism in this connection, but, do we actually have reason to be so positive? I will start this post with one of the most widely divulged “half-truths”.

Yoani Sanchez, Values and Social Classes

March 18, 2014 | 8 comments

I love reading Yoani Sanchez’ posts. Her writing has the kind of power many of us want for our own. I can see clearly why she wins international competitions, has become famous and has no shortage of enemies.

The Limits of Cuba’s Renewable Energy Sources: Capital

March 13, 2014 | 6 comments

The Oil Crash, an interesting blog which analyzes and divulges information related to the imminent energy crisis, was created in January 2010. I discovered it a short while ago and I got both hooked and scared.

For Socialist Sports in Cuba

February 21, 2014 | 2 comments

As a kid, I was fascinated by sports. I wanted to be like Cuban gymnast Casimiro Suarez, that artist of the rings that so impressed the world in the early 80s. Adults would proudly tell me that our high-performance athletes weren’t professionals (as they were under capitalism) but amateurs.

My Semen Analysis

February 18, 2014 | 1 Comment »

What is the quality of my sperm? That is what the doctors are trying to find out. The first test I was subjected to yielded such bad results that the technicians were wondering whether, instead of ejaculating, I hadn’t actually spat in the jar they gave me.

The Political Squeamishness of Daranas’ New Film

February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Is Cuban filmmaker Daranas’ new film, Conducta (“Conduct”), a political film? Of course it is: politics touches everything and everything, sooner or later, rubs up against politics.

A Glance at Cuba News this Past January

February 3, 2014 | 2 comments

I am doing a monthly summary of the most important Cuba-related events. I fish news from here and there and season them with my profound analyses. I hope you’ll make your own contributions to the summary.