In 2012, following an accelerated rise, Cancer became the leading cause of death in Cuba. In 2013 the upward climb continued, and in 2014 it climbed with even greater might: 23,729 lives cut short over a 12 month period – 747 more than the previous year.
Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary
I was nearly done with a dramatic post in which I tore my hair deploring the newest disasters that had befallen Alamar, the decaying neighborhood where I live. You would have loved the piece: I know that many of you adore hearing the latest “hot” news from Cuba. (7 photos)
This Sunday another election will take place on the island, and once again the people will decide who will be their representative at the neighborhood level (Precinct delegates). At least that’s what the official discourse maintains. How far removed is this from reality?
Every time I publish a post dealing with the energy crisis, I am showered with insults. I have been called delirious, an alarmist, a Nostradamus wannabe, a chronic pessimist, a sensationalist, a Caribbean version of Pol Pot, a poor devil brainwashed by Fidel Castro, a follower of Diogenes the Cynic, Andreas Lubitz wannabe and other flattering things of this nature.
I’ve been writing the story of my life for 40 years now, ironing out the unappealing creases and subtly emphasizing the episodes that speak highly of me. Below are a some bits and pieces.
From the struggles for independence to the present day, the political debate in Cuba has revolved around one question: what path should we follow to put colonialism behind us and insert ourselves satisfactorily into the modern world?
The control one class exercises over another isn’t maintained exclusively through explicit forms of repression. A whole network of institutions is responsible for sustaining and consolidating it in the subtlest ways in all spheres of social life.
In this post, I would like to bring you up to date on the situation of prices at Cuba’s farm production markets and discuss the policy being applied by government leaders to solve the problem.
Lucy, a young US citizen studying in Taiwan, is kidnapped by local mafiosos, cruel and bloodthirsty types. The bad guys are looking for mules to transport a potent drug that was recently discovered.
Garbage collection efforts have entered a higher phase of decline in the Cuban capital. I want to address the issue once again to show how the situation has worsened over the past few months and to propose a solution to the problem. (13 photos)