Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

Blessed Are the Thorns of Cuba’s Marabou

December 18, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The marabou (Dichrostachys glomerata) is a brush that was introduced into Cuba at the end of the 19th century. Many blame the Castros, socialism and even Marxism of turning Cuba into marabou country – but we need to look more closely at the history of the brush.

There’s No Tomorrow, Or Is There?

December 11, 2014 | 4 comments

Much of what I have written and have yet to write about Peak Oil is humorously addressed in the animated documentary There is No Tomorrow. Written and directed by Dermot O’Connor, the film was produced by Incubate Pictures, in association with the Post Carbon Institute.

Cuba Waits for Development

December 3, 2014 | 3 comments

When the Cuban economy was given a boost at the beginning of this century thanks to Venezuela, its revolution and its immense oil puddles, the island’s leadership began to act as though finally, after many blunders, Good Fortune herself had knocked on their door.

Cuba’s “Twelve Apostles” of Economic Growth

November 26, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Since every expert mentions a different factor, Terrero titled his interview Doce economistas en pugna (“Twelve divergent economists”). I, however, fail to notice any real disagreement. What I see, rather, is an extremely high level of agreement.

Cuba’s Juan Triana: Economist or State Official?

November 14, 2014 | 4 comments

Cuban economist and government official Juan Triana has become highly popular among our country’s leadership by peddling a rather exciting idea: the world economy is sailing before the wind and Cuba ought to stick a rocket up its ass if it wishes to catch up and not be left out of the party (my phrasing).

A Havana Squabble over Tradition and Modernity

November 6, 2014 | No Comments »

On the night of Friday, October 17 this year, several city buses parked at a terminal located in El Calvario, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Havana, were intentionally damaged. After several decades of hibernation, the word “sabotage” is again being pronounced by people.

Cuba as the End Times Approach

October 29, 2014 | 14 comments

In my previous post, I mentioned in passing that this and all other countries would face a devastating crisis of civilization sooner rather than later. In view of the pronounced interest the issue seems to have among Havana Times’ commentators, I have decided to return to it in this post.

Cuba Between Post-Totalitarianism and the Dictatorship of the Right

October 23, 2014 | 20 comments

I often say that the Cuban regime is a totalitarian dictatorship and, in saying this, I vent the frustration it produces me in one fell swoop. It’s a shame Spanish does not have as expressive and accurate a term as Totalherrschaft.

History as Taught in Cuba: the Soviets vs. the Bourgeoisie and Nazis

October 13, 2014 | 3 comments

During the summer break, I found a Contemporary History notebook in the trash. In this post, I will yap a bit more about this student’s notebook, analyzing how it addresses the rise of fascism and the Second World War. I will then devote a few lines to the course textbook.

On Cuba’s Right-Wing Opposition

October 7, 2014 | 46 comments

Some days ago, I watched a video showing an anti-government protest (and the subsequent public reprisal) staged by the Union Patriotica de Cuba (Cuban Patriotic Union, or UNPACU). I was positively impressed by the civility, intelligence and courage shown by the members of this organization.