Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

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.

Cuba’s Sacrilegious Opposition

October 1, 2014 | 38 comments

Cubans without access to the Internet traffic information on USB flash drives. A video showing a protest staged by the Union Patriotica de Cuba (Cuban Patriotic Union, or UNPACU) – an organization of the opposition that is strong in the country’s east – reached me through one of these.

The History Notebook of a Conscientious Cuban Student

September 25, 2014 | 9 comments

Every July, when the summer break starts, the city’s dump-sites fill up with notebooks thrown out by student’s who’ve finished the school year. They believe, and not without reason, that the notes they have jotted down in class are as good as garbage.

From My Balcony in Alamar, Cuba

September 15, 2014 | 7 comments

Now that I am devoid of an Internet connection, I take advantage of my free time to survey the neighborhood from my balcony. The most interesting elements in sight are afforded us by nature: the changing tonalities of the sea, the always-green tree canopies and the daily traffic of people.

Living One’s Time in Today’s Cuba

September 3, 2014 | 2 comments

History is one of the things I’m passionate about lately. I don’t mean the historical, historiographical or philosophical analysis of facts. I mean a rather odd obsession with jotting down dates in a kind of diary / chronology I’ve been keeping.