Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

Cuba’s All-So-Kind Economy Czar

July 22, 2014 | 15 comments

Marino Murillo has always struck me as a contemptuous person. The arrogance with which he speaks before the legislature, the self-confidence with which he addresses the thorny issues, and his body language, place him somewhere between a domineering public official and a neighborhood butcher.

Scoring Goals for Capitalism

July 15, 2014 | 4 comments

Goooooooooooooooooooal by Adidas and McDonalds, by Hyundai and Coca Cola, by Sony, FIFA and TeleSur. The gold medal goes to neo-liberalism, the IMF and all big banks, to exponential growth, industrialism and the policy of pillaging countries for raw materials…

An Optimistic Map of the Cuban Opposition

July 12, 2014 | 5 comments

The Cuban opposition is a mind-boggling issue. The State has shrouded itself with so much smoke and fear that it is practically impossible to know the identity of those who confront it. From its point of view, all are mercenaries, supporters of the US blockade and champions of savage capitalism.

Cuba’s Colorless Yellow Pages

June 30, 2014 | 6 comments

Of the Cuban companies currently at the forefront of the country’s transition to State capitalism, ETECSA (the island’s monopoly phone company) is among the most unpopular. ETECSA’s widespread unpopularity is not unwarranted.

Walking Between the Past and Future in Havana

June 24, 2014 | 1 Comment »

On Father’s Day – Sunday, June 15 – I decided to pay Cuba’s Cinematheque a visit. I hate Sundays, have many misgivings about the traditional family and its pathetic festivities, try to avoid public transportation on weekends and loathe the scorching sun of our summer afternoons more than a vampire would. (16 photos)

Academic Fraud through the Lens of Cuba’s Official Press

June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Shouldn’t an avowedly communist newspaper suspect that a class confrontation hides behind pressing social problems? When those who write for the paper tackle the issue of education, shouldn’t their point of departure be Marx’s critique of State schooling?

Biking Down Aguacate, Cuba

June 7, 2014 | 4 comments

Aguacate is a small town typical of those that abound in Cuba’s interior: peaceful and modest while haughty and proud of its former glory. I paid the town a visit a few days ago and it seemed to me that, despite its deterioration and neglect, Aguacate has managed to survive with dignity. (13 photos)

Addressing Academic Fraud in Cuba

May 29, 2014 | 4 comments

Surprisingly, the most talked-about news this month of May was not the crackdown on a supposed terrorist network operating within the country with macabre intentions. The incident that made the loudest splash this month was the academic fraud that took place during university entrance exams.

Huxley: The Farsighted Anarchist

May 23, 2014 | 7 comments

Numerosos analistas coinciden en afirmar que la actual campaña por la presidencia de Colombia es la más pobre en ideas de los últimos tiempos y, a la vez, la que más ha polarizado al país entre quienes defienden la solución política o la vía militar para acabar con cinco décadas de conflicto armado interno.

Cuba’s Rallying Workers

May 12, 2014 | 5 comments

Following the massive workers’ rally in Cuba this past May 1, one could well ask how it is possible for people to continue supporting a regime that treats them like subordinates, violates and curtails their rights and continuously reduces their benefits.