Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

Glyphosate in Cuba

October 2, 2015 | 3 comments

Cancer has been spreading quickly in Cuba for several decades now. In 2012, it became the chief cause of death in the country, and not precisely because the incidence of other causes went down. Today, I want to focus on a poison that has come to settle in our guts: glyphosate.

What I Would Have Liked to Hear the Pope Say in Cuba

September 23, 2015 | 2 comments

Fixing a given problem by doing more of the same and doing so more intensely is retreating in a forward direction. In a finite and nearly exhausted world like ours, doing this is surest path to failure.

The Transformation of the Cuban Revolution

September 15, 2015 | 15 comments

I would love to know when, how and why the metamorphosis took place. This is not idle, historical curiosity. At one point, we will have to go back to the time everything went wrong and try again, with or without a worldwide crisis.

Peak Oil: Five Years Working in Vain

September 11, 2015 | 4 comments

In September of 2010 – exactly five years ago – I wrote my first post about peak oil. I started delving into the issue after reading some articles by Ramon Fernandez Duran that a Spanish friend left me.

My Own Crash on Monday

September 4, 2015 | 7 comments

On Monday, August 24, the world’s main stock markets suffered their worst trading in years. What I would like to focus on, however, is the collapse of my own “company” a mere week later.

Cervical-Uterine Cancer in Cuba and the World

August 25, 2015 | 5 comments

I’m shaken up. In less than a year, three friends of mine have been diagnosed with and treated for cervical cancer (CC) – three young women saved from a slow and horrible death. I dedicate this post to all those battling this condition. (9 graphs)

De-Generation, On the Occasion of Fidel Castro’s Birthday

August 13, 2015 | 13 comments

Today, I want to revisit another thorny issue in Cuba: the process of cultural and social degradation that continues to spread across our cities and countryside. I am not the only one who’s noticed it – it is a rather recurrent topic of discussion down here.

Climate Change, or How They’ll Discipline Cubans Once Again

August 3, 2015 | 2 comments

This past July, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published its much-awaited State of the Climate report. Below is a summary of its findings along with some of the risks posed to Cuba.

“She Likes Gasoline”: On Latin America and the Coming Energy Crisis

July 25, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Over the past ten years, reggaeton singers have changed the idea we’d long had about Latin American music. Their music videos are full of adrenaline, aggressiveness, sexual arousal, speed, fast motorcycles, sport cars, luxurious yachts and lascivious young men. One of Daddy Yankee’s popular pieces (where the title of this post comes from) offers us a clue as to the underpinnings of all this.

Some Thoughts about Gail Tverberg’s Silent Visit to Cuba

July 14, 2015 | 3 comments

More than a month ago, a US researcher I admire visited our green archipelago. Gail Tverberg studies issues related to the decline in energy resources and the accelerated economic growth that is typical of industrial civilization.