Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

What Happened To Latin America’s Oil in 2015?

February 8, 2016 | 2 comments

Using data from British Petroleum and a spreadsheet, we can trace different tendencies and conclude that, unless significant changes are made, oil consumption and production in Latin America will cross and begin to drop in tandem at the close of this decade.

The Debate on Cuba’s Farm Crisis: Pessimists vs. Optimists

February 2, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Cuban agriculture is going through one of its recurrent crisis. What is the cause this time around? One sector sees speculation and a lack of regulations as the root of the problem, while others claim just the opposite.

Cuba: Waiting for the Sunrise

January 25, 2016 | 3 comments

I’ve been worked up these days. What got me into this rather unusual state isn’t the collapse of the Pekin stock market or the rising cost of living in Cuba. It’s the book How Night Fell (Como llego la noche). If you’re Cuban and don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t be too shocked.

Different Views on How to Overcome Cuba’s Agricultural Problems

January 18, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Cubans welcomed 2016 startled by food prices. The price of a pound of tomatoes, onions or beans went up to as high as a day’s salary. During the last session of Cuba’s National Assembly, President Raul Castro asked that urgent measures be taken.

Cuba Is Still Waiting for the Party

January 6, 2016 | 11 comments

As the end of 2015 neared, our winter felt like summer and Venezuela’s Bolivarian project seemed to collapse. Back home, things aren’t looking so well. State produce and livestock markets, chronically understocked, face crises as the prices of crops grown on the island skyrocket once again.

San Diego Without the Make-Up

December 31, 2015 | 23 comments

In November, I spent a couple weeks in San Diego, my first trip abroad. I’m still drooling over the city, I admit it, but this has not blinded me to its uglier sides. (10 photos)

San Diego, Havana and Self Esteem

December 22, 2015 | 3 comments

In my previous post, I wrote of the nice things that made me fall in love with “America’s Finest City.” It wasn’t the pretty lights but the important place human beings occupy in the city. (36 photos)

Two Weeks Up North

December 11, 2015 | 13 comments

A university in San Diego – UCSD – invited me to take part in an investigative journalism workshop. This is how I was able to make the dream of many Cubans – myself included – come true, at least for a few days. My body is back in Cuba, but my mind refuses to accept this fact.

Cleverness vs Hard-headedness: My Fate at Stake

November 17, 2015 | 3 comments

It’s very stressful to head out in the morning, not knowing whether you’ll end up in a cell that day. I like to confront life’s challenges with realism but, on several occasions, I caught myself fantasizing about…

Rebuilding Cubans’ Self-Esteem

November 10, 2015 | 2 comments

Cuba needs many things. If I had to mention one, I would say we need to rediscover our dignity and self-confidence. It seems like a pipe-dream right now, but the storm is coming, and storms tend to bring surprises along with them.