Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

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.

Cuba Food Prices: A Look at a Journalist’s Predictions

October 27, 2015 | No Comments »

In October of 2014, Cuba’s official newspaper Juventud Rebelde published an article dealing with the state of Cuba’s produce and livestock markets. The author, journalist Rene Tamayo, appeared overjoyed at the deceleration of price trends and predicted a brighter future all around.

Merits and Challenges of Moving to the Countryside

October 22, 2015 | No Comments »

I’ve been writing about the need and benefits of returning to the countryside for some years now, but, how persuasive could my arguments be if I didn’t preach by example? Luckily, I have friends in other parts of the world who have set out on this adventure…

Why Are We More Concerned About The Climate Than The Energy Crisis?

October 15, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Statistics demonstrate what was already evident: the issue of environmental damage has significant media impact, while next to no one is worried about the energy crisis. The UN has several institutions devoted to the study of environmental problems but none dealing with the energy dilemma.

Glyphosate in Cuba

October 2, 2015 | 4 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.