Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary


Fear of State Security

March 21, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The moral of this story isn’t my phobia of reggaeton but of the fear that the National Security Agency awakens in nearly everyone here in Dallas. Talking about this subject with Cuban emigres in the US, one of them even told me…




What I Saw on a Sunday Adventure to Downtown Dallas

March 14, 2017 | 10 comments

Last weekend I cycled from my suburban neighborhood to downtown Dallas. I thought I was going to deal with a dangerous and annoying traffic but instead I found a network of tree-lined cycle paths, one of whose branches leads up quite close to the city center. (17 photos)




The Goodness of Communism

February 22, 2017 | 3 comments

It seems to be some kind of historic law that wherever a movement for concentrating power arises, the extreme opposite is also born: calling for redistribution, leveling out and socialization.




Pro-immigrant Demonstration in Dallas

February 19, 2017 | 11 comments

On Saturday there was a march in Dallas, Texas, against recent executive measures affecting immigration. I witnessed an environment loaded with energy and fury; mockery and caricatures of Donald Trump (10 photos)




Under Crossfire

February 11, 2017 | 4 comments

In an event in Miami, in September 2016, I posed some uncomfortable questions to heads of official-dissident journalism. Now that I made the jump to stay in the US one of them saw the opportunity to seek revenge, presenting me as a Castro supporter who betrayed his principles in search of the American dream.




Am I a political refugee?

February 4, 2017 | 6 comments

I’ve just got back from the supermarket. I bought a whole load of delicious and healthy food which is difficult to get a hold of in Cuba: Whole wheat bread and brown rice, fresh apples which keep you away from the doctor, orange juice… Clean and fresh vegetables, kind salespeople, eco-friendly bags…




I Stayed in the United States

January 31, 2017 | 11 comments

In September, I crossed over the pond and came to the US as I had been invited to attend a journalism-related event. After many doubts and going over and over the topic in my mind, I finally decided to stay here, taking advantage of the wet-foot/ dry-foot policy – as it turned out, shortly before it was revoked.




Cuba on the Road to Development, With or Without Oil

September 21, 2016 | 14 comments

September is passing us by and there have been different news reports going around relating to the energy situation in Cuba. It’s a shame that they’re all fake or superficial.




What’s Happening with Energy Supplies in Latin America?

September 6, 2016 | 3 comments

As we had foreseen a year ago, the energy scene in Latin America and the Caribbean is becoming more and more complex. Out of all the energy sources we have, oil is in the most critical situation.




Is This a Good Time for Cubans to Invest?

August 24, 2016 | 8 comments

Juan Triana is an intelligent analyst, bold and well educated in his field: the Cuban economy. Moreover, he is a very charismatic communicator; you enjoy reading his work. However…