Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

Cancer in Cuba: The Other Side of the Tortilla

May 18, 2015 | No Comments »

In 2012, following an accelerated rise, Cancer became the leading cause of death in Cuba. In 2013 the upward climb continued, and in 2014 it climbed with even greater might: 23,729 lives cut short over a 12 month period – 747 more than the previous year.

The New Era Gives Birth…to God Knows What

April 28, 2015 | 15 comments

I was nearly done with a dramatic post in which I tore my hair deploring the newest disasters that had befallen Alamar, the decaying neighborhood where I live. You would have loved the piece: I know that many of you adore hearing the latest “hot” news from Cuba. (7 photos)

Critical Analysis regarding Sunday’s Cuban Elections

April 19, 2015 | 4 comments

This Sunday another election will take place on the island, and once again the people will decide who will be their representative at the neighborhood level (Precinct delegates). At least that’s what the official discourse maintains. How far removed is this from reality?

The Next Victim

April 13, 2015 | 8 comments

Every time I publish a post dealing with the energy crisis, I am showered with insults. I have been called delirious, an alarmist, a Nostradamus wannabe, a chronic pessimist, a sensationalist, a Caribbean version of Pol Pot, a poor devil brainwashed by Fidel Castro, a follower of Diogenes the Cynic, Andreas Lubitz wannabe and other flattering things of this nature.

Turning 40 in Cuba

April 6, 2015 | 3 comments

I’ve been writing the story of my life for 40 years now, ironing out the unappealing creases and subtly emphasizing the episodes that speak highly of me. Below are a some bits and pieces.

The Painful Shedding of Colonial Modernity

March 28, 2015 | 9 comments

From the struggles for independence to the present day, the political debate in Cuba has revolved around one question: what path should we follow to put colonialism behind us and insert ourselves satisfactorily into the modern world?

The Nobel Prize Laureate Who Scorned Spelling Rules

March 12, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The control one class exercises over another isn’t maintained exclusively through explicit forms of repression. A whole network of institutions is responsible for sustaining and consolidating it in the subtlest ways in all spheres of social life.

Why Do Prices at Cuba’s Markets Continue to Rise?

March 3, 2015 | 14 comments

In this post, I would like to bring you up to date on the situation of prices at Cuba’s farm production markets and discuss the policy being applied by government leaders to solve the problem.

Lucy and the Adolescence of Civilization

February 24, 2015 | No Comments »

Lucy, a young US citizen studying in Taiwan, is kidnapped by local mafiosos, cruel and bloodthirsty types. The bad guys are looking for mules to transport a potent drug that was recently discovered.

Cuba: Till the Shit Do Us Part

February 16, 2015 | 5 comments

Garbage collection efforts have entered a higher phase of decline in the Cuban capital. I want to address the issue once again to show how the situation has worsened over the past few months and to propose a solution to the problem. (13 photos)