Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

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How People in Cuba Get Sick

June 17, 2016 | 4 comments

Today, let’s talk about morbidity rates in Cuba. Why do people get sick? How have morbidity rates changed in recent years? In order to write this post, I casually sounded out about a dozen well-informed people…

Tobacco, Patriarchy and Totalitarianism; Inseparable Friends

June 6, 2016 | 7 comments

People who haven’t experienced “socialism” firsthand may imagine it’s a system where collective well-being takes priority over individual rights. According to this line of thought, chronic problems in these kinds of societies – such as a lack in personal freedoms – stem from excess.

Health in Cuba: The Only Viable Options?

May 23, 2016 | 16 comments

Let us continue to go through Cuba’s 2015 Yearly Statistics Report. In this piece, we are going to compare our country’s main health indicators with those of the rest of the world.

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Are Cuba’s Healthcare Resources and Services Improving?

May 12, 2016 | No Comments »

In my previous post, we examined a number of demographic trends of importance to the country’s future. In this one, we will focus on health resources and services. How have these evolved over recent years? Let us have a look at some indicators.

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Cuba’s Population: What Happened in 2015

April 29, 2016 | 10 comments

Cuba’s official Health Statistics Report for 2015 has just seen the light of day. In this post, I will comment on a number of significant demographic data.

The Struggle for Hegemony in Cuba

April 26, 2016 | No Comments »

The 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party has left me in a state of shock, with the bitter impression that nothing in this country is going to change for a long time. But, one should not be deceived. It was nothing but a performance destined for a large audience.

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Farber, Plattism and the Dilemmas of Cuba’s Opposition

April 12, 2016 | 10 comments

Samuel Farber’s most recent article unleashed a tsunami of comments and protest. If we were talking about a party, we’d say he got people’s blood pumping and down to the dance floor.

The Lightness of Havana’s Rationed Bread

April 4, 2016 | 2 comments

In Cuba, the social contract is different from that in the rest of the world. The State pays miserable wages (between 20 and 30 dollars a month) and, in lieu of this, offers free or subsidized services to the entire population.

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What I Experienced During and After Hearing Obama’s Speech Live

March 25, 2016 | 7 comments

As Obama was landing in Cuba I got a call from the US Embassy. They invited me to attend the speech the US president would deliver at Havana’s Gran Teatro, before members of civil society, on March 22. Incidentally, my beloved and only grandmother would be turning 89 that day.

Cuba: The Rabble Strikes Back

March 21, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The phenomenon, though disagreeable, is undeniably interesting because it has taken root around us and because it is the result of an anthropological experiment that was once the hope of half of humanity.