Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

The Unmentioned Cause of Syria’s Civil War

January 28, 2015 | No Comments »

It will have been four years since civil war broke out in Syria this March. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look to be the last year of conflict. Much has been written about the causes of the war, but there’s one fact analysts tend to overlook…

The Free United States I’d Like to Visit

January 22, 2015 | 4 comments

Now that relations with the United States have been re-established, I’m going to hop on over there the first chance I get. I feel a mixture of hatred and love for that country. Let me tell you explain.

A Lesson in Metaphysics

January 8, 2015 | 7 comments

In this post, I would like to share an image I dragged back from “beyond” during my last adventure with entheogens. We’ll be going scuba-diving into the depths of Being, so get ready.

Cuba: “Homeland or Death, We Will Grow!”

January 1, 2015 | 5 comments

During his closing speech at the recently concluded parliamentary session, Raul Castro confirmed that the Cuban economy is slowing down and, in the same sentence, predicted an excellent growth of more than 4 % for the coming new year.

An Orthophonic Manifesto for Cuba

December 29, 2014 | 5 comments

About a year ago, I wrote something of an anarchist post mocking the school campaigns developed in Cuba to improve spelling in the country. At the time, I maintained that forcing a person to memorize arbitrary rules was downright stupid.

Blessed Are the Thorns of Cuba’s Marabou

December 18, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The marabou (Dichrostachys glomerata) is a brush that was introduced into Cuba at the end of the 19th century. Many blame the Castros, socialism and even Marxism of turning Cuba into marabou country – but we need to look more closely at the history of the brush.

There’s No Tomorrow, Or Is There?

December 11, 2014 | 4 comments

Much of what I have written and have yet to write about Peak Oil is humorously addressed in the animated documentary There is No Tomorrow. Written and directed by Dermot O’Connor, the film was produced by Incubate Pictures, in association with the Post Carbon Institute.

Cuba Waits for Development

December 3, 2014 | 3 comments

When the Cuban economy was given a boost at the beginning of this century thanks to Venezuela, its revolution and its immense oil puddles, the island’s leadership began to act as though finally, after many blunders, Good Fortune herself had knocked on their door.

Cuba’s “Twelve Apostles” of Economic Growth

November 26, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Since every expert mentions a different factor, Terrero titled his interview Doce economistas en pugna (“Twelve divergent economists”). I, however, fail to notice any real disagreement. What I see, rather, is an extremely high level of agreement.

Cuba’s Juan Triana: Economist or State Official?

November 14, 2014 | 4 comments

Cuban economist and government official Juan Triana has become highly popular among our country’s leadership by peddling a rather exciting idea: the world economy is sailing before the wind and Cuba ought to stick a rocket up its ass if it wishes to catch up and not be left out of the party (my phrasing).