Erasmo Calzadilla’s Diary

Cervical-Uterine Cancer in Cuba and the World

August 25, 2015 | 4 comments

I’m shaken up. In less than a year, three friends of mine have been diagnosed with and treated for cervical cancer (CC) – three young women saved from a slow and horrible death. I dedicate this post to all those battling this condition. (9 graphs)

De-Generation, On the Occasion of Fidel Castro’s Birthday

August 13, 2015 | 13 comments

Today, I want to revisit another thorny issue in Cuba: the process of cultural and social degradation that continues to spread across our cities and countryside. I am not the only one who’s noticed it – it is a rather recurrent topic of discussion down here.

Climate Change, or How They’ll Discipline Cubans Once Again

August 3, 2015 | 2 comments

This past July, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published its much-awaited State of the Climate report. Below is a summary of its findings along with some of the risks posed to Cuba.

“She Likes Gasoline”: On Latin America and the Coming Energy Crisis

July 25, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Over the past ten years, reggaeton singers have changed the idea we’d long had about Latin American music. Their music videos are full of adrenaline, aggressiveness, sexual arousal, speed, fast motorcycles, sport cars, luxurious yachts and lascivious young men. One of Daddy Yankee’s popular pieces (where the title of this post comes from) offers us a clue as to the underpinnings of all this.

Some Thoughts about Gail Tverberg’s Silent Visit to Cuba

July 14, 2015 | 3 comments

More than a month ago, a US researcher I admire visited our green archipelago. Gail Tverberg studies issues related to the decline in energy resources and the accelerated economic growth that is typical of industrial civilization.

Greece Succumbs, the Outcome Was Written

June 29, 2015 | 21 comments

Analysts that believe that the crisis is irreversible due to the global energy decline, predicting a dark future for Greece, were right on target. If politicians and the Greek people had listened to those predictions the path taken would have been different.

Peak Oil in Latin America

June 22, 2015 | 2 comments

The prosperous émigrés that frequent the comments section of this page don’t want to hear about Peak Oil, and I get a rather morbid kick reminding them of it.

Cuba: When Silence Kills

June 15, 2015 | No Comments »

In the case of cancer, however, the “enemy” isn’t outside but within. To combat it, the State-Party-government would have to begin by criticizing its own values and foundational principles, and to go against its own interests as governing elite.

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)