Dariela Aquique’s Diary

Cuba’s Civil Society Forum is a Joke

March 28, 2015 | 2 comments

When they announced on TV that a Cuban Civil Society Forum was being held in Havana and that panel discussions would take place at Casa de las Americas and Casa del ALBA, I couldn’t help but laugh.

A Documentary on Cuban Legend Omara Portuondo

March 24, 2015 | No Comments »

The documentary “Omara: Cuba” premiered on Cuban television some days ago. The film documents the 70-year artistic career of the “queen of feeling” or Buena Vista Social Club Diva, as the renowned singer Omara Portuondo is known.

Eastern Cuba’s “Pru”: A Unique Beverage

March 17, 2015 | No Comments »

To a foreigner who pays Cuba’s east-laying provinces a visit, the word “pru” means absolutely nothing – but only until a hospitable local offers them a glass of this unique fermented beverage which has become part of the island’s traditions.

Fatima, a Cuban Film

March 11, 2015 | No Comments »

“Fatima or el Parque de la Fraternidad” does not aim to be a daring film. It merely tells a story, a personal drama. It won’t be one of the unforgettables of Cuban cinema but it’s worth seeing.

Reinventing Cuban Culture

February 18, 2015 | 4 comments

The other day, I read somewhere that Abel Prieto, President Raul Castro’s advisor and Cuba’s former Minister of Culture, had expressed concerns over what he calls the “Americanization” of culture.

What the Cuban Press Says and How it Says It

January 14, 2015 | 2 comments

As we know, obtaining reliable information in Cuba is a problem because the media – all of them controlled by the government, only report what they want to and do so in accordance with their interests.

Cuba–US Relations: We Just Have to Wait and See

December 19, 2014 | 7 comments

The day in which Cuba and the United States decided to re-establish diplomatic relations has finally arrived but, beyond the lively enthusiasm this has awakened and despite all of the encouraging things that have been said, I harbor my doubts about all that remains to be done on this end.

A Disappointing International Human Rights Day in Cuba

December 11, 2014 | 2 comments

At home, the headlines extoll Cuba’s work in defense of the human rights of children and for free education and health. They publish photos of smiling school children and doctor’s offices and say nothing about the issue of democracy (much less about Cuban dissidents).

The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation

December 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Today, the Cuban government shows unequivocal signs of being desperate to remain in power in the final stretch of the race – even if that means taking up a “new economic model” that implements unprecedented measures and legislations…

Listening to Calle 13 in Cuba

November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment »

No other form of artistic expression has as many variations as music. I must confess I am rather prejudiced when it comes to musical preferences. Sometimes, however, I manage to tear free from my habits and undertake a journey across the vast universe of musical genres.