Dariela Aquique’s Diary


Cuba’s Cartoon Legend Elpidio Valdes and Me

April 11, 2014 | No Comments »

I step out onto the balcony and see a group of children playing on the street. One of them runs around, astride a stick, yelling “Up and at ‘em, Palmiche.” It was pleasant to see this, because, nowadays, children tend to spend hours in front of the PlayStation or the computer, and their idols are galactic superheroes, mutants and who knows what else.




Cuba and the Rescue of Lost Values

March 18, 2014 | 10 comments

Cuba’s unpopular Round Table program, hoping to broaden its audience some, has been airing a number of discussions on a weekly basis. Titled Sobre la mesa (“On the Table”), the segment focuses chiefly on social issues.




Maduro and His Harsh Tone

March 11, 2014 | 13 comments

I hadn’t wanted to comment on what is happening in Venezuela, primarily because I am prone to writing on Cuba’s problems more than foreign ones. And secondly, because as always our media only gives one version of the events and I don’t want to err inappropriately.




Cyber-Dissidents and “Changes” in Cuba

March 6, 2014 | 2 comments

Cuba’s so-called “cyber-dissidents” (as the government refers to anyone who does not bow to the official discourse) have criticized many different aspects of the country’s social, economic and political spheres. They are the ones who stick their fingers right inside the wound.




Cuba: What Would Marx Have Thought?

March 1, 2014 | 10 comments

Two teenagers were talking at a bus stop. With the habitual idioms that characterize the parlance of a good many Cubans these days, one of them was showing off his IPhone 5, saying to the other: “Bro, this thing’s off the chart. Look at the cell my old man got me, it’s smokin’.




Thanks to Violeta Parra

February 26, 2014 | No Comments »

In 2010, Chile was shaken by a devastating earthquake that had fatal repercussions. In response to this tragedy, 9 musicians, a music producer and many other artists from around world got together to record a song.




Is Abortion a Sin or a Woman’s right?

February 24, 2014 | 4 comments

A look at radically opposing views on the topic of aborition, one from the 6th century and another from the 21st century. The positions of Byzantine Empress Theodora and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.




Cuban Women Against Different Forms of Violence

February 20, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Despite what the official discourse claims, women in Cuba continue to be the victims of different forms of violence in practice. It’s been proven. Obstetric violence is one case in point.




Yet Another Amazing Marine Creature in Cuba

February 19, 2014 | No Comments »

The polychaet I recently had in my aquarium is an amazing animal nearly everyone recognizes. It ended up in my fish tank on the request of my nephew who, scuba diving with me one day, suggested I take it home to marvel at its behavior. (10 photos)




“Conducta”: A Sincere Cuban Film

February 11, 2014 | No Comments »

Director Ernesto Daranas goes beyond the image of a decadent Havana, beyond its filth and garbage. He weaves the much revisited family yarns and tales of a society in crisis – but he does so with sincerity.