Dariela Aquique’s Diary


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

December 19, 2014 | 6 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.




Cuba’s Alfredo Guevara and the Game of Thrones

October 31, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I have been meaning to write some comments on Haroldo Dilla’s post “The Cavalcade of Cuba’s Alfredo Guevara” for a long while. Dilla expressed his disconcert over the megalomaniacal pillars of this man’s personality, traits he managed to conceal quite well…




My Visit to the USA: The Things I Would Rather Write About

October 11, 2014 | 3 comments

I was pleased by the plurality achieved by the gathering, and by the fact that, despite people’s differences of opinion, we are seeing the will to establish exchanges that call for the unification of those two Cubas, the island and the émigré community.




So Much for My Criticizing Cuban Television

October 4, 2014 | 6 comments

I was always a rather harsh critic of our television programming, because I had never had the opportunity to compare it with any other. Right now, I wish the efforts of our cultural organizations success and offer them my support.




Airport Delays Also Happen “Over There”

September 24, 2014 | 2 comments

I want to let my regular readers know I was very eager to start writing again. After three months of more or less mandatory holidays, I was beginning to miss the frequent debates between commentators, both supporters and detractors.




Festivities, Vandalism and Sarcasm in Santiago de Cuba

July 10, 2014 | No Comments »

When I got back home, after nearly two weeks in Havana and having recovered from the tortuous journey from the Cuban capital to my neck of the woods, I decided to find out what had been going on around here in my absence.




Cuba’s El Mariel Port: The Ironies of History

June 13, 2014 | 11 comments

El Mariel is a typical bay on Cuba’s northern coast. Its point of entry is a considerably wide canal that can be crossed by large vessels. Today, the Cuban government has laid its bets on this place and the island looks to it as the hope of a more prosperous future.