Licentiousness of the Press / Miriam Celaya

Preliminary Note to readers: For reasons way beyond my control, I did not have the chance to update the blog for many days. The Desdecuba.com page was hacked twice, and Yoani Sánchez and other friends are still trying to get it fixed. I am posting a new article, and I hope complete service will be … Continue reading “Licentiousness of the Press / Miriam Celaya”

Total Alienation / Miriam Celaya

Presided over by Cuba’s General-President, on Friday, March 15, 2013 there was an extended meeting of the Council of Ministers, which, in addition to resembling any other, at the same time typifies both the inefficiency of the entire government apparatus and the impossibility of renewing the so-called “Cuban model.” The witches’ sabbath of official mediocrity … Continue reading “Total Alienation / Miriam Celaya”

Uncertainty in Cuba After the Death of Hugo Chavez / Ivan Garcia

For Joel, a 29-year-old engineer, the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez marks a before and after moment in the Cuban political landscape. “It’s too soon to be able to analyze the consequences, positive or negative, of someone new in Miraflores. Even if elections are held soon and Nicolás Maduro wins, the exchange of oil for Cuban … Continue reading “Uncertainty in Cuba After the Death of Hugo Chavez / Ivan Garcia”

United in Diversity / Fernando Damaso

The Cuban crisis is advancing inexorably towards its climax for reasons that are economic, political and social as well as genetic. With each passing day the situation for most citizens — shortages, price rises, low salaries and pensions, lack of opportunity — becomes even more complicated. The “update of the model,” now codified into law, … Continue reading “United in Diversity / Fernando Damaso”

El Biogas… or an Epilogue to the “Energy Revolution” / Miriam Celaya

Someone said that necessity is the mother of invention, a phrase that could explain the proverbial fame of Cuban “inventors”, always having excess necessities. However, to establish itself as a source of well-being and progress, the invention process requires certain material resources and civil freedoms beyond imagination, intelligence or the desire to do something, otherwise … Continue reading “El Biogas… or an Epilogue to the “Energy Revolution” / Miriam Celaya”

Chronicle of the Blackout / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

In the blink of an eye the voltage at the symmetrical hour of the prime time news, 8:08 on a Sunday evening, as boring as slitting your wrists, or walking naked in the street with a pacifist placard, or some other symptom of insanity. A blink of an eye and then black silence, deathly. The … Continue reading “Chronicle of the Blackout / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

A Science Fiction Story / Regina Coyula

Seven years after the massive injection of new equipment for urban transport, the familiar scene repeats itself: seeing the buses pass without stopping at full stops where you can wait for more than an hour. It was expected that the massive replacement of the fleet required, in turn, the spare parts and equipment to replace … Continue reading “A Science Fiction Story / Regina Coyula”

Raúl Castro Goes to Vietnam to Ensure Rice on Cuban Plates / Yoani Sánchez

When someone shows up in the same place over and over again, in Cuba we say “he’s like white rice.” It’s a very popular way to refer to someone whose presence is excessive, be it in a determined sphere, activity, or process. The metaphor obviously comes from the starring role this grain has in the … Continue reading “Raúl Castro Goes to Vietnam to Ensure Rice on Cuban Plates / Yoani Sánchez”

1992: Cuba Had Everything / Dora Leonor Mesa

Although our little girls (a 2-year-old and a newborn) were healthy, my husband and I woke up at different times, he at 6:00 am and I at 9:00. Bedtime was also different. He could rest at midnight and I, after 3:00 in the morning because they had to take gas without the harsh sound of … Continue reading “1992: Cuba Had Everything / Dora Leonor Mesa”

Sad Memory / Miguel Iturria Savon

It was July 15 or 16, 1994 when Angela Medina, my children’s aunt, asked me to accompany her to a house in the Purisima neighborhood, Cotorro municipality, where she saw her neighbors shot with water cannons in Havana Bay by the military who shipwrecked the tugboat, 13 de Marzo, in which she had meant to … Continue reading “Sad Memory / Miguel Iturria Savon”

Oiled Mechanism / Yoani Sánchez

A drop slid down my leg, I maneuvered it into the hollow between my ankle and my shoe and did a thousand pirouettes so my high school classmates wouldn’t notice. For months, my family had had only mineral oil for cooking, thanks to pharmacist relative who was able to sneak it from his work. I … Continue reading “Oiled Mechanism / Yoani Sánchez”

So Far From Cairo / Yoani Sánchez

The scene lasted just seconds on our screens, a brief flash, chiseled on the retina, of thousands of people protesting on the streets of Cairo. The situation was described by the pompous voice of the Cuban announcer, who explained that the crisis in capitalism had sparked discontent in Egypt and that social differences were sinking … Continue reading “So Far From Cairo / Yoani Sánchez”

Transportation in Havana Goes Backwards / Iván García

It takes Esteban, 43 years old, four hours every day for the round trip to his job on the outskirts of Havana. Around 7 am, along with a bunch of people, he tries to board the P-8 bus on the Acosta P-8 and Calzada 10 de Octubre line. “For several months, the city bus service has taken … Continue reading “Transportation in Havana Goes Backwards / Iván García”

Cuba: Possible Exit Scenarios / Miriam Celaya

Preliminary note: This article was originally published in the third issue Voices magazine for the month of October, 2010, and, despite its length, I wanted to post it on the blog in order to facilitate the participation of potential commentators who are interested in the subject. The temptation to suggest possible scenarios out of the … Continue reading “Cuba: Possible Exit Scenarios / Miriam Celaya”