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October 2018
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Kabir Vega’s Diary

Deciding to Stay in Cuba

I don’t believe there is a single person in Cuba who hasn’t experienced a relative or friend leave in search of a better future abroad. I believe some of them are never able to forget that feeling: bearing witness to somebody change their life radically while they remain behind, paralyzed, trapped in a country with a suffocating reality and no prospects of improving whatsoever. Continue reading

Cuba: Etecsa Scams and Unprotected Customers

When it comes to any overly expensive service, you can only hope for two things: quality and security. However, there is no doubt Cuba's telecommunications monopoly, ETECSA, has managed to provide its customers with the worst service possible, with inc... Continue reading

Who’s Right?

In Cuba, schools have been almost fascist, well at least post-1959. Ever since primary school, whenever we have talked about the universe’s origins, I remember how teachers used to give us Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as the absolute and irrefutable truth. Continue reading

Cuba’s May Day Parade: Same Old May Routine

This year’s halfway point is drawing near and with that came another May 1st, an annual event where Cubans show their enthusiasm and hard-working spirit by joining the classic parade. Continue reading

Little Hope Left for Cuba’s Elderly

“There’s no hope for our youth”, is a common phrase here in Cuba. Luckily, people have never used it with me, but I have to regularly sit and listen to how many people agree that young people behave inappropiately. Continue reading

Stupidity, the Worst Virus

Kabir Vega HAVANA TIMES — The media is the result of progress made over many years seeking to spread information Continue reading

Death in Full Swing

It’s been two years now that I first signed up on the SNET network, which emerged spontaneously due to the lack of internet access here in Cuba and I have praised it in more than one of my articles. However, this time, I have nothing positive to say, rather I need to give my condolences. Continue reading

The problem with being a YouTuber

I have already spoken about YouTubers in a few of my previous articles, but today I want to touch on another aspect of this phenomenon. Continue reading

Where Are We Heading

It’s becoming harder and harder to find an artistic product that moves you. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a movie, a series, even a song or a book, nearly everything we consume is just like a meal. Continue reading

Cuba’s New Wealthy Class

The existence of social classes is an undeniable facet of human societies. Cuba, blessed by the “Hammer and Sickle”, suppressed these differences between its citizens, as one of its most-talked-about achievements. Continue reading

Violence as education

It’s very common for parents in Cuba to order the following when a child fights with another for the first time and loses: “You have to learn to defend yourself! If he hit you, you go and hit him, if he’s bigger than you, hit him with something else.” Continue reading

Cuba Was Never Different

Cuba exported a sugar-coated image of its youth for many years. Young people who lived as equals (in poverty), brimming with maturity, political convictions, willingness and other upstanding values. Very different to those consumer teenagers, Capitalism’s children, whose only goal was to have something and flaunt it. Continue reading

The Glass Castle

"The Glass Castle" left me thinking for a few days. It made me remember the joy of dreaming, those childhood dreams which still aren’t tainted by the official standards of success. Pure dreams which don’t seek to impress or please anyone. Continue reading

A Victory and a Beginning: Cuba’s First DotA Tournament Concludes

After three long months, Cuba’s first DotA League has finally come to an end. On Saturday December 23rd, the finale of this great spontaneous event that brings together players and fans of this videogame was celebrated in the rooms at Havana’s Central I.T. Palace, located in Central Havana. Continue reading

What’s Left for the Losers?

With the first LCD (Cuban DotA League) kicking off in early September, it is finally coming to an end after a long period of time and interruptions. On Saturday December 23rd, teams “Pirates Gaming” and “Big Monkeys” will have a face-off in the final stage of the competition. Continue reading

The Atrophy of Collectivization

Ever since its triumph the Cuban Revolution has proved to be a sound example of unity. Cuba has never had citizens but a multitude throbbing with revolutionary spirit. Those individuals who do not manage to fit into this “everyone” are left without room and are rejected. Continue reading

Cuban DotA Tournament: the Most Popular Team and the Pendulum of Fame

Last Sunday, the most anticipated face-off in the Cuban DotA Tournament finally took place. A game between the “LOL” (Laughing out Loud) team and the “BM” (Big Monkeys). The two most-renowned teams among fans of this game on the island. Continue reading

Good and Bad News for Havana DotA Players

In spite of the first DotA tournament in Cuba, organized by ADEC (Cuba’s eSports Group), being interrupted by Hurricane Irma, it has continued to take place at the Central I.T. Palace in Central Havana. Continue reading

The Land of Exile

Ever since I can remember, I remember that I used to imagine foreign countries as alien civilizations or lands from another world, like other children did from my generation. Continue reading

Getting Used to Living in Misery

On a normal day, you plan to go shopping early in the morning so you can get back quickly and make the most of your time, but, the illusion of having a productive day is quickly shattered. Continue reading

YouTube’s Maternal Side

An unusual pleasure which some of us all share in some way or another is that of knowing how somebody we like is, what they are doing, what they are up to in their day-to-day lives. But not a relative or a friend, someone we don’t even know. Continue reading

A Palace and a Battleground

With October just starting and the country still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, the Cuban DotA League has kicked off again. Unfortunately, the “Hola Ola” local was one of the venues that was destroyed by the floods caused by the hurricane. However... Continue reading

What Hurricane Irma changed…

Like the majority of Cubans, I locked myself up in my apartment while Hurricane Irma swept through, listening to the wind beat against the window and trying to find out where this weather phenomenon was and its impact by listening to the station Radio ... Continue reading

First Cuban DotA (Defense of the Ancients) Tournament kicks off

Backed by Cuba’s Electronic Sports Group), the qualifying rounds of the first DotA tournament began on the weekend of September 2-3. Originally, it was planned that the next groups would continue playing on September 9-10, but with the sudden appearance of Hurricane Irma... Continue reading

First DotA (Defense of the Ancients) Tournament in Cuba

After years of waiting for DotA, Cuban gamers have finally announced the first large-scale event of this mega popular game. Continue reading

Cuban YouTubers

Even with all of our disadvantages, many people have incorporated the Internet into their everyday lives. But, Cubans not only access the Internet, they are also leaving their mark on it. Continue reading