Yusimi Rodriguez


Campaign poster asking that Eduardo Arocena be freed.  http://la-visita-de-miami.blogspot.com
Cuba: Can a Terrorist be a Hero?

June 27, 2016 | 21 comments

I recently read that Cuban activists were asking US President Barack Obama to grant a presidential pardon to anti-Castro militant Eduardo Arocena, who received a life sentence in 1984 for a number of terrorist attacks committed in the United States between 1975 and 1983.




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Pro-Life or against Human Rights?

June 20, 2016 | 12 comments

Although Cuba hasn’t been a member since 1962, and our current president Raul Castro has declared that we’ll never return, representatives of civil society like myself attended the activities running up to the 46th OAS General Assembly.




Defiance.  From the series Against all odds by Alfonso Blanco
Counting to Ten to Give Greater Visibility

June 2, 2016 | No Comments »

Giving visibility to artistic phenomena which aren’t covered by national media. This was young Wendy Gonzalez’s intention, curator of the “Counting to Ten” Photography Exhibition. (6 photos)




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Cuba: A Question of Principles or How to Silence Debate

May 23, 2016 | 19 comments

Seeing the word “debate” in a headline of Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s one legal political party, may be encouraging…but only until one reads the title of the article in its entirety: “Rules for Debate, or a Question of Principles,” by Rafael Cruz Ramos.




Chanel in Havana, Cuba.  Foto: Style Blog
Havana Before the Aroma of Chanel Fades Away

May 18, 2016 | 3 comments

People in Havana are still talking about the Chanel fashion show, sharing the occasional bit of gossip, an anecdote, something that bothered them. However, no one has anything to say about the 2016-2017 Cruiser collection that Karl Lagerfeld brought to Prado Street.




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Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba?

April 15, 2016 | 7 comments

The United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, Cuba’s official media, tasked with covering (and criticizing) US President Barack Obama’s address in Cuba, made absolutely no mention of the day.




Alberto Gonzalez (r) was one the Cuban small business owners invited to a meeting with Barack Obama on Monday March 21, 2016.  File Photo/ Juan Suarez
Comparing Cuba and the USA through Obama

March 23, 2016 | 5 comments

Alberto Gonzalez isn’t certain whether he was chosen to take part in this meeting with Obama because of the wide coverage he’s enjoyed on the Internet or because the wife of the US ambassador is one of his customers and an admirer of his homemade breads.




Afro-Colombians demanding to participate in the peace process.  Photo: elespectador.com
The Colombian Peace-Process and African-Colombians

March 7, 2016 | No Comments »

Strolling around Cartagena, surrounded by tourists, both national and abroad, seaside hotels, rows of restaurants and coffee shops, enormous malls, fruit and craft stands – in short, by prosperity–, it’s easy to forget this city is located in Colombia, a country with a legacy of decades of violence, drug trafficking and armed conflict.




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Cuba and Selective Amnesia

February 22, 2016 | 6 comments

Yesterday, I talked for hours with a close friend from Havana who came over and whom I hadn’t seen in over ten years. My friend had been an irredeemable opponent of the system. He had a different problem with the authorities almost every day.




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Why in Cuba Does a Rapist Await Trial Outside of Jail?

February 2, 2016 | No Comments »

On the night of Friday, January 29, Cuba’s Educational Channel aired an episode of the police series Tras la huella (“Chasing Clues”) titled “Tarara.” Not two minutes had gone by before my mother and I realized it was a dramatization of an incident that shook the country in 1992.