Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary

Changes in Cuban Censorship Following Argentina’s Electoral Results

February 1, 2016 | No Comments »

Cuba’s official media offered scant coverage of Argentina’s recent electoral process. In Machiavellian fashion, they postponed announcing the victory of the right (predicted since well before) until the very end, unwilling to share the news.

The Havana Film Festival: Missing Subtitles and the Domino Effect

January 5, 2016 | No Comments »

Many of the films screened at the recently concluded Havana Film Festival had subtitle issues. Situations like these heighten the sense we have had for years, that these venues of Cuba’s most important film festival, and society in general, are in frank decline.

Cuban Universities: Marxism-Leninism as a Terminal Disease

December 21, 2015 | 6 comments

The fact “Marxism-Leninism” continues to be included in the syllabi of Cuban universities reveals the divorce between the economic reforms impelled by the Castro government and the political discourse it holds up as banner.

The Stealthy Transformation of Cuban Sports

November 6, 2015 | 2 comments

Cuba’s National Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Institute (INDER) is slowly but systematically dismantling its role as a socializer of sports and focusing its energies on the restoration and strengthening of its commercial and industrial infrastructure.

Troubled Hope: On Animal Rights in Cuba

May 28, 2015 | 5 comments

I recall how, back in primary school, we used to shower white herons with rocks while heading back home from school. Poor things, they’ve never been anything but “worthless” to common people in Cuba.

On Cuba’s Monogamy Cult

May 5, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Why are Cuban sexologists so afraid of polygamy? They ascribe infinite possibilities to monogamous relationships, as though sexual desire could in fact be fully satisfied within the limits of traditional, conjugal fidelity.

The Fraud of Workplace Protection

May 1, 2015 | 1 Comment »

If I were to write “workplace protection in Cuba,” we would rightly see a catastrophe in this. What people here don’t know or interpret in a distorted fashion owing to the sugar-coated image that sensationalist documentaries offer us, is that truly efficient and efficacious occupational safety exists nowhere in the world.

Sports Commentary in Cuba

March 31, 2015 | No Comments »

Censorship has spread to so many levels in Cuba that even sports commentary, a type of editorial journalism is caught in the same, ridiculous straightjacket that constrains political or specialized journalism.

Internet for Everyone in Cuba: Myths and Realities

March 14, 2015 | 2 comments

It seems as though decisive steps to make Internet services widely available in Cuba will finally be taken. Much pressure has built up in connection with this issue as a result of the heated disputes probably taking place between different interests groups on the island.

Cuba: The Crisis of Values and Prejudices

February 27, 2015 | No Comments »

One cannot help but wonder, even at the risk of coming across as naive, what social behavior the Cuban government would consider appropriate – what use of culture it would consider virtuous, revolutionary and socialist.