Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary

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.

Against the Stereotype of the illegal Immigrant in Cuba

January 26, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I once saw ethnologist Miguel Barnet, Chair of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), in a bout of ill-intentioned perplexity. He was giving the opening speech for a social sciences symposium that addressed the issue of illegal settlements in the capital.

For a Homemade Beer in Cuba

January 18, 2015 | 3 comments

The economic crisis of the 1990s led Cubans to produce a broad variety of alcoholic beverages through traditional and innovative methods. But why don’t Cubans have a tradition of making beer through traditional means?

Post Authoritarianism in Cuba’s Tourism Sector

December 18, 2014 | 2 comments

I don’t believe the economic liberalization process now underway will bring about significant changes to this situation, at least not in the mid-term, particularly because the most basic forms of authoritarianism in the workplace remain intact…

Cuba: Authoritarianism is Also a Popular Culture

December 9, 2014 | 4 comments

Authoritarianism encompasses everything from the most banal daily practice to the government measure with the most profound impact on society. Our social experiences in Cuba are saturated with the authoritarian culture we all complain about.

Cuba’s State-Run Food Industry and Culinary Traditions

December 1, 2014 | 3 comments

The greatest damage to Cuba’s food industry isn’t to be found in the precarious working conditions and poor services in the sector but in the destruction of the culinary traditions that were once a part of the identity of the island’s main provincial capitals, particularly cosmopolitan Havana.

Maintenance: The Bad Word of Cuban Economics

November 17, 2014 | 2 comments

Why do Cuban government investors constantly suspend the allocation of funds for planned maintenance work? So many things have been done wrong in this sense that no one believes that story about lack of experience, poor training or insufficient resources any more.

How the Cuban Government Uses Health Workers

September 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Health problems begin to spread across Cuba as the government begins to lose the firm hand of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) to impose its epidemic-control methods and procedures on the population. To fill the void left by the CDRs at the neighborhood level, the government turns to Public Health institutions.

Holy Chocolate: On Agro-Industrial Speculation in Cuba

September 17, 2014 | 2 comments

Drinking hot chocolate in Cuba is almost a privilege, an exotic experience, an act denoting social prestige. Few Cubans would believe that, for the longest time, hot chocolate was one of the most popular breakfasts in the country. Once the companion of people’s morning toast, it has become a true culinary luxury.

Junk Food in Cuba, the State is the Main Supplier

September 10, 2014 | 4 comments

The World Health Organization president reminded Cuban officials that the short-term profits generated by fast food are eclipsed by the high costs of treating chronic, non-transmissible conditions associated to their frequent consumption.