Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary

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.

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.