Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary

Cuba’s Opposition and Political Provincialism

September 11, 2012 | 24 comments

Why limit the debate on the political situation in Cuba to the confrontation between the state and civil society. Any confrontation that goes beyond this is often interpreted simplistically.

The Machismo of Cuba’s Sports Commentators

August 21, 2012 | No Comments »

The broadcasts of the London Olympics on Cuban national television were nuanced with biased opinions concerning sexual identity in sports.The most discriminatory opinions were reveled even in sports that excluded the participation of men.

The Gentleman from Paris Returns to Old Havana

July 25, 2012 | 2 comments

El Caballero de Paris (the Gentleman from Paris) is back in Old Havana as a living statue. He has returned to alleviate the nostalgia for fabled characters that Havanans endure.

Cuban Coast Guard Burns Improvised Fishing Boats

June 22, 2012 | 3 comments

The Cuban Coast Guard has burned hundreds of improvised fishing boats of “informal fishermen.” The ships’ crews await the arrival of nightfall to spot the luminous buoys of these fishermen and then intercept them.

During the Playoffs Many Cubans Feel Like a People

May 28, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Many people look forward to the playoffs so that they can in some way participate in an activity of the people. When a team in the series performs well, a miracle occurs. Nothing and no one is able to repress or oppose the joy, laughter and euphoria of its followers.

Kawasaki or Suzuki

May 24, 2012 | No Comments »

Generally the motorcycle that’s liked most is the one that’s defended the loudest, the one that gets the most arguments of “because that’s the way it is”. Distancing oneself from of these emotional modes means losing shares of normality to the majority.

How I Became an Accomplice

May 13, 2012 | 1 Comment »

A few days ago I traveled to San Jose de las Lajas, like I do almost every week. For this trip, I always stash away 10 pesos for the taxi ride – an investment that prevents me from getting dehydrated on the highway waiting for a public bus.

The Working Class Atheism that Still Remains in Cuba

May 9, 2012 | No Comments »

The “Reve Orchestra,” a popular Cuban musical group, boasts among its many successes one very peculiar song: “Agua pa Yemaya” (“Water for Yemaya”). It’s a catchy tune inspired by the goddess Yemaya of the Afro-Cuban Yoruba religion.

The Ideological Success of Neoliberalism in Cuba

April 29, 2012 | 9 comments

The authorities have proclaimed the deregulation of Cuba’s economy as inevitable, as they quietly accept the consolidation of inequality as well as decreased social spending and the renunciation of full employment as a goal.

Outta the Park

April 23, 2012 | No Comments »

Going onto the grounds outside the stadium of Havana’s “Metropolitanos” baseball team, a ball suddenly landed right next to me. It had apparently been batted out by the cleanup hitter for the capital’s “red team.”