Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary

Cuba: The Capos of State Administration

November 7, 2012 | 3 comments

The consolidation of capos in Cuban state administration favors the maintenance of authoritarian order in the country. They are representatives of those highly conflictive contexts of the underground economy that reaches the whole of Cuban society.

Sex Tourism: The Largest Free-market in Cuba

October 15, 2012 | 9 comments

While eco tourism, family tourism and luxury tourism are gradually coming to occupy prominent places in the country’s tourism industry,.sex tourism in Cuba is being instituted as a legitimate economic institution.

The Crisis of Amateur Sports in Cuba

October 5, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Cuban amateur sports is no longer among the world’s elite. The growing interest that the emerging powers have shown in amateur sports, in addition to professional athletes competing in major amateur competitions, have elevated the quality of these events as never before.

The Ecological Cuba of Europeans

September 22, 2012 | 3 comments

Many European environmentalists come to in Cuba with the hope of finding a lifestyle representing an alternative to the chronic consumerism that has marred the natural environment in their countries.

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.