Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary

The End of Havana’s Historic Cuatro Caminos Market

March 17, 2014 | 4 comments

It is rumored Havana’s popular Cuatro Caminos market has been offered to Chinese capital. After 50 years of mismanagement, the news came as no surprise. Plenty of misguided government projects have ended up in the hands of foreign investors, after all.

Change and Consensus in an Inclusive Cuba

March 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The Cuban government is sparing no effort to substitute its promises of social justice with a soft neoliberalism administered by an efficient State, as Russia and China have done. This is the process we must target in the criticisms and demands we address to Cuban leaders.

The Impunity of Cuba’s Media

February 24, 2014 | 16 comments

In a country where news programs offer very little space for true public opinion and silence the discourse of the political opposition entirely, one can expect news to be completely skewed and for no one to feel the need to defend its coherence and significance.

On Cuba’s “Closed-Door Syndrome”

February 4, 2014 | 2 comments

Despite the economic reforms implemented by the Cuban government to lead the country towards an efficient and efficacious form of market capitalism, our commercial complexes continue to suffer from “closed-door syndrome.”

My Return to Cuba

January 29, 2014 | 8 comments

For me, Miami was a world caught between work as a way of life and the affection of my relatives, a city saturated with asphalt and anonymity, where the nostalgia felt by Cuban immigrants lacks the gleaming splendor described by the songs of Willy Chirino.

Miami’s Employment Agencies

May 31, 2013 | 13 comments

Finding a job in Miami is getting harder every day. To make matters worse, employment agencies control a more than significant part of the city’s job market. The unemployed and low-income people watch helpless as employment agencies, which charge a commission for finding them a job somewhere, devalue their labor power even further.

Where Should Cubans Go Now?

May 22, 2013 | 4 comments

La Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) comenzó a recibir el servicio internacional a través de Cable & Wireless Jamaica desde el 13 de mayo pasado, informó Diario de Cuba.

A Cuban Who Eats Nicaraguan Tortillas in Miami

April 24, 2013 | 4 comments

In Miami, I am sharing an apartment with a man from Cuba and a woman from Nicaragua. While living with them, I’ve noticed how Cuban men and women here tend to impose their culture – mostly the way they speak and what they eat – on other Latin American immigrants.

For an Alliance of All Generations in Miami’s Cuban-American Community

April 17, 2013 | 3 comments

I am currently living with my father in Miami. Though our reunion has brought us closer together as a family, subtle differences have arisen between us. Politically speaking, we represent two generations of immigrants who experienced Cuba’s totalitarian regime from different positions.

Today, I am an immigrant in the United States

April 15, 2013 | 14 comments

I lived in Cuba until March 30, 2013. Today, I live with my father in the city of Miami. I have found compelling reasons to engage in political, grassroots activism in both Havana and Miami, though these cities are ninety miles apart.