Yenisel Rodriguez’s Diary


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.




Political Indoctrination for Cuba’s Children

January 29, 2013 | 5 comments

“Para saber mañana” (To Know Tomorrow) is the leading program in the government media campaign seeking to indoctrinate the younger generation of Cubans with the time-worn and fraudulent ideology of the “Cuban Revolution.”




Marxism-Leninism and the New Tax Culture in Cuba

January 18, 2013 | 16 comments

Today, as the outmoded bureaucracy opens the way to the most conventional forms of neo-liberalism, we’re seeing how the tiresome highly ideological speeches that date back decades are being tossed in the garbage. The government is reappearing with longings for pragmatism, with political questions becoming concise and sensationalist: work, consume and pay taxes.




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.