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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 05/2009

May Day in Cuba, Skipping The Parade We Beat On Our Pots For Freedom (VIDEO)

| Posted 05.02.2009 | World

Yesterday was an intense day. There was a parade in the morning, a heavy rain shower in the afternoon, and some impertinents banging on our pots at ei...

After Decades of Suppression, Cubans Once Again Find Hope in Their Faith

| Posted 05.04.2009 | World

Even those of us in Cuba who lost faith along the way would like to believe we are approaching a rebirth, one that promises to restore hope and life.

Cuba In The Rainy Season

| Posted 05.04.2009 | World
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Exclusive to Huffington Post. On a tropical island life needs to be planned taking into account the rain. Umbrellas and layers would constitute a c...

When I Tell of Life Under Castro, Hopefully My Grandchildren Will Think I've Lost My Mind

| Posted 05.06.2009 | World

I go wandering with my smallest grandson through the streets of a Havana that is both different and at the same time familiar. I don't have a blog an...

Tourist Apartheid Returns to Cuba, Hotel Cybercafes Block Access to Citizens

| Posted 05.07.2009 | World

I have gone a couple of days without connecting to the Internet, because a new complication has appeared in the road of alternative bloggers. Several...

An Italian Filmmaker Celebrates Fidel, Attacks Cuban Bloggers, From the Freedom of Italy

| Posted 05.09.2009 | World

Note: Gianni Mina is an Italian filmmaker and writer whose work celebrates Fidel Castro. Recently he wrote a blog post about Yoani. The whole rhet...

Video Proof: Cuba Violates Its Citizens' Constitutional Protections

| Posted 05.11.2009 | World

Saturday, I went to the Melia Cohiba hotel to check if the Internet access limitations for Cubans continue. Friends had told me that the measure had been rescinded, but I had to check for myself.

Looking Behind the Stage Set of Cuba's Potemkin's Schools

| Posted 05.14.2009 | World

At a school in Cerro, several foreign visitors were coming to donate notebooks and pencils. But something unexpected happened: one of the guests broke the predetermined protocol and asked to use the bathroom.

Cuba's Democractically Elected Past Presidents Honored in a Monument to Footwear

| Posted 05.14.2009 | World

Exclusive to Huffington Post. G Street, also called "The Avenue of the Presidents," still displays statues of some of the Cuban ex-presidents. Star...

In Cuba, the Party "Faithful" Must be Bribed to "Believe"

| Posted 05.18.2009 | World

I read the exchange between Silvio Rodriguez--who didn't receive a U.S. visa in time to sing at Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party--and Adrian Leiva ...

To Tourists They're Classic Cars But To Cubans They're Vital Transportation.

| Posted 05.22.2009 | World

The tolerance towards those who operated as private carriers without a license had lasted too long. For two years this was the best known and broades...

While Obama Calls for Talks on Migration, Cuba's Young Launch Themselves Into the Sea

| Posted 05.23.2009 | World

The relativity of distances obsesses the Cuban balseros, the rafters who try to escape Cuba by sea. "So close, yet so far," the strip of sea that lies between Cuba and the United States seems to say.

Fifty Years of "Revolution" And Cubans Still Lack Running Water [VIDEO]

| Posted 05.26.2009 | World

The act of washing the body, which should be an intimate and pleasant time, turns into a sequence of inconveniences for the better part of my compatriots.

Disloyalty at the Top: Cubans Wait For the Secret Video

| Posted 05.26.2009 | World

One day my father came home pale and trembling. He had just seen a video--shown only to Communist Party militants--where they announced the cuts the S...

International Hotels Back Down on Enforcing Cuban Apartheid [VIDEO]

| Posted 05.26.2009 | World

I'm coming to believe that the influence of the Internet on our reality is bigger than I thought. After several days of not being able to connect to t...

How Huff Post Readers Can Help Cuban Bloggers

| Posted 05.29.2009 | World

Suggestions for how you can help the alternative blogosphere in Cuba and organize without intermediaries.

Microsoft Offers a Gift to the Cuban Censors

| Posted 05.30.2009 | World

This is not the first time I've heard that MSN Messenger is blocked for Cuban users. Almost three years ago a friend furtively sneaked me into a stat...