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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 11/2009

A Cuban Parable: Samuel Becket's "Endgame"

| Posted 11.03.2009 | World

We are in the middle of a theater festival and this helps us escape the boring programming on television and the limited recreational choices, almost...

"I Stopped For You Because You're White"

| Posted 11.04.2009 | World

"I stopped for you because you're white," the taxi driver tells me after the tires screech in Reina Street around midnight. From his wide mulatto lip...

Last Night A Regime In Its Last Throes Kidnapped and Beat Me [VIDEO]

| Posted 11.07.2009 | World

Near 23rd Street, just at the Avenida de los Presidentes roundabout, we saw a black car, made in China, pull up with three heavily built strangers. "Y...

Blaming the Victim

| Posted 11.08.2009 | World

After an attack there are certain myopics who blame the victim herself for what happened. If it is a woman who has been raped, someone explains that ...

"Tell Yoani to Shut Up"

| Posted 11.11.2009 | World

This prose-poem guest column was written by Orlando Luis Pardo, who was kidnapped and beaten together with me on the evening of November 6.

The Faces of Those Who Repress Us [PHOTOS]

| Posted 11.12.2009 | World

After what happened last Friday--my kidnapping and beating by plainclothes State Security agents--I decided to bring to light a series of pictures of people who watch and harass me.

Terror: The Last Recourse of the Dictatorship

| Posted 11.13.2009 | World

This guest column was written by Miriam Celaya, whose blog, Without Evasion, recently won the prize for Best Journalism Blog in the Virtual Island con...

The "Energy Revolution" Is Also a Failure in Cuba

| Posted 11.15.2009 | World

These pots, which were the latest objects of worship of a paternalistic government, are no longer sold; today, once again, they are offered by alternative artisans in the street at whatever price they care to demand.

The Younger Generation is Coming Like a Whirlwind to Dismantle Everything

| Posted 11.16.2009 | World

As the Cuban population has aged, the senile worry about preserving memories has displaced the restless creativity of youth.

The US Embargo of Cuba is Clumsy and Anachronistic

| Posted 11.18.2009 | World

A few days ago the foreign press revealed that when the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos traveled to Havana, a message from the America...

Questions for Barack Obama and Raul Castro: Tomorrow, President Obama's Answers

| Posted 11.18.2009 | World

The conflict between Cuba and the United States not only prevents our peoples from establishing smooth relations, but also determines the steps needed for the transformation of our society.

President Obama's Answers to My Questions

| Posted 11.19.2009 | World

I submitted seven questions to the American president, Barack Obama. He kindly took the time to respond; following are the answers I received from the White House.

A 1980s Style "Repudiation Rally" Replayed in 2009 Against My Husband [VIDEOS]

| Posted 11.21.2009 | World

The images of what happened yesterday, in G Street, with my husband, Reinaldo Escobar, and other friends are, to me, too reminiscent of repudiation rallies of 1980. Look for yourself and tell me if it doesn't seem the same.

Tomorrow's Political Leaders Stand Among the Thousands of Cubans Who Read Us

| Posted 11.22.2009 | World

Continuing my periodic posting of the work of my fellow bloggers, I am posting here today the most recent essay by Miriam Celaya, where she discusses the role of bloggers in the politics of Cuba today.

A Tropical Shower In a Land of Leaking Roofs

| Posted 11.25.2009 | World
Read More: Cuba, World News

The sun hasn't come out all day and a downpour constantly forces us to duck into some doorway or stay at home. One might think that in a tropical co...

The Permanent Forced Childhood Of A "Kept" People

| Posted 11.27.2009 | World

Nations that develop under the guidance of a paternalistic state run the risk of leaving their people in a kind of stagnated adolescence. The case of Cuba is one of the paradigmatic examples.

War Games In Cuba

| Posted 11.29.2009 | World

More and more people are pointing a finger at the true origin of Cuba's problems and, though it comes as a surprise to the champions of the battle, their fingers do not appear to be pointing abroad.