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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 12/2009

Realities of The Cuban Gulag

| Posted 12.02.2009 | World

Adolfo Fernandez Sainz lives among stories like this one; he turned 61 on November 30, six of them locked in Canaleta prison since the Black Spring o...

A People, a Country, in Waiting

| Posted 12.03.2009 | World

A friend swore to me that he would not go to the beach until he could buy a beer in national currency. My neighbor gave her word that she would not cut her hair before a certain date longed for by many Cubans.

Maybe Next Year

| Posted 12.07.2009 | World

I keep thinking about the massive assistance provided to each film, a product of the strong Cuban film culture, and also about the absence of other entertainment options at affordable prices.

Three Month's Wages for a Can Opener

| Posted 12.08.2009 | World

The store is located at the corner of Galiano and San Rafael streets. It's like an alien spaceship that landed in a neighborhood that has seen its businesses turned into homeless shelters.

The Impossible Obsessions of Underfed Teenagers

| Posted 12.10.2009 | World

Many of my generation knew certain flavors by hearsay, described by those whose memories have stored the tempting taste of the loquat, the star apple, the maranon or cashew apple, and the guava.

Even Saying Goodbye to the Dead Is Hard In Cuba

| Posted 12.12.2009 | World

On behalf of the pain and impotence of a family that has gone through the difficult experience of losing a child, I wanted to tell this story.

The Demons of Intolerance Partied on Human Rights Day

| Posted 12.13.2009 | World

On December 10 a mob assaulted women who had only gladioli in their hands. Fists raised they surrounded these mothers, wives and daughters of those imprisoned since the Black Spring of 2003.

The Free Blogosphere Takes Off in Cuba

| Posted 12.15.2009 | World

The alternative Cuban blogosphere continues to propagate itself. It is no longer like the bleak wasteland that displayed -- if anything -- a few pseudonymous pages in April 2007.

Trying to Control Our Thoughts With Bricks and Mortar [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

| Posted 12.16.2009 | World

The Big Bad Wolf or the Boogieman was called something else in my childhood: The Urban Reform. Raised in a house for which my parents had no papers, ...

Poetry Without End, No Matter What [PHOTOS]

| Posted 12.17.2009 | World

I know them from forever, since I ventured beyond my neighborhood of dirty facades to a Havana that never ceases to surprise me. You could say they re...

The Coca-Cola of Forgetting or The Cane Juice of Nostalgia

| Posted 12.19.2009 | World

The only thing that will end this oneiric sequence of being shut in and forced out, is the end of the immigration restrictions for Cubans. I want to have the right to travel.

Two Castros Decide Everything, Our "Representatives" Simply Applaud

| Posted 12.21.2009 | World

"The impasse is the dynamics of deterioration," my friend said, part philosophic part pessimistic after listening to Raul Castro's speech in the National Assembly yesterday.

Open Letter to Cuba's Vice Minister of Culture

| Posted 12.23.2009 | World

Considering that everyone knows I am a writer and you are the Vice Minister of Culture, I would say that an atmosphere of terror doesn't agree with you, and that the image of your delivering a beating is unfortunate.

To All, Happiness, Luck and Perseverance for 2010

| Posted 12.25.2009 | World
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For a long time we had a New Year's ritual, we met with several friends at Camilla's house. Seated on the floor with everyone talking at once, we wo...

What Did You Do When They Came For The Nonconformist?

| Posted 12.29.2009 | World

Cubans are not living through a return of the cultural inquisitors, but rather the tightening of the screws of a dying system that has run out of arguments.