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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 01/2010

Roadside Checkpoints... Looking for Shrimp, Lobster and Cheese

| Posted 01.02.2010 | World

While the purchase of thousands of Yutong buses, some years ago, was intended to solve transportation in Cuba, moving from one place to another on the Island is still an odyssey.

Food Rationing, A Temporary Measure Now in its 48th Year

| Posted 01.07.2010 | World

The new ration book surprised us at the end of December, just when speculation was growing about the demise of this booklet with its grid-paper pages.

Cubans Abroad Must Pay A Ransom to Bring Home a Toaster

| Posted 01.07.2010 | World
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Lacking any protection, Cubans enter the General Customs of the Republic where they pay the price of return. A chalk mark on the suitcase signals who ...

Laritza Diversent on Police Brutality in Cuba

| Posted 01.08.2010 | World

Today I would like to introduce as a guest blogger Laritza Diversent, a young woman who has been blogging for some time but only recently has had her ...

Because They Built a Wall the World Shined Its Spotlight On Us

| Posted 01.09.2010 | World

Last year, the Cuban government expropriated the patio of Karina Galvez, one of a digital magazine's editors, in a ridiculous attempt to punish her and her colleagues.

Reggaetton! For How We Live Now...

| Posted 01.10.2010 | World

More than five years ago a sensual and extroverted rhythm flooded all the nightclubs discos in the country. It arrived accompanied by an unabashed p...

Silencing a Blogger

| Posted 01.12.2010 | World

Why physically eliminate an individual who writes uncomfortable truths if you can annul them with the red pen of the censor? Why kill them if you have all the tools to tame them?

Unrationed potatoes

| Posted 01.13.2010 | World

The year I was born the first Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was held and the centralization of trade and services became absolute. The only...

What We Wouldn't Do for a Piece of Bread and A Glass of Milk

| Posted 01.14.2010 | World

I go out with several sweaters and a very old scarf wrapped around my neck. The errand is short, but with the temperature so low every step I take is ...

From Cuba to Haiti

| Posted 01.15.2010 | World

This is not the time to play politics with the pain, nor to step in front of the microphones promising help, but rather to come to their aid unconditionally, without desire for recognition or gratitude.

The Hospital Staff Steal and the Patients Die

| Posted 01.19.2010 | World

The crazies are easy prey for the cunning, who shout painful taunts at them from street corners to exacerbate their delirium. We had one on my block w...

Che Guevara's "New Man": Another Look

| Posted 01.21.2010 | World

Today's guest blogger is Ivan Garcia, a freelance journalist since 1995; Ivan's blog, Desde La Habana: Ivan's File Cabinet, has recently been transla...

Foreign Investors in Cuba Are Paid With Meal Vouchers

| Posted 01.22.2010 | World

Today the frozen funds drama touches many businessmen who, after the 1995 passage of the Foreign Investment Law, were ready to invest in our economy.

Everything Can Be "Resolved"... Through the Black Market

| Posted 01.24.2010 | World

Domestic life imposes unpleasant obligations. The faucet leaks, the lamp refuses to light the room, the lock on the door sticks, and one evil day, horrors!, the refrigerator breaks down.

Cuba, One People Spread Across The Globe, Free Neither to Leave nor Return

| Posted 01.27.2010 | World

It has been a long time since our identity has been contained on one Island. Being born and raised on this elongated territory is no longer the main...

I Have to Believe They Are More Terrified Than I Am

| Posted 01.30.2010 | World

How can a citizen protect himself from a State that has the police, the courts, the rapid response brigades, the mass media, the power to socially lynch him and turn him into someone defeated and apologetic?