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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 02/2010

Technology Versus Censorship, Technology Wins

| Posted 02.01.2010 | World

Rumors spread, murmurs become official notes and newspapers report - several weeks later - what the whole country already knows. We have gone from ra...

Cuba's Premier Resort, Behind the Shiny Postcards

| Posted 02.02.2010 | World

The employees of Varadero load up with food and beverages stolen from the hotel tables. Everyone benefits later from the black market sale of these items.

Why Does One Small Island Country Need Two Currencies?

| Posted 02.03.2010 | World
Read More: Cuba, World News

He is eight years old and enormously confused. This morning his mother put 25 centavos in his hand, telling him, "Here are five pesos." He looked ...

A Threat to Freedom: When We Let the Fear Make Us Censor Ourselves

| Posted 02.05.2010 | World

What I fear the most is not the group with the metal badges on their chests, or those under cover who write reports, but the coercive police inside all of us.

Standing on the Precipice of Disaster, the Cuban State Refuses Help From Its Own Citizens

| Posted 02.07.2010 | World

I cherish the idea that some day -- without fear that they will be accused of being "mercenaries in the pay of a foreign power" -- thousands will express their ideas and propose solutions. What enormous capital Cuba would recover!

A Cuban Political Prisoner Nears Death, Is the World Watching?

| Posted 02.09.2010 | World

Zapata Tamayo is a black Cuban and a front-line opponent of the Castro dictatorship -- clear enough reasons for him to be punished. He's currently serving a 47-year sentence.

Protecting Your Own, Stealing From Others

| Posted 02.10.2010 | World

Poverty has increased stealing in the Cuban countryside and forced the villagers to safeguard their own resources. Many farmers use illegal weapons that have been purchased or produced in an alternative way.

Real Teachers Drive Cabs and Tend Bar, While Teenagers Try to Fill Their Shoes

| Posted 02.11.2010 | World

It was a sober meeting attended by several representatives from the municipal Ministry of Education. A murmur passed among the parents, seated on th...

The Russians in Havana... Again

| Posted 02.15.2010 | World

The comrades who once paid astronomical prices for our sugar, while selling us their oil for a trifle, have returned, dressed in suits and ties. They landed on the island they once subsidized, but this time to market their works.

In Cuba Academic Freedom Does Not Exist

| Posted 02.18.2010 | World

I have heard hundreds of times that the university - like a cemetery - could not be invaded by the demons of repression. I imagined them milling arou...

US and Cuba Hold Migration Talks, While Young Cubans Flee the Island

| Posted 02.19.2010 | World

Concerning the migration talks between Cuba and the United States which are taking place today in Havana. Carlitos finally made it to Atlanta, after...

Hunger Striking Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo Dies Today in Cuba

| Posted 02.23.2010 | World

Following are Yoani's tweets, translated into English over the last six hours. Here is a link to more information about Orlando Zapata Tamayo, in En...

Orlando Zapata Tamayo's Mother Speaks After Her Son's Death

| Posted 02.24.2010 | World

This afternoon, hours after the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Reinaldo and I were able to approach the Department of Legal Medicine, where autopsi...

Zapata's Death, Now There is Only Before and After

| Posted 02.27.2010 | World

Life never returns to normal, it does not go back to that time before the tragedy that now - illusorily - we evoke as a period of calm. I open my dat...

Cuban Regime Is the True Prisoner of Its Own Terror

| Posted 02.27.2010 | World

The Black Spring 75, civic fighter Orlando Zapata, political prisoners and those who are disobedient are free. The Cuban regime is today the real prisoner, locked up in the very repression it generates.