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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 05/2010

May Day in Havana, March... Or Else

| Posted 05.01.2010 | World

Today I woke up to the noise of the loudspeakers shouting slogans and the horns of the buses that would be taking thousands of the May Day demonstration participants back to their provinces.

As They Used to Say in the USSR: We Pretend to Work and They Pretend to Pay Us

| Posted 05.05.2010 | World

A labyrinthine network of counterfeiting and resale undermines the dysfunctional centralization and diverts profits to thousands of private pockets in Cuba.

A Tiny Glimpse of the "Real" Internet, The Forbidden Internet

| Posted 05.08.2010 | World

Cubans talk of the Internet as if it were a mythical and difficult to reach place. An iPhone gave us a piece of modern cyberspace -- we were suddenly able to feel the kilobytes in our hands.

After 51 Years The Revolution Can't Even Provide Running Water

| Posted 05.10.2010 | World
Read More: Cuba, World News

On the corner there is a hydrant which, at night, turns into the water supply for hundreds of families in the area. Even the watercarriers come to it...

The Squalor of Our Prisons Mirrors the Perverted Face of Our Justice [VIDEO]

| Posted 05.12.2010 | World

The environment of subjugation was once in an old thick-walled prison like that of the La Cabana fortress in Havana Bay. A prison that had previousl...

News of a Kidnapping... Mine [AUDIO]

| Posted 05.17.2010 | World

We will reduce them to obedience to the law. Julio, lawyer More than 60 days ago I sent several Cuban institutions a complaint for illegal detention,...

Slogans Don't Make The Crops Grow

| Posted 05.17.2010 | World

The Tenth Congress of the National Small Farmers Association concluded yesterday at a very critical time for the Cuban agricultural sector. While on ...

Jose Marti: Who Owns Cuba's National Hero?

| Posted 05.20.2010 | World

I was 19 and he had died a hundred years earlier. At school we were terrified when the grammar tests asked us to analyze his complex sentences. It wa...

Secret Talks Rumored Between Castro and Catholic Archbishop on Release of Political Prisoners

| Posted 05.21.2010 | World

Image taken from: The voice on the other end of the line dictates a text that will be published i...

A Media Execution... Doesn't Seem to Take

| Posted 05.25.2010 | World

To be mentioned in a negative way in the most official program on television was, for any Cuban, the confirmation of her social death. What is happening in this reality where the "media executions" don't work any more?

Eastern European Housing Blocks in Havana: One More Failed Scheme

| Posted 05.27.2010 | World

Eastern European style neighborhoods could not solve the housing crisis in Cuba. Now these "skyscrapers" have finally become a symbol of a bygone era.

Taking Advantage of the Light

| Posted 05.28.2010 | World

Thousands of Havanans travel through the force of their thumbs or, and it amounts to the same thing, by asking drivers at traffic lights to please ta...

Even Rice and Beans Are Disappearing From Our Plates

| Posted 05.31.2010 | World

Several years ago I met a young woman about to travel outside the country for the first time. She had so many doubts about what she would find on the...