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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 06/2010

Pirates of the Caribbean

| Posted 06.01.2010 | World
Read More: Cuba, World News

The TV buzzes in the room but nobody's watching it. They leave it on for hours, ignoring it, like some scatterbrained family member. On the schedule i...

It's a Small Island, We Need to Talk to Each Other, I'll Put the Coffee On

| Posted 06.02.2010 | World

The same thing is happening with the blogosphere as happens with other phenomena of our reality: they try to divide and separate us, throwing out epi...

Silvio Rodriguez: Nostalgia Merchant

| Posted 06.02.2010 | World

Exclusive to Huffington Post. While young people around the world enjoyed the music of the sixties, for Cubans it was forbidden to hear anything tha...

Cuban Leaders Strangely Silent on North Korea's Sinking of the Cheonan

| Posted 06.05.2010 | World

Exclusive to Huffington Post. In what I believe to be an exaggeration, Cuba is often compared to North Korea. It's true that Cuban newspapers may be ...

Cuba: The Physics Are Rarely Wrong

| Posted 06.07.2010 | World

Maybe the heat is the catalyst we have been lacking, the push we need for a lethargic population to demand that the promised openings are not delayed another month.

'Fatherland or Death': The Anniversary of a Slogan

| Posted 06.09.2010 | World

No, you're not mistaken, the title refers specifically to the birthday of a slogan, a saying for which they want to light another candle. On this isl...

Cuban Citizens to U.S. Congress: Let All Americans Come to Cuba

| Posted 06.10.2010 | World

We share the opinion that the isolation of the people of Cuba benefits the most inflexible interests of its government, while any opening serves to inform and empower the Cuban people.

A "Letters to the Editor" Feature That Mocks Free Speech

| Posted 06.12.2010 | World

Who would have thought, just a few years ago, that the austere newspaper Granma would open a section that would become its most read and commented on...

UN Torture Investigator, Manfred Nowak, Barred From Cuban Prisons

| Posted 06.14.2010 | World

Our rulers in their olive-green have not allowed this specialized inspection agency to examine the prisons, because they feel that our system of incarceration "does not need an endorsement."

Dear President Lula of Brazil: Please Ask, in My Name, for My Right to Travel

| Posted 06.15.2010 | World

In theory, I meet all the existing requirements to temporarily leave Cuba, but I am still emitting critical opinions and this turns me into a special kind of criminal. I have been denied permission to travel six times in two years.

Freedom and Exchange in Communist Cuba

| Posted 06.16.2010 | World

Huffington Post readers: Freedom and Exchange in Communist Cuba, an essay which won a prize in Mexico's TV Azteca "Paths to Freedom" contest, is no...

The Catholic Church in Cuba, Under The Cossacks

| Posted 06.17.2010 | World

Exclusive to Huffington Post. The Catholic Church in Cuba seems determined to play a new social role in the face of the inevitable changes that lie ...

Big Brother Really Is Watching Us; Here Is the Video to Prove It

| Posted 06.18.2010 | World

Without intending it, the police have given us the crudest testimony they could about our present reality. A succession of scenes that, no doubt, will be stored in the visual memory of this country.

Summer Vacation: We're Broke, We Can't Get a Travel Permit... It's Time for Some TV and Home Repairs

| Posted 06.20.2010 | World

Very soon, in just a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of Cubans will take their summer vacations, among them the students who will enjoy almost two m...

Survival Cuban Style, Through an Informal Rental Library

| Posted 06.22.2010 | World

The man entered the small El Condor bookstore whose shop window faces the wall that borders the University of Zurich. "I am looking for books by Corin Tellado," he whispered softly.

The Liberation of Women: Another Failed Dream of Cuba's Revolution

| Posted 06.23.2010 | World

Fifty years after the start of a social process that was to reform all of Cuban society, women are still waiting their turn on the crowded agenda of necessary changes.

When Learning Turns to Dust

| Posted 06.26.2010 | World

I have avoided writing about this thorny issue of the deterioration of the educational system for fear, I confess, that my child would feel the affects of the opinions of his mother. But now I can't take it any more.

My Grandparents Rest in My Garden

| Posted 06.29.2010 | World

A bluish-colored vase has stood for a couple of days between the plants in our garden, fourteen stories up. We still don't have a clear idea of what ...

Time Out to Celebrate Art

| Posted 06.30.2010 | World

Last night they announced the results of the contest organized by Coexistence, which awarded prizes in the categories of essay, audiovisual script, poetry, fiction and photography.