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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 09/2010

The Unbearable Roundness of A Golf Ball

| Posted 09.03.2010 | World

As if cutting a cake before it is even baked, our government has extended to 99 years the right of foreign investors to use our land. Pieces of this ...

Four Centimeters of Tolerance

| Posted 09.04.2010 | World

Yesterday I went to enroll my son in high school and instead of a welcome sign I found a blackboard with the following contents: Regarding the unifo...

Two International Awards Help Widen the Cracks in the Wall of Censorship and Repression

| Posted 09.06.2010 | Arts

On days like this I very much regret not having an Internet connection to share so much happiness with the commentators on the blog. Clacking keybo...

Fidel Castro Joins the Opposition

| Posted 09.09.2010 | World

To see Fidel Castro acknowledge the failure of "his" political model, makes me feel like I'm watching a scene where an actor gesticulates and raises his voice so that the public won't look away.

Gay In Cuba

| Posted 09.13.2010 | World

My friend Miguel left, tired of waiting for a sex change operation, and knowing full well that he was never going to get a better job. He left the red...

Will a Half Million Laid Off Cubans Find Work in Private Enterprise?

| Posted 09.14.2010 | World

Raul Castro's government has announced that half a million state employees will be terminated and that self-employment will be expected to pick up the slack.

The Evil Master

| Posted 09.15.2010 | World

One of the most frequent topics of discussions when talking about Cuba, is whether the reality in which we live can really be called "socialist." For...

The Naked King

| Posted 09.16.2010 | World

Today's guest post, from the independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, originally appeared in Spanish in the on-line newspaper, Diario de Cuba. The ...

Cuban Teachers Desert an Increasingly Despised Profession

| Posted 09.20.2010 | World

Almost no one in Cuba lives on the salary they earn, but must rely on what they can find to steal, what we call "the diversion of resources," from their workplace, be it time, materials or equipment.

The Fish That Is Eating Cuba

| Posted 09.20.2010 | World

Excerpt from documentary by Fabian Archondo and the Foundation for New Latin American Cinema. My son is at that age where he could eat the columns o...

Evidence of the Shipwreck

| Posted 09.23.2010 | World

Overnight, the guarantee of full employment -- one of the most publicized benefits of Cuban socialism -- has come to an end. And so the propaganda apparatus announced our authorities' worst nightmare: the day the system collapsed.

Trying To Keep Out The World

| Posted 09.24.2010 | World

The radio I got for my last birthday rests on a bookshelf, covered in dust. Because if I turn it on I can barely hear a thing. Not even the national...

El Dorado and the Left of the 21st Century

| Posted 09.25.2010 | World

Today's guest post is from Claudia Cadelo, from her blog, Octavo Cerco. El Dorado and Left of the 21st Century by Claudia Cadelo My only certainty i...

"Permission Denied": The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

| Posted 09.26.2010 | World

It's two in the afternoon at the Department of Immigration and Aliens (DIE) on 17th Street between J and K. Dozens of people are waiting for permissio...

Phone Companies' Request to Obama Is a Ray of Hope for Cubans

| Posted 09.27.2010 | World

The request to Obama from Nokia, AT&T and Verizon, asking for an easing of the embargo and trade with Cuba, is a ray of hope. If we have managed to do so much with so little, what will happen when sending a text is as easy as talking?

The Threat of a Label: "Dissident"

| Posted 09.28.2010 | World

This article comes from the second issue of Voices, a new digital magazine from Cuba. A sugar-coated image shows Cuba as a country where social justi...

When Life Imitates a Charlie Chaplin Movie... You Know You're in Cuba

| Posted 09.29.2010 | World

If the authorities believe that slightly loosening restrictions on entrepreneurs will keep the system from falling apart, they are underestimating the sense of urgency that runs through the Island.