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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 12/2010

Can Mariela Castro Explain Away Cuba's Support for the Death Penalty for Gays?

| Posted 12.01.2010 | World

Photo: Iran executes gay youths in 2005 I still can't believe that the Cuban delegation at the United Nations added its vote to a group of "countrie...

The Carnival of the Dead

| Posted 12.03.2010 | World

The rumba sways from side to side as the partying cuts across the Havana Malecon in a summer that makes you use your shirt sleeves to wipe away the sw...

A Passport, A Safe-Conduct

| Posted 12.06.2010 | World

It's only thirty-two pages in a blue booklet with the shield of the Republic engraved on the cover. This Cuban passport looks more like a safe-conduct...

A Letter of Discontent Leaves a Physician Stripped of His Profession

| Posted 12.09.2010 | World

Last week, Jeovany Jimenez Vega -- the protagonist and victim of this story -- decided to go on a hunger strike in Marti Park in Guanajay, to demand that he be restored to the practice of medicine.

Wikileaks and Empty Archives

| Posted 12.10.2010 | World

Several weeks ago, in one of those tedious reflections they read on every newscast, I heard about Wikileaks. I know it seems incredible that a blogge...

What to Buy for Christmas in Cuba?

| Posted 12.15.2010 | World

The money came in a white envelope, brought to the door by an illegal agency. "Use it to celebrate Christmas," the accompanying note read, ending with a brief, "bye."

Lack of a Housing Market Hides Vast Inequalities

| Posted 12.18.2010 | World

If Cubans are allowed to buy and sell real estate, social differences -- today hidden behind an unpainted mansion or a shack full of appliances -- would break out into the open. The growing inequalities that official hypocrisy tries to hide would flourish.

Tania Bruguera, an Extraordinary Cuban Artist

| Posted 12.21.2010 | World

I remember well the day of the Havana Biennial when Tania Bruguera, in her performance titled Tatlin's Whisper, installed a pair of microphones so t...

Even in Cuba, Profits Trump Everything

| Posted 12.23.2010 | World

The hospitable accommodations were built on land where pre-fabricated parts were once assembled to create a city for the New Man. As this chimeric in...

Cuban Regime Calls on its Children for Shock Troops

| Posted 12.23.2010 | World

When my son's school director called my son to make up the shock troops I was as horrified as I was three decades ago, when I first witnessed those shouts, insults and eggs through the eyes of a child.

Christmas Returns to Cuba

| Posted 12.24.2010 | World

To go to work on December 25, to have school on New Year's Eve or to be called to "voluntary labor" as the year drew to a close -- all this was possible in an ideologically fervent Cuba.

Goodbye to Rationing

| Posted 12.29.2010 | World

Every day brings us closer to the new year and, with it, the growing alarm over the job cuts and reductions in subsidies we face in the coming months....

Desires and Dreams for 2011 [Video]

| Posted 12.31.2010 | World

On December 24 I woke up typing into my cell phone some wishes and short predictions of what 2011 could bring those of us who live on this Island. A...