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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 08/2011

A Tribute to Cuban Writer Eliseo Alberto 'Lichi' Diego

| Posted 08.02.2011 | World

Eliseo Alberto Diego -- to his friends, simply "Lichi" -- talks as if he were writing. He would tell us these anecdotes, and we couldn't say precisely whether they were total inventions or whether they might have some smidgen of reality.

Cuba Government Refuses Me a Travel Permit 16 Times in 4 Years. Will 17th Time Be a Charm?

| Posted 08.03.2011 | World

Tthe ability to leave and enter the country has been a method of ideological coercion. Obtaining the "white card" that allows us to leave our insularity, or the "empowerment" to enter our own country, has been conditioned on our being "politically correct."

Swimming Over the Graves of Cuban Rafters

| Posted 08.09.2011 | World

I felt a shock on learning that Diana Nyad would make an attempt to swim across the Florida Straits. I recalled the days when my neighborhood was swarming with people building improvised rafts on which to launch themselves into the sea.

Wendy and Ignacio Overcome Great Odds to Marry in Cuba

| Posted 08.14.2011 | World

2011-08-14-Screenshot20110814at5.34.05PM.jpg My friend came to mind when I accepted the unusual, irreverent and surprising proposal to be the matron of honor at the first wedding in Cuba between a transsexual and a gay man.

Why So Much Anger in Cuba?

| Posted 08.16.2011 | World

The authorities in our country think that not mentioning these risks will make them disappear. They think perhaps the absence of a report about the violence plaguing the city will cause it to decrease.

Will Miami's Cubans Let Pablo Milanes Sing?

| Posted 08.17.2011 | World

Not even the most passionate critics should forget that Pablo's own life has been -- like that of so many Cubans -- a sequence of blows dealt by intolerance

Cuba's Dual Currency System Provides a Way to Cheat Shoppers

| Posted 08.25.2011 | World

All around the hotels, now, one sees the elderly with their poverty-level pensions, showing a foreigner the "merchandise" of these shiny three-peso coins, with a beret and jacket-clad guerilla.

From Dictactorship to Democracy: The Transition in Cuba Has Already Started

| Posted 08.28.2011 | World

We are in transition, something seems to be on the verge of being irreparably broken on this Island, but we don't realize it, sunk in the day-to-day and its problems.

Gimme Cable!

| Posted 08.30.2011 | World

Promised since 2008, the fiber optic cable between Venezuela and Cuba only made it to our coast this last February, and then lapsed into a silence quite suspicious for an effort that already cost more than seventy million dollars.