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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 09/2011

"Here, Take Mine, I Have More at Home"

| Posted 09.04.2011 | World

The cost of the cheapest pair of shoes is equivalent to the average monthly wage of any worker. Thus, we must choose between living for thirty days or providing our children with a pair of sneakers, sandals or boots.

Cuban Teens Sent to Work in the Fields

| Posted 09.07.2011 | World

Mine was painted blue with a handle and reinforced metal hinges to avoid my being robbed. It was a wooden suitcase that accompanied me to several agri...

Cuba's Forced Atheism Cedes Room to Its Patron Saint

| Posted 09.09.2011 | World

Yesterday, Queen Street's noisy traffic stopped, the indigents rose from the ground and the food kiosks closed for a while. It was the day of pilgrimage of the Virgin of Charity, whose worship now spreads among Cubans after decades of forced atheism.

Humor in Times of Fear

| Posted 09.13.2011 | World

From time to time they invite you to be on some comedy show on TV, but you don't earn a living from this. You prefer to be hired by one of the exclusive restaurants that have begun to spring up all over Havana.

Cubans Spread the News Themselves as Parishioners Stage Church Sit-In

| Posted 09.14.2011 | World

Filled with rumors, the cellphone network is, in Cuba today, a speedy way of spreading news of events that the official press silences.

Narrations From a Remote Past, or... Today

| Posted 09.19.2011 | World

Every Monday I share stories, apprehensions and dreams with Judith Torrea and Juan Ramón Lucas on the radio program "On Days Like Today." We talk as if we are in a living room, without sipping coffee but with great familiarity.

The Lesser Basilica

| Posted 09.20.2011 | Latino Voices

Many Havanans have found, in these newly reconstructed sites, a place for strolling, taking their children, sitting in the shade of a bougainvillea. What was, a few decades ago, a neighborhood in ruins, today is a true island of comfort and beauty.

Card-Carrying Communist Green Collar Criminals: Planning for Their Futures as Capitalists

| Posted 09.22.2011 | World

He was working for a new kind of corporation, one of those occupying a luxurious mansion in the Miramar neighborhood and importing goods from abroad.

Models for Caravaggio

| Posted 09.27.2011 | Arts

Since September 23rd, the oil painting of a young man leaning over a lake, attributed to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, has been on display in the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. After the listlessness of August, this art exhibit brings back to us the sensation of being a part of the world.

Cuba Allows Car Sales: Cars Over 15 Years Old for Us, Newer Cars Only for the Party Faithful

| Posted 09.30.2011 | World

Yesterday's publication of Decree 292 -- for the ownership transfer of motor vehicles -- has been the culmination of several decade's wait.