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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 02/2012

Wilman Villar Mendoza: The Death of a Dissident

| Posted 02.03.2012 | World

From the hole in the floor that serves as a toilet, a rat emerges and looks curiously at the curled up man lying there. Outside shouts are heard, metal banging, and the general noise of the Aguadores prison, one of the most feared in eastern Cuba.

Cell Phones Have Changed Our Lives

| Posted 02.07.2012 | World

If, in March of 2008, Raul Castro had imagined the role cell phones would play in Cuba's incipient civil society, he probably never would have authorized their use.

Benedict XVI, A Different Pope, Will Come to a Different Cuba

| Posted 02.12.2012 | World

The Catholics are preparing their liturgies and their pomp to receive Benedict XVI, while others wonder if his arrival will bring some significant transformation in the political or social situation of the nation.

Internet for Cubans: A Permanently Impossible Dream?

| Posted 02.13.2012 | World

Each day they postpone our entry into the virtual village, the country's academic and professional capital plummets a little more.

They Don't Know Everything, My Love... They Don't Know...

| Posted 02.14.2012 | World

ur watchers, poor guys, have never read the first song you sang me, much less that poem where you said one day we would go to Sydney or Baghdad. Nor will they forgive us every time we escape from them -- without a trace -- on the diastole of a spasm.

The Good Intellectual

| Posted 02.15.2012 | World

The good intellectual is very quiet while waiting for a response to his exit permit, and when he returns he behaves well so they'll authorize his next trip. It seems that every kind of activism or obvious political positioning is for those who don't have his talent of the pen or the brush.

Forget About Sending Love Notes by Cell Phone in Cuba

| Posted 02.16.2012 | World

Already, in the early hours of February 14, we noticed that something was happening with our mobile phones. Any attempt to send and receive a message or make a call, ended in failure.

Cuba's Modern Bourgeoisie: The Jogging Class

| Posted 02.21.2012 | World

Compared to the rest of Cuba, 5th Avenue stands as a rarity. And not because such urban beauty is scarce on this Island.

Why is Cuban Blogger Miriam Celaya a 'Traitor' for Speaking With Americans, but Raul Castro is Not?

| Posted 02.26.2012 | World

Diplomacy, despite what many think, occurs not at the level of governments or presidential palaces, but person to person.

Routing Out Corruption in Cuba Will Require Transparency, Now Missing in Action

| Posted 02.28.2012 | World

If the impression that there are "untouchables" continues to rule, thieves no one can judge because of their political history or their ideological fealty, then we cannot move forward.

Cuba's Energy Revolution Comes to My Neighborhood... and Then Leaves Again

| Posted 02.29.2012 | World

It came in a truck, immaculately new, brilliantly useful. It was our electric plant, our own generator, that would run the elevator and the hall lights when the blackouts cast their shadows over our area. We were saved.