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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 04/2012

Hunger Striker Dr. Jeovany Jimenez Survives, and Wins, in Cuba

| Posted 04.02.2012 | World

Guanajay has a central park that looks like one of a larger town and a gazebo with the majesty of an entire capital. Right there, for 28 days, Jeovany Jimenez staged a hunger strike demanding his right to return to his practice as a physician.

The Pope Has Left Cuba, But the Repression Continues

| Posted 04.04.2012 | World

Only when the pope's plane took off did they begin the releases from the cells and reconnect some of the mobile phones that had been "out of service." It seemed that by Saturday or Sunday, the exhaustion of the forces of repression would give us a break.

The Cuba Camila Vallejo Didn't Want to See

| Posted 04.08.2012 | World

The two islands in which I live were all mixed up in my head: the Cuba of the official celebrations with smiles and slogans, and the other one, that of dissidents forced into cars and prevented from attending a Catholic Mass.

Generation Y Turns Five

| Posted 04.09.2012 | World

A child of five starts school, but a blog of the same age has already taken more daring steps. Today, I am making an effort to remember that quiet and fearful woman, from before April 9, 2007, who created Generation Y. But I can't.

The Color of Prosperity

| Posted 04.12.2012 | World

I love to stumble across these facades and see their occupants looking out from the small balconies. There is something in them, in the paint chosen to cover the walls and in the bell hanging over the door that gives me hope.

SOS for Havana's Eastern Beaches

| Posted 04.20.2012 | World

In the tourist area in front of the Tropicana Hotel, of course, it was impeccably clean with police making the rounds so that no Cuban would "bother" the foreigners. But outside that perimeter of comfort, the setting for natives is a real ecological disaster.

Raudel Collazo in New Documentary: 'Awakening'

| Posted 04.25.2012 | World

Raudel Collazo is on stage: sweating, singing, talking, the whole time a chorus of applause joining the music. After the concert he returns to his house in Guines, to the narrow broken sidewalk along which he walks his daughter to school, to his mother with the white wrap around her head.

José Daniel Ferrer, Former Cuban Black Spring Prisoner, on Hunger Strike After New Arrest

| Posted 04.25.2012 | World

His drawing power, and the respect many have for him, comes also from his perseverance and, in particular, from the fact that he is quicker to embrace than to distrust. He has become a human bridge between several citizen projects and, right now, that makes him a sharp stone in the Cuban government's shoe.

Andrés Carrión: 'I Thought I Wouldn't Return, I Thought This Would Be the Last Day of My Life'

| Posted 04.27.2012 | World

A few weeks have already gone by since Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba, and one name comes up again and again to evoke those last days of March. Andrés Carrión, age 40, the citizen who shouted at the Pope's homily in Santiago de Cuba, "Down with Communism!"