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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 05/2012

Believers and Non-Believers, Sympathizers and Non-Sympathizers

| Posted 05.01.2012 | World

May Day once again will be hijacked. The day will end without demands being made of this boss named "the State" to raise salaries, lower the cost of living, or improve working conditions. Instead, every individual who marches will be taken as a faithful "believer" in the Party.

Dumpsters Into Clothespins: The Economy of Desperation

| Posted 05.07.2012 | World

There are many ways to measure the physical state of a nation and one of them is listing what people loot from public spaces.

Cuban Regime Disguises Paramilitary Agent as Red Cross Worker

| Posted 05.11.2012 | World

At this point, there are few people on this Island who haven't seen the video where a man -- wearing a Red Cross emblem -- hits and beats with a stretcher Andrés Carrión, who had shouted an anti-system slogan.

Cuba's Workers Union (There Is Only One), Reports to the Regime

| Posted 05.11.2012 | World

The word "union" in Cuba will have to shake off its current connotations of inaction, to return to that irreverent and autonomous role it once held.

Challenging Cuba's Totalitarian State From the Left

| Posted 05.14.2012 | World

This country, stuck in political inertia, needs to get moving, urgently needs to embark on the path of pluralism and democracy. Cuba must begin to move.

In Cuba Paying a Few More Cents for Lunch... Hurts

| Posted 05.17.2012 | World

The internal Cuban economy suffers from a weakness such that the slightest price increase for a pound of steak or butter is enough to disrupt our fragile commercial framework. A few centavos added to the price of a food sends the thermometer of daily anxiety upward.

Exchanging an Argentine Fiat for a Cuban Roof

| Posted 05.24.2012 | World

He was awarded it as a perk based on merit, paying a subsidized price in 1975, the same year as the first Communist Party Congress. He won the chance ...

The Cuban Intelligentsia: Debate or Hide

| Posted 05.27.2012 | World

The time has already passed of looking in dictionaries and manuals for a definition of what is a wise man. It is a person's art for polemics and controversy. I admire those who are capable of debating with their ideological opponents without falling into arrogance, verbal violence or personal offense.

Mariela Castro and the Future

| Posted 05.28.2012 | World

She is the daughter of the man who inherited the presidency of my country through blood, that same country where my father years ago lost his profession as a train engineer.

Minister Trips Up and Admits Fiber Optic Cable Is Working, But Cubans Can't Access It

| Posted 05.29.2012 | World

Between La Guaira, Venezuela, and Santiago de Cuba runs an umbilical cord that should turn us into a 21st Century country, remove our technological and communications handicaps.

Occupy Cuba: The Plaza Inside

| Posted 05.30.2012 | World

We Cubans occupy our beds, the stairs of our houses, the piece of the table before us, the chair in front of the television, the empty refrigerator, the half open shutters we peer out of. The ground we occupy is not visible,

Cuba's National Pastime

| Posted 05.30.2012 | World

The final games of the series were played to full stands and in the streets even the kids declared themselves followers of one team or the other. Even the news about the floods caused by intense rains took second fiddle to the uproar caused by hits and home runs.

The Russians, Back in Cuba With Their MasterCards

| Posted 05.31.2012 | World

They walk among us and no one screams in fear, "The Soviets are back!" Because it's clear to everyone that they've returned and, swimming at our beaches or drinking a mojito in some tourist bar, they are -- clearly -- Russians.