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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 09/2012

Secrecy Shrouds Upcoming Trial in the Case of Oswaldo Paya's Death

| Posted 09.01.2012 | World

Given the political background of the Carromero case, there is a visible anticipation in the international community and among island's dissident activists as to what may happen in this case.

L'impossible existence cubaine de Julian Assange

| Posted 09.02.2012 | France

WIKILEAKS - Ce "Robin des Bois de l'information" obtient la bénédiction du Shérif qui nous a enfermé dans le château féodal de la censure. Mais il n'existe aucun moyen de devenir un Julian Assange à Cuba et de rester en vie, croyez-moi.

Cuba: Where "Saving Energy" Can Cost You Almost Your Entire Pension

| Posted 09.05.2012 | World

The kitchen no longer smells of kerosene, nor are the walls black with soot, nor is alcohol needed to "warm up" the stove. The tenement no longer wake...

When the Census Taker Comes... Cubans Lie

| Posted 09.07.2012 | World

From the time she was a little girl she was taught that to tell the truth is to single yourself out and to give information to the State is self-incrimination.

The Virgin of Charity -- Our Cachita -- Returns to Cuban Hearts and Homes

| Posted 09.08.2012 | World

Cachita, as she is popularly known, is greatly revered throughout the whole Island and has transcended the religious sphere to become an emblem of Cuban identify.

Cuba: notre indigence matérielle... et téléphonique

| Posted 09.09.2012 | France

CUBA - Un travailleur hypothétique ne peut envoyer que 14,5 textos avec la totalité de son salaire, sans faire de dépenses ni en nourriture ni en loyer. Ce qui paraît absurde et spoliateur, est possible dans la Cuba d'aujourd'hui parce que nous vivons sous le monopole d'un unique opérateur.

Cuba Blackout: Half the Island Goes Dark as Electrical System Fails

| Posted 09.10.2012 | World

In a country where power cuts have been an inseparable part of our lives, we should not be surprised when the lights go out. But yesterday, at 8:08 p.m., something happened that raised the alarms.

In Cuba, Power Flows to the Families of the Powerful

| Posted 09.12.2012 | World

To be "family of..." streamlines procedures, erases criminal histories, positions you higher on the ladder to purchase a house or a car, gets you into the best hospitals, guarantees enrollment in the most exclusive schools, and even ensures the rapid cremation of someone you're alleged to have killed.

25 Cuban Dissidents Launch a Hunger Strike

| Posted 09.12.2012 | World

As of Wednesday afternoon a total of 21 men and four women were among those refusing to ingest food. Nine of them are in prison.

Blackout à Cuba, 5 millions d'habitants dans le noir

| Posted 09.16.2012 | France

CUBA - Le pays est dans une telle précarité matérielle qu'un incident comme une panique issue d'une simple panne d'électricité peut se reproduire. Et le pire est que les médias nationaux garderont le secret habituel.

Health of Prominent Cuban Hunger Striker Martha Beatriz Roque Is Deteriorating Rapidly

| Posted 09.17.2012 | World

I visited Martha at her home in the capital neighborhood of Santo Suarez and witnessed firsthand her physical deterioration. Dry lips, sallow skin and trembling limbs were some of the symptoms of the famous economist.

Cachita: le renouveau de la religion à Cuba

| Posted 09.18.2012 | France

RELIGION A CUBA - Il y a quelque jours, une femme du Comité de Défense de la Révolution frappa à ma porte. J'ai tout d'abord pensé qu'elle s'était trompée, ou qu'elle venait chez nous pour nous demander des comptes, cela faisant bientôt 10 ans que nous ne militions plus pour le CDR.

30 Cuban Hunger Strikers Win Release of an Opponent

| Posted 09.19.2012 | World

Although the neighborhood was calm, cars parked on both sides of the street sheltered men who closely inspected everyone who approached. Inside the house the feeling was one of relief, of victory.

Cuba Is Also Having an Election -- But Campaigning Is Strictly Forbidden

| Posted 09.19.2012 | World

Cuba's municipal elections for delegates to the People's Power are now getting underway again. The atmosphere would be similar to that of any other country during the period of nominating local representatives, if not for one crucial details.

Hunger Strikes: Do They Work or Not?

| Posted 09.20.2012 | World

The Cuban opposition won this round, one to zero.

The Most Boring Program on Cuban Television

| Posted 09.21.2012 | World

Few TV shows have been the object of as many jokes and parodies as the Roundtable. Emerging from the heat of the so-called Battle of Ideas, this program shows the highest level of political proselytizing to be found in our national media.

Survivre: 28 Cubains sont en grève de la faim

| Posted 09.23.2012 | France

CUBA - La lumière est ténue, la chambre étroite et la rumeur de la rue Santo Suarez se faufile à travers les murs. Martha Beatriz Roque s'est déclarée en grève de la faim il y a une semaine...

Our Leaders Cannot Govern Us Because They Do Not Know Us

| Posted 09.24.2012 | World

It was a flying sheet of roofing that cut the nose of the Uruguayan president José Mujica. A piece of metal that fell off just as he was helping a neighbor reinforce the roof of his house.

Young Communist Union A Springboard to Power... and Corruption

| Posted 09.26.2012 | World

Styled after the Soviet Komsomol, this organization provided cadres to the Party and even to the Council of State and Minsters. The UJC was a direct springboard to power, a pool of reliable and ideologically correct people.

Fidel's "Revolutionary Collective Surveillance" Neighborhood Spies Create Social Violence and Hatred

| Posted 09.28.2012 | World

People are tired of the worn out sign in front of their house with the figure with the threatening machete. People are tired of paying a membership fee to an organization that when you need it takes the side of the boss, the State, the Party.

Retour à Cuba pour Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Bebo Valdés et les autres

| Posted 09.29.2012 | France

CUBA - Depuis des décennies, plus d'une centaine d'artistes critiques envers le régime ont été censurés dans les programmations télévisées et radiophoniques. Désormais, Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdés et Willy Chirino pourront être écoutés dans les émissions de Cuba.

Really? Cubans Never Joke About the Revolution?

| Posted 09.30.2012 | World

With popular jokes, it's better not to get involved, or to try to restrict them. Because they can fight back with a barrage of ridicule, a flood of humor.