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Entries by Yoani Sanchez from 12/2012

Leonardo Padura: The Man Who Loved Books

| Posted 12.01.2012 | World

His literary honesty, his tenacity, and also a good dose of luck, allowed him to reach the dream cherished by every Cuban writer: to be published in other parts of the world.

Havana's Annual Film Festival Returns

| Posted 12.04.2012 | World

Every December, like a returning friend, the Havana International Film Festival returns -- a film event that this year will bring more than 500 movies from 46 countries. And after 34 years, the social reality in which is operates has changed dramatically.

Cuba en sépia

| Posted 12.07.2012 | France

INTERNATIONAL - Cela fait déjà un demi-siècle que les citoyens nord-Américains se voient privés du droit légal de visiter notre pays. Pendant qu'eux ont dû apprendre les noms des 11 président succcessifs, notre Place de la Révolution a à peine eu deux locataires et avec le même nom de famille!

A Day for Human Rights... Even in Cuba

| Posted 12.11.2012 | World

Laughter and projects, united in diversity and great friendship, formed the magic of the first day of the Endless Poetry Festival.

Banned for Decades, the Exuberance of Christmas Returns to Cuba

| Posted 12.17.2012 | World

The visual excesses of Cuba today are very likely the popular response to all those Christmas eves celebrated in whispers, or totally ignored, in which a tree with a nativity scene constituted evidence of "ideological deviation."

After Fifty Years of Official Atheism, Cubans Still Pray to the Saints and Gods

| Posted 12.19.2012 | World

Every December a sea of people walk, crawl or carry heavy stones to the small church on the outskirts of Havana. Alongside the street, stalls offer for sale images of saints, candles and rosaries.

Some Cuban Teachers Still Manage to Shine in a Deteriorating System

| Posted 12.21.2012 | World

There are teachers for whom the low salaries, the material collapse, the mediocrity around them and the intrusion of politics in their work have not killed their desire to teach. To them, congratulations on this day.

Cuba: la violence faite aux femmes

| Posted 12.22.2012 | France

Dans l'ascenseur, dans la file d'attente de l'autobus, dans cette ville, où malgré la taille on finit par retomber sur les mêmes personnes. Je vois ces yeux qui ne vous regardent plus en face, de honte et par crainte que l'homme qui les abuse ne découvre qu'elles appellent à l'aide, mais chaque centimètre de leur peau ; chaque morceau de leurs vêtements dit : "Sauvez-moi ! tirez-moi de cette situation !".

2013 May Be Cuba's Lucky Year

| Posted 12.24.2012 | World

I have the impression that for Cubans the next twelve months will not be fatal. Looking ahead, I can predict they will be full of moments of change and great times.

Douze + un = ?

| Posted 12.28.2012 | France

INTERNATIONAL - J'ai l'impression que pour les Cubains, les prochains douze mois ne seront pas une fatalité. Je peux déjà prévoir que cette année sera pleine de changements et de moments importants. Une grande partie du pays que nous connaissons se transformera, en bien et un peu en mal; de nouvelles têtes feront leur entrée sur la scène nationale et d'autres seront gravés sur une pierre tombale. Ce sera la fin d'une époque, donnant un peu raison aux Mayas. Mais tout ceci dépend, ou presque, de la manière dont les citoyens géreront les défis qu'ils seront amenés à rencontrer.

Who Owns the Overseas Factories That Provide Cuba's Food?

| Posted 12.28.2012 | World

The chicken comes from Canada, the label on the salt says it comes from Chile, the "tropical marinade" is "Made in the USA" and the sugar is from Braz...

National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon's Fall From Grace Ignored by the Cuban Press

| Posted 12.28.2012 | World

Five years ago he was in a meeting room at the University of Information Sciences with a microphone in his hand. Today, he tries to earn a living in the midst of the material shortages and misunderstandings of a provincial town.

Reforms in Cuba: Two Steps Forward One Step Back

| Posted 12.30.2012 | World

Among the boldest steps taken by Raul Castro's government is granting permission for the sale of homes. In a society where it was banned for decades, the authorization has caused a real shock.