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Communism in Cuba

The Free Territory of Skype, Forbidden In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Without any new facilities for services such as Skype, many prefer to resort to fraudulent practices rather than to give up calling other parts of the world.

Cuba: Repression as Soap Opera

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The current strategy against the Cuban opposition resembles the slow creep of the spider's legs toward its victim.

Raul Castro: Man Alone in the Crowd

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The autocrat is afraid of his own people. Fear and suspicion. The feeling is mutual. He knows that the hundreds of thousands of heads he looks down upon are there... because they fear him, not because they love him.

Militant Cuban Communist Trades Ideology for a Spanish Passport in the Blink of An Eye

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Photo: Silvia Corbelle The whole neighborhood called him by the peculiar last name he'd inherited from his Basque grandfather. Vertical for ideologi...

Cuba: A Society of Alchemists and Liars

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They don't turn iron into gold, but they are skilled at replacing ingredients and adulterating almost every product. The streets are full of glue sticks that, when you press them, only contain air. Bottles of shampoo mixed with clothes-washing detergent. Soap with plastic shavings.

The Cuban Mattress: A New One Costs a Year's Wages

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Mattress repairers always have work, a lot of work. In a country where many still sleep on the same bed their grandparents slept on, this work is vital.

In a Country Where the Government Breaks All Its Promises, Cubans Turn to Saint Lazarus

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When I approach El Rincón I feel this energy that comes from pain and faith. The leprosy asylum with its sad stories, the illegal settlements that have grown up on both sides of the railway line and the whiff of the always burning candles. It is not a place for smiles.

For Cuban Youth... It's All About Soccer and Soap Operas... And That's a Good Thing

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Cuban model needs people who applaud wildly, committed soldiers, ideologically convinced individuals. Indolence will never be the soil where rebellion grows, nor will it foster partisan fervor.

Cuban Regime Disguises Paramilitary Agent as Red Cross Worker

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

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.

When Life Imitates a Charlie Chaplin Movie... You Know You're in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

If the authorities believe that slightly loosening restrictions on entrepreneurs will keep the system from falling apart, they are underestimating the sense of urgency that runs through the Island.

Will Cuban Regime Force Its Political Prisoners Into Exile?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There is a lot of speculation these days about the possible release of the political prisoners. The official press, as always, neither confirms nor denies these rumors.