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Edge of Eternity: A Talk With Ken Follett

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"It struck me that the period beginning with the First World War and ending with the fall of the Berlin wall was the period to write about. I realized it needed to be three books, each one based on a different war."

Have You Tried Cyanide... General?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Nearly two decades have passed and they are still imposing limits and prohibitions incompatible with development and with life. As if in this social laboratory they want to test what they can do to get the guinea pigs -- which are us -- to keep breathing, clapping, accepting.

Who Is Filling Cuba's University Classrooms?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The government is right to be worried; these young people who have entered the university will never become good soldiers or fanatics. The clay from which they are made cannot be molded.

After 40 Years of Working, Keeping Body and Soul Together Selling Plastic Bags

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Selling 'jabitas' (plastic bags) in front of an agricultural market in Havana. (Luz Escobar) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 August 2014 - "I n...

A Caricature of a Cuban Woman

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Women are the sector of the population that has the most reason to shout their displeasure. Because half a century after the founding of the caricature of an organization that is the Federation of Cuban Women, we are neither more free, nor more powerful, nor even more independent.

By Her TV Absence, Barbara Walters Reminds Us of Her True Greatness

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 08.22.2014 | Entertainment
Richard Pérez-Feria

Barbara Walters may be a personal hero, yes, but she's also the best television journalist in the history of the world. So as she leaves public life at the height of the party, I hope this living legend, this television icon, this class act, takes a final, glorious bow.

Dengue Fever and Tall Stories for Children

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In 1981 an epidemic of dengue hemorrhagic fever broke out in Cuba. I was barely six, but that situation left me deeply traumatized. The first thing they told us in school was that the disease had been introduced by "Yankee imperialism."

Gold Fever Hits Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Evening falls and the sound of the sieves in the rolling hills trails off. The three men collect their belongings. They've finished the first day in their arduous search for gold.

'Calling Us Communists Makes Us Look Bad'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Press agencies need to strengthen and carefully review their codes of ethics when dealing with Cuba.

My Mother and the Onions

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

My mother has to pay out three days worth of her pension to buy a pound of onions. I no longer have to say anything, she just concludes, "This country has to change."

The Maleconazo and the Rafter Crisis in a Can of Condensed Milk

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When the Maleconazo broke out he joined in the shouting and escaped when the arrests started. He didn't want to go home because he knew the police were looking for him.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Malaysian Airlines Massacre: Vladimir Putin and Katyn Forest Version 2.0

Sheldon Filger | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Sheldon Filger

The horrific destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is one of those rare events that shocks the conscience of the entire world. While an object...

U.S. Funding (Another) Social Network to Try to Overthrow Castro

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Piramideo and the various U.S. programs hope to capitalize on Cuban complaints about the country's mobile phone and internet services. Until 2008 the Cuban government prohibited citizens from owning cell phones. When the law changed, hundreds of thousands signed up.

Cuba's Football Hangover

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.13.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Gone is the last game, the German goal, Götze's hands raising the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Some of the excitement remains, it's true, but the roar that ran through Havana when the ball entered the goal in Rio De Janeiro or Sal Paulo is now just a memory.

Putin In Havana, Seeking an Ally or a Satellite?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Not a single official commentator has hinted at the dangers entailed in this approach, nor to the Russian government's need to use Latin America as a diplomatic "launching pad" against its old enemy, the U.S. In the midst of this renewed confrontation among the great powers, we are trapped as a disposable part.

Is Cuba Already in Transition?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Are we Cubans living in the transition? Just asking this question is enough to annoy some people and excite others. A transition -- the experts and analysts tell me -- needs more political, social and economic evidence.

'It's Hell Out There... But Paradise Here in Cuba'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Yesterday on the bus, with the summer heat and after the long wait at the stop, two men commented loudly on their annoyance. "This sure doesn't happen in Cyprus!" one said to the other, and laughter rang out all over the bus.

'Falling Into the Abyss of Nothingness...'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Someday when a Cuban body language glossary is prepared, it will include this pose of "falling into the abyss of nothingness." This appearance of already being defeated, like Carlitos, that so many young people and not so young people present in this country.

The Challenges of Finding Work in Today's Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Eugenia lost her job of 30 years in an office of the Ministry of Transport. She was left "available," according to the declaration of her bosses, before they offered her a job as a bricklayer. Reluctant to lay bricks and mix mortar, she launched herself on the private market to see what she could find.

Now You Can Ride Around Havana In Fidel's Old Limos

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel

HAVANA (AP) — In a former life they were the "comandante's" cars: A fleet of black, boxy, Soviet-made limousines that for years were at the disposal...

Marijuana: Cubans Need to Talk About It

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Although the media does not talk about it, it doesn't need advertising to be popular. It is smelled at parties, seen in the air at some public concerts, and detected in the half-closed eyes of more than a few who appear on national television itself.

Bullying: A Serious Problem in Cuban Schools

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Abuse at school, bullying, is an issue that is rarely discussed in the national media, but it affects hundreds, even thousands, of students across Cuba. Among the most alarming characteristics of this problem is the complicity or indifference on the part of the teachers.

Cold Kisses Under A Tropical Sun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The fear of not being able to leave, of remaining locked on the island, is shared by many of my compatriots. Those who have never traveled fear they w...

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.