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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 07.18.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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 07.12.2014 | 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 07.09.2014 | 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 07.03.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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 06.21.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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.

Miguel's Drone, Cuba From the Air

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Nobody knows how he got it into the country, with so many customs restrictions and government paranoia, but Miguel has a drone. Tiny, like a kid's toy...

"What's Your Network Called?": Young People Are Creating The Wireless Web In Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They meet on a corner, eyes red from lack of sleep, their pants on the verge of falling down to their knees. They aren't yet twenty and have spent the night immersed in the plot of a video game.

Reaping the Whirlwind: Academic Fraud in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Although fraudulent practices are common in Cuban schools, this case has provoked a profound reflection in our society, including in the official press.

14ymedio Is Born: Now I Can Dream Even Higher

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.21.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

Today, I have achieved a dream. Unlike the character in that movie, it's not a piece of clothing but a space for journalism in which many colleagues accompany me.

A Cuban Insult: 'Ah... You're Not in the Package'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Climbing into a collective taxi at midday, with its whole body heated by the sun and creaking at every pothole, is a shocking experience. You duck y...

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.

Obama and Castro: Closer, But No Cigar

Marwan Bishara | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

The handshake could've paved the way to the mutual unclenching of fists. A courtesy that would lead to diplomacy. Shaking the tired old way of doing politics. But it seems neither side is ready for the next big step.

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.

Launching a New Newspaper in Cuba: How-To?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.23.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

If I could highlight at least one indispensable feature of the press, I would choose interaction with readers. Right now in Havana, we are putting the final touches on a new digital media that will greatly help us to listen to your opinions.

Alamar and Hip-Hop: The Soundtrack of Cuba's Reality (VIDEO)

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Alamar, despite its urbanist failings, has been the hotbed of a vibrant and rebellious musical genre: hip-hop. Its amphitheater has hosted some of the most memorable alternative concerts in Island memory.

Cuba's Culture of Violence: A Dangerous Spiral

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

A woman hits a child, who appears to be her son, on one corner. A hundred yards further on, two men get in a fight because one stepped on the other's shoe. I arrive home thinking about this aggressiveness, just under the skin, that I feel in the street.