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Cuba's Culture of Violence: A Dangerous Spiral

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.20.2014 | 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.

Cuba's New Law Lets in Foreign Capital, But Labor Must Be Contracted From the Government

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

A gentleman with a beard and a shabby shirt reads the newspaper in a Reina Street doorway. "These people are re-inventing the wheel..." I can hear him say. The daily he has in his hands has a tabloid insert with the new Foreign Investment Law, recently voted on in the National Assembly.

Reading Mysteries in Havana: It Takes Two to Salsa But Will the US and Cuba Face the Music?

Marwan Bishara | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

Cuba is an enigmatic place to its friends and foes, especially to its curious nemesis to the north. But it's unraveling slowly and surely. With new players, new clues, and many twists and turns.

USAID's Twitter Trojan Horse

Sarah Stephens | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

This is President Obama's chance to rethink his administration's support for the regime change programs that should have been retired with the fax machine.

The Venezuelan Dialogue From a Cuban Point of View

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.14.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The dialogue between the Venezuelan opposition and Nicolas Maduro is in full swing. Its critics are many, its most visible loser: the Cuban government.

Albert Maysles: Gimme Some Truth

Alex Simon | Posted 04.10.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Albert and David Maysles are generally regarded as the fathers of the modern American documentary film. Beginning in the early 1960s, their pioneering work with contemporaries helped launch the 'Direct Cinema' movement.

Happy 7th Birthday to My Blog, Generation Y

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.09.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

It has stood the tests of my initial fear, official demonization, the distrust of many, technological collapses and even the survival instinct that more than once told me to abandon it. Here it is with the bruises and experience of its seven years.

Conversation Between Fidel and Chavez After Coup Illustrates Their Humanity, Restraint

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The call opens with shared laughter between the two leaders, and with Fidel confessing that he had been unable to sleep because of the excitement of events. Chavez then quickly jumps to the story of what happened.

Cuba & the U.S: The Case Against the Cuban Embargo

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

How come we do business with some of the world's most authoritarian regimes with the worst human rights' records on the planet, yet we keep insisting that the Cuban embargo should be kept in place solely on moral grounds?

Apretaste! A Craigslist for the Island of the Disconnected

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.07.2014 | Technology
Yoani Sanchez

Visiting Apretaste!, I remember a phrase I always repeat when I encounter something hard. "Creativity is the capacity to open a window when the door is closed," I tell myself, like a mantra in complex situations.

#MejorDesnudosQue: Better Naked Than

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

What is shameful is these others, hiding behind their uniforms, trappings, the military ranks they awarded to themselves. They should be embarrassed to be hiding under the dishonorable garb of their fear.

ZunZuneo, USAID and How the U.S. Lost the Confidence of the Cuban People

Victor Salcedo | Posted 04.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Victor Salcedo

Kudos to USAID for thinking outside the box and trying to solve this 20th century problem with 21st century technologies. Nonetheless, the agency failed too soon and too publicly.

Cuban Regime Ambivalent About Self-Employed, While the People Can't Live Without Them

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The day started with a certain nightmarish atmosphere. The little sip of morning coffee was missing, because the seller with a thermos and paper cups wasn't on the corner. So she dragged her feet to the bus stop, while keeping an eye out for a collective taxi. Nothing.

'Don't Stand Out,' Cubans Tell Their Children, Perpetuating the Repression

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

But you have not come out unscathed. You're not a crook who has deceived others, but you have cheated yourself. With so much self-restraint, limiting your expressions, and avoiding speaking up, you have become the mediocre man you are today, a being tamed by the system.

Eastern Cubans Are 'Palestinians' in Their Own Capital

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

She knew her days were numbered until the police would stop her in the street and discover she was an illegal. One more "Palestinian," as many capital residents disrespectfully call people from the east of the country. They caught her one gray and rainy afternoon, while she was selling flowers outside the farmers market.

Another Tiny Crack in the Wall: Email on Cuban Cellphones But State Security Is Likely Reading It

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Coinciding with the new email service on cellphones, there has been a noted deterioration in the sending of text messages. Hundreds of messages in recent days never reached their recipients, although the telephone company quickly charged for them, which points to an act of censorship or the collapse of the networks.

Still Kicking at 88

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 03.18.2014 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

If Alzheimer's were cured, people would simply age, rather than disappear into the unforgiving vortex of the disease.

Why I Won't 'Federate' With the 'Cuban Woman's Federation'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Congress of the Cuban Women's Federation (FMC) ended a few days ago. At its closing ceremony, a man uttered the final words. But this wasn't the only, nor the last, mistake of an antiquated organization marked by ideology.

The Countdown to an Independent Newspaper in Cuba Has Begun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.14.2014 | Media
Yoani Sanchez

Thematic variety is not contrary to the defense of freedom and human rights. There are many ways of speaking, and of speaking beautifully.

Cuban Communist Regime Replaces Parents and Then Complains Its Children are Badly Brought Up

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It's difficult for a cell to maintain its health inside a sick organism. In an inefficient society the bubble of functionality bursts.

Asking For Criticism and Then Calling the Messenger a Counter-Revolutionary

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Criticism doesn't need a name. It doesn't need to be classified as "constructive" or "destructive," but it should be delivered with total rigor, regardless. Like rubbing medicine on a festering sore, criticism hurts, it makes you cry, it's torture... but it cures.

George Fowler: Cuba Libre

James P. Farwell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
James P. Farwell

In the movies, evil bad guys are often stupid and hire stupid people to do the wrong thing. Fidel Castro shows that evil people can be very smart, and find bright people who do the right things in advancing their goals, no matter how twisted.

Venezuela, With Eyes Wide Open

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Taken over by Cuban intelligence, monitored from the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana, and ruled by a man who incites violence against those who are different, this South American nation now finds itself facing the most important dilemma of its contemporary history.

Cubans Flock to New Film That Exposes the Myth

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Why is the latest creation of director Ernesto Daranas becoming such a social phenomenon? The answer transcends artistic questions to delve into the depth of his dreams.

Am I Living in Cuba, or Never Never Land?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The turtle's pace is everywhere. From the bureaucratic offices and the bus stops to the recreation and service centers. But the big winner of the award for having "the blood of a turnip" is the government itself.