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Freedom to Travel in Cuba

Cubans Hoping to Travel Put Their Faith in Magic: "The Suitcase Ritual"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.14.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

An old wooden suitcase of the kind still tucked away in many Cuban homes. The night warm, beautiful, still with some Christmas lights hanging from ...

Monday the Hated Exit Permit Disappears, Cubans Prepare to Leave

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.11.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They have patiently waited for this moment and no obstacle is going to destroy the illusion. Counting the days, vegetating at half speed, January 14 could be the start of a new life for them. Will they reach it?

For Cubans, Nassau Is a Magical City

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They leave Cuba showing a national ID and land on the island of New Providence presenting their other identity as members of the European Union. The transformation occurs in the air, in the miles that separate the Antilles from the Bahamas.

Raul Castro Releases 2,900 Common Prisoners But Holds Onto His 11 Million Cuban Hostages

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Thousands of eyes were glued to national television screens this last Friday. The social networks and text messages also vibrated nervously. A strong rumor had been growing all week, centered on the possibility of the National Assembly announcing travel reforms.

"A Roof, A Decent Salary, Permission to Travel..."

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Five decades of "we," of indoctrinating us in the behavior of the shelter or the squad, and yet in the park this morning a young man said, "What I wan...

Eight Times in Three Years: Refused "Permission" to Leave My Island

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Exclusive to the Huffington Post. Fortunately I had few illusions left, because otherwise I would have felt cheated a couple of weeks ago when I wa...

Juan Juan Almeida, Son of Revolutionary Hero, Trapped in Cuba without Medical Care

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Today's guest post is very brief. It is from Juan Juan Almeida's blog, The Voice of El Morro. Juan Juan is the son of the recently deceased Juan Almei...