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The Times They Are a Changin' in Cuba (Well, Not Really)

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 10.15.2016 | Latino Voices
Margarita Alarcon

It was to be expected, Havana is slowly turning into the "in spot" of the hemisphere. Like the rhythmic movement of the waves in the ocean, Havana is a continuum, a whole in history made up of many parts.

No, the Cuban Regime Still Will Not Let Cubans Travel

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.23.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On this December 24th there are many who feel cheated, once again deceived. How much time does government need to erase the limitations on movement that it itself imposed on its citizens?

Freedom to Travel to Cuba: What Does It Mean for American Democracy?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

My guest post today is from Ernesto Morales Licea, until recently one of my fellow bloggers on the Island. Ernesto is a journalist who was fired from ...

Changes in U.S. Cuba Policy Good First Step -- But It's Time to Normalize Relations

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Our failed approach to Cuba was originally justified as part of the Cold War policy of "containment" of the Soviet Union. That policy has now outlasted the Soviet Union by over two decades.

A Passport, A Safe-Conduct

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It's only thirty-two pages in a blue booklet with the shield of the Republic engraved on the cover. This Cuban passport looks more like a safe-conduct...

"Permission Denied": The Cuban Regime Is Afraid To Let Me Travel

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It's two in the afternoon at the Department of Immigration and Aliens (DIE) on 17th Street between J and K. Dozens of people are waiting for permissio...

Juan Juan Almeida's Hunger Strike Succeeds: He Is Allowed to Leave Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Juan Juan Almeida with his daughter, Indira, and wife, Consuelo yesterday in Miami The day that Juan Juan Almeida announced the start of his hunger s...

Summer Vacation: We're Broke, We Can't Get a Travel Permit... It's Time for Some TV and Home Repairs

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Very soon, in just a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of Cubans will take their summer vacations, among them the students who will enjoy almost two mo...

Dear President Lula of Brazil: Please Ask, in My Name, for My Right to Travel

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In theory, I meet all the existing requirements to temporarily leave Cuba, but I am still emitting critical opinions and this turns me into a special kind of criminal. I have been denied permission to travel six times in two years.

Once Again, Refused Permission to Leave My Country

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The lady raises the stamp and brings it near the paper, then finally sets it off to the side. You are not authorized to leave Cuba; you are in the dungeon of the "immobilized pilgrims."

Howard Berman/Richard Lugar Bipartisan Team Call for End to Cuba Travel Ban

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

It is a remarkable but true fact that the US government cannot stop regular Americans from traveling to North Korea, Burma, Iran, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Congo, or any other complicated place in the world, except Cuba.

From Cuba With Love, They Can't Wipe the Smile off My Face

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Today I am inebriated with satisfaction because a compilation of my texts titled, De Cuba, com Carinho, or From Cuba with Love, will be launched this afternoon in Brazil.

The Coca-Cola of Forgetting or The Cane Juice of Nostalgia

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The only thing that will end this oneiric sequence of being shut in and forced out, is the end of the immigration restrictions for Cubans. I want to have the right to travel.

As Before, I Am Not Allowed to Travel to New York to Accept the Maria Moors Cabot Prize

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Offices with uniformed people confirm, "You may not travel at this time," although I am already thousands of kilometers from here, in this virtual world that they cannot understand nor fence in.

As a Punishment for My Blog, I May Not Leave Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

For the third time in just a year, I've been denied permission to leave Cuba to travel abroad. I have never been charged in court yet I am condemned not to leave this Island.