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Human Rights in Cuba

Exchange and Dissent at the 2015 Havana Biennial

MutualArt | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts

The first Havana Biennale to be staged after the reopening of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, a tempered sense of optimism in the country feels tangible. This optimism remains restrained, however, as another, darker, situation casts its shadow over the Biennial's proceedings.

LGBT Rights -- Modernity vs. Forces of Yesteryear

András Simonyi | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
András Simonyi

No matter what, we need to be clear about our vision on global LGBT rights, so we can develop a better strategy and translate it into a sound, reliable and realistic policy. We should act, be relentless and impatient when there is an immediate need to protect individuals across the globe.

5 Things Cuba Can Do to Speed the Normalization of Relations With the United States

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

There a number of things Cuba can do to move the normalization process forward without compromising its sovereignty. These five steps flow directly out of the 18 months of secret talks between Washington and Havana. Except for the last, they are things to which Cuba has already agreed in principle but has not yet done.

How to Close Guantanamo

Tom Hayden | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Obama is proceeding to release small handfuls of detainees to places like Uruguay while asking congressional Republicans to lift their ban on sending Guantanamo detainees to high-security U.S. prisons. If those efforts prove fruitless, there now is a new way to achieve his promise.

Cardinal Bertono Returns to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Six years ago Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone came through the front door to Cuba. This December, however, he has returned on a private visit which is evidence of the discrete recognition of failure.

Cuba's Roofs, Small Spaces of Freedom

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Havana is a surface city, with very little underground. However, on the roofs of the houses, on the most unthinkable rooftops, little houses have been erected, baths, pig pens and pigeon coops. As if above the ceilings everything were possible, unreachable.

Pedro Pablo Oliva Defies Cuban Censorship to Open His Own Exhibition on the Island

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

I could never forget that picture, because in a limited number of inches Oliva had traced the national map of the last half century.

Tiananmen Returns

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Despite the multitudes and the numerous digital screens shining in the Hong Kong night, memory persists in taking us back to one man. An individual who was returning from the market and decided that the treads of a tank were not going to crush his remaining civility. Twenty-five years later, reality is echoing his gesture.

Have You Tried Cyanide... General?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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.

Cuba's Official Press: Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The original sin of the official press is not the press, but propaganda. It emerged to sustain the ideological political-economic model and it can't shed that genesis.

My Mother and the Onions

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.06.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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.

Once a Rafter, Always a Rafter: Iliana Hernandez Runs for Her Life

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Iliana Hernandez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 1 August 2014 - A Cuban balsera, a rafter, has set herself a new challenge. This time it's not about esca...

No Protests on the Streets of Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Freedom can be simulated, replaced by false statistics of well-being and justice, but someone always puts it to the test. That public protests on national and international issues don't happen in our territory is evidence of the lack of rights and social autonomy we endure.

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.

'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.

Google Comes to Havana!

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Have you ever tried to explain Google to someone who doesn't know what it is?

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...

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.

Happy 7th Birthday to My Blog, Generation Y

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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.

Militant Cuban Communist Trades Ideology for a Spanish Passport in the Blink of An Eye

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Photo: Silvia Corbelle The whole neighborhood called him by the peculiar last name he'd inherited from his Basque grandfather. Vertical for ideologi...

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

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.26.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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.

The Countdown to an Independent Newspaper in Cuba Has Begun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.14.2014 | 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.